Day 1 Depart USA
- Learning the secrets of perfume in the “Perfume Capital of the World”, Grasse
- Lunch in the seaside resort of San Remo on the Italian Riviera
- Free time to explore the quaint village of St. Paul de Vence home of, and inspiration to, Marc Chagall
- Lunch at a beachside restaurant in Cannes
- Observing the arrival of the fishing fleet in Marseilles and enjoying a Bouillabaisse lunch
- A visit to the vineyards of Cote de Provence
You board your overnight flight to Nice and the beginning of your rendezvous on the Riviera.
Day 2 Bonjour a Nice
In the morning you arrive in Nice and, after completing arrival formalities, you meet your guide who will ecort you to your car for the trip to your delightful hotel overlooking the Riviera Coastline. Your hotel in located in the hills between Nice and Cannes and offers serenity and scenery in one location. After your trip you may want to try out the spa to work out the jet lag or take a dip in the pool. This evening enjoy dinner with night time views of the Cote d'Azur
Day 3 Scent of a Woman
We have left the morning open for you to adjust to your new environment and time zone. After lunch your guide will be waiting to take you to the nearby town of Grasse which is known as the perfume capital of the world. The town, like much of the Riviera was once affiliated with Italy and the town was famous for its leather gloves. Thanks to the partonage of Catherine de Medici, scented gloves became the fashion and Grasse supplied the perfume using the flower farms that prospered in the mild climate. Eventually, perfume replaced glove making as the main industry. You will have an oppoorunity to walk through the charming old town and to visit the Musee Internationale de la Parfumerie and learn the history of perfume. While synthetics now make up the bulk of modern perfume, certain flowers are still indispenable in French perfume. Chanel No.5, the best selling perfume in the world is made with a combination of rose de mai, jasmine and a synthetic musk. Chanel owns a farm near Grasse where the roses and jasmine are cultivated. After a chance to make your own perfume you head back to your hotel.
Day 4 Highlights of the Italian Riviera
After breakfast tou meet your guide and head east along the coast passing through Monaco and Menton and crossing the border into Italy. Today you are going to explore the towns of the Riviera dei Fioro or Riviera of Flowers. You will first stop in the ancient town of Ventimiglia which dates back to Roman times. After a chance to explore part of the town on foot you head to the charming town of San Remo which is famous for its casino, the Italian Song Festival, held in February and the European Music Festival held in June. It is also a well known resort with a very picturesque harbor. The old town called la Pigna rises aboe the city and you have the chance to explore it. You have lunch in San Remo and then complete your day with a visit to the charming town of Alassio before returning to your hotel.
Day 5 At Leisure in St. Paul de Vence
The village of St Paul de Vence was home to Marc Chagall from 1965 to 1985 and he loved its specal light and scenic charm. You have the opportunity to walk to and through the village exploring its quaint narrow streets some dating back to the middle ages. You might want to spend the morning there enjoying a coffee and people watching before returning to the hotel for lunch and a session at the spa or you could do the reverse. After dinner you might want to follow the lights on the ramparts to take a nocturnal stroll in the village. A game of Petanque with villagers is also an option.
Day 6 Monte Carlo, Cannes and Nice
This morning your guide will take care of the bags as you say goodbye to the hills of Provence and head for the water near the famous resort of St. Tropez. First, however, you will explore the highlights cities of the French Riviera. The first stop will be the Principality of Monaco where you have the chance to follow the route of the famous Grand Prix, admire the palace and the casino and stroll the harbor in awe of the many yachts at anchor. The next stop is the hill top town of Eze offering winding streets and spectacular views of the coast. You next stop is the glamour city of Cannes, known for its film festival. You will see the Palais de Congres where the festival is held and admire the "palace " hotels that line "La Croissete: You wil have lunch in Cannes at one of the restaurants located below the promenade and leading on to the beach. Your last stop of the day will be Nice where you have the chance to visit the Matisse Museum. You then head along the coast to Le Lavandou and your chic beachfront hotel where an alfresco dinner awaits.
Day 7 Morning in Marseilles
You have an early breakfast at the hotel because we want to arrive in Marseilles in time for the morning fish market. As they say in Marseilles, "Peche le nuit, vendu le matin" or "caught at night, sold in the morning". This is not a wholesale market but true B2C. As the fishermen dock their small boats they set up a tray on a folding stand, usually assisted by a female relative on shore. Once the table and scales are set up the fresh catch is deposited in the tray where eager customers are ready to buy and take off with their still-wriggling fish, eel or even octopus in plastic bags. For the essence of Marseilles it cannot be beat. You will then take a walking tour of the Panier district right off the old port. You will then return to the old port to one of the many restaurants that line the port for a meal of Bouillabaisse, the dish invented here.
Day 8 The Vineyards of Cotes de Provence
Provence gets its name from the Romans who called it " nostra provincia" or our province since it was the first land ruled outside of Italy. The making of wine however goes back to 600 BC when the Greeks founded the city of Marseilles. Provence is famous for its Rose wines and this makes up about half the production. This is not to be confused with that American concoction called "White Zinfandel" for the Rose from Provence is dry, not sweet and designed to compliment the Provencal cuisine. The major area in Provence for growing the wine is Cotes de Provence which ranges inland from Frejus down to Toulon. This morning you will spend some quality time visiting the vineyards, absorbing the terroir and tasting the various vintages. Many wine aficionados also like the spicy reds produced in this region. After a provencal lunch lunch accompanied by the local wine you return to the hotel in time for a swim.
Day 9 The Riviera Lifestyle
Today is yours to aborb the Riviera lifestyle. You can take a walk into St. Tropez for people watching and shopping or stay at the hotel and relax on the beach close to the beach bar. If you are more adventurous you can charter a boat to take you on a coastal cruise. Regardless of your choice you will have a fulfilling day. In the evening top it off with a farewell dinner with a bottle of wine with our compliments.
Day 10 Return to USA
In the morning your driver will be waiting to take you to the airport where you commence your return to the USA arriving back later that same afternoon.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
St. Paul de Vence, Cote Varoise,
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- 1st Class rail travel as indicated on the itinerary
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport or rail station at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Baggage handling at all hotels
- All applicable taxes and service fees
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- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)