THE FRENCH RIVIERA
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9
Days
7
Nights

Come and discover Nice, a city of multiple perfumes and flavors. Here, the gentle lifestyle is as much due to the city's beauty as to its exceptional climate. The famous "Cours Saleya" and its markets will reveal their unexpected treasures and stimulate your taste buds. Come and taste some of our local culinary specialties like Socca or Pissaladiere washed down by Bellet Wine. See the flower markets, fruit and vegetable markets, fish markets and experience The Old City - with its picturesque narrow streets. For all time, artists have been fascinated by the city's radiance, the beauty of its landscapes and its relaxed atmosphere, all factors of creativity. Don't miss out on the painters’ itinerary to follow in the footsteps of these Great Masters and discover the landscapes which inspired them. Basing ourselves in Nice we will also explore the other jewels of the French Riviera like Antibes, Cannes, Monte Carlo and nearby San Remo, Italy! Join us on this spectacular French Riviera Rendezvous!
Day 1 - Depart USA
Depart New York for Nice, France. Meals and refreshments served on board.

Day 2 - Nice
Upon arrival proceed to baggage claim. After clearing customs, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Nice. Nicknamed the “Queen of the French Riviera”, Nice is a sassy Mediterranean metropolis with pulsating nightlife, new avant-garde hotels, daring art galleries, and fashionable streets. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Nice.

Day 3
Nice This morning you will discover the picture-postcard city of Nice during your guided tour. Start with a visit to Castel Park overlooking the Bay of Angels and Old Town, site of the trading town founded by the Greeks 2,700 years ago. Immerse yourself in Nice's history on Place Garibaldi in the Old Town and marvel at the modern New Town as you stroll along Promenade des Arts, home to the Modern Art Museum, Sosno’s library and the Acropolis center. Visit the extraordinary Russian Cathedral, the most beautiful outside of Russia, and return by Promenade des Anglais passing its famous landmarks and "Belle Epoque" buildings. Your tour will end with a visit of the colorful flower market in Cours Saleya. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 4 Nice – Optional Villefranche, Cap Ferrat, Monte Carlo Excursion
Full day at leisure to relax or to join an optional day excursion. The first stop will be in Villefranche. There’s quite a Medieval feeling in Villefranche. The city’s long and rich history as a major sea port is visible everywhere you look with quiet little squares and Place de l’Eglise that has a bench circling a beautiful big tree. We continue to Cap Ferrat. Like a long arm jutting into the Mediterranean, it separates the bay of Villefranche and that of Beaulieu, about half way between Nice and Monaco. Here we will visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Built by a very wealthy French socialite, between 1905 and 1912, it sits at the top of a narrow isthmus dominating the sea that provides stunning views both east towards Beaulieu and Italy and west towards the deep waters of the Bay of Villefranche and its ancient harbor. After lunch in a local restaurant, our next stop will be in Monte Carlo. Monaco is an independent principality about half the size of New York City’s Central park; with a population of 27,000. Monte Carlo is the site of the well known casino and glittering center of international social life. All of Monaco is contained within an area of less than 1 square mile. Our city tour will include the 19th Century Romanesque Cathedral, famous for the sight of Princess Grace’s tomb. The last stop will be in Eze, a medieval village perched 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean Sea for fantastic views. Overnight in Nice. (B)

Day 5 Nice/Cannes/St. Paul-de-Vence/Grasse/Nice
Our morning begins with a city tour of Cannes. “Discovered” by Lord Brougham in 1834, Cannes soon became a community for the international elite and is synonymous with the International Film Festival. We will see the Palais des Festivals with its lovely harbor and La Croisette, perhaps one of the most elegant seaside promenades in the world. The Old Town – le Suquet – is still a delicious maze of Medieval streets and Renaissance houses. We continue to St. Paul-de-Vence. The picturebook medieval village of St. Paul-de-Vence stands hidden behind its ramparts and is “Provence in a nutshell”. It was rediscovered only in the 1920’s by a group of painters, including Chagall, who lived here and is entombed here. Our last stop will be in Grasse to learn about the perfume industry. Grasse is the center of the French perfume industry and is known as the world’s perfume capital. The world’s finest “noses” reside here. A “nose” is the correct name for a person highly trained in the art of perfumery in Grasse. These “noses” can identify and classify hundreds of fragrances, subtly blended together in a harmonious combination, while fine perfumes can contain more than 100 ingredients. Grasse produces over two-thirds of France’s natural aromas for perfume and for food flavorings. Overnight in Nice. (B)

Day 6 Nice – Optional Italian Riviera Excursion
Full day at leisure to relax or to join an optional day excursion that will take you to Italy. After crossing the border between France and Italy, we stop in Ventimiglia for a visit of the Hanbury Gardens, a botanical garden created by an English family in 1867. Continue to San Remo, the elegant capital of the Italian Riviera. Its main attractions are its almost continual sunshine, warm climate, hotels and villas, marina, spa centers, race course and casino. Return to Nice for overnight. (B)

Day 7 Nice – Optional Provence Excursion
Full day at leisure or an optional excursion to Provence. Visit the fountain-filled Aix-en- Provence and step back in time. Vestiges of the Roman city are still visible at the Thermes Sextius spa, Gothic cloisters can be admired at the Cathedral, and sumptuous neoclassical houses that long inspired writers and artists can be seen in the Mazarin quarter. Not to be missed is a visit of Paul Cezanne’s studio. Return to Nice for overnight. (B)

Day 8 Nice
Full day to at leisure for independent activities, to relax or to do some last minute shopping. (B,D)

Day 9 - Nice
to USA or extend your stay with an optional Paris extension Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B) 

OPTIONAL PARIS EXTENSION 
Day 9 – Nice/Paris
Transfer to the airport where you will be boarding the plane to Paris, the “City of Lights”. Check in at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the clichés - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. (B)

Day 10 - Paris
Your included morning city tour features the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Home of croissants and French baguettes, there is no end to the breath-taking sites you can explore on your own. (B)

Day 11 - Paris to USA
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B) B – Breakfast, D – Dinner; Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.
  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 9 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 2 dinners.
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Half day tour of Nice and Excursion to Cannes/St. Paul-de-Vence/ Grasse. Optional tours are available.
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR HOST - Assistance of a professional Tour Host for the entire length of the tour
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS – Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
  • LOCAL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES - Hotel & City taxes and service charges OPTIONAL PARIS EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES
  • DOMESTIC AIR TRANSPORTATION - Domestic flight from Nice to Paris
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAMS - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Half day tour of Paris including local guide
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR HOST - Assistance of a professional Tour Host for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS – Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
  • LOCAL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES - Hotel & City taxes and service charges

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