High Life In French Riviera
With sun that shines 300 days a year, internationally-renowned history and culture and a shimmering sea, stay in cosmopolitan Nice, the ideal base to explore the surrounding areas. This relaxing break offers the opportunity to visit popular resorts including Cannes, Antibes, and the Principality of Monaco while giving you the freedom to explore the beautiful scenery and visitor attractions at your own pace.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Commencing the journey to your overnight stay in Dijon, we aim for a lunch break in Reims. Known the world over as the city of champagne, Reims also has a heritage going back thousands of years, from the capital of a Roman province, being the location of French coronations, to the stylish Art Deco buildings that resulted from devastation in the First World War. We then continue our journey to our comfortable overnight hotel on the outskirts Dijon, where dinner will be provided.
Today, on departure from Dijon, we continue our journey to Nice, stopping for lunch in Valence. Seen as the gateway to the South of France, this attractive city features canal-lined streets and the Cathedral of St Apollinaire, dating back to the 11th century.We aim to arrive at the centrally located Nice Riviera Hotel late afternoon. To allow you to sample the best of France's gastronomy, we stay on a bed and breakfast basis at the Nice Riviera Hotel. Nice's cuisine is traditional and Mediterranean, with plenty of vegetables, flavours and aromas.
Spend your first full day at leisure in Nice. You may like to start your morning at the daily local market, or perhaps with a stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Nice has one of the longest and most famous beaches of the French Riviera, stretching for 7km. As you enter the old city, go from the open spaces of the Promenade, to the narrow streets of a traditional Mediterranean city. For those seeking a cultural experience, Nice is rich in art museums, from the Musée Matisse to the fine art collection at the Musée des Beaux arts. Alternatively, make a visit to the Russian Orthodox cathedral, a building that might look more at home in St Petersburg than Nice!
Today we sample the glamour of the Principality of Monaco. Overlooking the pristine waters of the Mediterranean, Monaco is famed for its Royal family, Formula One and casinos. Spend your time soaking up the atmosphere, explore some of the local attractions including the State Apartments and Prince Rainier III's collection of vintage cars.
Making a relaxed start to the day, head over to Villefranche-sur-Mer in time for lunch. Widely regarded as one of the most charming and authentic French and Niçoise fishing villages on the French Riviera. Here you can enjoy the beach and waterfront, watching the fishing boats come in, and sample some of the delicious local produce in the many cafes and restaurants. We then move on to the stylish resort of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, which has remained remarkably unspoilt in natural beauty. Those looking to work off lunch can explore one of the many coastal paths, giving remarkable views of the peninsula. Alternatively, it is just a short journey to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. With stunning sea views, this mini palace is filled with a superb collection of porcelain, tapestries, 18th century paintings and furniture and is set in beautiful gardens with fountains that are switched on to a musical accompaniment every 20 minutes. Stay in Cap-Ferrat for dinner to experience the evening atmosphere.
Today we again enjoy a later start to the day, heading towards Cannes, famous for its film festival and glamorous image. Film fans will want to visit the Palais des Festivals and the Chemin des Etoiles, where directors, actors and other celebrities have left a print of their hands and their signature.Our afternoon stop will be in the ancient walled town of Antibes. Famous for being home to the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, Antibes saw its fair share of glitz, glamour and avant-garde in the 20th century. We once again remain in Antibes for dinner.
Today we bid farewell to the Riviera and begin the return journey to Dijon, stopping in Lyon. With 2000 years of history imprinted on its cobbled streets, Lyon features beautiful Renaissance neighbourhoods, Roman amphitheatres and antique markets.
On the final stage of our journey back to England, we make a break in Medieval Troyes.
2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Armony Hotel Dijon
5 nights bed and breakfast at the Nice Riviera Hotel
Free time in Nice, Monaco, Villefranch-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cannes & Antibes
Nice Riviera Hotel & Spa is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Nice, just 700 yards from the Promenade des Anglais. It offers a fitness room and a wellness centre with a heated swimming pool, a hot tub and a sauna. Guest rooms at Nice Riviera Hotel & Spa feature environmentally friendly, bamboo parquet flooring and colourful cushions and bed throws. Each room has an en suite bathroom with a bathrobe, slippers and toiletries.
Our overnight accommodation will be provided at the Armony Hotel in Dijon, just a short journey from Dijon city centre. Located on the Burgundy Wine Road, the hotel provides modern and comfortable rooms and facilities.