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So much to discover

  • Explore Menton, a picturesque coastal town
  • Discover Sanremo, an elegant town on the Italian ‘Coast of Flowers’
  • Visit the old town of Antibes and its iconic Provençal market
  • Learn how fragrances are blended on a historic perfumery tour in Grasse
  • Discover labyrinthine Dolceacqua and fascinating Seborga
  • Experience chic Monaco and Monte Carlo on a guided tour

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7 nights in 3-star accommodation
Daily breakfast & 1 dinner
Welcome drinks & dinner
Programme of daily tours & visits
Expert tour manager
Checked luggage
Return flights & transfers
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"If we decide on another tour then you can be sure that Riviera will be our first port of call."

- Peter & Laura
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Overview

Stretching from Cannes in France to La Spezia in Italy, the Riviera is famed for its sun-kissed beaches, chic resorts and the superyachts of the elite, but there’s much more to discover. Until the late 18th century, the area was known mostly for its fishing, olives and flowers for perfumes. Before long, the Riviera was transformed into a winter health resort for the British upper class. Magnificent gardens were developed by the wealthy, notably Lawrence Johnston, the creator of Hidcote who established the Serre de la Madone in the hills above Menton, and the Hanbury family who made the steep Italian cliffs of La Mortola an unparalleled collection of exotic plants. With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, the Riviera became the preferred holiday destination of European royalty and aristocracy, such as Queen Victoria, who was so taken with ‘this paradise of nature’ that she visited nine times. The outstanding Mediterranean light and striking landscapes also attracted no end of artists and writers – Picasso and Monet lived in Antibes, Chagall settled in Saint-Paul de Vence, and Robert Louis Stevenson sought the air in Menton. 

Beyond the coast, the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is home to remarkable hilltop villages and splendid mountain scenery, along with flower farms that feed the French perfume industry. Across the border, Italy’s well-loved crescent of the Mediterranean coast is characterised by dramatic twisting landscapes, where steep mountains cascade into the Ligurian Sea.

The cuisine, especially the seafood, is as legendary as the sunshine, but there’s also an abundance of unforgettable experiences here, from regal palaces to opulent Monaco, the millionaires’ playground whose streets host the legendary Formula 1 race, to eclectic art collections. Then there are ancient towns like Antibes, Dolceacqua and Seborga mixing with medieval villages, olive groves, world-leading perfumeries, yacht-filled marinas and chic shops selling everything from local crafts to luxury brands.

Our tour allows you to enjoy the highlights of the area, with plenty of free time to explore. Whether you’re passionate about art, food, perfumes or gardens – or you simply want to enjoy the good life – you’ll soon discover why the French and Italian Rivieras have become some of the world’s foremost holiday destinations. 



Your itinerary


DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN MENTON

Menton Waterfront

Fly to Nice where we transfer by coach to the three-star Hotel Le Balmoral in Menton, our hotel for seven nights, with breakfast. 

Our drive there is a scenic feast, showcasing a town that nestles between the sheltering slopes of the Alpes-Maritimes and the sea.

This evening we enjoy an informal drinks reception followed by dinner for a chance to get to know our travel companions a little better.

DAY 2 - MENTON

Medieval town of Menton

Morning

Menton is one of the loveliest towns of the Côte d’Azur, close to the border with Italy. This morning we discover its old town on a guided walk, a haven of pastel-coloured shuttered houses tumbling down to the seafront, narrow alleyways, elegant boulevards and flourishing gardens brimming with tropical plants. 

Blessed with one of Europe’s mildest climates, Menton is known for its vibrant lemon and orange trees, which bloom even in winter. We’ll visit the Salle des Mariages, the marriage registry office imaginatively decorated with swirling murals, leopard-print rugs and red velvet chairs by Jean Cocteau, one of the greatest artistic polymaths of the 20th century. Standing sentinel over the town is southern France’s grandest Baroque church, the St-Michel Archange basilica with an olive-and-ochre façade and a fine steeple.

Afternoon

The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not enjoy a lunch of freshly caught fish by the quayside on the elegant arches of Quai Bonaparte or dine alfresco in a shady square? If you found yourself spellbound by Cocteau’s art, perhaps visit the museum dedicated to his eclectic work. Or you may wish to visit the old hilltop cemetery, which is renowned for its glorious views over the Mediterranean and the graves of the fascinating characters buried there, including William Webb Ellis, the fabled inventor of rugby.

DAY 3 - SANREMO

DAY 4 - ANTIBES & GRASSE

DAY 5 - FREE DAY OR MAKE IT YOUR OWN

DAY 6 - DOLCEACQUA & SEBORGA

DAY 7 - MONACO

DAY 8 - RETURN HOME

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Artistic highlights of the French Riviera - from £25 per person

Discover Saint-Paul de Vence, the beautiful medieval village that seduced numerous artists with its exceptional light, and perhaps visit one of the many galleries here. Then witness a glassblowing demonstration by artisans at nearby Biot, renowned for its artistic heritage. 

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Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

  Airport    Hotel location    Transfer time 
Nice Airport Menton 1 hr

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Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

We care deeply about our customers and the holiday experience they have. We’re passionate about travel and we want all aspects to be perfect, with personal service and attention at every step of the way. Our world-class holidays include everything you need, with no detail overlooked. We carefully curate every aspect of your trip based on our own first-hand experience and expertise built up over decades in the travel industry.

What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person based on sole occupancy of a twin/double room and includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and one dinner, including a welcome dinner and drinks on the first night 
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Scheduled flights
  • All taxes and transfers
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

We guarantee there are never any hidden costs or surcharges, inflated prices or artificial discounts.

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