Cannes & the Cote d'Azur
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- Discover the glitz & glamour of the French Riviera on this 7-night holiday to France.
- Explore the tiny nation of Monaco & the stunning Rothschild Villa on a full day excursion.
- Step back in time on a day trip to the medieval hilltop village of St-Paul-de-Vence.
- Experience the fragrances of the world’s perfume capital on an excursion to Grasse.
- Visit two other jewels of the French Riviera on a full day trip including Antibes & Nice.
- Enjoy plenty of free time to relax & stroll along the beautiful Cannes seafront.
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Your Guided Group Holiday to Cannes & the Cote d'Azur
Travel with us to discover some of the best-loved towns and cities of the Côte d'Azur on this over 50's holiday to France. From the opulence of Monte Carlo to the tranquillity of St. Paul-de-Vence, this 7-night getaway has something for everyone. We’ll take a day trip to visit the tiny nation of Monaco and explore the beautiful Rothschild Villa & Gardens. Another day trip will take us to the medieval town of Grasse & the painter’s village of St. Paul-de-Vence. We’ll also visit Antibes & Nice, a one day excursion which includes the Old Town of Antibes, Millionaire’s Quay and the magnificent Nice Promenade. This holiday also includes plenty of free time to enjoy the surroundings at a leisurely pace and explore the many hidden gems in this beautiful region of France.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to France
Arrive in Nice
Upon arrival in Nice, our local representative will meet you in the airport. They will accompany you to your hotel, which is located in the beautiful city of Cannes.
Monaco, Monte Carlo & Rothschild Villa
Guided Excursion to Monaco & Monte Carlo
After breakfast, you will begin your holiday with a full day excursion, taking in the harbour of Monaco and the Monte Carlo Casino in the morning before visiting the Rothschild Villa in the afternoon. The iconic Monte Carlo Casino was the brainchild of Prince Charles Grimaldi who hoped the revenue generated would save the House of Grimaldi from bankruptcy. It has been the scene of many of the most famous movie scenes to be filmed in the area including several James Bond films and Ocean’s Twelve.
Visit the Rothschild Villa
In the afternoon you will visit the Rothschild Villa or the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The villa was designed by the French architect Aaron Messiah in the early 20th century for the baroness Béatrice de Rothschild. The Baroness filled the mansion with antique furniture, paintings and sculptures. Upon her death in 1934 they donated the property and its collections to the Académie des Beaux Arts and it is now open to the public. The gardens are classified as one of the Notable Gardens of France.
Free Time in Cannes
Today, you will have a full day to relax and enjoy the charms of the Côte d'Azur at your own pace. Take in some sightseeing and shopping in Cannes, or visit some of the towns and villages in the surrounding region. Your guide can offer suggestions for activities and places to see. If staying in Cannes for the day, why not visit the local food market in the heart of the city where you can taste the local delicacies.
St. Paul-de-Vence & Grasse
Experience the Hilltop Village of St. Paul-de-Vence
Day 4 of your Côte d'Azur experience will see you travel to the hilltop village of St-Paul-de-Vence, which has been the inspiration for artists past and present. At one time or another, artists such as Marc Chagall, Samivel & Bernard-Henri Lévy and Arielle Dombasle have all lived here. It is home to many contemporary art museums and galleries such as Fondation Maeght and the Musée de Saint Paul.
In the afternoon you will venture on to Grasse, which is regarded by many as the perfume capital of the world (la capitale mondiale des parfums). Since the end of the 18th century it has been producing fragrances and Grasse is still home to several parfumeries such as Galimard, Molinard and Fragonard. The cathedral in Grasse was founded in the 11th century and is dedicated to Notre Dame du Puy. It houses three works by Rubens and one by Jean-Honoré Fragonard who is a French painter native to the town.
Antibes & Nice
On the morning of your fifth day you will set off for Antibes, which is renowned for its Old Town and the famous Millionaire’s Quay. The town was founded as a 5th century Greek colony due to its naturally protected port and it has historically been an important trade centre. Today it is home to a number of noted museums including the Picasso Museum and the Naval Museum of Napoleon.
After lunch you will continue on to Nice, which is one of the most popular cities to visit in France. Nice boasts lots of cultural attractions including a colourful flower market and the Promenade des Anglais, named after the earliest English visitors to the area.
Explore Cannes at Your Own Pace
Day 6 can be enjoyed at your leisure in Cannes. Relax with a drink by the seaside or take a stroll along the Croisette, which is the setting for the Cannes Film Festival. We suggest you enjoy an al fresco lunch in Le Suquet, the Old Town of Cannes, which overlooks the bay. From here, we also suggest you walk/take a bus to the top of the hill that has some fantastic views over the entire city that are not to be missed!
Final Day at Leisure
Free Time in Cannes
Spend your last day in Cannes shopping for last minute souvenirs or enjoying a coffee or a glass of wine. Why not try one of the many cafés and restaurants, which surround the Boulevard de la Croisette. You can also take a walk down the picturesque seafront and experience the fabulous views outside the world-famous Carlton Hotel. A final evening of indulgence will be the perfect way to say “au revoir” to the Côte d'Azur.
Return Home From France
You will be transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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