Rub shoulders with celebrities and royalty as you shop in the boutiques in the historical quarter of Nice, throw dice in the resplendent Monte Carlo Grand Casino, and sip cocktails overlooking Monaco’s exclusive marina.
Few places in the world conjure up more glitz and glamor than the French Riviera, where you may well find yourself rubbing shoulders with famous stars at one of the upscale restaurants and bars. Admire chic boutiques and baroque architecture in the Old Town of Nice on a guided tour, or saunter along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Take in the breathtaking Mediterranean scenery with a trip along the coastal road to Cannes and visit the tiny principality of Monaco with your personal chauffeured vehicle. A visit to Monte Carlo’s Grand Casino is a must, if only to admire the opulent architecture. The medieval village of Eze, the Fragonard perfume factory and the Oceanographic Museum in Monte Carlo are the main highlights, when the famous Monaco Grand Prix is not in town of course!
If you are going to “do” the French Riviera, it should be done in style. Helicopter flights give bird’s eye view of this stunning coastline while private vehicle transfers between the airport, Nice and Monaco allow you to sit back and enjoy the scenery while the driver navigates those hairpin bends! English speaking tours of Old Nice, Monaco and Eze eradicate language problems and allow you to get the very most from your trip. Hand-picked hotels are centrally located in the heart of Nice Old Town, close to the Promenade, while more modern luxury accommodation in Monaco are in order.
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Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver. (A supplement for transfer between 8pm and 7am may be charged).
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistance for you upon your arrival which will be waiting for you outside the customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
The Westminster (4*) excellent location, on the seafront, right on Promenade Des Anglais and very close to the shopping centre. This is an attractive, period building painted in a pleasant pale pink with sculpted decorations over the windows. Entering this hotel is like stepping into another era as it exudes old world charm. Near the beach and other points of interest, this is an excellent hotel that is very well located. The Westminster’s restaurant serves Mediterranean specialties which can be enjoyed on the hotel’s terrace.
Take a guided walking tour in "Vieux Nice, France’s most Baroque old city. Discover the Cours Saleya (with its flower market in the morning), and a hundred stalls of plants, bouquets and cut flowers. Against the backdrop of the Castle Hill, this colourful display is a must. Discover the heart of the old town, its lively atmosphere and customs, the small St Francis Square with its fish market and fountain, other piazzas with their 17th and 18th Baroque churches, small cafes where the Niçois people like to meet, and winding alleys lined with quaint shops.
Enjoy an evening at leisure in Cannes with a private return transfer from Nice. Drive to Cannes by the coast, pass the celebrities villas of Cap d’Antibes. Admire the sea view from la Garoupe. Uppon arrival in Cannes take your time to enjoy dinner at leisure. In Cannes, city of Festivals, fireworks and film stars, stop at the Film Festival Palace and see the stars handprints, the shops, the sandy beaches and enjoy the famous Croisette Boulevard and the chic of Cannes.
There are plenty of fun activities to choose from in and around Nice. For a private excursion, consider a half or full day tour to explore the coastline and any of the wonderful little villages scattered throughout the landscape, enjoy a tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo, crossing over the border and into Italy and checking out one of the market towns, enjoy a cooking lesson in Mediterranean cuisine and wine tasting followed by a wonderful lunch and a visit to some gourmet shops in Nice, enjoy a scenic helicopter ride filled by a morning of quad biking or formula 1 race car driving..The options are endless. If any of these catch your fancy or if you have anything particular in mind, please contact your Kensington Sales Advisor for more details.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Monaco today.
Self-Guided: Discover the fascinating historical town of Monaco on a self guided walking tour. Start at Place du Palais, where every day at 11:55am the changing of the guard takes place in front of the Princely Palace. Visit the interior of the palace which has a trove of treasures, not least the Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs & Collections of the Historical Archives of the Palace. At the Place du Palais, gaze at an exceptional panorama while strolling towards the Saint Martin Gardens which surround the Oceanographic Museum. Located close to the Oceanographic Museum, Monte-Carlo story presents “Monaco the Film” on the parking terraces of the Chemin des Pecheurs. With a screening every hour and simultaneous translation into six languages, this film explores the origins, history and future of the Principality. In front of the Oceanographic museum on the Avenue St Martin, catch the “Azur Express” tourist trains. These small trains take passengers on a daily tour with commentary in French, English, Italian and German during which you will discover the Port, Monte-Carlo and its palaces, the famous casino and its gardens before arriving back at the old town with its ramparts and Princely Palace. Located on the Rock at Place de la Visitation, the Museum of the Chapel of Visitation is part of a Baroque style chapel dating from the 17th century. It houses masterpieces by Rubens, Zurbaran, Ribera and masters of the Italian Baroque. The self guided walk will take approx. 2 hours (excl. museums).
Le Meridien Beach Plaza (4*) overlooks Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean Sea. Its private beach and indoor and outdoor swimming pools are complimented by a range of restaurants and bars with 24-hour service. Rooms at Le Méridien Beach Plaza are air-conditioned. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. It is the only hotel in the principality with a private beach. There is a well equipped health and fitness centre with indoor swimming pool, two outdoor pools and the "Sea Club", a state-of-the-art conference centre overlooking the sea. The 338 rooms are decorated in Mediterranean style, with large bay windows offering a view of the sea or Monte Carlo. The "Roof Top" level, on the 11th floor, offers 24 exceptional suites and rooms with personalized service. Free access to the private beach, swimming pool, sauna & fitness centre.
Enjoy a private half day excursion with your private vehicle and driver-guide. Along the route you will pass by the beautiful bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat. The village is a citadel dating back to the 16th century and houses the Rothschild’s museum. From here, we continue on to Beaulieu, meaning “beautiful place”, so named by Napoleon. The town is well known for its casino and gastronomical restaurants. Next stop on route is Eze, an old medieval village. Enjoy a visit at the Fragonard perfume factory. Enjoy some free time to wander around the village before being brought back to your hotel via the Cap d'Ail where there are great views of luxury villas scattered along the coastline.
Your day will finish with a drop off your hotel in Monte Carlo. (no entrances included).
Spend your evening enjoying the world famous Monte Carlo Casino
Enjoy a shared direct flight from Monaco Heliport to Nice Heliport.
February 19, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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November 15, 2013
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November 09, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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