Nice, the main city on the Cote d’Azur is known as the playground of the rich and famous. Soak in the atmosphere, rays of sunshine, and coastal ambiance of Nice while wandering through the walled city and down to the “Promenade des Anglais” - the wide, tree-lined promenade which gives onto the azure Mediterranean. Enjoy a private walking tour of Nice, followed by a private half day tour taking in the sites in beautiful Antibes (with its largely intact fortified walls dating back to Roman times), Cannes (of Film festival fame) and Grasse (known for its artisanal perfume making). Discover the dazzle and charm that has made Paris one of the world's top destinations for centuries.
With private airport pick up and drop off, two half day organized activities and lots of options for other private tours, balanced with enough free time to explore at leisure, this tour is perfect as a standalone trip or as an add on to a longer trip.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver. (A supplement for transfer between 8pm and 7am may be charged).
A welcome package with your vouchers, and itinerary, city map(s) and train tickets (where 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 Ellington Hotel (4*) located close to the shopping center Nice Etoile and about 900 m from the famous Promenade des Anglais. The hotel is housed in a traditional Riviera style building, with an attractive facade which has been entirely restored and painted in a pale ochre colour with off-white window shutters. The comfortable accomodations and luxurious surroundings are sure to please the most discerning of guests.This charming hotel with its jazzy atmosphere was opened in December 2006. The hotel offers 119 rooms in 4 different categories; superior, deluxe, executive and junior suites. All the rooms are air conditonned and features flatscreen TV, satellite channesl, minbar, safety box (costs extra) wi-fi (costs extra) and coffee and tea facilities as well as bathroom with hairdryer.
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 a private half day tour and visit the Provencal towns of Antibes, Cannes and Grasse. After your hotel pick up, admire the sea view from la Garoupe, pass the celebrities villas of Cap d’Antibes and arrive by the ramparts in Antibes. Free time to discover Old Town, Billionaire’s Quay, home to dynastic yachts and overlooked by the 16 c. Fort Vauban. Enjoy the coast line to Golfe-Juan where Napoleon landed in 1815, Juan-Les-Pins, passing by the famous seafront and Pine Grove with trendy boutiques. 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. Get to Grasse, the world capital of perfume and enjoy a guided visit of the perfume factory Fragonard. Discover the old town of Grasse, before you will be returned to your hotel.
Enjoy a half day (5hrs) private tour with your private Guide and vehicle and driver. Upon leaving Nice, we drive to the spectacular coastline Lower Corniche between Nice and Monaco, which harbours typical Mediterranean villages and modern marinas. Admire the Bay and Citadel of Villefranche. Short stop for panoramic view.. On the Middle Corniche stop at Eze – a medieval perched village with its crafts shops and breathtaking panorama. Guided tour of a traditional perfumery, the true essence of Provence. Continue to Monaco. City tour at the Old Town of Monaco: view of the palace, the Cathedral, oceanographical museum (no entrance). Tour of Monte-Carlo and drive along the amazing Grand Prix circuit. Free time at Casino Square: enjoy yourselves with luxurious shopping, strolling along stunning gardens, megayachts, chic casinos… or simply watch the “rich and beautiful” in their favourite haunts. After the tour return back to Nice.
Train station transfer with private vehicle and English speaking Driver.
Enjoy the train ride from Nice to Paris (direct) on the fast speed TGV train. Train duration is approximately 5 hours and 40 minutes.
Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking driver.
The Bel-Ami Hotel (5*) is found in the heart of Paris in the arts and letters quarter of Saint Germain des Prés, a short walk from the church of Saint Germain, the famous cafés Le Flore and Les Deux Magots and the Brasserie Lipp. The hotel has long been a reference in the Parisian quarter of Saint Germain des Prés, and is now hoisting its new colours designed by the architect and designer Philippe Maidenberg, to give new life to the St Germain area. You can indulge in la vie en rose at the Bel Ami Cafe, in a warm and fun ambiance in which carefully designed lighting, an elegant mix of pastel colours and a huge central illuminated suspension entice you to enjoy an organic brunch prepared by the chef, Christophe Hay. The Bel Ami Spa has now been entrusted to Esthederm’s innovative savoir faire, whose expert, made-tomeasure care programmes are fashioned to suit men and women alike. After your relaxing beauty treatment, you can indulge in a different kind of pleasure at the Bel Ami Bar, whose new menu by Christophe Hay includes organic dishes which are both natural and fresh. In the evening, house cocktails add an element of subtlety to a moment of pleasure in a haven of peace amid the bustle of the night-time activity of this Parisian quarter. The elegant and spacious new bedrooms of the Bel Ami complement this ambiance of contemporary refinement with their discrete luxury.
Your English speaking professional guide will meet you at your hotel for a tour of the local's Paris. As well as showing you the highlights of Paris (the city is very accessible on foot) your guide will tell you the history of the city and show you the city from a local's point of view.
NB: If you have a specific area of Paris you would be interested to explore let us know and we can request a specialist guide, along with adding a Metro Pass where necessary.
Paris takes on a different hue at night and, with many of the magnificent buildings aglow which make it is possibly the best time to admire the beauty of the city. There are plenty of options to choose from for evening entertainment including an early evening wine tasting in a beautiful, airy Parisian loft of a French sommelier located close to the lively Marais district, a dinner cruise, a cabaret show, dinner in the Eiffel tower followed by a night-time cruise, or an evening tour of the city with many of the historical buildings aglow.
A vehicle and driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to the world-renowned museum, the Louvre, where you will meet your English speaking guide. Your guide will accompany you throughout the museum showing you the highlights of the gallery including the timeless work of Da Vinci's 'The Mona Lisa'. Entrance is included.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of France for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/france.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Paris. Government: Republic since 1792. Language: French is the official language. Many people speak at least some English. Religion: Approximately 83% Roman Catholic; Protestant 2%; Muslim 5% Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used. Telephone: Country code +33. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent. Internet: Public access is available at Internet cafes in most cities.
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