Discover & Explore: The French Riviera

At-a-Glance

Discover the beautiful French Riviera known as one of the first ever modern resort areas, with its soothing Mediterranean breezes and inviting culture. Take one of the many tours offered to fully emerse yourself along the coastline dotted with casinos, nightclubs and fine sand beaches.


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Highlights:

  • Round trip scheduled airfare
  • Round trip transfers between airports and hotels while overseas
  • Hotel luggage handling
  • 6 nights in the Cannes, France...only unpack once!
  • Includes breakfasts daily & 1 dinner
  • Tours of Cannes, Biot, Villefrance and Eze
  • Discovery Program guide

Preferred Hotels

Please check with your agent.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Board your transatlantic flight
  • Day 2: Arrive in Cannes and transfer to your hotel
    • Remainder of day at your leisure
  • Day 3: Cannes, Antibes, and Sophia Antipolis
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Full day of touring
    • Dinner at your hotel
  • Day 4: Day at leisure
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Optional Excursion St. Paul de Vence
  • Day 5: Grasse Excursion
    • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Day 6: Day at leisure
    • Optional Excursion to Monte Carlo, Villefrance and Eze
    • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Day 7: St. Tropez
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Day at leisure
  • Day 8: Breakfast at your hotel
    • Transfer to airport for flight home

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DAY 1 & 2: USA - CANNES
We begin our French Riviera discovery today with our flight to Cannes, France. Sit back, relax and enjoy all the in-flight amenities. Arrive in Cannes today, where we will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel; home for the next 6 nights. There will be time to relax before the Welcome Reception with our Discovery Program Guide tonight. (In-flight meals)

DAY 3: CANNES - ANTIBES - SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS
Our morning begins with a city tour of Cannes. "Discovered" by Lord Brougham in 1834, Cannes soon became a community for the international elite and is synonymous with the International Film Festival. We will see the Palais des Festivals with its lovely harbor and La Croisiette, perhaps one of the most elegant seaside promenades in the world. The old town - Le Suquet, is still a delicious maze of medieval streets and Renaissance houses. We continue onward to Antibes, nestled in the beautiful Cote d' Azur. Antibes was founded as a 5th century BC Greek colony settled by Phocaeans and also known as the longtime home of Picasso. Antibes was also home to Napoléon Bonaparte and his family until his imprisonment after the fall of Robespierre. After returning to Cannes, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at our hotel. (B,D)

DAY 4: CANNES -OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO ST. PAUL DE VENCE
Today is at leisure for you to explore Cannes or take an optional excursion to St. Paul-de-Vence. The picture-book medieval village of St. Paul-de-Vence stands hidden behind its ramparts and is "Provence in a nutshell". St. Paul-de-Vence was rediscovered only in the 1920's by a group of painters. The painter Chagall lived here and is entombed here. Take advantage of shopping or just relax in the soothing Mediterranean breezes. (B)

DAY 5: GRASSE EXCURSION
This morning we make our way to Grasse to learn about the perfume industry. Grasse is the center of the French perfume industry and is known as the world's perfume capital. The world's finest "noses" reside here. A "nose" is the correct name for a person highly trained in the art of perfumery in Grasse. These "noses" can identify and classify hundreds of fragrances, subtly blended together in a harmonious combination, while fine perfumes can contain more than 100 ingredients. Grasse produces over two-thirds of France's natural aromas for perfume and for food flavorings. (B)

DAY 6: OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO MONTE CARLO - VILLEFRANCE - EZE
Today take an optional excursion to Monaco today. Monaco is an independent principality about half the size of New York City's Central Park; with a population of 27,000. Monte Carlo is the site of the well-known casino and a glittering center of international social life. All of Monaco is contained within an area of less than 1 square mile. Our city tour will include the 19th-century Romanesque Cathedral, famous for the sight of Princess Grace's tomb. Next, we travel to Villefrance. There's quite a medieval feeling in Villefrance. This city's long and rich history as a major sea port is visible everywhere you look with quiet little squares and the Place de l'Eglise that has a bench circling a beautiful big tree. We continue to the medieval village of Eze, perched 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean Sea for fantastic views. (B)

DAY 7: ST. TROPEZ - WINE REGION- OPTIONAL EXCURSION
Today, you might want to take an optional tour to St. Tropez this morning with a leisurely 60-mile drive along the beautiful coastline. Visit an often forgotten World War II landing site in the area. On arrival in St. Tropez, we'll have an orientation tour of this scenic town. Enjoy views of the beaches before returning to Nice. (B)

DAY 8: CANNES - USA
Say good-bye to the French Riviera as we transfer to the airport for our flight home. (B,In-flight meals) (B)