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Explore the French Riviera 8-day Small Group Tour
Personally hosted by Carol Haslam, Director of Slow Tours. Carol lived in France for six years, speaks fluent French, knows this region really well and loves to show guests some of her favourite spots.
Stay for one week in a typical French style accommodation with charming gardens and delightful swimming pool. Enjoy the local markets, wonderful food and wine-tasting in this region known for its dazzling blue waters and mountainous hinterland.
Included in this tour are visits to perched villages, chateaux, beaches, a boat trip to one of the delightful Mediterranean islands, and some free time for enjoying leisurely activities such as bike-riding, canoeing, kayaking or swimming in the pool.
Included in the price are: transfers to/from Nice airport or train station, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 7 x 3-course meals (either lunch or dinner) with one or two glasses of wine, all excursions, all entry fees, bike and canoe hire for the energetic, boat trips.
Travel is in a comfortable new vehicle
Maximum 14 passengers
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Transfer from Nice airport or train station to our accommodation where you can settle in and relax before our welcome dinner
Today we drive into the hills behind the French Riviera to discover the village of Gourdon with stunning views to the Mediterranean. Time to explore the village shops before we lunch here then drive on to the world’s perfume capital, Grasse for the afternoon. We visit one of the perfumeries and take a walk into the old village where the cathedral, built in the 11th century, houses 3 Rubens paintings and 1 of Fragonard who was born in Grasse
After breakfast we drive to Cannes and take a short boat trip out to the largest of the Lerins islands, Ile St Marguerite. Here, in the 17th century, a Royal fort was constructed which became a prison during the 18th century. Among other famous prisoners, the Man in the Iron Mask was also imprisoned here
Today we depart from our accommodation and visit the hilltop town of St Paul de Vence, known for the many artists and famous stars who have lived here. After lunch we enjoy the beautiful coastal drive to our St Tropez hotel
Discover St Tropez on foot, roam the cobblestone streets of the old town, climb to the fort for a view over the French Riviera and enjoy a boat trip around the bay to see where the stars' homes are located
Today, we drive inland to discover the ancient Abbey of Le Thoronet, a former Cistercian abbey now housing a museum. The abbey is renowned for its acoustics which may be clearly demonstrated during a tour
A day visiting the charming villages of Gassin, Ramatuelle, and Cogolin, three old, quaint villages with artists' galleries and artisan shops. There is a wonderful choice of wine-tasting of the fresh, fruity rose wines of this region and bistros, cafes and restaurants to choose from for our lunch
After breakfast, transfer to Nice airport or station for departure or continue with us on the Provence tour
I just had the most wonderful experience in the French Rivieria, even travelling across to Italy for a day. The villages were picturesque and the artist’s galleries outstanding. I particularly enjoyed seeing the home and gardens of Renoir, one of my favourite impressionist artists. A visit to the mansions on the peninsula of St Jean Cap Ferrat proved to be an unexpected highlight with a delicious lunch overlooking the stunning gardens as a memorable bonus. St, Raphael, St Tropez.... wow, what a great trip, and would not have been the same without the local knowledge and contacts of our tour guide, Carol. Carolyn (Glen Osmond) April 2010
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