The French and Italian Riviera in one holiday may sound decadent, but the Italian border is only 40 minutes from Nice so it would be a shame not to indulge !
Most visitors head to Ventimiglia or San Remo to see the basic markets, but they generally miss the Italian Riviera’s true gems :
We love introducing our clients to Liguria and helping them to live a truly Italian experience.
The first stop in Italy will be the principality of Seborga, a little village with a quirky history which we’ll share with you before you wander through its pretty streets. From Seborga you will enjoy a fantastic view on the Italian and French Riviera.
We will head downhill to the Belle Epoque seaside town of Bordighera and then after a short drive along the Nervia river, the next stop will be the exceptional perched village of Dolceacqua… a firm favorite with Claude Monet and Riviera Together! Once you’ve crossed the striking medieval bridge every street you walk down and every corner you turn will hold new surprises: amazing architecture, stunning views, artist’s galleries, a countryside path, a castle, etc…
Before leaving the village, if you wish you will have the opportunity to taste a local wines and digestives at a specialist shop.
On the trip back to France, we will take you to the coast to Menton the pearl of France and then along the Grande Corniche, which boasts the very best views of Menton, Monaco, Eze village, St jean Cap Ferrat and Nice.
Drive along the famous promenade des Anglais and reach the Castle Hill where the Greeks lived 2600 years ago, enjoy its gardens and the waterfall and a breathtaking view over the city of Nice. Photo stop at the largest Russian cathedral in Europe outside of Russia and arrive in Cimiez, see the Queen Victoria winter palace, a monastery built in the 9th century surrounded by a garden of Italian style, the tomb of the painter Henri Matisse, the Roman Arena built in the 2nd century , and the remains of the ancient Roman city.
The name Saint Tropez conjures up images of yachts and golden sand – it is the classic European getaway. It has been this way however, it was once a quiet fishing village which was transformed after Brigitte Bardot came to St Tropez in the 50s to star in Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman) providing the stage for it become a classic jet set destination where illicit pleasures wait around every corner.
Your jaw will drop in front of the magnificent view of the Mediterranean. Eze is a charming medieval village perched on a hill, built like an eagle’s nest with its exotic garden hanging from the ruins of the castle at an altitude of 400 m. Shoppers will delight in the many local perfumeries shops and art galleries. You will enjoy strolling in its small narrow cobbled streets lined with small cafes and restaurants, its vaulted passages, and its beautiful flowered houses. It’s fantastic!
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