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 Belle Epoque seaside town of Bordighera known as the city of palms, a charming town on the Ligurian coast. Much appreciated by the 19th century aristocracy and many artists. You will stroll in its flowered streets with its magnificent Italian architecture, and take the time to drink an excellent cappuccino while enjoying the view of the French and Italian Riviera.
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 visit Menton known for its lemon festival and the most beautiful colorful town in the entire French Riviera. We will finally return to Nice along the Grande Corniche, which boasts the very best views of Menton, Monaco, Eze village, St jean Cap Ferrat and Nice.
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!
This excursion will start with a walking tour from the Fontaine du soleil, to the old town, considered the heart of the city. You will see the Opera Housse and the colorful Cours Saleya market. The only way to get to know the real Nice is by strolling through the ocher colored streets listening to the « Niçois » speaking their own language (Nissart) and by tasting their savory cooking.
France is the most visited country in the world for more than 40 years, and in particular our beautiful city of Nice and the Côte d’Azur which attracted for years the most famous painters, artists, movie stars, great chefs and creators clothing , Queens and Princes. Tourists and celebrities from around the world continue to discover this wonderful part of the world every year.