Nice, Eze (or St Paul) and Monaco
Nice: After your pick-up this excursion will start with a walking tour from the Fontaine du soleil, to the old town to see the colorful flower and farmer market and to see where the locals live and much more… 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. One mustn’t miss the onion, anchovy and olive tarts called « Pissaladieres », the famous Socca made with chickpea flour. And the best, creamiest, yummiest ice cream from Fenocchio with over 100 different flavor.
Eze: 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!
We will finish the day with the luxury of Monaco, Monte-Carlo: Nowhere exudes luxury quite like Monaco does, with no other place similar in Europe. Discover the second smallest country in the world, the (old town, with a walking tour), the Prince Palace, the cathedral (neo Romanesque style) where Grace and Rainier were married, and is also where their graves can be found, the incredible oceanographic museum. It will be a sin to not go to Monte-Carlo along the formula 1 grand prix circuit, the most prestigious in the world. For that final bit of dramatic luxury, see the Grand casino built in 1862, it sits in front of a richly decorated garden which is dotted with water fountains.
if you are not interested in visiting Nice we can replace it with the village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence
St Paul de Vence, the pearl of Provence the history of this village dates back to the 11th century. Is one of the most-preserved and prettiest medieval villages in the region. Surrounded by its stone wall built during the 16th century on the orders of Francois 1st. The quality of life, (art of living) and exceptional light has inspired many famous painters, writers and poets… You will stroll through picturesque narrows streets which are lined with over 40 art galleries, souvenir shops as well, you will enjoy the fantastic landscape around the village with brilliant views of the Alps. The town is a meeting point for artists from all over the world. You will find in the small cemetery facing the sea at the end of the village, the tomb of the painter Marc Chagall.
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.
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.
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