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Glamorous architecture in Nice
Lavish Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Cap Ferrat
Wonderful coastal and mountain scenery
Modern art in abundance – in Nice, St Paulde-Vence and Antibes
A splash of Mediterranean sunshine in deepest winter
This new tour for Christmas is based in one of France’s loveliest cities, Nice, which offers a superb Mediterranean climate, gorgeous Italianate architecture, superb art galleries, terrific restaurants and the iconic seaside Promenade des Anglais. There is a wealth of history and culture in the area too, from sumptuous villas to art galleries, medieval towns and dramatic scenery, all explored on this superb festive tour. A distinctive and extremely tasty local cuisine adds to the Mediterranean atmosphere and pleasure.
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Nice by TGV
On arrival in Nice transfer to hotel for seven night stay.
Day 2: Full day in Nice
A morning guided tour will show you some of the highlights of this glamorous city with the afternoon to continue your exploration independently – the art galleries here are superb.
Day 3: Full day Grasse and the Gorges du Loup
The medieval hill town of Grasse has been the capital of perfume concoction for nearly 300 years. In the midst of fields planted with an array of fragrant blooms, the town has a museum dedicated to the art of parfumiers as well as lovely old streets to wander. Famous for the fortified villages that perch along the steep sides formed by the River Loup, the Gorges du Loup offer wonderful views and dramatic cascades.
Day 4: Villa Ephrussi, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Christmas Eve gala dinner at local restaurant
This morning we head to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Cap Ferrat, built in 1895 for the enormously wealthy Beatrice de Rothschild. This pink, treasure-filled palace sits atop the promontory surrounded by its own lush gardens and offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the super-rich at the turn of the 20th century. We then head to the pretty seaside resort of Villefranche-sur-Mer with time allowed for lunch, before returning to Nice with time allowed to freshen up before walking to a local restaurant for Christmas Eve dinner.
Day 5: Full day free with Christmas Day lunch at local restaurant
A full day free to explore Nice’s lovely streets, port and seafront promenades. Christmas day lunch at a local restaurant.
Day 6: Antibes, Cap d’Antibes and Biot
The hill town of Biot was a centre for pottery between the 16th and 18th century, a tradition reborn in the mid-20th century when the town once again became famous for its decorative pottery and glasswork. The lively resort of Antibes has a lovely old town and one of the world’s best Picasso collections in the old seafront, Chateau Grimaldi – entrance to the collection is included. Author Graham Greene was a resident here for 20 years. The Cap d’Antibes hides many a sumptuous villa in its pine woods, an area frequented by the likes of F Scott Fitzgerald in its 1920s heyday.
Day 7: Vence and St Paul de Vence
A hilltop town full of charm, Vence is interlaced by narrow streets and dotted with lovely squares. It was popular with painters, including Picasso, thanks to its excellent light and it was here that Matisse was involved in the architectural design and decoration of the Chapelle du Rosaire. Saint Paul-de-Vence was a magnet for artists throughout the 20th century, and the village is dominated by studios and galleries. You can visit the Colombe d’Or restaurant where painters, including Picasso, traded paintings for meals and accommodation. You’ll also find the Fondation Maeght Museum of Modern Art here.
Day 8: Transfer to Nice station and travel by TGV train to Paris and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890.
Massena Hotel, Nice
Boutique four-star hotel in the city centre on atmospheric Place Massena within walking distance of a host of restaurants and most of the main sights. Facilities here include a bar and comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms with all modern amenities.
Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Travel Inn, London King's Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website.
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