Christmas In Nice By Rail

7 nights starting from
£1195

  • Glamorous architecture in Nice 

  • Lavish Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Cap Ferrat

  • Wonderful coastal and mountain scenery

  • Modern art in abundance – in Nice, St Paul-de-Vence and Antibes 

  • A splash of Mediterranean sunshine in deepest winter

This fantastic 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.

Available Departures

From

22 - December - 2020 £ 1195.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 22nd December 2020 at 07:55

Returning: 29th December 2020 at 19:13

ITINERARY

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. A cold plate and welcome drink will be available in the hotel bar on arrival.

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: 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 4: 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 5: Antibes and Cap d’Antibes
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 6: Full day free in Nice to explore independently
The capital of the Riviera, Nice is a buzzing city full of culture, excellent restaurants and good shopping. There are distinct districts - the medieval quarter, the Italianate quarter that belies Nice’s past as part of Italy and plenty of rich mansions that shows past pedigree as one of the most fashionable resorts in Europe. There are plenty of excellent museums to explore, and the vibrant Promenade des Anglais to stroll along.

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 35 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice via Paris
  • Seven nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Brice Garden Hotel based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Special Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch at local restaurants
  • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary including guided tours and entrance fees
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Double for sole use supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • 1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on French railway leg
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
  • Porterage and gratuities

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.

HOTEL

Hotel Brice Garden 

Located in the heart of Nice, the four-star Hotel Brice Garden is beautifully decorated in a contemporary style, close to the beach and the pedestrianised streets lined with shops and restaurants. Hotel facilities include a lounge bar, serving hot and cold drinks, refreshments, cocktails and more. Bedrooms all have private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, TV, minibar, safe, free wi-fi.


Hotel Brice Garden Website

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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