French & Italian Riviera Splendour
French & Italian Riviera Splendour
- Just You Tour Manager as your host and Specialist Local Guides
- 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
- 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners in local restaurants
- Welcome and farewell drink
- Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure from Nice Airport
- Other transportation and Porterage
- Explore Menton and Dolceacqua
- Sanremo guided tour
- Discover Monaco and Monte Carlo
- Dinner with wine in an authentic watermill
- Visit the elegant resorts of Santa Margherita & Portofino
- Visit Genoa
- Discover Nice and St. Paul de Vence
Day 1 – Nice
Make your own way to Nice where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel, which is located in the town of Imperia on the Ligurian coast. This golden stretch of coastline borders its more famous neighbour, the French Riviera, and is just as picturesque..
DAY 2 – Menton & Dolceacqua
Today we’ll head to Menton in France, a coastal town on the Cote d’Azur close to the Italian border. Its streets are lined with pretty pastel-coloured houses and we’ll have time to take a stroll and admire the 17th century Basilica of Saint-Michel, one of the finest baroque churches in southern France.
Next we’ll cross the border back to Italy and stop in medieval Dolceacqua, made up of two beautiful villages connected by a stone bridge.
DAY 3 – Imperia at Leisure
Santa Margherita is one of the most elegant resorts on the Italian Riviera. Discover its charm on our optional excursion, which also includes a visit to Portofino, which we’ll reach by boat if the weather is on our side.
What used to be a quiet fishing village is now one of the region’s most exclusive resorts, filled with designer boutiques and a fine selection of restaurants and bars.
Take a walk among its maze of streets to the Church of St Giorgio, which is close to the harbour. Perhaps take a seat at a café here and enjoy spectacular views across the bay as you sip a coffee or enjoy a chilled glass of wine.
DAY 4 – Sanremo
Located on a wide, sheltered bay, Sanremo is delightful to explore. We’ll do this today on our included tour in the company of a Local Guide. We’ll stroll through its charming Old Town, where a maze of lanes twist their way down the hillside. We’ll also admire a colourful display of exotic blooms amongst its exquisite manicured gardens and well-kept parks.
Down by the seafront another highlight is a Russian Orthodox Church, similar in design to Saint Basil’s in Moscow. This evening we’ll enjoy a special dinner at an ancient watermill, now a restaurant. Be prepared for a feast of food and drink, as you work your way through the authentic Italian tasting menu, sampling more than 10 dishes washed down with wine and Limoncello
DAY 5 – Monaco & Monte Carlo
The stylish principality of Monaco is a sovereign state that has been ruled by the Grimaldi family for more than seven centuries. It boasts luxurious hotels, exclusive restaurants and the highest number of millionaires per square metre than any other country in the world!
The district of Monte Carlo is the sophisticated playground of the rich and famous, renowned for its famous casino, exquisite gardens, opulent boutiques and a grand harbour filled with expensive yachts.
We’ll discover these glamorous sights on today’s full-day included excursion.
DAY 6 – Imperia at Leisure
Why not join our optional excursion to the medieval town of Genoa today. Highlights of our walking tour will include the old port, with its many museums and attractions, and the house where explorer Christopher Columbus was born.
DAY 7 – Imperia at Leisure
Nice, set against a backdrop of blue skies and sparkling sea, is the chic capital of the French Riviera. This is where our optional tour begins today. We’ll visit the Place Massena, the largest square in the historic old district, which is home to impressive fountains and stunning Neoclassical buildings with red-coloured façades.
Recognized as a national monument of France, we’ll also see St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral. Consecrated in 1912 with the support of Tsar Nicholas II, inside is housed a vast collection of icons and decorative works of huge historical value.
Later, we head inland to the charming medieval village of St Paul de Vence, built on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by ramparts. A stroll around the Old Town reveals a maze of charming streets, shady squares and beautiful views of the Bay of Nice.
DAY 8 – Nice – Departure
Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfers.