Nice & the Côte d’Azur

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Guided tour of Nice

Scheduled flight to Nice from your preferred airport – guided tour of Nice takes in the narrow streets of the old town, the famous ‘Promenade’ and the heart of the city with its rich architectural and cultural heritage – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Nice Riviera Hotel in Nice – dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 – Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Chapelle du Rosaire, Fondation Maeght & Musée Picasso

Built on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by ramparts built on the orders of Francois I, the medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, inspiring numerous famous artists, writers and poets – Chapelle du Rosaire, a masterpiece of sacred art, was built between 1947 and 1951 and then decorated by Henri Matisse in gratitude to the nuns who nursed him during his illness – built in 1964 by Paris art dealers Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, Fondation Maeght with its large collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings is one of Europe’s finest museums of modern art, with paintings by artists such as Bonnard, Braque, Kandinsky and Chagall – Musée Picasso at Antibes is located in Château Grimaldi, a former residence of Monaco’s ruling family, and in 1946 Picasso used part of the castle as a studio and in gratitude donated all 150 works completed during his stay, including ‘The Goat’ and ‘La Joie de Vivre’.

Day 3 – Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée Matisse & Musée Marc Chagall

Guided tour of the Musée des Beaux- Arts located in the former home of a Ukrainian princess explores works sent to Nice by Napoleon after Italy ceded the city to France in 1860 and a fine collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by artists such as Renoir, Monet and Dufy – guided tour at the Musée Matisse with a wonderful collection of works left by Henri Matisse to the city of Nice where he lived from 1918 to 1954 – a visit to the Musée Marc Chagall reveals large paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, mosaics and tapestries depicting various biblical scenes.

Day 4 – Villa and Gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild, Villefranche & Chapelle St Pierre

Through the art dealers and experts she befriended, Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild sought out artworks all over the world, transforming the Villa and Gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat into a collector’s paradise – Chapelle St Pierre at Villefranche, created in 1295 by Charles II d’Anjou, is dedicated to the fishermen’s patron saint and decorated by Jean Cocteau.

Day 5 – Nice

Time at leisure in Nice this morning – transfer to Nice airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

4* central Nice hotel

Welcome dinner

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional tour manager

Scheduled flights to France

Executive coach in France

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Nice - guided tour

Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Chapelle du Rosaire

Fondation Maeght

Musée Picasso

Musée des Beaux-Arts - guided tour

Musée Matisse - guided tour

Musée Marc Chagall

Villa & Gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild

Chapelle St Pierre, Villefranche

Hotel

Four nights at the 4* Nice Riviera Hotel in central Nice. Facilities at the hotel include a bar and indoor swimming pool and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is included in a local restaurant on the first evening and the remaining nights are on bed and breakfast basis.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest:

  • Franciscan Monastery and Gardens - located in the fashionable Cimiez District on the hills overlooking Nice, its museum exhibits range from pictorial and sculptural artworks to manuscripts and prayer books, evoking the simplicity of the life of the monks
  • Villa Kerylos - built between 1902 and 1908 for archaeologist Theodore Reinach in imitation of an ancient Greek residence, Villa Kerylos at Beaulieu sur Mer contains lovingly reproduced mosaics, frescoes and furniture
  • Musée International d’Art Naif - the former residence of perfume creator François Coty provides a unique overview of the history of naïve painting from the 18th century to the present day

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Nice & the Côte d’Azur

Date of tour: October 2016

We had a most enjoyable holiday to Monte Carlo, Nice and the Italian Riviera with a varied itinerary. The hotel was excellent with the food for both breakfast and dinner getting 10/10 rating.

CK, Bristol

Date of tour: April 2016

Many thanks to Tailored Travel for making all the arrangements for us and a huge thank you to Sandy who was, as always, approachable, flexible and patient. It was a great trip with fullsome praise for the itinerary, Terence's management and local knowledge, an excellent hotel, delicious group supper and fabulous weather. Terence did us proud throughout. He is very professional and knowledgeable, but also flexible, friendly and good fun. The hotel was a very good choice. Everyone appreciated its location close to the promenade/sea and the old town. The manager and staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast was good. Special requirements were met. The restaurant was also a very good choice as the meal was delicious and the service excellent. The itinerary was superb with a variety of interesting visits and plenty of free time which was much appreciated. The two local guides were good and the audio system worked well. The group was larger than previously but that worked well because there was plenty of free time and because when it was necessary we were divided into 2 groups. The trip attracted some first timers and I would expect that we'll get a good response for our next trip too.

Quotes "wonderful holiday. Well done", "great trip - itinerary was spot on", "great trip", "a very good holiday".

JY, Exeter

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • travel by Eurostar
  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • on half board basis throughout
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions - see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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