Relax on the beach in the vacation spot known for its beauty and for being a celeb favorite. Take in the incomparable view from Castle Hill in Nice before spending the day on the famous pebbled beaches where you have the option to scuba dive or sail the Côte d'Azur. Visit the quaint and charming town of Èze before dressing up and trying your luck at Monte Carlo Casino in the country of Monaco. Next, check out the never-ending options for delicious, fresh food and handmade, artisanal jewelry markets down the narrow streets of Antibes before bronzing on the beach with views of luxury yachts and gorgeous villas.
(Please note: the optional water sports are available starting in the summer months)
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The trip departs Florence from the Santa Maria Novella train station. The meeting point is in the International Ticketing Hall opposite tracks 8 and 9. Please meet your trip leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to the French Riviera is by private, luxury coach bus with DVD, A/C, & bathroom. We make one 45 minute stop. Upon arrival to the French Riviera, we will check into our accommodation.
Friday we will wake up to Nice, the Cote d’Azur’s biggest city. Meet in the lobby after breakfast for a walking tour of Nice. Led by a local guide, this 1.5 hour tour will help you get acquainted with this incredible city. After the walking tour, you have the day free to explore Nice. During the summer months, you can get exclusive Bus2alps discounts with our watersports partner on the beach.
Your guides can recommend plenty of eateries along the Promenade des Anglais and the harbour side. Ascend the Chateau, also known as Castle Hill, which is located near the beach for some incredible views of Nice and its blue ocean. Near the promenade you will find many of Nice’s museums in addition to the Cours Saleya flower market.
Friday night is free to enjoy a group dinner at a local creperie and get some drinks at the hostel bar during happy hour. Or, head into the city center for dinner at one of several recommended restaurants. Later, we’ll all meet at the hostel to walk over to Wayne’s Bar to dance on tables while being serenaded by a live band. End your night at one of the nightclubs on or near the Promenade de Anglais, especially High Club, a Bus2alps favorite.
Saturday morning we will depart the hostel and travel by coach bus to the preserved medieval village of Eze. Situated high on the Grand Corniche (1,400 feet above sea level), the views from here are unparalleled. We’ll start with a 30-minute tour of the Fragonard Parfumerie, a famous French perfume factory and shop, after which you’ll have time to shop for some delicious French perfume, soaps, candles, and more. After the parfumerie, we’ll all walk up to the best viewpoint in town in the Exotic Gardens (entry not included). We’ll have time to have lunch in Eze, and then depart for Monaco, the world’s second smallest sovereign state.
Monaco is well known as the premiere getaway for multi-millionaires, featuring the world famous Monte Carlo Casino, with its opulent decorations and extravagant cars surrounding the main entrance. Your trip leader will walk you to the casino and provide directions to the Prince’s Palace of Monaco (formerly the residence of Grace Kelly), the Monaco Cathedral, the Oceanarium, Japanese Gardens, and beach. All of these sites are reachable by foot or a short bus ride on the same high speed road as the Grand Prix of Monaco. We will leave Monaco that evening and will be back to Nice in time to grab some dinner and for you to hop onto the French Riviera bar crawl (not included). This bar crawl will take you to 4 bars, one club, and a evening of good times.
Sunday morning we depart for the beautiful medieval coastal village of Antibes by way of our private coach bus. Antibes is known for the IYC, home to some of the world’s biggest superyachts. Antibes is the perfect place to lounge on the beach, eat some local rotisserie chicken, especially in the open-air market, and pick up some original souvenirs. We can also take you to an absinthe tasting in an original absinthe bar near the markets (not included). A short walk along the sea wall will connect you with the Picasso Museum and many of Antibes’s quaint shops. We will depart Antibes for Florence and make one stop for dinner.
Monte Carlo Casino: For entrance to the table room, you need to be wearing decent clothes (open-toed shoes, shorts, and hats are not allowed). You need to provide your passport for entrance.
Exotic Gardens (Eze): One of the best viewpoints on the Cote d’Azur.
Picasso Museum: The one-time home of Pablo Picasso is worth checking out if you need a break from the superyachts.
Paul du Vance: It is possible on Sunday if you wake up early enough to head up to St. Paul du Vance, another impressive town, inland on the Cote d’Azur.
Sailing, Diving, Canyoning, Rock Climbing, Kite Surfing, Surfing: All of these activities are available, conditions permitting, in Nice.