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: This is the meet us there package. Transportation is not included in this package. Therefore, please book your transportation to meet us at the accommodation on Thursday evening.
(Please note: the optional water sports are available starting in the summer months)
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Please plan to arrive at our accommodation by Thursday evening. Luggage storage will be available for those of you arriving before 16:00. You can check in at the reception desk. Detailed information regarding your trip, including directions from the airport(s) to the accommodation, will be emailed to you in the days leading up to your departure for the French Riviera. The rest of the students will be traveling by bus through the night and will be arriving Friday morning, so you will meet with your tour leader at breakfast on Friday morning.
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.
Check out is at 10:00 am. If you don’t depart until later in the day you will be able to store your luggage in the hostel. Sunday is a free day to visit any of the sites you missed over the weekend. Scuba diving, sailing, and canyoning may be available depending on conditions. Please consult with your trip leader for additional suggestions for the day.
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.