Welcome to Grasse
Up in the hills to the north of Nice, the town of Grasse has been synonymous with perfumery since the 16th century, and the town is still home to around 30 makers – a few of which offer guided tours of their factories, and the chance to hone your olfactory skills. The perfumes of Provence are something that lingers long after you leave for home – especially if you happen to have bought a few soaps, body sprays and... Read More
Top experiences in Grasse
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Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip
Your small-group Provence day trip starts with pickup from your Nice hotel and a drive along the French Riviera coastline to Cannes. See the old port, famous La Croisette Boulevard, the Cannes Film Festival Palace, glamorous designer shops and wide, sandy beaches.You’ll be driven in comfort in a minivan limited to just eight passengers, ensuring you receive personalized attention from your English-speaking guide on this small-group tour. Your day trip continues with a drive through the picture-postcard countryside to Grasse, world capital of the perfume industry where you’ll have a guided tour of a perfumery. You'll also have some free time here to explore independently or visit the old town.Enjoy the stunning views of the Alps, valleys and Mediterranean coastline as you drive up to the perched medieval village of Gourdon. You will have time for lunch (own expense) before moving on to the charming Loup Gorges. Sample the traditional floral-scented candy at the Florian confectionery, a French Riviera specialty. Next, have a photo stop in Tourettes/Loup before visiting the second-most visited village in France, Saint Paul de Vence. With cobblestone lanes and chic art galleries, it’s easy to see why the town is so popular. You’ll have some time to explore this former haunt of the Impressionist painters before heading back to Nice where your tour ends.
Private Day Trip: Provence Countryside by Minivan from Nice
Start your day trip with a visit to Cannes (approximately 45-minutes) to see the old port, La Croisette boulevard, the Film Festival Palace, designer shops and sandy beaches.Next stop is a guided perfumery tour in Grasse, world capital of the perfume industry. You'll have approximately 45 minutes of free time here, so you could also visit the old town.Your day trip continues for photo stops at Tourrettes/Loup before winding up in the charming Loup Gorges. The views of the Alps, valleys and spectacular coastline from the perched medieval village of Gourdon are amazing. You will spend an hour here, with time for lunch (not included) and a tasting of the traditional floral-scented candy at the Florian confectionery, a Riviera specialty.You'll end the tour with a drive through the picture-postcard countryside of Provence to the second most visited village in France, Saint Paul de Vence. With its cobblestone lanes and trendy art galleries, its easy to see why the town is so popular. There's a stop of around an hour to explore this former haunt of the Impressionist painters.
Full-Day Small Group Countryside Tour from Nice
A combination of all that is wonderful about the region, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, this tour is a smorgasbord of authentic Provence, medieval villages perched precariously on mountain tops and the high-life of the rich and famous along the seafront!After being picked up at your hotel in Nice, you will start the tour in Grasse, where you’ll discover the world of perfumes at Fragonard, before taking part of the Route Napoleon and then climbing to Gourdon, over 2,770 feet above sea level.Sweet tooth? Watch - and taste! - as Florian show your around their ‘confiserie’, down in the Gorges du Loup. Then onto Tourrettes-sur-Loup, the cité of the violets, and an authentic craft village. St-Paul-de-Vence is your next port of call - that village so renowned for its art, where so many of the world’s most famous artists have spent their time. Still culturally important today, many up and coming artists flock to this Mecca of the arts.Your last stop of the day is Cannes… where the rich and famous play. Where the world’s most famous film festival is held. Be a star yourself - the red carpet is the ideal photo opportunity - before having a stroll either along the sandy beach or doing some window-shopping!At the end, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Nice.
Small-Group Tour: Grasse Perfumery and Nice Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Monaco
After complimentary pickup from your Monaco hotel, head west to the Provençal town of Grasse, known as the world's perfume capital. Smell the fragrance of jasmine pervading the cobblestone streets and enjoy a guided visit of the traditional Fragonard perfumery, named after the famous Grasse-born painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard.Continue to the charming medieval village of Valbonne and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque alleys, café terraces and handcraft shops. Grab lunch at one of the charming restaurants in Vallbonne’s old town (own expense) before relaxing on a scenic drive northeast along the Loup River. Arrive in the village of Gourdon (also known as the 'Eagle's Nest') and admire magnificent views of the French Riviera.Stop in Nice and visit the hilltop Château de Crémat, home to one of France's smallest and most beautiful wineries. Spoil your senses with a delicious selection of local Bellet wines during a professional wine tasting. Enjoy breathtaking views of Nice while learning about wine making in the French Riviera from your local guide. Then, enjoy a scenic drive along the spectacular Mediterranean coastal road that connects Nice to Monaco (Middle Corniche).
Cannes Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Trip to Cannes and Grasse
Make the most of your time in port in Cannes on a private, half-day tour. Cannes, the city of festivals, fireworks and film stars, has much to see, and this guided shore excursion will allow you to see the best of this glamorous city. Stop at the Film Festival Palace to see celebrity handprints. You will have time to look around the shops and enjoy the sandy beaches. You will also see the famous Croisette Boulevard, which stretches along the beachfront and is home to exclusive shops and hotels.Then you’ll head into the Provence countryside to the town of Grasse, the world’s perfume capital. You’ll have a guided perfumery tour, and then have time to visit the old town and explore the medieval streets, peruse the many shops or take a rest in a local bar.
Small-Group Food Tour of Nice from Monaco
You’ll be picked up from your Monaco hotel in the morning for a drive by luxury 8-person minivan along the French Riviera. Admire views of the Mediterranean as you make your way to Nice, one of the gems of the Côte d’Azur featuring a unique cuisine that mixes French and Italian influences. Your first stop on this food tour is Opio, a tiny village perched on a low hill among the farmlands east of Grasse. Here, you’ll visit an olive oil mill and taste some of the most renowned olive oil and tapenade (mashed olives) of the French Riviera. Continuing your drive, travel through the countryside for a visit to Mont Alban with its 16th-century military fortress. From this hilltop structure, enjoy a striking panorama of Nice, the pretty little town of Villefranche and the bay opening out into the Mediterranean. Then head down into the city of Nice for your next food tasting. In the area around Nice’s lovely port, visit a local eatery to try the most popular ‘Nissart’ specialities (those specific to Nice), such as socca (a thin flour chickpea pancake) and pissaladiere (an onion tart) with a glass of rosé wine.Throughout your tour, your guide will teach you about the cuisine of Nice and the surrounding French Riviera, giving you a better understanding of the culinary history and traditions of this part of the Mediterranean. Your tour ends with a drive back to Monaco.