Welcome to Provence & the Côte d'Azur


Living History

Two thousand years ago Provence was part of Roman Gaul, and the Romans left behind a fabulous legacy of monuments, structures and buildings – not to mention some of France's first vineyards. The area is littered with Roman remains, including an amphitheatre in Arles, a theatre in Orange, many bridges including a fine one near Bonniuex, and even whole towns near St-Rémy de Provence and Vaison-la-Romaine. Factor in a collection of prehistoric sites, medieval abbeys, elegant churches and art deco buildings, and Provence begins to feel like a living history book.

Art Aplenty

It wasn't just the scenery that drew artists like Rénoir, Chagall, Cézanne and Picasso here: it was the light, described by Matisse as 'soft and tender, despite its brilliance'. Whether you're gazing over a glittering seascape or watching a fiery sunset in the hills, a trip around this corner of France feels like stepping straight into an impressionist canvas. And with such a rich artistic legacy, it's no surprise that the region is home to a wealth of iconic art collections, not to mention studios where Van Gogh, Cézanne and Renoir worked.

Lyrical Landscapes

Provence and the Côte d'Azur are made for explorers. One of the joys of travelling here is touring the back roads and soaking up the stunning variety of landscapes: fields of lavender, ancient olive groves, clifftop roads, maquis-cloaked hills and even snow-tipped mountains. It's home to France's deepest canyon, oldest road and some striking mountain passes, all a dream come true for drivers. And then there's the Mediterranean itself, a bright mirror of blue reflecting back craggy cliffs, white beaches and endless skies. Take your time – getting there is half the fun.

Flavours of Provence

Wherever you end up in Provence, you certainly won't go hungry. Food is a central part of French life, but in Provence it becomes an all-consuming passion. Dominated by the hallowed ingredients of Mediterranean cooking – olive oil, wine, tomatoes and garlic – the region's cuisine is guaranteed to be a highlight, whether that's savouring a simple bowl of soupe au pistou, trying candied fruits near Apt, tasting the season's first-press olive oil on a local farm, or indulging in a full-blown bowl of bouillabaisse in a bistro on Marseille's harbourside. Bon appetit.


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$102.96 Day Trips & Excursions

Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip from Nice

After complimentary pickup from your Nice hotel, your small-group day trip to Eze and Monaco will begin with a scenic drive along the Mediterranean coast. Stop to see the panoramic views over Nice before visiting the medieval village of Eze, perched up high with craft shops and breathtaking views. While in Eze, you'll take a guided tour of a traditional perfumery.You’ll then leave France and cross the border into Monaco, where your visit to the Old Town of Monte Carlo includes free time to see the palace (open April to October), the changing of the guard, the cathedral and the Cousteau Oceanographic Museum (additional cost).Continue your tour of Monte Carlo with a lap on the famous roads used for the Formula One Grand Prix. You will then have free time at Casino Square to do some luxury shopping, see the stunning gardens and mega-yachts in the harbor or simply watch beautiful people at play in their favorite haunt.You'll then take a drive along the spectacular coastline of the Lower Corniche between Nice and Monaco, past tranquil villages, modern marinas and the Villefranche bay and citadel, as you return to your hotel in Nice.Your minivan is limited to just eight people, ensuring you receive personalized service from your English-speaking guide.

$102.96 Day Trips & Excursions

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.

$124.94 Day Trips & Excursions

Nice French Riviera Small-Group Day Trip with Monaco, Cannes

The French Riviera is well-known for its chic, picturesque coastal towns, where celebrities often roam the streets and hang out on yachts. See the most famous towns on this small-group day trip from Nice. With your minivan transportation taken care of, you can sit back, enjoy the gorgeous drive and visit these towns stress-free. Minivans hold a maximum of eight passengers, so you’ll received personalized attention from your English-speaking guide. This small-group tour is the perfect way to see all the French Riviera towns in one day, along with that spectacular coastal drive along the Mediterranean.The tour starts with a visit in Eze where you’ll admire the medieval village and see the Fragonard perfumery. You’ll then cross the border into Monaco, where you’ll travel to the town of Monte Carlo to see the cathedral, the royal palace (open only from April to October), Old Town, the casino and the Grand Prix circuit. In Cannes, you’ll see the expensive boutiques that line Boulevard de la Croisette and stop outside the Film Festival Palace with its celebrity hand-prints. To finish you’ll pass through Juan-les-Pins to Antibes where you’ll see Old Town and the mega-yachts of Billionaire’s Quay, before ending your tour back in Nice.

$70.57 Day Trips & Excursions

Monaco and Eze Small Group Half-Day Trip from Nice

Your small-group half-day trip to Eze and Monaco starts with complimentary pickup from your Nice hotel and a scenic drive along the Mediterranean Sea. Stop along the way to see the panoramic vista over Nice before visiting the medieval village of Eze, sitting high above the sea with craft shops and breathtaking views. While in Eze, you'll take a guided tour of a traditional perfumery.You’ll then leave France and cross the border into Monaco. You’ll have free time to visit Monte Carlo’s Old Town, royal palace (open April to October), the changing of the guard, the cathedral and the Cousteau Oceanographic Museum (additional cost).Continue your tour of Monte Carlo with a lap on the famous streets used for the Formula One Grand Prix. You’ll also have time at Casino Square to do some designer shopping, see the beautiful gardens and mega-yachts in the sparkling harbor or simply watch beautiful people at play in one of their favorite getaway destinations.Then it’s back in the minivan for the return journey to Nice along the spectacular coastline of the Lower Corniche, between Monaco and Nice. You’ll travel past picturesque villages, buzzing marinas and the bay and citadel in the town of Villefranche.Your minivan is limited to only eight passengers, ensuring you receive personalized attention from your English-speaking guide.

$40.49 Walking & Biking Tours

Nice City Bike Tour

Experience the best of Nice on a relaxing, three-hour bicycle tour (led in English only). As you pedal through this beautiful French city, you’ll hear interesting commentary from your local guide. For the best experience, consider booking this tour at the beginning of your stay in Nice, as it’s a great way to orient yourself to the city and stay a step ahead of other tourists for the rest of your stay. The roads of Nice are mostly flat and smooth. There is one hill climb up to the Chateau Hill where you see panoramic views of Nice.Nice City Bike Tour Sites:The famous Promenade des AnglaisHotel NegrescoPlace MassenaThe Old town and marketPlace GaribaldiThe Colline (Nice’s old Chateau)The port (with its traditional fishing boats and luxury yachts)Plus, discover hidden churches, walks, gardens, fountains, giant sculptures, and get tips for the best bars, restaurants and photo stops.

$75.20 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Nice Provencal Specialties Small-Group Food Tasting Tour

Nice’s close proximity to the Italian border influences the city in countless ways. Mirroring the mix of Italian and French architecture around town, the city’s cuisine also proudly boasts a cosmopolitan twist. Combining French culinary flair with the Italian’s love for simplicity, Nice’s tantalizing fusion cuisine has created a hotbed of exciting restaurants, cafes and food shops -- just waiting to be found! With all this available, knowing where to start or what to try can be a challenge, but on this food walking tour, you’ll have an expert guide to give you the perfect introduction to the city’s cuisine.After meeting your guide in the heart of Vieux Nice (Old Nice), set off on a gentle stroll around its labyrinth of tiny, twisting streets. Ambling through this Italian-built area of town, your guide will talk about Vieux Nice’s fascinating history, pointing out interesting architecture and popular sidewalk cafes. As you walk, you’ll be welcomed into the area’s many colorful food shops like a real local. Try regional specialties like torta de blea, a chard and chestnut pie that’s served savory or sweet, or pan-bagnat, a Niçoise salad sandwich (of sorts) made with freshly baked pain de campagne (a type of French bread). Learn local recipe secrets while chatting with shop owners, and find out whether the city’s legendary Niçoise salad should be made with tuna or anchovies!Sample up to 20 different regional dishes, including orange blossom brioche, calisson (an almond candy) and two types of local cheese. In addition to the local olive oil varieties and and Provençal wine, you’ll feel like you’ve truly tasted the best of Nice while seeing its most gorgeous sights. Take in exceptional views from Castel Hill, visit a Baroque church and explore the famous Cours Saleya Flower Market. As your tour ends, you’ll walk away with an understanding of the role that gastronomy has played in defining the city’s culture, plus some great insider tips for the best places to eat!