During your French Riviera vacation, get an authentic taste of Italy on this private day trip from Cannes to the nearby Italian Riviera. Drive across the Franco-Italian border to the seaside Ligurian towns of San Remo and Ventimiglia, where you can take a charming stroll through Old Town and explore the bustling open-air markets. On the way back, stop in Menton — the ‘Pearl of France’ — and La Turbie to admire stunning views over Monaco as you navigate the epic Grande Corniche road.
Following morning pickup by private minivan from your central Cannes hotel, drive inland along the French Riviera, passing over the border into Italy. Head to San Remo and Ventimiglia, two seaside towns in the Ligurian region.Famous for its casino, the colorful town of San Remo is also home to a collection of winding streets leading down to two harbors. Ventimiglia’s charming medieval center is a joy to explore, and sits atop a hill with beautiful views over the new part of town. As this is a private tour, you can customize the itinerary to your interests, so decide among your companions what highlights you’d like to see: visit the the Romanesque cathedral or explore the old towns at your leisure. Perhaps pause by the beach to enjoy a lunch of fresh, local seafood and pasta (own expense). Tuesday, Friday and Saturday tour-goers can enjoy exploring the atmospheric open-air markets in Ventimiglia and nearby San Remo, a wonderful way to get a taste of local culture. Browse stalls brimming with authentic leather goods, fashion accessories, artisan cheeses and meats, local produce and flowers, and perhaps pick up a few souvenirs to take back home.Jump in your private minivan for the journey back along the Italian Riviera. Continuing along the French Riviera, stop to spend time in the delightful town of Menton, nicknamed the ‘Pearl of France.’ Get lost in Old Town’s tiny backstreets and visit one of the many botanical gardens for which Menton is famous.Continue driving along the cliff-hugging Grande Corniche road, boasting staggering views of the Côte d’Azur around every hairpin turn. Take in a panoramic snapshot of Monaco from La Turbie.Arrive back at your Cannes hotel in the late afternoon to conclude your full-day tour.