Enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate and ambiance of Nice, pearl of southern France’s Riviera or “Côte d’Azur” with its picturesque Italian-style old town and classy waterfront district along the Promenade des Anglais with its Belle Époque hotels and villas. We visit the city’s fine museums, devoted to artists like Chagall and Matisse and enjoy excursions to neighbouring attractions such as Monaco-Monte Carlo, Cannes, and the artist colony of St. Paul de Vence. Accommodation in a centrally located 4-star/first-class hotel. The tour will be escorted by Delia Berardi.
March 11 - 19, 2017
based on double occupancy, plus approx $600.00 in airport taxes and related fees. "Land only" (from/to Nice Airport): $2,490.00 Single room supplement: $325.00 The above price allows for credit card payment. If paying by cheque, please deduct $125.00 from the tour cost.
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Evening departure from Toronto for Paris on Air France. Dinner and a light breakfast will be served on board.
After breakfast we first explore the flower market of the Cours Saleya, then visit the Cimiez district on a hill overlooking Nice. This used to be an important Roman town, as attested by the ruins of ancient baths as well as an arena. Visits to the Archaeological Museum and the neighbouring Villa des Arènes, home of an impressive museum devoted to the work of Henri Matisse, who lived here and is buried in the Cimiez cemetery. This afternoon we visit the Marc Chagall museum, featuring a group of paintings and a mosaic with a “Biblical Message”, housed in a bright, modern building on a hill overlooking the city. Dinner in a restaurant of the old town.
Full-day excursion to the principality of Monaco, Monte Carlo. We motor to Prince Rainier’s fiefdom via the scenic coastal road, the “Basse Corniche”, and our visit will include sights such as Fontvieille Park with the delightful Princess Grace rose garden, the yacht harbour, the old town of Monaco with the Palace, the Cathedral, and the Oceanographic Museum, and of course the mainland district of Monte Carlo, featuring the world-famous Casino. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Return via the spectacular mountain road, with a stop in the hilltop town of Eze to visit the workshop of a perfume producer.
This morning we tour the neighbouring coastal communities of Beaulieu and Cap Ferrat, with visits to Villa Kerylos, a reconstructed Greek villa, and the Ephrussi de Rotschild Foundation, a museum with a superb collection of ancient furniture, porcelain, and tapestries, surrounded by acres of magnificent gardens. Afternoon at leisure in Nice.
This morning is at leisure in Nice. You may want to take the train to the Italian border town of Ventimiglia for shopping at their renowned outdoor market and enjoy lunch in one of the neighbouring trattorias. In the afternoon in Nice we visit the Fine Arts Museum (Musee des Beaux-Arts), featuring art of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, by masters such as; Monet, Sisley, Dufy, and Van Dongen. The rest of the day is free for shopping or other individual activities.
This day is free for shopping or other individual activities, last minute souvenir hunting, or packing. Art lovers may want to head for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) or perhaps the Museum of Asian Art. This evening “Au Revoir” dinner in a typical restaurant
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport and return flight to Toronto, via Amsterdam on KLM.
- Outbound flights Toronto/Paris/Nice on Air France, return flight Nice/Amsterdam/Toronto on KLM; - Accommodation based on double occupancy in the 4-star/first-class Hotel Masséna; the single room supplement is $325.00; - Breakfast daily and a total of four 3-course dinners or lunches; - Overland transportation by private coach; - All sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary, including admission to museums and monuments mentioned; - Services of a Pauwels Travel tour escort. (Meals included: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- All items of a personal nature; - Airport taxes and airline imposed surcharges, approx. $600.00 but subject to change - Beverages with dinners, and meals other than those outlined above; - A gratuity for the coach driver(s), normally $30 CAD or equivalent in local currency; - Travel Insurance, available upon request.