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Cannes & the Côte d’Azur - 7 Nights
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Cannes & the Côte d’Azur - 7 Nights

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The Côte d'Azur or the French Riviera in the South Eastern corner of France is home to some of the best-loved Gallic towns and cities. It has been the playground of the rich and famous since the 19th century and all of its allure remains. From the opulence of Monte Carlo to the tranquility of St. Paul-de-Vence, this 7-night holiday has something for everyone.  

This hugely popular holiday includes excursions to Monaco and Monte Carlo with entrance to Rothschild Villa & Gardens. Another day trip will bring you to the medieval town of Grasse, which is the perfume capital of France & the painter’s village of St. Paul-de-Vence. You will also visit Antibes & Nice, a one day excursion which includes the Old Town of Antibes, Millionaire’s Quay and the magnificent Nice Promenade. There will of course be plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings at your own pace and discover the many hidden gems in this beautiful region of France.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight duration is usually 2 ½ hours. Nice Airport is approximately 20 minutes from your hotel.
Climate
The South of France has a proven reputation for sun, with an average 2500 hours per year.
Food & Drink
Southern French cooking is known for its fresh, vibrant colours and herby flavours. Bouillabaisse, salade Niçoise, crispy fried courgette flowers, lamb roasted with herbs and aromatic garlic are just a few of the specialities that will set your tastebuds tingling, while locally produced rosé wines are a popular accompaniment.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €3.20
  • Beer: €5.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €18.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.50
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen

The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho

To Catch a Thief - 1955 film, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - 1988 film, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine

Holiday highlights

Monte Carlo
Home to a world famous casino, it is the backdrop for many famous films including the James Bond movies Never Say Never Again and Golden Eye, and Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief.
Monaco
A special setting and a Mediterranean climate make Monaco a fairytale place that joins mountains and sea. It is said that in Monaco, 300 days a year are bright and sunny. It is the second-smallest independent state in the world, and the world's most densely populated country.
Rothschild Villa & Gardens 
This Venetian style palace is surrounded by nine different gardens, including a main garden that contains a temple and musical fountains.
Le Suquet
The old town of Cannes is named after the hill on which it stands. It provides great views, and the remains of the fortified castle priory lived in by Cannes' eleventh-century monks sits on the summit. The old town with its winding streets, small boutiques and restaurants is a beautiful place to stroll.
The Beach
About 7.5km of the 15km Cannes coastline consists of sandy beach.  Choose from public (no charge) and municipal beaches, where - in season - you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas, and avail of additional facilities such as showers, WC and cafes.
La Croisette 
This long shop-studded boulevard along the seafront is Cannes’ central attraction, and sits on 12km of beach.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight duration is usually 2 ½ hours. Nice Airport is approximately 20 minutes from your hotel.
Climate
The South of France has a proven reputation for sun, with an average 2500 hours per year.
Food & Drink
Southern French cooking is known for its fresh, vibrant colours and herby flavours. Bouillabaisse, salade Niçoise, crispy fried courgette flowers, lamb roasted with herbs and aromatic garlic are just a few of the specialities that will set your tastebuds tingling, while locally produced rosé wines are a popular accompaniment.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €3.20
  • Beer: €5.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €18.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.50
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen

The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho

To Catch a Thief - 1955 film, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - 1988 film, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to France

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Travel to France

Upon arrival in Nice, our local representative will meet you in the airport. They will accompany you to your hotel, which is located in the beautiful city of Cannes.

Day 2 - Monaco, Monte Carlo and Rothschild Villa

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Morning

Monaco & Monte Carlo

After breakfast, you will begin your holiday with a full day excursion, taking in the harbour of Monaco and the Monte Carlo Casino in the morning before visiting the Rothschild Villa in the afternoon.  The iconic Monte Carlo Casino was the brainchild of Princess Caroline who hoped the revenue generated would save the House of Grimaldi from bankruptcy. It has been the scene of many of the most famous movie scenes to be filmed in the area including several James Bond films and Ocean’s Twelve. 

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Afternoon

Rothschild Villa

In the afternoon you will visit the Rothschild Villa or the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The villa was designed by the French architect Aaron Messiah in the early 20th century for the baroness Béatrice de Rothschild. The Baroness filled the mansion with antique furniture, paintings and sculptures. Upon her death in 1934 they donated the property and its collections to the Académie des Beaux Arts and it is now open to the public. The gardens are classified as one of the Notable Gardens of France. 

Day 3 - At Leisure

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At Leisure

Today, you will have a full day to relax and enjoy the charms of the Côte d'Azur at your own pace. Take in some sightseeing and shopping in Cannes, or visit some of the towns and villages in the surrounding region. Your guide can offer suggestions for activities and places to see. If staying in Cannes for the day, why not visit the local food market in the heart of the city where you can taste the local delicacies.

Day 4 - St. Paul-de-Vence & Grasse

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Morning

St. Paul-de-Vence

Day 4 of your Côte d'Azur experience will see you travel to the hilltop village of St-Paul-de-Vence, which has been inspiration for artists past and present. At one time or another artists such as Marc Chagall, Samivel & Bernard-Henri Lévy and Arielle Dombasle have all lived here. It is home to many contemporary art museums and galleries such as Fondation Maeght and the Musée de Saint Paul. 

Afternoon

Grasse

In the afternoon you will venture on to Grasse, which is regarded by many as the perfume capital of the world (la capitale mondiale des parfums). Since the end of the 18th century it has been producing fragrances and Grasse is still home to several parfumeries such as Galimard, Molinard and Fragonard. The cathedral in Grasse was founded in the 11th century and is dedicated to Notre Dame du Puy. It houses three works by Rubens and one by Jean-Honoré Fragonard who is a French painter native to the town. 

Day 5 - Antibes & Nice

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Morning

Antibes

On the morning of your fifth day you will set off for Antibes, which is renowned for its Old Town and the famous Millionaire’s Quay. The town was founded as a 5th century Greek colony due to its naturally protected port and it has historically been an important trade centre. Today it is home to a number of noted museums including the Picasso Museum and the Naval Museum of Napoleon. 

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Afternoon

Nice

After lunch you will continue on to Nice, which is one of the most popular cities to visit in France. Nice boasts lots of cultural attractions including a colourful flower market and the Promenade des Anglais, named after the earliest English visitors to the area. 

Day 6 - At Leisure

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At Leisure

Day 6 can be enjoyed at your leisure in Cannes. Relax with a drink by the seaside or take a stroll along the Croisette, which is the setting for the Cannes Film Festival. We suggest you enjoy an al fresco lunch in Le Suquet, the Old Town of Cannes, which overlooks the bay. From here, we also suggest you walk/take a bus to the top of the hill that has some fantastic views over the entire city that are not to be missed!

Day 7 - At Leisure

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At Leisure

Spend your last day in Cannes shopping for last minute souvenirs or enjoying a coffee or a glass of wine.  Why not try one of the many cafés and restaurants, which surround the Boulevard de la Croisette. You can also take a walk down the picturesque seafront and experience the fabulous views outside the world-famous Carlton Hotel. A final evening of indulgence will be the perfect way to say “au revoir” to the Côte d'Azur. 

Day 8 - Return Home

Return Home

You will be transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

"We really enjoyed it."

My friend and I have just returned from your Cannes and Cote d'Azur holiday, 22nd to 29th September. We really enjoyed it. The hotel was lovely, the bedroom, the food and the cleanliness. The staff were pleasant and efficient and the shuttle bus service was a great bonus. Cannes is a beautiful resort and the 3 included tours showed us a great deal of that area. We enjoyed Grasse, Nice, Antibes, Monaco and Monte Carlo. - September 2013

Joan Greene, Dublin
 

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Best Western Plus Le Patio des Artistes 4

This well-presented town hotel offers comfortable accommodation, decorated in modern style.  The location is ideal for exploring Cannes and all its attractions, including the famous Croisette and beaches.   The hotel’s pretty patio and panoramic rooftop terrace provide ... read more read more read more

This well-presented town hotel offers comfortable accommodation, decorated in modern style.  The location is ideal for exploring Cannes and all its attractions, including the famous Croisette and beaches.   The hotel’s pretty patio and panoramic rooftop terrace provide ideal spaces in which to relax after a busy day of sightseeing.

Due to the location of the hotel, the coach is unable to park directly outside. The distance from the drop off point to the hotel is approximately 400 metres.

Hotel address
Best Western Plus Le Patio des Artistes
6 Rue de Bone


Cannes
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Novotel Cannes Montfleury 4

Novotel Cannes Montfleury has been welcoming Travel Department guests since 2007. Located on a gentle slope in a pleasant residential area of Cannes, it provides all the amenities needed for an enjoyable stay. Within a 10-15 minute walk, guests can explore the charming town centr... read more read more read more

Novotel Cannes Montfleury has been welcoming Travel Department guests since 2007. Located on a gentle slope in a pleasant residential area of Cannes, it provides all the amenities needed for an enjoyable stay. Within a 10-15 minute walk, guests can explore the charming town centre, or visit the renowned Croisette and sandy beach. A free shuttle service may also be booked at the hotel. During summer months, the outdoor pool is a wonderful place to enjoy the sun or cool off with a relaxing swim. At any time, the fitness centre with sauna and steam room are the ideal setting for clearing the mind and creating a sense of wellbeing.

Hotel address
Novotel Cannes Montfleury
25 Avenue Beausejour


Cannes
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Hotel Montaigne and Spa 4

This stylish, contemporary hotel enjoys an ideal location in Cannes, just a few minutes walk from the famous Croisette and beaches. A range of on site facilities include a sleek spa and wellness area, as well as a pretty terrace for outdoor drinks and dining. In the evenings, tak... read more read more read more

This stylish, contemporary hotel enjoys an ideal location in Cannes, just a few minutes walk from the famous Croisette and beaches. A range of on site facilities include a sleek spa and wellness area, as well as a pretty terrace for outdoor drinks and dining. In the evenings, take a stroll along Rue d'Antibes for some window shopping and choose from a great selection of cafes, bars and restaurants in the surrounding streets.Due to the location of the hotel, the coach is unable to park directly outside. The distance from the drop off point to the hotel is approximately 400 metres.

Hotel address
Hotel Montaigne and Spa
4 Rue Montaigne,


Cannes
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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