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Gardens of the French Riviera 

Explore stunning gardens under the Mediterranean sun...

The French Riviera is traditionally known for the rich and famous but the real stars here are the gardens and the sheer beauty of the region. Take a stroll through the lush tropical gardens of the Val Remeh or the cactus gardens at Eze overlooking the striking coastline. Feel the warm Mediterranean sun on your face as you meander through the local Nice countryside, explore the odd Roman villa and relax with a glass or two of wine as the sun sets.

The Côte d'Azur is renowned for its collection of garden gems. Nowhere else has such lovely gardens in such stunning locations – wonderful creations within and stunning views over sea, mountains and coastal towns without. Add to this the romance of hill towns like Eze, Vence and St Paul de Vence, the corniche roads, a sprinkling of Roman remains, villas of the rich and famous, and you have the ingredients for a week of sun, culture and natural beauty.

Based in the centre of Nice we can enjoy the narrow winding streets of Nice’s Old Town, the Promenade des Anglais and the beautiful azure sea. This is a wonderful place from which to explore the magnificent gardens and is where artists such as Chagall, Picasso, Matisse and Cocteau chose to live and work, you can certainly see why.

During our week in the Côte d’Azur our garden visits will be combined with local walks, allowing us to best view what the French Riviera has to offer. Garden lovers will enjoy Eze’s ‘Jardin Exotique’ and find Menton irresistible. We'll also venture across the Italian border to visit Hanbury Gardens. “Gardens of the French Riviera” is a marvellous gift for any lover of public and private gardens planning to visit the South of France, so why not come and experience them with us?

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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    14 Apr 2018
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    14 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018

    Day 1 - Nice
    Independent travel to the Hotel Vendome in Nice. Meet your traveling companions and tour leader at dinner.

    Day 2 - Nice
    A local guide will join us for a morning of sightseeing in Nice. We will then spend out time in the museums and parks of Cimiez.

    Day 3 - Nice
    Walking in and around Villa Hanbury at La Mortola

    Day 4 - Nice
    Eze and Monaco - Eze is a perched village (420m), which is now devoted almost entirely to tourism. But its narrow car-free streets are still a delight to stroll along, and at the top of the village is the splendid Jardin Exotique. The Jardin is built on steep slopes with stunning views over the coastline. It contains an impressive collection of cactus plants interspersed with statues of Earth goddesses, and information plaques about old Eze. Monaco is famous for the F1 racing with its twisting tunnels and many levels to the town.

    Day 5 - Nice
    Our day will be spent in and around Menton with its chain of mountains behind and it unusually warm climate.

    Day 6 - Nice
    St-Paul is a beautiful hilltop village with spectacular views will be our destination for the morning before heading off to Vence with its turbulent history from the Romans to World War 11.

    Day 7 - Nice
    The town of Villa Ephrussi and Cap Ferrat await for our final day.

    Day 8 - -
    Independent departure from Nice after breakfast


  • Accommodation

    We stay at the three-star Hotel Vendôme, a converted Russian Palace combining ancient charm with modern comfort located about 10 minutes’ walk from the Old Town and the sea, so perfectly situated for us to explore from the hotel.

  • What's Included
    • En-suite accommodation with breakfast to be taken in the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • A tour of Nice with local guide.
    • The seven gardens beside the Rothschild Villa on Cap Ferrat.
    • Menton’s lush tropical gardens of the Val Rameh with their air of the Arts and Crafts.
    • The cactus gardens in Eze.
    • A visit to Hanbury Gardens.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures

    Travel from the UK to Nice is not included in the holiday arrangements. Please contact us for a quote should you wish us to book a flight with British Airways from London. Transfers would not be included in the price but are very easy on public transport.


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