Join the best tour of the French Riviera – ever

Written by on July 23, 2020 in Tours in France

Coastline of Antibes at night, twinkling city under a dusky sunset

We’re known for telling you about the very best tours of France. But every now and again, something super special comes up. The Girls Guide to Paris Tour of the French Riviera, following in the footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald, is nothing short of dazzling….

French Riviera Tour in the footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald

Street in Antibes, flowers and plants clambering over walls, tables and chairs on the pavement

When a tour reads like a who’s who of some of the most exquisite locations in the world, you know it’s going to be special. Indulging at world famous restaurants. Food prepared by Michelin Starred chefs. Authentic little bistros in eye-poppingly pretty perched towns in Provence. They’re all on the agenda. Dine at a restaurant where Picasso, Matisse and Chagall loved to eat. And sip cocktails in the legendary bar of the Hotel Belle Rives in Antibes. With its mirrored tables and effortlessly art deco furnishings, you can’t help but think of Fitzgerald, whose playground this area was, peering out of over the sun-kissed bay, inspired to write several of his masterpieces.

You’ll even do an aperitif workshop. And a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional southern French dishes to accompany your delicious cocktail. And you’ll visit vineyards to enjoy the lushest local wines, including fabulous Bandol.

This is a small group, all luxury, women only tour. And it’s utterly unique…

Magical moments galore

View from the top of the village of Eze over the Mediterranean Sea

You’ll visit the ravishing home and 9 themed gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Explore enchanting Eze, like a medieval eagle’s nest perched between Nice and Monaco. From the exotic garden at the top you’ll have a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean as far as the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. It’s one of the most beautiful panoramas in the whole of the French Riviera.

Cobbled street with steps, lined with pretty houses, plants growing in borders

Wander the cobbled streets of St Paul de Vence, with its pretty as a picture arts and crafts shops and the Chapel of Vence, Matisse’s final absolute masterpiece, so beautiful it takes your breath away. And visit the perfumed oasis of Fragonard in Grasse. You’ll  stroll in the footsteps of artists and writers in Nice. And taste olive oil at its source at an olive orchard.

Truly special

Boats in a small harbour in the Marseille area known as the Calanques

Ever wondered what all the fuss is about absinthe? Well you’ll have a chance to taste this famed drink at a bar with the locals in Antibes! Beloved by artists from Picasso to Van Gogh, it’s nicknamed the green fairy. According to Ernest Hemingway “After the first glass of absinthe you see things as you wish they were.”

In Cassis you’ll tour the Calanques, the extraordinary bays and cliffs near Marseille. And in this wonderfully exotic city you’ll visit one of the finest museums in the world. And you’ll enjoy a pastis tasting and visit a soap factory. The perfect end to the day will be watching the sun set over the twinkling city and the Mediterranean Sea from the hilltop Basilica of Notre Dame.

Divine hotels

Hotel in Provence, very pretty with blue shutters and pale yellow walls

It’s a full but also relaxing itinerary. There will be plenty of time in your itinerary for shopping. Time for chilling in the sun at enchanting terraced cafes. And for taking a dip in the pool at your hotel. You’ll spend the first half of your 8 day tour in charming Juan-les-Pins at an art deco dream of a hotel just 5o metres from the famed beaches. And though you might never want to leave, don’t worry because the second half of your tour will be at a gorgeous Michelin Star chef owned hotel. It’s in a quintessential Provence village with the most wonderful views over the countryside.

You will be accompanied by your charming host Nancy McGee, an expat Canadian who has lived in France for 40 years. All transport is provided and everything is organised so that you can simply enjoy every single wonderful moment of this truly outstanding tour.

Find out more and book your place at: girlsguidetoparis.com

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