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NICE – MONACO - MONTE CARLO & EZE-VILLAGE by the CORNICHES

8 hour tour

You will be driven on the Scenic Route and you will go through NICE along the “Promenade des Anglais”, built in 1824 and named by the British who paid for its construction. Walk around Old Nice with its Cathedral built in the 17th century in honour of the martyr Saint Réparate, patron of the town of Nice and a visit to a Genoese Baroque-style Palace and stop at the Flower Market ( Monday is hold the most important Antics Market ).

EZE-Village is a strange isolated village, a prime example of a hilltop or perched village. The Exotic Flower Garden is located on the top of the hill in the remains of a XIV century castle and from there you might appreciate the most beautiful view over the Mediterranean.

After driving along the ”Corniche” with its unforgettable panoramic views you will reach MONTE CARLO and drive round the Formula 1 Race Track to the famous Grand Casino where you can enjoy the architecture, the atmosphere and where you will have time to play the tables.

The Principality of MONACO is a sovereign state of only 192ha (or just 1 sq mile) and is ruled by Prince Albert II, a direct descendant of the Grimaldi Family, who have reigned for more then 700 years. See the Prince’s Palace , where the Changing of the Guard takes place every morning at 11:55am, and the Cathedral of Monaco, where the fairytale wedding of Prince Rainer and Grace Kelly took place, and where Princess Grace and the Prince are now laid to rest, and walk round the old town, all are located on the “Rock”.

ANTIBES, BIOT and Saint PAUL de VENCE

Enjoy magnificient views during the drive from Cannes to St Paul de Vence along the Mediteraneen.

Antibes and its billionnairs harbor is on they way and there will be a stop in BIOT - the capital of glass blowers. Watch them when they create unique pieces ( exept Sundays )

St. Paul appears from the distance whole, noble and proud like a long stone fixed on the crest of a wave and behind ramparts and their mediaeval appearance we find the typical ideal spot for painters, sculptors, men of letters as well as entertainment celebrities, who have made St.Paul famous. In the 1920s artists such as Modigliani, Renoir, Signac, ....have added to its fame.
And in the 50st came new lovers:
Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Fernand Leger,Alexander Calder, Giacometti, Chagall, Miro and much more

The Maeght Fondation, founded 30 years ago by a French family, is a temple of Modern Art and displays their works. Enjoy the paintings inside the Museum, Miro’s Labyrinth and sculptures on the terrace and in the gardens!  

6 hours including time for a lunch stop

CANNES & GRASSE Perfume Tour

FULL DAY 8 hours

Cannes is Côte d’Azur’s most famous resort and home to the international renowned Film Festival, hold in May.
Take the opportunity to walk on the famous ‘Red Carpet" and stroll the palm-lined
Croisette Boulevard with the Carlton Palace which separate the town from sandy beaches.

Cannes is one of the best places to do some serious shopping on the French Riviera: Window shop at Chanel and then head over one block to "Rue d’ Antibes" for
an endless selection of boutiques.

Relax at one of the street café’s watching people before walking around the Old
Town
" Le Suquet" from where you can enjoy a nice view overlooking the Mediterranean. We suggest you have lunch there before driving to the world capital of the
Perfume industry.


Grasse is famous for its perfume factories and you can enjoy a stroll around the old town. The essences produced in Grasse are the basic materials of the French and international perfume industries. A visit to a Perfume factory gives you a general idea of the manufacturing process, one of the world's oldest, which started in the 16th century with the Medici Family and developed under Louis XIV.

ADDITIONAL : A Perfum Seminar might be organized to  CREATE YOUR OWN PERFUM !

CÔTE DE PROVENCE Wine Route

A Full Day tour in gently undulating countryside with several stops in the Wine Country

Wine was introduced to France 600 BC by the Phoenicians. The Romans later divided the region into large domains and, being experienced producers, introduced new grape varieties and improved wine-making methods.
The wines of Provence became well-known outside France during the Middle Ages. They were taken to the London court by Eleanore of Provence who became Queen of England. They were the favorite wines of French Kings in the 17th/18th Century.
The vineyard has been called “Côtes de Provence” since the 19th Century . The end of the 20th Century marks their rebirth as quality wines linked to the region’s geography, its climate and the growers’ “SAVOIR FAIRE” (KNOW-HOW)
From the early 20th century, excessive production had harmful effects on the quality of wine and measures had to be taken to protect it. Trade associations were founded to improve the quality of the products and the new trade requirements led to the certification of wines. The AOC (« Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée »- certified origin wine) became the main reference for wine production, with strict rules for its application defined by a decree in 1935 and the motto is: “Quality – not Quantity”.
We will visit the vineyards and the wine cellar and then organise a wine tasting of several varieties, labeled « Côtes de Provence » which is nowadays more and more valuable. An “Oënologue” will tell you all the secrets about wine and you can discover the quality and the wine variety and learn how to evaluate a « Côte de Provence »  wine, its colour, its bouquet and its aromas. We will serve you special Provençal Appetizers and/or Lunch according to your wishes.

Full Day ( recommend ) 7 hours with 3 wineries OR if you have less time 5 hours with 2 wineries ( morning )

SAINT TROPEZ and the WINE COUNTRY

The mention of Saint Tropez and the Mediterranean coast evokes images of glamour, beaches and celebrity. There’ s all of this and much more we will show you.

Discover St. Tropez which is not only a famous seaside resort but also a genuine Provencal village with a rich cultural heritage. Your experted driver/guide will lead you for an unforgettable discovery of the architectural and traditional beauties of St. Tropez. Join the "scene" at the Place des Lices where there are countless popular cafés and twice a week a lively market.

Drive on the “Route du Vins de Provence” to Ramatuelle one of the charming medieval villages and to Gassin. After a short walk uphill, you will arrive at the center of the village and its remarkable medieval church.

Enjoy your private tour by a wine maker at two family owned wineries and learn about our Rosé Wine, the grape varieties, how the soil influents the taste and why we make this wine: it was Brigitte Bardot who put it on the map! You will also taste “Côte de Provence” white and red wine served with olives and snacks or with anchoïade, saussages, fresh vegetables and home made bread.

This is the perfect contrast to your last stop which is at Port Grimaud Harbor, a village with a unique charm,  designed by the famous French architect François Spoerry. Resembling a Mediterranean fishing village, it is a modern complex of luxury housing with a fully equipped marina. Along the way you will pass colored houses covered with Roman tiles. They are linked by canals, alleys, tiny squares, and bridges.

Full Day Tour ( 3 wineries ) 8 hours

 

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On the Road of Provence's Rosé Wine This dry and fresh wine was «invented» in Provence (some people say by Brigitte Bardot) and we produce 8% of the world's production. Our wine expert guide-driver will introduce you to local producers and you will savor this quality wine with its fruity «legs » and its light colors. Learn how to make this wine, how the climate and the Mediterranean influence the product, talk to the “vigneron”, visit de cellar and the vineyard before tasting several samples of Rosé, but also white and red wine Half Day Tour Departure from Saint Tropez and vicinity