Explore the famous sights of Nice with visits to some of the
French Riviera's most picturesque resorts, such as Antibes and
Cannes before unearthing hidden Villefranche-sur-Mer and the iconic
principality of Monaco.
Discover Nice on a guided walking tour before time to explore the 'flea market' or 'vide grenier'
Tour Monaco's most famous attractions, including the Casino de Monte Carlo and the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit
Visit Antibes and Cannes and experience the atmosphere of 2 quintessentially French towns
Enjoy an excursion to Villefranche-sur-Mer. Nestled between France and Italy, the town is home to a sweep of sand voted one of the top 5 bays in the world
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
6 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - London to Nice
Begin your holiday at our Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure
Office in London St Pancras where you will meet the rest of your
group and your Tour Manager. Depart on the direct Eurostar to Paris
before changing trains onto the high speed service to Nice arriving
in the early evening. Here you stay at the Hôtel Monsigny. This
recently renovated establishment is located right next to the
city's equivalent of Covent Garden. The French Riviera is home to
some of the most magnificent scenery in Europe and it makes for an
ideal holiday location. Admire the deep blue Mediterranean Sea
which is surrounded by pretty harbours and leafy trees as you relax
in the typically warm climate on your rail holiday.
Day 2 - Nice
This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Nice taking in the
city's key sights. Nice boasts many attractions, such as its
cathedral and port area and offers a combination of both modern and
traditional towns and our guided walk allows you to discover its
rich culture and history, including the Old Town and Castle Hill
which boasts views across the Promendade des Anglais. Following the
tour, your afternoon is free for you to continue exploring at your
own pace. The Old Town consists of a network of narrow passageways
and small courts where you can stroll around quaint shops and enjoy
a drink in a café. Perhaps take a stroll along the Promenade des
Anglais and enjoy marvellous views of the glittering Mediterranean
Days 3-4 - Antibes and Cannes
Discover the charming harbour town of Antibes by train. Here you
have time to discover the bustling marketplace where you can sample
a wide array of local produce and people watch as the locals go
about their daily lives. The market place has been the centre of
local society for decades and it is still the same today. You could
also see the fascinating Picasso Museum, formerly the Château
Grimaldi. This impressive fortress was built upon the foundations
of the ancient Greek town of Antipolis and was used by the Grimaldi
family as their stronghold in 1608. Now it is the only museum in
the world dedicated to the works of Picasso, and enjoys a scenic
perch overlooking the Antibes' coastline. You may also like to
visit the remarkably well-preserved Fort Carré, built in the
sixteenth century as a border defence against neighbouring Nice
which, at the time, was under Italian rule. Reached via a moderate
twenty-minute walk from town, the four-pointed fort commands
stunning panoramic views.
This afternoon, continue by rail to Cannes, exulted for its
annual film festival. After time to relax, perhaps upon one of its
palm-tree lined beaches as you soak up the dazzling sunshine - why
not make a visit to one of the town's fascinating museums? There
are plenty to choose from including The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
de Provence and the Musée International de la Parfumerie. Later
return to Nice by rail for dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 4 is spent at leisure in Nice, and you are
free to continue exploring. Perhaps visit the Musee National Marc
Chagall or Matisse Museum.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 - Villefranche-sur-Mer
Travel by rail to pretty Villefranche-sur-Mer. Hugging a
hillside that sweeps down to a wide, deep bay between Monaco and
Nice on south-east France's beautiful Cote d'Azur, this pretty town
has long been a popular holiday resort thanks to its sunny
Mediterranean climate, sandy beaches, excellent restaurants and
Although inhabited since prehistoric times,
Villefranche-sur-Mer's natural harbour, the deepest on any
Mediterranean coast, proved useful both to the ancient Greeks and
later the Romans who established settlements here. Today tourism
continues to sustain the economy here; its harbour is the most
visited by cruise ships of any in France. You could perhaps make
the most of the laid-back atmosphere here and relax in one of the
pavement bistros overlooking the tranquil water, before exploring
the Old Town
Day 6 - Monaco
Take a trip by along the spectacular coastline to the tiny
principality of Monaco. We visit Monte Carlo before heading on our
guided walking tour of Monaco. Settled by the ancient Greeks in the
sixth century BC, Monaco was claimed as a Genoese colony in the
12th century, and later owned by the Italian Grimaldi dynasty.
France regained control of the principality during the French
Revolution, with Monaco's sovereignty affirmed by the
Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861. In 1863 Monaco's first casino was
built. In addition to this, the arrival of the railway in 1868
significantly boosted Monaco's tourism sector, confirming the
city's reputation as the resort of choice for the rich and famous.
We return to Nice for a farewell dinner.
Day 7 - Nice to London
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take the high speed
train to Paris. In Paris, connect with the Eurostar for your
journey back to London.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We will write to you around 10
weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for
your tour group.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
Train travel to Nice smooth. Enjoyed the itinerary and the tour manager was good.
Overall a good break. The outward journey was particularly tedious meaning we arrived too late at 9.30 pm for an evening meal. Lille where we boarded the train for Nice was uninviting and lacked facilities as did the train to buy anything substantial. Fortunately we did take something from home for lunch. On the return journey from Nice to Paris Lyon then transfer to Paris Nord the Eurostar departure area was marginally better. Two of the included evening meals at the same cafe were of poor quality. The Boreal hotel was perfectly adequate in both accommodation and breakfast. The staff were very good.
Hotel was good and breakfast good. Company good. Disappointed that we didn’t travel direct to Nice.
We enjoyed seeing so much in such a short time. Visiting quieter Antibes and Villefranche contrasted with the busy trips to Cannes and Monaco. The visits to the Perfumerie and Picasso Museum added variety to the tour.
Mrs L Holmes
we had a great time, in the south of france and visited a lot of places