Luxury and culture meet on this eight-day getaway to the sunny French Riviera coast. Tour perfume workshops in Nice, spend a day tasting wine in Provence, and pay a visit to Monaco. Wrap things up with a driving tour of the coast and a private sailing trip. 

Highlights

  • Visit the extravagant city of Monaco
  • See Provence’s small towns on a wine tour
  • Sail to the Lérins Islands on a private boat
  • Tour medieval hilltop villages on a driving tour of the coast
  • Stroll the old-town streets of Le Suquet in Cannes

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nice Nice
Day 2 Cooking Class & Perfume Tour in Nice Nice
Day 3 Wine tour in Bellet & Saint Paul de Vence from Nice Nice
Day 4 Private Tour of Monaco, Monte Carlo, & Eze Nice
Day 5 Transfer from Nice to Cannes Cannes
Day 6 Private Sailing Tour of the Lérins Islands Cannes
Day 7 Private Driving Tour of the Mediterranean Coast Saint Tropez
Day 8 Au revoir, France!  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nice

Seaside in Nice
Seaside in Nice

Welcome to Nice! Arrive at Nice International Airport, then transfer to your centrally-located hotel by private car.

Nice sits at the northern end of the French Riviera, near the border with Italy. Nicknamed Nissa La Bella ("Nice the Beautiful") for its artistic spirit, grand plazas, crescent-shaped pebble beaches, Nice is inarguably the French Riviera's most popular city. The narrow cobblestone streets of its colorful old town, Vieille Ville,  are lined with pastel-colored buildings and a plethora of shops selling everything from soap to wine. 

Enjoy a relaxing evening stroll along the shore on the famous Promenade des Anglais, then head to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner. 

Day 2: Cooking Class & Perfume Tour in Nice

Fresh olives and pickles at the market
Fresh olives and pickles at the market

Start your day with a visit to the famous Liberation Market in Nice to search for fresh regional products. Your local guide will lead you through a gastronomic journey as you wind your way through the city's romantic streets, shopping for the perfect ingredients. Your guide will personally introduce you to shop owners and market vendors, who will welcome you like a local.

From the market, continue to a bright apartment in the heart of Nice for your private cooking class. Discuss local cooking techniques and traditional recipes with the chef before diving into the cooking portion of the class. Prepare a traditional meal, then sit down for the best part of the day—your three-course meal! Enjoy your creation, paired with a glass of bright Rosé wine. 

Following this gourmet meal, continue your exploration of Nice with a tour of the local perfume history. Start the experience with an exclusive presentation of the Chanel perfume collection with a brand expert, then visit the perfume museum to discover the emblematic fragrances for yourself. As a perk, bring home a Chanel goody bag to remember the visit long after you depart. 

After, head to the colorful flower market to find the raw materials that comprise the fragrant perfumes from earlier. Along the way, pass by ancient spice shops and perfume ateliers of the Old Town. Finish the day by choosing your favorite essential oil from the French Riviera to bring home. 

Day 3: Wine tour in Bellet & Saint Paul de Vence from Nice

Vineyard in Provence
Vineyard in Provence

Leave the French Riviera behind you today as you head inland to Provence for a full-day private wine excursion. You'll explore small towns and see Provence's varied landscapes from a private vehicle, stopping along the way to visit award-winning wineries and sample rare and unique wines. As you drive, take in views of the snow-covered Alps foothills, blue waters of the Mediterranean, and Cap d’Antibes peninsula. 

Sitting in the hills outside of Nice, the tiny wine-making region of Bellet is one of the smallest AoP (Appellation d'Origine Protégée) regions of France. It's beloved by locals but relatively unknown outside of the area. With only ten winemakers and limited production runs, much of the stock is reserved for the Riviera's finest restaurants. 

Spend the day discovering the region's rich heritage and stories, enjoying wine tastings, and meeting the families who have maintained the long-standing tradition of winemaking. For lunch, choose one of the many restaurants in the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence. Opt for a casual neighborhood Brasserie or choose a luxurious Michelin-starred restaurant—the options are endless. After lunch, go for a casual stroll to explore the quiet streets and take in the views of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Return to Nice in the afternoon in time for some shopping, a stroll along the seafront, and dinner in town.

Day 4: Private Tour of Monaco, Monte Carlo, & Eze

Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo

In the morning make your way to Monaco, a 12-mile (20 km) drive from Nice, for a guided tour. Monaco is one of the world's smallest countries and is considered a city-state.

Visit the famous Monte Carlo district with its legendary casino and see Prince Rainier's car collection, then continue to the Rock of Monaco (Rocher de Monaco in French.) This is the location of the town's oldest neighborhood, the medieval Old Town. From here, the views of the sunny coast are unparalleled. Learn about this community's history and anecdotes about the dynasty which has reigned there for decades. 

From here continue to the medieval village of Eze, which perches high above the Mediterranean sea. Thanks to its location and history, it's a popular destination with painters and artists. Explore the famous Chapelle Sainte-Croix and the ruins of the ancient castle, which allude to the city's strategic location on the coast. Stroll through the town's peaceful gardens and soak in the sunshine. 

At the end of the day, return to Nice. 

Day 5: Transfer from Nice to Cannes

Cours Saleya in Nice
Cours Saleya in Nice

In the morning, take a train from Nice (about 40 minutes' journey) or a private transfer to reach Cannes. Although these days it's more well-known as the host of the International Cannes Film Festival, the famous city has surprisingly humble roots as a modest fishing village.

The Cannes Film Festival boasts the most media coverage in the world and attracts directors, actors and actresses, and movie-lovers from around the world. Aside from the film festival, Cannes is a busy city with a mix of business ventures and relaxing beach resorts. Sheltered by the Massif de l'Esterel and facing the sea, Cannes enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters.

Spend the day exploring Cannes, starting at the Old Port in the heart of the city. Although it lost some of its nautical importance following the construction of the new and bigger Port Canto, the old port still welcomes yachts and boats with traditional rigging. Saint Pierre Quay, which dates to 1838, is a great place to find a restaurant for lunch among the colorful buildings that line the water.

The Old Port and its quay mark the entrance to the Suquet, the oldest quarter and historic center of Cannes. Built on a hill, the Suquet invites you for a stroll along its steep medieval streets as you wander to the top viewpoints.

Explore the colorful streets of the city center or enjoy an evening stroll along the water before spending the night in your quiet hotel in town.

Day 6: Private Sailing Tour of the Lérins Islands

Sunset on the Lérins Islands
Sunset on the Lérins Islands

Spend the day soaking in the Mediterranean sunshine on a full-day sailboat outing. Meet your skipper Pierre at the docks, then set sail for the famous Lérins Islands, which lie a mere 15 minutes from the coast of Cannes. Your destinations this morning are the twin islands of Marguerite and Saint-Honorat, the two largest of this group of four emerald islets. 

The islands are renowned for their rocky beaches, hiking trails that wind through pine and eucalyptus forest, and sunny weather. The islands are also home to a number of fascinating historical and cultural sites. On Sainte-Marguerite, for example, you'll find the 17th-century Fort Royal, whose claim to fame comes from serving as the prison of the infamous of the Man in the Iron Mask for 11 years. Today, the building houses a maritime museum. Nearby, on Saint-Honorat, you can visit the expansive Lérins-Abbey, a Cistercian monastery that dates to the 11th century.

However, the real order of business today is rest and relaxation. Spend the day sailing to different beaches, swimming in crystalline waters, and enjoying food and drink aboard the sailboat. Novice sailors and experts alike can try their hand at several sailing maneuvers and getting their sea legs under them before feasting on a picnic lunch. 

Return to Cannes in the evening in time for dinner and a stroll along the water.

Day 7: Private Driving Tour of the Mediterranean Coast

St Tropez
St Tropez

Take your time today as you explore the scenic Mediterranean coast on small countryside roads. Relax and let your driver take you through the countryside, passing by rippling creeks, secluded beaches, and the rugged coastline of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. 

Stop by the hidden enclave of Cavalaire-Sur-Mer, then head to the medieval hilltop village of Ramatuelle before visiting the intimate beaches of Escalet for a quick dip in the water. Return to the Saint Tropez marina in time for lunch, then visit the ancient village of Grimaud in the afternoon. The town, which overlooks the bay of Saint Tropez, is renowned for its ocean views and 11th-century castle. 

From here continue to the colorful waterfront of Port Grimaud, where quiet canals and brightly painted homes echo the elegance of Venice. End your day with a stroll in the waterfront city of Sainte-Maxime, just north of Saint Tropez, where you'll enjoy a late afternoon Côte-de-Provence wine tasting and watch the sunset. 

In the evening, return to your accommodation in Saint Tropez.

Day 8: Au revoir, France!

French Riviera by night
French Riviera by night

After breakfast, take a private car or train transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. A bientôt!


Map

Map of Cities & Nature in the French Riviera: Nice, Cannes, Monaco, St. Tropez, & More - 8 Days
Map of Cities & Nature in the French Riviera: Nice, Cannes, Monaco, St. Tropez, & More - 8 Days