Cannes yachts in France
Cannes yachts in France

Cote d’Azur, France Vacation

Experience a Cote d’Azur France Vacation featuring the authentic side of the glitzy and historic French Riviera with this insider’s tour of Cannes, Nice, Antibes and Grasse.

Check out the red carpet in Cannes and feast on French cheese in nearby markets, learn about Picasso in Antibes, drive a classic car to fragrant Grasse, take on Nice by bicycle and ski the French Alps during the winter. This itinerary will show you great adventures and experiences along the Cote d’Azur and can be customized to fit your needs.

Let our Virtuoso travel agent help you with this Darley Vacations booking or have her customize it to meet the needs of you and your group or family. We love, love, love France and look forward to showing you the best to the Mediterranean Coast.

7 days / 6 nights starting at $4,969.75 USD* per person double occupancy

* Daily inclusions listed below. Itinerary pricing based on double occupancy. Prices are subject to fluctuations due to exchange rates at time of payment. Prices and reservations are not guaranteed until a deposit is placed. We are happy to customize this itinerary for you!

French Riviera Vacation Itinerary

Explore the Cote d’Azur like the locals, enjoying truly authentic salad Nicoise, beachside strolls and marvelous markets. This itinerary includes the best of the Southern Mediterranean Coast, including art, history, food and adventure.

Darley with her local guide in the cheese market

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Cannes, France

Day 1: Arrive to Nice in the Cote d’Azur

Welcome to Nice! Meet your driver after baggage claim and customs clearance. You will be privately driven to your hotel a short distance away in charming Antibes. 

Mixing luxury and authenticity, Antibes is the perfect destination to begin your journey. Located between Cannes and Nice, Antibes has a sophisticated, yet ancient feel with its cobblestone streets and charming homes. A draw for artists and writers throughout the century, including Pablo Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald, today, Antibes still attracts the rich and famous, in particular during the Cannes Film Festival.  Walk amid pricey yachts or quaint cafes and locally owned shops. Breathe in the fresh Mediterranean air and relax.

Designed by architect Gérard Vollenweider and built in 2011, your boutique hotel has an apt nautical theme. Embellished with themes of a sailing ship, this modern and contemporary property is complete with sea views and steps away form the sea. Rooms have quality Italian furniture and a nautical theme–– a nod to the yachts of the famous Billionaires Wharf. With an onsite restaurant and spa, fitness center and access to a small, private beach.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own. Stretch your legs with a walk outside to get over any jet lag and enjoy a glass of wine in a local cafe or your hotel bar.

Day 2: Antibes

Antibes Market & Tour

After breakfast, follow your private guide to Antibes city center. Tucked away behind the ramparts is Vieux Antibes (Old Antibes), lies a honey-colored quarter of winding cobbled lanes, splashed with flowers and over flowing with shops, restaurants and bars. Visit the bustling morning market in the cours Masséna, and the craft market in the afternoon. 

The Cours Massena market offers an infinite diversity of fresh regional produce, meats and cheeses from the mountains, specialities, spices and bouquets of cut or dried flowers. Enjoy the sights and flavors of the regulars who work and shop here from 6am to 1pm every day.

After lunch, take a tour of Antibes and choose your theme. Antibes is known for its history, but it is also famous for the renown painters who lived there. 

History:  On a historic tour of Antibes, discover the fascinating history of a city created by the Greeks and developed by the Romans, ravaged by the Barbarians, then fortified under the reign of Henri IV and Louis XIV. Enjoy the beauty of its medieval town, its ramparts walls along the seafront, the Provencal market, the famous Port Vauban and the flowery Safranier neighbordhood.

Art: Love Antibes through the eyes of the different artists who lived or stayed here and painted the town and its landscapes. Thanks to panels set up on the very spots where the originals were painted, you can follow in the footsteps of those artists and understand how they became fascinated by the extraordinary light and magical colours of the French Riviera, including one of its most famous, Picasso. Visit the Picasso Museum, housed in an old castle that used to belong to the family Grimaldi, and where Picasso lived in 1946, leaving the city 23 paintings and 44 drawings.

We recommend dining tonight at Chez Mamo. Being so close to Italy, many area restaurants serve up a mix of French and Italian cuisine, including Chez Mamo, where homemade pasta mixes with fresh cheeses and seafood amid a plethora of celebrity photos. Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Steven Spielburg, Rhianna, Sting, and on and on have visited and they’ve all snapped photos with Mamo. Ask your waiter or waitress if Mamo is around and try to snap a photo, too. 

Day 3: Perfume, Gardens & Gardens

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up at your hotel by your private driver-guide for another cool day in Darley’s footsteps

Drive for 13 miles through quaint French villages en route to Grasse, where many of the world’s top perfumes are produced and have been since the Middle Ages.

Flowers have given Grasse, the World Perfume Capital, its aristocratic title. There once was a time when the city was graced with the breathtaking sight and heady perfume of gardens and flower fields filled with jasmine, rose and tuberose, the three queens of the flower kingdom so essential to the perfume industry. Today, some twenty farmers cultivate such flower fields, and certain gardens are conceived so as to preserve this heritage by composing a rich bouquet of the fragrances of Provence.

With your guide, explore the heart of Grasse’s historic downtown by train. Next, discover the main historical sites of Grasse on foot, including Old Town, Place aux Aires, Place de l’Evêché square and the Cathedral.

Next, enjoy diving into the world of perfume at the Fragonard Perfume Factory. Fragonard is one of the oldest perfume factories in Grasse and one of a few offering travelers the chance to create their own scent. Take a special workshop and craft your own perfume!

This fantastic olfactive experience is focuses on the composition and personalisation of an Eau de Cologne. You’ll be lady by a teacher and create a 100ml bottle to take home with you, along with your own perfume diploma and Fragonard apron.

The villa Fort France garden in Grasse is an Artist’s garden. The harmony of shapes and colors as well as diversity of species makes it unique. Built by Lady Fortescue, a British author who wrote the bestselling book “Perfume from Provence” there, is totally organic and focuses on biodiversity. Explore the garden during a private visit and discover the artist’s paintings showcasing the famous garden.

At the end of the day, you’ll be driven back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Lunch today included. Dinner not included.

Watch our video on bucket list adventures along the Cote d’Azur!

Day 4: Cannes & Nice

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up at your hotel by private driver for a short drive (15min) to Cannes. Cannes’ roots date back to ancient times. Once a simple fishing village, today, the old mixes with the ultra new and while things seem quite alive even in the off season, Cannes simply buzzes with action during its film festival each May.

Explore Cannes at leisure for 2 hours on a foodie tour like Darley or for shopping

  • Morning: Forville Market and surrounding streets

A few steps from La Croisette boardwalk and at the foot of the ancient neighborhood of Le Suquet, Cannes’ large covered market, Marché Forville, is ready to meet your shopping needs. Located along one of the Côte d’Azur’s best gourmand streets, Forville Market is the place for foodies. Visitors enjoy varied eating and shopping experiences among its produce and flower stalls.

In operation since the 1930’s, fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, seafood, eggs and more abound, but if you’re new to Cannes, you must try the Socca. 

Buy some cheese and wine from the market to take a taste of Cannes with you. The colorful selection of flowers you’ll see is grown locally outside Antibes, and it is one of the best spots in the market for taking great pictures. 

Tips: If you are visiting on a Monday, be aware that the food stalls are replaced by an all-day flea market, or brocante in French. No foodie tour that day.

After checking in, follow Darley’s *e-biking tour in Old Nice. This is a great way to explore Nice, because it’s a hilly city, so taking on those hills is easier with the e-bike. It also gives you a chance to wind around smaller more intimate areas. On this tour, you’ll also experience the landmarks.

  • The famous Promenade des Anglais and icnoic Hotel Negresco
  • The Italian Place Garibaldi and Place Massena
  • The Colline (Nice’s old Chateau) overlooking Nice Bay
  • The Port with its traditional fishing boats beighboring luxury yachts
  • Plus hidden churches, walks, gardens, fountains, giant sculptures, tips for the best bars and restaurants, and plenty of photo stops.

Your hotel is located in the heart of the city, steps away from the beach and the Promenade des Anglais, and the famous Place Masséna. It celebrates the history of Nice. Throughout your stay, discover the collection of black and white photos, a nod to the history of the first seaside resorts of which the city is the emblem.

Lunch not included today, but dinner is included.

Day 5: Nice

Spend the morning at leisure on own exploring Nice. There is much to enjoy in the seventh most populated city in France. Wander Old Nice, go shopping, visit Nice museums or hit the beach.

Afternoon: The prestigious Villas or Monaco private guided tour

Choose to explore the French Riviera prestigious villas and gardens-–Villa and gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild , Villa Kerylos, or private house of Jean Cocteau––continue to  Eze village,  a beautiful hill-top medieval village overlooking the sea from 1300 feet high.

Or leave Nice and stop in Eze, then spend the afternoon discovering the legendary Principality of Monaco on a private guided tour. We are happy to make these arrangements!

Day 6: Nice Culinary Adventures

Nice is known for its food specialties, and a fusion cuisine of Italian flavors, north Africa ones, and Provence traditional specialties. 

Today, you will taste and learn more about all these influences which have built through time Nice foodie reputation. We have a few options for you today.

FIRST option: Market Tour, History and cooking class

  • Walking Tour Through the Old Town of Nice
  • Enjoy a Number of Tastings
  • Tour with Professional Local English speaking Gourmet Guide

Foods you must try in the Cote d’Azur.

Morning: Pick up at your hotel in the lobby.Meet your guide and embark on a exploratory food and local history tour with tastings. 

You will walk Old Nice district, formerly the Italian part of the city, with its pastel colors and narrow streets, dipping in and out of local retailers, tasting about a dozen specialties. Food Nice is rarely found elsewhere in France. It is very unique, a mix of Provence, mountain (Alpes), and Italy flavors. 

Discover the colorful open air market and the beautiful new gardens along the Promenade des Arts. Your tour will finish next to the opera for a final sweet treat at the Auer candy factory shop.

In order to appreciate all of the tastings, it will be best to only have a light breakfast before the tour to throughly enjoy all the mouthwatering delicacies your guide will introduce to you.

After the market tour, learn hands-on how to cook a typical Nice meal, and be ready to replicate the recipes back home! 

Inclusions

  • Food tasting
  • Light refreshments
  • Wine tasting
  • 3-course lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Small-group tour (if not private)
  • Tram tickets

SECOND Option: short tour and cooking class

France is famous for its pastries, buns, breads and quiches. The cuisine the south of France (Provence and French Riviera) is particularly outstanding due to its local fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy olive oil and seeds, and wonderful artisan cheeses.

Meet your chef at an authentic family home in central Nice and face the biggest challenge of the day: Choosing the three dishes you would like to prepare. Do you prefer sweet or savory? Why not pick both!

Make yourself at home as your chef serves you coffee, tea and fresh juice. She will explain all about the local ingredients, then roll up your sleeves and get cooking and baking. Your chef will help you as you create your very own mouthwatering provençal dish.

Sample menu :

  • Salade Niçoise traditionnelle avec légumes frais du marché–traditional Nicoise salad with fresh vegetables from the open air market
  • Petits pains à l’huile d’olive and Parmesan–rolls with olive oil, pumpkin seeds and Parmesan cheese
  • Tartelettes pomme-rose–apple and rose tarts
  • Thé au jasmin et ses madeleines à la fleur d’oranger–jasmine tea and orange blossom madeleine
  • And, maybe, 1 or 2 surprises

Inclusions

  • Food ingredients
  • Cooking class
  • Light refreshments
  • Walking tour

This afternoon, enjoy walking Nice’s streets on your own.

Day 7: Homeward Bound

Private transfer to the train station or airport to your next location or home.

*Please note that this is a sample itinerary. Prices are subject to changes based on dates and activities, which Darley Vacations’ Preferred Travel Advisor can customize for you. Please check out why you should book trips through our Preferred Travel Advisor and other FAQs.

Trip Price & Inclusions

7 days / 6 nights starting at $4,969.75 USD* per person double occupancy

* Daily inclusions listed below. Itinerary pricing based on double occupancy. Prices are subject to fluctuations due to exchange rates at time of payment. Prices and reservations are not guaranteed until a deposit is placed. We are happy to customize this itinerary for you!

Inclusions
6 nights accommodation

Transfers
Private transfer airport to hotel on day of arrival and hotel to airport on day of departure.
All private transfers daily per itinerary

Activities: (Please see itinerary for durations)
All privately guided tours per itinerary
Day 3 Grasse Perfume workshop
Day 3 Grasse garden
Day 4 e-bike in Nice
Day 6 Nice foodie tour
Day 5 Nice-Monaco or villas
Activities include entrance tickets when required

Meals
Daily breakfast for 2
Day 1 Dinner
Day 2 Lunch
Day 3 Dinner
Day 4 Dinner
Day 6 Lunch

Taxes and fees
French taxes are included

Package Exclusions
International airfares
France train transportation from Paris to Nice
Meal and services not mentioned in the inclusions
Alcoholic beverages for lunches and dinners
Gratuities
Personal expenses
Travel insurance

We are happy to customize this itinerary further to fit your needs and budget.