French Riviera Countryside Excursion: From Cannes, French Riviera, Monaco, or Nice
Immerse Yourself in the Amazing French Countryside!
DURATION: UP TO 8-HOURS
In the middle of a wonderful landscape of a forest and cliffs, you will be driven through villages perched on top of the hills. Your first stop will be in Cagnes-sur-Mer, a landscape of hills covered by olive, cypress and palm trees; then you will stop at the flowery village of Vence, where Matisse’s Chapel is found. Tourettes-sur-Loup is your next stop; this is a beautiful medieval village perched on rocky hills, with lots of craftsman productions. Continue to Gourdon rising 500m above the river Loup, and end your trip in Mougins, a charming village surrounded by a forest.
Cagnes-sur-Mer, like the Roman god Janus, has two faces. Perched on a hill in the “hinterlands” of Nice, Le Haut-de-Cagnes is a charming, historic village that has inspired many to creativity — from Simone de Beauvoir, who wrote Les Mandarins here, to Renoir, whose last home, here has been turned into an art museum.
Known as the “City of Art”, Vence is a lovely town sitting in the fresh air of the hills only a few kilometers from Nice and Antibes. This historic, walled town has preserved its medieval squares and streets. In the area around the town, aromatic flowers, olives and colorful orange trees are cultivated. Don’t miss the chapel of Matisse (Chapelle du Rosaire), considered his masterpiece in 1951.
Perched on a rocky outcrop surrounded by superb landscapes where prickly pears grow naturally, the village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup seems to conquer all beneath it with its tall houses built along its ramparts. Stroll in the narrow streets of the ‘City of the violets’ to see the tiny fashioned shops with original artists and craftsmen productions.
Gourdon sits on the edge of a rocky spur above the Loup River. You will have the chance to discover the local arts and crafts: stained glass, silk painting, perfumes, soaps, honey, nougat, and traditional breads. Then, you will be taken to one of the small squares or ancient houses with their carved doorways.
The landscapes of this medieval town are exceptional, surrounded by the Valmasque forest, Mougins is a popular village visited by many during the summer. Between the picturesque and the charming, its architecture is fully restored and the whole environment attracted many celebrities such as Picasso, Cocteau, Christian Dior. Here, Picasso lived the last 15 years of his life.
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your driver will pick you up from the lobby of your French Riviera hotel (Nice, Cannes, Monaco). At the conclusion of the tour, the driver can return you to the hotel, or if you prefer, perhaps drop you off at a nearby restaurant for dinner. (If choosing the latter, taxis back to the hotel are to be paid for locally)
Includes: Knowledgeable English-speaking driver and private car service, transport expenses.
Excludes: Any entrance to museums or other activities when touring, food and beverage.
- Please be aware that the driver, while knowledgeable, is not a licensed guide, and may not leave the vehicle to guide on foot.