This highlights trip through the French Riviera makes stops at Cannes, St. Paul-de-Vence, and more.
Lots of construction along the route from Monaco to Nice but the guide on board our bus made the ride interesting. Nice is a lovely city and I find that walking around is the best way to experience a place. The market place with all of the fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers was delightful.
This was a nostalgic return visit to an area where I lived as a kid and then visited again when working in Paris 25 years ago. My wife did not have a great impression of Nice until this tour. I also had the opportunity to walk up to Eze. (It was easier when I was 8 years old.)
Cannes/Nice/Monte Carlo: Our first private tour was organized by Madonnafan1 on the Cruise Critic Roll Call, and was with Sylvie Di Cristo from Alpes Guides InterprÃÂ¨tes, who was the best guide my wife and I have ever experienced. Sylvie was the best host of the French Riviera that we could have ever asked for. She was a sophisticated modern day Sophia Loren, she knew the area like the back of her hand, and told us details and history that showed such a level of mastery that we were honestly jaded by the experience every other day. Unlike all the other tours that made you choose 2 of the 3 cities, we got to experience Cannes, Nice AND Monte Carlo, highlights including Cannes Film Festival HQ, Ratatouille for my wife in the Nice market, and a top notch tour of downtown Monte Carlo including inside the Casino (smaller than I expected considering it was the only Casino in Europe for 20 years, only 10 card tables and maybe 16 slot machines!)
Brief walking tour of Cannes (during the film festival), nice lunch in Cannes, visit to St. Paul-de-Vence (absolutely charming village with beautiful views), tour of a perfume factory (fascinating and excellent prices on perfumes) in Grasse.
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