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The French Riviera is a stunning mosaic of spring delights, where fragrant gardens and orchards luxuriate in warm sunshine and long, soft beaches are gently lapped by the Mediterranean. Menton is an especially pretty town in this region, known as the ‘pearl of France’, and the perfect place from which to explore. Sheltered by the Maritime Alps, it’s a mere stone’s throw from the Italian border and offers a wonderful mix of cultures, which can be seen in the architecture and sampled in the cuisine. There’s plenty of time to enjoy all this, along with included excursions that visit stylish resorts and venture into the mountains. You’re sure to find your own little piece of heaven in this beautiful corner of the world.
Day 1: London – Menton
We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris or Lille and continue by rail to Nice, followed by a short transfer to Menton, our coastal retreat for the next six nights.
Day 2: Menton
Today is free for you to spend at leisure in our elegant resort of Menton, which was put on the map by the British aristocracy who were attracted by the famously mild climate. Take a walk into the old town, which is a warren of quirky lanes and alleyways that lead out towards the Promenade du Soleil. Menton is also filled with lush gardens and lemon groves, and there is a beautiful beach where you can unwind whilst gazing out across the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 3: Monaco
Our included rail excursion takes you to the principality of Monaco, which shimmers with the glitz and glamour of one of the most sought after addresses in the world. The medieval old town is a delight to explore, from its position on a rock overlooking the harbour. This is where you find the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, where visitors flock to see the changing of the guard every lunch time. You can also walk around the famous harbour to admire the luxury yachts and even take a peek inside the grand casino.
Day 4: Le Train des Merveilles
We travel by rail to Nice for a journey on the Train des Merveilles, which takes you on a scenic route up into the Alps. Along the way you will see stunning views as we wind up the Roya valley, crossing viaducts and passing through tunnels to reach the town of Tende. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the snowcapped mountains before we return to Menton by coach.
Day 5: Menton
Today you can enjoy another day at leisure in Menton, or sample a taste of Italy with our half day optional excursion to Dolceacqua. This hilltop village enjoys a picture perfect setting and is filled with winding streets and striking architecture. The River Nervia runs through its heart, separating the village into two parts – the oldest called Terra, which is dominated by the Doria Castle, and the newest called Borgo. Both are connected by a spectacular medieval bridge which Claude Monet described as “a jewel of lightness”.
Day 6: Antibes
Our included rail excursion takes you to Antibes, a fortified Greek town in the heart of the Côte d’Azur. The centre retains much of its original character, with 16th century ramparts, cobbled streets and a Provençal market filled with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Outside the ancient walls is the modern city of Antibes, along with the vibrant yachting community of Port Vauban.
Day 7: Menton – London
We travel by rail to meet Eurostar for the return to London.