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This luxury women’s tour will be led by a native from the area. Nancy, who hails from Canada, has lived in the South of France for 40 years and has been married to two French men - not at the same time - as she likes to say. Ms. McGee makes her livelihood by organizing and conducting trips of this region and only this region, so she is a hyper-specialist in the south of France. Hence, she will be able to escort you to places that the big trip companies do not know about, places that others cannot get access to. She’ll be able to open your eyes to the secrets of this world-famous corner of France. You’ll quickly realize this is no ordinary trip to this illustrious and sophisticated region. Join Girls Guide to Paris on a trip of a lifetime in France!
This trip is organized and priced based on single occupancy at all the places you will stay. If you’re traveling with a friend/relative or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, Girls Guide to Paris can usually organize double occupancy and a reduction in cost. Savings can be had if you choose to room with an old or new friend.
Mademoiselle Hotel is a boutique design hotel in the heart of Juan les Pins. Just 50 meters from the private beaches, 13 "deco" rooms offer a combination of dreams and childhood, a shady patio for gourmet breakfasts and a magnificent small swimming pool to relax at the end of the day.
Hostellerie Bérard & Spa will welcome you for an enchanting stay in the little village of Cadière d'Azur. Enjoy accommodation with character in their 33 rooms and suites that are elegantly decorated in a Provencal style. Situated in a village hidden amongst vines and olive trees, Hotel Bérard is made up of several houses that surround an enormous terrace and swimming pool.
Arrive in Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) and hop in a taxi or an Uber on your own to arrive at four-star Boutique Hotel Mademoiselle in Juan Les Pins, with an extremely appropriate name for an all-girls trip! This hotel is located in the charming town of Juan Les Pins/Antibes with its boat-filled harbor, 16th-century ramparts, and narrow cobblestone streets.
You’ll meet for a welcome apéro on the patio of the hotel and get to know one another. After getting settled, you’ll head out for dinner at Tiffany’s kitchen around 7:00 p.m., a charming place where everything is homemade.
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll depart for a trip to the gorgeous mansion and exquisite gardens of the Villa Ephruzzi Rothschild perched up high in St. Jean Cap-Ferrat with a view of the Mediterranean that only the Rothschild’s could afford. The villa was constructed between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild.
After having your eyes stimulated, you’ll step back in time and climb the hill for a stroll around Medieval Eze, stopping to admire the Tropical garden there. After a walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of the 11th-century town to the top of the exotic garden, you will discover one of the most dazzling panoramic views of the Côte d’Azur on the former property of Baroness Beatrice of the Rothschild of the illustrious banking family, making this a very Rothschild-focused day!
You’ll lunch in this picture-perfect town at a local French Deli which also has samplings of local olive oil and tasty tapenade. This afternoon, you’ll discover the history and distilling process at the renowned Fragonard perfumery in Grasse, France’s perfume capital. The factory is family-run for four generations. You will marvel at the choices and discover what suits you. If you have an allergy to fragrances, there are other interesting activities in Grasse to occupy your time.
After heading back to the hotel, you’ll stop at the small but impactful Picasso museum situated in a 500-year-old castle. You’ll see where the artist worked on his ceramics during this stay in Antibes. The setting is beautiful, including the sculpture garden. You’ll stay in place for a casual dinner tonight at one of Antibes’ most renowned pizzerias, La Trattoria.
Wear comfortable walking shoes today. This morning, Nancy will lead you into the maze of narrow streets in the captivating old town for a stroll in the footsteps of famous writers who found inspiration in Nice. You will visit the famous daily market on Cours Saleya, where there will be time to browse. You’ll lunch at Olivera and if you are lucky, a female chef will have her famous stuffed zucchini flowers on offer.
While there is much to choose from in Nice, you must go to the Chagall museum, your guide’s favorite for a Chagall Museum audio trip. Late this afternoon, you’ll learn about and taste the famous elixir of the artists and writers from the turn of the last century. The Absinthe Bar in Antibes will offer you a glass of absinthe with some of their locally made tapenade, and no Absinthe is no longer illegal - lucky you!
Dinner this evening will be at the charming Le J, run by a husband and wife team which is a short stroll from the hotel in Juan les Pins. The chef at Le J uses only local freshly sourced ingredients in his modern French cuisine.
Today, you’ll discover the Jewel of the Riviera, St Paul de Vence, a celebrity playground. You’ll delight as you wander into the tiny Matisse Rosary Chapel. Matisse referred to this chapel containing his ceramics, stained glass windows, ornaments, and paintings as his masterpiece.
While in St Paul de Vence, you’ll have the opportunity to roam on your own and visit local artisans, shops, and ateliers. Today’s lunch will be at the Uber-famous la Colombe d’Or where Picasso, Matisse, Leger, Miro, Calder, and Chagall have all dined before you. You’ll want to walk around the place between courses because nearly all of these artists’ original work is shown at this legendary establishment, they often donated it to the owner in exchange for dinner and a stay at his place.
On this art-filled day after your lunch, you’ll visit the delightful Fondation Maeght whose permanent collection includes paintings and sculptures by Giacometti, Ellsworth Kelly, Pierre Bonnard, George Braque as well as countless other luminaries. Later on, you’ll explore the beautiful Villa Eilenroca Belle Epoque mansion which, like the Rothchild mansion, was also built for a woman. Here lies an interesting story, the name of the villa is the name of the owner’s wife spelled backward! Cornélie = Eilenroc.
You’ll end your day with a cocktail at the iconic Hotel Belles Rives in Antibes. You’ll be driven back to your hotel and you’ll have tonight free to explore on your own.
Check out and depart for the perfect seaside town of Cassis. Upon arrival, you’ll head for lunch at the Villa Madie made for you by a 2-Michelin star chef and complimented by a stunning view. After that, you’ll trip the town and then head out to see the Calanques by boat (weather permitting).
Back on land, your guide will lead you to an incredible perfume shop, “Eau de Cassis” where you’ll spend some time. Don’t fret, you’ll build in some time for and additional shopping in this darling town including a stop into Souleiado, for classic Provençal fabrics.
In the late afternoon, you’ll check in to the family-run 4-star Hotel Bérard in la Cadière d’Azur, allowing for time to relax a bit before an Aperitif workshop at the farm conceived by the chef. At Chef René Bérard’s bastide farmhouse and vegetable garden nearby, you will prepare some traditional apéros (such as anchoiade and tapenade) to be shared afterward alongside a glass of Cassis-made rosé wine, some of the best in France.
You’ll be dining tonight at Le Regain La Cadiere d’Azur, a few minutes' walk from the hotel through the small perched medieval village.
You’ll sleep in today then leave for Marseilles where you’ll start with a guided tour to of the Mucem listed as one of the top 50 most visited museums in the world, the Mucem and its striking contemporary architecture in Marseille is the first museum entirely dedicated to Mediterranean culture.
After the museum, you’ll head for a stroll through the authentic district of Noailles making a stop at Maison Empereur and Épicerie L’Idéal, where you’ll grab a sandwich here to eat as you stroll. You’ll have an opportunity to visit La Licorne a Provençal soap factory and learn how their colorful sweet-smelling soaps are made with olive oil.
Later this afternoon, you’ll partake in a Pastis tasting. In his best-selling book, ‘Toujours Provence’, Peter Mayle evoked the virtues of Pastis in these words: “For me, the most powerful ingredient in Pastis is not aniseed or alcohol but ambiance, and that dictates how and where it should be drunk. I cannot imagine drinking it in a hurry."
Finally, you’ll head to the Notre Dame Basilica to admire the view at sunset. It’s located at the highest natural point in the city, so you can get a great view of everything. If you walk around the church, you will obtain a full 360-degree panoramic view of the whole of Marseille.
You cannot be in Marseille without trying their famous invention, the world-renowned fisherman’s stew, Bouillabaisse. Of course, you’ll head to the best place to try this iconic experience.
The focus of today will be on the pretty pink wines of the region. You’ll start at Terresbrunes, taking a winery trip at this Bandol estate which uses organic farming practices to produce its refined wines. After tasting and explorations, you’ll sit down to lunch there where everything will be fresh, organic, and local.
This afternoon, you'll enjoy an olive oil tasting at Moulin St Come followed by a wine tasting at Clos de La Magdeleine in Cassis. You’ll head back to the hotel in time to pack and/or take a stroll the village. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be prepared for you by the Michelin starred Chef Jeff Bérard at the hotel. There will be many a toast made to wonders seen and friendship made.
After breakfast, you’ll depart back home via Marseille train to Paris or from there, you can take a connecting plane to Paris, London, Amsterdam.
Girls Guide to Paris always reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!
This is the pen-ultimate journey to the French Riviera frequented by the world’s elite for the past 100 years. From a seaside perch in charming Juan Les Pins, you’ll follow in the footsteps of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. You will learn why writers like Hemingway, James Joyce, and Nabakov flocked to Nice for inspiration. This girls’ travel tour won’t stop there!
You’ll climb the hill up to the picture-perfect Medieval village of Eze, tuck into the tiny yet extraordinary Matisse Chapel, visit a Rothschild villa, and examine the Fragonard Perfume factory in Grasse. Artists Picasso and Chagall left their mark there so you’ll let your eyes be dazzled by great paintings from the 20th century’s most iconic artists and you’ll dine at the world-famous La Colombe d’Or, frequented by those artists.
Later in your journey, you’ll taste France’s best rosé wines in a glorious little-known seaside town. You’ll also venture over to Marseille, famous for its Bouillabaisse. Of late this town has been put back on the map, there’s a wildly cool new museum in town as well as a formerly derelict area now made terribly chic by artists and creatives. Superb shopping abounds.
You’ll end your trip enjoying the classic Bouillabaisse while facing the sea after a boat trip of the famous Calanques and you’ll discover why this little strip along the Mediterranean has inspired so many artists, writers, creatives and holiday-makers since the legend began back in 1920.
All meals, wine with meals, and other cocktails indicated are included in the price. Not to worry, vegetarians will be well fed in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.
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