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Nice Carnival & Menton Lemon Festival by Rail
Based in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Nice, with its wealth of artistic and architectural heritage, this tour also explores part of the French Riviera, renowned for both its beauty and artistic heritage. Highlights include the perfume town of Grasse, the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence; and Antibes, home of the Picasso Museum, housed in Chateau Grimaldi where the painter stayed on a six-month sojourn in 1946.
- Return Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice via Paris/Lille with coach transfer in Paris
- 7 nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the 4-star Massena Hotel, Nice (13, 20 February), the 4-star Nice Riviera Hotel (19, 26 February) or the 4-star Ellington Hotel, Nice (27 February), based on shared occupancy of a twin room
- Transfers and full touring itinerary
- Seated ticket to afternoon Flower Parade in Nice and seated ticket in Menton
- Tour manager throughout
- Holiday insurance
- Single room supplement
- Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
- Porterage and gratuities
PLEASE NOTE: as with most trains, passengers are responisble for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried onto the platform.
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On arrival transfer under tour manager's direction to hotel for check in for 7-night stay on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Morning tour of Nice with afternoon free for individual exploration.
Day 3: Full day to Grasse & the Gorges du Loup.
Day 4: Full day in Nice with time to view the afternoon 'Flower Parade'.
Day 5: Full day to Menton to see the town and the colourful Lemon Festival Parade.
Day 6: Full day tour to Vence & St-Paul-de-Vence. On the 26th and 27th February departures you will have the chance to view the Nice Carnival closing festivities in the evening (free entrance).
Day 7: Full day tour Biot, Antibes and Cap d'Antibes including entrance to the Picasso Museum.
Day 8: Travel by TGV train to Paris and onwards by Eurostar to St Pancras or Ebbsfleet.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to departure date, the carnival programme, local conditions, and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Located in the city centre on the new Place Massena surrounded by gardens and pedestrian streets the 4-star boutique Massena Hotel offers a bar and lounge area and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, minibar, safe and hairdryer. Although the hotel does not have a restaurant there are plently of local restaurants nearby.
Nice Riviera Hotel, Nice (19 February 2014)
Situated in the city centre only minutes from the beach, the 4-star Nice Riviera Hotel has been entirely renovated in 2012 with a brand new contemporary design. Facilities at the hotel include the Riviera Cafe, wellness area with an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi and sauna and spacious, comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe and hairdryer.
Ellington Hotel, Nice (27 February 2014)
Located on gracious Boulevard Dubouchage in the city centre within walking distance of the old town, port and about 400m from the Promenade des Anglais the 4-star Ellington Hotel offers a bar, cosy lounge, sun patio and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning, TV, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilties. Although the hotel has no restaurant there are lots within a short walk - try the elegant Indyana just around the corner.
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No complaints - everything went very smoothly. A pity the final illuminated carnival was cancelled due to bad weather but we were very impressed with the speed of the ticket refund. Well done.