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Nice: Villages of Provence Tour with Wine & Produce Tasting

1. Nice: Villages of Provence Tour with Wine & Produce Tasting

Begin with pickup from your hotel or any other desired address in Nice between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. Your visit will take you to Biot where you will discover everything about the manufacture of Biot glassware known throughout the world, Then you continue your visit by the charming perched village of Opio in its protected site in the middle of a wonderful Mediterranean nature (olive tree, pines, cork oak, strawberry tree, heather) where you will visit one of the rare 15th century mills still in operation in the region, you can also savor regional products and this delicious olive oil. You will then go to Gourdon, one of the most beautiful hilltop villages in France. With an exceptional panoramic view of the entire French Riviera, you can also admire the castle, built in the 9th century, and its sumptuous garden, designed by Versailles landscaper André Lenotre. Then you take advantage of a stop to visit the superb 40-meter-high waterfall in the Gorges du Loup, and the village of Tourrette sur loup which owes its fame to the violet which has become its main crop since 1880 (optional stop, according to timings for the tasting?) You will continue your visit with a tasting stop, of different organic and natural wine you will have the choice of 6 wines, red, rosé, white and sweet, the winemaker will make you discover an atypical method of wine aging in the sun with glass carboys , in a warm setting where you can also admire superb paintings by Remy Rasse who also produces wine labels (from but to October), then after this tasting and superb day you will return to Nice.

Nice: Countryside Tour with Grasse

2. Nice: Countryside Tour with Grasse

Discover medieval castles and charming towns as you tour the countryside around Nice. Visit Grasse and learn about the history of French perfume, explore the cobblestone streets of Saint Paul de Vence, and stop at the Gorges du Loup waterfall. After pick up, you travel to the old town of Grasse, the historical center of French perfumery since the end of the 18th century. You will have the opportunity to visit Fragonard perfumery. Continue on to Gourdon, one of the most beautiful perch villages of France, and admire a panoramic view of the Riviera from the Alps over the coast. You will visit the castle, built in the 9th century, and its sumptuous garden, dissected by Lenotre. Enjoy a stop to visit the waterfall 40metres high in the Gorges du Loup. The next stop is the medieval village Tourette Sur Loup, settled on a rocky buttress, overhanging precipices. Also know as Cite des Violettes, this village became a meeting place for musicians, painters, writers, and poets in the middle of the 1920s. Today more than thirty workshops and galleries make the village a place of high standing for art and craft on the Riviera. Your last destination will be Saint Paul de Vence, an extraordinary treasure of Provence that has over time become the garden of many painters.

From Nice: Full-Day French Riviera Sightseeing Trip

3. From Nice: Full-Day French Riviera Sightseeing Trip

Explore the famed countryside and towns of Provence on a full-day guided tour. Discover pine forests, vast vineyards, and the region's towns — from hidden gems like Tourettes-sur-Loup to famous destinations like Cannes. Begin your tour in Antibes where you'll discover the old town and market square. Stroll along Billionaire's Pier and admire the luxury yachts. Then switch gears and shop colorful wares at a traditional Provencal market. Continue your journey to the star-studded Cannes. Stroll along the Croisette and enjoy gourmet bites and shopping at luxury boutiques. Visit Saint Paul-De-Vence and walk in the footsteps of famous artists like Matisse, Picasso, and Chagall. Break for lunch and head to Grasse, the historical center of the French perfume industry. Stop at the renowned Fragonard perfumery and treat yourself to a special fragrance. Next travel to Gourdon, known as one of the most beautiful perch villages of France, and enjoy panoramic views. End your tour in the medieval village of Tourettes-sur-Loup, perched on a rocky buttress. Also known as Cite des Violettes, this village became a meeting place for artists in the 1920s and remains today an artistic haven on the Riviera.

Countryside tour in Provence from Nice

4. Countryside tour in Provence from Nice

Drive to Cannes, see the film festival palace and feel like a star walking on the famous Croisette boulevard with its prestigious hotels and its sandy beaches. Follow the coast road to Antibes see the old town, the provencal market and the Pablo Picasso Museum. You will admire the billionnaire's pier which welcome the largest and fanciest yachts of the world. And then go to Saint Paul de Vence a wonderful medieval village where many of the great painters and artists have stayed. You will appreciate the charm of its stone architecture. Then photo stop in Tourettes-sur-Loup the city of violets, suspended on the flanks of the mountain. Numerous artisans have set up shops in the town, adding their production to the local harvest of olives, carnations, roses and above all, violets which furnish the town's annual fete with one of the most prized floral displays on the Riviera. Gourdon is a nice village built on the top of a rocky spur some 800 metres high, this veritable eagle's nest of a feudal village. The main street of the village leads to a tiny square that is a veritable viewing platform for the Riviera, offering an exceptional panorama looking out towards Nice and beyond to the Mont de l'Esterel. And you'll finish by Grasse which is a welcoming picturesque resort town on an outstanding site. The main industry of the town today, as it has been for centuries, is perfumemaking of which is the world capital.

Cannes Shore Excursion: Grasse, Gourdon, St. Paul de Vence

5. Cannes Shore Excursion: Grasse, Gourdon, St. Paul de Vence

Disembark from the port of Cannes and explore the countryside. Walk along the glamorous Croisette’s boulevard. Travel inland and awaken your senses at the World's capital of perfume in Grasse, and visit Saint Paul de Vence. In the bay of Cannes, along the sandy beaches and luxurious boutiques, stroll on the mythic Croisette’s boulevard and imagine the glamour on the red carpet of the Film Festival Palace among the celebrities’ handprints. Escape inland and unlock your senses in Grasse, the World’s capital of perfume. Appreciate a guided tour in a factory that will reveal to you its secrets, or wander in the heart of Old Town. Reach Gourdon, which culminates over the “Big Blue Sea”. Wind down the river Loup gorges in order to end your journey by Saint Paul de Vence, one of the most visited villages in France and one of the top places for artists since the ’20s.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19 reviews

It was great to be able to see so many beautiful places in such a short time! In particular, Guhe-dong and Saint-Paul-Vence were so beautiful~ The guide was so kind to explain and drive! Highly recommended!

Everything was great! Guide was informative and friendly. We saw a lot and really enjoyed the day. Greetings to our guide!:)

Parfé was very good, he took us around and told us many interesting things about Nice. Recommended tour :)

Cyril was a great guide and the tour was lovely. We enjoyed it very much.

Our guide nordine was AMAZING Book this trip its fantastic