French Riviera from Belfast




French & Italian Riviera direct from Belfast
Departing June and September 2015 from £839pp

Nestled on the Mediterranean coastline between the French border to the west and the Italian Gulf of La Spezia to the east lies the resort of Diano Marina. Set in a wide, sun-kissed bay with an old town exuding charismatic charm, the citrus lined streets of Diano Marina have long been popular with tourists and the whole area is blessed with an excellent climate, splendid beaches, and wonderful cuisine. Its coastal setting is magnificent, with picturesque coves and hills clad in olive groves and pine, lemon and orange trees. Whilst you will no doubt find plenty to do in your resort, for a change of scene two full-day escorted excursions are included in this holiday; to the elegant, exclusive resorts of Santa Margherita and Portofino, and back across the French border to the world-renowned principality of Monaco and its capital, Monte Carlo.
Return flight from your chosen airport to Nice Cote d’Azur, France
Return transfer from Nice airport to Diano Marina, Italy
Seven nights stay at the 3 star Hotel Arc en Ciel or Hotel Piccolo, Diano Marina with dinner and breakfast (upgrade to the 4 star Hotel Metropol, Diano Marina for a supplement)
Two full-day escorted excursions; to Santa Margherita & Portofino, and to Monaco & Monte Carlo
Boat from Santa Margherita to Portofino (weather conditions permitting)
One piece of hold luggage per person (at least 20kg weight, dependent on airline)
Services of an English-speaking representative
All airport taxes and security charges and the Government tax on air travel (APD)
VAT at the government's prevailing rate at the date of travel




Undiscovered Provence 
Escorted Tour
Awaiting 2016 prices 

Return Flights from Belfast Intl
Seven nights bed and breakfast at a choice of hotels from three star superior to five star, two dinners in hotels plus two dinners in excellent restaurants experiencing the fine and typical Provençale cuisine
Tour of La Ciotat, colourful Cassis and including a boat trip to see the stunning Calanques
Guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, Provence’s stylish capital
Visit to Avignon – home of the Pope’s Palace and almost mythical bridge
Walking tour of Arles, capital of Roman Gaul, with an iconic amphitheatre and immortalised by Van Gogh
Tour of the Camargue, one of France’s finest nature reserves, famous for its black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos
Tour of the Luberon Hills and it’s timeless Provencal villages so vividly described in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’
Visit to the Pont du Gard, one of the ancient Romans’ largest aqueducts
Escorted by our experienced tour manager


Day 1

Fly to Nice  A coach will take you to your chosen hotel in Aix-en-Provence, where you stay for seven nights’.

Day 2

Aix en Provence is a stunningly beautiful place, originally a spa town founded by the Romans. It is a labyrinth of tiny alleyways and squares and is known as the ‘city of a thousand fountains’. This is provincial France at its best. Paul Cézanne was the city’s favourite son and he painted 300 paintings here and in the surrounding area, with his workshop preserved exactly how it was when he died in 1906. This morning, you have tour of the city after which you may explore as you wish.

Day 3

After breakfast you leave Aix and head for the nearby coast and the delta of the great River Rhone - the Camargue – now designated a National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty famed for its iconic black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos. Next you arrive in Arles, the ‘Pearl of Provence’. Although not very large today, in Roman times it was the imposing capital of Gaul, Britain and Spain with a range of monuments to match. Its preservation has been remarkable and on go on a fascinating walking tour you will see the forum, theatre and incredible amphitheatre plus much more of this superb city. Van Gogh lived here for two years and, inspired by the Provençal countryside, produced 200 paintings and 100 drawings including such famous works as ‘Sunflowers’, ‘Café de Nuit’, ‘The Red Vines’ and ‘The Sower’. After some free time, you are then free to return to your hotel.

Day 4

This morning you head inland to the stunning scenery of the Luberon mountains. It was here that Peter Mayle found inspiration for his book, A Year in Provence. First of all, you cross the fertile plains adorned with olive and peach groves which change to rich vineyards on the lower slopes. Then as you climb, there is row upon row of fragrant lavender, together with the mimosa and pine trees, that give the unmistakable aroma which is one of Provence’s hallmarks. Once famous as the haunt of highwaymen, with the castle of the Marquis de Sade, it is now a much prized nature reserve.

Day 5

Today you visit nearby Avignon, one of Europe’s most historic cities. Its destiny changed early in the 14th century with the exile of the Pope’s court from Rome. Vast wealth poured in to build churches, convents and elegant townhouses, but most of all the incredible Papal Palace. You have time to visit this imposing building which from the outside resembles a citadel rising from living rock flanked by turrets more than 150 feet high. Alternatively, there is the Petit Palais museum which houses an excellent collection of more than 1,000 paintings. You also visit the Pont du Gard, an amazing Roman aqueduct, wider than the Thames in London and one of the wonders of the ancient world. You then return to your hotel in Aix.

Day 6

Today have a free day to spend as you wish. Perhaps sample some local produce at one of the many markets to be found every morning tucked away on a pretty square, perhaps visit the brilliant Musee Granet with a gallery entirely devoted to Cezanne, plus works by Degas, Picasso, Renoir, Monet and host of others or the fascinating Museum of Natural History, exhibiting a collection of dinosaur eggs from the slopes of the nearby Mont Ste-Victoire. Probably best though is just wander through Aix’s maze of ancient street lined by its 17th and 18th century mansions, admire the graceful charm of its fountains, the majesty of its avenues, the intimacy of its cafes absorbing the entire inimitable atmosphere. Perhaps though, just relax with a book, the choice is yours!

Day 7

Today we head just south to the rugged Mediterranean Coast firstly visiting delightful La Ciotat, whose pretty painted houses rise in tiers overlooking the bay and old port. Along the coastline we start to discover the amazing contorted limestone coastline, carved by the sea into the most incredible almost contorted shapes, majestic needles, hidden coves and almost vertical milk-white cliffs plunging spectacularly into the deep blue sea. This really is one of Europe’s most astonishing seascapes. Next it’s probably Provence’s most alluring port, Cassis, an utterly charming little spot with its myriad of fishing boats riding at anchor, overlooked by a mighty medieval fortress. This gorgeous bay has drawn many famous visitors over the years including Virginia Woolfe and Sir Winston Churchill, who took painting lessons here in the 1920s. Explore the sights or taste some delicious local seafood before, for the finest possible vistas, we explore by boat the stunning Massif des Calanques’s dazzling white cliffs and pinnacles erupting from the sea.

Day 8

Today you return to the airport at the appropriate time to return home.

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Nice, Monte Carlo and St Tropez
Direct from Belfast
7 nights Half board with local excursions
from £789pp


Join us on the glorious French Riviera to discover resorts famed for their glamour, history, sparkling sea and sunshine. Based in the pretty town of Menton, enjoy the charms of the South of France, while excursions take you over the border to royal Monaco and into the beauty of Italy.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions


Enjoy visits to sparkling Nice and romantic St-Paul-de-Vence
Visit glamorous Cannes and jet-set haven St-Tropez
Discover glittering Monte Carlo
Explore Italy's beautiful 'Riviera of Flowers'
Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at your chosen three-star hotel in Menton
Return flights from your chosen airport to Nice
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager



Single rooms are available for a supplement

Resort Information

Radiating sun-kissed charm, Menton sits close to the Italian border on the Baie du Soleil. Unspoiled and elegant, its promenade runs along the pretty beachfront, and past the casino and ancient fort. Menton's cafes and bars provide perfect places to relax, while the quaint old town boasts a delightful mix of Italianate and Baroque buildings.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to Menton is approximately one hour.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Accommodation at the Ibis Styles Menton

Evening meals will be served at a local restaurant called le Cafe des Arts (or similar), located a two-minute walk from the hotel. You may arrive at your convenience, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening.

Access in Monaco

Please note that there are several steps and inclines in Monaco, on the way to the Casino Square.

Cannes and St Tropez excursion

The extensive programme on this day of your holiday will involve an early start and a late finish.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


Day One

Fly to Nice and transfer to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy spending the rest of the day getting to know your resort.

Day Two

Today is free for you to spend at leisure, exploring or simply relaxing at your hotel.

Day Three

Journeying along the scenic Moyenne Corniche, with its spectacular vistas of the Cote d'Azur, enter the tiny Principality of Monaco. Take in Monte Carlo harbour's magnificent yachts, admire the Palais Princier - home to the royal Grimaldi family - and perhaps try your luck inside the famous casino.

Day Four

Your visit to stylish Nice will introduce the largest of the Mediterranean's resorts, its famous promenade lined with grand Art Deco hotels, galleries and boutiques. Wander the Old Town's narrow streets and see its ancient churches, museums and hidden squares. 

Your second visit of the day will explore St Paul de Vence, the famous artists' retreat that was once home to the painter Marc Chagall.

Day Five

Famous for its international film festival, the delights of Cannes include the charming Old Town, Le Suquet, overlooking stunning blue sea, and a stroll along the seafront promenade, La Croisette. Equally glamorous, our next stop is St Tropez, where delightful pavement cafes offer the chance for people-watching and relaxation.

Day Six

Another day is left free for relaxation and exploration.

Day Seven

Bustling Ventimiglia, over the border, sits on Italy's 'Riviera of Flowers'. Explore its colourful flower market on our visit before we continue along the coast to sunny, grand San Remo. Admire the Liberty-style buildings of the old town, La Pigna, and its striking, onion-domed Russian Orthodox church, and soak up the atmosphere on the harbour-front.

Day Eight

After a wonderful holiday, transfer back to the airport to check-in for your return flight.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

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