This fabulous holiday has now established itself as a firm favourite with our clients; we return to the dazzling French Riviera for Carnival time and a chance to banish the winter blues. Each year this stunning region, renowned for its sunshine, beautiful beaches and the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean, comes alive with music, colour and atmosphere. The sleepy town of Menton bursts into life with its wonderful Lemon Festival a huge citrus-scented celebration. Our tour is based in the popular Italian resort Diano Marina on the Riviera of Flowers.
The recently refurbished family run 4 star Torino enjoys an enviable situation in the heart of Diano Marina’s centre, yet just minutes walk from the promenade and beach. It has a modern welcoming feel with comfortable furnishings, super staff and is noted for its excellent food. All the attractively furnished en-suite bedrooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, safe, telephone and hairdryer. Lifts serve all floors. Public areas include outdoor swimming pool, bar and lounge/seating area.
Friday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting coach for the drive to Folkestone, boarding the mid-morning train. Joining the motorway we travel through central France to Dijon the capital of Burgundy and our overnight hotel, the Holiday Inn D’Or.
Saturday Magnificent Alpine scenery as we head for Chambery and use the Frejus Tunnel to cross the border into Italy. The delightful River Riparia leads us towards the great city of Turin before we turn south to the coast and our holiday resort of Diano Marina arriving late afternoon. A welcome drink is served before our first evening’s dinner.
Sunday A leisurely breakfast this morning before we depart for Menton. We travel along the coast to enjoy one of the premier events of the French Riviera, the ‘Corso des fruits d'or’ or ‘Carnival of Golden Fruit’ in the French border town. We have seated tickets to view this spectacle as it makes its way along the Promenade du Soleil. People dressed in lavish costumes accompanied by music weave their way in between the beautiful floats adorned with oranges and lemons which have been arranged to form spectacularly intricate models including such things as windmills, castles and cartoon characters with marching bands and magicians – a truly magnificent sight and a truly wonderful atmosphere.
Monday This morning we visit the border town of Ventimiglia, a delightful place to spend time with a charming old quarter. After a good stay we follow the River Nervia to the medieval jewel Dolceaqua a beautiful village with a 15th century arched bridge set beneath an impressive ruined castle.
Tuesday A day at leisure in the early spring sunshine with time to discover our resort Diano Marina.
Wednesday This morning we travel along the wonderful Corniche road, affording outstanding views, to the delightful hill top village of Eze. Here we make a visit to the world famous Parfumerie Fragonard before continuing to Nice, among its many attractions are the old town and port, a beautiful flower market and the Promenade des Anglais forming an impressive sea front along the Mediterranean, fringed with palm trees. This afternoon we have included entrance to the colourful parade which takes place along the Promenade. On floats decorated with the most stunning floral compositions, extravagantly dressed characters throw out mimosas, gerberas, and lilies into the public. This evening there is a farewell candle lit Ligurian dinner.
Thursday We begin our homeward journey by travelling north to Turin and the mighty Alps then into France to Lyon. Our final part of the day’s drive is through the world famous vineyards of Burgundy to the overnight hotel in Dijon.
Friday From Burgundy we journey north to Reims then through northern France to Calais for the late afternoon shuttle train to Folkestone. We return to our home area mid evening.
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