Italian and French Riviera Vacation - May 2nd - 13th, 2023


10-Nights 3-nights in Santa Margherita, 4-nights in Nice and 3-nights in Aix en Provence- Just $2,450 *recommended air listed below

It's going to be a tough choice this fall. Here's another trip that we've been asked to repeat that was a huge hit back in 2016. We will have 3-nights on the Italian Riviera, 4-nights in Nice and finally 3-nights in Aix en Provence.

We will arrive in Milan where our coach will take us to the quaint coastal town of Santa Margherita, Italy.

You will love this quaint town nestled in to the hills, a short walk or boat ride to Portofino. Santa Margherita Ligure, called the Perla del Tigullio (Pearl of Tigullio), is a famous, elegant seaside resort, one of the major resorts in the Riviera di Levante, the section of the Italian Riviera east of Genoa. Santa Margherita had a brief moment in the spotlight in the beginning of the 20th century when it was an internationally renowned retreat. Fortunately, the seaside town didn't let fame spoil its charm, and now it's no longer as well known a destination as its glitzy neighbor Portofino. A palm-lined harbor, a decent beach, and a friendly ambience make Santa Margherita a fine place to settle down for a few days of sun, relaxation and a great place to explore some of the other nearby towns such as Cinque Terra, Camogli and Portofino or to just relax and soak up this vacation retreat on the Italian Riviera. .


We then will move on to Nice.

It might be a cliché to say Nice has something for everyone, but the Côte d’Azur’s cosmopolitan capital pretty much does. Nice is much more than just a place for fun in the sun. Art aficionados’ must-sees include major museums. Archaeological buffs ruminate over the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. Flaneurs ferret out secret passages leading to narrow pedestrian laneways in the romantic old town, lingering over the sights and scents of the colorful flower and produce markets, and trawling for antiques. Gastronomes go gaga over finely prepared food, from chic little bolt holes to family-style French cooking and Michelin-starred cuisine. Barflies flit to the perpetually-buzzing watering holes, and hipsters hop between ever-emerging hotspots.

Now we are in the heart now of the French Riviera for 4 nights and will not only enjoy exploring Nice but will have easy access to some of the most exotic and interesting nearby towns in the world such as Monaco, St. Tropez and Cannes. We will have optional tours to explore these nearby towns. We will likely hire the same guide we had in 2017 whom everyone just loved. Our hotel here is right on the waterfront in the thick of all the action.

Finally, we move on to Provence with our stay in the heart of Aix en Provence. Located on the Rhone river, We will have optional tours of include the stunningly beautiful town of Arles , the immaculately preserved town of Avignon that's enclosed by medieval walls, the picturesque Provencal village of Gordes  much favored by Parisian media personalities, film directors and artists; the immaculate preserved villages of Luberon, and the most renowned and populated city in France after Paris, Marseille. We'll be starting off with a bang on this stop as our hotel here is the fabulous, 5-star, highly ranked Hotel Jules Cesar Arles MGallery Collection. See more details below. You will absolutely love Arles.

After our 3-nights in Aix en Provence we will end another memorable trip and bus to the Nice airport and the end of another amazing journey.


  • 10-nights hotel accommodations (double occp.)

  • 3-nights in Santa Margherita, 4-nights in Nice, 3 nights in Aix en Provence

  • Daily breakfast

  • Chartered bus with some site-seeing tours in route to our destinations

  Not Included: 

AIR - We are not arranging group air for a number of reasons. We feel it is best for everyone to be in control of their own air where you can pick your seat, upgrade if you desire, and should the airlines cancel the flight, you are in the best position to rebook.

Here is our recommended air on British Airways. At press time this air was running $1,419. Please notice it is a multi-stop trip with arrival in Milan and departure from Nice. Of course you are welcome to go with any airline you like however if you book this itinerary you are assured of others on our trip that will be on this flight and there will be a bus waiting for you upon your arrival.

NOTE: Please wait to book your air until we get a bit closer to this trip and can confirm 100% that it is a go.

Check out my photos from our 2016 trip!


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Our Lodging:


Hotel Continental– 4-star hotel - Website - Tripadvisor Review

The Continental Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure is nestled amidst grand evergreen oaks, leafy palms, and centuries-old pine trees. From atop a verdant promontory, the Continental placidly overlooks the sea, the picturesque harbour, and the old town. Built in the early twentieth century in the exquisite Art Nouveau style, the hotel's fortunes were tied to the history of Santa Margherita Ligure: the town, on a natural harbour near Monte di Portofino, has become a renowned, exclusive and elegant tourist destination over the years. The class and elegance of the Continental Hotel and the professionalism of the staff will make your stay enchanting.

Our wide array of accommodations comprises 69 rooms, including 4 junior suites. Most are on the sea; some have terraces and others have balconies. Our rooms are extremely comfortable and renovated frequently, so even those that do not have a sea view are delightful and outfitted with every comfort.


AC by Marriott Nice - 4-star - Website - Tripadvisor review

Discover your own oasis in the French Riviera at AC Hotel Nice. We provide an authentic and sophisticated 4-star experience, as well as an excellent location in the heart of downtown Nice, France. Hotel suites offer tasteful appointments, quality amenities, and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. Unwind after a busy day in France with a delicious dinner at our hotel's rooftop terrace restaurant, which offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Nice, or take a refreshing swim in our spectacular outdoor pool. If you're interested in planning a wedding or business function in Nice, our hotel's flexible venues can set a magnificent stage. Our 4-star hotel's fantastic location in downtown Nice places you directly on the famous Promenade des Anglais, within walking distance of an exceptional variety of shopping and entertainment options, and close to many notable attractions. Next time you're planning a trip to the magnificent French Riviera, find a home away from home at AC Hotel Nice.

For ultimate convenience, our hotel provides high-speed Wi-Fi access in all guest rooms and common areas.

PROVENCE - Aix en Provence

Renaissance Aix en Provence - 5-star - Website - Tripadvisor, #9 out of 73

Located in the heart of the city, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel is a 5-star haven for business and leisure travel. Unwind amid beautifully appointed rooms and suites with contemporary amenities and distinctive décor, inspired by the symbols of Provence. Savor distinctive cuisine from our talented chefs, who creates a gourmet rendezvous in the restaurant Atmosph'R, the lounge bar l'Avant Scène and our seasonal garden terrace restaurant and bar le "Palm's", just facing the outdoor heated pool. Celebrate and create any kind of events with 800 square metres of sophisticated meeting rooms, sun-kissed terraces with the last technology. Explore some of the most compelling attractions in France, energize in our fitness center and refresh in our sparkling pool. After a full day of business or sightseeing, find your balance with a massage, beauty treatment or wellness therapy at our spa. Designed as a genuine art gallery, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel is the perfect home base for your visit to France.


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