Add some zest to winter on a colourful flower and fruit extravaganza as we celebrate all things citrus and floral. Every year the French Riviera comes alive to rejoice in the end of winter with beautiful flower parades in glorious Nice and spectacular lemon sculptures in the little town of Menton.
We stay on the beautiful Riviera of Flowers just over the border in Italy and explore the delights of this enchanting coast as we welcome the start of spring. Join us to enjoy the tale of two Rivieras!
Enjoy the old world opulence and mild climate in the capital of the Cote d’Azur where the famous ‘battle of the flower’ is a unique part of the Nice Carnival, one of the oldest carnivals in the world. Menton with its pastel colours in the old town and the lovely old port is just the place to marvel at the amazing floats of Citrus in, surely the prettiest town of the coast.
Day 1 (Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Diano Marina
Departing the travel centre in the early morning, we make our way to London St Pancras where we join the Eurostar to Lille and an onward highspeed train to Nice.
On arrival in Nice, we join a local coach for the transfer to our hotel in the resort of Diano Marina, over the border in Italy and enjoy a light supper.
Day 2 (Friday, 1st March 2019) Diano Marina
Today is free to enjoy the lovely resort of Diano Marina. Situated on the Italian Riviera in a bay with a mild climate and sheltered by the the mountains, this resort has a lovely long promenade alongside a fine sandy beach, ideal for a relaxing stroll to the town and harbour or perhaps take a local bus to the nearby hilltop medieval village of Cervo.
We enjoy evening meal at the hotel tonight.
Day 3 (Saturday, 2nd March 2019) Nice Carnival Flower Parade
After breakfast today we travel by local coach to Nice in time to take our seats for the afternoon flower parade This is one of the highlights of the Nice Carnival, where costumed models on beautifully decorated floats shower the audience with blooms of many varieties, such as Mimosa, carnations, lilies, and gerberas as the parade makes its way along the famous Promenade des Anglais
After enjoying the atmosphere and spectacle of this blooming parade, we return to our hotel for the evening meal .
Day 4 (Sunday, 3rd March 2019) Menton Lemon Festival Fruit Parade
This morning our coach journey takes us over the border to France again to the lovely coastal town of Menton for the Golden Fruit Parade and the Lemon festival. We take our seats and watch the amazing sight of floats made of all things citrus pass us by! The atmosphere is electric as brass bands, and entertainers wheel, spin and dance along the sea front in a spectacle like no other.
Later in the afternoon we return by coach to Diano Marina and our hotel in time for our farewell meal.
Day 5 (Monday, 4th March 2019) Return
An early breakfasts this morning before we say farewell to our hosts and make our way by coach Nice station where we join the highspeed French train to Paris and onward connecting Eurostar to London St Pancras
In Paris we will have a coach transfer between stations and on arrival in St Pancras we will meet our coach for the journey back to the Travel centre.
Included in the price:
Roberts coach transfer to London St Pancras
Eurostar return journey in standard class (outward to Lille and return from Paris)
Return highspeed French Train from Lille to Nice in standard class (returning to Paris )
Local coach transfers
4 nights’ accommodation at the Palace Hotel, Diano Marina with breakfast and evening meal
Visit to the Nice Carnival Flower Parade with reserved seating
Visit to the Menton Lemon Festival Golden Fruit Parade with reserved seating
Free time in the Italian resort of Diano Marina