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Mediterranean Christmas & Monaco
6 days by Rail, 22 December, 2019, from £1099 per person
Day 1: Eurostar to Nice
Check-in at St Pancras or Ebbsfleet for a morning departure by Eurostar to Lille or Paris. On arrival transfer to our TGV train for the onward journey to Nice where we join our coach for the transfer to Bordighera (approx 45 minutes). Alternatively travel to and from Nice by air from regional UK airports – see flight information. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel,
Day 2: Monaco
After breakfast join our included excursion to Monaco and Monte Carlo where you can enjoy the architecture, including the Casino and the Royal Palace and marvel at the prices in the windows of the designer shops and boutiques. You can also visit the Christmas market. Return to the hotel for dinner and free drinks.
Day 3: Christmas Eve: Nice
We travel by coach to Nice, overlooking the Bay of Angels, the Capital of the Riviera and famous for is stunning Promenade des Anglais and old town. Here we visit the Christmas Market in Place Massena. Return to Bordighera for candlelit dinner and free drinks at the hotel. For those who wish you may like to attend the ‘Foegu Du bambin’ (baby Jesus bonfire’ which takes place in the historical centre of Bordighera after midnight Mass with hot chocolate and mulled wine available.
Day 4: Christmas Day: San Remo
This morning is at leisure in Bordighera and lunch is included in the hotel. This afternoon we travel to San Remo a charming seaside resort known as Italy’s Monte Carlo and the ‘City of Flowers’ with stunning views on all sides. We return to our hotel for a Festive dinner and free drinks.
Day 5: Boxing Day: Dolceacqua and Isolbona
Today we have a half day excursion to Dolceacqua, a medieval village at the foot of the Rebuffao mountains. Here you can meander through the village streets and climb to the 12th century castle, or cross the single arched bridge with a span of 33 metres to the 15th century ‘new’ town. On our return to Bordighera we have a tasting session of local Ligurian snacks with local wine. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. followed by live music.
Day 6: To UK
Depart the hotel after breakfast for the drive to Nice Station. We board the TGV to Lille or Paris where we transfer to Eurostar for the return to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras. We expect to arrive mid-evening. Alternatively transfer to Nice Airport for a return afternoon flight to the UK.
Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.
Hotel Parigi, Bordighera
Run by the Sattanino family, the Hotel Parigi, famous since the early 1900s as the choice of royalty, offers a rich variety of services introduced over the years to satisfy evolving holiday tastes. Bordighera is a charming seaside resort with a good selection of bars, cafés and shops. With stunning views on all sides, on a clear day you can see Monte Carlo. The hotel is situated on the seafront and offers a wellness centre, private beach, bar and restaurant. All rooms are en-suite and have private balcony, air-conditioning, satellite TV and hairdryer.
What Our Customers Say
Fabulous destination with an excellent guide. Read more “French Riviera”
A good balance of trips and free time, getting back to hotel with time in hand before dinner. Tour Manager very helpful with good information. The driver pickup at Nice Airport gave us good information on spots to go etc - very valuable as it was our first visit to the city. Read more “Italian Riviera”
All travel arrangements were good and the hotel was excellent, the tour manager was excellent and very helpful, the resort was lovely. Read more “Riviera of Flowers A Clarke”