Spend 10 days discovering the Côte d'Azur
Bonjour! Je m'appelle Louise
I host 10-day retreats in the heart of beautiful Villefranche sûr Mer on the French Riviera
Fly into Nice International Airport, or arrive at Nice Ville. You will be met and driven along the French Riviera.
Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive the Boulevard Princesse Grace de Monaco, with sweeping views of St Jean Cap Ferrat and Villefranche Harbour, before arriving deep into the old village itself.
Stay in beautiful, quiet, and well-appointed apartment accommodation with several other ladies. Unpack, relax, create and share meals, and discover this fabulous region together with our group of 7 women (including moi! X).
Stellar restaurants are a feature of this small, private, shopping precinct which lines the shores of this breathtaking harbour.
10 days. Here. In *paradise*
Our itinerary includes 6 days of 'out and about' and 4 days of 'relaxation-mode' in Villefranche, with selected day trips to *spectacular* local highlights.
We'll share our first breakfast at the celebrated 5-star Welcome Hotel.
Watch a few sportscars cruise past on the harbourside. Take in the views from this iconic spot. Many artists have stayed here - in particular Jean Cocteau - whose works we'll discover more of during our tour - and who spent 'the best years of his lifetime' here. Some drawings are displayed in the hotel, and his pretty Chapelle de Saint-Pierre des Pecheurs is just across the road...
Arrive early to beautiful Eze and get it all to ourselves. Climb up to the ancient château footings and wonder at the Jardin Exotique d’Eze. Meander along the paths and delight at the extensive collection of desert and Mediterranean plants and sculpture. Enjoy coffee and croissants at the Chateau Eza, with panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Delight in the little-known village of La Turbie. See the ancient ruins of the Trophee Auguste, the spectacular testament to the pinnacle of Roman occupancy in France.
Travel along the Moyenne Corniche and soak up unparalleled views of the Mediterranean (feeling like a movie star, sister…) and witness Princess Grace's memorial
See the Royal Palace and the Casino Monte Carlo. Have afternoon tea at the acclaimed Américan Bar at the Hôtel de Paris (daaarhling!).
Shop till you drop, or come with me for a quiet walk around the harbourside and see the majestic facades of these great buildings – something few people seem to know about...
Visit Menton on the Italian border and enjoy it at its finest. See Jean Cocteau's 'Wedding Room', then head over to Apricale in Italy for a relaxed lunch at a great restaurant. It's one of the prettiest villages in the region.
Come home, drink a glass of wine, cook dinner with fresh produce, or choose to dine at any of the numerous local and *fabulous* restaurants.
Marvel in the incredible detail of Villa Kerylos, a residence faithfully dedicated to the ancient Greek style of living. After 6 visits to Villefranche, I finally saw this harbourside residence for the first time in 2017. I can't wait to see it again ... Unbelievable mosaics ...
Visit elegant Beaulieu sûr Mer for lunch and a swim. Take a walk along the incredible St Jean Cap Ferrat and marvel at the distinguished residences there. Cap Ferrat is said to be the most expensive real estate in the world after Monaco. See David Niven's pink 'La Fleur du Cap' Villa sitting luxuriously on the water's edge. Oh! The stories...
If you're up for a challenge, you could climb up to Fort du Mont Alban for panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Hmmm … to drink wine at the funky bar with cool music, eat at the go-to Italian restaurant, sample divine French cuisine at the local, or dine luxuriously on the harbour amongst the spellbinding lights and luxury yachts?
Drive westward along La Provençal to the market town of Antibes. Shop in the daily undercover markets and local boutiques, stroll deliciously quiet, prettily-paved rues, visit the Picasso museum, or meander along the harbour.
Walk with me across the peninsula to rocking Juan les Pins. The shops don’t open here until midday and stay open until midnight. It’s an entirely different scene.
Discover St Paul de Vence in the morning
Up early for this one, ladies! Located on a rocky outcrop, this village was a royal fortress. Listed as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, best get there early...
Experience utter silence (is it even possible as a tourist?) in my particular favourite, Tourrettes sûr Loup.
Come home to a glass of wine and meet the iconic Betty from the Hôtel La Regence, known locally as 'Chez Betty'. I can't wait to introduce you. This lady is legendary ....
Meander through Villefranche's small but delightful food and brocante markets, feel the history in the Rue Obscure, or tour the Citadel Saint-Elme
Relax on the beach, cook some food, or dine at your leisure in any of the superb and numerous harbour-side restaurants. Hire a sun-lounge and live the life.
Hang out amongst the rich and famous for a while.
The real estate here is amongst the most valuable in the world.
Yet Villefranche has an old soul … and there are still quiet places
The trip includes ...
- Comfortable, *return* private transport from Nice Airport or Nice to our beautiful apartments.
- 10 nights in one of 2 x clean, stylish, and modern 3-bedroom apartments with excellent facilities. There will be 2, 3-bedroom apartments between 6 ladies.
- All rooms are gorgeous. There are 2 x Master bedrooms (with own bathroom), 2 x Queen bedrooms (shared bathroom), and 2 x third bedrooms (shared bathroom) in each of our apartments, and they are priced accordingly. Price is single, per person, per room. If you know someone to share a bedroom with (no twin beds) there could be a significant saving. Just let me know. We have room for 1 more person.
- All breakfasts. 5 at local restaurants, and 5 with ample provisions (and fresh croissants daily, bien sûr...) for breakfast at home.
- 4 lunches (out and about) and 5 evening meals.
- Morning tea at Chateau Èza.
- Afternoon tea at the iconic American Bar at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco.
- All organised tours and transportation.
- Entrance to all organised venues.
- Concierge service 24/7.
- Fluent English-speaking tour guides.
- Plus ... I speak French, and I'll be with you all the way!
... but does not include...
- Transport to Nice - airfares or train.
- Wine or any alcohol.
- Lunch or dinner except where stated on the itinerary.
- Any unscheduled activities resulting from beaucoup de French vin.
- Shopping ... Woah, girl!
*10 nights* in one of 2 sensational apartments in Villefranche sûr Mer
3rd - 13th May, 2019
3 different price points
2 x Master suites with own bathroom: $5750 AUD
2 x Queen bedrooms with shared bathroom: $5550 AUD
2 x Third bedrooms with shared bathroom: $5450 AUD
6 places only
You'll need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $1750, $1550, or $1450 AUD (per room, respectively) for your booking to be confirmed. If your booking is made within 60 days of the departure date, then the full amount is payable at the time of booking. Final payment ($4000 AUD) is due by February 28, 2019. I'll let you know before that's due.
I can supply you with a registered PayPal Business account link or local or international Bank Transfer details to secure your preferred option as soon as you decide.
Countdown till we get there... France time, bien sûr!
Come with me to the Riviera
Small-group Tours for Women to Villefranche sûr Mer on the Côte d'Azur.
Contact me below for more information. X
Stay in the *heart* of Villefranche sûr Mer. Discover the Côte d'Azur: the hilltop village of Èze, over-the-top Monaco, gentle Antibes and rocking Juan les Pins, vieux Nice, and more. Swim at Beaulieu sur Mer, visit Villa et Jardins de Rothschild and the divine Villa Kerylos.
Go touring and experience those fabulous Mediterranean views, and have lunch in hilltop Apricale, in Italy. Breakfast at the celebrated Welcome Hotel, dine by the harbour, and relax in one of 2 beautiful apartments in the old town.
Oh, and the restaurants, and shopping..!