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 apartments with several other ladies. Unpack, relax, create and share meals, and discover this fabulous region together with our group of 8 women (including moi! X).

Stellar restaurants are a feature of this small, private, shopping precinct which lines the shores of this breathtaking harbour.

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...

Breakfast at the Hotel Welcome, Villefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French
Jean Cocteau. Villefranche sur Mer. 10 Day Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French.
Down by the Harbour, La Dolce Vita, illefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French

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.

Enjoy coffee and croissants at the Chateau Eze with panoramic views of the Mediterranean
Eze, Cote d'Azur, Riviera | All Things French
Eze Village, Cote d'Azur, Le Jardin Exotique | All Things French

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 stop by Princess Grace's memorial.

 

Experience  Monaco. See the Royal Palace. 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 La Turbie on the Riviera with All Things French. 10 Day Women's Tour
Trophee d'Auguste La Turbie, Villefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French
Visit Monaco on the Riviera with All Things French. 10 Day Women's Tour

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.

Jean Cocteau, The Wedding Room, Villefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French
Visit Menton on the Riviera with All Things French. 10 Day Women's Tour
Visit Apricale from the French Riviera. Villefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French

See the breathtaking Villa and gardens Eprussi de Rothschild and watch the dancing fountains. I was literally brought to tears the first time I came here ...

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...

All-Things-French-Villa-Rothschild
Visit Villa Kerylos, Beaulieu sur Mer.Villefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French
Fort du Mont Alban Views, Villefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French

Drink wine at the funky bar with cool music, eat at the go-to French restaurant, 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.

Beachy. Cool.

Discover Antibes. Jean les Pins. Villefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French
Discover Beautiful Antibes. Jean les Pins. Villefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French
Beautiful Antibes. Jean les Pins. Villefranche sur Mer. Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French

 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

See Vence. Villefranche sur Mer. 10 Day Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French.
Visit Vence. Villefranche sur Mer. 10 Day Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French.
Visit Tourettes sur Loup. Villefranche sur Mer. 10 Day Tours for Women, May and September. All Things French.

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 ....

Villefranche Harbour by Night. 10-day Women's Tour May and September with All Things French

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 harbourside restaurants. Hire a sun lounge and live the life.

The trip includes ...

 

  • Comfortable, *return* private transport from Nice Airport or Nice to our beautiful apartments.
  • 10 nights in a modern apartment with excellent facilities.
  • 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 unless stated in the itinerary.
  • Any meals not specified .above

*10 nights* in a sensational apartment in Villefranche sûr Mer

20th - 30th September, 2019

$5550 Australian Dollars - 7 places

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Early bird: First bookings will get the Master bedrooms, Queen and third bedrooms in order - so book early!

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You'll need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $1550 Australian Dollars for your booking to be confirmed. If your booking is made within 90 days of the departure date, then the full amount is payable at the time of booking. Final payment ($4000 Australian Dollars) is due by June 20, 2019. I'll let you know before that's due.

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