Bonjour! Je m'appelle Louise
I host 10-day retreats in the heart of the beautiful French Riviera staying in the fabulous Villefranche sur Mer.
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 your *own room* 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' on the Côte d'Azur 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 stop by Princess Grace's memorial.
Experience Monaco. See the Royal Palace. Have afternoon tea at the acclaimed Américan Bar at the Hotel 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...
Decisions...to 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.
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-sur-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 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 your *own room* 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 (main course) and 5 evening meals (main course and dessert).
- 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