Italy: The Riviera, Mediterranean Gardens and Monte Carlo by Air
Price: FROM £839 per person
Duration: 6 Days
Considered to have the most beautiful coastline in Europe, curving around the Mediterranean from Tuscany in the east to the French border in the west, the Italian Riviera of Flowers is home to some of Europe’s most stunning gardens, many created by English gentry during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Discover beautiful hilltop gardens, with fantastic arrays of flora and fauna nestled between quaint and historic coastal towns. The pastel shades of the buildings complement the striking blue of the skies and Mediterranean – it’s easy to see why the coast gets its name of the Cote d’Azur or Costa Azzura!
Based in the charming Italian coastal resort of Diano Marina, experience traditional Italian hospitality on the shores of the Med. What’s more, from here, not only can you discover much in Italy, but the sights of the French Cote d’Azure, including Nice, Grasse, St Paul de Vence and Monte Carlo, the playground of the rich and famous, are just over an hour’s drive away.
Monaco & Monte Carlo
Discover one of Europe’s smallest countries in Monte Carlo. Nestled in a cove along the cost close to the French/Italian border, it is the home of the rich and famous. Base for the iconic Grand Prix, there is much more to see and discover in Monaco. Perhaps enjoy a guided tour to explore the historic cliff-top old town, where you will discover the beautiful Exotic Garden, overlooking the sea is home to thousands of giant sized cacti, thanks to the area’s exceptional climate, as well as many sculptures and works of art. There is also the Royal Palace and Cathedral and quaint streets far removed from the famous Casino and port.
Ventimiglia and Hanbury Gardens
Ventimiglia is the end of the line in Italy before crossing the border to France. Lying on the border, it became famous for its markets for which many French locals and tourists cross the border each week. Friday is Ventimiglia’s market day and you can find many bargains at the famous markets, running the length of the town and sea front.
Hanbury Gardens, an 18 hectare garden created in 1867 by Sir Thomas Hanbury, lies at the edge of town. It has many specimens collected on his world travels. It includes a perfume garden, a Japanese garden and a succulent garden, all overlooking the Mediterranean. If time permits, visit the Maria Serena Villa, known as ‘Little Africa’. Once a presidential residence, the villa is in a lush green setting by the sea and has a beautiful collection of palm trees and tropical plants.
Nice and Cap Ferrat
Head over the border to the nearby French Riviera. Nice, the standout city on the coast offers much to visitors. In the atmospheric old town of Nice, you will find the Cours Saleya flower market, one of the most popular markets on the French Riviera. The Parc Floral has the largest greenhouse in Europe and the Botanical Gardens are also interesting. Walk along the famous seafront Promenade des Anglais and take in the beautiful Baie des Anges. Enjoy a drink in Place Garibaldi or hit the shops in the pedestrianised city centre zone.
A short drive away is the charming village and cove of Villefranche, with its pastel shaded houses overlooking the quaint cove and over to the headland of Cap Ferrat, home of the rich and famous, inlcuding Elton John. The fantastic Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferrat is located on one of the most spectacular areas of the French Riviera. The Villa has nine gardens facing the sea with lakes, fountains and a magnificent art collection.
All inclusive Package includes:
Coach transfers Enniskillen to/from Belfast International airport
Coach transfers Nice Airport to/from Hotel Bellevue et Mediterranee, Diano Marina.
Return Easyjet flights Belfast - Nice
5 nights B&B with 3 course dinner with salad buffet. Mediterranean dinner & drink final night
Full day coach excursion to Nice/Monaco & Cap Ferrat – entrance to Villa Ephrussi.
Half day coach excursion to Bordighera including guide & entrance to Pallanca Gardens.
Full day coach excursion to Ventimiglia and entrance to Hanbury Gardens.