Introduction
For the first 100 yards inland from the Mediterranean, the Rivieras of France and Italy are just as you dreamed. Glamorous beaches. Villas wrapped in gardens. Jet-set-worthy villages. But there's so much more. This breathtaking coast is one of our favorite places on earth…both elegant and slightly rustic, with the best food you'll ever eat. You may spot would-be starlets. But the ladies in the marketplace are even more common with their pyramids of melons, baskets of basil, and silvery cascades of fresh anchovy. Along the French Riviera—the handy name for the coastline of Provence—we tour villages are likely to perch high on a cliff rather than at sea level. Impressionist treasures, spectacular seaside trails, perfume distillers and porcelain studios compete for attention. Where the Alps dip into the sea, it's easy to cross into the Italian Riviera, where our vacation explores the mellow coastal lifestyle around Portofino…and some of the loveliest, sun-drenched paths we've ever discovered. This is the journey we make when we can't decide if we're in the mood for France or Italy.
Picture yourself...
  • Seeing how lavender is made into perfume
  • Discovering a chapel beloved by Matisse
  • Combing trails of the Portofino Peninsula
Itinerary at a glance
We meet in the charming medieval town of Nice for an afternoon walk that includes the daily market and a visit to the ruins and gardens overlooking the city. In the morning an age-old coastal footpath lined with oleander and orange trees leads us from Villefranche to St. Jean Cap Ferrat. We'll wander in Eze—the highest of the perched villages—and stop at a perfume factory to see how lavender is distilled.

St. Paul de Vence (2 nights) is among the region's loveliest villages and is home to some of the world's finest 20th century art. We'll taste the tarte à l'orange and meet the local artisans in Tourette-sur-Loup. At the end of a beautiful walk we'll take the mineral waters in Vence and visit the Chapelle du Rosaire with its stained glass windows by Matisse.

Our first glimpse of Italy is from a spectacular but undemanding trail that passes gemlike villages in the Alpes-Maritimes. Across the border, we settle into seaside Santa Margherita (3 nights). We stroll along the coast to romantic Portofino, with time for people-watching and some homemade gelato. We'll also visit tiny St. Fruttuoso monastery. It's accessible only on foot or by the boat we take back home in the afternoon. To take advantage of the unforgettable paths found here, a glorious outdoor day begins in the pine woods near Ruta…pauses for lunch in San Rocco…and leads past the classic villas near Camogli…with time to spare for afternoon shopping. On our final day, we explore Genova, home of Christopher Columbus, before parting company.
The French and Italian Riviera
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Nice, France – 2:30 PM in the hotel lobby

Ending Point: Genova, Italy – 1:00 PM at the train station

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Guest Reviews
“Traveling with Classic Journeys is the ideal way to see and immerse oneself in the local atmosphere.”
Nancy R.

“Classic Journeys has turned out to be a fantastic company to travel with - one I highly recommend. I truly feel as if I have been on vacation this past week.”
Marcia B.

“Classic Journeys excels in providing exceptional guides familiar with the local area.”
Bert and Jo Ann E.

“I never felt like a tourist.”
Elizabeth C.

“Having traveled several times with other tour companies, the amazing thing about Classic Journeys was that for the first time we felt not like tourists, but like we were visiting family everywhere we went.”
Peter B. and Judith O.

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Travel solo in the best of company
We welcome solo travel on our walking and culinary tours with single supplements that are the lowest you’re likely to find anywhere. 
You can start our French and Italian Riviera tours on any day of the year
Want to join our luxury tours and travel to Italy on the date of your choice? Let us arrange a private, custom tour, adapted to fit your crazy schedule and special interests.
We are running this trip privately for individual groups this year. If you would like us to organize a private trip for you, your family or friends, please call or email us to discuss your details.
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts and dinners
The French and Italian Riviera
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
Provence has a semi-arid climate, reminiscent of San Diego, California. Days are usually quite sunny, with bright blue skies. The temperature can vary significantly from winter to summer (especially when the Mistral wind blows in the winter). We suggest packing clothes that can be worn in layers, as early morning and evening can often have a chill that during the middle of the day is quickly replaced with warm sunshine.

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Hotels
Hotel Beau Rivage

Built in 1860, Hotel Beau Rivage was one of the first Niçois hotels located along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Artists and intellectuals such as Matisse, Fitzgerald and Nietzsche were among the hotel’s regular guests.

Le Saint Paul Hotel

Hotel Le Saint Paul is an elegant 16th-century residence converted into a 5-star Relais & Châteaux property. This luxury hotel is a jewel on the Riviera, surrounded by ancient ramparts.

Grand Hotel Miramare

One of the first grand hotels in the region, this property is a Leading Hotel of the World. It offers all of the luxurious comfort you expect...plus a pool that overlooks the scenic promenade to Portofino.

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We welcome solo travel on our walking and culinary tours with single supplements that are the lowest you’re likely to find anywhere. 
You can start our French and Italian Riviera tours on any day of the year
Want to join our luxury tours and travel to Italy on the date of your choice? Let us arrange a private, custom tour, adapted to fit your crazy schedule and special interests.
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