French Riviera Country Side Tour

  • Duration: Full day (8h)

In the middle of a wonderful landscape of forest and cliffs, you will be driven through villages perched on top of hills. Your firt stop will be in Tourrettes sur Loup and then in Gourdon. After that, you will discover les Hauts de Cagnes, Vence and Valbonne with its narrow streets, fountains, artists with out forgetting the typical French Boulangerie. Emerged yourself in the amazing French Riviera countryside.

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Tourrettes sur Loup

Perched on a rocky outcrop surrounded by superb landscapes where prickly pears grow naturally, the village of Tourrettes sur Loup seems to conquer all beneath it with its tall houses built along its ramparts. Stroll in the narrow streets of the “City of the violets „ to see the tiny fashioned shops with original artists and craftsmen productions.  This provencal tiny town seems to glow in the sunshine. We’ll take you for a ride through the gates into the medieval town, where there is a pathway to an overlook that is well worth the few extra steps to get there. The view from Tourrettes sur Loup is pretty panoramic and stunning since you will be able to admire the whole French Riviera Coast, from the Marina Bay des Anges buillding to the Riveria ports of Nice and Monaco…

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Gourdon

Gourdon sits on the edge of a rocky spur above the Loup River. You will have the chance to discover the local arts and crafts : stained glass, silk painting, perfumes, soaps, honey, nougat, traditional breads… Roam along every gallery you will find . While wandering down little side streets and peeking into a doorway, you will be rewarded with this lovely fountain courtyardwith its flowers. As a small village near Grasse, you will easily walk from the entrance at the north to the Queen Victoria plaza at the south end. Along the way, get into the tiny stores featuring crafts, arts, perfumes, and all the usual sales items. You’ll notice this village turn out to be much more commecial than most of hill villages.  Keep walking along the beautifully paved streets.Indeed, visit an authentic provencal

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Les Hauts de Cagnes-sur-Mer

Cagnes-sur-Mer, like the Roman god Janus, has two faces. Le Haut-de-Cagnes is a charming, historic village that has inspired many to creativity — from Simone de Beauvoir, who wrote Les Mandarins here, to Renoir, whose last home here has been turned into an art museum. Deluxe Drivers experts invite you to enjoy a walk through the fortified town of Haut-de-Cagnes and its small medieval decor! Perched on a hill in the “hinterlands” of Nice and mountain levels, the place offers an incredible panoramic view over the Mediterranean sea with the Mercantour mountains in the background.
The village welcomes visitors seeking the authenticity of times gone by and those following in the footsteps of famous artists of the 20th century. Drawn here by the climate and the clarity of the light, many painters such as Renoir, Soutine, Modigliani or Ziem fell in love with the place and you probably will as well! The plesant provencal atmosphere of the city willl entice you to slow down and comtemplate the village at your own pace: from its narrow stepped streets, its vaulted passages and shops to its stone dwellings  and authentic facades adorned with flowers.

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Vence

Know ad the “City of Art”, Vence is a lovely town sitting in the fresh air of the hills only a few km from Nice and Antibes. The town is full of flowers and, in the area around the town, aromatic flowers, olives and colorful orange trees are cultivated. Vence is a very attractive old town surrounded by a ring of hills with splendid views down to the Mediterranean over Antibes and Cagnes sur Mer. Vence has always been an artist attraction for painters, writers and poets. Dufy, Matisse, Chagall, Dubuffet, Carzou, Arman, Anthony Mars, D.H. Lawrence, and W. Gombrowicz have all been part of the Vence history since the charm of the town inspired them more than any town.

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Valbonne

The village of Valbonne sits in the center of a vast residential area spread through the surrounding woods. This area outside the village includes luxury villas, housing estates for the nearby Sophia Antipolis high-tech park and homes of the old-time generations of Valbonnais.

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