In the middle of a wonderful landscape of a forest and cliffs, you will be driven through villages perched on top of the hills. This tour will allow you to emerge yourself in the amazing French countryside.
Your first stop will be in Cagnes-sur-Mer, a landscape of hills covered by olive, cypress and palm trees; then you will stop at the flowery village of Vence, where Matisse’s Chapel is found. Tourettes-sur-Loup is your next stop, this is a beautiful medieval village perched on rocky hills and with lots of craftsman productions. Continue to Gourdon rising 500m above the river Loup and end your trip in Mougins, a charming village surrounded by a forest.
Included : Knowledgeable English speaking driver and private car service, transport expenses.
Not included : any entrance to museums or other activities when touring, driver’s meal, food and beverage.
Cagnes-sur-Mer, like the Roman god Janus, has two faces. Perched on a hill in the “hinterlands” of Nice, 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 in this town has been turned into an art museum.
This historic, walled town has preserved its medieval squares and streets. Known as the “City of Art”, Vence is a lovely town sitting in the fresh air of the hills only a few kilometers 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.
Don’t miss the chapel of Matisse (Chapelle du Rosaire), considered his masterpiece in 1951!
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.
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… Then, you will be taken to one of the small squares or ancient houses with their carved doorways.
The landscapes of this medieval town are exceptional, surrounded by the Valmasque forest, Mougins is a popular village very visited during the summer. Between the picturesque and the charming, its architecture is fully restored and the whole environment attracted many celebrities such as Picasso, Cocteau, Christian Dior, etc…
Here, Picasso lived the last 15 years of his life. He actually died in Mougins.
In the stove, Jean-Jacques Bissières prepares a neat, classic and regional cuisine with hearty dishes that change regularly, a food full of flavor takes the colors of Provence products. He focuses on the freshest ingredients and everything here is homemade.
37, Av. Alphonse Toreille
06 140 VENCE
Tel: +33 4 93 58 78 58
Located within the beautiful setting of the French riviera countryside, the Restaurant Candille offers a genuine gastronomic experience within an intimate and sumptuous setting. The artistic flair of the dining room is equally matched by the creative flair of ‘chef celebre’, Serge Gouloumes.
Booking recommended. Smart casual attire suggested.
Boulevard Clément Rebuffel, 06250 Mougins
Tel: +33 4 92 28 43 43
The descent of Loup Gorges is a must in an area of soaring limestone cliffs and translucent water. The river has carved a course of waterfalls, slides, jumps and deep natural pools in this sunny, verdant valley easily accessible from Nice.
With the point of a rocky outcrop dominating of almost 500 m the valley of the Wolf, the fortified town of Gourdon seems to touch the sky. Formerly, the approach of the fortress was done by a mule track named “Way of the Paradise”, which one can still borrow today.
Supported by four colossal arcades, the staged garden constitutes a single view-point on the littoral of Antibes and Préalpes.
The visit of the Garden : by appointment from April to September, guided visits for groups over 10 persons.