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Spring on the Mediterranean Riviera

Spring on the Mediterranean Riviera

So many fitting and evocative names have been used to describe the region straddling the French/Italian border - "The Riviera of Flowers" and "The Coast of the Setting Sun" to name a few .....


So many fitting and evocative names have been used to describe the region straddling the French/Italian border - "The Riviera of Flowers" and "The Coast of the Setting Sun" to name a few .....

Straddling the French-Italian border is a breathtaking length of coastline renowned for its mild climate, wonderful botanic gardens and flowers, stunning views and gastronomic treasures.  Peppered with brightly coloured houses, chic ports and charming fishing villages, it is a region offering a remarkable cultural and historical legacy. Known as “The coast of the setting sun” it is an area of great contrasts from the golden beaches and glamourous resorts to ancient medieval villages. Our tours around the region will be escorted by English speaking guides (with wireless headsets) who know all the stories, facts and figures, and whose expertise will allow us to get a bit more native with their invaluable local knowledge.


Saturday - Very early morning departure from Dorset via Eurotunnel crossing to Calais and onwards through France for overnight hotel stay in Dijon area. 3 star with dinner and breakfast.

Sunday - Continuing southwards to the Mediterranean Sea with a welcome drink and porterage of bags on arrival in Alassio.

Monday - Visit San Remo, oldest climatic spa resort on "The Riviera of Flowers" - sumptuous parks, palm lined promenades and elegant shopping streets. This afternoon travel into the Ligurian hinterland - a quieter landscape of olive groves, vineyards and small towns. Stop at medieval Dolceacqua, where a charming bridge and narrow alleyways lead to the castle above. Artists enliven the appearance of the town and the regions best wine is produced hereabout. We shall enjoy an olive oil tasting and learn about their production.

Tuesday - A guided tour of Nice (walking) - an elegant and popular city, proud of its past and independence. Its monuments, churches and gardens will seduce you with a unique light and gentle climate. See the harbour, the luxury "Negresco Hotel" and colourful flower market. The afternoon is free to explore Alassio - it has one of the best beaches on the Riviera, an uncountable number of ancient churches, narrow cobbled streets and plenty of shops.

Wednesday - To Genoa, indescribably beautiful, magnificent and distinctive, so described by composer Richard Wagner. It's museums and palaces are stuffed full of priceless treasures - a local guide will show us around the sights. Later we board the "Appennine Express" Train travelling a 15 mile narrow gauge route inland to the village of Casella - passing forts, valleys, woods, and ancient villages along the way. It fights its way uphill to 470 metres above sea-level to reach its goal an hour later - where we rejoin our coach to return to Alassio.

Thursday - Drive over the Franco-Italian border to the Principality of Monaco, city of the rich and famous. Set atop a rock peak and dominated by the Prince's palace and cathedral, you can choose to visit the Museum of Oceanography or the famous Casino. On the way back call into a traditional perfumery to experience the true scent of luxury.

Friday - Reluctantly leaving the Mediterranean we head northwards, back through France for overnight hotel near Dijon with dinner and breakfast.

Saturday - Homeward bound to Calais for afternoon Eurotunnel crossing to UK, and return to Dorset late that evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Grand Hotel Mediterranee, Alassio

A fabulous four star hotel situated just a few feet from the beach and close to the old town centre. All 96 spacious bedrooms have been recently refurbished and tastefully decorated and provide private bathroom with toiletries, hair dyer, minibar, television, in-room safe and are air-conditioned. The elegant restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean dishes in the evening, and tempting fresh fish lunches can be eaten on the beach.  The bar will even bring your drinks to the shady terrace outside while you admire the panoramic view of the Gulf of Alassio. The hotel spa offers massage, jacuzzi bath, sauna and beauty treatments. There is a lift and room service is available.


TOUR PRICE: £799.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £190.00


Includes: All coach travel, Return Eurotunnel crossings, 2 x overnight half board hotel in Dijon, 5 nights half board hotel in Alassio, Porterage at all hotels, Welcome drink at Alassio, Local guides with use of headsets, Olive oil tasting, Appennine Express train ticket, Visit to a perfumery, VAT

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Queens Avenue Dorchester, Bus stop end of Queens Avenue
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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