Nice Carnival Flower Parade & Menton Lemon Festival

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16 Feb 2018 - 20 Feb 2018
Duration: 4 nights
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Join us on the French Riviera for a fiesta of fruit and flowers as we visit two of the region’s most vibrant events. Nice Flower Parade is an integral part of the city’s carnival and only one of its kind in the world. Join the crowd amid floral showers of gladioli, mimosa, gerberas, lilies, daisies, roses and carnations, as spectacular floats and extravagant characters line the promenade. Just along the coast, the elegant town of Menton hosts its unique Lemon Festival where we see the Moonlit Parade, an illuminating event which is a celebration of the sun with everyone dancing in the moonlight. Together these events attract thousands of visitors each year, so book your place today and enjoy a burst of zest and colour this winter.

DAY 1: LONDON - DIANO MARINA

We journey aboard Eurostar from London St Pancras International to Lille and join the TGV connection to Nice. From here we are transferred by coach to the pretty coastal resort of Diano Marina, just over the border on the Italian Riviera of Flowers, where we check into our hotel.

DAY 2: NICE CARNIVAL FLOWER PARADE

After breakfast our coach travels to the city of Nice for the 2.30pm Flower Parade, a fabulous event made up of 20 flower covered floats, with costumed characters who throw thousands of flowers into the enthusiastic crowd. This ephemeral art promotes the breathtaking quality and variety of Riviera flowers – a staggering 90% of the flowers used are produced locally. Our ticket gives access to the seating zone which is the perfect area to absorb the carnival atmosphere, allowing you to circulate and take up position to catch the flowers that rain down from the floats. The parade route follows the seafront along the Promenade des Anglais, between the Théâtre de Verdure and the Hotel Negresco and takes around 1 ½ hours – be sure to stay until the end when the floats are plucked of their floral decorations.

DAY 3: MENTON LEMON FESTIVAL

Enjoy a relaxing morning in our hotel before our coach takes us to the coastal town of Menton, where the Lemon Festival will be in full swing. Our ticket is included to the Golden Fruit Parade – the focus of this unique event which brings a colourful explosion of tangerines, oranges and lemons together with entertainers, fanfares and drums. During our visit be sure to head along to Biovès Gardens, just in front of Casino Barrière, where you can admire giant fruit sculptures up to 10 metres tall.

DAY 4: DIANO MARINA

Today is free for you to spend at leisure in our beautiful resort, surrounded by hills and coast. You can relax in our hotel and enjoy the facilities, head to the fine sandy beach or venture into the old town to browse the shops and sample local delicacies. There’s also an 11th century castle where traces of the town’s ancient past can be found. If you want to explore further afield the nearby medieval village of Cervo, with its combination of cobbled alleys, terraces, arches and rooftops, is a delightful place to spend some time.

DAY 5: DIANO MARINA – LONDON

This morning we check out of our hotel and retrace our route to Lille, where we join Eurostar for our return to London.

PRICES:

Departing 16th February 2018:
Twin/double room: £599 per person
Single supplement: £75
Deposit: £150

Departing 20th February 2018:
Twin/double room: £599 per person
Single supplement: £75
Deposit: £150

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Lille
  • Return TGV from Lille to St Raphaël
  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in Diano Marina, Italy
  • Welcome drink
  • Free time in Diano Marina
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Visit to the Nice Carnival Flower Parade
  • Visit to the Menton Lemon Festival

HOTEL PALACE, DIANO MARINA, ITALY

This 3 star hotel is perfectly located in front of a sandy beach with the old town and the shopping centre easily reached along the seaside promenade. Bedrooms are well furnished and have air conditioning, flatscreen satellite TV, balcony, safe, hairdryer, magnifying mirror, telephone and Wi-Fi. Enjoy sea views from the restaurant which serves a range of dishes using delicious local products along with a wide variety of selected wines. There is also a Wellness Room with a sauna and Jacuzzi and a rooftop terrace where you can admire the views across the bay.