Nice Carnival Flower Parade & Menton Lemon Festival

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13 Feb 2020 - 25 Feb 2020
Duration: 5 days
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JOIN US ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA FOR A FIESTA OF FRUIT AND FLOWERS

Visit two of the region’s most vibrant events. Nice Flower Parade is an integral part of the City’s Carnival – the only one of its kind in the world. Join the crowd amidst floral showers of gladioli, mimosa, gerberas, lilies, daisies, roses and carnations as spectacular floats and characters line the promenade. Just along the coast, the elegant town of Menton hosts its unique Lemon Festival where we see the golden fruit parade; you can admire incredible sculptures made from all the citrus fruits imaginable. Together these events attract thousands of visitors each year, so book your place today and enjoy a burst of zest and colour this winter.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

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

Plus the following excursions:

  • Join a world of colour at the Nice Carnival Flower Parade
  • A day you’ll never forget spent at the Menton Lemon Festival

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 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. 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. The Golden Fruit Parade is 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 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. .

Please note: the final itinerary will be confirmed in your final travel documents as the carnival dates do vary.

PROVISIONAL TRAIN TIMES

    Outward Journey

      Departs London 08.54
      Arrives Nice 20.35

    Return Journey

      Departs Nice 09.27
      Arrives London 19.03

Hotel Palace, Diano Marina, Italy

This 4 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, a mini bar, 32” flatscreen satellite TV, balcony, safe and hairdryer, 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 wines, and a buffet breakfast in the morning. There is also a bar, a Wellness Room with a sauna and Jacuzzi and a rooftop terrace where you can admire the views across the bay.

Experience the luxury of the Hotel Torino for just an extra £100pp - 25th February date only

Hotel Torino, Diano Marina, Italy

Upgrade your stay and experience the 4 star luxury of the Hotel Torino in Diano Marina. This ideally-located hotel boasts not only its own private stretch of beach with complimentary sun loungers, but also a relaxing wellness centre and spa, with Turkish baths and sensory showers, to enjoy after an exciting day of exploring (charges apply). The large outdoor swimming pool and solarium are the perfect places to pull up a sun lounger and enjoy a refreshing drink, while the heated whirlpool bath, located on the 5th floor, offers stunning panoramic views of the Ligurian Gulf. Guests can work up an appetite at the state-of-the-art gym before dining in one of the hotel's two restaurants serving delicious international and traditional Ligurian cuisine. So why not treat yourself and upgrade your holiday experience.