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Full Day Best of French Riviera Private Shore Excursion

In this full day excursion you will be escorted to the main sites of the French Riviera. You can choose your own itinerary at booking time.

 

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Reserve 1 van for a group of 1 to 8 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per group not per person)
Passengers Total Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to driver 
2 to 8       (1 van) € 498 €70 €428  (in cash at travel time)
9 to 16     (2 vans) € 966 €110 €856 (in cash at travel time)
9 to 15   (by minibus) € 740 €110 (contact us to book this) €630 (in cash at travel time)
Cash needs note: often drivers or guides do not have a POS for credit card charges. You can use your credit card(s) at easily found ATM machines to withdraw cash. Your driver or guide can show you where to find one. 
€70,00
Reserve 2 vans for a group of 9 to 16 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
€110,00

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Private Shore Excursions Inclusions, Exclusions and Rules

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    All private excursions are provided by a licensed professional driver in an air-conditioned vehicle. Types of vehicles include:
    • car (up to 3 people). Can access all restricted areas.
    • van (up to 8 people). Can access all restricted areas. Industry standard Mercedes Vito or similar (see pictures). Vans have 2 seats in the front row next to the driver, 3 in the middle row, and 3 in the back row. The 2 seats on the front might be a little uncomfortable for tall people. If you have additional space requirements you may want to book a van for no more than 6 or 7 people.
    • minibus (up to 19 people) or  bus (up to 50+ people). May have restricted access to sites.
  • Private Excursion can be customized to meet the traveler's specific needs and interests according to feasibility constraints (time and distance).
  • Semi-Private (shared) excursions follow a fixed itinerary.
  • Travelers are met at their indicated meeting point and returned there at the end of the excursion. Driver will hold a sign with the name of the person making the booking.
 
GROUP TRAVEL: We can handle groups of any size. For larger groups or custom itineraries please send your request here.
 

Inclusions

- Professional licensed driver. 
- Prices include all taxes and fees, no hidden costs.

Exclusions

- Entrance tickets to Museums or Archeological sites are not included.
- Official Licensed Guide service. We can provide the service of an official Licensed guide upon request (additional cost).
- Lunch, drinks and gratuities.

Professional Driver Role

A driver is not an official guide. Local regulations require that only official licensed guides are allowed to provide information about sites and escort people through monuments, churches and museums. The widespread use of the term “driver-guide” is misleading. See this article describing the problem in the New York Times.

Changes and Cancellations

In order to receive a refund (or adjustment of price in case of changes), we need to receive your changes or cancelation  7 calendar days before the scheduled departure. For changes or cancelation received within 7 calendar days of the tour date you will be charged a 100% cancelation fee (no refund, nor downward price adjustments).

Group Guidelines and Conditions:

The group leader (person making the booking) shall be deemed to have accepted the following conditions on behalf of the persons traveling with him/her. He/She is also responsible for passing any relevant information received from SmartCruiseTours travel assistants as well as all issued travel vouchers to each group participants.
  • Whenever a participant departs from the group during the tour, establish a meeting point location and time.
  • If a participant gets temporarily lost, they must remain still and contact SmartCruiseTours emergency number (shown below). Making a phone call in Italy is easy as any Italian will provide assistance with that if asked.
  • Balance due at travel time is per group and not per person. All participants must respect their commitment to the group and need to provide their share if they cannot participate at the last minute or must be responsible for finding people to replace their slots (not applicable for tours that are prepaid).
  • If less people than the number indicated at booking time arrive at travel time, the group must provide advance payment to the driver (not applicable for tours that are prepaid).

SmartCruiseTours Emergency Number: your travel vouchers include our Emergency Number and other important local contact. SmartCruiseTours.com  (owned and operated by ABLE worldwide Inc) will not be held responsible for any problem that may arise if you do not follow the instructions on your Vouchers, or if you do not call the appointed Emergency Number in case of difficulties at travel time. Calling us is very simple as you can ask your driver to call us directly so that we can help right away.

 

for larger groups or custom itineraries please send your request here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: it is not possible to go to Monaco between May 25 and May 28 because the Formula 1 Grand Prix

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INCLUSIONS: 
  • Travel in an air-conditioned  8 or 7 seats vans, ideal to reach historical sites and reduce walking.
  • Licensed professional driver.
  • The driver will assist you with basic information and suggestions. 
  • Prices include all taxes and fees, no hidden costs.
 
EXCLUSIONS:
  • Entrance tickets in sites of interest.
  • Lunch, drinks and gratuities.
 
DURATION: approx.8 hours from pick up to drop off time 
 
TIME: You decide your desired pick up time
 

ACTIVITY LEVEL: altMODERATE (see legend)

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Activity Level Legend

 LIGHT: May require walking over relatively level terrain. Can involve few steps, some uneven surfaces, and moderate periods of standing.

 MODERATE: May require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces. Can involve several steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and longer periods of standing.

 DIFFICULT: May require extensive walking over uneven surfaces. Can involve flights of stairs, steep terrain and extended periods of standing. NOT suggested for people with walking disabilities.

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Available Discounts

  • Use coupon code MULTIPRIVATE at check out time and get €10 for each additional private excursion you book after the first one. 
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Tour Description

We suggest different itineraries depending on your port of arrival. You can choose your desired itinerary.
 
8-Hour Excursions from Villefranche OR Nice:
  • Itinerary 8HV1: Nice, Eze,  Monaco, Monte-Carlo.
  • Itinerary 8HV2: St Paul de Vence, Eze, Monaco, Monte-Carlo.
8-Hour Excursions from Cannes:
  • Itinerary 8HC1: Nice, Eze,  Monaco, Monte-Carlo.
  • Itinerary 8HC2: St Paul de Vence, Eze, Monaco, Monte-Carlo.
  • Itinerary 8HC3: Grasse, Gourdon, St Paul de Vence
8-Hour Excursions from Monaco  LIMITED AVAILABILITY (if you want to book this excursion please contact us here):
  • Itinerary 8HM1: Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Village, Nice
  • Itinerary 8HM2: Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Village, St Paul de Vence

Itinerary details are indicative and may need to be changed by the driver in case of heavy traffic or any other unforeseen situation.

Sites Descriptions

NICE: Drive on the famous promenade des Anglais, walk on the beautiful Massena square, and you will discover the old town where we will give you a walking tour to see the colorful flower and farmer market and to see where the locals live and much more. The only way to get to know the real Nice is by strolling through the ocher-colored streets listening to the "Niçois" speaking their own language (Nissart) and by tasting their savory cooking. One mustn't miss the onion, anchovy and olive tarts called "Pissaladieres", the famous socca made with chickpea flour. And the best, creamiest, yummiest ice cream from Fenocchio with over 100 different flavours.
 
EZE: Your jaw will drop at the gorgeous view of the Mediterranean from Eze, a charming hilltop town on the Cote d’Azur. It's beautiful cobblestone streets and hot-pink bougainvillea are a far cry from the glamour of Cannes or St-Tropez—and for travellers who could care less about celebrities and mega yachts, that’s quite appealing. Shoppers will delight in the many local perfumeries and art galleries. You are welcome to visit the exotic botanic garden, situated in the village, where an impressive collection of cactus, plants and rare vegetation surrounds the remains of an ancient chateau. At an altitude of 400 m, the summit of the cliff overlooks the sea. It's fantastic!
 
MONACO, MONTE-CARLO: Nowhere exudes luxury quite like Monaco does, with no other place similar in Europe. Discover the second smallest country in the world, the (old town, with a walking tour), the Prince Palace, the cathedral (neo-Romanesque style) the incredible oceanographic museum. Drive to Monte-Carlo along the legendary Formula 1 circuit to the casino square and the marvelous Hotel de Paris.
 
St PAUL de VENCE:  which has truly been the jewel of the Provence since the 11th Century. Built on its rocky outcrop and surrounded by its ramparts built during the 16th century on the orders of Francois 1st. The beauty of the surrounding area, quality of life and exceptional light has inspired numerous famous artist, painters, writers and poets. You will wander through picturesque narrows streets which are lined with more than 40 art galleries, souvenir shops as well a brilliant view of the Alps it comes as no surprise the town is a meeting point for artists from all over the world.
 
GRASSE ( world capital of Perfume), and take advantage of a free guided tour at the Fragonard perfumery, where you will learn the secrets about perfume making as well as hear all the beautiful stories about the French delicacy. The beautiful old town of Grasse owes its international fame to its long tradition of perfumers. Today most of the major perfumes, notably Channel N°5, have seen the light of day and are still produced in Grasse.
 
GOURDON is resplendent with magnificent vantage points, at a height of 2774 ft you can admire the French coast alongside a 9th-century castle, notice the boutiques carved in the castles walls, where you will find all the locals products from our region.  Lunch as an option in a typical Provencal style restaurant (www.lataverneprovencale.com). The picturesque panorama continues with a stop in a lavender field and the visit of Tourrettes Sur loup, this town has a magical atmosphere which begs to be absorbed, you will never forget the charm and the beauty of this village. There is also a fantastic photo opportunity at the marvellous waterfall on the Loup Valley while there try the local Tourettes delicacy too of violet ice cream.
 

Price Details

Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per group not per person)
Passengers Total Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to driver 
2 to 8       (1 van) € 498 €70 €428  (in cash at travel time)
9 to 16     (2 vans) € 966 €110 €856 (in cash at travel time)
9 to 15   (by minibus) € 740 €110 (contact us to book this) €630 (in cash at travel time)
Cash needs note: often drivers or guides do not have a POS for credit card charges. You can use your credit card(s) at easily found ATM machines to withdraw cash. Your driver or guide can show you where to find one. 

Risk-Free booking policy

We will refund your booking deposits (minus €1.50 per product handling fee) in case you cancel at least 7 days prior to departure. Also, you get a full refund if you miss your excursions due to problems outside of your control, like a ship change of route