You will be greeted at Nice Airport with a pleasant smile and a coffee, once the paperwork is complete (the coffee will take longer than the paperwork) we will give you a full introduction on your choice of car and have a short test drive to make sure you are happy with everything. Either follow the supplied map route or use the sat nav (included in the package) towards Monaco by the coast road (Lower Cornice). Why not have lunch at The Grand Cap Ferrat, it’s stunning, wonderful service, elegance and charm. The views are beautiful from the lawns looking out to sea. After a leisurely lunch wind your way up the coast road to the hilltop village of Eze. There you will be met by reception who will take care of your car and your luggage.
The ancient village of Eze, with its fabulous views over St Jean-Cap Ferrat, is where the real appeal of the Côte d’Azur lies.
Perched on rock 1,400 feet above sea level, the village centres on the ruins of a 12th-century castle. Wandering through its labyrinthine streets, (admiring the view over the Mediterranean coast)
You will discover that the narrow, sloping streets and archways open out into hidden squares, fountains and quiet courtyards. There are also many tempting arts and craft boutiques to browse around. When you have had your fill, stroll up to the Jardin Exotique, where around 400 Mediterranean cacti, citrus trees and tropical plants from Africa and America surround the castle ruins.
Of all the hotels on the Cote d’Azur, Château Eza is the most stunning, tucked away in Eze in one of the most enchanting locations on the Côte d’ Azur.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, nothing is to much trouble. The only draw back is the walk from the reception desk at the foot of the village to the hotel at the top, but the views speak for themselves.
Exquisite and intimate, the 12 luxurious rooms and suites of the château (which are all uniquely designed to complement their setting) cling to the side of the ancient rock walls of Eze, a thousand-year-old medieval village more than 400 metres above the Mediterranean Sea.
Your table awaits you at Philippe Labbe’s two Michelin Star restaurant at the Chèvre d’Or. His “art on plate” dishes live up to expectations, using only seasonal local produce such as scallop carpaccio, wild venison and pumpkin, and duck foie gras. Should you be able to manage a dessert, the pastry chef concocts an array of exquisite dishes. Take time to relax on your private balcony overlooking the Mediterranean sea with Champagne or cocktails before retiring for the night.
Wake up to the glorious sunshine, the views of the coast and sea below you are magnificent. Enjoy a coffee and croissant on your terrace. Before you leave Eze check out Galiard Perfume at the bottom of the village it’s the oldest manufacture of perfume in France.
Continue on to Monaco, head straight for Casino Square, pull up outside The Hotel De Paris, again both your luggage and car will be taken care of as you enter the hotel be sure to rub the leg on horse statue to bring you good luck, it’s a tradition going back years. Walk over to the Café de Paris for a lunch time cocktail and lunch, where people and car watching is obligatory.
Spend the afternoon exploring the Rocher district. This “rock” is the historical heart of Monaco and features the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and cathedral. Make time to visit the St Martin Gardens, which contain Mediterranean flora and exotic species, complemented by breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Walk along the harbour and be stunned by the opulence and beauty of the super yachts most of us can only dream of, don’t attempt to walk up the hill to Casino Square look out for the hotel Port Palis, it’s on your left by the harbour go in and take the lift to the top floor and enjoy a glass of refreshing rose wine with ice. The rest of the walk up the hill is then easy.
Have dinner at either the 3 Michelin star Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Hotel de Paris or the Le Grill restaurant on the 8th floor (most nights they will open the roof (don’t be afraid to ask) the sky and stars are stunning to watch and to finish your special day why not go to Jimmy’s nightclub or the legendary Casino de Monte Carlo. This Belle Époque jewel is the most prestigious casino in Europe. Time for some sleep you will be both exhausted and enthralled with Monaco. I’m afraid it’s your last day of this fantastic trip ( well until next time, because you will want to come back again and again) Head towards Nice this time following the Upper Cornice. Once at the airport we will help you with you luggage right up to security Bonne Voyage and wish you a safe trip home. We are sure you will have enjoyed your experience of the Coté d’ Azur.
By Nick Casson, Riviera Classic Car Hire