Northern Italy Tour with the French Riviera

Enjoy your Northern Italy Tour and the French Riviera by visiting Como, Portofino, Saint Tropez, Monaco and Milan with a few stops in between.

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What's Included in your Northern Italy Tour with the French Riviera

  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Como
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Portofino
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Saint Tropez
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Monaco
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Milan
  • Private Tours with Expert Local Guides
  • Transportation Between each Destination as noted in Itinerary
  • Concierge Services Support before, during and after your Journey
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Your Northern Italy Tour and the French Riviera Itinerary

Day 1-3 Lake Como, Italy

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The Metropole & Suisse Hotel is located in the main square of Como, the heart of the city, and directly overlooks the lake of the same name. The Metropole Hotel boasts a long tradition of welcoming the city and has been hosting tourists from all over the world for over 120 years.

The building in which the hotel is housed has the constraint of the Fine Arts.
In fact, the ground floor and the first floor of the beautiful nineteenth-century facade were the subjects of an embellishment intervention by Terragni, the Como rationalist whose centenary was celebrated in 2004 of birth.

The hotel’s privileged position, by the lake and at the same time in the center of the city of Como, and the attentive presence of the owner’s family in the care of hospitality, have made the Metropole Suisse a regular stop for generations of tourists who wish to know and visit Lake Como.

ACTIVITIES in COMO:

  • Private boat ride on the Lakes of Como with my favorite Captain

Lake Como is among the most scenic of Italy’s northern lakes, lined with historic villas and gardens. With this boat tour and your Captain, admire sights that are inaccessible by ferry or car and enjoy the flexibility of a private experience. Set off from Como to cruise past Villa del Balbianello and Villa Carlotta, snap photos of Tremezzo and stop in Bellagio for lunch and shopping and get a glimpse of the lake’s island and waterfall. 

  • Brunate Funicular and Villa Olmo and The Grandeur Of Como

Enjoy a full-day tour discovering Italy’s silk capital, Como. Our favorite guide will disclose the history of the landmarks of the main town of the lake, where major silk producers built their factories and famous inventor Alessandro Volta was born. After strolling through the historic center among ancient buildings and local workshops, we will head to the majestic Villa Olmo.

Next head to the Funicolare Como-Brunate where you will take the funicular and enjoy breathtaking views of the lakes and mountains below.

Day 4-7 Portofino, Italy

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Eight Hotel Paraggi is a completely renovated 19th-century villa located in the most exclusive bay of the Ligurian Riviera, the beach of Paraggi. With its exclusive 12 rooms, it represents the ideal holiday location, where refined and discreet atmospheres envelop guests in a luxury that makes them the protagonists of a unique experience.

 

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ACTIVITIES in PORTOFINO:

  • Eight Paraggi Beach Club (By the Sea) and Lunch Reservation

Located in the splendid bay of Paraggi, at the Eight Beach Club you will imagine you are on the beach, accompanied by the sweet sound of the waves.

  • Private Boat Charter with my favorite Captain Andrea

Today you will discover the beauties of the Portofino coastline, sailing towards the most beautiful villages of the Riviera di Levante including: 

  • PORTOFINO
  • SAN FRUTTUOSO
  • PUNTA CHIAPPA
  • CAMOGLI
  • S. MARGHERITA LIGURE
  • RAPALLO
  • ZOAGLI
  • SESTRI LEVANTE
  • CINQUE TERRE

The best and most amazing way to see the coast.

Stop for lunch in Comigli Ristorante Da Giorgio, and hike your way up the hill from the boat.  The only way to get there or to trek.  And the food!
 
  • Private Transfer from Portofino to St. Tropez with a stop for lunch in Nice

Starting with Lunch @ at Le Plongeoir

A short tour of Nice (city highlights such as Mont Boron, Cimiez, passing by tete carre and old town of Nice

 Start at The Promenade des AnglaisThe PortThe Garibaldi Place, and Cimiez with several stops to discover The Capital of The French Riviera.

The city is called “Nice La Belle’’ which means The Beautiful Nice. The area of today’s Nice is believed to be in the center of the oldest human settlements in Europe. One of the archeological sites « TERRA AMATA » displays evidence of very early use of fire. 

  • Cimiez: passing through the residential area of Queen Victoria, Ancient Roman Ruins (1st century), and the 16th century Franciscan Monastery with its beautiful and attractive gardens.
  • Russian Cathedral: Built under the last Tsar Nicolas II, the most important and unique cathedral outside of Russia !!!
  • CASTLE HILL « La Colline du Château » : With its magnificent waterfall is considered to be the origin of The Town of Nice. Its whole area became a formidable fortress with mighty walls surrounding it from the lower part of the town, nowadays known as Old Nice. It offers the most fabulous views over the Promenade des AnglaisOld Town, and The Port.
  • Flower Market: In the heart of the Old Town, so colorful and amazing.

You will also have an opportunity to see the city’s main Promenade des Anglaise

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Day 8-11 St. Tropez, France

ACCOMMODATIONS:

You have arrived at La Ponche, a 5-star hotel, in the heart of the village of Saint Tropez. The most striking views are offered over the bay of Saint-Tropez. At the piano bar, where Boris Vian’s trumpet and Bardot’s laughter resounded, people dance to the rhythm of French songs. The Provençal restaurant, with a Mediterranean touch, extends on the terrace to the sea. From the pontoon, you can enjoy the creek of La Ponche is a private swimming pool. A bewitching setting to let go, meditate, and practice yoga in the Spa, before reconnecting with the energy of Saint Tropez.

In a house overlooking the beach of La Ponche, a large suite with a lounge area from which you can see the old rigs pass by during the Voiles de Saint-Tropez. The large bathroom is equipped with a tub and a rain shower. A little out of the way, with its magnificent views of the sea, it gives free rein to the imagination. Françoise Sagan resided there and wrote: “I got up from my bed, I opened the shutters, and the sea and the sky threw the same blue, the same pink, the same happiness in my face”.

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ACTIVITIES in ST. TROPEZ, FRANCE

  • Private tour of Saint Maxime / Port -Grimaud / Sainte Maxime

Start in the cozy town of Saint Tropez,  It is the most fashionable and snobbish resort on French Riviera. Saint-Tropez is full of fancy, famous millionaires, fashion models, and cosmopolitan artists real or imaginary and its Port contains luxury yachts from all over the world.

  • After Saint-Tropez you’ll have a break in the cozy town Saint-Maxime.

There you’ll visit the Old town with its amazing shops, with the unforgettable view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.

A privileged destination between Provence and French Riviera, Sainte-Maxime is a true haven of peace between Mediterranean wild shores and Provençal authentic traditions.  Located in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime will seduce you: turquoise waters, endless beaches, a Provençal soul with its olive oil and wine producers, its typical small restaurants or its paved alleys with a singular charm…We promise you will live unique experiences here! Starting your day by wandering all along the sea, with your feet in the sand while smelling the sea air… then, practice the stand-up paddle at La Pointe des Sardinaux (a must-see place called Petite Corse, where you will see the most beautiful sunrises!). 

After a lunch by the sea, on La Nartelle beach, rewarded by the European label Pavillon Bleu for its water quality, you will walk through the paved streets of the old town, featuring authentic decor and atmosphere. Lover of activities or thrills will opt for a natural activity such as a treetop adventure course beneath stone pine, typical trees in our area.

Go for a walk among vineyards and taste the famous South of France rosé wines, with Provence olives to be nibbled, of course!

  • Lunch Reservation (Not included)
  • Wine Tasting (Optional)

Then end with the city called Port-Grimaud. This city is nicknamed “Little Venise”, with its fictional streets, small areas, channels for promenade…..

Modern city on water. It is located in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. It is composed of multi-colored, completely different from each other fishing houses.

Port Grimaud is the sea-facing part of Grimaud, in a natural bay to the west of Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. It is a water-based village designed by Francois Spoerry, a famous 20th-century architect, in 1966 in which the streets almost seem to emerge from the water. The town can only be accessed by boat or on foot.

After Port Grimaud, we will finally reach the cozy town of Saint-Tropez to end this amazing day. 

  • Saint Tropez and Ramatuelle Tour

Visit the Port of Saint Tropez and Citadel.  Though Saint-Tropez is famous for its glamour and glitz, the city also has a rich and eventful past. The St-Tropez Citadel (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez) is a prime example, having been the town’s crown jewels since the 17th century, and one of the few monuments of its magnitude to still stand today in France’s southern coastline. It is one of the city’s most visited historical and cultural sites, both for its history and its panoramic views over the Bay. 

Then onto Ramatuelle,  an attractive perched village set high above the Mediterranean sea of the Saint-Tropez peninsula. The village was originally founded here to escape the pirates who terrorized the villages along the Mediterranean coastline. 

  • Le Club 55 Beach Club, Saint Tropez on the beach of Pampelonne. 

The legendary address has retained all of its charms in spite of its success. There are dozens of restaurants along the beach, but for decades Club 55 has been the place to be.

The place where the rich, the famous, and the wannabe of Saint Tropez will be hanging out during the summer months. With a casual style and everything you can possibly want in a beach club, the legendary Club 55 had been open since its creation in 1955.

Its philosophy is summed up in one sentence, “Here the customer is not the king…because he’s a friend.”

Whilst you are here, don’t miss a trip to the boutique. This beach “Bazaar”, with its own relaxed yet chic style, has everything that you might need for the beach or elsewhere

Reserved 2 Beach Beds (34 euro each) and 1 Umbrella (14 euro)

  • Dinner at L’Opera

L’Opera is a unique experience in the heart of Saint-Tropez village. Built as an arena, the restaurant mixes refinement and exceptional gastronomy. Every dinner will delight in soaking up the glamorous and sumptuous atmosphere, be enthralled by the creative and modern shows, and enjoy the seclusion of the private club.

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Day 12-14 Monaco

ACCOMMODATIONS:

A destination in its own right. The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is a destination in its own right and its discovery is for the senses a source of wonder, emotion, and dream. The architecture and decor are classic and timeless with a touch of modernism. Its Mediterranean and warm spirit distinguishes it from other hotels and brings it closer to an independent residence.

The innovative and personalized services surprise and delight its guests. A worldly and elegant hotel, it is a sparkling place of life that lives in symbiosis with the Principality. It is also a refuge offering relaxation and intimacy, where everyone takes the time to indulge themselves.

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ACTIVITIES in MONACO

  • Private Transfer from St. Tropez to Monaco and the Magic of the French Riviera

During this magnificent drive from St. Tropez to Monaco, you will travel through the amazing French Rivera to explore.

The first stop will reach Cannes, the place where Cannes Film Festival takes place. Probably the most spectacular place in French Riviera, with its beautiful bay framed by mountains on land and with Lerensk islands from the Mediterranean sea, with its lovely beaches, the boutiques, and the famous Croisette, which stretches for 2,5 km along the sea with the world-famous buildings such as hotels: CARLTON, MAJESTIC BARRIÈRE, ROYAL, THE CASINO, PALAIS DES FESTIVALS, AND CONGRESSES.

Stop for Lunch

Continue to Antibes, the city where Picasso lived, with old quarters which are not comparable with their beauty, where it seems that the spirit of the medieval ages is still breathing.

Eventually, you will arrive in  Monte-Carlo, on the Grand Prix circuit you will reach the famous Casino square of Monte Carlo with its luxurious shops, fantastic casinos, and interesting places.

  • Private Tour of Grasse, Gourdon, St. Paul De Vence

Discover “Loup Riven” with its nice waterfalls to reach the small town Gourdon which is situated in the countryside of French Rivieria. Gourdon is well known for its rich prehistoric past and a high concentration of historic sites. Tourrettes sur Loup will be the next stop .It is one of a series of “Perched villages” overlooking the plain between the southern Alpes and the Esterel massif bordering the sea between Cannes and Saint Raphael. Tourrettes Sur Loup is a charming old Proveçal village popular among tourists.

Then onto  Grass. The town is known as one of the world capitals of perfume. All year round the city is filled with the aroma of mimosa, lavender, rose, violet, and jasmine mixed with the smell of orange blossom which makes this place a very unique atmosphere.

This is your opportunity to visit Grass’s perfume factory Fragonard to enjoy the guided visit. (Optional)

Continue along the medieval road to reach Saint Paul de Vence.   It’s impossible not to fall under the spell of the landscape welcomed by the visitor of the medieval town Saint Paul De Vence. By entering the city through the Royal Gates, you will find yourself in the plexus streets where each home is like a souvenir store or an art studio, and nearly every window – is like flowers. Saint Paul De Vence is a museum in the open sky.

  • Private Tour of Monaco, Eze, LaTurbie, Menton

Monaco is known as “The Rock” or simply “Le Rocher“ for its location on a rocky headland extending to The Mediterranean. There you can visit the Old Town with The Prince Palace, The Oceanographic Museum, the home for exhibitions and collections of various species of sea fauna containing a great variety of sea-related objects, including model ships, sea animal skeletons, tools, weapons, and The Cathedral in Neo-Romanesque style, entirely built with white stone of La Turbie consecrated in 1911. It has a plan in the form of a Latin cross. In this CathedralGrace Kelly and Prince Rainier were married and buried.

Then join Monte-Carlo driving along the world-known Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to reach the famous Hotel de Paris, Café de Paris & Casino Square with its luxury shops, huge casinos, and breathtaking places.

Between Monaco and Nice one can find The Medieval Village of Eze located at an altitude of 429 above the sea. Eze Village, full of myths and legends, is always likened to an eagle’s nest perched on a narrow rocky peak. Eze has been occupied by Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Italians, Turks, and Monaco over the centuries. It’s known and loved for its dramatic location, curious exotic gardens, scenery, history, art, restaurants, and perfume factories.

From Eze Village, there is a walk called Nietzsche’s Walk or the ” Philosopher’s Walk “ to the sea down to Eze Bord de Mer.

Later you will drive through the village La Turbie, also called the “Terrace of Monaco” due to the panoramic view of the Principality of Monaco and with its Trophy of the Alps, a Roman monument built in 7 BC, reach the luxurious Principality of Monaco known as “The Rock” for its location on a rocky headland extending to the Mediterranean. There you can visit the Old Town with the Prince Palace, the Oceanographic museum, the Cathedral in Neo-Romanesque style entirely built with white stone, where Grace Kelly and Rainier were married and were buried.

And if time permits a visit to Menton, nicknamed “La Perle de la France” or “Pearl of France”.

  • Private Transfer from hotel to Milan with a fashion stop for shopping

Welcome to Serravalle Designer Outlet

Serravalle Designer Outlet is Italy’s first and largest designer outlet. The setting is inspired by classic Italian architecture. Enjoy cafes and restaurants and more than 300 brands. Your shopping experience will be unforgettable: from iconic fashion brands like Prada, Burberry, Bulgari, and Dolce & Gabbana to sporting labels, like Nike and Slam, and high-street favorites, like Guess and Desigual.

Here is where savvy shoppers can discover the world’s most iconic brands at up to 70% less– from the ultimate designer must-have to high-street fashion favorites.

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Day 15-17 Milan, Italy

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Grand Hotel et de Milan is a 5-star luxury hotel in the Milan center. A place rich in atmosphere, full of traces left by the passage of great personalities whose names have shaped history. Opened in 1863, the Grand Hotel et de Milan preserves all the charm of an ancient Milanese “house”. It is still nowadays the favorite hotel of eminent names in the world of culture, entertainment, fashion, music, national and international business.

Occupying an enviable spot in the heart of the city center, just a few steps from the financial district, the Teatro Alla Scala, the Fashion District, and the Duomo Cathedral, the Grand Hotel et de Milan with its bar and restaurants, gourmand enclaves of the city, is the perfect place to stay.

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ACTIVITIES in MILAN, ITALY

  • Milan Private Tour of the Duomo and the Terraces of the Duomo

The Duomo is in the center of the city, yesterday and today. Discover the Duomo, admire the 360 ° panorama of the city and stroll through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele the hub of Milan before arriving at the temple of music. A suggestive and fascinating tour to get to know the heart of the city. 

You will visit the Milan cathedral with your guide and discover the archaeological area.  Then proceed to the Duomo Rooftops where you will discover the wonderful terraces of the Milan Cathedral and admire the Panorama as our guide tells you the history of the city. Visit the historic Galleria del Duomo Vittorio Emanuele with your guide and discover the most fashionable places.

Finally, stop at Teatro Alla Scala and visit the square of the most famous theater in Italy from the outside.

  • Private Tour of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Your guide will take you on a journey through the discovery of one of the most important artworks in history. Get to know Leonardo and his mind in a unique way with the insight that only a guide can provide. The Last Supper inside visit duration will be 15 minutes.

The Last supper is not only one of the most Iconic Leonardo Da Vinci paintings, but it is also an Art History altering event and an extremely moving piece that only a chosen few can have the chance of visiting. due to its delicate nature, only a limited amount of people can see it every day and we can consider ourselves lucky to still be able to see it.

  • Milan Private Shopping Tour

Discover the Milan Fashion District with this exclusive tour that gives you the exclusive chance to visit a selection of the best ateliers & fashion stores in the inner district of Milan, the well-known Quadrilatero Della Moda.

You will visit genuine factory outlets, big fashion brand boutiques, and unique, uncommon experiences such as a visit to a stunning hidden showrooms designer’s studio to perceive the genuine meaning of “Made in Italy” and see how an hand-made top-quality work-of-art is made.

Your tour begins in Montenapoleone, the heart of Quadrilatero: every corner of this area hides a huge number of ateliers and fashion boutiques, where, for decades, the best Tailor Masters in Milan have been handed down the tailoring art from one generation to another.

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