The stunning coast road
When you land in Nice stroll to the car hire depot to pick up your car. Ten the fun starts. Take the coastal road West and experience the beauty of the dramatic scenery as you drive past the glimmering Med. Some of the winding cliff roads are stunning, if a little scary at times, so take them slow. You might want to stop off for lunch in the historical walled town of Antibes, or in glitzy Cannes. Take your time and stop off where and when you want. There are plenty of great places to explore. You might prefer to just enjoy the scenery from your car and get to your hotel as soon as you can so you can enjoy a glass of wine or a dip in the pool. The drive from the airport takes about an hour and a half along the scenic coast road.
Luxury on the Med
Stylish and elegant luxury with exceptional views over the sparkelling Mediterranean. Spend 3 nights at the stunning Tiara Yaktse boutique hotel. Enjoy the peaceful and fragrant gardens, the stunning views from the infinity pool or relax with a treatment at the World class spa. The hotel is bordered between the lush pine covered hills and the azure waters of the Med. It is about ten miles along the coast from Cannes and offers a great base to explore the pretty coves and towns of the Riviera.
Up into the hills
Pack your bags and throw them in the boot. You are heading up into the hills today. The scenic drive takes you up winding mountain roads far from the crowds. Through beautiful countryside and pretty little villages. Take your time and stop off for coffee or to take in the views. Normally the drive would take an hour and a half but to enjoy it I would recommend taking your time. Take all day if you want.
Historic hilltop retreat
Charming luxury boutique hotel in historical medieval hill town. Enjoy 2 nights at the historic 16th century Le Saint Paul luxury boutique hotel. This Relais & Chateau hotel offers a unique experience staying in historic surroundings where the attentive staff cater to all your needs. Often dubbed the ‘second most beautiful village in France,’ .Saint Paul de Vence is a fairytale village perched high on a hilltop, with narrow cobbled steets, centuries old buildings and sweeping views over the hills to the Mediterranean.
The drive from Saint Paul to Monte Carlo is only about 45 minutes. Although there are different routes. Some will take longer but will be more enjoyable. Of course when you get there you will want to drive round the famous Monaco F1 circuit. Imagine you are Ayrton Senna as you negotiate the hairpin bends. It is tempting to put your foot down when you enter the tunnel but watch out you don't get a speeding ticket. Monte Carlo is a one of kind city of glamour and style (and money of course). Home to the rich and famous. There are lots of great places to see, eat and drink. A visit to the famous Casino is a must. The drive out of town is equally as special. A deep subterranean network of tunnels take you up steep underground hills. With the roar of the engine reverberating off the walls, you feel like you are in a different World.
Glamour & Elegance
The award winning Metropole hotel is a favourite of Royalty, movies stars and the International elite. Spend 2 nights in this 5star residence that offers discreet luxury just a short walk from the heart of Monte Carlo. This is a quiet oasis in the heart of the bustling city. Monaco is only 30 minutes from the Italian border and an easy drive for a day trip. Enjoy a couple of days of indulgence in the Worlds most glamourous city before driving back to Nice for your flight home.
You can of course choose a vehicle that suits you best. Although I highly recommend going for a convertible Mercedes.
What could be better than driving along the stunning coastal road with the wind in your hair and the Mediterranean sun on your face. As this is the French Riviera there are options to hire supercars, in case your prefer a Ferrari or a Rolls Royce. But for most people the Mercedes C class convertible is the perfect combination of luxury, style and relative value.
There so many things to do that it is impossible to list them all here. Here are some of my favourite things to see and do you might like...
Cannes shopping. Cannes is heaven if you like browsing stylish boutiques and chic designer shops
Historical Antibes. There are lots of charming historical towns and villages on the coast and in the hills. Antibes is one of the best. It's old town is a warren of narrow cobbled streets, markets and cafes'. It was once the home of Pablo Picasso.
Stylish St Tropez. Once a small fishing village the town is now famous for style and glamour and movie stars. The long time home of Brigitte Bardot amongst others. The town is a great place for a gourmet lunch overlooking the superyachts in the small marina.
Port Grimaud. The Venice of the Cotes D'Azur. This unique town is built around 7 kilometres of canals and a great place to stroll around or enjoy a day trip on a yacht.
Secret beaches, hidden coves. Jump in your car and explore the miles of coastline. Stop off at secret little bays and secluded sandy coves.
Golf courses. There are some fabulous courses in the region. The Cannes-Mougins Golf & Country club is ranked in the top ten in France.
Historical villages. As well as Antibes there are lots of charming historical villages and towns dotted around the countryside. There are also lots of historic castles, monasteries and churches to explore.
National parks. Parc naturel régional des Préalpes d'Azur is just a few miles inland from Cannes & Nice is a great place to walk or bike and enjoy the dramatic scenery.
Lavender fields. In summer the famous lavender fields in rural Provence are in full glorious bloom.
Wine tasting. Join a wine tasting tour for the day and visit some of the regions best vineyards.
Monte Carlo Casino. For glitz and glamour there is no better place in the World. Dress to impress and enjoy a game of roulette or just people watch with a glass of champagne or two.
Supercar test drive. Experience the roar of the v8 engine in the tunnel as you drive the famous Monaco Grand Prix circuit.
Helicopter. Take a scenic helicopter flight over the famous city and along the coast.
Yacht tours. You can charter a private luxury motorboat or yacht for a champagne cruise. There are also lots of great group trips available if you didn't need your own boat.
Day trip to Italy. The Italian border is just a 30 minute drive from Monaco. Drive on a bit further to the beautiful historic town of Cervo where you can feast on a traditional Italian lunch and enjoy the beautiful old town.