Epic French Fashion Experience to the Côte d’Azur

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May 15 – 22, 2022

Shop til you drop with French flair, live it up French Riveria style.  

In addition to exploring the glamour and sites the region has to offer, you will be escorted to the best boutiques in one of the world’s most famed shopping destinations.

Shopping and the French Riviera- the glitz and glamour, the rosé and champagne, the yachts and a-list restaurants, the sparkling, cerulean blue seas, pastel colored towns and perched historic villages! ABSO Vintage Luxury Shopping Experience on the Côte D’Azur offers you the opportunity to discover the famed southern coast of France in tandem with indulging your passion for fashion.

As one of the first modern holiday destinations in the late 18th century, the French Riviera has a long-held reputation for style and elegance. It is associated with classic seaside fashion, near-ostentatious flashes of haute couture as well as the fresh genre of solar-powered Bobo elegance. The French Riviera continues to be a bountiful source of inspiration on the style front which is why it offers some of the best luxury re-sell boutiques, esteemed French fashion houses and up and coming concept designers in the world.

As long-time residents in the region the team at ABSO has local knowledge and personal relationships that allow us to give your group special treatment and insider access to the ‘real’ French Riviera.
The tour itinerary can be tailored to your style-affinity (i.e. luxury, democratic, vintage, new designers) timeline, budget expectations etc. And whether you are a bride-to-be on the hunt for a unique bridal shower event, a fashion blogger looking to create fresh content and follower interaction or a travel professional, this tour offers a personalized way to engage with your friends, clients or followers and to emerge yourselves in fashion and the iconic ambiance of the French Riviera.

Day 1 – May 15, Sunday: Bienvenue to the Côte d’Azur

From the Nice airport , you’ll be transferred for a 7-night stay at a 4-star boutique hotel with a contemporary design in the historic center of Nice. One of the first seaside hotels in Nice it was a favorite of artists and intellectuals such as Matisse, Fitzgerald, Nietzsche or Chekhov. To begin your adventure, Eva our fashionista, will meet and greet you  on the hotel patio for a cocktail with a special guest who will train us on ‘The art of the scarf – the French flair of tying and wearing scarves’. Your shopping begins as we will have a selection of scarves from exclusively French designers available to purchase.  You can flaunt your new tying technique at the welcome dinner on the terrace of the hotel’s seaside restaurant, where you are sure to fall in love with the Côte d’Azur.

Day 2 – May 16, Monday: Nice and Château winetasting

After a quick typical French ‘petit déjeuner’ at the hotel, it will be time to begin exploring Nice starting with a stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais and then into the maze of narrow streets in the captivating old town. Every Monday, the Cours Saleya holds its buzzy vintage market, where you will have time to browse and find a selection of quintessential French espadrilles and bags essential to complete your Riviera look.

Lunch will be in the heart of the historical center at a typical niçois restaurant.
After lunch, you will be taken to Chateau, one of the leading wineries of the area for a tour topped off with a wine and shoe pairing experience followed by more wining and dining at the cosy Les Sens.

Day 3 – May 17, Tuesday: Monaco and St Jean de Cap Ferrat

We will be off to the glamorous principality of Monaco! On the way we will stop for a tour at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. An architectural and artistic gem, the Belle Époque palace and its remarkable gardens is situated on the promontory of St John Cap Ferrat, home of the mega-rich.

We will arrive in Monaco just in time for the changing of the guards followed by a lunch at the trendy Starsnbars.

In the afternoon, you will be personally greeted in shops we have pre selected where you will indulge in the best shopping Monaco has to offer. More delicious wines will follow for your dinner at a truffle based restaurant in Nice.

Day 4 – May 18, Wednesday: Nice

Today get ready to shop until you drop! We will spend a full day in Nice shopping off-the-beaten-path at chic boutiques frequented by locals and our favorite luxury consignment shops where you will have private time to shop with a coupe de champagne, of course. Lunch will be on your own, but something special is in store for the evening. Time for a cocktail and the elegant and cosmopolitan bar at the renowned Negresco hotel followed by diner at their hotspot carrousel restaurant. Giving you a chance to show off your fashion scores from the day!

Day 5 – May 19, Thursday: Grasse & St Paul de Vence

Today is all about one of the most important accessories for French women….the invisible accessory, perfume! We will be driven into the hills above the Riviera to Grasse, for centuries the capital of French perfume making, for a perfume making workshop at the Fragonard Parfumery, family-run for four generations. Your perfume master will guide you to composing and personalizing your Eau de Cologne which you will be able to take home in a lovely pouch.

After the workshop we’ll take the picturesque road to the medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence for lunch where the rich and famous gather at La Colombe d’Or. After lunch, you’ll strolling the up market shops and galleries followed by a tour of the private Maeght Foundation where you will be enthralled by France’s most important art foundation and among the world’s leading cultural institutions featuring works by Miro, Chagall, Giacometti Oh la la ! Diner will be at the cosy French bistrot.

Day 6 – May 20, Friday: A dash of Italy & Eze

We will be off early today to shop at the lively outdoor market in Ventimiglia, Italy. Featuring miles of purses, clothing, scarves, cashmere, shoes, and tablecloths as well as Italian products, such as meats, cheeses, dried tomatoes, pasta, and jams and jellies. Many of the vendors offer samples of their wares. You’ll have free time for lunch in pizza and pasta heaven.

Along the breathtaking route on the way back to Nice, a stop will be made for you to venture to the hilltop village of Eze. In this 11th century town, you will discover one of the most stunning panoramic views of the French Riviera and designs inspired by the south of France and its Dolce Vita. Dinner will be at a confidential niçois restaurant.

Day 7 – May 21, Saturday: Make up and photo shoot 

For the final of your epic French fashion tour, there will be a workshop at the hotel there will be a workshop at the hotel with a French make-up artist who will demonstrate some of the secret French womens’ make-up tips  and work with you one on one to pull together your new glamorous “south of France” inspired look. Afterwards, get ready to blow up your Instagram as we have planned a photo shoot at iconic and scenic spots around the city with a spectacular farewell dinner in true Rivera style with drinks and dinner at a trendy rooftop restaurant-club.

Day 8 – May 22, Sunday: Au revoir

Time for your last croissant and café au lait on the Côte d’Azur. Check out and transfers to Nice airport.

 

 

Your French shopping expert Eva Rose Llorens 

Eva AKA “the LA girl”, has thoroughly immersed herself into French culture. She has an affinity for seeking out modern ways to enjoy the traditional French experiences. Her long-time career as a makeup artist, product developer and executive in the prestige spa and beauty industry has given her the flair and glamour to pull everything together while having so much fun.

 

Deposit

To secure a place on the tour, we ask that you fill in our reservation form which indicates that your deposit of 30% will be required. The balance will be due 2 months prior to the tour. Invoices are in euros, we accept all credit cards including  American Express  most luxury prestigious stores accept global blue tax refunds. Amex is not accepted in a lot of shops.

Included

Tips to drivers, restaurants and guides
Accommodation and meals with wine as indicated in program
Transportation in a coach with AC and professional driver
Airport transfers on first day of tour and on last day of tour

Not Included

Food and beverages not included in the package
Personal purchases
Flight to and from destination

Cancellation Policy

This is a package  group tour and non-refundable with no refunds even in case of injury or illness or personal emergency. Cancellation must be notified by email to nancy@absolutelysouthernfrance.com.

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance including medical assistance and cancellation. If insufficient numbers of participants register for the tour  or in the event of conditions deemed unsafe for our clients, the tour may be cancelled or postponed.

Arrival and Departure

You will be welcomed on arrival by Eva for a briefing cocktail and welcome dinner. Your airport transfers on day of arrival and departure are included.

What to Pack

Please wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be at times, walking on cobblestones and uneven sidewalks, sometimes for more than an hour. Don’t forget your phone charger and a plug adapter. For your last evening in Nice, make sure to pack some fancy clothes to dazzle on your last night at a rooftop restaurant.

Physical Requirements

Our tour is “physically active.” You may be on your feet, walking and standing, for over an hour indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. That means if you need help climbing in a tour bus or if you are winded after walking 50 feet, we have other tours for you to join.

Accommodation

You are staying in a   four-star boutique hotel in historical Nice.

Weather 

The average temperature in Nice for the month of May is approximately 77°F. Make sure you bring your sunscreen and a hat !

Transportation

You will be travelling in a comfortable air-conditioned coach driven by a professional driver.

Additional Services

Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France is happy to assist with roommate matching as well as pre and post tour travel planning.

Traveler’s FAQ

Traveling to a new place brings with it lots of questions. Here are some of the questions we’re often asked by guests, on topics from how to book and pay, what to pack, and even what to say!

HOW DO I BOOK AND PAY FOR MY TOUR?

Absolutely Southern France is based in France so prices are quoted and invoiced in euros.
Payment is made by credit/debit card. The invoice is issued by email containing a link to proceed with secure payment using your card.

I WANT TO BOOK A TOUR. IS MY FLIGHT INCLUDED?

We do not make flight arrangements but provide airport transfers for arrival and departure on French soil.

MY PASSPORT IS DUE TO EXPIRE. CAN I STILL COME ON A TOUR?

Your passport must be valid for at least six months prior to departure date.

DO I NEED A VISA?

No, visas are not required for American and Canadian citizens for up to 90-day stays in France. For other nationalities, check here: Visa Quick Check

DO I NEED TO BRING TRAVELERS CHECKS?

No travelers cheques: simply withdraw cash from an ATM.

WILL MY TRAVEL APPLIANCES WORK IN FRANCE?

Yes, dual voltage appliances will work but you’ll need the right plug adaptors. You can usually find these at all major airports or simply order online. (Ebay, Amazon) For France, travelers from the USA and Canada will need a two-pin adaptor.

WHAT FRENCH PHRASES SHOULD I LEARN?

These are some of the most useful, to get your started.
merci, non merci – thank you, no thank you
bonjour – hello
l’addition si vous plait – the bill please
combien ça coûte? – how much does it cost?
ou trouver un distributeur automatique – where can I find an ATM
Excusez moi – Excuse me
Pardon  – I’m sorry
Au revoir  – good bye, so long

VOCAB FOR ORDERING COFFEE

noisette : small expresso with a dash of milk
café au lait : large coffee with milk
expresso : small strong coffee with no milk
café noir : larger than expresso with no milk

We hope you find this helpful. If you have any questions not covered here, get it touch!

 

CONTACT US

To reserve your spot or request additional information,  please fill out the form below. Nancy will then contact you to discuss the tour details and arrange your booking.

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Tour Details

Dates: May 15 – 22, 2022
Duration: 8 days – 7 nights
Cost: 4700€ single / 4225€ twin
Participants: 10

Tour HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • A private wine and shoe pairing experience at an outstanding family owned Chateau
  • Delving into the world of the rich and famous strolling the gardens of the stunning Villa Rothschild, visiting the Prince’s palace in Monaco, sipping cocktails in Hotel Negresco
  • Hitting the Ventimilles street market just across the border in Italy
  • The art of scarf pick up the French flair of tying and wearing scarfs
  • Personalized shopping experiences in designer and vintage shops in Nice and Monaco
  • Private workshop to create your own fragrance in France’s perfume capital
  • Fun filled day trips admiring the gorgeous scenery along the Med and in the picturesque countryside
  • Secret makeup tips and photo shoot
  • Fashion expert Eva giving you her personal touch

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