Small Group Tour: Grasse, Gourdon, Valbonne : Countryside and Wine Tasting

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Small Group Tour: Grasse, Gourdon, Valbonne : Countryside and Wine Tasting
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Head inland from Nice on a full-day tour, discovering the beauty of the region’s much-applauded landscape. Pass rocky promontories sitting alongside lush vineyards and see flower-drenched hamlets at every twist and turn. With an expert local guide, visit Grasse, the perfume capital of France, for a tour around its famous Fragonard Perfumery, and then explore the towns of Valbonne and Gourdon. Back in Nice, tour the Château de Crémat wine estate and sample local Bellet wines.

This small-group day trip is limited to just eight passengers, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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In Brief

Location:
Nice, France
Country:
France
Duration:
8 hours
Operates:
Daily except Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Highlights:
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Get inside tips from a local
Small-group tour by minibus
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After pickup from your central Nice hotel, head west by luxury minivan to the Provençal town of Grasse – best known as the perfume capital of France! Fragrances of jasmine, orange blossom and mimosa from the surrounding countryside pervade through this picturesque little town, making it sure to appeal to all your senses.

Take a leisurely walking tour around its charming cobbled streets, and then tour Fragonard Perfumery, where you’ll learn about perfume manufacturing and the history of this intriguing perfume house.

Continue to the medieval village of Valbonne, less than half an hour away, and take a stroll through its picturesque alleyways, stopping to browse quaint boutiques, stocked with local arts and crafts. Sit down for lunch at one of the many traditional cafés in Vallbonne’s Old Town (own expense) before relaxing on a scenic drive alongside the Loup River. Arrive in the majestic village of Gourdon, perched high on a rocky ridge, and head to a viewpoint for sweeping views of the Cote d’Azur’s dazzling coastline.

Return to Nice and visit Château de Crémat -- one of France's smallest yet most beautiful wineries. Built on a site that dates back to the Roman invasion, the estate is steeped in fascinating history as well as fabulous wines. Sample glasses of the local Bellet wine during a professional wine-tasting session, and enjoy breathtaking views over the city before returning to your hotel.

Inclusions

  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury minivan (8 seater)
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-of
  • Guided visit of perfumery in Grasse
  • Wine tasting in the Château de Crémat in Nice
  • Entry/Admission - Chateau de Cremat

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Centrally located Nice hotels

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Customers who have not reached France's legal drinking age of 18, will not be served alcohol
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Only foldable wheelchair can be used
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide Mary Ann was so knowledgeable and was able to offer us a flexible itinerary. We saw so many beautiful places throughout the day.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019
We enjoyed every moment of our day tour with her!! She was extremely knowledgeable of all the places we went. Also very flexible according to our wishes and how much time we spent at each stop. Had time for an extra stop and tour at a wonderful candy making factory. Beautiful country and hillside scenery as well along the route. Wine tasting and tour at the chateau was amazing too. Highly recommend!!
• Submitted 19 Jul 2019
It was a pleasure from start to finish, Mago, our guide and driver was so helpful and pleasant. The day was more than I expected and would highly recommend it to anyone that would like to see these places all in one day!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
As it was the first day it snowed in Nice in like 10 years, our tour guide was able to pick my father and I up and take us on our own personal tour. She was a very cautious and safe driver, as the roads were very snowy and icy. We were able to take as long as we wanted at each town. Due to the storm we unfortunately couldn't make it wine tasting dangerous road conditions, but our tour guide took us to another town now on the tour St. Paul and it was our favorite stop! Thank you so much for one of the best experiences in France! :
• Submitted 05 Mar 2018
What a lovely surprise! I was expecting a 4 hour trip to the perfume factory and then to a wine tasting but we ended up with a full day of travelling in the French countryside. We started the morning with a drive to Grasse. this was a little long as it was at 0900 and we ended up in rush hour traffic. When we did arrive in Grasse, we ended up having to travel to the other factory in the city as some people in our group had already done a tour previously in Eze of the factory and wanted to wander the city instead of doing another tour. So this delayed us a little bit. But when we finally did arrive at the downtown destination, it was well worth it. The factory is smaller than I expected but very interesting. The tour didn't take very long and it ended with a chance to smell perfume and other items made. Then off we went but to my surprise, we weren't wine tasting just yet. We stopped at a little town, wandered around, saw the old medieval church and the local village. It was a welcome break from the van. Then the next leg took us way up the mountains to a little village of Gourdon. We stopped along the way to take pictures of the village from afar as it really was something. Nestled on the top of a cliff, it was really neat to see it from a distance. You could really see how small it was as well as how high up it was. When we arrived, it was so picturesque and quaint you couldn't help take pictures there. We stopped long enough to have lunch at a restaurant with a great view, do some shopping and look around the little town. This place must be very quiet at night as I'm guessing most people there were tourists. After lunch , we piled back into the van and headed back to Nice. Our final destination was the wine tasting a a chateau. Also very picturesque for different reasons. We had a chance to tour the facilities and see the casks and the wine making vats. We were able to taste some white and red wines no roses unfortunately and they took us to see some of the vineyards as well. Overall, it was a great day with great hosts. they were very knowledgeable and made the trip interesting.
• Submitted 12 Oct 2017
Moumen was an excellent host for this event. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and actually picked us up at each of our locations! The Perfumery was a great learning experience and the lunch at the top of the mountain was breath taking!! Moumen made this an amazing day! He is a great ambassador for this tour!
• Submitted 28 Sep 2017
Sebastian was an amazing tour guide. I took the tour for the Provence wine-tasting, but the perfumery turned out to be a surprisingly fun experience. I was also impressed with the tour company's efforts to make sure I got to go on the tour, even picking me up at my condo outside of downtown Nice.
• Submitted 21 Sep 2017
My husband and I were the only ones on the tour. Our lady guide was great. I think her name was Hedwig. She was completely flexible with what we did since she had no other guests. We loved the day. The people at the winery were not as pleasant as all the other people we experienced. They seemed to rush us. Find a different winery! We went to two others during our vacation in southern France and had wonderful experiences at them. I highly recommend this wonderday tour.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2017
This was in my opinion the one of the best days of my stay in Nice, it was great get away from the city and see the surrounding countryside. Our guide Hedwig was an excellant guide, very knowledgable and full of interesting information that made the trip for us. The Perfumery was fantastic but the wine tasting was although interesting, very short and i would not make a trip if it were only for a visit to the winery but getting there and back cancelled that out by travelling through some amazing scenery. The lunch stop in the village on top of the hill was also very good . I would quite happily do this trip again, even just for the sake of getting out into fresh air and the perfumery. the guide also made the day one to remember
• Submitted 20 Jul 2017
We had a wonderful day touring Nice! Our tour guide, Margo, was wonderful and was very knowledgeable and personable. We ended up having a private tour as no one else had signed up for that day. When visiting the Grasse Perfumery, we were given the VIP treatment and were taken to a private room to discover all of the perfumes that they create. We had a lovely lunch in Gourdon with the most beautiful view and the most delicious food. Probably my best meal of my whole European trip. We ended the day with the winery where we had a tour and a testing. The winery was beautiful and the wine was very good. It was a wonderful day that we will always remember!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2017
This was a great, scenic and relaxing day around Grasse and other areas around Nice. Our tour guide was extremely personable and entertaining. He was knowledgeable of the area and the small size of our group made things even more enjoyable. Definitely worth doing for a day to take a break from the beach and coastline.
• Submitted 12 Sep 2016
I loved this tour!!! Our tour guide, Nicolas Kolesnikoff, was so friendly and knowledgable and enthusiastic. You can tell he really loves his job! His spirit was wonderful and he really made the day go smoothly. Every little detail was perfect he went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and having a great time. We saw so much on this day! He also stopped and gave us time at two other small villages to and from Grasse and also made a detour to a confectionary factory and surprised us all with chocolates at the end of the day. The wine tasting was so nice it was a beautiful old winery with so much rich history. The perfumery was worth seeing my only disappointment was that we didn't have time to make our own perfumes apparently it takes a few hours but we still got a great history of the company and to see some of how it is made. And of course, SHOP! Thank you again Nicolas for a day I'll never forget!!
• Submitted 11 Jul 2016
This tour for me was quite memorable, especially as my tour guide Cathy was perfect in her manor and knowledge. Overall I feel the places I went to where quite worthwhile and it was nice to have this all combined into one tour.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
A nice blend of activities. Touring the perfume factory was very informative, and the winery tour was tasty.
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
Superb ! Our guide Cecile was amazing ! Great communication skills and a good sense of humour. The tour itself was outstanding. The drive, the locales, the views all just breath taking. The wine tasting and the perfumery visit - all Great !
• Submitted 22 May 2016
Great day...Rainer, our driver/guide was informative about the sights we went to, but we also enjoyed him explaining different aspects of life in France. A great way to see some different spots outside Nice.
• Submitted 26 Apr 2016
Yann was an exceptional tour guide. He was informative and eager to show us as much as he could on the tour. We truly appreciated his friendliness and knowledge.
• Submitted 15 Dec 2015
we really enjoyed it. we got great perfume. Our tour guide was very helpful and kind.
• Submitted 24 Nov 2015
Great tour and I highly recommend it !!!
• Submitted 08 Oct 2015
One of my favorite tours. The views and small towns were just amazing.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2015
Our guide Lucy was great
• Submitted 23 Sep 2015
Everything from start to finish was excellent. The pickup, the route, the guide and our fellow travellers. Would recommend this tour to everyone.
• Submitted 22 Sep 2015
This was an excellent tour--the guide was knowledgeable, informing and personable. We were picked up at our hotel at the appointed time and the van was most comfortable. We had sufficient time at each stop for exploring and were not hurried, yet the tour continued at an acceptable pace. See previous reviews as to refund remarks.
• Submitted 06 Jul 2015

In Brief

Location:
Nice, France
Country:
France
Duration:
8 hours
Operates:
Daily except Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Highlights:
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Get inside tips from a local
Small-group tour by minibus

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