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Cannes by Eurostar French Riviera Break

.. including excursions to Monaco & Mougins

Fri 6 Apr 2018 - Mon 9 Apr 2018
Montaigne Hotel & Spa, Cannes, France # N1C 4QP
around 6.30am (TBC) London St Pancras
£479 Member sharing (Female), £619 Member single room (Deposit £150)
Return travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris & TGV Paris to Cannes; 3 nights accommodation in a well located 4 star hotel; Day trip to Monaco and half day trip to Mougins. Transfers by Metro between Paris Stations.
Travel Insurance (if you don't have your own, Spice UK can offer this - visit, meals unless specified. Single room option (otherwise we will link twin shares). You have to be a member of Spice to go on an overseas trip. We han arrange temporary membership for "guests"
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Update 05/02/18 – We have just one place in a sharing twin room (must be female)


Precis: We’re taking advantage of the Eurostar and high speed French TGV rail services to cross Europe to the cosmopolitan splendour of The French Riviera without having to board a plane! It’s one of Europe’s great train journeys. A very civilized and enjoyable way to travel and a wonderful way to see France from top to tail in just a few hours! We are staying in the glamourous resort of Cannes, where we can promenade amongst the rich, famous and stylish and enjoy the spectacular seafront. We have also included a day trip to Monaco/ Monte Carlo, favoured retreat of the super-rich and a half day excursion to the idyllic hill top town of Margins.


Cannes: As you walk among the couture shops and palaces of La Croisette*, the wealth and glamour of it all cannot fail to impress: admiring Ferraris and Porsches cruising by and celebrity spotting on the glitzy sunlounger-striped beaches and liner-sized yachts moored at the port are hot Cannes pastimes. Whether Cannes' soul has managed to survive its celebrity-playground status is another question, but, there’s still enough natural beauty to make a trip worthwhile: the harbour, the bay, the clutch of islands off the coast and the old quarter, Le Suquet, all spring into life on a sunny day.

*The Promenade de la Croisette is a 2km road along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The Croisette is known for the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the Cannes Film Festival is held and for its luxury shopping (Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Longchamps, Burma, Chanel, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston), and restaurants, and finest hotels. It is a popular place to walk in the evening air.


Monaco/ Monte Carlo: Squeezed into just 200 hectares, the Principality of Monaco might be the world’s second-smallest country (the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. We will be concentrating on the Monte Carlo area, a magnet for high-rollers and hedonists since the early 20th century, it's also one of the world's most notorious tax havens (residents pay no income tax). It's also famous for its annual Formula 1 Grand Prix, it’s casino and Royal Palace. It’s a place to people-watch, car-watch, yacht-watch, helicopter-watch and enjoy the glamour of a place that is utterly unique!


Mougins: This hilltop village looks almost too perfect to be real. Picasso discovered the medieval village in 1935 and lived here from 1961 for the last 12 years of his life. Mougins has been frequented and inhabited by many other artists and celebrities, including Jean Cocteau, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Arman, Yves Klein, César Baldaccini, Paul Éluard, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Winston Churchill, Catherine Deneuve, Édith Piaf and Jacques Brel, to name but a few. Picasso's studio was in the old village in a building that is now the tourist office. In recent years, Mougins has become something of an elite location, with prestigious hotel-restaurants, the country’s most sought-after international school and Sophia Antipolis (France’s Silicon Valley) nearby.


Our Hotel: Around 7 minutes walk from the beach, Hotel Montaigne & Spa is located in the centre of Cannes, just a 5 minute walk from La Croisette. Guests have free access to the Spa, which offers Turkish bath, indoor swimming pool, hot tub and beauty treatments. The contemporary guest rooms include air conditioning, a flat-screen HD TV and Wi-Fi.

There’s a lovely decked terrace where we can meet in the evening to enjoy an aperitif.


Eating & Drinking: A buffet breakfast is included to start the day, but other meals are not. We can find café’s/ bars for lunches as we explore and there is no shortage of places to eat out in the evening. It is usual for us to split into smaller groups for eating out in the evening and then to meet up in the many bars.


Exploring Together: It is very much up to you how you wish to spend the time between our excursions. However, the coordinator will always ensure there is a “group option” for those who wish to stay together. You can opt in and out of this as you wish, but there should never be any need to be alone unless you wish to be. The coordinator is not a “tour guide” but will have some ideas of places to see and possible places to dine to suit all budgets.


Train Schedule:  

● Friday 6th April 2018
Eurostar; 09:22 St Pancras - 12:47 Paris Gar Du Nord
(Metro 20-30min between stations - cost included)
TVG; 14:19 Paris Gar De Lyon - 19:27 Cannes

● Monday 9th April 2018
TVG; 11:30 Cannes - 16:41 Paris Gar De Lyon
(Metro 20-30min between stations - cost included)
Eurostar; 19:07 Paris Gar Du Nord - 20:39 St Pancras

Please note that train schedules can change. We will reconfirm nearer the time.


Transfers in France:  We will use the Paris Metro between the two Paris stations and have included these tickets in the price. Once we arrive in Cannes, our hotel is only a short walk (best bring compact wheeled baggage). We do not include any transfers in the UK where it will be your responsibility to get to and from London, St Pancras Station.


Balance: Is due 12 weeks before departure. Deposit is non refundable upon cancellation. After balance due date, cancellations operate on a sliding scale, following the terms and conditions of Success Tours.


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