Sun-seeking British of the 19th century left their mark all along the Riviera but perhaps nowhere more so than in the Italian town of Bordighera – famous for its perfect climate, seafront promenade, and palm trees. It was also a favorite resort of Claude Monet who stayed ten weeks here and painted thirty five landscapes in Bordighera and the neighbouring hills. Just a few miles along the coast we find two more popular British haunts – Monte Carlo and Nice.
- 7 nights half board Bordighera
- Excursion to Taggia and San Remo
- Excursion to Monte Carlo
- Excursion to Dolceacqua
- Walking tour of Bordighera
- Return flights including transfers
Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.
Day One: Flight to Nice and transfer to your hotel (45 minutes) in Bordighera for seven nights half board accommodation.
Bordighera is a pleasant, typically Ligurian seaside town with a superb pedestrianised promenade. Walking through the town you become aware of its British connection with signs to the Museo Biblioteca Bicknell or to the Giardini Lowe. These are echoes of a past when British visitors outnumbered the locals by 3 to 2 and had their own Anglican church, tennis club, theatre, weekly newspaper, banks and shops. As well as for its idyllic scenery and climate, Bordighera is noted for the palm trees along the Lungomare (Promenade) from which the Vatican selects its palms for Palm Sunday.
Days Two to Seven: On Day 2 there is a late morning walking tour pointing out the highlights of the town. Free in resort with three included excursions.
The first included excursion will be to Taggia, another example of a Ligurian old town, and San Remo, the ‘Pearl of the Riviera of Flowers’, with its old centre, impressive villas and pleasant market area.
The second included excursion will be to Monte Carlo. No holiday to the Riviera would be complete without a visit to the Principality of Monaco. This little country is divided into four areas, only one of which is truly ‘Monte Carlo’, with its plush hotels and fin-de-siecle Casino (try and break the bank if you wish, but we don’t recommend it!). Along the harbourside, where the Grand Prix cars race each May, are yachts of incredible opulence; and on the rock above is the Palace where Grace Kelly lived with Prince Rainier and where they still ‘change the guard’ daily. There is also the Jardin Exotique (entrance not included) where the 2400 hours of yearly sunshine allow exotic plants and cacti to flourish, and also a fine Oceanographic Museum.
The third included excursion is to the Nervia Valley. You drive through Camporosso, a pretty village, and stop in medieval Dolceaqua, dominated by the Dorias’ Castle. The bridge, over the Nervia river, was painted by Monet in 1884. You will visit the ‘Visionarium’ – it will surprise you, we promise! You continue up the valley to Pigna, a pretty mountain village.
Also available will be an optional excursion to the Villa Rothschild, with its superb gardens, and Nice, with its famous ‘Promenade des Anglais’. You travel along the spectacular lower corniche passing Beaulieu to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild located on Cap-Ferrat. The Italianate, pink-coloured property is luxuriously furnished, has splendid sea views and is encircled by no less than nine splendid gardens, each following a different theme. After your visit, you continue to Nice for lunch and free time, returning to the hotel via the even more spectacular middle corniche in the late afternoon.
Other days: Free to enjoy the delights of Bordighera as others have done in the past. Your hotel is handily situated for the station, with services to Ventimiglia, and to San Remo and beyond. On Thursday there is a market on the seafront near the hotel. There are also local bus services.
Day Eight: Free time until you depart for the airport. Dependent on traffic conditions and flight timings, there may be time for some last- minute shopping in Nice en route.
Please note: there is a new local tourist tax of 2 euros per person per night, chargeable for the first 6 nights. It is not included in the price of your holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.
A Walking Holiday in this area is also available. Details elsewhere on our website and in our Walking Holidays brochure.
Hotel Parigi 4*, Bordighera
This comfortable hotel is family-run and stands right on the seafront promenade, just a short stroll from the town centre. Rooms have flatscreen tv with satellite channels, air-conditioning, private bath or shower, wc and hairdryer. Although the railway line passes 20 metres behind the hotel, there are very few trains overnight and in any case rooms are double glazed. The holiday price is based on mountain view. Side and full sea view rooms are available at a supplement. (www.hotelparigi.com). Free one hour session in the hotel wellness centre.
Subject to availability. Single supplements may apply
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