French Riviera

FRENCH RIVIERA – The Glamorous!

Côte d’Azur is irresistible to many titles: home, business, climate, quality of life…
The French Riviera is a land of emergency with a history and heritage that have matched the richness of its landscapes. It works in a unique natural environment, between the Mediterranean and the Alpine peaks, in a climate blessed by the gods and 300 days of sunshine a year. The illustrious past of the French Riviera has offered its strong Mediterranean identity. Its architecture, its streets glittering, his accent, his sun-drenched kitchen … give the French Riviera this culture typical of the south.

French Riviera in a few word:

Nice
Nice is a town of flowers, old districts and sunlit walk, of big palaces and business centers. It remains one of the main landmarks of the “Côte d’Azur”, not only for its luxury and charm but also for its culture and history. Undulating landscapes, where olive trees and fruit trees still grow amidst the luxurious villas, form the countryside surrounding Nice. It is also a Carnival Town, known as one of the most famous in the world and compared with Rio, Trinidad and Venice.

Cannes
The splendid surroundings, the mosaic of authentic districts, the luxurious setting and the exceptional quality of service all contribute to making Cannes the ideal destination for those who have an Epicurean vision of life. With its exceptional sunshine, luxury hotels, authentic wonders, excellent restaurants, colorful casinos, historic centre, sandy beaches and magnificent Bay, and its worldwide famous International Film Festival, Cannes has all the assets to make it the envy of all the world’s seaside and tourist resorts.

Monte Carlo
Monaco is synonymous with luxury. Gathering place for the elite international port where yachts moor scenery, Monaco is nestled between Italy and France, on the Côte d’Azur. The Riviera offers over 300 days of sunshine per year. Although the fabulous climate is a primary attraction, the Principality of Monaco is perfectly fitted for holding prodigious events.

 

FRENCH RIVIERA – EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES:

Nice’s colours city tour : Nice
Visit of the Confiserie Florian du Vieux Nice.Old chocolate factory because of the origin of the precious cocoa beans from Africa, Florian continues the tradition of chocolate..The shop offers a tour of 3 workshops: the workshop of the chocolate, icing and candied clementines candy acid. Sampling included. Lunch in restaurant in Nice and taste in a unique representative of the old town past.
After lunch, departure to Le Domaine de Katia (carnation flowers). Producer of carnations for 3 generations, Katia presents its family where the culture of the carnation is a traditional Nice to know since the fifties: Vero, Lecchio, Mauro … white, yellow, red, pink, yellow streaked purple … a real delight on the history and culture of carnation.Tasting of regional products.

TASTING & WORKSHOPS IN GRASSE.

Flavours and tradition of Grasse.

Kir with your choice of flowers (mimosa, rose, violet or lavender).

Talk: The Mediterranean garden – historical and culinary anecdotes about the Rosa centifolia, herbs such as savory, rosemary, melissa, wild thyme and sage – and local tales of absinthe!

Talk: The olive tree and its produce – olives, oils, olive pastes, tapenades plus free tasting of various olive oils. Flowers in gastronomy – handling and tasting crystallized flowers, flower syrups and flower jams, plus aperitif tasting (white wine and flower syrup). Visit to the shop with a score of different honeys, aperitifs and Provençal liquors, AOC (appellation origine controllée) wines, traditional confectioneries, jams and nougats, all produced locally in Provence.

For groups of 8 to 60 people
Duration : 45 minutes approximately

Cookery course in Grasse.

Olive tapenade or anchovy cream or pistou, iIncludes a recipe.

Talk: The olive tree and its gastronomical products – olives, oils, olive pastes, tapenades plus free tasting of various olive oils. Practical cookery workshop in which participants learn how to make black olive tapenade by working local ingredients together using a pestle and mortar. Recipes provided at the end of the session. Talk about manufacturing processes, origins of the produce, Provençal anecdotes and culinary ideas. Tapenade tasting.

For groups of 8–40 people
Duration :Approximately 1 hour

Possibility to present this session at the hotel, holiday centre or reception rooms of your choice. Rates upon request.

Flowers in gastronomy.

Illustrated talk with tasting of specialities made with flowers of your choice (mimosa, rose, violet, poppy, lavender)

Talk: Cooking with flowers – a tradition in Grasse – illustrated by presentation of 3 flower syrups, 3 flower jams and 2 crystallized flowers.

Tasting of syrups with mineral water or in kir with champagne.

Tasting of jams on toasts.

Tasting of the flowers crystallized in sugar, just to crunch or with champagne.

Comments on the use of this produce in cookery.

Approximately 1 hour

For groups of 8–40 people

THE TOTAL AROMATIC EXPERIENCE IN GRASSE.


Discover the virtues and well-being of essential oils and aromatherapy while learning where they come from and how aromatherapy is closely-linked to the world of perfumery. Take part in a hands-on workshop using simple recipes to blend oils according to the benefits they can bring in everyday use. A learning experience in the world of aromatherapy…

This workshop is given by a professional aromatherapist and available only upon request in advance. Each group is welcomed with a guided tour of our factory led by guides fluent in major foreign languages. A complimentary aromatherapy kit containing eight essential

oils and simple home recipes are offered to each participant.

Groups from 10 pax to 42 pax

Duration :: 2 hours and a half (factory tour incl.)

FRENCH RIVIERA – TEAM BUILDING:


The Provençal challenge – Grasse.

Blind tasting of salt or sweet flavours (choice of 1 to 5 workshop challenges)

Optional extra 1: baskets of fine foods to give out as prizes.

Formation of teams and presentation of challenge.

The workshop challenge.

Results and prize ceremony.

Workshop 1: Blind tasting salt flavours

• Black olive tapenade

• Green olive tapenade

• Artichoke caviar

• Dried tomato caviar

Anchovy cream

Workshop 2: Blind of sweet flavours

• Syrup of rose

• Syrup of violet

• Syrup of lavender

• Syrup of mimosa

Syrup of jasmine

Workshop 3: Recognising the aromatic plants in the garden (thyme, savory, oregano, wild thyme, rosemary, melissa, sage…)

Workshop 4: Cookery : Olive tapenade

Cooking challenge – Sophia Antipolis.

Create and execute your own recipe with a pantry of ingredients at your disposal.

Organization:

You divide up into teams. With a time limit of 1h30, you create and make a dish to be presented before a professional jury. Each team has at its disposal a pantry of the same ingredients and cooking equipment. You can play 2 trump cards « Special tricks from the Chef ». Then, enjoy your own meal.

Time: from 1h00 to 1h30 preparation

Location: meeting room, restaurant, special ven

Nb of participants: up to 150 pax

Duration: : from 1h030 to 1h30 preparation

Location: meeting room, restaurant, special venues.

Formula 1 driving experience – Le Luc en Provence.

Not far from St Tropez, the 2.2 kilometre Var circuit, a former test and development track for the AGS team engaged in the F1 World Championship, guarantees of the pleasure of driving a Formula 1 car: long bends, two straights, heavy braking . All in a perfectly safe environment thanks to video surveillance, the presence of a doctor, a fire crew and a safety team with an intervention vehicle. Equipped with an outstanding fleet (from Formula 3 for learning on, to the modern Formula 1 with the fabulously powerful V10 engine), you are entering one of the most prestigious driving schools in the world. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, a private individual or a company, whether you are achieving your own dream or helping a loved one fulfil theirs, you will find the programme most appropriate for your requirements.

Also available meeting room up to 100 pax for seminars or reception.

Road show on board a vintage cabriolet.

It is a day of discovery around a circuit that is selected from among those presented: Les Corniches, l’Estérel, the Nice valleys, the old villages.
- For each circuit we offer a detailed road-book of the trail and the proposed activities, so you can build your day according to your tastes and desires …
- It is an adventure to live with two …. A driver for driving a co-pilot to guide and follow the signs for the road book.
- It’s still a wonderful time around a good table in a restaurant full of charm in the middle of the trail …
Some of the cars at disposal : Mercedes SL, Alfa Romeo Spider, the MG B , Coccinelles.

Duration: approx.10h00

Available from 8 to 40 pax

Including lunch, gasoline, insurance, cooler and cold drinks

Regatta Cannes.

The teams are made up of two crews who will take it in turns between sailboats and a passenger craft (a fast boat capable of accommodating up to 250 people). A commentary enables you to better understand the race of the service.

- Participants are welcomed at the port

- Briefing and boarding of the teams on the sailboats and the passenger craft

- Regatta for one team and a discovery cruise for the other team

- Change over of groups according to your timing

Announcement of the results and prizegiving possible on the passenger craft or the sailboats

Nb of pax per boat: 10 pax

Treasure Hunt at the Lerin’s islands, Cannes – « On the pirate trail »

Relaxed and light-hearted atmosphere where the adventure will be driven by active participation and good teamwork Treasures. Treasures are put in place out of sight of everyone, immersed several metres down with a position advertised in latitude and longitude. The positions of these treasures will be communicated to the crew on a “parchment” document. The crew members discover and hoist up the treasure: a wooden box containing 2 bottles of Mumm champagne – (treasure/sailing). Course planned according to the day’s weather, with a level of difficulty in accordance with the profile of the clients. Designed around a fun and historic circuit, where nature is still wild, the scenery breathtaking.

FRENCH RIVIERA – VENUES.


- Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild – Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

- Château de la Napoule – Cannes

- The Palm Beach “The Film Festival Evening” – Cannes

- “La Vignette Haute” – Auribeau-sur-Siagne

- Marineland – Antibes

- Casino – Beaulieu sur Mer

FRENCH RIVIERA – ECOLOGICAL EXPERIENCES.

Mercantour National Park – Tinée Valley.

Cool life, in a comfortable hostel, superbly located above the perched villages in the Tinée valley, 60 km from Nice.

Enjoy the timeless experience of mountain life, lost in a larch forest on the boundaries of the Mercantour National Park.

Just 75 minutes drive from Nice airport

Thirteen comfortable bedrooms (5 dbls-beds-

140X200mt + 8 twins/ 6 private bathrooms)

Traditional Alpine cooking.

In summer time : alpine walking, mountain biking,

via ferrata, high level forest adventure, canyonning.

In winter time : nordic skating, snowshoeing, etc.

Closest ski resort : Valberg 20 mn (52 ski slopes)

Mercantour National Park – Le Boréon.

Spend your holiday in a privately owned chalet at 1600m at 70 km from Nice.

We invite you to spend some time out in a truly Alpine environment, where you can enjoy complete tranquility. Just imagine a lake-side chalet, nestled in a pine forest. Plus the possibility to sleep in a genuine Mongolian yurt, surrounded by free horses – fantastic! Just 75 minutes drive from Nice airport

Three comfortable bedrooms in the chalet – sleeps 9

(1 dbl + 1 triple + 1 quad/in winter + 2 dbl rooms=13pax)

+ One yurt – sleeps 8 (not functioning in winter time)

Use of the chalet’s kitchen and large lounge

Superb wood-fired hot tub

In summertime : alpine walking, horse riding, mountain biking, via ferrata, high level forest adventure, canyonning, Alpha wolf park visit, fishing.

In winter time : all ski activities, Nordic skating, nordic bath,

Alpha wolf park visits, etc.

POSSIBILITY OF ADDING LUXURY EXTRA SERVICES FOR 9 PAX LIKE : HELICOPTER TRANSFERS, GASTRONOMIC COOK & BUTLER, ETC. (on request)