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Christmas on the Côte d’Azur

Nice 5 nights Price from £3,598 per person

The Côte d’Azur has attracted artists since the 19th century, and the unique microclimate and glowing light which brought Monet, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso to the Riviera makes this the perfect destination for an elegant Christmas escape. We stay at the iconic Hotel Negresco (5*), which epitomises the glamour and elegance of Old Nice. Our itinerary will include not only the most important museums and galleries in Nice, Antibes and St Paul-de-Vence, but also exquisite French cuisine, including a dinner on Christmas Eve in the hotel’s Royal Salon, Christmas lunch at the wonderful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Boxing Day lunch at La Colombe d’Or, where paintings by Matisse, Picasso, Braque and Chagall adorn the walls.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flight to Nice
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners and two lunches
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer


  • Day 1 - Fly to Nice

    We fly from London to Nice and transfer to the 5* Hotel Negresco in the centre of Nice. 
  • Day 2 - Musée Matisse & Marc Chagall Museum

    We begin our tour with a visit to the Musée Matisse where the talents of this artist can be enjoyed to the full. Set in a villa surrounded by gardens, the museum displays his paintings alongside sculptures and ceramics. This afternoon we visit the Marc Chagall Museum, designed to hold the 17 canvases of The Biblical Message which depict scenes from Genesis, Exodus and The Song of Solomon. Today it holds many other works by the artist, primarily those inspired by religion.
  • Day 3 - Château Grimaldi & Musée Bonnard

    We visit the Château Grimaldi in Antibes on Christmas Eve, where we will see paintings donated to the town by Picasso, who lived and worked here in 1946. Afterwards we go to Le Cannet, where the Impressionist master Pierre Bonnard lived for many years. The town was the driving force in establishing a museum dedicated to the artist’s work, and in 2011 the Musée Bonnard opened in the Hôtel Saint-Vianney. Its collection is constantly being expanded and in February 2014 the artist’s ‘L’Amandier’ was added. Dinner tonight is a classic French Reveillon menu in the Negresco’s Royal Salon.
  • Day 4 - Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

    On Christmas Day, we drive to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, as famous for its art collection as for its gardens, which harmoniously combine formal and contemporary styles. The villa was built between 1905 and 1912 for the Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild in the most beautiful spot on the Cap-Ferrat peninsula. The garden surrounds the villa, each of the nine garden rooms with its own distinctive and contrasting theme. We will have lunch in the restaurant overlooking the gardens at Villa Ephrussi.
  • Day 5 - Maeght Foundation & Vence

    We drive to St-Paul-de-Vence today to visit the Maeght Foundation, designed by Josep Lluís Sert, surrounded by sculpture gardens and with a stunning collection of works by Picasso, Miró, Hepworth and many others. We will have lunch at the famous Colombe d’Or restaurant, where the works of many artists adorn the walls. In the afternoon we go to Vence to see the evocative Chapel of the Rosary, an ambitious project which took Matisse more than four years to complete.
  • Day 6 - Return flight

    After a free morning, we drive to Nice airport for the flight to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart London Heathrow 11.50, arrive Nice 15.00
Depart Nice 14.00, arrive London Heathrow 15.10

Flights from regional airports available on request

Departure Dates and Prices

Deluxe Sea View rooms available for a supplement of £360 per room, per night.

22 Dec 2023

Status Closed

Price from£3598

Single Supp.£680

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Nice, France, Europe

The Negresco is universally recognised as one of France’s most famous hotels and was built in 1913 by Henri Negresco.

Declan Hamilton

Declan Hamilton

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