Divine Feminine Nice & Monaco Adventure 5-Days
February 19 – 23, 2024
$3000.00 per person – This is Full Payment
Full Payment is refundable if you cancel within 3 months of embarking
Day 1 – Feb 19
We’ll check into our 4-star hotel with spa located on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on the French Riviera. We have the day free until the evening when our Divine group will meet and greet and have our celebration dinner in our hotel on the seafront terrace with our Divine Tour Director .
Nice is a vacation hot-spot located along the French Riviera with spectacular Mediterranean beaches and mild climate. With old-world opulence, year-round sunshine, and a stunning seaside location, Nice is the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Azur, and a must-see for every visitor. The city has been a retreat for “Grobal Trotters” since the 19th century and today offers fabulous markets, glorious architecture, and excellent dining options.
The Promenade des Anglais
In 1931 following its refurbishment the city’s main seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais (“Walkway of the English”) was inaugurated by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught.
Enjoy the pebbly shores and beaches on the Bay of Angels. Soak in the Mediterranean views. Or walk along the Promenade des Anglais, where our hotel is located. This boulevard fronting the bay is lined with grand cafes and hotels. Nice offers a large concentration of restaurants to choose from. The city is known for dishes made with olives and seafood, like salade niçoise.
Cannes, Eze and Monaco
After breakfast, we’ll travel to Cannes, Eze and Monaco (4 hours). The first stop is Cannes and then Eze, a medieval village with crafts shops and breathtaking views from its perched setting. We’ll take a tour of the perfumery Fragonard, for a real taste of Provence.
Parfumerie Fragonard, Èze
Our tour includes a visit to the cosmetics laboratory where the brand’s creams and other skin care products are made.
The stills used for steam distillation are displayed in this room. This is a very old process for extracting essential oils. In use since antiquity, this technique was perfected by the Arab world as early as the 8th century and remains a major technique in traditional perfume making to this day.
Hot enfleurage or maceration consists in infusing the flowers in previously heated fats. This technique, known since ancient times, has been enhanced over the centuries. Enfleurage has today been replaced by modern techniques such as volatile solvent extraction or supercritical carbon dioxide extraction.
Next stop is Monaco and Monte Carlo
Monaco is the second-smallest country by area in the world; only Vatican City is smaller. Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world. The state consists of only one municipality (commune), the Municipality of Monaco. There is no geographical distinction between the State and City of Monaco, although responsibilities of the government (state-level) and of the municipality (city-level) are different. Monaco’s beaches attract many
foreigners each year.
We’ll have freetime to visit the Monaco Palace and Palace Square and watch the Changing of the Guards at the Prince’s Palace.
Admire architectural wonders, such as, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, but sometimes called Saint Nicholas Cathedral, or Monaco Cathedral, which is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Monaco in Monaco-Ville, Monaco, where many of the Grimaldis are buried, including Grace Kelly and Rainier III. Wikipedia
Pose for photos by the landmark Rock of Monaco.
Sainte-Dévote Chapel is a Roman Catholic chapel dedicated to Saint Devota, the patron saint of Monaco, which lies in the Monégasque ward of Ravin de Sainte-Dévote.
Finally, we’ll pay a visit to the world-famous Monte Carlo casino, built in 1878 by architect Charles Garnier. We’ll have free time to browse the luxurious shops of Monte-Carlo or stroll through beautiful gardens, or simply watch the rich and beautiful with their megayachts in their favorite haunt, Monte Carlo’s Casino.
Monte Carlo Casino
We’ll drive around the legendary Grand Prix track, where the annual Formula One Monaco Grand Prix is held. And we’ll return to our Nice hotel for dinner together.
Day 3 – Feb 21
Saleya Course – Market
After breakfast, we’ll stroll the Cours Saleya, the Cours Saleya is where fishmongers and grocers sell fresh products and tourists love to visit with it’s famous traditional Provençal flower market, Marché aux Fleurs, with outdoor stalls featuring colorful striped awnings. A great spot for meals (open every day except Mondays). The square is mostly restaurants and entertainment.
Palais de la Préfecture
The Cours Saleya also opens on the Palais des Rois Sardes (Palace of the Kings of Sardinia) also known as the Palais de la Préfecture on Rue Alexandre Mari. It is a splendid Neoclassical building. Since 1982’s decentralization, the palace has been the residence of the Préfet and the president of the Conseil Général has had a function residence in the right wing.The Sardinian Palace was listed historic monument in 1994. Its main stairwell, façade and roof were listed in 1996. In Nice about 70 monuments are considered historic such as the Communal Palace and the Palais Lascaris.
We’ll stroll the Cobblestone Street of Vieille Ville, Nice’s Old Town, a lively ambience reminiscent of Italy.
It is easy to understand why Impressionist painters were drawn to Nice. With its sunny weather and stunning seaside scenery, this picturesque city resembles a pastel painting. The city has a distinctive Italian character that’s especially visible in the Old Town.
Along our way we’ll visit some churches and learn about their historical importance.
Through the picturesque maze of narrow lanes we’ll arrive in the heart of Old Nice and visit the beautiful Cathédral Sainte-Réparate, a 17th-century Baroque church. The Cathédrale Sainte-Reparate has an exquisitely decorative interior, featuring Corinthian columns with gilded detailing and many little cherub figurines in friezes surrounding grand pieces of artwork. The Palais du Justice and an awe-inspiring bell tower was added in 1731-57 and the church was finally completed and declared a minor basilica in 1949.
Dedicated to the Assumption of the Divine Mother and Sainte Reparata. The ornate interior includes ten chapels and three organs.
Feast of Sainte-Reparate
Each year, the people of Nice and the faithful pay homage to Sainte-Reparata during a procession in Old Nice which ends at the Cathedral.
Reparata is the name of a young Palestinian girl who was martyred for her Christian faith in the 3rd C. Saint Reparate was 15 when she was beheaded and his body set adrift in a small vessel. Her legend states that immediately upon dying a dove appeared to symbolize the departure of her spirit therefrom to Heaven. Later elaborations of her legend state that her body was laid in a boat and blown by the breath of angels to the “Baie des Anges”, Bay of Angels of Nice. She is now buried at the cathedral and honored as the patroness of Nice.Sainte-Réparate is a young Christian, virgin and martyr, patroness of Nice and Florence.
A similar tale is associated with the legends of Restituta; Devota, patroness of Monaco and Corsica; and Torpes of Pisa.
We’ll visit the Church of Jesus, called the Eglise Saint-Jacques which was built by Jesuits who were banned from France in 1764. “The Jesuits were serially expelled from the Portuguese Empire (1759), France (1764), the Two Sicilies, Malta, Parma, the Spanish Empire (1767) and Austria, and Hungary (1782). Historians identify multiple factors causing the suppression. The Jesuits, who were not above getting involved in politics, were distrusted for their closeness to the pope and his power in independent nations’ religious and political affairs. Monarchies attempting to centralise and secularise political power viewed the Jesuits as supranational, too strongly allied to the papacy, and too autonomous from the monarchs in whose territory they operated. In France, it was a combination of many influences, from Jansenism to free-thought, to the then prevailing impatience with the Ancien Régime. With his papal brief, Dominus ac Redemptor (21 July 1773), Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society as a fait accompli. However, the order did not disappear. It continued underground operations in China, Russia, Prussia, and the United States. In Russia, Catherine the Great allowed the founding of a new novitiate.”
“In 1814, a subsequent pope, Pius VII, acted to restore the Society of Jesus to its previous provinces, and the Jesuits began to resume their work in those countries.” Wikapedia
The church is prized for its delicate frescoes and impressive sculpture collection.
We’ll see the Opera House where we’ll return tomorrow evening for an “Evening at the Opera House” to celebrate our Divine Adventures successful completion.
The rest of the day is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.
Finish the day with a sunset drink at the port while watch boats bobbing in the harbor. And return to the hotel for a good nights sleep.
Day 4 – Feb 22
Your day is at your leisure until the evening when we meet for our Grand Finale.
You might check out the Basilique Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, north of town, or check out our hotel’s SPA.
Celebration Dinner and an Evening at the Nice Opera House
We’ll meet in the evening for our Grand Finale in Nice and successful completion of our Divine Adventure with a celebration dinner in our hotel and an “Evening at the Nice Opera House“.
Day 5 – Feb 23
We’ll travel to the Airport for Transfer to another destination or go to Rome and continue on our Divine Adventure.