Bodacious, beguiling and bewitchingly beautiful, few of the world’s most iconic destinations can match the timeless allure of the South of France. The Riviera is rightly famed for its unforgettable food, wine, art, sea, sun, scenery, style and unrivalled glamour. And the best way to enjoy all of its most memorable delights is to take the ultimate road trip - from Monaco to Marseille.
Go Go Monaco
Miniscule Monaco - measuring just 200 hectares - is a tiny fairy tale of a country. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in sophistication and attitude. A magnet for high-rolling hedonists, it's also home to the annual Grand Prix. You’ll find modern Monaco is dominated by gleaming high-rises, towering over the super yachts below, while the southerly Le Rocher outcrop is crowned by the charming old town and palace. The 13th century Palais Princier de Monaco is home to the mega-glam Grimaldi royal family, who made headlines in 1956 when Prince Rainier III married Hollywood legend, Grace Kelly. Get a glimpse of their luxurious lifestyle on a tour of the glittering state apartments. Then stroll back down to the Porte Neuve, admiring the view. Or strike a starry pose outside the Monte Carlo Casino - featured in James Bond’s epic GoldenEye. Hit the road heading west: a fabulous 25km coastal drive will take you to the heart of Nice…
Why Nice is so nice
With its urban edge, old-world opulence, year-round sunshine, legendary food, buzzing annual Jazz Festival in July and stunning waterside Promenade des Anglais, few cities in the world can compare with Nice. And no hotel enjoys a better location than the stylish Radisson Blu Nice - making it the ideal place to unwind. While in Nice, take advantage of the Mountains behind and particularly the Mont Boron to enjoy a stunning view over the city. Soak up the sun, sea and sophistication - then motor 43 km through the mountains to lovely Grasse - perfume capital of the world, and visit the beautiful old Fragonard or Galimard Perfumeries.
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Yes you Cannes!
A scenic 20km drive takes you on to join Cannes, home to the famous International film festival. People watching and celeb spotting are “de rigueur” in the designer bars and luxury shops of La Croisette. Explore the harbour and old quarter. Then chill out, taking a boat to the lovely Lerins Islands for a leisurely swim or a snorkel. The best place to savour all the feel and flavour of the Cote d’Azur is at the the iconic Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso Cannes - with its famous rooftop bar and pool - overlooking the marina. Moving on, plan a stop in the charming village of Jouques during your 59km drive to Marseille. Soak up the fabulously heady fragrance at Moulin Saint Vincent, the area’s last working lavender and essential oil distillery - which offers fascinating free tours during August.
Moody & Magnificent Marseille
Urban edge and stylish elegance coexist in newly regenerated Marseille. This former poor city of the Provençal coast seems reborn since its 2013 stint as the European Capital of Culture and the launch of the city’s brilliant MuCEM, a unique museum dedicated to the Mediterranean. Explore the vibrant Vieux Port, the ancient Panier quarter - with its cool boutiques and the Joliette area around the cathedral. Or properly stretch your legs in the beautiful Calanques National Park - before returning to your base at the Radisson Blu hotel, right in the heart of the old port.
Psst! Did you know we also have a Radisson Blu hotel in Corsica? Sit back with a chilled glass of rose as you plan your next adventure - dream about catching the ferry from Marseilles to Corsica to discover the amazing Ajaccio with its pastel-colored cafesand trendy waterfront.