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Villefranche Countryside and Wine Tasting Excursion

Villefranche (Nice), France (Excursion ID S2026)

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    8 hours 30 min
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  • Air-conditioned and licensed round-trip transportation from outside your Villefranche tender pier!
  • Walkthrough and perfume-making demonstration in Grasse!
  • Free time in Medieval Valbonne!
  • Free time in Medieval Gourdon!
  • Wine tasting at a local winery!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Villefranche and the surrounding area!

A great way to enjoy the French Provencal Countryside with perfume, medieval towns, and local traditional wine tasting.

Your driver will be waiting for you after you tender ashore in the port of Villefranche. This is a small group excursion with only 8 participants. You will depart Villefranche, driving along the motorway to reach the wonderfully fragrant town of Grasse, located on the foothills of the Alps approximately 30 minutes away. Grasse is the center of the French perfume industry due to its perfect location for growing flowers and is referred to as the capital of perfume.

You will visit the Fragonard perfume factory which has been located in the same building since 1782. You will have a 30-minute walk-through during which you will learn many of the procedures involved in producing perfume. You will also learn what a "nose" is. You will also have approximately 30 minutes to visit the perfume museum or ask the staff to recommend a fragrance that compliments you. This is a great shopping opportunity to pick up some French soap or perfume.

The medieval town of Valbonne is just 15 minutes away. It was the building of an abbey around 1200 AD that marked the first real settlement, although there have been artifacts found in this area dating back to prehistoric times. Soon after the abbey was built, a village sprung up around it. The parts of the town you see today date from the 16th century. You will have approximately 90 minutes of free time on your own to stroll its quaint streets lined with cafes and shops specializing in local handicrafts. You will have the opportunity to stop for lunch (at your own expense) or simply sit and enjoy the stunning views.

20 minutes away is the feudal hilltop village of Gourdon. Perched in the mountainside more than 2200 feet above the valley, which made it the ideal place of refuge. You will have approximately 90 minutes of free time to wander and explore the shops where you can find perfumes, soaps, honey, nougat, gingerbread, glassware, and other handmade crafts.

From Gourdon, you will follow the scenic Loup River part of the way to your final stop, the Chateau de Bellet. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn about winemaking and sample some of the wines made with traditional local grapes. The total time at the winery is approximately 60 minutes.

Leaving the winery, the transportation will drive you back to the tender pier in Villefranche, approximately 20 minutes away.

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A great way to enjoy the French Provencal Countryside with perfume, medieval towns, and local traditional wine tasting.


7 Reviews

South Beach, Fla
     5/5  (Visited on June 2019)
We had an extraordinary experience of at these locations, we visit Valbonne, Gourdon and they showed us the process of making a perfume, which I found very interesting. The guide gave an outstanding service: was very professional, helpful, friendly and we always felt his attention to detail was perfect.
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Toronto CA
     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
We arrived that day from a cruise ship. We were a family of 4 and traveled to the South of France with my twin sister. This was my first time to Europe and I was very nervous to say the least. We were extremely fortunate to have found Shore Excursioneer. The guide was perfect, he knows the ins-and-outs of all the areas for views, restaurants, shopping, and adventure. He exceeded expectations and truly become part of our family. My favorite part was our free time in Gourdon. Was a lovely day!
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Very accomodating
     5/5  (Visited on June 2019)
We were traveling with an older family member. Our guide was great, he explained it all very good. He was super friendly and most importantly, he adapted the tour to our needs, considering we had a senior person in our group. Full day excursion and was perfect, as we were worried about the excursion being that long, but it was truly a great experience.
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Springfield, Missouri
     5/5  (Visited on April 2019)
My husband and I had the opportunity to visit Villefranche Countryside with our amazing tour guide. He did a great job of showing you around all of the sights and even some hidden gems. He is incredibly funny and knowledgeable! I cannot recommend him and this excursion enough! I purchased some wine at Chateau de Bellet. LOVED THIS DAY!
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Corpus Christi, TX
Simply wonderful
     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
We have always had good experiences when we have booked here and this was no exception. Wonderful tour with a wonderful guide.
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Atlanta, GA USA
     5/5  (Visited on April 2019)
We are always traveling, and we found Shore Excursioneer when we were researching tours, so we decided to book this trip. Our transportation was great but the best part was the most beautiful scenery. Without giving away too much, we have done a few tours on our travels, and this was, without doubt, the best one we have done. Excellent value for money. Fragonard perfume factory is a must!
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Chateau de Bellet is a place like no other
     5/5  (Visited on June 2016)
The first stop during our tour was Grasse, in here we visited the perfume museum and learned about the procedure of perfume making, I purchase a lavender soap that smells heavenly!! Then we went to Valbonne where we walked this beautiful medieval town and our guide recommended a small french restaurant which served delicious food. The wine tasting took place in a castle that is just something out of this world, impressive architecture, and movie-like landscapes. We tasted red, white and rosé, all of them tasted really good. This is a whole day tour that is totally worth the time and money, thank you for the recommendation Shore Excursioneer.
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