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Grasse: Design Your Own Fragrance at a Perfume Factory

1. Grasse: Design Your Own Fragrance at a Perfume Factory

Create your own perfume at the family-run La Maison Molinard perfume factory, founded in 1849, making it one of the oldest perfume manufacturers in France. Learn how Grasse became the world’s capital of perfume and discover how the Molinard factory continues the traditions of excellence today.  Explore how perfume is distilled from raw ingredients, and then select one of the notes from a selection of 90 different essences to make your own individual fragrance. Benefit from the assistance of a Creation Molinard expert to ensure your fantasy becomes reality. Leave with a 50ml bottle of your unique scent. 

Grasse: Perfume Workshop

2. Grasse: Perfume Workshop

Created in 1849, La Maison Molinard is a family business that over the years has passed down its enthusiasm and high standards. In Grasse, the world’s capital of perfume, five successive generations have handed down their secrets. Recognized as a tribute to its rare and ancestral know-how, the company reinvents itself every day with its passion to create. After your visit to the historical factory, create your own perfume. A contemporary and fun way to create your own perfume in a few key stages. In this workshop, discover 3 bases and 6 essences and create your own 30ml bottle of perfume.

Nice: Countryside Tour with Grasse

3. Nice: Countryside Tour with Grasse

Discover medieval castles and charming towns as you tour the countryside around Nice. Visit Grasse and learn about the history of French perfume, explore the cobblestone streets of Saint Paul de Vence, and stop at the Gorges du Loup waterfall. After pick up, you travel to the old town of Grasse, the historical center of French perfumery since the end of the 18th century. You will have the opportunity to visit Fragonard perfumery. Continue on to Gourdon, one of the most beautiful perch villages of France, and admire a panoramic view of the Riviera from the Alps over the coast. You will visit the castle, built in the 9th century, and its sumptuous garden, dissected by Lenotre. Enjoy a stop to visit the waterfall 40metres high in the Gorges du Loup. The next stop is the medieval village Tourette Sur Loup, settled on a rocky buttress, overhanging precipices. Also know as Cite des Violettes, this village became a meeting place for musicians, painters, writers, and poets in the middle of the 1920s. Today more than thirty workshops and galleries make the village a place of high standing for art and craft on the Riviera. Your last destination will be Saint Paul de Vence, an extraordinary treasure of Provence that has over time become the garden of many painters.

Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting

4. Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Head to the quaint town of Grasse, known as the world’s perfume capital, on a full-day tour that begins with a pick-up at your accommodation in Nice, Monaco, or Cannes. You’ll visit the Fragonard perfume factory, and have a chance to explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. The small-group tour continues on, traveling the scenic roads to Valbonne, a charming medieval village, where you can take a break for lunch at one of the charming cafés. Drive along the Loup River, passing stunning waterfalls, and head up to the tiny fortress of Gourdon for sweeping views across the French Riviera. Afterwards you’ll stop at the Bellet vineyards, located just outside Nice. Visit the Chateau de Cremat, built in 1906, and enjoy incredible views of the sea and taste their red, rosé, and white wines.

French Riviera & Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

5. French Riviera & Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

Join this multi-stop tour to discover the gems of the French Riviera. Follow the coastal road to Grasse, Cannes, Antibes, Gourdon, Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Saint Paul de Vence. Experience the beauty of these charming towns on the shores of the Mediterranean. Start the tour with your first stop in Grasse, the perfume capital of France. Visit the oldest perfume factory in the area, Fragonard. Continue the tour to the seaside resort of Cannes. Visit the Palais des Festivals or the Film Festival Palace in Cannes. Take a stroll along one of the most appreciated jewels of Cannes, the "Croisette" boulevard. The promenade of La Croisette is lined with magnificent sandy beaches designer stores and the new harbor. Then, continue to the chic resort town of Antibes. Soak in the coastal atmosphere, complete with an attractive seafront, historic buildings, and an interesting old town with a traditional market. Drive through Cap d'Antibes, one of the most exclusive areas on the Cote d'Azur. Move onward to Gourdon, one of the most amazing medieval villages of the Riviera. Enjoy its charming castle and unique landscape. Proceed to your next stop at Tourrettes-sur-Loup, the 'Village of Violets', with its picture-postcard scenery. Finish the tour in Saint Paul de Vence, a stunning medieval village and the cradle of writers and painters. Slip back in time with art gallery walls scattered throughout the town.

Grasse: Private Perfume Creation

6. Grasse: Private Perfume Creation

Created in 1849, this perfume company is a family business which over the years has passed down its enthusiasm and high standards. In Grasse, the world’s capital of perfume, five successive generations have handed down their secrets. Recognized as a tribute to its rare and ancestral know-how, the company reinvents itself every day with their passion to create. Design your own personal fragrance in the boutique. A Molinard creation expert will interpret your flights of fancy and help you to compose the perfect olfactory symphony. Enjoy a personalized session. 

From Nice: Flavor & Taste of Provence

7. From Nice: Flavor & Taste of Provence

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Nice, and then explore the pretty villages of the French Riviera. Make your way in air-conditioned comfort to the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, known for its modern and contemporary art museums. Learn how the village has inspired artists throughout history. Continue to Tourrettes-sur-Loup, famous for the annual Violet Festival that celebrates the region's most famous agricultural product. Get panoramic views of the Alps and coast from the highest medieval village of the French Riviera at the Eagle's Nest in Gourdon.  End with a visit to the Fragonard perfume factory in Grasse and learn the secrets of the perfume industry. Alternatively, explore the Old Town to marvel at highlights such as the 11th-century cathedral.

Taste of Provence Tour from Nice

8. Taste of Provence Tour from Nice

Start your 6-hour tour with a drive from Nice to Saint Paul de Vence, an ancient village that’s considered the jewel of Provence. You’ll have free time to get acquainted with one of the most visited villages in France, which is best known for its art. Continue to Gourdon, a commune perched on a 760-meter-high peak that overlooks the Loup Valley. Known as the Eagle's Nest, Gourdon is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Enjoy the opportunity to explore this unique place. At the end of the tour, you’ll have some time to visit Grasse, the world capital of perfume, or you can choose to stop at the perfume factory.

Le Petit Parfumeur: Perfume Creation Children in Grasse

9. Le Petit Parfumeur: Perfume Creation Children in Grasse

It’s rare to find a family business which has come down through the years with its enthusiasm and standards constantly renewed. Created in 1849, Maison Molinard is one of them. In Grasse, the world’s capital of perfume, five successive generations have handed on their emotions through the creation of perfumes. Recognized as a "Living Heritage Company", as a tribute to its rare and ancestral know-how, the company reinvents itself every day with the passion to create. Design your own personal fragrance in our boutiques! A Creation Molinard expert will interpret your flights of fancy, and help you to compose the perfect olfactory symphony in 30 minutes. This is also a fun and enriching experience for children, as they learn about smells, imagination, and composing something new! They'll also get to decorate their own perfume bottles.

Côte d'Azur France Pass

10. Côte d'Azur France Pass

Enjoy access to some of the Côte d’Azur’s best activities with one simple pass. Choose between 3-activity and 5 activity passes to best fit your travel plans. This pass provides savings of up to 30% off over the individual cost of attraction tickets. Some of the top activities included in the pass are: • Marineland in Antibes • Aquasplash in Antibes • Le Village des Fous in Villeneuve-Loubet • Oceanographic Museum in Monaco • Nice Bus Tour • Monaco Bus Tour • Lerins Island Boat Tour • Cannes Little Tourist Train

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What people are saying about Grasse

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We had an excellent trip with Phillippe in May 2022. The vintage car was beautiful, clean, and safe. Phillippe was a great guide and took us to a glass blowing factory in Biot and a medieval town in Tourettes on a 4 hour tour to and from Nice. Phillippe was prompt and responsive. Overall, we had a great trip with him and would recommend for anyone looking for a fun way to see the south of France.

Philippe, our guide, was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable about the area. Also he had a passion for the beautiful vintage car we got to drive around in. His suggestions for stops were amazing, from a perfume factory to a medieval village. We had an unforgettable time!

It was great to be able to see so many beautiful places in such a short time! In particular, Guhe-dong and Saint-Paul-Vence were so beautiful~ The guide was so kind to explain and drive! Highly recommended!

Marie is very pleasant, she explained to us the historical events about Cannes festival and places we visited

Great way to get out of the cities and I to an amazing countryside. great guide and a fun car!