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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.  Please arrive on time for your session, any delay of more than 10 minutes can result in the cancellation.

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.

From Nice: Provence and its Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

4. From Nice: Provence and its Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

Start at Grasse, a city of perfumes since the 17th century, today the world capital of perfumery. It is also called the "capital of flowers and perfumes". It is a typical city of Provence. You are offered a visit of the old town or Fragonard perfumery. Then continue onto Gourdon, where you will be able to stroll around the beautiful medieval village and admire a breathtaking landscape from the top of this fortified little town. On the way, admire the very picturesque waterfalls of the Saut du Loup with emerald colored pools. Then, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, a charming medieval village that is called the "City of Violets.” On its streets, you will find the workshops of ceramists, painters, sculptors, leather craftsmen, and weavers. To complete the tour, visit one of the best-preserved fortified villages in the South of France, namely St. Paul de Vence. There, walking through the narrow winding streets, vaulted alleyways, and arcades, you will be transported back into the Middles Ages.

Nice: Medieval Villages Full-Day Guided Trip

5. Nice: Medieval Villages Full-Day Guided Trip

Visit the charming medieval villages of Provence on this day trip from Nice. Learn all about their history from your guide as you immerse yourself in the authentic French atmosphere. Travel for 8 hours in time, be curious and chat with a university-trained guide, 8 hours of knowledge, medieval history, landscapes, and art. It's a ride you'll remember for life! Begin your Provence adventure by visiting Grasse, listed by UNESCO as part of its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for its perfume industry. Stroll through its evocative old streets filled with workshops of the tannery industry dating from the middle ages. Treat yourself to a visit to the historic Fragonard factory to discover the process of changing flowers into perfume. Next, head for this small village of Gourdon. Explore a picturesque settlement perched 758 meters high between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. Admire its medieval fortress and its 8th-century Sarazin castle. Continue getting under the skin of French village life with a trip to your next destination of Tourrettes sur Loup. Explore the evocative streets and admire the ramparts set up to protect the locals from invasion. Stroll around the 12th-century Saint-Grégoire churches and admire and photograph the village's emblem violet flower. Follow in the footsteps of artists at your last stop of Saint Paul de Vence,. Admire the idyllic setting on a outcrop nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Pause at La Colombe d'or Inn and admire artistic masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse, and Miró. Wander through its narrow streets and linger in some of its many art galleries.

From Nice: Provence Countryside Day Trip

6. From Nice: Provence Countryside Day Trip

Enjoy a day trip in Provence, where you'll be guided around some of the area's most famous countryside attractions. Arrive in the morning in Cannes and walk the famous Croisette Boulevard, by the Film Festival Palace, stopping at designer shops and smart sandy beaches. Then you'll drive through the charming Countryside of Provence to Grasse, world capital of the perfume industry, for a guided tour of a perfumery or you can spend free time visiting the old town. View the Alps, valleys and spectacular coastline from the amazing perched medieval village of Gourdon. After lunch, you can wind down with the charming Loup Gorges. Finish-up in St Paul de Vence, the 2nd most visited village in France, home of impressionist painters, with ancient cobblestone lanes, ramparts and art galleries.

Nice: Provencal Food Walking Tour with Tastings

7. Nice: Provencal Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Get your taste buds ready for phenomenal food as you take a tour of one of the world's best culinary cities. Discover the secrets of the city's eating culture as you stroll through its picturesque downtown. Meet your guide just before lunch and get ready to sample all the tastes Nice has to offer. Be introduced to local specialties like the best pan bagnat in town and the city's famous socca. Delight in the flavour of niçois farçis and savor the famous pissaladière. Top it all of with sweet chard pie, homemade ice creams, and other treats like artisan macaroons with local flavors.

Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting

8. 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.

Private Half-Day Tour of the French Riviera in a Vintage Car

9. Private Half-Day Tour of the French Riviera in a Vintage Car

Spend half a day in the French Riviera on a tour completely based on your wishes on board the mythic French car: the Citroën Traction Avant. This car was the world's first front-wheel-drive steel monocoque production car and successfully pioneered front-wheel-drive on the European mass car market. It was built from 1934 to 1957. Among the numerous sites on the Riviera, select the ones you most desire to visit. You can stop in the famous cities and villages, or travel quietly along the magnificent Estérel coast road from Cannes to Fréjus. As this is a private tour for your single group, you are free to manage the time you want to spend at each site. If you love a particular site and decide to stay a bit more than initially planned instead visiting another one, no problem. Additionally, if you are not quite certain what you want to see, allow your local driver to help you decide what best fits the interests of your group. Some examples of tours (you can see on the picture-map): · Cannes (La Croisette) – Mougins (Old Village with artists) – Grasse (perfume factory) – Gourdon (Medieval village) · Cannes (La Croisette) – Estérel cost road until Fréjus (Harbor) · Grasse (center of old city and perfume factory) - Gourdon (Medieval village) – Gorges du Loup road – Tourrettes sur Loup (sweet factory) To communicate your desired itinerary, please provide a detailed description at the time of booking by leaving a note in the comments field during the checkout process. If you would like something more customized, don't hesitate to ask. You will receive a reply very quickly that will let you know if this is possible for the provided duration of time, or if you should extend your booking. You can also simply ask for a proposed optimized itinerary in the area you want to visit.

Grasse: Private Perfume Creation

10. 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. Please arrive on time for your session, any delay of more than 10 minutes can result in the cancellation.

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Our day with Laurent as tour guide was fantastic. We were so impressed with his gracious hosting of the day. He truly made the day extra special. And to see the beautiful villages and countryside was amazing. Seeing these villages as a tour was so much easier than going by bus or train. Each village was so unique and Laurent would give us the history and local lore. Thanks for a fascinating day!

our guide, Nabi, was a font of historical information. friendly and professional. he had been doing tours for 20 years. you will very much enjoy your experience on a tour with him . i highly recommend the medieval village tour. i am sure it will be a highlight of our trip

Nabil was very kind and attentive to all of us. He knew so much history and was very informative about a lot. It was so nice to be able to explore and see lots of the Medieval villages. Definitely a great experience. Thank you!!

Despite the bad weather, it was an amazing day. My guide, Nabil, was very knowledgeable about the history of the region, and happily shared with us his knowledge! He was also a very careful driver which made for a perfect day.

My wife & daughter had a great experience creating their own personal fragrances. Tour guide was a scent ninja & helped them make fragrances they were happy to wear.