The Area

Think sun, sea, sand… and rosé! At Grape Escapes, our Côte d’Azur wine tours stretch from Toulon, just east of Marseille, along the Mediterranean coast to the border of Italy.

Explore the vibrant city of Nice, the French Riviera’s array of star-studded destinations such as St Tropez, Monaco and Cannes, or dive into the sleepy maritime villages tucked away en route. Wherever you’d like to go, all of our Côte d’Azur wine tours are fully flexible and we can also put together a bespoke tour that takes in the best of the Côte d’Azur as you wish to see it.

Given the breadth of the region, there is much to see and do, and combined with the region’s proximity to Provence, our travel specialists would love to inspire you with a wine tour that also takes in elements of Provence.

Sea and buildings in Nice, Cote d'Azur
French Riviera, Cote d'Azur


Enviably located on the Mediterranean seafront, Toulon is a major naval and military port, and an exquisite city to visit. Toulon’s historic centre is totally pedestrianised with quaint little squares and beautiful fountains. The Fontaine du Dauphin, the Fontaine des Trois Dauphins, the Fontaine de l’Intendance, and Fontaine-Lavoir de Saint-Vincent are definitely worth a look. A colourful market with fresh local products is held every morning except Mondays on the Cours Lafayette.

Toulon, Cote d'Azur
Toulon, Cote d'Azur

Place de la Liberté is Toulon’s main square and is a very lively and atmospheric place. Another popular area is Le Mourillon district, which used to be a fishing village and is now famous for its 16th century Fort Saint Louis.

No trip to Toulon would be complete without a visit to the amazing 11th-century cathedral and a performance at the Opéra, which is the second largest in France after the Palais Garnier in Paris.


Located on the French Riviera, Cannes is one of France’s most famous cities. Hosting the notorious Cannes Film Festival every year, the city is filled to the brim with luxurious hotels and gastronomic restaurants. Another of the city’s appealing features is its Mediterranean climate, with warm and gloriously sunny weather throughout most of the year.

Cannes, Cote d'Azur
Cannes market, Cote d'Azur

The waterfront avenue, La Croisette, is about 2km long and is famous for its jaw-droppingly expensive chic boutiques, trendy cafés and prestigious hotels that surround it. Cannes is the go-to destination for celebrity spotters!

Saint Tropez

Renowned for being one of the world’s most chic resorts, St Tropez is THE destination of the international jet set. Marvel at the luxury yachts moored in the harbour and enjoy a spot of people-watching on the bustling beaches. What’s more, St Tropez is known as the gateway to Provence, with a number of highly sought after vineyards just inland of its shores.

St Tropez, Cote d'Azur, credits Saint Tropez Tourism
St Tropez, Cote d'Azur, credits Saint Tropez Tourism


An independent city-state on the Mediterranean coastline, Monaco is known as the summer playground of the rich and famous. The whole city oozes opulence and decadence, with upmarket casinos, extravagant hotels and designer boutiques. Superyachts flock to the harbour in their thousands every summer, and the lights of the city’s uber-trendy bars and nightclubs light the skies until the early hours of the morning. Monaco is of course home to the famous Grand Prix motor race, which attracts enthusiasts from across the globe every May.


Nice, which is endearingly referred to as « la belle » by the French is a stunning, dynamic city, located in the South East of France, just a few kilometres from Monaco. In the 18th Century, the city was frequented by the English aristocracy, who arrived in droves to escape the harsh winters, and as a result, the main avenue on the seaside is called “la Promenade des Anglais” (literally, “the English Promenade”).

Nice, Cote d'Azur
Nice, Cote d'Azur

The Place Masséna is the main square and also the most beautiful in the city, and its Neoclassical features are a must see. Place Garibaldi is another square which is well worth a visit. The Place Rossetti boasts an excellent range of restaurants and ice cream shops and has a lovely fountain at its centre. The flower market on the Cours Saleya is absolutely beautiful, and we also recommend visiting the Place du Palais where you can admire the city’s clock.

The city’s pebble beaches stretch like an elegant necklace along the length of the bay, and visitors enjoy spending countless hours basking in the Riviera sunshine and sipping a perfectly chilled glass of pale Provence rosé.


Escape from the seafront a little way up into the hills, where you’ll be treated to spectacular views over the French Riviera. Eze is a beautiful medieval village oozing with charm, so much so that it resembles both a castle and a film set.

Eze, Cote d'Azur
Menton, Cote d'Azur


Renowned for its artistic links and having long been a destination that has featured in many a writer’s piece, you’ll find more cobblestone streets and pretty views in the gorgeous town of Antibes, 30 minutes southwest of Nice.


The last stop on the Côte d’Azur before Italy, expect pretty, pastel-coloured buildings, a laidback feel and plenty of delicious food – thanks to its location you’ll find influences from both French and Italian fare.

Boats on the Cote d'Azur, France

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