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Adults (12+)
Children (2-11)
Infants (under 2)

Nice Carnival and Menton Citrus Festival
Fruity & Floral Jubilations on the Cote D’Azur

Package Prices

4 nights escorted tour from Jersey:
from only £799 per person*

4 nights escorted tour from Guernsey:
from only £899 per person*

*This offer is based on two people sharing a standard room. Price includes return travel to Nice via Gatwick and all coach transfers, B&B accommodation, 3 dinners, 2 lunches, seated tickets at all parades and Bontour Tour Manager. Single supplement of £150 applies.

Friday 21st February – Tuesday 25th February

Fully escorted tour

Low deposit of only £100 per person when booking

Be delighted and dazzled by the colourful and unique parades of Nice Carnival and Menton Citrus Festival on the spectacular French Riviera.

Please call us on
01534 496 687
to find out more and book

About Nice Carnival & Menton Citrus Festival

Considered one of the top 3 carnival events in the world, Nice Carnival was founded in 1873 and now takes place annually in February, attracting over a million visitors each year across a two-week period. Comprising two distinct parades and a host of other entertainments, visitors delight in witnessing both the Carnival Parade of lights with its papier-mâché figures towering up to 17 metres into the sky, and the equally impressive Parade of Flowers, where costumed models throw up to 100,000 flowers into the enthusiastic crowds.

Perhaps inspired by the popularity of the festivities in Nice, in 1935 nearby Menton staged their first ‘Fete du Citron’ showcasing the citrus fruits that the area was renowned for producing. Today the festival features show-stopping sculptures and floats each adorned with oranges and lemons. It’s estimated that 150 tons of fruit is used each year.

Tour Highlights

  • Be dazzled by the famous Nice Carnival illuminated night parade
  • Witness the spectacular ‘Bataille de Fleurs’ flower parade
  • Marvel at the Menton citrus festival and parade
  • Take a guided tour of elegant Nice
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure on the Riviera
  • Flights via London Gatwick
  • 4 nights B&B in a well located 3* Hotel
  • Includes 3 dinners and 2 lunches
  • Includes seated tickets for all parades
  • Includes all coach transfers
  • Includes Bontour Tour Manager throughout
  • Terms and Conditions

  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing a room. Single supplement of £150 applies in a sole occupancy room
  • A non-refundable deposit of £100 per person is due at time of booking
  • Each tour is reliant on minimum numbers of 20 people to go ahead. If the tour cannot go ahead due to not meeting the minimum number commitment you will be notified at the latest by the 29th November and your deposit will be returned
  • Full payment is due on the 6th December 2019
  • You will need photographic identification in order to travel
  • A Bontour Tour Manager will be available throughout your holiday
  • We strongly recommend that you have a valid insurance policy before you travel. C.I. Travel Group is working in partnership with Cherry Godfrey. Please visit Cherry Godfrey to complete the online form or please call 01534 711666, ask for the 'Travel Insurance Department' and quote C. I. Travel Group to get your tailored quote
  • Baggage allowance: 1 hold luggage at 20kg per person plus 1 piece of hand luggage (Max weight 8kg, and max dimensions of 50 x 35 x 20cm)
  • Please advise us of any dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The itinerary and timings are subject to change at any time without prior notice
  • Once final balance has been paid, total tour package payment is non-refundable
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    Flight Times

    Friday 21st February 2020

    • JERSEY TO LONDON GATWICK 07.05 - 08.05
    • GUERNSEY TO LONDON GATWICK 07.00 - 07.55
    • LONDON GATWICK TO NICE 10.00 - 13.05

    Tuesday 25th February 2020

    • NICE TO LONDON GATWICK 13.50 - 14.55
    • LONDON GATWICK TO GUERNSEY 18.00 - 19.30
    • LONDON GATWICK TO JERSEY 18.25 - 19.25

    Activity Level

    The activity level for this tour is moderate. We recommend that clients are able to walk for up to an hour during guided tours.

    Full Itinerary

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    Day 1: Channel Islands to Nice

    Jersey clients will meet their Bontour Tour Manager at Jersey Airport (departure 07.05 with British Airways) and Guernsey clients will join with the whole group at Gatwick Airport (depart Guernsey 07.00 with Aurigny).

    Our British Airways flight to Nice will depart from Gatwick North Terminal at 13.50. On arrival at Nice Airport at 14.55 we will be met by private coach for our short transfer to the 3* Hotel Relais Acropolis (or similar).

    After check-in we will have time to relax after our journey and settle in to the hotel and local area before we enjoy a welcome dinner together in the hotel as a group.

    Day 2: Nice Carnival

    We’ll fuel up for a long and exciting day ahead with breakfast at our hotel, before first embarking on a guided tour of the Capital of the French Rivieria. Led by our English speaking guide, we will explore on foot, visiting instantly recognisable Place Messena with its statues and fountains, the labyrinth of colourful streets making up the old town, and famous Promenade des Anglais, where well-to-do holidaymakers have been strolling beside the sea ever since the 1700s. During our travels we will pause to treat our taste buds with a tasting at Confectionary Florian, purveyor of chocolates and sweets in Nice since 1921, and will enjoy free time to explore the flower market.

    After lunch, together as a group in a local restaurant, we will take our seats along the Promenade des Anglais for the spectacular Battle of Flowers or Bataille de Fleurs. Dating back a little longer than the Channel Islands’ own floral festival, this battle of blooms began in 1876, when Nice was the carnation growing capital of France. Bouquet-bedecked floats follow a circular route from Place Messena to the seafront whilst carnival dancers pelt each other, and the audience, with wave after wave of stems of all varieties.

    Dinner this evening will be enjoyed as a group in a nearby restaurant before we return to our seats for the spectacular Enlightment Parade. Illuminated papier-mâché floats towering up 17 metres tall are accompanied by troops of dancers and marching bands to ramp up the party atmosphere, while confetti canons fill the air with rainbow colours. We will return to our hotel late in the evening, tired but tickled pink.

    Day 3: Menton Citrus Festival

    Following breakfast at the hotel we will head out for another unforgettable day with our Bontour Tour Manager, collected by coach for transfer to the scenic hillside coastal town of Menton, around 45 minutes to 1 hour from Nice.

    We begin our day with a visit to the Biovès Gardens where we’ll have time to admire the temporary sculptures, up to 10 metres tall, and each clad in dazzling yellow and orange citrus fruits, 145 tonnes of which are used each year.

    After lunch together nearby, we will take our seats in the grandstand to witness the arresting spectacle that is the citrus corso parade. Intricately designed floats are decorated top to bottom with vibrant fruits and flowers whilst feather and sequin clad dancers bring a carnival atmosphere fit to compete with Rio de Janeiro.

    Much to the relief of the audience, the juicy decorations in this parade are not launched into the stands; rather they are collected and sold at the finale of this 3 week extravaganza.

    After this fruity fiesta we will pay a visit to the flourishing Orchid Festival at the elegant Palais d’Europe, where the most beautiful and exotic varieties from all over the world are on show for our visual delight.

    Transferred back to Nice by coach, we will once again dine in our hotel together as a group.

    Day 4: Day at leisure

    Today we have the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after our busy days enjoying the carnival. Take an unhurried breakfast at the hotel, before spending the day in Nice at your own pace. Perhaps you would like to return to some of the sights we took in during our guided tour, hit the unique shops, galleries and boutiques in the old town, or even venture further afield to one of the other stylish seaside resorts that line the Riviera coast.

    Lunch and dinner are at your leisure today.

    Day 5: Nice to Channel Islands

    Today we will wish a fond Au Revoir to the Rivieria and depart for home. A private coach will whisk us to the Airport ahead of our 13.50 departure to London Gatwick, arriving at 14.55 local time.

    Our Tour Manager will escort Guernsey clients to Aurigny check-in ahead of an 18.00 onward departure, before re-joining Jersey clients for our 18.25 departure with British Airways.

    PLEASE NOTE, this itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.

    Package Prices

    4 nights escorted tour from Jersey:
    from only £799 per person*

    4 nights escorted tour from Guernsey:
    from only £899 per person*

    *This offer is based on two people sharing a standard room. Price includes return travel to Nice via Gatwick and all coach transfers, B&B accommodation, 3 dinners, 2 lunches, seated tickets at all parades and Bontour Tour Manager. Single supplement of £150 applies.