This is a sample itinerary we've done for clients from cruise port Antibes to see French Riviera at Succot time.
The magic and dream-like landscapes of southern France are renowned throughout the world. There are few better places to relax
and take a vacation. Although the Côte d’Azur lacks the Jewish historic sites
found in other parts of France, there is a strong Jewish presence here. Nice
has the area’s largest Jewish population.
9am. Depart ship from pier Antibes port for Vence. Visit Cathedral, Built in the 4th century on the site of an ancient Roman temple, the cathedral began taking shape in the 11th/12th centuries. Much of its furniture is registered on the list of the Historic Monuments. Baptistery decorated with a mosaic by Marc Chagall, “Moses saved from the Nile” (1979).
where you will visit Matisse Chapel, built and decorated under the plan devised by Henri Matisse. It houses Matisse originals and regarded by Matisse himself as his "masterpiece." While the simple white exterior has drawn mixed reviews from casual observers, many regard it as one of the great religious structures of the 20th century.
Continue to St. Paul De Vence where is the artist is buried. His grave is the only one Jewish grave on the cemetery.
11:00 depart for Nice, where in a a lovely park shaded by pine, olive and cypress trees and planted with lavender beds surrounds the simple white stone building that is the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall. Here are the most important collections of the artist: stained glass, tapestries, sculptures, sketches, engravings, and seventeen biblically-inspired paintings of scenes from Genesis, Exodus and the Song of Songs. The Russian-Jewish painter of dreams and myths who so ably captured the essence of life’s magic and euphoria lived in Nice for many years. He called France the place where “I was reborn for the second time.”
Lunch is includes.
2pm – city tour of Nice. See Vieux Nice, the old town, at the Parc du Chateau. Enjoy views of Nice, follow the narrow streets down to the food and flower market near the beachfront. Take a traditional stroll along the beachfront promenade des Anglais or enjoy the sun on the pebbly beach. Avenue Jean Medecin is the main shopping strip and nearby Place Massena is a lovely public square. At night, the old town has the pick of restaurants and bars.
4pm. Leave Nice for exquisite Cap Ferrat. If you want to discover the life of the Jewish "jet-set" before there were jets, then head to the exquisite Cap Ferrat, where you'll discover the pink Villa Ephrussi Rothschild, built by the flamboyant Beatrice Rothschild, who never went anywhere without her trunk of 50 wigs, and who greeted guests at parties dressed as Marie-Antoinette. See beautiful gardens.
5pm. depart for Cannes, see the Film Festival Palace. Stop at the Film Festival Palace to see celebrity handprints. You will have time to look around the shops admire sandy beaches. You will also see the famous Croisette Boulevard, which stretches along the beachfront and is home to exclusive shops and hotels.
6:30 pm Depart Cannes back to Antibes, for time of Succot Service at the Synagogue Antibes.
8pm Service ends, you will meet and spend about 1 hour with Jewish community under the sukkah.
9pm return to the ship.
Prices on request. Synagogue visit is subject to confirmation. Times are approximate.