New for 2020

French Riviera Gardens Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Garden Tours
from £1,749pp £1,704pp with flights

Menton, nicknamed the ‘Pearl of France’, is located on the Cote d’Azur just across from the Ligurian town of Ventimiglia. The diversity of its landscape in combination with its mild climate has made the French Riviera a garden lover’s delight. On this holiday, we’ll discover the gardens of Menton, including Val Rahmeh’s botanical garden and the Serre de la Madone gardens, landscaped by Lawrence Johnstone, creator of Hidcote Manor. Further along the coast we’ll visit the wonderful gardens of the Ephrussi Villa at Cap Ferrat and the Exotic Garden at Monaco, full of subtropical cacti. Across the Italian border, we’ll explore the famous Hanbury gardens at Ventimiglia.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the Serre de la Madone Garden originally created by Lawrence Johnston of Hidcote Gardens fame.
  • Explore the superb elevated gardens of Villa Ephrussi Rothschild. 
  • Travel to Italy to see the Gardenesque Style La Mortola Hanbury Garden.
  • Discover the large collection of succulents and cacti at the Jardine Exotica in Monaco.

What’s included

  • Half-Board en-suite accommodation.
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays leader.
  • Full day excursions with all entrance fees and essential transport. '
  • With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers.

Trip Notes

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This morning we visit Lawrence Johnston’s French garden – Serre de la Madone. Johnston is perhaps best known for the Hidcote Gardens in Gloucestershire, but this French ‘cousin’ is still wonderful. Later we return to the town of Menton to visit the Palais Carnoles. This garden has a large collection of citrus trees, a sculpture park and a small museum for us to enjoy. We’ll walk back to the hotel, stopping to view the municipal gardens en route.

A short walk along the promenade brings us to the Val Rahmeh Botanical Gardens. Set on a series of terraces, the garden is filled with sub-tropical plants and several other collections from around the world. Later we travel to Cap Ferrat to visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild - a superb garden set on an elevated site with extensive sea views.

A short journey takes us to the Maria Serena garden in Menton. Set only a stone’s throw from the coast, this garden houses a marvellous collection of mature tropical and sub-tropical plants. Later, we’ll hop across the border into Italy to visit the La Mortola Hanbury gardens, created by an English family in the 19th century.

On our 7-night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the area independently.

Today we travel west to visit the Jardin du Monastère de Cimiez in the bustling city of Nice. Set just above the city, these beautifully-terraced gardens provide respite for visitors and locals alike. You may also wish to join an optional visit to the nearby monastery museum. Later we visit Parc Phoenix, a modern park with a large collection of outdoor plants and one of the largest conservatories of any public garden.

Our holiday ends with a visit to luxurious Monaco. Here, we’ll be exploring the Jardin Exotique with its large collection of succulents and cacti, set in spectacular surroundings above the town. At the bottom of the garden, you’ll find a dramatic limestone cave which is well worth a visit too. Later, we make our way into the town to wander in the perfectly-manicured Casino Gardens, as well as the exquisite Japanese Garden.

Hôtel Le Royal Westminster


The hotel offers 92 bedrooms.

All rooms are equipped with:

  • Phone
  • Free WiFi
  • Television
  • In-Room Climate Control
  • Shower
  • In-Room Safe
  • Towels Provided


The Hotel has a:

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Coffee Shop/Café
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk

Food & Drink

There are two restaurants on-site at the hotel

"Le Westminster" restaurant

Whether for a family or a business meal, our restaurant Le Westminster de Menton welcomes you in a spacious and bright room. From the terrace you can admire the view of the sea.

  • Typical dishes of Menton and Provence
  • Cuisine served by our chef
  • Seasonal food

The "Côté Jardin" restaurant

The Côté Jardin restaurant serves dishes, noon and evening, in a typical brasserie atmosphere. Whether you want to have a meal on the go or you prefer to taste gourmet dishes to relish delicately, our restaurant is for you.

  • Shaded terrace
  • Homemade Foie Gras
  • Open until 10pm

There is also an on-site bar:

The “Le Banian" bar

At Le Banian bar, you will be welcomed in a large indoor and outdoor dining room. You can consume fresh and fruity drinks as well as hot drinks such as our teas and gourmet coffees.

  • Homemade cocktails
  • Fresh fruit juices


Your Evenings

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, either independently or with your fellow guests.

Your leader will also be checking out for any local events.

Getting to Hôtel Le Royal Westminster

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What to Bring

Suitable, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £25 per night
  • All entrance fees included
  • With flight holidays include flights from London Heathrow.
  • UK connecting flights to meet our Heathrow British Airways flight available from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow or Edinburgh.   £139
7 nights
Garden Tours

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