Vacation Comparison: French Riviera or Mexican Riviera?

Travel: Two Ways

Should you splurge for the French Riviera or get a steal on the Mexican equivalent?

Mexico ...
... or France?

By Susan Hanson
Originally appeared in June 2015 issue of Virtuoso Traveler

Glitz and glamour vs. sizzling adventure. Please remember: prices and itineraries are subject to change.

French Riviera: 7 days, $22,000

FLY: Land in Nice for Monte Carlo after flying Lufthansa’s businGlitess class from Chicago via Frankfurt. (Return flight is through Munich.) From $7,968 (including taxes) per couple. 

CRUISE: Sailing round-trip from Monte Carlo, Seabourn’s 450-passenger Seabourn Sojourn feels right at home in yacht-lined ports such as Le Lavandou and Antibes. Toast your voyage with a Champagne cocktail on your penthouse suite’s spacious veranda.

PLUS: From S├Ęte, Virtuoso Voyager Club takes you to Montpellier to tour one of Europe’s oldest medical schools, visit with a master craftsman of stringed instruments, and taste local specialties. Free for Virtuoso guests.

Mexican Riviera: 7 days, $3,000

FLY: Travel round-trip from Chicago to San Diego (via San Francisco) in economy class with Virgin America. From $798 (including taxes) per couple. 

CRUISE: Holland America Line hits all the Mexican Riviera hot spots while sailing round-trip from San Diego. Spend sea days creating travel videos in digital workshops and browsing extensive art collections aboard the 1,350-passenger Veendam

PLUS: Gyrating chefs in Cabo San Lucas teach guests the secrets of salsa making along with salsa dance moves during a hands-on culinary experience. All-you-can-drink margaritas relieve any inhibitions. From $210 per couple. 

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