9:00 am: Be met at the foot of your cruise ship or in the lobby of your hotel.
Discover the regal town of St Paul de Vence, that Marc Chagall loved so much. This charming and picturesque village from the Middle Ages has always succeeded in seducing lovers of art and enlightenment.
Continue towards Vence and visit this charming village. The mission of Vence has always been to attract generations of artists, painters and poets. The lovely countryside has remained natural and it is far from the crowds and construction.
A 5-10 minute walk from the center of town is the Chapelle Matisse, or the Chapelle du Rosaire des Dominicaines de Vence, which was designed and decorated by Henri Matisse between 1947 and 1951. This all-white chapel used stained glass to bring "natural" colors inside, and Matisse considered it his masterpiece, "Despite its imperfections..." Enjoy lunch at leisure in a typical restaurant.
In the afternoon, continue on to Grasse to see the old city and the museums. Grasse is the foremost city in the world for perfumes. It produces over two-thirds of France's natural aromas (for perfume and food flavorings). The industry’s turnover is more than 600 million euros per year.
Grasse's particular microclimate encouraged the flower farming industry. It is warm and far enough inland to be sheltered from the salty air. The Moors brought jasmine, a key ingredient to many perfumes, to the South of France in the 16th century. Grasse harvests twenty-seven tons of jasmine each year.
You will find perfume museums and factories to visit, such as Molinard.
5:00 pm: Return to your ship or to your hotel.