Had a bonus stop at a perfume maker. We ended up being the only people on the tour, which was nice. It was hard to tell where to get on the van at but our driver found us.
An excellent tour that more than met my expectations. Our guide Basile met us promptly at the appointed time. Our party of 4 rode in a very comfortable 8-passenger van, first to a charming olive oil producer, where we sampled olives, had a tour with explanation of the old way of making olive oil and the new equipment, followed by a sampling of olive oils exceptional and a glass of wine with 3 types of tapenade on toasted baguette. Then we went into Nice where we were dropped off at a tiny restaurant, Chez Pipo, to sample a caramelized onion-topped appetizer and Socca, a chickpea bread made on an open fire oven, which we watched being cooked. Basile was waiting do us when we finished. Basile spoke English clearly, but somewhat softly in the van, which was a minor issue for passengers behind him.
Our small-group tour was very small, just me, my husband and another couple so we had ample attention. Our driver/guide, Karolina from the Netherlands is an expert driver, maneuvering the mini-van with great skill through the twisty little back roads of Monaco, Nice and the surrounding area. She took us to the places as advertised in the tour description, and even a bonus short visit to a candy-making concern. Where we felt she lacked a bit was in the guide aspect, not giving us very much information about where we were, what the buildings were, what the history is all about, etc. We had a very nice time, but just not quite the full experience we'd hoped for.
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