detailed program - Maison de la France

detailed program - Maison de la France



December 13-16, 2012

“A natural brilliance”

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Wednesday December 12

Departure from the US

Thursday December 13

Arrival in Nice

Check in at West End Hotel ****

Visit & lunch at Holiday Inn Hotel ****

Orientation tour of Nice by coach

Visit of Radisson Blu Hotel ****

Friday December 14


Breakfast and welcome presentation by Director of Nice

Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mr. Denis ZANON

Visit of Clarion Grand Hotel Aston ****

Visit & lunch at Park Inn Hotel ****

Transfer to Saint-Paul de Vence, visit and “pétanque“

Transfer back to Acropolis Convention & Exhibition Center

Return to West End Hotel ****

Pick up for dinner at Palais de la Méditerranée Hotel *****

Saturday December 15

Breakfast at leisure

Discover the old town and get a taste of Nice, organised

by Mathez Travel

Visit & lunch at hotel Le Méridien ****

Transfer to Eze, visit of Fragonard : the laboratory factory

Return to Nice, stop at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in

Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat

Visit & aperitif at Hotel Massena ****,

Dinner at Aphrodite - Restaurant , 1 star Michelin,

Chef David Faure

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Sunday December 16

Breakfast, shopping and time at leisure

Transfer to the Airport for flights


Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau

5, Promenade des Anglais

06000 NICE

Sabrina VOLLE – MICE Development




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Atout France / French Convention Bureau

825 Third Avenue, 29th Floor

New York, NY 10022

Anne-Sophie RABREAUD - Manager, Meeting &


Tel: 1 212 745 0961

Email :


Accommodation at Hotel West End ****


Hotel with a « Belle epoque » style built on the Promenade

des Anglais in 1842, the West End hotel has 121 rooms,

some with sea view, some junior suites and a suite

ambassadeur overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The

restaurant « Le siècle» is in an Art Deco style with its glass

roof, its red velvet seats, its copper tones and wooden panels

and proposes cuisine marrying the french gastronomy with

Provençal culture.

If you wish to organise your business breakfast, your conferences, your gala dinners or

prestigious cocktails, we will propose our 9 rooms, among them 3 with daylight and 1

overlooking the sea.

Lunch at Hotel Holiday Inn ****

Ideally located in the heart of Nice, on the famous and luxurious « Carré d’or » district, the

Hotel Holiday Inn is perfectly adapted for business or leisure, and will be fully refurbished for

spring 2012. Conviviality and well-being are our priority.

131 spacious and comfortable rooms offer a calm and

relaxing atmosphere. Our typical restaurant « Chez Panisse

» proposes exceptional Mediterranean food, and our bar with

its shaded terrace is open from noon to midnight.

Note: A solarium, a fitness room with a nice view of the city,

and 2 meetings rooms with daylight, up to 200 people in

theatre style.

Dinner at Hotel Radisson Blu ****

Facing the sea on the famous Promenade des Anglais, the

Radisson Blu hotel Nice is ideally located between the Nice

Côte d’Azur airport and the old city. This contemporary urban

resort combines luxury and elegance, ensuring an

unforgettable stay.

The hotel has 331 bedrooms and suites, 188 bedrooms

equipped with a private terrace and breathtaking view over

the Mediterranean sea. With its 14,000 sqft conference

center, the hotel offers 12 meeting rooms and 20 breakout

rooms, most of them with natural daylight and all equipped

with TV screen, free wifi, nespresso machine. The plenary room can welcome up to 350

delegates. The hotel’s private beach can be privatized for any event, hosting up to 400

people. The vast panoramic rooftop terrace offers a truly unforgettable experience with the

breathtaking view overlooking the Bay of nice: panoramic restaurant « La Terrasse », « Pool

Bar & Lounge », swimming pool. 7,000 sqft, which can be privatized for your event, cocktails,

lunches and dinners.

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Clarion Grand Hotel Aston ****

Across from the fountains and gardens on Place Masséna in the

heart of Nice: 147 soundproof air-conditioned rooms with

bathroom, hairdryer, direct phone line, TV, radio, mini-bar, room


Balconies on 6th floor. Currency exchange, secretariat, concierge,

hotel safe. 8 private lounges (up to 200 seats), « l’Horloge »

restaurant (60 seats). Public Place Masséna car park (5 min). On

the 7th floor: «Livingstone» area: 2,210 sqft of modular airconditioned

covered banqueting space.

Lunch at Hotel Park Inn ****

The Park Inn hotel Nice is a 4-star hotel, ideally located, in the heart of Arenas business

area and close to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and Palais Nikaïa Concert hall. The hotel offers

151 modern rooms, bright and spacious, equipped with air-conditioning, safe, cable TV and

high speed wireless internet access.

Our 7 daylight meeting rooms, fully equipped, are the perfect

venue to organize your meetings, seminars or private events with


Need a break: relax in our outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi or

a tour wellness center with sauna, steam bath and gym.

Enjoy our free shuttle bus running 24/24 to Nice Airport, the

beautiful Saint-Laurent du Var Marina and Cap 3000 shopping


Discover Saint-Paul de Vence

The village of Saint-Paul de Vence harbours countless treasures within its ramparts.

Medieval walls encircle narrow streets and

capture the heritage of more than a thousand

years. Picking out the marks of history, either

alone or with a guide, is to enter into the soul of

Saint-Paul de Vence. The fountain at the heart of

the village fills St-Paul's medieval vaults with

music. To quote the poet Verlaine: "The fountain's

silvery murmur plays on."

Celebrities and Saint-Paul : follow the famous

steps of Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, James

Baldwin, Marc Chagall, Paul and Baptistine

Roux, Yves Montand and Simone Signoret.

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Acropolis Convention & Exhibition Center

Although the principal business of Acropolis is to host

international events, a good number of events for the

general public also take place there.

With its 5 auditoriums (250 to 2,500 seats), its 121,200 sqft

hall, its 20 to 900 seat meeting rooms and its 300,000 sqft

scalable spaces, Acropolis is among the world’s most famous

conference and exhibition centres.

Internationally recognised, it has high-performance, state of

the art equipment. The services and technical skill available can tackle the most challenging

projects. Managed by the GL EVENTS group since 2007, the Acropolis conference center

offers services in all event areas, from design to implementation of all kinds of event.

Dinner at Palais de la Méditerranée *****

This magnificent 5* hotel features 188 rooms including 14

suites boasting sea or city views, each with terrace or

balcony and complimentary wireless broadband. The Palais

de la Méditerranée has the highest conference capacity of

all hotels in Nice, with 17,000 sqft spread across 7 rooms,

to accommodate your meetings, conferences, seminars,

conventions or dinner parties. Hotel guests will also enjoy

free access to the indoor/ outdoor heated pool open all year

round, Turkish bath, sauna, and fitness room. The five salons in the hotel are all exposed

to natural daylight, air conditioned, soundproofed, and feature the latest generation

equipment technology, wireless broadband and are fully scalable and customisable. The two

salons within the Casino, Vénitien and Azur, both have direct access, a private lounge and a

cloakroom, and offer evening dancing and music entertainment.

Discover Eze

Between Nice and Monaco, the picturesque

village of Eze clinging to cliffs is one of the most

beautiful villages of Provence. In addition to its

magnificent views, where the eye focuses on the

French Riviera to Nice, the site covers three "ledges"

- the high ledge, suspended between sea and sky,

the village of Eze itself, hung a little lower, and

finally, bathed by the Mediterranean sea, the small

resort of Eze-Bord-de-mer.

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Fragonard : the laboratory factory

Suspended above the sea, on the Moyenne Corniche between

Nice and Monaco, stands our perfume, soap and cosmetics

factory equipped with the most modern laboratories and


In 1926 they took the name of Parfumerie Fragonard as a

tribute to the famous painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Here, on

a daily basis, are produced our perfumes, cosmetics and

soaps in a setting imbued with respect for tradition.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

30 min from the Nice Cote d’Azur airport the Villa Ephrussi

de Rothschild stages the most beautiful receptions on

the French Riviera.

The grand Patio:Built in the hispano-Moorish style, with a

colonnade made from Veronese pink marble and a variety of

works of art, conjuring up the ambience of the great italian

palaces. It can host guests throughout the year in this

prestigious setting.

The oriental dining room: Circular with 11 bay windows,

offering a panoramic view over the Bay of Villefranche-sur-

Mer. This area opens out onto the terrace and has direct

access to the gardens.

The French Garden: 100,000 sqft in area, adorned with

waterfalls and flower beds, provides a setting for

unforgettable receptions during the fine weather months.

Evening events can make use of the florentine, spanish and

other gardens.

The Florentine walk: at the bottom of the French gardens

features a magnificent view over Villefranche harbour, facing

the setting sun.

Dinner at Restaurant Aphrodite - 1 Star Michelin

David Faure & Aphrodite invite you to discover a lively and inventive cuisine. Together they

have fun, distract you so that you can have an inspired, exciting meal combining tradition and

new trends: techno-emotional, food-pairing... a cuisine always in motion by a Michelin

starred chef.

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A city of excellence

Nice is the capital of a cutting edge technology environment with an outstanding centre for

scientific and medical research located near the Sophia-Antipolis science park and the

University of Nice-sophia- Antipolis.

An international gateway near the city centre

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, located just 15 minutes from the city center, serves 104 destinations

in over 30 countries with 55 airlines. High speed trains (TGV) to European main cities and a

number of motorway links wonderfully complement the city’s air connections.

A gentle climate all year round

Nice enjoys an exceptional microclimate which is part of what the city is well-known for. The city

looks over the Mediterranean, but is protected from the wind by the backdrop of hills. The unique

Bay of Nice truly symbolises the Riviera lifestyle, and has been a tourist Mecca for almost two


The city between the Mediterranean and the Alps

Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, provides easy and fast access to the whole of the coastal

area as well as to the mountain resorts and the Mercantour National Park, just one and a half

hours from the coast. In this natural setting, any season is perfect for incentive trips and to

undertake unusual tours and voyages of discovery.

A cosmopolitan and multicultural destination

Thanks to its climate and the special quality of the light, Nice has always drawn in visitors and

artists from all parts of the world. Its cultural heritage bears witness to the unique diversity of

the city’s numerous periods, from classical times to modern era. The city and surrounding region

feature the highest number of foundations, museums and art galleries after Paris.

Land of creativity

A festive atmosphere reigns all year round with over 2,000 shows and exhibitions each year. In

February, the Nice Carnival, the largest event on the Riviera in the winter, attracts over a million

visitors, and has been running for almost 130 years.

A convention center right in the heart of the city

Located in the city center, just twenty minutes from the Nice Côte d’Azur airport, the Acropolis

center (one of the largest in Europe) offers 380,000 sqft of scalable spaces, and 5 auditoriums

from 250 to 2,500 seats.

A hotel stock near the Acropolis conference center

Now, the majority of hotels for conference-goers can be reached quickly by tram, with

services running from the Place Masséna to the Acropolis Convention Centre. In addition, most

hotels are located within walking distance (about 15 minutes) from the Convention Center.

A full range of customized services

Whether they be conferences or seminars, conventions or trade fairs, product launches or sales

promotions, each project is made unique and given top priority, this is confirmed by the quality

charter « Meetings industry ».

Spreading the know-how: Nice convention and visitors bureau just for you

The Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to provide you with all the help you need to

ensure your event is a success. The bureau offers help, advice and an impeccable level of


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