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Grasse: Design Your Own Fragrance at a Perfume Factory

1. Grasse: Design Your Own Fragrance at a Perfume Factory

Create your own perfume at the family-run La Maison Molinard perfume factory, founded in 1849, making it one of the oldest perfume manufacturers in France. Learn how Grasse became the world’s capital of perfume and discover how the Molinard factory continues the traditions of excellence today.  Explore how perfume is distilled from raw ingredients, and then select one of the notes from a selection of 90 different essences to make your own individual fragrance. Benefit from the assistance of a Creation Molinard expert to ensure your fantasy becomes reality. Leave with a 50ml bottle of your unique scent.  Please arrive on time for your session, any delay of more than 10 minutes can result in the cancellation.

Grasse: Perfume Workshop

2. Grasse: Perfume Workshop

Created in 1849, La Maison Molinard is a family business that over the years has passed down its enthusiasm and high standards. In Grasse, the world’s capital of perfume, five successive generations have handed down their secrets. Recognized as a tribute to its rare and ancestral know-how, the company reinvents itself every day with its passion to create. After your visit to the historical factory, create your own perfume. A contemporary and fun way to create your own perfume in a few key stages. In this workshop, discover 3 bases and 6 essences and create your own 30ml bottle of perfume.

Grasse: Perfume Making Class and Fragonard Factory Tour

3. Grasse: Perfume Making Class and Fragonard Factory Tour

Go on a journey of the senses as you create your own 12ml Eau de Toilette with an expert who will help you compose the perfect olfactory symphony. Discover how perfume is made with a guided tour of the Fragonard Perfume Factory in Grasse. Discover the main stages of perfume making and its state-of-the-art production tools. Get a glimpse of how the perfumed products that leave the factory are metamorphosed into refined products ready to be shipped to a public of discerning customers. Attend the "Flower of the Year" Olfactory Workshop and become the creator of your own Eau de Toilette (12ml).

Le Petit Parfumeur: Perfume Creation Children in Grasse

4. Le Petit Parfumeur: Perfume Creation Children in Grasse

Discover the architecture of a perfume and the ingredients that compose it with an instructor at Parfumerie Molinard in Grasse. Kids can choose from 18 essences and personalize their 30 ml bottle in this workshop. Let their creativity flow while immersing in the art of French perfume making. Design your own personal fragrance in a perfume boutique, the perfect activity for all the family. Work with a perfume expert, create your own scent, and decorate the bottle. A Creation Molinard expert will interpret your flights of fancy, and help you to compose the perfect olfactory symphony in 30 minutes. It’s rare to find a family business that has come down through the years with its enthusiasm and standards constantly renewed. Created in 1849, Maison Molinard is one of them. In Grasse, the world’s capital of perfume, five successive generations have handed on their emotions through the creation of perfumes. Recognized as a "Living Heritage Company", as a tribute to its rare and ancestral know-how, the company reinvents itself every day with the passion to create. This is a fun and enriching experience for children, as they learn about smells, imagination, and composing something new. They'll also get to decorate their own perfume bottles.

Nice: Countryside Tour with Grasse

5. Nice: Countryside Tour with Grasse

Discover medieval castles and charming towns as you tour the countryside around Nice. Visit Grasse and learn about the history of French perfume, explore the cobblestone streets of Saint Paul de Vence, and stop at the Gorges du Loup waterfall. After pick up, you travel to the old town of Grasse, the historical center of French perfumery since the end of the 18th century. You will have the opportunity to visit Fragonard perfumery. Continue on to Gourdon, one of the most beautiful perch villages of France, and admire a panoramic view of the Riviera from the Alps over the coast. You will visit the castle, built in the 9th century, and its sumptuous garden, dissected by Lenotre. Enjoy a stop to visit the waterfall 40metres high in the Gorges du Loup. The next stop is the medieval village Tourette Sur Loup, settled on a rocky buttress, overhanging precipices. Also know as Cite des Violettes, this village became a meeting place for musicians, painters, writers, and poets in the middle of the 1920s. Today more than thirty workshops and galleries make the village a place of high standing for art and craft on the Riviera. Your last destination will be Saint Paul de Vence, an extraordinary treasure of Provence that has over time become the garden of many painters.

Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting

6. Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Head to the quaint town of Grasse, known as the world’s perfume capital, on a full-day tour that begins with a pick-up at your accommodation in Nice, Monaco, or Cannes. You’ll visit the Fragonard perfume factory, and have a chance to explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. The small-group tour continues on, traveling the scenic roads to Valbonne, a charming medieval village, where you can take a break for lunch at one of the charming cafés. Drive along the Loup River, passing stunning waterfalls, and head up to the tiny fortress of Gourdon for sweeping views across the French Riviera. Afterwards you’ll stop at the Bellet vineyards, located just outside Nice. Visit the Chateau de Cremat, built in 1906, and enjoy incredible views of the sea and taste their red, rosé, and white wines.

From Nice: Provence Countryside Day Trip

7. From Nice: Provence Countryside Day Trip

Enjoy a day trip in Provence, where you'll be guided around some of the area's most famous countryside attractions. Arrive in the morning in Cannes and walk the famous Croisette Boulevard, by the Film Festival Palace, stopping at designer shops and smart sandy beaches. Then you'll drive through the charming Countryside of Provence to Grasse, world capital of the perfume industry, for a guided tour of a perfumery or you can spend free time visiting the old town. View the Alps, valleys and spectacular coastline from the amazing perched medieval village of Gourdon. After lunch, you can wind down with the charming Loup Gorges. Finish-up in St Paul de Vence, the 2nd most visited village in France, home of impressionist painters, with ancient cobblestone lanes, ramparts and art galleries.

French Riviera & Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

8. French Riviera & Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

Join this multi-stop tour to discover the gems of the French Riviera. Follow the coastal road to Grasse, Cannes, Antibes, Gourdon, Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Saint Paul de Vence. Experience the beauty of these charming towns on the shores of the Mediterranean. Start the tour with your first stop in Grasse, the perfume capital of France. Visit the oldest perfume factory in the area, Fragonard. Continue the tour to the seaside resort of Cannes. Visit the Palais des Festivals or the Film Festival Palace in Cannes. Take a stroll along one of the most appreciated jewels of Cannes, the "Croisette" boulevard. The promenade of La Croisette is lined with magnificent sandy beaches designer stores and the new harbor. Then, continue to the chic resort town of Antibes. Soak in the coastal atmosphere, complete with an attractive seafront, historic buildings, and an interesting old town with a traditional market. Drive through Cap d'Antibes, one of the most exclusive areas on the Cote d'Azur. Move onward to Gourdon, one of the most amazing medieval villages of the Riviera. Enjoy its charming castle and unique landscape. Proceed to your next stop at Tourrettes-sur-Loup, the 'Village of Violets', with its picture-postcard scenery. Finish the tour in Saint Paul de Vence, a stunning medieval village and the cradle of writers and painters. Slip back in time with art gallery walls scattered throughout the town.

Private Half-Day Tour of the French Riviera in a Vintage Car

9. Private Half-Day Tour of the French Riviera in a Vintage Car

Spend half a day in the French Riviera on a tour completely based on your wishes on board the mythic French car: the Citroën Traction Avant. This car was the world's first front-wheel-drive steel monocoque production car and successfully pioneered front-wheel-drive on the European mass car market. It was built from 1934 to 1957. Among the numerous sites on the Riviera, select the ones you most desire to visit. You can stop in the famous cities and villages, or travel quietly along the magnificent Estérel coast road from Cannes to Fréjus. As this is a private tour for your single group, you are free to manage the time you want to spend at each site. If you love a particular site and decide to stay a bit more than initially planned instead visiting another one, no problem. Additionally, if you are not quite certain what you want to see, allow your local driver to help you decide what best fits the interests of your group. Some examples of tours (you can see on the picture-map): · Cannes (La Croisette) – Mougins (Old Village with artists) – Grasse (perfume factory) – Gourdon (Medieval village) · Cannes (La Croisette) – Estérel cost road until Fréjus (Harbor) · Grasse (center of old city and perfume factory) - Gourdon (Medieval village) – Gorges du Loup road – Tourrettes sur Loup (sweet factory) To communicate your desired itinerary, please provide a detailed description at the time of booking by leaving a note in the comments field during the checkout process. If you would like something more customized, don't hesitate to ask. You will receive a reply very quickly that will let you know if this is possible for the provided duration of time, or if you should extend your booking. You can also simply ask for a proposed optimized itinerary in the area you want to visit.

Grasse: Private Perfume Creation

10. Grasse: Private Perfume Creation

Created in 1849, this perfume company is a family business which over the years has passed down its enthusiasm and high standards. In Grasse, the world’s capital of perfume, five successive generations have handed down their secrets. Recognized as a tribute to its rare and ancestral know-how, the company reinvents itself every day with their passion to create. Design your own personal fragrance in the boutique. A Molinard creation expert will interpret your flights of fancy and help you to compose the perfect olfactory symphony. Enjoy a personalized session. Please arrive on time for your session, any delay of more than 10 minutes can result in the cancellation.

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What people are saying about Grasse

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 465 reviews

This was a highlight of our time in Antibes. Phillipe arrived ahead of the appointed time, the car is a delight, and our half day morning tour was perfect. We throughly enjoyed the drive, the perfume and candy factory tours and learning from Phillipe about the area. Highly recommend this tour. Arranging the booking online was easy to manage and being picked up and dropped off at our hotel made it very easy for us.

Our tour guide, Nic was incredible! His knowledge of history and local culture made us fall in love with each stop before we even arrived! The destinations were stunning. I love that we were gracefully kept to a schedule to ensure seeing everything we possibly could while still allowing time to experience each unique stop.

A great driver who explained everything to us, took us to wonderful places, gave us enough time to take in the surroundings and all this was enhanced by driving in a historic car. We are very glad we chose it and will definitely do it again sometime.

Mary, our instructor, was clearly very experienced. Everything was clean and orderly and I wish we could've stayed longer to learn more. The take away was fantastic. I can't wait to go back.

Philippe made our time in France so memorable! He was kind & humorous. He showed us around his vintage ride to the village of Gordoun & more. I’d 100% recommend this tour!