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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. 

Grasse: Perfume Making Class and Fragonard Factory Tour

2. 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).

Grasse: Perfume Workshop

3. 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.

Le Petit Parfumeur: Perfume Creation Children in Grasse

4. Le Petit Parfumeur: Perfume Creation Children in Grasse

It’s rare to find a family business which 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. Design your own personal fragrance in our boutiques! A Creation Molinard expert will interpret your flights of fancy, and help you to compose the perfect olfactory symphony in 30 minutes. This is also 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: Private Perfume Creation

6. 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. 

Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

Côte d'Azur France Pass

10. Côte d'Azur France Pass

Enjoy access to some of the Côte d’Azur’s best activities with one simple pass. Choose between 3-activity and 5 activity passes to best fit your travel plans. This pass provides savings of up to 30% off over the individual cost of attraction tickets. Some of the top activities included in the pass are: • Marineland in Antibes • Aquasplash in Antibes • Le Village des Fous in Villeneuve-Loubet • Oceanographic Museum in Monaco • Nice Bus Tour • Monaco Bus Tour • Lerins Island Boat Tour • Cannes Little Tourist Train

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What people are saying about Grasse

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 465 reviews

I had a BALL! Everything was a great new experience. Folks were so wonderful and accommodating. I’ve been telling EVERYONE to visit and make their own parfum. The tour is free… which was great. It’s all in French but you can get a device to do the tour in your language of choice. The parfum making class was easy to follow. We had a great instructor. This is a very unusual activity that I highly recommend.

Absolutely wonderful tour - a perfect way to spend an afternoon! Philippe is the consummate tour guide - he knows the area inside and out...and the CAR! Get ready to take lots of pictures! Thank you Philippe, it was one of the highlights of our trip.

The program gives a short overview of the history of perfume in Grasse, and you can built up your own permute from the four basic components. My wife and my girls loved it very much. I spent the time in a nearby bar. :-)

amazing experience! :) worth every "penny"! great for curious 11+ too. Enjoy!

Very nice experience overall, very nice guide. Definitely recommended