Libertyville, IL, March 8, 2006 "“ European bargains in May and June are about as rare as a snow storm. But this year TourCrafters has come up with some special airfares that make their "French Riviera Springtime" packages a terrific bargain, with prices starting at only $527 from New York and Washington for air and land. Air fare add-ons from other cities are Boston $12, Chicago/Miami/Orlando $70 and Houston $95.

The packages include round-trip air to Nice; 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 overnights at the selected hotel; daily breakfast; and hotel service charges and taxes. Prices and dates depend on the hotel chosen (some are valid from May 9 to 24, others until June 5). The least expensive package is $527 for three nights at the 2-star Comfort Hotel Nice Vieux Port, which is near Nice's old port. The most expensive is $1,175 for seven nights at the recently-renovated 4-star Hotel Nice Riviera, which is in the town center. Other hotels are offered in Nice, Cannes, Antibes/Juan-les-Pins and Sainte Maxime.

It's good to remember that this famous resort area is not just a matter of restaurants, cafés and beaches (though it has those, too). The French Riviera also boasts more than 120 perched villages (charming medieval hamlets that overlook the sea or valleys from on high), wonderful art museums like the Fondation Maeght in St. Paul de Vence, Picasso's pottery town of Vallauris, the perfume center of Grasse, Monte Carlo and its casino, Nice's fascinating old town and much, much more.

Prices mentioned above are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include airport taxes or fuel surcharges. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours. For more information about TourCrafters' "French Riviera Springtime" packages, visit For reservations, call 800-482-5995.

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