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Cannes

Sample fine wines, soak in the sunshine, and see some epic cars in this chic town on the French Riviera.

Our most recommended things to do in Cannes

From Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry to Ste. Marguerite Island

1. From Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry to Ste. Marguerite Island

Book your round-trip ferry tickets in advance for a visit to Ste. Marguerite Island from Cannes. As soon as you disembark on the island, you’ll be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus. Follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the island. The walk takes you by Batéguier Pond, where numerous species of migratory birds can be seen, and to the Pointe de la Convention, where you’ll find unique plant species. Continue on to Fort Royal, the former residence of the legendary Man in the Iron Mask. The Maritime Museum, sheltered within a fortified enclosure, also offers an invaluable insight into the area's history. Dogs are welcome on board the ferry, and on Sainte Marguerite Island, provided they are on leash.

Cannes: Round-Trip Boat Transfer to Saint Tropez

2. Cannes: Round-Trip Boat Transfer to Saint Tropez

Take the ferry to Saint Tropez from Cannes and arrive in just 1 hour and 15 minutes. During the transfer, you'll enjoy the stunning scenery of the French Riviera. Explore Saint Tropez, which combines the charm and allure of Provence. Browse the boutiques, and visit the Place des Lices and the Quartier de la Ponche, the citadelle, the church, the Annonciade Museum and other must-sees in the village. You'll have 5 hours of free time before the ferry departs to take you back to Cannes. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase on board.

From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

3. From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

Explore the landscapes and towns of the French Riviera on this day trip from Nice. Travel in a spacious and air-conditioned bus to stunning destinations like the charming village of Èze, Monaco, and Cannes. Begin with a pickup from your hotel or other desired location in Nice between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. Kickstart a day of adventure with a visit to the "Moyenne Corniche" for 15 minutes. Enjoy the panoramic view of the port of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Take a unique trip and visit the medieval village of Èze. Admire the splendid panorama of this beautiful location and discover the secrets of perfume with a free guided tour of the Fragonard perfumery. Your next stop is the Principality of Monaco, where you have time to discover the old town, the cathedral, the palace and the ceremony of the changing of the guard. Next, continue along the Formula 1 circuit to Monte Carlo with its casino and upscale shops. Have lunch in one of the many excellent restaurants in Monaco. Around 1:00 PM, your driver-guide will take you to Antibes, a city that combines nautical traditions and luxury pleasures. Visit the old town, the biggest marina of business and luxury in Europe—the port of the billionaires. Head to your next stop, Saint-Paul-De-Vence. Marvel at the "jewel of Provence", where many painters and artists have resided. As you walk the streets of this medieval fortified village, you can taste centuries of history and artistic creativity. For your last destination, make way to the famous city of stars—Cannes. Explore the Beverly Hills of France, and take a stroll on the famous Croisette, enjoy luxury hotels, restaurants and shops. Above all, set foot on the famous red carpet festival film, like Hollywood stars.

Cannes: 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour

4. Cannes: 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Upon your arrival at the meeting point you will receive all the necessary equipment for snorkeling including fins, mask, suit, and a small inflatable raft. After a briefing by expert instructor who will explain your route, what you will see, and where you will swim. They also will brief you thoroughly on the necessary safety and security precautions.  Then you board a comfortable boat for the trip to a site in the Islands of Lérins, in front of Cannes or along the Estérel in the direction of Saint Raphael where beautiful rock formations are found. The boat will be stop on a rocky bottom where you will be able to see and swim amongst the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean sea. Spend about 2 hours either swimming, enjoying the sun from the boat or in the shade before returning to the meeting point at around 6:00 PM. The boat is well stocked with drinking water and you may bring personal belongings to enjoy during the trip.

French Riviera Tour: Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul de Vence

5. French Riviera Tour: Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul de Vence

Discover the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera on this guided half-day trip from Nice. Travel to Cannes, Antibes, and Saint-Paul de Vence in an air-conditioned van, with hotel transfers included. Take in sights like La Croisette Boulevard and the Bay of Angels. Enjoy the convenience of a pickup from your accommodation in Nice. Sit back and enjoy views of the coastline on your way to Cannes. Get free time to explore the shops on La Croisette Boulevard, capture pictures of the yachts in the marina, or make your way to a sandy beach. Next, go on a drive along the coastal road between Cannes and Antibes, passing by the charming marinas of Juan-les-Pins and Golf-Juan. From here, soak up the French Riviera marina and views of the Bay of Angels. End your tour in the well-preserved medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, the jewel of Provence, where artists like Yves Montand and Jacques Prévert have lived. Return to your accommodation in Nice at the end of your tour.

Saint Paul de Vence, Antibes, and Cannes from Nice

6. Saint Paul de Vence, Antibes, and Cannes from Nice

Be collected at your accommodation at 1:30 PM to discover the most beautiful cities of the Côte d'Azur and their sparkling attractions in half a day. Visit Saint Paul-De-Vence to admire the jewel of Provence, where many painters and artists have been. You can feel the history and artistic creativity. It's a unique place and a destination not to be missed. Then go to Antibes to cross the old town and market square to the Billionaire's Pier, where you can admire luxury yachts belonging to multinational companies.  Your last destination will be Cannes, the city of actors and celebrities, which is known as the Hollywood of France. You will explore the Beverly Hills of France and walk on the famous Croisette. Enjoy restaurants and luxury shops as you set foot on the famous red carpet film festival. 

From Nice: Best of the Riviera

7. From Nice: Best of the Riviera

Enjoy a full-day guided trip from Nice to towns and cities along the French Riviera. Explore the beaches and charming architecture of Cannes, take in the views from Eze, and visit Monaco’s old town. Begin with pickup at your hotel in Nice in the morning. Relax in a climate-controlled van with plenty of space on the scenic drive to Cannes. Admire the lovely seaside resort that is renowned for its film festival, its designers, its prestigious hotels, and of its beaches. Head to Antibes, which features one of the most spectacular marinas on the French Riviera. Marvel at stunning views of the Bay of Angels from its fortification wall. Reach Saint-Paul de Vence, the jewel of Provence which has been home to many artists. Have time to visit the boutiques before traveling to the medieval village of Eze to enjoy breathtaking views and discover the secrets of perfume on a visit to the Fragonard perfume factory. Ride to Monaco for a visit to the charming old town. Capture pictures of its cathedral, the Formula 1 Grand Prix course, and the famous Place du Casino. Return to your accommodation in Nice at the end of your day trip.

From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

8. From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nice and admire the famous Promenade des Anglais as you depart the city. With your guide, travel first to Eze, one of the most picturesque villages on the Côte d'Azur where you can take in a panoramic view of Villefranche over Cap Ferrat and its many famous villas. Visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and discover the history of perfume-making from its beginnings to the present day. Continue to the Principality of Monaco, where you can stroll through the streets of the old town. See the Prince’s Palace, the Courthouse, the Cathedral, as well as a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a ride along the streets used for the famous Formula 1 race circuit to reach the most glamourous section of Monaco, Monte Carlo, with its famous casino and exclusive hotels. Next, enjoy a short stop in the town of Cannes, famous for its annual film festival and wonderful sandy beaches. Continue to Antibes, one of France's oldest cities which was founded by Greek merchants in the 5th century. Discover St Paul de Vence, one most beautiful villages in Provence, recognized for its cultural and artistic heritage. Finally, be returned to your accommodation in Nice after a full day of sightseeing.

From Nice or Cannes: Monaco, Monte Carlo & Eze Half-Day Trip

9. From Nice or Cannes: Monaco, Monte Carlo & Eze Half-Day Trip

Enjoy a half-day adventure in the glamorous French Riviera on a visit to the medieval hillside village of Eze and a guided tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo. Departing from Cannes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, or Monaco, travel by a luxury minibus and explore the glitzy atmosphere of this trendy destination. At the hillside village of Eze, enjoy panoramic views of the Riviera and the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the Fragonard perfume factory before touring the village La Turbie. Known as the "Terrace” of Monaco, thanks to its views over Monaco. It is most notable for its Roman monument dating from 7 BC. On arrival in Monaco, go to the old town, known as "The Rock," and admire the Prince Palace. Arrive in time to see the Changing of the Guard. Continue to the Cathedral and pay homage to the Monegasque royalty buried there and still have time to see the Oceanographic Museum and the Justice Palace. End your tour at Monte Carlo and see the Casino built by Garnier, the architect of the Opera Garnier in Paris. Admire the famous Hotel de Paris built in 1864, and the beautiful gardens. Finally, take a spin around the road circuit of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Cannes: 6-Hour Private French Riviera Shore Excursion

10. Cannes: 6-Hour Private French Riviera Shore Excursion

When your cruise ship stops in the port of Cannes, meet your driver-guide who will be holding a sign with your name. Hop into an airconditioned van for 2-8 people and begin your 6-hour private tour adventure. Make the first stop in Nice and admire the panoramic views of Hauts de Villefranche and Cap Ferrat. Then head to the medieval village of Eze where you will have the chance to visit the Fragonard perfumery. Next, head to the principality of Monaco and enjoy a visit to the cathedral where you can pay homage to the princes and princesses of Monaco and see the magnificent palace. Finish your excursion in Monte Carlo where you will find the famous casinos and L'hotel de Paris. Drive along the track of the Formula 1 Grand Prix before you return to your cruise ship.

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What people are saying about Cannes

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,816 reviews

Our Guide was amazing from the minute he picked us up he was happy and jovial nothing was a bother took us to places longer than was listed so that we had plenty of time to see everything he always kept us updated in English and others in French the bus was a minivan only 8 on our trip was perfect to get a view of many places we wanted to see

We had a wonderful time with Cecyle. This was an amazing and comfortable trip of the entire french reviera. We covered Saint vence, Cannes, Antibes, Eze, Monte carlo, Monaco etc… You must take this tour and Cecyle is very knowledgeable about the area

We loved seeing so much in 10 hours! All our stops were short but it gave us a feel for all the places and ones to return to another time! Dennis was very knowledgeable and was organized and scheduled perfectly. Had a great day!

Emperatriz was a great guide. We enjoyed visiting Nice, Monaco, and Monte Carlo. The fun facts about each place we visited were entertaining. The scenery was beautiful and our guide took great pictures.

Awesome. Great tour guide, comfortable car, stellar views.