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Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

1. Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

Get a local’s perspective of Vieux Nice on an informative 3-hour walking tour of Nice Old Town and Castle Hill. Meet your guide on the seafront, next to the stairs and elevator up to Castle Hill. Listen to an introduction to the history of the most Italian-style French city, starting with its Greek foundations, through its time as a dominion of Savoy to the modern day. Learn about the influence of the English and Russian aristocracy, discover how it got its name, and more. Then, enter the Old Town through a gate built during the reign of one of the last Italian governors. See the old houses of the local nobility, and marvel at baroque churches and monuments. Go to one of the most famous markets in Nice, and breathe in the aromas of the produce on sale. Explore a honeycomb of tiny streets, learning the history of each square, street name, and design. Next, ascend to the top of Castle Hill passing through some of the quietest areas of Vieux Nice. Walk through a forest to the old cemeteries with their panoramic views of the city and harbor. Admire the ruins of the old fortifications, and see the majestic waterfall on the Colline du Chateau. Tuck into a Provençal picnic in the castle gardens, and enjoy a platter of the best local food. Get useful advice and tips on how to spend the rest of your time in Nice from your knowledgeable guide.

Nice: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

2. Nice: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

Your guide will lead you through the port, the old town, the seaside and up and down the main hill in the center of Nice, effortlessly on this 3-hour electric bike tour. Ride up Castle Hill and admire its gardens, waterfall, and ruins, and stop to enjoy views over the Bay of Angels. Have a quick look on the Mont Boron hill and its most beautifull Belle Epoque villas, some villas belong to internationally famous people. You’ll ride by the main monuments, squares, and gardens, and along the maze of streets of the Old Town. Visit other popular districts and markets in the city as well.

Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

3. Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

Experience the French Riviera city of Nice on an easy-to-ride, self-balancing Segway. Cruise through the city highlights on a 2-hour or 3-hour tour. Discover sights like the Old Town, Castle Hill, and Place Rossetti. Meet your guide and depart from the Promenade des Anglais after a short training session to ensure you are confident and comfortable on your vehicle. Cross through the Old Town, admiring streets lined with shops, baroque buildings, and a famous flower market.  Learn about the Italian influence of the architecture as your guide shares anecdotes about the city’s history and suggests things to see and do for the rest of your stay. Continue past grand Baroque buildings like the Place St-Francois and Place Garibaldi. Stop to take photos at monuments like the former home of Matisse, Place Rossetti, and Rauba Capeu, where you can take spectacular photos of the curving coastline. Ascend Castle Hill, where you will find an oasis of landscaped gardens and a waterfall.  Take in the views of the Baie des Anges, mountains of the Alps, and the port of Nice. Then, push the Segway to its limits by riding around at its maximum speed of 12 mph (20 kph).

Nice: Electric Scooter Rental

4. Nice: Electric Scooter Rental

Rent an electric scooter which will allow you to see discover the city of Nice with ease. Explore the city like a local at your own pace with these comfortable electric scooters. With a big range, 45km of autonomy , it will be possible to go to Villefranche sur Mer and Cap Ferrat ! Avoid traffic jams and start your exploration of the city by following the sea on the Promenade des Anglais. Then, discover Old Nice with its fabulous Cours Saleya market, restaurants, and colorful alleys. Take to the heights by climbing Castle Hill where you will have magnificent panoramic views of the entire city.

Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

5. Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

Discover Nice's history and heritage in a special way as you are taken through the city by a professional driver. Hear anecdotes, important dates, major monuments, and what defines the city's cultural richness; your guide can also adapt your sightseeing itinerary as you please. Embark on an unforgettable experience that takes you out of the usual channels in order to access forgotten secrets of the city. Discover the Saleva Market, the Opera House, and Rossetti Square with its magnificent church. Cross the famous Place Massena and Garibaldi, full of exciting stories. Walk along the seaside on the famous Promenade des Anglais and enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea from the highest point: an ideal landscape to take selfies. In the new city, "à la française", you will discover the Belle Epoque neighborhoods together with the Negresco hotel, the Musicians district, and the magnificent Orthodox cathedral. Passing through the port Lympia, admire the imposing yachts but also the small boats of traditional fishermen. Finally, you will end up along the prestigious Promenade du Paillon with its gushing fountains and pedestrian streets full of shops and restaurants. Stop at any time to take pictures or ask your driver to stop for ice cream or Socca. A free audio guide option is available in the following languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish You will see the following sites depending on the tour option:  • La Place Massena / Massena Square  • La Fontaine du Soleil / Fountain of the Sun  • L’Opéra  • Le Cours Saleya / Saleya Square  • Le Palais des Rois Sardes / Palace of the Dukes of Savoy  • Le Palais de Justice / Courthouse  • La Cathédrale St Réparate - La Place Rossetti / St Reparate Cathedral - Rossetti Square  • La Vieille Ville / The Old Town  • La Maison de Matisse / House of Matisse  • Les Ponchettes / The Fishermen’s Houses  • La Promenade des Anglais  • Le Jardin Albert 1er - Le Monument du Centenaire /Albert 1st Garden – The Centenary Monument  • La Rue Paradis (Little Champs Elysées)  • La Colline du Château - Le coup de Canon de Midi / Castle Hill - Midday Cannon Shot  • Le Quai Rauba Capéu / The Docks  • Le Monument aux Morts / Memorial  • Le Port Lympia / Le Quartiers des Antiquaires / Antiquaries Neighborhoods  • L’Eglise du Port / Port Church  • La Place Garibaldi / Garibaldi Square  • Le Théâtre de Nice / Le Mamac  • La Tête Carrée / Square Head  • Le Lycée Massena / Massena High School  • La Coulée Verte / Green Lane  • La Cathédrale Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et l'Hôtel Negresco

Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

6. Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

The stunning Old Town of Nice (known locally as Le Vieux Nice) is a lovely honeycomb of narrow streets, dotted with beautiful baroque churches, boutique shops and charming restaurants — hidden gems can be found around every corner. It’s a hive of activity with vibrant squares, buzzing both day and night. After meeting your guide at the Place Massena Square fountain, head past architectural masterpieces such as Nice Town Hall, the Opera House, and Palais de la Prefecture. Explore the Palace of Justice Square and Rosetti Square, where Nice Cathedral is situated, before discovering the bustling Cours Saleya market. Amble down the famous Promenade des Anglais, the Port of Old Nice, Belanda’s Tower, and the final destination of the historic Castle Hill. During the tour, you will have a short break at a flower market, where you can learn about local delicacies and purchase handcrafted gifts and flowers. Here, you can also take a quick trip to the restroom to freshen up before continuing the tour.

Nice: E-Bike 7 Hills Tour

7. Nice: E-Bike 7 Hills Tour

Discover Nice and its countryside on this guided e-bike tour. Explore the French Riviera, the Hill of Cimiez, and ascend to the highest point of Nice Hills and enjoy the panoramic view it offers. Discover a new aspect of Nice by climbing without effort to the top of the Hill of Cimiez with its Roman ruins and arena and admire the Belle Epoque period with its beautiful palaces and villas where queens and kings lived. Visit its religious past through the Monastery of Cimiez and its unique roses gardens. After this stop, you will continue the ascent to the highest point of Nice Hills, where a waterfall dominates the whole bay of Angels for a stop to admire the breathtaking panorama. After this refreshing stop, you will be offered different options which includes: small authentic villages, perched vineyards over the Var Valley, a secret monument hidden in the mountains (hiking) or river corners for natural spot lovers.

Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

8. Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

Explore the heart and history of Nice on a guided walking tour of the Vieux district. Taste some local delicacies during the tour. Begins at the Nice seafront just next to Castle Hill. At this point your guide will provide an introduction to the Greek origins of Nice, the Italian reign over the city, and the English and Russian aristocratic influences. Get answers to questions such as how Nice got its name, the reason for its location, and much more. Enter old Nice by a historic door dating to one of the last Italian governors. Begin your walking tour and learn about the old homes of local nobility. See the most impressive monuments and Baroque churches, and visit the city’s most famous market. Follow your guide through the honeycomb of tiny streets of old Nice and hear about the history of the squares and the street names. Stop to taste local delicacies suggested by the guide. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Castle Hill Park. After exploring the colorful streets of Nice Old Town, go uphill to get to know the history of the Castle Hill park (using either the lift or stairs). Marvel at breathtaking panoramic rooftop views from this vantage point overlooking the waterfall, the ruins, the gardens, and the spectacular cemeteries.

Nice: Must-Sees Electric Scooter Tour

9. Nice: Must-Sees Electric Scooter Tour

First, you will put on helmets, then taking the electric scooter to the Promenade. The tour will start there. You will have a short explanation of how the electric scooter works, the speed, the brake, the autonomy, and what you will see. Ride along the sea, then stop at Massena square, the meeting point of the city. Discover La promenade du paillon, a large garden in the center of the town. Head towards Castle Hill and its waterfall. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the entire city from this perfect vantage point. Head to the famous #Ilovenice, and ride again along the sea, and enjoy the sunset while you are there, before finishing the tour at the meeting point.

Nice: E-Bike City Highlights Tour

10. Nice: E-Bike City Highlights Tour

Begin the tour by meeting your guide and starting the tour along the Promenade des Anglais. Ride along the large cycle path past the Old Town of Nice and arrive at Quai Rauba Capeù. Continue the tour as your powerful e-bike helps you easily ascend to the top of Castle Hill. From the top of the hill, enjoy fantastic views of the Old Town and the beaches of Nice. Learn more about the city of the city as your guide points out historic buildings and landmarks during your tour. Cycle towards the Port of Nice and see the contrast between the elegant yachts and traditional fishing vessels. Climb Mont Boron Hill and admire the stunning views of the entire city.

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Full marks Chris for a fascinating tour which you led with enthusiasm and much knowledge as a Nice born guide. The route was great and your commentary was excellent. We saw and learned far more from you about Nice, its culture, history and present-day activities than we could have done from guide books. The pace was perfect, as was the timing, such as to get us to the firing of the castle canon at noon. You had lots of anecdotes which helped us to get so much from our brief stay in your wonderful city. The tasty samples of pissaladière made by your mother were very much appreciated. Very many thanks, we have no hesitation in recommending your tour to others.

Really fun way to get oriented to Nice. Nicholas was a great guide. Went on the 2 hour tour with my 3 teen / adult kids. Glad we did this rather than the 1 hour tour, in think that would have been too short. The Segways were quite easy to ride after a few minutes and felt really comfortable by the end. The have a little bag on the front so you could put a small bag in there if you needed to. Enjoyed seeing the old town and riding through the small streets, then up the hill. Had already done a free walking tour but still enjoyed doing the Segway tour. Really recommend this experience.

Kent is the best guide ever seen! He is definitely a people person that allows you to get the best from the visit. We made a nice tour around Nice which was very interesting and not too much crowded places.

It was nice to be able to look around Nice on an electric bicycle through this tour. You are a wonderful Parisian.

Our guide flo is excellent. Very knowledgeable and strongly recommend to anyone who is new to Nice