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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.

From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

2. From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

Embark on a discovery of the Esterel, its hidden caves, and typical Mediterranean scenery. Join your professional skipper aboard a semi-rigid boat for your trip to the Esterel. The trip lasts 2.5 hours, including a stop for swimming, with refreshments served on board. Enjoy half a day of relaxation as you explore this extraordinary coastline, with its stunning panoramas and secret coves accessible only by local boats. Discover all the secrets of this coastline with the skipper sharing their extensive knowledge about the Corniche d'Or.

Nice: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Nice: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the sights of Nice at your own pace and enjoy panoramic views from an open-top bus. Purchase a 1-day or 2-day pass for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and enjoy unlimited sightseeing opportunities. You can redeem your voucher on board the bus at any stop along the route. Once on board, listen to an informative commentary via the audio guide. Get information on the most popular things to see and attractions to visit. Choose how much time you want to spend at each attraction and travel comfortably between sites. Tour duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stops are as follows: 1. Promenade des Anglais / Max Gallo : 4, Avenue Max Gallo, Nice 2. Cathédrale / Vieille Ville : 22, Boulevard Jean Jaurès, Nice 3. Port Lympia/Carnot : 1, Boulevard Carnot, Nice 4. Villefranche Octroi Sud : Opposite 10, Avenue Maréchal Foch 5. Villefranche Citadelle : Place Emmanuelle Philibert 6. Villefranche Octroi Nord : 2, Avenue Maréchal Foch 7. Ile de Beauté – Port Nord : Opposite 5, Place Ile de Beauté 8. Massenet-Promenade des Anglais Nord : 2, Promenade des Anglais 9. Congrès - Promenade des Anglais Nord : 30, Promenade des Anglais 10. Eglise Russe / Gambetta : 47, Avenue Thiers 11. Gare SNCF Poste Thiers : 23, Avenue Thiers 12. Congrès-Promenade des Anglais Sud : Opposite 15, Promenade des Anglais (sea side)

Nice to Saint Tropez: Round-Trip Transportation by Boat

4. Nice to Saint Tropez: Round-Trip Transportation by Boat

Reach the charming city of St. Tropez by boat in just 2.5 hours from Nice. Enjoy the views of the French Riviera along the way, and spend the afternoon exploring the city that is emblematic of Provence. Admire the harbor and visit the many boutiques and the well-known market at the Place des Lices. See the Citadelle, Quartier de la Ponche, Annonciade Museum and more during your visit. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase on board. The ticket provides round-trip transportation between Nice and St. Tropez. The boat departs Nice at 09:00 AM and arrives in St. Tropez at 11:30 AM. The return trip departs St. Tropez at 04:30 PM, arriving in Nice at 07:00 PM.

Saint-Raphaël: 2.5-hour sea and creeks boat excursion

5. Saint-Raphaël: 2.5-hour sea and creeks boat excursion

Enjoy unparalleled views of the French Riviera on a 2.5-hour boat tour from Santa Lucia port that takes you to hidden coves before letting you loose for a scenic snorkeling adventure. Take your spot on a 12-seater boat and get whisked across the Cote d'Azur for a panoramic view of the volcanic Esterel massif and Agay bay, where you can explore idyllic coastal creeks that are only accessible from the sea. Grab your snorkel gear when the caption drops anchor to admire the beauty of the Mediterranean seabed — keep an eye out for sea turtles as Esterel is also a Natura 2000 conservation site. Hold on tight as it’s then full-speed back to the port at Saint-Raphaël with drinks and music to wrap up a fun-filled day.

Saint-Tropez: Kayak Experience in Ramatuelle Reserve

6. Saint-Tropez: Kayak Experience in Ramatuelle Reserve

See the best of Saint-Tropez in the water on this kayaking tour. Walk along the famous Pampelonne beach, kayak in the crystal clear waters, and discover the colorful sea life while snorkeling.  Meet your guide on Chemin Garonne beach and get a quick safety induction using the kayak. After the induction, jump into the kayak, follow your guide, and set sail down the Mediterranean sea.  Enjoy the scenic views in the heart of the Gulf of Saint Tropez as you cruise along the turquoise waters. First, see the famous Pampelonne beach, then go along the coast to the Cap Camarat. Stop off along the way and jump from a 3-meter cliff if you feel brave. Enjoy some snorkeling in the Port-Cros National Park area. See various marine life in the cove; there's a good chance you will see vibrant fish, red starfish, seahorses, and cuttlefish. This is a must-do family activity in Saint- Tropez that you won't forget.

Eze: Perfume Making Class and Factory Tour

7. Eze: Perfume Making Class and Factory Tour

Discover the secrets of perfume making before visiting the "Flower of the Year" olfactory workshop. Become the creator of your own Eau de Toilette for you to take away. Immerse yourself in the unique smells of the Fragonard Laboratory in the picturesque coastal village of Eze. Explore the ways in which famous French perfume is brought into the world. Then, after learning all about the production process, it's time to try your hand at making perfume yourself. Head for the olfactory workshop and hear about the Olfactiv Pyramid which defines the architecture of a fragrance. Make your own perfume using the knowledge you've gained during your visit. Take home your own 12ml bottle of Eau de Toilette, and look forward to using your own creation on your next night out.

Nice: Small Group Sunset Cruise to Cap Ferrat

8. Nice: Small Group Sunset Cruise to Cap Ferrat

Meet your friendly crew at Nice Port, then set sail along the glistening coastline of Nice. Soak up panoramic views of the French Riviera and feel the wind in your hair as the boat cruises towards Cap Ferrat. As you sail, learn about this luxury destination, which is home to Hollywood stars and often used as the film set for glamorous movies. Pass by the charming fishing village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, admire the villas of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and marvel at the sandy beaches of Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea, then go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life. Finally, watch an unforgettable sunset across the ocean, and soak up the magic of the moment before returning to port.

Monaco 30/60-Minute Ferrari Driving Experience

9. Monaco 30/60-Minute Ferrari Driving Experience

Enjoy an exhilarating 30-minute or 1-hour drive at the wheel of a Ferrari F458 sports car in the French Riviera. Cruise on the famous panoramic roads and corniches of côte d'azur, overlooking Monaco and blue Mediterranean sea. Whether you choose to drive yourself or be driven, tours are available all year round. Once you are on board, listen to the thunderous roar of the perfectly tuned V8 engine of this legendary car. It is an almost mythical experience. From Monaco, in a car that truly turns heads with its unrivaled beauty, you can drive along some of the streets of the famous F1 Grand Prix circuit depending on traffic. Then after a short drive out of the principality, find yourself on the panoramic roads above Monaco. You can get a video souvenir of your Ferrari Experience on request, or receive a Ferrari Experience Certificate to take home as gift at the end of your tour. (Video must be arranged with the instructor before starting the tour).

Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

10. Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

Experience the French Riviera on a 1-hour cruise from Nice, and get carried away by the natural splendor of the Côte d'Azur on a charming nautical excursion. Depart from the port of Nice and head towards the famous deep water bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.  Listen to an informative commentary provided by the crew (either in French or English) as you pass the luxurious villas of the rich and famous. Admire the hilltop villages in the distance, and the beautiful coastline of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, known as a favorite place to vacation among the European aristocracy and international millionaires. Continue to the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer to get a look at its colorful fishing port. The bay is one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large ships. Conclude your sightseeing cruise with a tour of the Baie des Anges in Nice. Cast your eyes on the famous Promenade des Anglais and see its stunning shore from the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

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What people are saying about French Riviera

The tour with the guide named Laurent (he was a very good guide and had a lot of insider tips for us) is highly recommended. We were picked up in front of our hotel in Nice in an air-conditioned van and then we went straight to the mountains. Several stops at the Grand Canyon of Europe allowed us to take great photos and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Unfortunately we had to see empty lavender fields, but instead we stopped for a swim at a beautiful lake (so pack your bathing suit). All in all really recommendable!

Had a great time on the bike tour, Carmela was a very informative tour guide. Great views and the bikes were easy to use, even up hills. We appreciated the cultural information that was shared. I probably would have preferred stopping a little less less and riding more, but that’s me. All in all it was a great way to spend the morning and would recommend it to others.

The tour was great fun. Unfortunately, we couldn't visit two places, including Monaco. Nevertheless, over time it turned out great and we were able to use the 4 hours without getting stressed. We can definitely recommend the tour.

This was one of the highlights of our day trip into Cannes. Our guide Alex was great, knowledgeable and funny. We had two opportunities to swim/snorkel and covered a lot of beautiful coastline. Great time!

Amazing! Carolina was a wonderful tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable with a great sense of humourWish we could’ve done the full day tour though as the half day is a bit rushed.