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Our most recommended French Riviera Castle & Palace Tours

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

1. From Nice: Eze, Monaco, & Monte-Carlo Half-Day Trip

Explore Côte d'Azur on a half-day trip from Nice, with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Be charmed as you wander through a medieval village and discover the important sites of Monaco, Eze, and Monte Carlo with a guide. Be picked up from your accommodation in Nice in the morning or in the afternoon. Enjoy a panoramic view of Nice and the bays of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. In Èze, have the opportunity to visit the medieval village like an eagle's nest. You can also take a free guided tour of Fragonard Perfumery to learn more about the perfume-making process. Next, be driven to Monaco and take a walk in the old town. Discover the princely palace and explore the town and its neo-Romanesque cathedral. Also see the famous Casino Square, the Grand Casino, luxury boutiques, and Café de Paris. A ride on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit awaits you from Monaco to Monte Carlo.

Nice: Full Day Tour of Eze and Monaco

2. Nice: Full Day Tour of Eze and Monaco

Begin your day trip with a pick-up from your hotel or private residence in Nice. Enjoy a scenic drive along some of the world's most spectacular roads along the Basse Corniche, offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast. Arrive at your first location, Eze, and take in the seaside views. Get an in-depth look at the medieval center on a guided tour of a Fragonard perfumery, where you will learn about the art of perfume making. Travel from Eze to Monaco and leave France behind. Enjoy free time to stroll around Monte Carlo's old town. Take a tour of the famous Formula One Grand Prix circuits and explore the Place du Casino at your own pace.  Take the time to do some luxury shopping or have a good time on the beach before your return to Nice.

Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

3. 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.

From Nice: Private Bellet Wine Tasting Day Trip

4. From Nice: Private Bellet Wine Tasting Day Trip

Produced from antiquity on terraces that overhang, between 200 and 400 meters, the left bank of Le Var, west of the city of Nice, the Bellet, or wine of Bellet, is harvested on the sole territory of the commune of Nice. First, visit the Château de Crémat vineyard, garden and wine cellar. Learn about the history of the castle and try some wines (for an additional charge). Then, head to the Domaine de la Source vineyard and wine cellar. Learn about the history of Domain and try some more wines.

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

5. 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.

Nice: Must-Sees Electric Scooter Tour

6. Nice: Must-Sees Electric Scooter Tour

Meet us at our agency, where you are going to discover our vibe #funtogether. 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 where we're gonna go. You're gonna ride along the sea, then stop at Massena square, the meeting point of the city. Then, you will discover La promenade du paillon, a big garden in the center of the town. When you will be comfortable with the electric scooter, we will ride until 25km/h speed to reach the Castle Hill and it's waterfall. Don't forget your phone or camera , you must take a lot of pictures with the beautiful panoramic view you will discover. Your guide will be with you, so don't hesitate to ask for a group photo. Then, we will go the famous #Ilovenice, and ride again along the sea, and maybe enjoy the sunset while we are here. The end of the tour will be back at our agency.

Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

7. 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.

The Italian Riviera: Full-Day Tour from Cannes

8. The Italian Riviera: Full-Day Tour from Cannes

Enjoy a drive along the fabulous Italian Riviera on a full-day tour from Cannes. You’ll visit open-air markets along the Riviera that are known for their leather goods, fashion and accessories! Continue your escape toward Dolceacqua, a captivating village with a stone bridge and castle. Enjoy a lunch (not included) and lose yourself in a delicious journey.  When you are planning your tour please note that Thursday is market day in Bordighera, and Tuesday and Saturday in San Remo.

From Nice: Day Trip to Monte Carlo and Monaco Coast

9. From Nice: Day Trip to Monte Carlo and Monaco Coast

Spend a day taking in the panoramic views of the French Riviera and exploring its top towns and attractions. Enjoy a guided tour with ample free time to browse shops and walk along the seafront. Get picked up by your driver in Nice and admire the Promenade des Anglais and the Bay of the Angels. Enjoy the panoramic view of Villefranche over Cap Ferrat, known for its exclusive villas. Explore the former fishing village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a melding of luxury and tradition. Take in the exquisite views of Monaco during a stop at La Turbie and see the ancient Roman Trophy of Augustus monument. Continue on to Eze, a medieval village perched on a hill, which offers more breathtaking views. Tour the famous Fragonard perfume factory and learn how scents are produced. Enjoy both guided and free time in Monte Carlo to discover its museums, monuments, cathedral, and Formula 1 race track.

From Nice: Eze, Monaco, Cap Ferrat & Villa Rothschild

10. From Nice: Eze, Monaco, Cap Ferrat & Villa Rothschild

Enjoy an 8-hour private tour of the Cote d'Azur. After pickup at your hotel in Nice, make your way to the charming hilltop village of Eze, which has been likened to an eagle's next and has breathtaking views. Then, continue toward the principality of Monaco. Upon arrival in Monaco, discover the charm of the old town, crowned by the Prince's Palace and the majestic cathedral. See the amazing Formula 1 track that will lift the veil on the high precision of the Grand Prix drivers' skills. Next, explore the legendary square of Monte Carlo. Amuse yourselves strolling through fancy cars and chic casinos or simply enjoy the view over the mega-yachts in Port Hercules. From there, immerse yourself in the true French Art de Vivre by visiting the famous Rothschild Villa and its nine botanical gardens in the heart of the prestigious Cap Ferrat. Appreciate a gourmet break in the sitting room of the baroness, then explore the billionaire’s peninsula before being dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about French Riviera

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Chris is an amazing guide. The tour was super informative, fun, and very well organized. Chris is a local who grew up in Nice and knows a lot about the city and its history. He will also give you recommendations about places to eat that are not tourist traps, so I suggest planning this tour early on in your visit to make the most of those recommendations.

Absolutely fantastic tour! Chris was very entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. He also provided a nice list of recommendations which was greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend this tour for everyone, especially at the beginning of your time in Nice!

Great guide! He was thorough in explaining all the history and even lugged onion torte the entire way of the tour to share with the travelers at the end. Highly recommend.

It was a bit rush for the whole trip but overall a good experience, and the guide was great and responsible

The drivers were so kind and careful. They gave us the best experience and it was a really good trip