Things to do in Nice

From its cultural attractions to its coast, the French Riviera’s capital is the essence of old-world charm.

Our most recommended things to do in Nice

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.

From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

2. 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.

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: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

4. Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

Discover France’s most scenic landscapes on a full-day trip to Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Verdon Gorge from Nice. See the iconic Lavender Fields and learn about these picturesque locations from your guide. Be picked up from your hotel or home address in Nice. Depart with your driver to the hills of your countryside destination. Cross the "gorge of the wolf", complete with its 40-meter-high waterfall, before stopping at Castellane. Whilst traveling along the Verdon (named for its astonishing turquoise green color), enjoy spectacular views of the 700-meter-deep canyon. Afterward, move on to the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, nestled under a rocky cliff and surrounded by mountains from all sides. Known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship, you will have free time here to explore Moustiers at your leisure. Discover the earthenware in the stores, and buy souvenirs before lunch in one of the terrace cafes. Photograph the world-famous lavender platters, or enjoy the lake of St. Croix, an artificial treasure of clear water which is one of the most beautiful lakes of Provence. Then, marvel at the endless lavender fields at the foot of the Alps and stop to take unique and memorable pictures with this impressive backdrop. Stop to smell the light and enchanting lavender aroma surrounding you as you do. After enjoying your trip, return to your vehicle at which point you will be driven back to your point of origin in Nice.

Half-Day Saint Paul de Vence and Wine Tasting Tour from Nice

5. Half-Day Saint Paul de Vence and Wine Tasting Tour from Nice

Board an air-conditioned minivan outside your Nice hotel and sit back and enjoy a scenic 1-hour drive to Saint Jeannet. The drive will take you through the rolling landscapes of Provence's wine country. The tour duration is 4 hours. En route, your tour guide will provide an overview of the history and traditions of French winemaking. In Provence, the temperate Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soil create ideal conditions for growing grapes. Varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache flourish in the warm sun. Stop to visit a wine cellar and experience the subtleties of the local wines during a tasting with the winemaker. You’ll be able to taste a variety of wines. Next stop is Saint Paul de Vence, the second-most visited village in France and the jewel of Provence. The stunning walled village has been home to numerous artists, including Renoir, Chagall and Picasso and many film stars as well.

Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

6. 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: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

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

Experience the French Riviera on a 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 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.

Nice Food Tour

8. Nice Food Tour

Meet your friendly guide at the Fountain of the Sun, then set out on a food-lovers walking tour through the charming streets of Nice. Sample different kinds of artisanal olive oils and see how they're made. Or how about some classic Nice street food? A special savory pancake made with chickpea flour, crispy outside and soft inside, Socca is an essential of Nice Street Food. Pissaladière is a tasty onion tart, traditionally cooked in a wood oven and topped with olives and anchovies. Or imbibe in a typical Provencal wine with tapenade - olive-based with capers, anchovy, and divine olive oil. Very popular in the South of France, it is commonly enjoyed as a bread spread paired with a glass of Rosé. Follow up with a savory or sweet pie - your choice! Speaking of sweet, for a swan song, tuck into lavender or anise biscuits, lemon from Menton, or fresh homemade ice cream.

Nice: Train Experience Through The Alps and Baroque Route

9. Nice: Train Experience Through The Alps and Baroque Route

Escape the tourist crowds and join a combo tour of train experience, discovery of medieval villages, stunning baroque architecture, and incredible natural spots in the middle of the Alps. After meeting your guide 7:55 AM, depart at 8:30 AM from Nice Ville Central Station. Discover breathtaking landscapes as you pass by natural canyons, highly elevated bridges, and tunnel on a 2.5-hour train ride to your destination. During the ride, your guide will tell you the secrets of one of the most beautiful train lines in France, a testimony of French civil engineering at the beginning of the 20th century. Make a stop at 2 medieval villages, Saorge and Tende, and some days La Brigue. First, visit Tende and its Museum des Merveilles to discover Stone Age and other historic artifacts from the Mercantour National Park. Then, head over to Mercantour National Park and spot protected species of flowers. See other highlights of Tende, including a Baroque cathedral, a maze of medieval streets, panoramic views from the top of the village, the cemetery, and the ruins of an old castle. Continue the tour to Saorge, an impressive medieval village with steeped streets, built on a concave hillside. Admire the charming and peaceful Franciscan Convent of Saorge founded in the 17th century before visiting the Church of Saint-Sauveur. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century following a fire and restored in the 18th century. The village offers spectacular sceneries of the Alps and the canyons around. When it's time for lunch you can either select from a lunch picnic or lunch at a local restaurant.

Monaco and Monte-Carlo by Night from Nice

10. Monaco and Monte-Carlo by Night from Nice

Be collected at your accommodation in Nice and take a 45-minute drive along the coast to the nearby town of Monaco, where you will find the famous Formula One Grand Prix track and many renowned casinos. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Cote d'Azur from the top of the hill and pass medieval villages and the marina. Take a ride on the Monaco Grand Prix track. Take advantage of your free time and if a game night does not tempt you, relax at the Café de Paris on the Place du Casino. Treat yourself to a drink or a delicious dessert while the luxury cars of the rich and famous gracefully pass before you. Experience the glamor of Monte Carlo. After a nice evening, your driver-guide will return you to your accommodation in Nice. 

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What people are saying about Nice

Overall rating

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based on 13,121 reviews

Absolutely fantastic half day trip if you want a a quick getaway to Monaco, and potentially if you want to spend more time you could catch a train from Monaco back to Nice. Learned lots and found really neat hidden gems

We can love the perfume manufacturer in Grasse , love the view of Gourdon , and definitely village Saint Paul de Vence . And the guide Paifait is a great guy , he knew how to short cut drive and manage the time .

Our guide and driver Roman was very helpful and informative. We were a small group of five and enjoyed the scenery even though the weather was overcast. Took 11 hours from pick up time upto return to the hotel

The trip was very nice. It’s value for money. The guide Andrej was very nice and professional. Highly recommended!

We really enjoyed this activity and our guide, Parfait, was excellent! Highly recommend this and him!