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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

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: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

3. 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.

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

4. 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)

French Riviera: Marineland Entrance Ticket

5. French Riviera: Marineland Entrance Ticket

Head to Marineland, a family fun park on the French Riviera that offers water-based activities and an aquarium that’s home to a variety of exotic marine life. With this 1-day ticket you can get up close to a wide range of animals such as penguins, sharks, sea lions and polar bears. Take in Marineland’s popular shows featuring dolphins, sea lions and orcas. The shows are accompanied by music and make for a fascinating approach to the sea world. Watch the sharks through the Shark Tunnel and get up close to the polar bears, sea lions and penguins in Antarctica. Bring the whole family for a special day of fun!

Nice: Perfume Creation Workshop

6. Nice: Perfume Creation Workshop

Created in 1849, this perfume company is a family business which over the years has passed down its enthusiasm and high standards. After a quick visit to the boutique, you will start designing your own personal fragrance accompanied by an expert who will help you to compose the perfect olfactory symphony. Using a perfume organ, one by one you will select the fragrance notes and create the perfume of your desires. For 60 minutes, you will have 90 different essences at your disposal. At the end of the workshop, you will receive a diploma that you can keep as a wonderful souvenir together with the perfume that you have created by yourself.

Nice: Allianz Stadium and National Sports Museum Tour

7. Nice: Allianz Stadium and National Sports Museum Tour

Spend an enjoyable 2 hours on a visit to the National Sports Museum in Nice and touring the Allianz Riviera stadium. Tours are available in French and some information is translated into English. Allianz Riviera, Nice’s new stadium for the UEFA Euro 2016 is a venue full of positive energy. It was designed to meet the demands of hosting a football competition as significant as UEFA, while respecting the principles of sustainable development. During the tour you'll hear stories from the changing rooms, stand at the side of the pitch just like the players do and visit areas that are normally reserved for VIPs and the press.

From Nice: Full-Day Monaco, Monte-Carlo & Eze Tour

8. From Nice: Full-Day Monaco, Monte-Carlo & Eze Tour

Enjoy the panoramic view over Nice from Mt. Boron. Next, on the Middle Corniche stop at Eze, a medieval perched village with its crafts shops and breathtaking panorama. Take a guided tour of a traditional perfumery to discover the true essence of Provence. Visit the Old Town of Monaco, the famous 'Rock'. Tour Monte-Carlo and drive along the amazing Grand Prix circuit. Then enjoy some free time at Casino Square. Do some luxurious shopping, stroll along the stunning gardens, view the mega-yachts and chic casino or simply watch the rich and beautiful in their favorite haunts. Then drive along the spectacular coastline of the Lower Corniche between Nice and Monaco. See the typical Mediterranean villages and modern marinas. Admire the Bay and Citadel of Villefranche.

Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

9. 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.

From Nice: Guided Full-Day Provencal Tours and Wine Tasing

10. From Nice: Guided Full-Day Provencal Tours and Wine Tasing

Discover the real provencal market in Antibes, a city famous for its fortification wall along the seaside and its harbour where the rich and famous have their yachts. Then, visit maybe the most beautiful medieval village in France: Saint-Paul-de-Vence, famous for its art galleries, the place where famous painters were like Chagall or Matisse. To continue this wonderfull day, enjoy a wine tasting at Chateau Cremat, the place where Coco Chanel used to go, visit the castle and the vineyards and taste the best wine of our region. Finish the day by visiting the Waterfall of Gairaut with the best panorama over Nice.

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What people are saying about Nice

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4.5 / 5

based on 13,121 reviews

Hourly On Time departure point and pickup locations Clearly marked. Very Clean bus. One of the drop-off locations was closed. This provided ample time to tour the town, take memorable postcard type pictures and grab lunch at a local restaurant on the water. If you on the bus top deck, watch for low hanging tree branches.

Lovely experience! 10/10 recommend!! I would advise going to the Fragonard Perfumery for a tour there and learning a bit deeper about perfume before doing this one. But if not that’s okay :) The lady that led the session was great!

Great experience!!! Definitely recommend!! Parfait was awesome. He had so much information and answered so many of our questions. This is a must!!!

The Tour was great, gorgeous views. The tour guide Raphael was lovely, very nice and gave amazing service!

The trip was amazing. Good timing with a cool guide Nathan.