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

1. 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.

Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

2. 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

3. 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 to Monaco Round-Trip Ferry Tickets

4. Nice to Monaco Round-Trip Ferry Tickets

Discover the beauty of the French Riviera by sea, and see the sights from Nice to Monaco on a round-trip ferry trip. The cruise takes an hour or less each way, and along the way you can relax and take in the panoramic views of this scenic region. When you arrive in Monaco, you’ll be greeted by the grandeur of the town built on a rock overlooking the sea. This independent state, surrounded by French territory, features a mix of ancient and ultra-modern architecture. During your time in Monaco, you can visit the Prince's Palace, the Casino, and the Oceanographic Museum. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Nice by ferry, once again enjoying the stunning views en route. Schedule: Departure from Nice: 9:30 AM Arrival in Monaco: 10:15 AM Departure from Monaco: 5:00 PM Arrival in Nice: 6:00 PM

Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

5. 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

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

7. 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

8. 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: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

9. Nice: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

This is an ideal bike tour to explore the city of Nice and Baie des Anges for the first time. Peddle alongside a local guide who knows the true history of the monuments inside and around the old town and the city's main squares. Choose between an e-bike or classic bike. On this biking adventure, get to know the wonders of Massena and Garibaldi, the justice palace, the Residence Palace of the Kings of Savoya, and other must-see sights. Get the most out of your trip with a guide who has local know-how. Pass in front of the world-renowned Palaces of Promenade des Anglais, cross the harbor with its antique shops, and see Castle Hill and its gardens, waterfall, panoramic points, and oldest ruins where the first inhabitants settled.

Nice: Sightseeing Walking Tour

10. Nice: Sightseeing Walking Tour

The best way to explore a city is on foot. And the best way to discover the must-see places of a city is to have a competent local guide. Then come discover Nice la belle (Nissa la bella) as the locals say. It is one of the most visited cities in France, a title deserved since the city has a very particular history and geography that makes it a superb city both culturally and visually. Once a Greek counter and then a Gallo-Roman city, the city was once the only maritime gateway in the States of Savoy. Nice was then part of the Piedmont Sardinia kingdom until 1860, so the Nice region is one of the last to have joined France. There is also a very Mediterranean culinary culture mainly inspired by Provence and Italy. You certainly know the famous salad of Nice (without potato attention) or the pan bagnat, but don’t worry you still have a lot of Nice specialties to discover. We will of course visit the unmissable Old Nice with its narrow and colorful streets, these small baroque churches, its sumptuous palaces, its countless bars and restaurants, not to mention its art galleries, since Nice is a city of art and history listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2021. Of course we will not miss the French Copacabana, the Promenade des Anglais, a large maritime boulevard whose image is known worldwide. It is the very symbol of Nice. And the hill of the castle ideally placed at the seaside the hill offers a garden that is the favorite park of the Nice and tourists, its shady alleys and its multiple points of view allow to discover exceptional panoramas on the bay of angels, the city, the hills and the Prealps

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4.9 / 5

based on 28 reviews

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.

Chris was an incredible tour guide, knowledgeable, charismatic & engaging with the group! Unusually for a tour guide, he was Niçoise, so knew all the local gems & customs! I highly recommend to take this tour on your first day to Nice, as you’ll appreciate & understand your surroundings & be able to plan your trip accordingly.

Great way to start your Nice vacation. Chris is an amazing guide who is passionate and knowledgeable of the riveria. He also gives great recommendations on places to eat and see in the region.

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