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Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

1. 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.

From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

2. From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

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.

From Nice: 2-Hour Scenic Drive by 3-Wheel Vehicle

3. From Nice: 2-Hour Scenic Drive by 3-Wheel Vehicle

Experience the French Riviera by unique 3-wheel vehicle and have fun along the way. Depart Nice and journey from the Promenade des Anglais with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face aboard the open-top car. Each car can safely seat 2 people and is equipped with a GPS guide for your convenience. Don't be shy while driving - people will look at you in wonder, and you'll be the envy of the highway! Zoom down the coast and see it brought to life in a truly novel way. Pass picturesque locations, such as Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Drive up Mont Alban for a panoramic view, and go to the only sand beach in the area at Villefranche-sur-Mer. Try some of the famous pan bagnat à la voile bleue (a sandwich typical to Provence). Continue along the coast and see the beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its gardens, classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the "Notable Gardens of France." Then, get stunning views of Nice Harbor as you enter the city en route back to the meeting point. Stop for a nice break in the old city close to Place Masséna.

From Nice: Eze & Monaco by Open-Top Car

4. From Nice: Eze & Monaco by Open-Top Car

Get behind the wheel of a unique 3-wheel, open-top vehicle and see the sights of the French Riviera from a different perspective. Use the on-board GPS technology to help you find your way from the Promenade des Anglais with ease. Drive along the coastal roads to see stunning resort towns and hilltop villages, and join the jet set in the elegant principality of Monaco. Drive up Mont Alban to get a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, or relax on the only sandy beach in the area in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Stop to try a local pan bagnat (typical sandwich of Provence) at La Voile Bleue beach bar and club and see the stunning villa and gardens of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Get the chance to hit the jackpot in the casino at Monte Carlo or visit the Gallimard perfume factory in the village of Eze.

Nice: Bicycle and E-bike Rental

5. Nice: Bicycle and E-bike Rental

Set off to explore Nice's charming promenades on a bicycle or e-bike. Cycle down the Paillon promenade and through the beautiful alleys of old Nice. Enjoy a practical and fun way of getting around as you explore Nice. Pedal out to Cap d'Antibes or Villefranche/Mer and enjoy a stroll on the French Riviera. Use an e-bike and enjoy the feeling of freedom that the electric motor gives you. Take advantage of this fun and eco-friendly way of touring Nice.

Nice: Panoramic French Riviera E-Bike Tour

6. Nice: Panoramic French Riviera E-Bike Tour

Mount your e-bike, and enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views of the French Riviera. You will start your tour with your bike in the easiest mode, on a large cycle lane of the Promenade des Anglais. Here you will be taught the technical aspects of you bike, and can get used to riding before beginning your tour. You will then ride by the Rauba Capéu Quay, a must see tourist attraction of Nice. You will travel along the port of Nice, before taking the road to Villefranche-sur-Mer following the cape of Nice, one of the most amazing roads in the French Riviera. You will then discover Villefranche-sur-Mer and its fortified citadel Saint-Elme, and enjoy a little break to explore the village or have a cold drink in Terrasse. On your way back, you will ride through the park of Mont Boron to reach the Fortress of Mont Alban. Your guide will give you some information from outside the fortress and you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view that this point has to offer.

Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze Half-Day Trip

7. Monaco, Monte Carlo and 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, or Monaco, travel by luxury 8-seater minibus and explore the glitzy atmosphere of this trendy destination. At the hillside village of Eze, enjoy panoramic views of the Riviera and 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.

From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

8. From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nice and admire the famous Promenade des Anglais as you depart the city. With your guide, travel first to Eze, one of the most picturesque villages on the Côte d'Azur where you can take in a panoramic view of Villefranche over Cap Ferrat and its many famous villas. Visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and discover the history of perfume-making from its beginnings to the present day. Continue to the Principality of Monaco, where you can stroll through the streets of the old town. See the Prince’s Palace, the Courthouse, the Cathedral, as well as a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a ride along the streets used for the famous Formula 1 race circuit to reach the most glamourous section of Monaco, Monte Carlo, with its famous casino and exclusive hotels. Next, enjoy a short stop in the town of Cannes, famous for its annual film festival and wonderful sandy beaches. Continue to Antibes, one of France's oldest cities which was founded by Greek merchants in the 5th century. Discover St Paul de Vence, one most beautiful villages in Provence, recognized for its cultural and artistic heritage. Finally, be returned to your accommodation in Nice after a full day of sightseeing.

Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting

9. Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Head to the quaint town of Grasse, known as the world’s perfume capital, on a full-day tour that begins with a pick-up at your accommodation in Nice, Monaco, or Cannes. You’ll visit the Fragonard perfume factory, and have a chance to explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. The small-group tour continues on, traveling the scenic roads to Valbonne, a charming medieval village, where you can take a break for lunch at one of the charming cafés. Drive along the Loup River, passing stunning waterfalls, and head up to the tiny fortress of Gourdon for sweeping views across the French Riviera. Afterwards you’ll stop at the Bellet vineyards, located just outside Nice. Visit the Chateau de Cremat, built in 1906, and enjoy incredible views of the sea and taste their red, rosé, and white wines.

Nice: Bay of Villefranche 5-Hour Electric Bike Tour

10. Nice: Bay of Villefranche 5-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Discover the old world opulence and modern-day glamor of Nice on a 5-hour electric bike tour of the Bay of Villefranche. Meet your guide on Place Garibaldi in the city center, and set off to explore the French Riviera from the saddle of a bicycle. Pedal through the old town to see gardens and fountains. Cycle along the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais. Visit Castle Hill (Parc du Château) for a panoramic view of Vieux Nice. Continue uphill to the Cape of Nice. Marvel at the Belle Époque villas on both sides. Stop to take photos of the landscape over Angel’s Bay. Continue along the coast to Villefranche-sur-Mer, enjoying breathtaking views over the Bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat along the way. Hear about some of the most famous residents of the magnificent villas you see en route. Upon arrival at Villefranche, take a walking tour of the Old Town and discover tiny streets full of charm. Go to the 16th-century fortress, built above the sea to protect the bay from pirates and French attacks. Now the site of several museums, including the Volti Sculpture Museum, the fortress is also home to City Hall and gardens with interesting view points from the towers and walls. If you are hungry for more, continue to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat to take part in optional water activities, such as jet skis, canoes, and more. Villefranche is perfect for embracing the slow “Dolce Vita” and swimming in azure waters. Alternatively, stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, marvel at the Greek-style Villa Kerylos, or go to the stunning Villa Santo Sospir to see wall drawings by one of its former residents, Jean Cocteau. Cycle back to Nice via an alternative route popular with the locals.

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What people are saying about Villefranche-sur-Mer

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,716 reviews

Ben is amazing and we had an awesome day with him! He picked us up in Cannes from our hotel. Started our trip with a stop in the beautiful seaside village called Eze and walked up to the top of Jardin Exotique d’Eze for a breath taking view of the town while taking in the cute shops and luscious garden along the way. If you can, stop at one of the quaint delis in on your trek to the top for a quick bite to take in the beautiful scenery - we did and it was so real. Monaco & Monte Carlo we’re also amazing! Got to see the transformation of Monaco into the annual Grand Prix Formula One event, plus took a drive around the track. Monaco is so picturesque. Visited Monte Carlo but didn’t go all the way into casino area because we wanted to enjoy the sun and outside activities. This is a MUST BOOK tour. We ended up booking the full day tour because it was so much fun. Will book again when we go back to Monaco. Thank you for a memorable time Ben.

I think this tour is a must for everyone who is visiting Nice. The itinerary was perfect and there was just enough time for each location. In addition, our tour guide Parfait, was amazing. He explained the history of the destinations, also of the cities on the way, really well, and in an engaging way. Thanks to him, our time on the road was as interesting as the time we spent on the destinations.

It was very nice.We saw many places and Parfait, the guide was ve knowledgeable, humorous and great in sharing the history of the place!

It was great that he drove safely and showed many wonderful views!! Thank you very much!

A great way to see the French Riviera in one day. Our guide was awesome.