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

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

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nice. With your expert guide, travel first to Eze, one of the most picturesque villages on the Côte d'Azur. Take in a panoramic view of Villefranche over Cap Ferrat. Visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and discover the history of perfume-making from its beginnings to the present day. Then, travel to the Principality of Monaco where you will enjoy some free time to see the Prince's Palace of and visit St. Nicolas' Cathedral. Then, you will be driven along the famous Formula 1 race circuit to reach Monte Carlo and its legendary casino. Admire the elegant Salle Garnier, and the upscale hotels and restaurants of the area, before returning to Nice.

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Nice: Bay of Villefranche 5-Hour Electric Bike Tour

2. 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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Ville Franche: Private 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

3. Ville Franche: Private 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Make a stopover at the "port of free" from your cruise ship to find your driver/guide who will be holding a sign with your name. From there, hop aboard an air-conditioned van seating 2 to 16 people and start your 5-hour private adventure. You will begin by traveling to Monaco to visit its Old City area, with free time to visit the palace which is open from June to October. You can also explore the cathedral and witness the changing of the palace guards, which occurs at 11:50AM. you'll encounter the Grand Casino, luxury boutiques, and the Café de Paris, with a ride on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit waiting for you between Monaco and Monte Carlo. Following that, visit the unforgettable medieval village of Eze with shops carved out of the rock. You can also uncover a world of senses and flowers throughout a visit to the Fragonard Perfumery. You can then enjoy panoramic views over Nice and the bays of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat as you return to port.

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From Nice: 1-Day Tour Côte d'Azur Extraordinary Houses

4. From Nice: 1-Day Tour Côte d'Azur Extraordinary Houses

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is located right in the middle of Cap Ferrat, this villa inspired by the Venetian renaissance residences is the realized dream of Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. In 1905, the art-lover decided to create a sumptuous palace to host her collection. Today, about 5000 works adorn the lounges, boudoirs and galleries of the residence. And Béatrice's dream continues in the park, where you can find nine gardens of different inspirations such as spanish, florentine, japanese, provençal. Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu is named after a legendary swallow, which appeared suddenly from the waves as a sign of good omen inspired by the noble residences of the island of Delos of the 2nd century BC, it is the work of a rich hellenist, Théodore Reinach, who actually lived this ancien dream between 1908 and 1928. Once you enter the hall, where the inscription "Xaipe" welcomes you in old Greek, the immersion is complete. Villefranche-sur-Mer is located between Nice and Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer enjoys a magnificent setting. Its harbour is often regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the beginning of the 20th century, the town became just like Nice, a holiday resort for English and Russian aristocrats. It was also very popular among American and French artists. These days, the harbour is the most important passenger port in France. Between sky and sea, Eze, most prestigious village on the French Riviera, has two features. It is at once a hilltop village and a small seaside resort, with protected beaches. These two levels are connected by the sentier de Nietzsche, named in honour of the philosopher who drew many an inspiration from this place. Wonderful gardens are overhanging the village, facing the sea.  Discover the secrets of perfume with a visit to Fragonard perfume factory. In Monaco and Monte-Carlo you will visit the old town, the Cathedral which is the most important Monegasque architecture feature. Erected at one end of the town, it was built between 1875 and 1884 under the direction of the architect Lenormand. Discover the famous Formula One circuit which was inaugurated in 1929 by Prince Peter of Monaco and has barely changed since ! It has become the legendary Grand Prix "par excellence" which all F1 racers dream of winning. At the heart of the Monte-Carlo aera, the casino is the symbol of Monegasque glamour. Its legendary success lies behind Monaco's wealth. The present building was designed by Charles Garnier in 1878 it is a Belle Epoque jewel, all around, the luxury shops and legendary establishments. 

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From Villefranche: Private Monaco & Eze Shore Excursion

5. From Villefranche: Private Monaco & Eze Shore Excursion

Take a half-day excursion to Monaco and see why it is so famous. After leaving your ship, you will reach Monaco through the coast road and visit the Old Town of Monaco with free time to visit the Palace (open June to October), and Cathedral, with the possibility to see the changing of the Palace Guards at 11:55. Continue to tour Monte Carlo, driving a lap of the Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Have some free time at Casino Square to amuse yourself with luxury shopping, stunning gardens, mega yachts, and chic casinos. Car enthusiasts will enjoy the amazing cars parked by Monte Carlo Casino. Then visit the unforgettable middle-age village of Eze with shops carved in the rock. Discover the world of senses and flowers through a shopping visit to a perfumery. Drive along the spectacular middle Cornice and admire the bay of Villefranche as you drive back to the port.

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What people are saying about Villefranche-sur-Mer

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Great tour of Eze and Monaco. It took about 4.5 hours, for me just perfect. We were only 3 pax. The van was in a very good condition and the guide (the one and only JOE) was an excellent entertainer! Highly recommended.

A great day with a great guide.

The day is quite leisurely, stopping for drinks and refreshments. The hills are not strenuous with the electrically assisted bikes but it's a good idea that you are quite familiar with riding a bike.

Thanks to guide Joe who really made us have a great day! Enriching and fun! The guide taught us a lot !!! A real course on the history of Nice I highly recommend this guide! So nice ! Many thanks

We had a really interesting and fulfilling experience which was made possible by our private tour guide and driver Joe who made it truly educating and special. Definitely worth doing.

nice with beautiful views. Bicycles do very well, but have a higher entry level than in the Netherlands and that took some getting used to. traffic is more hectic but easy to do