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  • From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

    1. 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, ...

    The best tour of the French Riviera!! Such amazing value for the price. Our guide Parfait is probably the best guide I have had in the many tours I have done. He was both the guide and the drive, and did a fantastic job at both. 110% recommend this, don’t think twice, just book!

  • Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze Half-Day Trip

    2. 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, you will travel by luxury 8-seater minibus and explore the glitzy atmosphere of this trendy destination. At the enchanting hillside village of Eze you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the French Riviera and Mediterranean Sea. You will also get the chance to visit the Fragonard perfume factory before driving through the village La Turbie. Also known as the "Terrace” of Monaco, due to the panoramic views of the Principality of 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. You will arrive in time to see the Changing of the Guard just before Midday. Continue to the Cathedral, w...

    The tour guide was great, very personable. The places we went were amazing. If I do it again I will do the whole day version though. Regardless, it was a great time.

  • From Nice: Day Trip to Monte Carlo and Monaco Coast

    3. From Nice: Day Trip to Monte Carlo and Monaco Coast

    Spend a day taking in the panoramic views of the French Riviera and exploring its top towns and attractions. Enjoy a guided tour with ample free time to browse shops and walk along the seafront. Get picked up by your driver in Nice and admire the Promenade des Anglais and the Bay of the Angels. Enjoy the panoramic view of Villefranche over Cap Ferrat, known for its exclusive villas. Explore the former fishing village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a melding of luxury and tradition. Take in the exquisite views of Monaco during a stop at La Turbie and see the ancient Roman Trophy of Augustus monument. Continue on to Eze, a medieval village perched on a hill, which offers more breathtaking views. Tour the famous Fragonard perfume factory and learn how scents are produced. Enjoy both guided and free time in Monte Carlo to discover its museums, monuments, cathedral, and Formula 1 race track.

  • Nice: Bay of Villefranche 5-Hour Electric Bike Tour

    4. 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 cha...

    The tour guide is local(Samuel). So he knows where to bring people to. He is kind and answers as much questions as you ask. He is open to comments and critics and flexible with modifying the plan based on what people in the group think. This tour because of its unique choice of locations and specifically the use of bike is my recommendation to whoever wants to wander in this region. Just ask the tourguide about biking rules. He might forget telling you.

  • Nice: Panoramic French Riviera E-Bike Tour

    5. 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 a...

    I enjoyed the tour very much and I highly recommend it for all those who like to ride on a bike. This was my first time on an electric bike, and I was a bit nervous about that. I soon found out that there was no need to worry, because Kent, our guide, explained quite well how it works and gave us an easy start and guided us with the technicalities along the way, and also told us about things of interest. The three and a half hour tour took us through beautiful scenery with lots of stops for photos and also for refreshments.

  • Saint Tropez and Port Grimaud: Full-Day Tour

    6. Saint Tropez and Port Grimaud: Full-Day Tour

    From your hotel in Nice, Cannes, or Monaco, head to Saint Tropez; once a sleepy fisherman's village, it's now the summer playground for Europe's glitziest stars. See the mega yachts of the elite and stroll the cobbled streets of Saint Tropez while learning about the history and culture of the town. There will be free time for lunch too. On this full-day small-group tour, you'll also get to visit Port Grimaud just a few kilometers down the coast. A Mediterranean yachting and fishing village on the North shore of St Tropez's bay, it's easy to see why Port Grimaud is famous for its tiny bridges, squares, and canals. Its charming villas the color of a Riviera sunset aren't too bad either! After your full-day tour of Saint Tropez and Port Grimaud, it's time to head back to your hotel.

    Our tour guide Jairo was very friendly, helpful and informative which helped us to make the most out of St Tropez and Port Grimaud.

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

    7. 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.

  • Nice: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour

    8. Nice: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour

    Spend 3 hours seeing the sights of Nice, the glamorous capital of the French Riviera. On this small-group tour you’ll stroll down the celebrated Promenade des Anglais that stretches along the Mediterranean coast. Visit the Old Town, known as Vieux Nice, and soak up the atmosphere at the flower and flea markets. Stroll past pavement cafés and trendy boutiques in central Nice, and head to the top of Castle Hill to see its manicured gardens and the panoramic views of Nice, St. Tropez, and the French Alps. Nice has many charming districts, as you’ll discover on this tour. Wander around the aristocratic Cimiez neighborhood, and see the Regina Palace where Queen Victoria once stayed. You’ll also take in the Chagall and Matisse museums and the Franciscan church and monastery. See the Russian district and admire the Russian Orthodox Church, which is the largest outside Russia, before heading ...

    pick up right on time. Our guide was very friendly and told some nice facts about the development of Nice. the tour brought us to some nice and interesting places and some beautifull photo stops

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

    9. 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 inscriptio...

  • From Nice: Eze, Monaco, Cap Ferrat & Villa Rothschild

    10. From Nice: Eze, Monaco, Cap Ferrat & Villa Rothschild

    Enjoy an 8-hour private tour of the Cote d'Azur. After pickup at your hotel in Nice, make your way to the charming hilltop village of Eze, which has been likened to an eagle's next and has breathtaking views. Then, continue toward the principality of Monaco. Upon arrival in Monaco, discover the charm of the old town, crowned by the Prince's Palace and the majestic cathedral. See the amazing Formula 1 track that will lift the veil on the high precision of the Grand Prix drivers' skills. Next, explore the legendary square of Monte Carlo. Amuse yourselves strolling through fancy cars and chic casinos or simply enjoy the view over the mega-yachts in Port Hercules. From there, immerse yourself in the true French Art de Vivre by visiting the famous Rothschild Villa and its nine botanical gardens in the heart of the prestigious Cap Ferrat. Appreciate a gourmet break in the sitting room of th...

    It was like a private tour since my wife and I were the only participants. Marie did an excellent job explaining the area and the history. She took us on a few scenic tours of the area. Overall excellent tour and our tour guide Marie was also very, very good.

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based on 176 reviews

Our funny guide took us on a ride of the Riviera coast. Took us from the hotel, which was very convenient, he changed a bit the route but good he did , first stop and not so interesting Cannes& Antibes( I bought some nice truffle cheese :) from the piazetta, after we took along the east coast till Eze - not to miss especially for the pics and panorama you get, and the last stop and the most stunning one, Monaco with it s luxury Monte Carlo. The guide was well explainig places things to to to walk around, the next day we decides to come on our own to Monaco! Nice coming back to hotel on another route with panoramic views! It was a pleasure to travel, we were only 7 ppl with the guide nice and clean AC car.

We had a group of 9 and it was perfect for zipping around to the tour stops. Our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable, enthused about the history he was sharing and helpful! Would recommend this if you want to see alot in one day!

The tour guide was great, very personable. The places we went were amazing. If I do it again I will do the whole day version though. Regardless, it was a great time.

They passed me to the hotel, the guide was very friendly and funny, all the places we went to were very interesting and beautiful.

Very good all-day trip and Informative. Our guide was very knowledgeable, kind and very polite