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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, 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.

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Saint Tropez and Port Grimaud: Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

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Nice: Panoramic French Riviera E-Bike Tour

3. 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.

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

5. 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 Nice: Eze, Monaco, Cap Ferrat & Villa Rothschild

6. 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 the baroness, then explore the billionaire’s peninsula before being dropped off back at your hotel.

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Private Côte d'Azur shore Excursions From Ville Franche

7. Private Côte d'Azur shore Excursions From Ville Franche

Explore the French Riviera on an 8-hour private sightseeing tour from Villefranche and see jetsetter cities and small towns, such as Eze, La Turbie, Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Your first stop will be at the medieval village of Eze, boasting a dramatic location, curious exotic gardens, and fine art. Take a tour of the Fragonard factory to discover the secrets of French perfume. Continue to La Turbie, also called the "Terrace of Monaco," due to its panoramic views of the Principality of Monaco. See the Trophy of the Alps, a Roman monument built in 7 BC. Explore Monaco, known as "The Rock" for its location on a rocky headland extending to the Mediterranean. En route to Cannes, stop at the medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, and fall under the spell of its bucolic landscape before you enter the city via the Royal Gates. Lose yourself in streets where every home is like a souvenir store, and every window blossoms with flowers. Your scenic tour then takes you to Antibes, where Picasso once lived. Explore the old quarters which evoke the spirit of the Middle Ages, and admire the gleaming white yachts of the harbours.

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What people are saying about Villefranche-sur-Mer

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 176 reviews

Our guide Rado was great!! He was friendly, energetic, and extremely knowledgeable about the region. We’re given interesting details about the history and geography of the Riviera as we travel along the coast. There are stopovers for panoramic photos and plenty of time to explore each town we visit. Monaco, Cannes, Antibes… I recommend picking the full-day tour to see the most of the region. 10/10 I’d absolutely go on a tour with Rado again. Thanks for the memorable day in the French Riviera!

The trip was very extensive; you can't help the traffic. Would have had less in the perfume factory, but wouldn't have rushed me so much in Eze. :( Big thanks to Paffe our driver and who knew everything about Cote d azur .. until far after Napoleon.

If you have limited time and want to cover French Riviera in a day, give this tour a go! Tour guide is friendly and funny!

Magnificent experience especially thanks to the kindness and availability of Mr Perfect

The guide is knowledgeable and friendly. Everything’s on time.