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

1. 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.

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French Riviera: Half-Day Private Tour and Transfer

2. French Riviera: Half-Day Private Tour and Transfer

Enjoy a customizable private tour of the French Riviera, with an experienced driver and guide enlightening you as to the nature and wonder of this stunning region. Rich with history, culture, sights, and shops, decide yourself the places to visit throughout Eze, La Turbie, Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence. The medieval village of Eze offers exotic gardens, a fascinating history, and fine art, as well as the Fragonard factory where visitors can discover the secrets of creating exquisite perfumes. Nearby La Turbie is often referred to as the “Terrace of Monaco,” due to its panoramic view over the principality. On the way to Monaco itself, pass the Trophy of the Alps, built for the emperor Augustus to celebrate his victory over the area's ancient tribes. Visit the Prince's Palace, the Oceanographic Museum, and the cathedral where Prince Rainier married Grace Kelly, or simply tour the luxurious shops and casinos of Monte Carlo. Discover the quaint medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Enter the Royal Gates and be spellbound by a town that is in itself an open museum, then head to Antibes, the scenic beauty of which attracted Picasso to live there. Finally the tour will reach Cannes, one of the most spectacular and opulent locations along the Riviera. Here you'll be free to enjoy the beautiful mountain-framed bay and gorgeous beaches, or else visit wonderful boutiques and the lavish buildings of the renowned Croisette, stretching 2.5 km along the seafront.

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From Nice: Eze & Monaco by Open-Top Car

3. 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.

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Private Tours - Shore Excursions French Riviera

4. Private Tours - Shore Excursions French Riviera

Visiting the French Riviera on a cruise? Looking for a shore excursion? Look no further! For cruise passengers getting off the ship, they can take advantage of many types of shore excursion if they wish to make the most of their short stay. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a driver/representative carrying a sign with your name and they'll assist you to the waiting air-conditioned van to get you on the road in the quickest and easiest way to your chosen destination.   All you have to do is to state what you want to see and your tour can be tailored to your interests. Whether you prefer spending the time on the tour on sightseeing, need extra time for shopping or if you need to book a local restaurant or anything else help can be provided with pleasure. All shore excursions include pick up at the cruise area in the ports of Nice, Cannes, Monaco or Villefranche and you will be taken back there at the end of the day.

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Nice: Bay of Villefranche 5-Hour Electric Bike Tour

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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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Monaco: Private Night Tour

8. Monaco: Private Night Tour

Spend an unforgettable evening in Monaco and enjoy the nighttime atmosphere as you explore the city's illuminated sights and landmarks. Admire the beauty of the Riviera coast as evening falls and discover the glitz of Monaco as you stroll through its charming Old Town and get a glimpse of Monte Carlo's vibrant boulevards. See the Prince’s Palace, the Cathedral, and the casino all illuminated against the night sky. Pass by world-renowned Formula One Grand Prix circuit and see this elegant city coming to life after dusk. To complete your evening, choose to dine in one of the local restaurants, or try your luck in one of the world’s most famous casinos, the lavish Monte Carlo Casino.

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From Villefranche: Private Monaco & Eze Shore Excursion

9. 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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Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Trip to Nice

10. Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Trip to Nice

Start from France's most beautiful harbor towns, Villefranche-sur-Mer. While your cruise ship is docked, explore the picturesque city of Nice on a private shore excursion. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour. Sit back and enjoy the scenic route along the Mediterranean coast to Nice. Immerse in the beauty of Nice with its highlights, anecdotes, and legends. Walk along the Promenade des Anglais along the seafront. See palm trees towering in front of Haussmannian homes. Wander the winding streets of Old Nice with Venetian-colored houses. Discover buildings and Baroque churches like the Church of the Gesù, the Lascaris Palace and the Cathedral of St. Reparata. Then treat yourself to a lovely walk along the quays of Port Lympia. In addition to enjoying Nice's natural and architectural gems, learn about the heroes of the city who shaped the culture and history, like Jellinek Mercedes, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Queen Victoria.

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What people are saying about Villefranche-sur-Mer

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7 reviews

What a great way to see the local area! We enjoyed the wing blowing through our hair as we zipped through the streets. We were able to make 5 stops on the 2-hour experience. We really enjoyed seeing the fort, the lighthouse, and the chapel. The owner was very kind and accommodating.

Fantastic scenery and amused looks from passers-by. Navi leads you to eight hotspots, some with an amazing view. Uncomplicated instruction and relaxed return ... it was SUPER!

Beautiful experience so much that after a couple of days we repeated it. We had so much fun! The local partner is very kind and helpful. I highly recommend it.

Very good experience. Beautiful trip. if you go to Monaco you may not have time to do the other stops. Very nice guy!

Very nice experience. We laugh a lot. We didn t find all the places in the map...but...we had a very good time.