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Nice

From its cultural attractions to its coast, the French Riviera’s capital is the essence of old-world charm.

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Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

1. Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

Discover France’s most scenic landscapes on a full-day trip to Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Verdon Gorge from Nice. See the iconic Lavender Fields and learn about these picturesque locations from your guide. Be picked up from your hotel or home address in Nice. Depart with your driver to the hills of your countryside destination. Cross the "gorge of the wolf", complete with its 40-meter-high waterfall, before stopping at Castellane. Whilst traveling along the Verdon (named for its astonishing turquoise green color), enjoy spectacular views of the 700-meter-deep canyon. Afterward, move on to the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, nestled under a rocky cliff and surrounded by mountains from all sides. Known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship, you will have free time here to explore Moustiers at your leisure. Discover the earthenware in the stores, and buy souvenirs before lunch in one of the terrace cafes. Photograph the world-famous lavender platters, or enjoy the lake of St. Croix, an artificial treasure of clear water which is one of the most beautiful lakes of Provence. Then, marvel at the endless lavender fields at the foot of the Alps and stop to take unique and memorable pictures with this impressive backdrop. Stop to smell the light and enchanting lavender aroma surrounding you as you do. After enjoying your trip, return to your vehicle at which point you will be driven back to your point of origin in Nice.

Nice: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Nice: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the sights of Nice at your own pace and enjoy panoramic views from an open-top bus. Purchase a 1-day or 2-day pass for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and enjoy unlimited sightseeing opportunities. You can redeem your voucher on board the bus at any stop along the route. Once on board, listen to an informative commentary via the audio guide. Get information on the most popular things to see and attractions to visit. Choose how much time you want to spend at each attraction and travel comfortably between sites. Tour duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stops are as follows: 1. Promenade des Anglais / Max Gallo : 4, Avenue Max Gallo, Nice 2. Cathédrale / Vieille Ville : 22, Boulevard Jean Jaurès, Nice 3. Port Lympia/Carnot : 1, Boulevard Carnot, Nice 4. Villefranche Octroi Sud : Opposite 10, Avenue Maréchal Foch 5. Villefranche Citadelle : Place Emmanuelle Philibert 6. Villefranche Octroi Nord : 2, Avenue Maréchal Foch 7. Ile de Beauté – Port Nord : Opposite 5, Place Ile de Beauté 8. Massenet-Promenade des Anglais Nord : 2, Promenade des Anglais 9. Congrès - Promenade des Anglais Nord : 30, Promenade des Anglais 10. Eglise Russe / Gambetta : 47, Avenue Thiers 11. Gare SNCF Poste Thiers : 23, Avenue Thiers 12. Congrès-Promenade des Anglais Sud : Opposite 15, Promenade des Anglais (sea side) One departure each hour from 10:00 AM to 5:20 PM from stop 1. Departure at 11:00pm, 1:00pm and 3:00pm until 31st of March 2022.

Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

3. 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.

Nice to Saint Tropez: Round-Trip Transportation by Boat

4. Nice to Saint Tropez: Round-Trip Transportation by Boat

Reach the charming city of St. Tropez by boat in just 2.5 hours from Nice. Enjoy the views of the French Riviera along the way, and spend the afternoon exploring the city that is emblematic of Provence. Admire the harbor and visit the many boutiques and the well-known market at the Place des Lices. See the Citadelle, Quartier de la Ponche, Annonciade Museum and more during your visit. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase on board. The ticket provides round-trip transportation between Nice and St. Tropez. The boat departs Nice at 09:00 AM and arrives in St. Tropez at 11:30 AM. The return trip departs St. Tropez at 04:30 PM, arriving in Nice at 07:00 PM.

From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

5. From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

Explore the landscapes and towns of the French Riviera on this day trip from Nice. Travel in a spacious and air-conditioned bus to stunning destinations like the charming village of Èze, Monaco, and Cannes. 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: Eze, Monaco, & Monte Carlo Half-Day Trip

6. From Nice: Eze, Monaco, & Monte Carlo Half-Day Trip

Join the jet set on a half-day guided tour of some of the amazing towns and villages of the French Riviera. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Nice, and then travel by air-conditioned minivan to the hilltop village of Eze. Get stunning views of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat and marvel at the medieval architecture and stone houses of the small alleyways typical of the Middle Ages. Visit the exotic gardens and learn the secrets of the famous Fragonard perfume at a perfume factory.  Then, explore the Old Town of Monaco and follow the course of the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix race track. Admire the cathedral and casino and see the 18th-century hotels and luxury boutiques of Monte Carlo before the return journey to Nice. Get dropped off at your hotel or other drop off point of your choice on arrival.

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

7. From Nice: Eze, Monaco, & Monte-Carlo Half-Day Trip

Explore Côte d'Azur on a half-day trip from Nice, with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Be charmed as you wander through a medieval village and discover the important sites of Monaco, Eze, and Monte Carlo with a guide. Be picked up from your accommodation in Nice in the morning or in the afternoon. Enjoy a panoramic view of Nice and the bays of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. In Èze, have the opportunity to visit the medieval village like an eagle's nest. You can also take a free guided tour of Fragonard Perfumery to learn more about the perfume-making process. Next, be driven to Monaco and take a walk in the old town. Discover the princely palace and explore the town and its neo-Romanesque cathedral. Also see the famous Casino Square, the Grand Casino, luxury boutiques, and Café de Paris. A ride on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit awaits you from Monaco to Monte Carlo.

Nice to Monaco Round-Trip Ferry Tickets

8. Nice to Monaco Round-Trip Ferry Tickets

Discover the beauty of the French Riviera by sea, and see the sights from Nice to Monaco on a round-trip ferry trip. The cruise takes an hour or less each way, and along the way you can relax and take in the panoramic views of this scenic region. When you arrive in Monaco, you’ll be greeted by the grandeur of the town built on a rock overlooking the sea. This independent state, surrounded by French territory, features a mix of ancient and ultra-modern architecture. During your time in Monaco, you can visit the Prince's Palace, the Casino, and the Oceanographic Museum. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Nice by ferry, once again enjoying the stunning views en route. Schedule: Departure from Nice: 9:30 AM Arrival in Monaco: 10:15 AM Departure from Monaco: 5:00 PM Arrival in Nice: 6:00 PM

From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

9. From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

Leave the coast and enjoy a beautiful drive through the Gorges du Loup with its 40 meter high waterfall. Stop in Castellane, gateway to the Gorges of the Verdon, nestled at the foot of its famous rock. Drive along the Verdon river, named after its startling turquoise-green color, up to the canyon which is considered to be Europe’s most beautiful. Enjoy the spectacular and breathtaking views overlooking the ravine which is up to 700 meters deep. Stop in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France which is known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship. Take time to enjoy a lovely meal and a stroll.

Nice: Villages of Provence Tour with Wine & Produce Tasting

10. Nice: Villages of Provence Tour with Wine & Produce Tasting

Begin with pickup from your hotel or any other desired address in Nice between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. Your visit will take you to Biot where you will discover everything about the manufacture of Biot glassware known throughout the world, Then you continue your visit by the charming perched village of Opio in its protected site in the middle of a wonderful Mediterranean nature (olive tree, pines, cork oak, strawberry tree, heather) where you will visit one of the rare 15th century mills still in operation in the region, you can also savor regional products and this delicious olive oil. You will then go to Gourdon, one of the most beautiful hilltop villages in France. With an exceptional panoramic view of the entire French Riviera, you can also admire the castle, built in the 9th century, and its sumptuous garden, designed by Versailles landscaper André Lenotre. Then you take advantage of a stop to visit the superb 40-meter-high waterfall in the Gorges du Loup, and the village of Tourrette sur loup which owes its fame to the violet which has become its main crop since 1880 (optional stop, according to timings for the tasting?) You will continue your visit with a tasting stop, of different organic and natural wine you will have the choice of 6 wines, red, rosé, white and sweet, the winemaker will make you discover an atypical method of wine aging in the sun with glass carboys , in a warm setting where you can also admire superb paintings by Remy Rasse who also produces wine labels (from but to October), then after this tasting and superb day you will return to Nice.

Planning Your Visit

  • Best Time to Visit

    The coastal breeze keeps Nice from getting too hot during summer's peak season. However, consider visiting in September or early October to take advantage of the cheaper hotel rates while the temperatures still veer around the 20°C mark.

  • How Safe is Nice?

    Nice is relatively safe, but with a high density of rich tourists, it's worth being on the lookout for pickpockets. Though rarely violent, one worrying trend is for thieves on motorcycles to reach into stopped cars. This can be easily prevented by either driving with the windows up, keeping valuables out of sight, or both. For the same reason, try not to carry bags and cameras over the shoulder closest to the road.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    The summer beach weather can't be beat, unless you prefer milder, warm temperatures, in which case, visit in September or October.

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What people are saying about Nice

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,014 reviews

Absolutely incredible, with a fun and upbeat staff and amazing views from the boat. They allow the right number of people in so it's not too crowded, despite the huge line of people who didn't buy their tickets in advance begging for a spot. Great short trip at a fair price, 100% recommend it.

Our first outing in Nice, an excellent way to get around at a pleasant pace. We got our bearings and some excellent tips from our guide. Make sure you ask for Omar and ask him how his niece is getting on.

Was an amasing experience i would love it more if we could go on motoway a bit so i can push it a bit more appart from that everything else was amasing

Marie is very pleasant, she explained to us the historical events about Cannes festival and places we visited

Great tour, our tour guide Raphael was very informative and helpful, truly enjoyed every bit of the tour.