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Cannes

Sample fine wines, soak in the sunshine, and see some epic cars in this chic town on the French Riviera.

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From Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry to Ste. Marguerite Island

1. From Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry to Ste. Marguerite Island

Book your round-trip ferry tickets in advance for a visit to Ste. Marguerite Island from Cannes. As soon as you disembark on the island, you’ll be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus. Follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the island. The walk takes you by Batéguier Pond, where numerous species of migratory birds can be seen, and to the Pointe de la Convention, where you’ll find unique plant species. Continue on to Fort Royal, the former residence of the legendary Man in the Iron Mask. The Maritime Museum, sheltered within a fortified enclosure, also offers an invaluable insight into the area's history. Dogs are welcome on board the ferry, and on Sainte Marguerite Island, provided they are on leash.

Cannes: Round-Trip Boat Transfer to Saint Tropez

2. Cannes: Round-Trip Boat Transfer to Saint Tropez

Take the ferry to Saint Tropez from Cannes and arrive in just 1 hour and 15 minutes. During the transfer, you'll enjoy the stunning scenery of the French Riviera. Explore Saint Tropez, which combines the charm and allure of Provence. Browse the boutiques, and visit the Place des Lices and the Quartier de la Ponche, the citadelle, the church, the Annonciade Museum and other must-sees in the village. You'll have 5 hours of free time before the ferry departs to take you back to Cannes. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase on board.

From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

3. 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 Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

4. From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

Embark on a discovery of the Esterel, its hidden caves, and typical Mediterranean scenery. Join your professional skipper aboard a semi-rigid boat for your trip to the Esterel. The trip lasts 2.5 hours, including a stop for swimming, with refreshments served on board. Enjoy half a day of relaxation as you explore this extraordinary coastline, with its stunning panoramas and secret coves accessible only by local boats. Discover all the secrets of this coastline with the skipper sharing their extensive knowledge about the Corniche d'Or.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

5. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

Climb aboard a fully equipped catamaran in the old port of Cannes at Quai Laubeuf, and set sail across the shimmering waters of the Bay of Cannes while relaxing on the sun deck. Departing at 2:00 PM, benefit from the best of the sun. Have free time to cool down in the water. Head towards the Île Sainte-Marguerite and to islands of the Lérins Islands group, or make your way over to the Corniche d'Or to moor either between the islands or in a cove along the Esterel Massif. Get some time to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea (masks and snorkels provided), or simply relax aboard the catamaran - the choice is yours! Return to the port of Cannes at 5:15 PM, where your cruising adventure comes to an end.

Ferry Transfer to Sainte Marguerite Island from Nice

6. Ferry Transfer to Sainte Marguerite Island from Nice

Explore Sainte Marguerite Island with a round-trip ferry transfer from Nice. Choose from multiple departure dates to suit your own schedule. Located about a half-mile off shore from the French Riviera town of Cannes, the le Sainte-Marguerite is famous for its fortress prison (Fort Royal) in which the so-called “Man in the Iron Mask” was held in the 17th century. The ferries depart every day at 09:00 and return at 18:00, with a crossing time of around 1 hour. Once on the island, you can follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour. Stroll by the Batéguier pond to see numerous species of migratory birds. Go to Point de la Convention to find unique plant species. Continue to the Fort Royal and explore the mysteries of the masked man. Pay a visit to the Maritime Museum sheltered within a fortified enclosure. Get an insight into the area's history and see items recovered from ancient Roman and Saracen shipwrecks. Schedule:  09:00: Departure from Nice 10:00 – 18:00: Stop on Sainte-Marguerite 19:00: Arrival in Nice

Cannes: 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour

7. Cannes: 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Upon your arrival at the meeting point you will receive all the necessary equipment for snorkeling including fins, mask, suit, and a small inflatable raft. After a briefing by expert instructor who will explain your route, what you will see, and where you will swim. They also will brief you thoroughly on the necessary safety and security precautions.  Then you board a comfortable boat for the trip to a site in the Islands of Lérins, in front of Cannes or along the Estérel in the direction of Saint Raphael where beautiful rock formations are found. The boat will be stop on a rocky bottom where you will be able to see and swim amongst the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean sea. Spend about 2 hours either swimming, enjoying the sun from the boat or in the shade before returning to the meeting point at around 6:00 PM. The boat is well stocked with drinking water and you may bring personal belongings to enjoy during the trip.

From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

8. From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nice and admire the famous Promenade des Anglais as you depart the city. With your guide, travel first to Eze, one of the most picturesque villages on the Côte d'Azur where you can take in a panoramic view of Villefranche over Cap Ferrat and its many famous villas. Visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and discover the history of perfume-making from its beginnings to the present day. Continue to the Principality of Monaco, where you can stroll through the streets of the old town. See the Prince’s Palace, the Courthouse, the Cathedral, as well as a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a ride along the streets used for the famous Formula 1 race circuit to reach the most glamourous section of Monaco, Monte Carlo, with its famous casino and exclusive hotels. Next, enjoy a short stop in the town of Cannes, famous for its annual film festival and wonderful sandy beaches. Continue to Antibes, one of France's oldest cities which was founded by Greek merchants in the 5th century. Discover St Paul de Vence, one most beautiful villages in Provence, recognized for its cultural and artistic heritage. Finally, be returned to your accommodation in Nice after a full day of sightseeing.

Saint Paul de Vence, Antibes, and Cannes from Nice

9. Saint Paul de Vence, Antibes, and Cannes from Nice

Be collected at your accommodation at 1:30 PM to discover the most beautiful cities of the Côte d'Azur and their sparkling attractions in half a day. Visit Saint Paul-De-Vence to admire the jewel of Provence, where many painters and artists have been. You can feel the history and artistic creativity. It's a unique place and a destination not to be missed. Then go to Antibes to cross the old town and market square to the Billionaire's Pier, where you can admire luxury yachts belonging to multinational companies.  Your last destination will be Cannes, the city of actors and celebrities, which is known as the Hollywood of France. You will explore the Beverly Hills of France and walk on the famous Croisette. Enjoy restaurants and luxury shops as you set foot on the famous red carpet film festival. 

From Nice: Best of the Riviera

10. From Nice: Best of the Riviera

Enjoy a full-day guided trip from Nice to towns and cities along the French Riviera. Explore the beaches and charming architecture of Cannes, take in the views from Eze, and visit Monaco’s old town. Begin with pickup at your hotel in Nice in the morning. Relax in a climate-controlled van with plenty of space on the scenic drive to Cannes. Admire the lovely seaside resort that is renowned for its film festival, its designers, its prestigious hotels, and of its beaches. Head to Antibes, which features one of the most spectacular marinas on the French Riviera. Marvel at stunning views of the Bay of Angels from its fortification wall. Reach Saint-Paul de Vence, the jewel of Provence which has been home to many artists. Have time to visit the boutiques before traveling to the medieval village of Eze to enjoy breathtaking views and discover the secrets of perfume on a visit to the Fragonard perfume factory. Ride to Monaco for a visit to the charming old town. Capture pictures of its cathedral, the Formula 1 Grand Prix course, and the famous Place du Casino. Return to your accommodation in Nice at the end of your day trip.

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What people are saying about Cannes

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,816 reviews

Beautiful landscapes of French riviera. A comprehensive tour. Not to be missed the Jardin exotique of Eze, at the top of the village, there is an entrance ticket of 6 euros, but the view you get from there, is worth it. If you love art, in Antibes there is Picasso museum, a beautiful collection in a castle. For art lovers a must see.

Great value for the price! Our group was so fun. Only thing I was was that there was fresh water or a snack that came with it as the sun and swimming is tiring. Other than that the staff was incrediebly kind and patient. Would recommend to all!! Thanks Team!

Absolutely reccomended! Daniel, the guide guy was very kind and prepared. The van was of 8, very nice trip. Excellent experience!

Raphael was great. Despite the fact we had not such great Weather ; the tour was fantastic.

It was an excellent experience! You should definitely have this tour.