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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.

From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

2. 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: Round-Trip Boat Transfer to Saint Tropez

3. 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

4. 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.

Cannes: 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour

5. 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.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

6. 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

7. 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: Festival of Pyrotechnic Art Fireworks from the water

8. Cannes: Festival of Pyrotechnic Art Fireworks from the water

During 6 exceptional evenings, the starry sky of Cannes sparkles with a thousand lights during the Festival of Pyrotechnic Art. 700,000 spectators look up to admire the latest innovations from the world’s fireworks elite from Cannes’s terraces and beaches, not to mention spectators from all the surrounding cities. Security matters obliges for these important public events, the roads of the City of Cannes are gradually closing to traffic to make the seaside exclusively pedestrian, a nightmare for motorists and visitors from outside. Far from all that, Black Tenders Events takes you from the Port du Béal in Cannes la Bocca for a sunset cruise, just the time for a nice swim at sea and then you are at the forefront of the fireworks shots from the sea. Are we taking you?

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

9. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

At 10:15 AM you’ll board the catamaran in the old port for a half-day sail on the Bay of Cannes. Before departure you’ll have an introduction to the ship by the crew. Sail to the Lérins Islands, where you’ll be able to swim and snorkel between the islands (mask and snorkel provided) or relax on board the catamaran. Around 1:00 PM a delicious cold buffet lunch will be served on board by the crew. At 2:15 PM, passengers will disembark on St.Marguerite Island for a change of boat and board the ferry to the old port of Cannes.

Full-Day Catamaran Cruise Departing from Cannes

10. Full-Day Catamaran Cruise Departing from Cannes

Enjoy a welcome drink as you board the catamaran in the old port for a full-day sail on the Bay of Cannes. Before departure you’ll have an introduction to the ship by the crew. Sail to the Pointe Croisette and continue on to the Lérins Islands, where you’ll be able to swim and snorkel between the islands (mask and snorkel provided) or relax on board the catamaran. Around 1:00 PM a cold buffet lunch will be served by the crew. After lunch you’ll continue your cruise to the Massif de l'Esterel (Corniche d'Or), stopping in a cove where you'll have another opportunity to swim and snorkel. At 5:15 PM you'll return to the old port of Cannes, where the tour ends.

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What people are saying about Cannes

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,434 reviews

We were a party of three traveling via cruise ship with my mother who is 78 and not very mobile. We organized the tour from the port of Antibes and when the captain was unable to dock because of weather, the Papillon representative took our call late in the evening before our tour and immediately arranged for the Driver to pick us up at the port in Cannes instead. Joe, our Driver/Guide was punctual and his vehicle was spotless. He had a cooler with cold water which we appreciated. Joe was so kind to my mother and helped her in every way, whether it was getting in and out of the van or eating a piece of cake when we wanted to visit something and she wanted to rest. He found places to pull up and park to make things easier for her. He spoke excellent English and was knowledgeable about EVERYTHING and so very personable. He was born in Nice and knows the whole Côte d'Azur like the back of his hand. We loved him so much that we requested him for a second private tour of Nice, Monaco,

Laurent was our driver and guide. He was an expert at it both in terms of the driving skills (which are required on this trip) as well as his knowledge of the area. Weather was a bit on and off during our trip but Laurent ensured that we got the best of everything by being flexible about the itinerary as well as the stops. He was very friendly which was a plus on a long trip like this as we chatted our way through the long but very scenic drives. Most highly recommended.

This was a great tour with nice little slices of each place we got to stop. You get to see a lot in one day and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Getting to see the changing of the guard in Monaco was definitely a highlight for me. Our tour guide Abdul, I may be wrong with spelling, was awesome!

This was absolutely perfect! The scenery was amazing, there was plenty of equipment for everyone, and they even had snacks at the end. I would do this again and again.

Definitely worth doing, saw what we wanted to see. Segways were easy to use and our guide was great.