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The capital of the French Riviera and former sanctuary of Europe's elite boasts inland sights as stunning as its coastline! Of course, you're going for the spotless beaches that inspired artists from Chagall to Matisse, but what else is there to see?

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town, or Vieux Nice as it's known by the locals, is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Wander through the narrow, winding alleyways and explore the restaurants, bars, boutiques and market squares.

Castle Hill (Colline du Château )

Castle Hill (Colline du Château )

Get lost in a maze of greenery while exploring Nice's Castle Hill. Here you can take in some impressive views over Vieux Nice, the Port and Baie des Anges. You can also find the ruins of the former Château de Nice, admire historical landmarks and enjoy the Cascade Dijon waterfall.

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais is considered the most famous stretch of the Nice coastline. This palm tree-lined promenade covers 4km of the Baie des Anges, where hoards of cyclists, rollerbladers and skaters can usually be found.

Musée Marc Chagall
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Musée Marc Chagall

Chagall's paintings are as vibrant and joyous as Nice itself, making the museum a must-do for visitors – even those with little interest in art!

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice
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Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice

For those who are interested in art – of the modern sort at least – MAMAC exhibits works from luminaries such as Francis Bacon, Yves Klein and Ai Weiwei among many others.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas

Be transported to Russia by visiting the most spectacular Russian Orthodox church outside the country itself. The Cathedral of Saint Nicholas boasts a rich history and remains property of the Moscow Kremlin to this day.

Musée Matisse

Musée Matisse

Journey to the suburban Cimiez Hill for one of Nice's best art galleries, exhibiting Matisse's defining works, not far from where he spent the bulk of his adult life.

Cours Saleya

Cours Saleya

It's home to some of Nice's best restaurants, but the Cours also offers a feast for the eyes. The city's sensational flower market blooms with color every morning (bar Mondays)!

Opera de Nice

Opera de Nice

Perhaps you'd prefer a night at the opera? Or ballet? They're both here! The grand 19th-century monument to the arts is a sightseeing must, even if you don't attend a show.

Planning Your Nice 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

Once in a life time experience! Excellent, well worth the cost.

Driver showed up on time at hotel. He was personable, informative and a great driver. I drove for a half hour and let Ail drive the car the other half hour as it should be driven. I enjoyed being the co pilot even more! He new the roads and when to put the car in performance mode.....exilerating power! Unbelievable ride with Ail (spelling name?) we had great conversations I give him 5 Stars also. Thanks for a wonderful experience, Tom Keenan

Wonderful experience and perfect pictures for a lifetime!

The company Pictrip was extremely prompt in their communication and coordination with us. Further, the photographer Fred was extremely easy going and captured candid moments. Also, Pictrip ensured we received our photographs within 48 hours. I would love to have Pictrip on board with us for our upcoming holiday pictures.

Nice: Personal Travel Photographer Reviewed by Vasudha, 07/05/2019

Views were great but driver was lackluster

If you can get a good driver who is enthusiastic this would be a great tour. We enjoyed the stops and the views but luckily I researched the places I would be before hand and knew what to expect. Driver gave overview of area but no details on any of the things to do or places to go and even skipped old town Nice.

Best of the French Riviera Full-Day Tour from Nice Reviewed by Everett, 07/02/2019

Absolutely wonderful tour! Beautiful sites and great tour guide!

My husband and I are on our honeymoon in France and we booked this fun excursion to explore the lavender fields and see the Gorges of Verdon. Even though the weather was not perfect, we had an amazing time and it was so worth it!!! Must do!

Amazing tour with a tour guide who had a true passion and deep

Amazing tour with a marvelous tour guide who had a true passion and deep understanding about all things wine. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone thinking of a full day wine tour.