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Our most recommended French Riviera Beach Trips

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.

Nice to Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

2. Nice to Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

Depart Nice in the morning and journey to the seaside resort of Sainte-Maxime. Then, climb aboard a boat and travel along the beautiful coastline of the French Riviera to the internationally renowned town of Saint-Tropez.  Get some time to explore the town center and soak up its elegant atmosphere. Join the locals at the market and marvel at its world-famous beaches. Keep a look out for its legendary jet set residents, including the French actress Brigitte Bardot! Then, visit the beautiful village of Port Grimaud, known as the Little Venice of France due to its scenic waterways and fishermen's houses. Journey back to Nice along the Côte d'Azur. Stop to take photos of the Massif de l'Esterel mountain range as they plunge into the Mediterranean Sea.

Saint-Tropez: Kayak Experience in Ramatuelle Reserve

3. Saint-Tropez: Kayak Experience in Ramatuelle Reserve

See the best of Saint-Tropez in the water on this kayaking tour. Walk along the famous Pampelonne beach, kayak in the crystal clear waters, and discover the colorful sea life while snorkeling.  Meet your guide on Chemin Garonne beach and get a quick safety induction using the kayak. After the induction, jump into the kayak, follow your guide, and set sail down the Mediterranean sea.  Enjoy the scenic views in the heart of the Gulf of Saint Tropez as you cruise along the turquoise waters. First, see the famous Pampelonne beach, then go along the coast to the Cap Camarat. Stop off along the way and jump from a 3-meter cliff if you feel brave. Enjoy some snorkeling in the Port-Cros National Park area. See various marine life in the cove; there's a good chance you will see vibrant fish, red starfish, seahorses, and cuttlefish. This is a must-do family activity in Saint- Tropez that you won't forget.

Nice: Electric Bike Tour with Local Guide

4. Nice: Electric Bike Tour with Local Guide

Discover Nice on a guided electric bike tour. See some of the most famous landmarks of the city including Castle Hill, Fort Mont Alban, and the Promenade des Anglais. After arriving at the meeting you will have a short explanation of how the electric bike works. Get comfortable and fitted with safety gear before setting off on your adventure. After riding on the Promenade des Anglais along the sea, stop at the famous #ILOVENICE. Ride to the port to see the many beautiful yachts docked on the shore. Cycle along Villefranche sur Mer by bike lane, and ride to the maximum speed to arrive at Fort Alban where you will discover magnificent panoramic views of the city. After this stop at Villefranche, head back to agency by taking the Promenade des Anglais.

From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Day Tour

5. From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Day Tour

Discover the charm of the seaside city of Port-Grimaud and the French Riviera town of Saint-Tropez on this day trip from Nice. Cruise from Port-Grimaud to Saint-Tropez on a scenic boat ride. Spend some time exploring the stunning streets of Saint-Tropez. Be picked up from your hotel or at your private address in Nice at 8:30 AM, before leaving by minibus for Port Grimaud and Saint-Tropez. Start your tour with a free boat trip from the delightful lake city, Port-Grimaud, known as the "Little Venice" to Saint-Tropez. This legendary village has attracted numerous international stars from the world of fashion and literature as far back as the 1920's and became the favorite playground to jet setters, models and millionaires. Have free time in the picturesque old city for some shopping at the provincial market and to get lunch on a sunny terrace. Travel back to your hotel along the marvelous and picturesque coast road, the Littoral. Benefiting from some of the best views in all of France, you will have time to stop and admire these fantastic views.

Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

6. Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

Get a local’s perspective of Vieux Nice on an informative 3-hour walking tour of Nice Old Town and Castle Hill. Meet your guide on the seafront, next to the stairs and elevator up to Castle Hill. Listen to an introduction to the history of the most Italian-style French city, starting with its Greek foundations, through its time as a dominion of Savoy to the modern day. Learn about the influence of the English and Russian aristocracy, discover how it got its name, and more. Then, enter the Old Town through a gate built during the reign of one of the last Italian governors. See the old houses of the local nobility, and marvel at baroque churches and monuments. Go to one of the most famous markets in Nice, and breathe in the aromas of the produce on sale. Explore a honeycomb of tiny streets, learning the history of each square, street name, and design. Next, ascend to the top of Castle Hill passing through some of the quietest areas of Vieux Nice. Walk through a forest to the old cemeteries with their panoramic views of the city and harbor. Admire the ruins of the old fortifications, and see the majestic waterfall on the Colline du Chateau. Tuck into a Provençal picnic in the castle gardens, and enjoy a platter of the best local food. Get useful advice and tips on how to spend the rest of your time in Nice from your knowledgeable guide.

From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

7. From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

Start your full-day shared group or private tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Nice and admire the famous Promenade des Anglais as you depart the city. With your guide, travel first to Castellane, a quintessentially-French, cultural village at the gates of the famous Verdon Gorge, and classified as a "city of character". Visit its ancient ramparts, and three listed monuments, including St. Victor's Church, the Clock Tower, and the Pentagonal Tower. Continue to the charming village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France and part of the phenomenal Verdon Natural Regional Park. From here, make sure to snap pictures of the idyllic Provence setting complete with lavender fields, panoramic views of the surrounding rocky mountains, and the blue waters of the Lake of Sainte-Croix, the third largest lake in France. Finally, return to your accommodation in Nice after a full day of memorable sightseeing.

Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Full-Day Guided Tour

8. Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Full-Day Guided Tour

Explore Saint-Tropez, one of the best-known resorts of Europe, a crossroads where writers, artists and celebrities meet. Enjoy the seaside destination on the French Riviera with live commentary from your guide. The tour starts from Nice. Arrive in the charming little village of Saint-Tropez. Visit its harbor where fishing boats, commercial vessels share mooring with the most luxurious yachts. Climb up the steps to the pretty medieval village. Pay a visit to the Annonciade Museum to admire artwork by prominent modern artists who worked in Saint-Tropez. Tour the Citadel with its naval museum. Make a stop at the coastal town of Port Grimaud. Admire its canals, bridges, boutiques and pastel-colored houses.

From Cannes: Ferry Tickets to Sainte-Marguerite Island

9. From Cannes: Ferry Tickets to Sainte-Marguerite Island

Discover the isle of Sainte-Marguerite of the Lérins Islands with this round-trip ferry ticket from Cannes. Enjoy the day at your own pace, walking, sunbathing, and swimming. See the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask’s cell and explore the island’s tranquil forest, coves, and beaches. Upon arrival, choose to take a walk through the forest along the shore near the Bateguier pond, an ideal place for birdwatching. Continue to the must-see Royal Fort, where you can travel back to antique times and learn the island’s history. At the fort, find the Man in the Iron Mask’s cell and visit the Museum of the Sea with its large collection of underwater archeology. For lunch, stop at a restaurant near the water or enjoy a picnic on the beach before returning to Cannes. 

From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

10. From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Nice, and then discover the French Riviera in all its glory. Head to the glamorous resort town of Saint-Tropez, popular with celebrities since the 1920s. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to relax on the beach before making your way to the seaside town of Port Grimaud. Created by the architect François Spoerry in the 1960s, the port town is based around the marshes of the River Giscle. Marvel at the Venetian-style canals with their uniquely Provencal-style fisherman's houses. Upgrade your experience and add on the optional 1-hour boat cruise to admire Saint-Tropez from the sea. Cruise along the walls of the citadel to discover the Marine Cemetery, artistic neighborhoods and the luxury villas of celebrities.

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based on 64 reviews

This eBike tour was a highlight of our time in beautiful Nice, and Kent made the ride such fun. Just a bit of history, but mainly a gorgeous, varied ride along the coast, up through the hills, with a stop for a drink at the harbor in lovely Villefranche sur mer. The viewpoint stops were breathtaking, the bikes were comfortable and easy to use. We highly recommend Nissalentours! (And Igloo the big, fluffy white dog is a wonderful greeter at the shop.)

Great trip to Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud. It started with a boat trip from Sainte-Maxime to St. Tropez, which was lovely, then we had a good amount of time to explore Saint-Tropez, before spending another hour and a bit in Port Grimaud. Our guide was great!!!

Great trip. Guide Ocean was super and kept checking on us during tge tour she gave us tips for local sites after. Shop was easy to find off the promenade and bikes in good condition Great day out which i would recommend

If you are having a Nice based holiday dont even think about it just buy this tour we had an excellent time, Mr. Daniel is very gentle and good guide special thanks to him

This was an excellent tour, our guide Reuben was amazing. I highly recommend it.