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Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

1. Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

The stunning Old Town of Nice (known locally as Le Vieux Nice) is a lovely honeycomb of narrow streets, dotted with beautiful baroque churches, boutique shops and charming restaurants — hidden gems can be found around every corner. It’s a hive of activity with vibrant squares, buzzing both day and night. After meeting your guide at the Place Massena Square fountain, head past architectural masterpieces such as Nice Town Hall, the Opera House, and Palais de la Prefecture. Explore the Palace of Justice Square and Rosetti Square, where Nice Cathedral is situated, before discovering the bustling Cours Saleya market. Amble down the famous Promenade des Anglais, the Port of Old Nice, Belanda’s Tower, and the final destination of the historic Castle Hill. During the tour, you will have a short break at a flower market, where you can learn about local delicacies and purchase handcrafted gifts and flowers. Here, you can also take a quick trip to the restroom to freshen up before continuing the tour.

Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

2. Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

Discover Nice's history and heritage in a special way as you are taken through the city by a professional driver. Hear anecdotes, important dates, major monuments, and what defines the city's cultural richness; your guide can also adapt your sightseeing itinerary as you please. Embark on an unforgettable experience that takes you out of the usual channels in order to access forgotten secrets of the city. Discover the Saleva Market, the Opera House, and Rossetti Square with its magnificent church. Cross the famous Place Massena and Garibaldi, full of exciting stories. Walk along the seaside on the famous Promenade des Anglais and enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea from the highest point: an ideal landscape to take selfies. In the new city, "à la française", you will discover the Belle Epoque neighborhoods together with the Negresco hotel, the Musicians district, and the magnificent Orthodox cathedral. Passing through the port Lympia, admire the imposing yachts but also the small boats of traditional fishermen. Finally, you will end up along the prestigious Promenade du Paillon with its gushing fountains and pedestrian streets full of shops and restaurants. Stop at any time to take pictures or ask your driver to stop for ice cream or Socca. A free audio guide option is available in the following languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish You will see the following sites depending on the tour option:  • La Place Massena / Massena Square  • La Fontaine du Soleil / Fountain of the Sun  • L’Opéra  • Le Cours Saleya / Saleya Square  • Le Palais des Rois Sardes / Palace of the Dukes of Savoy  • Le Palais de Justice / Courthouse  • La Cathédrale St Réparate - La Place Rossetti / St Reparate Cathedral - Rossetti Square  • La Vieille Ville / The Old Town  • La Maison de Matisse / House of Matisse  • Les Ponchettes / The Fishermen’s Houses  • La Promenade des Anglais  • Le Jardin Albert 1er - Le Monument du Centenaire /Albert 1st Garden – The Centenary Monument  • La Rue Paradis (Little Champs Elysées)  • La Colline du Château - Le coup de Canon de Midi / Castle Hill - Midday Cannon Shot  • Le Quai Rauba Capéu / The Docks  • Le Monument aux Morts / Memorial  • Le Port Lympia / Le Quartiers des Antiquaires / Antiquaries Neighborhoods  • L’Eglise du Port / Port Church  • La Place Garibaldi / Garibaldi Square  • Le Théâtre de Nice / Le Mamac  • La Tête Carrée / Square Head  • Le Lycée Massena / Massena High School  • La Coulée Verte / Green Lane  • La Cathédrale Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et l'Hôtel Negresco

Nice: Old Town Walking Tour w/ Local Tastings & Museum Entry

3. Nice: Old Town Walking Tour w/ Local Tastings & Museum Entry

Together with a multilingual guide, explore Old Town Nice on a walking tour. Visit some of the most historic spots of the city and get a taste of local products along the way. Take advantage of included entry tickets to the Palais Lascaris Museum. From Place Masséna, walk toward Cours Saleya, close to Promenade des Anglais. Blend into local life as you explore the city streets. Take a bite of a local specialty as you make your way through the old town. Before the end of the tour, stop at the Palais Lascaris Museum, a museum of ancient musical instruments and one of the most significant collections in France. Inspire your creative side as you explore the exhibits inside.

Nice: Old Town's Famous Artists City Game

4. Nice: Old Town's Famous Artists City Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Nice’s Old Town while playing an exciting mobile-based quest. Walk past many beautiful sites, solve clues, and discover intriguing stories of artists who have lived in the city like Nietzsche, Matisse, and Thomas Jefferson. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about Nice’s fascinating history and architectural changes. Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. Follow in the footsteps of former NIce residents such as Nietzsche, Matisse, James Joyce, and Thomas Jefferson. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

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4.8 / 5

based on 23 reviews

our tour guide (apologies we forgot his name!) was AMAZING! He was super informative about nice history, as he was born and raised here. And also kept us laughing throughout the tour. We'll worth the money and time spent on this tour! We discovered and learned so much in such little time. Well worth 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.

We loved this ride with Romain. A lively journey to the heart of Nice where each district hides a story told passionately by Romain. Our 4 and 6 year old daughters loved it! Nice experience, thank you!

It was a fantastic tour. He asked some questions during the tour to see if we searched the history of famous places in order to respond him actively. You will like his sense of humour.

very nice and enjoying tour by Chris, the very good and kind guide.