Things to do in Vieux Nice

Our most recommended things to do in Vieux Nice

Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

1. 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.

Discover Nice: 1-Hour Guided Segway tour

2. Discover Nice: 1-Hour Guided Segway tour

See the sights of one of France’s most beautiful cities on this guided Segway tour of Nice. Cruise down the seaside Promenade des Anglais, hear local stories, and admire Place Rosetti in the heart of the Old Town.  Meet your guide on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s famous esplanade along the Mediterranean Sea. Feel confident with your Segway with a safety briefing and a training session designed to help you operate your Segway smoothly. Start out by riding past shops, museums, and restaurants on your way to the Cours Saleya, an open-air marketplace overflowing with fragrant flowers and fresh local foods. Hear about Nice’s history and take some photos of you on your Segway. Glide along the narrow alleys of the old town and soak up the atmosphere in the lively Place Rosetti, where you’ll find an abundance of cafés and people-watching opportunities. Continue to Place Massena, the city's main square where you can check out its checkerboard floor design, its works of modern art, and its radiant fountain of the sun. Finish off with a visit to the lush Jardin Albert I, a modern green space with palms and flowers, before returning to the Promenade des Anglais, where your Segway tour ends.

Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

3. 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.

From Nice or Cannes: Monaco, Monte Carlo & Eze Half-Day Trip

4. From Nice or Cannes: Monaco, Monte Carlo & Eze Half-Day Trip

Enjoy a half-day adventure in the glamorous French Riviera on a visit to the medieval hillside village of Eze and a guided tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo. Departing from Cannes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, or Monaco, travel by a luxury minibus and explore the glitzy atmosphere of this trendy destination. At the hillside village of Eze, enjoy panoramic views of the Riviera and the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the Fragonard perfume factory before touring the village La Turbie. Known as the "Terrace” of Monaco, thanks to its views over Monaco. It is most notable for its Roman monument dating from 7 BC. On arrival in Monaco, go to the old town, known as "The Rock," and admire the Prince Palace. Arrive in time to see the Changing of the Guard. Continue to the Cathedral and pay homage to the Monegasque royalty buried there and still have time to see the Oceanographic Museum and the Justice Palace. End your tour at Monte Carlo and see the Casino built by Garnier, the architect of the Opera Garnier in Paris. Admire the famous Hotel de Paris built in 1864, and the beautiful gardens. Finally, take a spin around the road circuit of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

5. 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: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

6. Nice: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

This is an ideal bike tour to explore the city of Nice and Baie des Anges for the first time. Peddle alongside a local guide who knows the true history of the monuments inside and around the old town and the city's main squares. Choose between an e-bike or classic bike. On this biking adventure, get to know the wonders of Massena and Garibaldi, the justice palace, the Residence Palace of the Kings of Savoya, and other must-see sights. Get the most out of your trip with a guide who has local know-how. Pass in front of the world-renowned Palaces of Promenade des Anglais, cross the harbor with its antique shops, and see Castle Hill and its gardens, waterfall, panoramic points, and oldest ruins where the first inhabitants settled.

Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

7. Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

Explore the heart and history of Nice on a guided walking tour of the Vieux district. Taste some local delicacies during the tour. Begins at the Nice seafront just next to Castle Hill. At this point your guide will provide an introduction to the Greek origins of Nice, the Italian reign over the city, and the English and Russian aristocratic influences. Get answers to questions such as how Nice got its name, the reason for its location, and much more. Enter old Nice by a historic door dating to one of the last Italian governors. Begin your walking tour and learn about the old homes of local nobility. See the most impressive monuments and Baroque churches, and visit the city’s most famous market. Follow your guide through the honeycomb of tiny streets of old Nice and hear about the history of the squares and the street names. Stop to taste local delicacies suggested by the guide. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Castle Hill Park. After exploring the colorful streets of Nice Old Town, go uphill to get to know the history of the Castle Hill park (using either the lift or stairs). Marvel at breathtaking panoramic rooftop views from this vantage point overlooking the waterfall, the ruins, the gardens, and the spectacular cemeteries.

From Nice: Riviera Tour by Open-Top Car

8. From Nice: Riviera Tour by Open-Top Car

Get behind the wheel of a unique 3-wheel, open-top vehicle and see the sights of the French Riviera from a different perspective. Use the on-board GPS technology to help you find your way from the Promenade des Anglais with ease. Drive along the coastal roads to see stunning resort towns and hilltop villages, and join the jet set in the elegant principality of Monaco (not advised in July and august) Drive up Mont Alban to get a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, or relax on the only sandy beach in the area in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Stop to make a swim at Eze beach and see the stunning villa and gardens of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Visit the Gallimard perfume factory in the village of Eze and do a workshop on perfume creation, included in your tour.

Nice Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

9. Nice Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Explore the beauty of the city of Nice at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Solve riddles and find clues in a treasure hunt game on your phone while visiting famous attractions like the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, Nice Opera House, and more. You will receive a link for the mobile app and login credentials after booking. Log in to the app and start your adventure with the map as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to stories of this historical town. Visit the beautiful Promenade du Paillon and admire the fountain of the Sun. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle. Stroll through the narrow streets and the Old Town to know about the hidden gems of the city. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time seeing the sights. See the famous attractions and hidden gems of the city of Nice while playing a fun treasure hunt game with your team. Start your tour from Garibaldi Square with its unique quality restaurants and cafes! Visit the Tour Saint-François that will leave you speechless with the wonderful view it offers you, even the Visitation Sainte-Claire will dominate your tour with its unique art interior. Take a photo at Saint Reparata which takes its name from a tragic story, which is sure to leave you speechless, and let yourself get lost in Cours Saleya, with its unique market. Visit the Opera de Nice with the acoustics that will remain engraved in you. You will also pass by the Promenade du Paillon, a green spot in the center of Nice for a unique opportunity to relax. Admire the Fontaine du Soleil the iconic bronze statue of the god Apollo. The Monument du Centenaire with its unique symbolism will captivate you and your camera! See, walk, and relax in Albert I Gardens in royal splendor!

Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

10. Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

Experience the French Riviera city of Nice on an easy-to-ride, self-balancing Segway. Cruise through the city highlights on a 2-hour or 3-hour tour. Discover sights like the Old Town, Castle Hill, and Place Rossetti. Meet your guide and depart from the Promenade des Anglais after a short training session to ensure you are confident and comfortable on your vehicle. Cross through the Old Town, admiring streets lined with shops, baroque buildings, and a famous flower market.  Learn about the Italian influence of the architecture as your guide shares anecdotes about the city’s history and suggests things to see and do for the rest of your stay. Continue past grand Baroque buildings like the Place St-Francois and Place Garibaldi. Stop to take photos at monuments like the former home of Matisse, Place Rossetti, and Rauba Capeu, where you can take spectacular photos of the curving coastline. Ascend Castle Hill, where you will find an oasis of landscaped gardens and a waterfall.  Take in the views of the Baie des Anges, mountains of the Alps, and the port of Nice. Then, push the Segway to its limits by riding around at its maximum speed of 12 mph (20 kph).

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What people are saying about Vieux Nice

Overall rating

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based on 2,700 reviews

Our guide , Gabriella (Carmela actually) showed us so many great views of Nice and shared historical references of each place we stopped to enjoy. The stories of the Angels bay provided great context and background. The rain blessed us on out tour and we loved that. Perfect first day of our visit and helped so much to fend off jet lag.

We had an amazing time with Chris on this tour. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Chris was born in Nice and his love and appreciation for the city comes through. Our kids (8 and 10) listed the walking tour as the highlight of our time in Nice. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone looking at a tour.

Our guide was amazing and the segway experience was a great way to see Castel Hill and the old town of Nice. Our guide was very knowledgeable and delivered great information on the sites we were at.

Our guide Chris was wonderful! Very engaging and knowledgeable, he even brought us some traditional Nice food his mom made so we could try it! Highly recommend

A good start to the holiday. Old Nice is so full of winding streets. The guide pointed out sites that I otherwise would not have seen