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From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

1. 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 8:10 AM and 8:45 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.

From Nice: 2-Hour Scenic Drive by 3-Wheel Vehicle

2. From Nice: 2-Hour Scenic Drive by 3-Wheel Vehicle

Experience the French Riviera by unique 3-wheel vehicle and have fun along the way. Depart Nice and journey from the port of Nice with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face aboard the open-top car. Each car can safely seat 2 people and lead by our super guide Don't be shy while driving - people will look at you in wonder, and you'll be the envy of the highway! Zoom down the coast and see it brought to life in a truly novel way. Pass picturesque locations, such as Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Drive up Mont Alban for a panoramic view, and go to the only sand beach in the area at Villefranche-sur-Mer. Continue along the coast and see the beautiful Peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Then, get stunning views of Nice Harbor as you enter the city back to the meeting point.

Nice: Monaco, Mala Caves, & Bay of Villefranche Boat Tour

3. Nice: Monaco, Mala Caves, & Bay of Villefranche Boat Tour

1ststage: Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the Principality of Monaco has two ports that are worth a visit. Very large luxury yachts stop there, a real spectacle. 2nd stage: Visit the Mala caves, a magical cove in Eze. 3rd stage: Direction Saint Jean Cap Ferrat for a swim with its underwater trail. Discover the local fauna and flora in transparent water. 4th stage: The bay of Villefranche, sheltered from the wind, is one of the most beautiful landscapes on the Côte d'Azur. 5th stage: Go back to the port of Nice.

From Nice: Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze Half-Day Trip

4. From Nice: Monaco, Monte Carlo, and 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 Nice or Villefranche-sur-Mer, 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. 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.

From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

5. From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nice and admire the famous Promenade des Anglais as you depart the city. With your guide, travel first to Eze, one of the most picturesque villages on the Côte d'Azur where you can take in a panoramic view of Villefranche over Cap Ferrat and its many famous villas. Visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and discover the history of perfume-making from its beginnings to the present day. Continue to the Principality of Monaco, where you can stroll through the streets of the old town. See the Prince’s Palace, the Courthouse, the Cathedral, as well as a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a ride along the streets used for the famous Formula 1 race circuit to reach the most glamourous section of Monaco, Monte Carlo, with its famous casino and exclusive hotels. Next, enjoy a short stop in the town of Cannes, famous for its annual film festival and wonderful sandy beaches. Continue to Antibes, one of France's oldest cities which was founded by Greek merchants in the 5th century. Discover St Paul de Vence, one most beautiful villages in Provence, recognized for its cultural and artistic heritage. Finally, be returned to your accommodation in Nice after a full day of sightseeing.

From Nice: Train Experience Through the Alps & Baroque Route

6. From Nice: Train Experience Through the Alps & Baroque Route

Escape off the beaten track and join us on an excursion that combines adventure by train, exploration of medieval villages, breathtaking medieval and Baroque architecture and incredible natural landscapes in the middle of the Alps. Meet your guide at 8:30 a.m. in front of Nice-Ville's main train station (Boulangerie Paul terrace). Discover breathtaking scenery as you cross natural canyons, high bridges and tunnels on a 2.5-hour train ride to your destination. Along the way, your guide will reveal the secrets of one of France's most beautiful railroad lines, a testament to French civil engineering in the early 20th century. We'll make two stops to visit two medieval villages, Saorge and Tende (depending on the day, the guide may change the program to visit other equally beautiful villages). First, visit Tende and its Museum des Merveilles to discover mysterious Bronze Age engravings and other historical artifacts from the Mercantour National Park. Afterwards, you'll visit the Mercantour National Park House to observe protected species of endemic flora and fauna. After lunch (you can choose between a picnic or lunch in a local restaurant), you'll visit other must-see sites in Tende, such as a baroque cathedral, a labyrinth of medieval streets, panoramic views from the top of the village, the cemetery and the ruins of an ancient castle. Let's continue our journey to Saorge, an impressive village, a pearl of medieval architecture with steep streets, built on a concave hill. Classified as one of France's most beautiful villages. Admire the charming and peaceful Franciscan convent of Saorge (option 5€/p), founded in the 17th century, before visiting the church of Saint-Sauveur, another jewel of Baroque art. The village offers spectacular views of the Alps and surrounding canyons. An enchanting day full of surprises! Return by train, arriving in Nice at 7.45pm. The guide reserves the right to modify the itinerary depending on the interests of the guests, the weather conditions or availabilities of the restaurants/snacks, museums/monuments (Itinerary could include La Brigue, Breil/Roya or Sospel (instead Tende and Saorge)) Example of option to change the itinerary during the hottest summer days: - Take a refreshing dip in a natural swimming pool (river) (La Brigue or Breil-sur-Roya option)

Nice: Culture, Wine & Food – Old Town Guided Walking Tour

7. Nice: Culture, Wine & Food – Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Wander the honeycomb streets of Vieux Nice (Old Nice) in the company of a foodie guide, and taste some of the city’s best produces. Along the way, learn the culture and traditions of Nice and its population in the city’s oldest neighborhood. Discover what the locals really like to do and eat at venues serving the best olive oils, wines, cheeses, bread, local main dishes & snacks, pastries, candied fruits, and much more. Guided by a local gourmet guide, with a wealth of knowledge and experience about the regional culture, the tour will let you experience the joie de vivre of the French Riviera first-hand, and ends with a typical picnic in the Castle Hill park with wine pairings and typical desserts. Along the way, we will recommend you the best of the hidden restaurants and bars to explore further during your time in Nice and the French Riviera.

From Nice: The Best of the French Riviera Full Day Tour

8. From Nice: The Best of the French Riviera Full Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day guided trip to the best villages and cities along the French Riviera from Nice, Cannes, Antibes, or Villefranche. Take in the views from Eze, visit Monaco’s old town, admire the huge Prince Palace and the famous Casino square. Explore the beaches and charming architecture of Cannes, Antibes and its fortification wall. Admire the art galeries and shops in Saint-Paul de Vence. Select between group tour or private tour option. Begin with pickup at your hotel in Nice in the morning for the group tour. For the private tour, start from Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Villefranche or arounds. Relax in an air-conditioned van with plenty of space on the scenic drive to Monaco via the Moyenne Conrniche and the impressive views along that road. Before Monaco, you will arrive at the medieval village of Eze to enjoy breathtaking views, medieval streets and discover the secrets of perfume during a visit to the Fragonard perfumery which is one of the most important industries on the Côte d'Azur. Azure. We travel to Monaco for a visit to the charming old town and the Prince's Palace Square. Take photos of its cathedral, the view on Monte-Carlo and the port. Stroll around the Place du Casino where all the luxury cars are parked. Then take a full tour of the Formula 1 circuit where drivers drive every year during the Monaco Grand Prix. Head to Antibes, home to one of the most spectacular marinas on the Côte d'Azur. Admire the breathtaking view of the Bay of Angels from its fortification wall. Discover the charming streets of the old town and enjoy the Provençal market (depending on market days) Continue along the seaside to Cannes and admire the sandy beaches, the Boulevard La Croisette, its luxury boutiques and hotels then walk on the famous red carpet where celebrities from around the world walk during the International Film Festival. Join Saint-Paul de Vence, the jewel of Provence which has welcomed many artists. Take the time to visit the shops and art galleries of these uniquely charming medieval streets. Your driver/guide will return you to your accommodation at the end of the tour.

From Nice: Provence and its Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

9. From Nice: Provence and its Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

Start at Grasse, a city of perfumes since the 17th century, today the world capital of perfumery. It is also called the "capital of flowers and perfumes". It is a typical city of Provence. You are offered a visit of the old town or Fragonard perfumery. Then continue onto Gourdon, where you will be able to stroll around the beautiful medieval village and admire a breathtaking landscape from the top of this fortified little town. On the way, admire the very picturesque waterfalls of the Saut du Loup with emerald colored pools. Then, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, a charming medieval village that is called the "City of Violets.” On its streets, you will find the workshops of ceramists, painters, sculptors, leather craftsmen, and weavers. To complete the tour, visit one of the best-preserved fortified villages in the South of France, namely St. Paul de Vence. There, walking through the narrow winding streets, vaulted alleyways, and arcades, you will be transported back into the Middles Ages.

Nice: Sunset Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Boat Tour with Wine

10. Nice: Sunset Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Boat Tour with Wine

Embark on a boat trip from Nice to admire the coast and discover Villefranche sur Mer, its citadel and old town from a unique point of view. Enjoy delicious snacks and a glass of wine while you listen to music of your choice and take in the stunning views. Stop and jump into the inviting waters and swim under the rays of the golden hour. Continue to the creek of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. A real jewel of nature, the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is known for its preserved and authentic environment. Then return to the port in Nice to end your amazing sunset tour.

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Roman has been a great tour guide. We loved the journey and experience. The drive was smooth and there were great recommendations. Very helpful and will definitely recommend to all tourist.

Our guide was Mihai, a wonderful man from Romania. Involved, attentive to our needs, documented, presented us with information about all the sights visited in a genuine and humorous way.

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