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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice) Tours

A honeycomb of narrow streets dotted with baroque churches, lively markets, bustling squares, and a thriving nightlife scene, Nice’s oldest quarter remains the buzzing heart the modern city. Known in French as Le Vieux Nice, this seafront historic center offers an atmospheric introduction to Nice.

The Basics
Nice Old Town is best explored on foot. A small-group or private walking tour will take in all the main attractions, including the colorful Flower Market and the historic landmarks of Garibaldi Square (Place Garibaldi). Alternatively, opt for a Segway or bike tour and climb to the top of Castle Hill for a spectacular view of the city, glide along the famous Promenade des Anglais, or hop off to sample local foods at the Old Town market. Nice city tours are often combined with sightseeing tours of surrounding French Riviera towns such as Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cannes, Saint-Jeannet, or Monaco’s Monte Carlo.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Parking is scarce in Old Town and many streets are one-way or pedestrian-only, so it’s best to walk, use public transport, or travel by bike or Segway.
  • Most of Old Town is wheelchair accessible, although there are some hills and cobblestone lanes.

How to Get There
Old Town is located in central Nice, with the seafront of Quay of the United States (Quai des États-Unis) to the south, Jean Jaurès Boulevard (Boulevard Jean Jaurès) to the north, and Castle Hill to the east. The easiest way to get there is by tram and the closest stops are Opera, Cathedrale, and Garibaldi.

When to Get There
Nice is at its busiest in July and August, when the Old Town can be crammed with tourists. Get there early to avoid large crowds and book ahead for restaurants in the evening. Outside of summer you’ll find fewer crowds and cheaper prices, but be aware that some attractions and restaurants have reduced hours in winter. The holiday season is a popular time to visit, when a huge Christmas market is held on Masséna Square (Place Masséna).

A Walking Tour of Nice Old Town
Walk between Masséna Square, the Palace of Justice Square (Place du Palais de Justice), and Garibaldi Square, stopping along the way to admire the baroque Cathedral of Sainte Reparate (Cathédrale Sainte Réparate), browse the morning flower market along Cours Saleya, and grab an ice cream from the famous Fenocchio ice cream parlor. Other notable landmarks include the Chapel of Mercy (Chapelle de la Miséricorde), the Chapel of the Annunciation (Chapelle de l'Annonciation), Saint-Jacques Church (Eglise Saint-Jacques), and Lascaris Palace (Palais Lascaris).

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Small-Group Nice Food Tour: Provencal Specialties, Nice, null
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Small-Group Nice Food Tour: Provencal Specialties

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Eat your way around Vieux Nice – Nice’s old town – on a 3.5-hour food walking tour! Led by a local guide passionate about the region’s rich gastronomic ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour in Nice, Nice, Food Tours
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Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour in Nice

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In this half-day tour, explore Nice, one of the jewels of the French Riviera. Admire the fantastic views over the city of Nice from atop Castle Hill and the ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Nice Cultural Walking Tour of the Old Town and Castle Hill, Nice, Half-day Tours
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Small-Group Nice Cultural Walking Tour of the Old Town and Castle Hill

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Enjoy a historical 3-hour tour through the labyrinth of narrow streets of Old Nice. Your local guide will take you in the heart of the oldest and bustling ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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4-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Nice from Cannes, Cannes, Walking Tours
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4-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Nice from Cannes

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Location: Antibes, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Private Monaco and French Riviera Villages Tour from Nice, Nice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full-Day Private Monaco and French Riviera Villages Tour from Nice

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Location: Nice, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Nice Walking Tour of the Old Town with Guide, Nice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Small-Group Nice Walking Tour of the Old Town with Guide

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In this 2-hour small group tour, come and discover Nice Old Town, also called Vieux-Nice or Babazouk by locals. Your English-speaking local guide will take you ...  Read more

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Duration: 115 minutes (approx.)

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Essential Nice Guided Bike Tour, Nice, Walking Tours
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Essential Nice Guided Bike Tour

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Location: Nice, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Half-Day Private Nice Walking Tour and Bellet Wine Tasting, Nice, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Half-Day Private Nice Walking Tour and Bellet Wine Tasting

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Small Group Tour of Monte Carlo by Night from Nice, Nice, Custom Private Tours
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Small Group Tour of Monte Carlo by Night from Nice

Enjoy an evening in Monte-Carlo to discover the famous casino district lighted up.

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Full Day Tour of the French Riviera City of Nice from St Jeannet, Nice, Half-day Tours
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Full Day Tour of the French Riviera City of Nice from St Jeannet

This tour will take you to one of the most popular cities of the French Riviera, the wonderful city of Nice. Discover the Nice main highlights: the Promenade ...  Read more

Location: Saint-Jeannet, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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