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Welcome to Nice

Located on the stunning French Riviera, Nice attracts visitors with its picture-perfect seaside locale and attractions. Guided private and small-group tours will whisk you by land and sea around the city and beyond to the sun-soaked region of Provence. Cruise around the Baie des Anges (Bay of the Angels) to admire the renowned sandy beach. Or take a cycling or pedicab tour of the broad Promenade des Anglais (Promenade of the English), which runs alongside the beach for about 4.3 miles (7 km). Book a walking tour in the old town’s pedestrian-only zone, where boutiques tempt you to browse and outdoor cafes invite you to relax. Foodies can take a culinary tour to sample the local specialties; or hop on a Segway tour to cover ground quickly. Explore the city’s Belle Époque architecture, the17th century Cathedral of Saint Reparata, or St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral just outside the historic center. Then get ready for a day trip of two further into the French Riviera and Provence for wine tasting. The city-state of Monaco is a 25-minute train ride away, while traveling to Cannes and Antibes also takes less than a half hour. Head further inland on a sightseeing tour to Grasse to check out a perfumery and smell wild lavender in the air. The charming tiny village of Eze offers incredible panoramic views of the Mediterranean from its hilltop perch, along with statues of goddesses and winding paths to lose yourself in the French Riviera.

Top 10 attractions in Nice

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Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

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A stylish walkway monopolizing four miles (six kilometers) along the Bay of Angels, the Walk of the English (Promenade des Anglais or La Prom) is a Nice icon offering stunning views, enticing pit stops, and the best people-watching in the city. Grab your bike, skates, or shoes—and don’t forget your swimsuit—for a sunny afternoon in Nice.More
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Eze

Eze

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With its twisting cobblestone lanes, jumble of medieval houses, and shady courtyards lined with traditional cafés, Eze is a tranquil village high above the glamorous resorts and golden beaches of the Cote d’Azur. The hilltop town, traditionally written Èze, is undeniably picturesque, affording panoramic views over the Mediterranean, and its timeless charm has made it a firm favorite on French Riviera itineraries.More
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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

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A honeycomb of narrow streets dotted with baroque churches, lively markets, bustling squares, and a thriving nightlife scene, Nice’s Old Town (Vieux Nice) remains the buzzing heart the modern French city. This seafront historic center offers an atmospheric introduction to Nice.More
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Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)

Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)

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Nice's Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya) is a veritable feast for the senses—floral fragrances rise in the air, vendors call out in French to mingling locals, and flower bouquets burst forth from every stall. Add the fresh produce market, sidewalk cafes, and weekly antiques fair, and it’s no wonder the market is a must while in Provence.More
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Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

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Rising up over the eastern end of Quai des États-Unis, the 300-foot Castle Hill (Colline du Château) affords fantastic views over the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town of Vieux Nice, the Baie des Anges, and the glittering Côte d’Azur.More
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Massena Square (Place Masséna)

Massena Square (Place Masséna)

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If you're spending an even remotely significant amount of time in Nice, then you'll soon become familiar with Massena Square (Place Massena). It's the massive, open square at the bottom of L'avenue Jean-Médecin; just a little bit past it is Vieux Nice and the Mediterranean. Walk under the porticos in foul weather, or enjoy the sun on its wide walkways. It ends in a gorgeous fountain framed by faded cherry-red buildings, a favorite with photographers of any ability.In the daytime, Masséna Square is a busy pedestrian/tram intersection, and it can seem like barely controlled chaos as people scurry, stroll or simply hang out along its dizzyingly tiled surface. At night it's a bit less busy, but many are more distracted as the large human-like sculptures high atop poles change color like lava lamps!Massena Square is also the site for many of Nice's most popular events throughout the year, from Mardi Gras to Fete de la Musique concerts to summer outdoor markets, exhibitions and performances of all kinds. And at Christmas, it's transformed into a village with artisanal gifts, games for kids, delicious food stalls and even a Ferris wheel.More
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Massena Art & History Museum (Musée Masséna)

Massena Art & History Museum (Musée Masséna)

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Housed in an Italianate neoclassical villa fronting the Promenade des Anglais, the Massena Art and History Museum (Musée Masséna) focuses on the shared history of the city of Nice and Napoleon Bonaparte, through the personal effects, artifacts, and artwork of the Masséna family. The manicured grounds are also a high point.More
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Quai Lunel

Quai Lunel

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Nice’s enchanting old port is a lovely place to wander and find the perfect little restaurant for an authentic meal with a romantic view of the Mediterranean Sea. Soak up the atmosphere of the yacht-filled port, then stroll over to the hilly green park, Colline du Château, or the adjacent Quartier Segurane, known for its antique shops and flea market.More
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Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard)

Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard)

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Since its founding in 1849 in the Grasse Province in the south of France, the world-class Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard) has been creating famous fragrances for men, women, dignitaries and even soldiers for more than 150 years.Travelers can embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Molinard Perfumery that starts with a film exploring the company’s history and ends with a trip through the 1930s where visitors can witness perfume-making in its most traditional sense.The guided tour loops through Molinard’s beautiful reception area and flows into the soap room, where years ago a single person created hundreds of soaps by hand. The distillery remains one of the tour’s most incredible stops, as it’s one of the few perfume factories in the world to avoid modernization. Travelers will pass by the cream room, where they’ll learn about packaging and production before the final sales room stop, where a well-curated exhibition showcases fragrance collections from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.More
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Mt. Boron (Mont Boron)

Mt. Boron (Mont Boron)

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Rising above the port of Nice, Mt. Boron (Mont Boron) is a green wilderness with spectacular views over the great views over the city, and the entire Côte d’Azur, especially nearby beauties, Villefranche and Cap Ferrat. Sign-posted trails for hiking and mountain biking make this nature reserve a popular place to escape the city.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

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Riviera touring soft top style
Philip_J, Aug 2020
French Riviera Famous Cities Scoot Coupe Self Drive Tour from Nice
One of the best ways to see the area in my Opinion and incredibly straight forward.
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Great fun :)
Donna_S, Mar 2020
Nice City Segway Sightseeing Tour
Excellent way to see some of the sights around Nice.
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Recommend this tour!
Katie_S, Feb 2020
French Riviera in One Day
You get to see a lot of the highlights of the South of France all in one day.
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Excellent day tour
Carlos_Calderon, Feb 2020
French Riviera Day Trip with Monaco Cannes & Perfumery Visit from Nice
You’ll have the opportunity to visit different sites with nice guides and comfortable transportation.
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Lots to see
Csh, Feb 2020
French Riviera Villages and Countryside from Nice
The time in St Paul de Vence was slightly rushed- there was much to see and we were in and out pretty fast.
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Best Half-Day Tour of NICE
miresearchlab, Dec 2019
Cannes, Antibes, and St Paul de Vence Half day from Nice Small-Group Tour
She is very good in English.
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Great fun and a great way see the sites of Nice.
chrisC8082QH, Nov 2019
French Riviera Cities & Sightseeing Scoot Coupe Self-Drive Tour from Nice
An amazing way to see Nice with the wind blowing through your hair.
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Enjoyable day trip
joe8844, Nov 2019
Private full day tour To Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze, Cannes and St Paul from Nice
Takes time to share with us key info on the attractions.
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Pleasant boattrip !
Najeeb421, Sep 2019
Coastal Cruise from Nice
It took us along the coast line of the French Riviera with very informative comments in the English and French language.
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Excellent!
Herbiv4, Sep 2019
Nice City Segway Sightseeing Tour
This was the perfect way to see some of Nice upon arriving.
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A good introduction to NIce
mikemurphy66, Sep 2019
Nice Le Grand Tour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus
This open top tour helps orient you to the sites available to see in Nice.
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Great half day trip
Vacation469563, Sep 2019
Eze & Monaco Small Group Half-Day Trip with Perfumery Visit from Nice
A very nice small group tour and a good way to see these sights plus stops for photos overlooking Nice and at Mt Boron.
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Fun intro to nice
deboran564, Sep 2019
One Hour Nice Highlights Pedicab Tour
Our driver/guide Eric was on time & friendly & English was great.
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Best way to see everything in one trip!
Expedition781020, Sep 2019
French Riviera Day Trip with Monaco Cannes & Perfumery Visit from Nice
This was the best way to see absolutely every place you would want to visit when staying in Nice for a short time.
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Small group tour of French Riviera
mrkhoughton56, Aug 2019
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
We were able to see so many areas of the French Riviera in one day.
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the best way to see Nice
Baikonur, Aug 2019
Visit of the city of Nice in Citroen Mehari Electric (1 hour visit)
It really is the best way to see Nice
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Great way to see Nice
Barb1602, Aug 2019
Coastal Cruise from Nice
A good way to see the beaches, yachts, and homes surrounding the Port of Nice and the surrounding area.
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Great way to see the French Riviera with little time
FellowTraveler772817, Jul 2019
French Riviera Half-Day Trip with Cannes, Antibes & St. Paul De Vence from Nice
I was nervous after reading other reviews but found this tour to be well worth the money and was able to see some great stops in the little time we were spending in the Nice area.
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Fun in the Sun
CAROL1903, Jun 2019
Visit of the city of Nice in Citroen Mehari Electric (1 hour visit)
He knew all the best places to see the best views of Nice, taking us high up a hill where no tour bus could go.
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Very informative and personalized tour!
Odyssey56932277009, May 2019
New Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill
This tour allowed us to see the main attractions of Nice while also getting Christopher's cultural insights.

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