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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice) Tours

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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)
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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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Evening Food and Wine Tour in Nice

One of the best moments to visit Nice it's in the evening, when all restaurants and bars begin to be buzzing !Join us on a tour and get immered into the Old Town, a very different way, drinking and eating local specialties. Take the opportunity to meet the locals, and to share with the shopkeepers and restaurant owners.Your food lover and expert guide will be with you, to explain you the history of the neighborhood and to share about the quality of food you will be able to try during the tour.From the famous Place Masséna to the heart of the Old Town, Nice inspire people everyday due to the local architecture and because of the fantastic regional food ! Unique to Nice and its region, some dishes built a big part of the french culture. Have you ever tried the "salade niçoise", the "ratatouille" ,or even the socca ?So come with us and discover Nice the local way with your local guide !
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Original Old Town Food Tour in Nice

Welcome to Nice - Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur !From the famous Place Masséna to the heart of the old town, Nice inspire people everyday due to the local architecture and because of the fantastic regional food ! Unique to Nice and its region, some dishes built a big part of the french culture. Have you ever tried the "salade niçoise", the "ratatouille" ,or even the socca ?Join us in Nice and discover a must see with us : the local markets ! In a quite typical atmosphere, smelling fresh lavender, you will be part of the locals and will try some of the best ingredients you could have in the south of France.Your local and food expert guide will be here to make you discover the city and answer your questions ! You will taste, drink and discover Nice in a quite unique way .
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Private Sightseeing Tours

2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Nice

Get to know Nice with your own private guide, and enjoy a tour that focuses on you. With your personal group of up to 10 people, you’ll explore the historic center and downtown areas of the city with a local guide. Hear the history of Nice as you stroll, and find the must-see landmarks such as the Place Masséna, Palais de la Préfecture, Promenades des Arts, and more.
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Cultural Tours

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American and Jewish Tour in the Cote d'Azur (The city of Nice)

Discover your history in the heart of the Cote d’Azur. During our American walking tour of Nice, we will show you the city through the lens of the Americans who came here, lived here, fought here and changed it forever. In four hours, we’ll reveal how the history of America intertwines with the history of Nice. The cultural walking tour will take you through the 19th century, World War I, the roaring twenties when Frank Jay Gould helped change the Riviera from the home of aging aristocrats to the famous strip which attracted writers, artists, movie stars, and ultimately, the glamorous present. We will also examine Jewish history in the city from the Middle Ages until World War II. Our tour is more than a generic walking tour, as it allows you to understand the city’s American story. Yet still, it is a true Niçois experience where you’ll discover history unknown to most. We have the keys to many secrets of the city, and we’ll unlock an experience you’ll always remember.
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Segway Tours

Nice Segway Tour

Roll through the charming sights of the French Riviera on a fun Segway tour of Nice! On your choice of a 1- or 2-hour tour, ride an electric scooter past highlights of the beautiful seaside town, including the Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the vibrant Cours Saleya flower market. Take in spectacular views of the Mediterranean from Castle Hill and learn about Nice’s rich heritage from your expert guide. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized small-group experience.
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Half-Day Food and Wine Walking Tour in Nice

Venture far off the beaten track and discover hidden culinary hotspots on this small-group food and wine tasting tour through Nice. Travel comfortably on foot as you follow your guide to over nine culinary stops, and enjoy a bite of local specialties like Swiss chard and white truffles. You’ll also hit three different drink stops for a taste of local wines and brews.
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Cannes Shore Excursion: Eze, Monaco and Nice Full Day Tour

When your cruise ship docks in Cannes, discover the best of the French Riviera with ease on this adventurous shore excursion. With your guide at the wheel of your air-conditioned minivan, explore chic Monaco, medieval Èze, and Nice—capital of the French Riviera—in one day. Visit the famous perfume factory Fragonard, and hit top attractions like the Grand Prix circuit, Monaco Cathedral, and the Monte-Carlo Casino.
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Walking Tours

Small-Group Nice Food Tour: 20 local Specialties

Treat your taste buds to the flavors of Provençe with a walking food tour in Nice! Explore the old town, or Vieux Nice, with a gastronomic guide, and enjoy up to 20 different samples of regional favorites, including locally produced French wine. Visit the finest markets, delis and specialty food shops in town and learn how locals shop and prepare meals on a daily basis. Taste the Italian influence on Provençal cuisine and learn how to make an authentic Niçoise salad back at home. Tour size is limited to 10 people for a personalized small-group experience.
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Walking Tours

Small-Group Nice Cultural Walking Tour of the Old Town and Castle Hill

Step back in time, and learn about Nice’s fascinating history on this small-group Nice cultural walking tour. You’ll save time researching and planning your trip, as this itinerary includes multiple city highlights. You’ll visit Old Town hotspots, and climb up to the top of Castle Hill. As you tour the city, your experience will be enhanced with interesting commentary and historical information from your guide. 
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Nice City Bike Tour

Discover the best parts of the Côte d'Azur capital during a Nice bike tour with a local English-speaking guide. Cycle though the picture-perfect city past charming city squares, grand boulevards and sandy beaches. See the city's famous Belle Époque architecture, Baroque churches, trendy bars and busy cafes. With a knowledgeable guide and a bike, you'll see parts of Nice that most people miss.
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Half-day Tours

Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour in Nice

Discover the top attractions and hidden highlights of the French Riviera in France on this half-day sightseeing tour in Nice. Spin along the Middle Corniche road and gaze out over the French Riviera. Explore the Promenade des Anglais and the Promenade des Arts with a guide, and delve into the historic Cimiez neighborhood. Take in sites of interest such as the Acropolis Center, the Modern Art Museum, and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and stroll to the top of Castle Hill for panoramic views over the rooftops of Nice.
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Ports of Call Tours

Villefranche Shore Excursion: Nice, Eze & Monaco Monte-Carlo

When your cruise ship reaches port in Villefranche-sur-Mer, see the best of the French Riviera with ease in one day on this comprehensive shore excursion. With your guide at the wheel of your comfortable air-conditioned minivan, spin along the Middle Corniche road to top attractions including Èze, Monaco, and Nice’s Old Town. Discover must-see sites like the famous F1 track and the historic Prince's Palace, and enjoy spectacular coastal views.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Monaco Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Nice, Monaco and Eze

Make the most of your time in Port with a private, all-day tour of the French Riviera. Explore Nice’s charming Old Town and wander through a traditional French Flower market. See the stunning views from the medieval, hill-tip village of Eze overlooking the Mediterranean, and drive on the famous Formula One race Track in Monaco. Avoid tourist traps, and customize your tour with a private guide and driver.
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Day Trips

Small-Group Half-Day Trip to Nice from Monaco

Explore Nice, one of the jewels of the French Riviera, on a half-day trip from Monaco. Enjoy the scenery during the drive along the coastal roads. Take in the fantastic views over the city of Nice from atop Castle Hill. Take a leisurely walk down the beachside Promenade des Anglais. Browse the colors and fragrances of the Cours Saleya flower market. See the spectacular Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Place Garibaldi and Massena Square. Group size is limited to eight people, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

4-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Nice from Cannes

Discover the capital of the French Riviera on this private half-day tour of Nice from Cannes. Explore the atmospheric Old Town, walk the Promenade des Anglais, enjoy views of the Bay of Angels from Castle Hill, and admire the Roman ruins of Cimiez.
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✅New Walking Tour of Old Nice AND Castle Hill

The walking tour of Nice is an essential part of the time spent by all visitors to the Côte d'Azur: iconic sites and a dive into the fascinating history of the city await you!BEST PRICE GARENTIE in NICE✅
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

The Essential Nice 3h E-Bike Tour

Cover more sights in less time on a small-group, panoramic tour of Nice’s top sights— by electrical bicycle. Specialty e-bikes give an extra power boost, so you can go long distances without feeling the burn. Cruise centuries-old gardens, major monuments, and stunning seaside squares, then choose between two different lookout points for a sky-high view of the city.
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  • 3 hours
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Day Trips

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Monaco Shore Excursion: Eze, Monaco and Nice Full Day Tour

You will discover in one day the most amazing places on the French Riviera. The luxuriousprincipality of Monaco, the medieval village of Eze and the capital of the French Riviera Nice.
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  • 7 hours
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Walking Tours

Small-Group Nice Walking Tour of the Old Town with Guide

Experience Nice’s Old Town on a small-group tour with a multilingual guide. Learn some Niçoise history and local secrets as you wander through the narrow, cobbled stone streets and passages. Stop for a traditional snack and visit a flower and produce market near the beach. This tour is ideal for visitors who want local tips and knowledge about Nice’s many sights. Your guide can also help you avoid tourist traps with restaurant recommendations.
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  • 1 hour 55 minutes
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  • 1 hour 55 minutes

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Essential Nice Guided Bike Tour

Discover all the best routes and key tourist highlights without so much as glancing at a map on this comprehensive small-group Nice bike tour, the perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Explore the Old Town, the modern gardens that line the city’s Green Corridor, the ancient port, Castle Hill, and the waterfront Promenade des Anglais. Along the way, enjoy a tasting plate of local delicacies.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Ports of Call Tours

Cannes Shore Excursion : Private Custom Tour French Riviera Highlights with Local Guide

See the best of the French Riviera with this comprehensive 8-hour tour. Your guide will help you build a personalized itinerary and lead you to hidden gems known only to locals. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, explore the hilly medieval town of Eze, and discover the glamor of Monaco. When your tour concludes, return to your port in Cannes with plenty of time to spare.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Helicopter Tours

Scenic Helicopter Tour from Nice

See Nice like a celebrity, at least for a little while, with a 20-minute helicopter tour over the Côte d'Azur. Soar over the city's broad Promenade des Anglais, its grand Belle Epoque architecture and that unforgettable turquoise-colored Mediterranean Sea. The elite arrive in Nice by helicopter, now you can experience those heights, too.
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  • 20 minutes
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  • 20 minutes

City Tours

Guided City Tour of Nice (free multilingual Audio option) by electric vélotaxi

Explore the city of Nice in a unique way with a rickshaw tour, which allows you admire views as you’re driven around by a knowledgeable guide. Designed for urban environments, the rickshaw emits no pollution so you can enjoy an eco-friendly experience. Learn about Nice’s history, attractions, restaurants and bars from your guide while checking out sights such as Massena Square, L’Opéra, Old Town, the House of Matisse and the Palace of the Dukes of Savoy. Select from several options when booking.
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  • 30 to 120 minutes
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  • 30 to 120 minutes

Custom Private Tours

Half-Day Private Nice Walking Tour and Bellet Wine Tasting

Discover the capital of the French Riviera on a private half-day tour that can be customized to your preferences. Follow your guide on a walking tour of Nice; explore the atmospheric Old Town and the scenic Promenade des Anglais; then head to the Bellet vineyards to enjoy wine tasting with a view of the ocean.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours


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