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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

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The Promenade des Anglais (Walk of the English) stretches along the seafront between the beach and the road. It is constantly busy with promenaders, dog-walkers, joggers, cyclists, skaters and sight-seers sitting on the iconic blue chairs to enjoy the deep azure of the sea in the Baie des Anges. In the late 18th century, the English adopted Nice, then a sleepy town, as a place to escape the harsh English winter. One particularly nasty winter, many beggars from northern France drifted south to Nice so the wealthy English put them to work building a beachfront walkway. The City of Nice stepped in to increase the scale of the project. These days the locals just call it The Promenade.More
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Eze

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The tiny village of Eze is one of the jewels of the south of France which is probably why it is chosen as a holiday spot by royalty, the rich and the famous. Perched on a rocky hill above the sea, it could not get any prettier. With narrow cobblestone, pedestrian-only streets, wonderful views of the surrounding hills and the azure water below, it is just as it was centuries ago. One of the most famous inhabitants was Frederic Nietzsche who, in the 1880s, used to walk up and down a hill path to the sea thinking up his philosophy. At the top of the hill, just above the village, is the exotic garden. Filled with statues of earth goddesses, cacti, winding paths and wonderfully relaxing contemplative spaces and lookout points, this is not to be missed.More
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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

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Nice Old Town (known locally as Le Vieux Nice) is a lovely honeycomb of narrow streets, dotted with beautiful Baroque churches, vibrant squares, shops and restaurants. Thronging with tourists eating the famous ice-cream during the day, at night it becomes one big party with bars and nightclubs spilling out onto the streets. The key things to see are the Cours Saleya (the open air market), Chapelle de la Miséricorde (a wonderfully ornate Baroque church dating from 1740), Chapelle de l'Annonciation (known locally as Sainte-Rita), Eglise Saint-Jacques (dating from 1612 and built by the Jesuits, it has some excellent frescoes), the Cathedral Sainte Réparate (1699), and the Palais Lascaris (paintings and statues).More
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Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)

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Only one street back from the seafront, Cours Saleya is a mainly-pedestrianized street/square which hosts a daily market. It is split between its famous flower market selling bucketfuls of blooms in the western half, and a magnificent food market at the eastern end, with long trestle tables displaying exotic spices, shiny fruit and veg, pastries, fruits glacés (glazed or candied fruits such as figs, ginger, tangerine and pears) and more. On Mondays from 6am to 6pm, Cours Saleya also hosts an antiques market. Lined by restaurants and cafes, it is the perfect place for breakfast, to sip coffee and people-watch, or for after dark, when the market is closed and the outdoor seating from the restaurants expands to fill the square.More
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Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

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Le Chateau, the shaded hill and park at the eastern end of Quai des États-Unis, is named after a 12th-century château that was razed by Louis XIV in a fit of pique in 1706 and never rebuilt. There are some ruins but not really a chateau to speak of. In the one remaining tower, the 16th century Tour Bellanda, is the Musée Naval. The cemetery where Garibaldi is buried covers the northwest of the park. From this 300 ft (92 m) hilltop park aslo known as Castel Hill, the glittering views of Vieux Nice spires and the Baie des Anges are mesmerizing. It's worth the walk up - especially as you pass waterfalls, pools and gardens along the way. Once at the top, sit and have a coffee under the trees; the cafe offerings are very much kiosk style but the view makes up for everything.More
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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 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, Place Massena 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! Place Massena 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.More
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Quai Lunel

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Nestled east of the hill park, Colline du Chateau, is Quai Lunel in Nice’s Old Port, a great place to wander and find a restaurant for lunch or dinner with a view. The Old Port fills with yachts at any time of the year and is a great place to soak up the maritime atmosphere and Nice, both past and present. To head out from Nice port and out onto the water you may hop on one of the ferries which can transfer you to ports on Corsica: Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Ile Rousse. The area just west of the Quai Lunel, Quartier Segurane, is known for its antique shops and flea market, where you’re much more likely to find an authentic antique bargain than in the center of Nice Old Town. To reach the Port of Nice from central Nice, walk around the waterfront on the balcony-style walkway or head through the Old Town to Place Garibaldi and along rue Cassini.More
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Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard)

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Since its founding in 1849 in the Grasse Province in the south of France, this world-class perfumery 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 Parfumery 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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Place Garibaldi

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A monumental square made up of Baroque architecture, the late 18th century Place Garibaldi lies at the eastern end of the Old Town of Nice. Recent renovation has revitalized the beauty of the buildings. Place Garibaldi has shops, bars and cafes including Grand Café de Turin, famous for its seafood and a great place to dine al fresco and people watch. On the weekends the square fills with stall holders selling antiques and bric-a-bracs. Many of the main streets of Nice cross the square: Avenue de la République, Boulevard Jean Jaurès, Rue Catherine Ségurane and the rue Cassini which leads to the old port. Tram No. 1 runs through Place Garibaldi and around the edge of the Old Town (Vieux Nice) and most of the square has now been pedestrianized. The square has a majestic fountain in its center with a statue of Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi who was responsible for unifying Italy in the late 19th century. He had hoped that Nice would become part of Italy.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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