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How to Spend 3 Days in Nice

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How to Spend 3 Days in Nice
With its beaches and promenades, elegant restaurants and art museums, Nice offers plenty of tempting, sun-drenched attractions. The capital of the Côte d’Azur is also a perfectly situated jumping-off point for further Riviera explorations. From local explorations to day-trip destinations, here’s how to plan a 3-day stay.
 
Day 1: Sightseeing by Land and Sea
A morning hop-on hop-off bus tour is an easy way to get acquainted with Nice’s landmarks and neighborhoods. Alternatively, book a Segway or e-bike tour to zip efficiently around town. In the afternoon, complement your city tour with a boat excursion on the Baie des Anges. Admire Nice from the water, sail past glitzy yachts, and spot other coastal destinations, from the Cap d’Antibes to Cannes; there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the tranquil, Mediterranean ambiance. Once the sun begins to set, venture to a neighborhood restaurant to sample regional specialties such as ratatouille, or, to end the day on a high note—quite literally—book an evening helicopter flight for yet another perspective on Nice’s charms.

Day 2: Food and Culture
Dedicate your second day in Nice to creature comforts and cultural highlights. Begin the morning with a market tour; see how the locals shop, nibble pastries and other treats, and get acquainted with the city’s sights and smells. In the afternoon, retreat to one of Nice’s banner art museums—the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain) or the Nice Fine Arts Museum (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice)—or delve into the work of individual artists at the Musée Marc Chagall or the Musée Matisse. Wind down the day in style: Enjoy an aperitif before venturing to one of Nice’s many Michelin-starred eateries. Finish with a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais or a nightcap in one of the city’s grand hotels.
 
Day 3: Riviera Adventures
Nice’s convenient, seaside setting means that it’s within easy day-trip distance of many of the region’s top destinations. Book a small-group or private day tour and venture to area attractions ranging from Saint-Paul-de-Vence (a medieval hilltop town) and Antibes (a glittering, coastal haven for the wealthy) to Èze (renowned for its perfume industry) and Cannes (long the province of the rich and famous). Illustrious Monaco, star-studded St. Tropez, and scenic Italian cities such as Sanremo are likewise just a quick trip away. For an alternative escape, explore world-class vineyards in Provence’s wine country.
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French Riviera Small Group Day Trip from NiceDay Trips

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French Riviera Small Group Day Trip from Nice

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See all the highlights of the French Riviera, from Cannes to Monaco, on this small-group day trip from Nice. Soak in the scenic beauty of the road that snakes between cliffs and towns and the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy pretty coastal towns like Eze, Cannes, and Juan-les-Pins as well as the glamorous city-state of Monaco. A small tour group size of no more than eight people ensures plenty of personalized attention from your guide.
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Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip from NiceDay Trips

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Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip from Nice

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Explore the glamorous coastal towns of the French Riviera on a day trip to Eze and Monaco from Nice. Take a tour of a perfumery in Eze and lap the world-famous circuit of the Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco. Travel by air-conditioned coach and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only eight guests.
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Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip From NiceDay Trips

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Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip From Nice

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See the best of beautiful Provence during a small-group day trip from Nice. Spend time visiting coastal Cannes, home of the world-famous film festival. Take a guided tour of a perfumery in Grasse, explore the medieval hilltop village of Gourdon, and roam the galleries and boutiques of Saint Paul de Vence. Transportation is taken care of, so you’re free to relax and enjoy the day. A small group size of no more than eight people ensures plenty of personalized attention from your guide.
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Nice Segway Tour

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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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Small-Group Nice Food Tour: 20 local Specialties

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Treat your taste buds to the flavors of Provençe on a walking food tour in Nice. Explore the old town, or Vieux Nice, with a gastronomic guide, and enjoy 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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Nice Le Grand Tour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

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This Nice bus tour lets you enjoy all the benefits of a guided tour—including hassle-free transport and on-board audio commentary—and still explore the sights at your own pace. Tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours, so you can hop on and off at attractions such as the Promenade des Anglais, Mont Boron, and the Matisse Museum, or stay on-board and take in the views aboard an open-top double-decker bus.
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Nice Art Tour: Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum and the Villa Ephrussi de RothschildHalf-day Tours

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Nice Art Tour: Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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Dig into the cultural history of the French Riviera with a half-day art tour of Nice. Follow your knowledgeable guide to the Chagall Museum in Nice's Cimiez neighborhood for a tour, and then to the colorful Matisse Museum on Cimiez Hill. Finish your artistic tour with a stop at the luxurious Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in the town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
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Ferry to St Tropez from Nice

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Cruise the coastal curve of the French Riviera to St Tropez on a full-day excursion from Nice. Gaze at sweeping ocean vistas as you sail the Mediterranean Sea to the glamorous town of St Tropez, famed for the famous faces that frequent the opulent resort. Spend a day exploring at your leisure and discover alluring attractions like St Tropez Church and St Tropez Citadel. Alternatively, browse sophisticated boutiques for designer clothes, sample seafood specials at gourmet restaurants, and lounge on the powdery soft sand of the town’s pristine beaches. Return to Nice by boat at the end of your relaxing day.
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Private Motorboat Cruise from Nice with Personal SkipperDay Cruises

Private Motorboat Cruise from Nice with Personal Skipper

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Enjoy a slice of the good life on the French Riviera on a private yacht cruise from Nice. Leave everything to your personal skipper, who guides a private yacht along the picture-perfect Côte d’Azur while you relax in style. Glide past towns like Beaulieu, Cap-d'Ail, Villefranche-sur-Mer, and Menton. Soak in the Mediterranean sun on your private deck while you sip refreshing drinks. Snorkel gear is on hand if you want to take a dip. Select any duration from a short cruise to a full-day out at sea to a romantic sunset cruise.
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      Private Full-Day Tour to Menton, Monaco, and Italy from NiceDay Trips

      Private Full-Day Tour to Menton, Monaco, and Italy from Nice

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      Europe’s open borders policy makes it easy to travel between the French Riviera, Monaco, and the Italian Riviera, but to visit all three in one day, you’ll need your own transport. This private full-day tour from Nice visits the French village of Menton, the glamorous city of Monte Carlo, and Italian market towns like San Remo, Ventimiglia, or Bordighera.
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      NICE city E-Bike Tour (by best in class Electric assistance Bikes), 2-3 hoursBike & Mountain Bike Tours

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      NICE city E-Bike Tour (by best in class Electric assistance Bikes), 2-3 hours

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      See Nice’s amazing highlights on this 2-Hour E-Bike tour. Traveling by electric bike means you won’t get tired legs, and you’ll be able to see many more sites than if you were on a walking tour. Spend time outdoors in a small-group tour, and enjoy commentary from your guide about city hotspots such as the port, Castle Hill and Angel’s Bay. You’ll visit Florian candy factory, go to Massena Square, and much more.
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