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Cannes Shore Excursion: Small-Group French Riviera in One Day Tour

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Make the most of your time at port with this diverse full-day shore excursion that takes you to highlights of the French Riviera. See the Cannes Film Festival venue, ogle luxury yachts at the Billionaire’s Quay in Antibes, stroll the medieval streets of St-Paul-de-Vence and test your nose at the Fragonard perfumery in Eze. Cross the border into Monaco to visit the high-rolling casinos of Monte Carlo, the Prince’s Palace and the Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized small-group experience.
  • Full-day French Riviera shore excursion from Cannes
  • Visit the site of the annual Cannes International Film Festival
  • Cruise along the Côte d’Azur's coastal roads to Antibes, St-Paul-de-Vence, Eze and Monaco
  • Admire the yachts in Billionaire's Quay in Antibes and tour the Fragonard perfumery in Eze
  • Visit Monte Carlo and travel along Monaco’s Formula One Grand Prix race circuit
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Although one could easily spend months exploring the delights of the French Riviera, this full-day shore excursion hits on the highlights so you can maximize your day at port. Meet your knowledgeable local guide at the cruise terminal in Cannes in the morning, and set off in an 8-passenger minivan.

Begin with a drive by Cannes’ most famous attraction, the Festival Palace where the world’s best filmmakers and biggest stars gather each year for the Cannes International Film Festival. Continue along the scenic coastal roads of the Côte d'Azur, soaking up spectacular views of luxury villas and the Mediterranean Sea.

Stop at Antibes, an old port town that’s home to one of the Riviera’s largest marinas. It’s a contrast of history and modernity, where a medieval hilltop fortress stands sentinel over a fleet of luxury yachts docked at Billionaire's Quay.

After lunch at a local café in the charming Provençal village of St-Paul-de-Vence (own expense), journey on to the hilltop town of Eze. Admire some of the best views of the Mediterranean around, and tour the renowned Fragonard perfumery to discover what makes a truly fine French eau de cologne. 

Drive past La Turbie, known as the ‘Terrace of Monaco,’ before crossing the border into the second-smallest country in the world. Take a walking tour of this principality that’s small in size but big on glamour, where you’ll see highlights like the Prince’s Palace, luxuriant gardens and the famed casinos of Monte Carlo. You’ll even take a spin along part of the Formula One Grand Prix race circuit.

Relax on the scenic return drive to Cannes, where your tour concludes with drop-off at the cruise terminal in the evening.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Cannes port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of- call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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star-5
Excellent day
Love2travel2kids
, Jul 2019
We had a great day with Mago . He was very helpful pointing out where to go . Always timely and pleasant
star-5
Small group tour of French Riviera
Richard C
, Jun 2019
Our guide was waiting at the pier and eager to start the day. We traveled to many locations on the Riviera and he constantly told us details about the various locations. He was very concerned to show us as much as possible and inform us about the area. My only concern dealt with meeting the guide on the pier and having to tender into port. This did cause some concern about getting on the early tenders and meeting the guide on time - 3 of our group almost did not make the tour. This was the ship's issue because they take their tours off first and nothing to do with Viator.
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Disengaged tour guide
Shari H
, Jul 2018
When Sebastian picked us up at the dock, he seemed really angry since our tour ended up being only my husband and myself. He barely talked and gave very little
star-4
Very good tour, it was nice seeing...
sfniners42
, Oct 2017
Very good tour, it was nice seeing some of the smaller towns. We couldn't hear our tour guide at the back of the van which was good as she rambled on and on about nonsensical topics.
star-5
Zara picked us up promptly at the...
sherstur21
, Oct 2017
Zara picked us up promptly at the cruise port and took us on an amazing tour of the Riviera and Monaco. She is a very funny and knowledgeable guide. We saw a lot and learned a lot but did not linger long in any one place. I especially loved the old villages of Eze and St. Paul de Vence, Would definitely recommend for a good overview of the area.
star-5
Awsome experience, guide was very...
Derek R
, Aug 2017
Awsome experience, guide was very nice and friendly.They picked us up a litle late but we received a private tour instead which was even nicer.Very friendly and professional guide.
star-2
There was a potential for the tour...
Irina W
, Aug 2017
There was a potential for the tour to be fantastic since it was just my husband and I. Most people opted for the half-day tour, while we picked the full day tour. Pros: we were the only ones, Zara, guide/driver, gave us the option of skipping the perfume factory, which was definitely a good decision based on some of the reviews posted on the site. This gave us more time at the various stops. Zara was more of a driver than a tour guide. She did explain about the places on our drive.. however, we would have really preferred a guided tour. For example, she quickly told us what to do when she dropped us off at the Manoco palace. She told us that the time of the changing of the guards however, neglected to say if we actually want to see it we would need to get there at least 20min prior otherwise due to the crowds you wouldn't be able to see anything. Also, she should have said it's not special. We saw a glimpse of it and left before the ceremony was over. We also asked her for a specific lunch recommendation. She wouldn't give us one.. kept saying well it depends what you like.. I'm a vegetarian. I said we like fish and would like to try local food. She told us to go to Freddy's which was the biggest tourist trap and was more like a burger place/catch all offering unrealistic number of food options. By that I mean you knew the food was unlikely to be fresh, authentic, or good. So we walked around until we found this sandwich/salad stand. We saw that there were French people waiting in line and figured it couldn't be bad. For 9 euros we each got salads w/ chicken/egg, drink, and fresh fruit cup. It wasn't the most amazing salad, but acceptable. Then when we only had 15min left I discovered the gardens which the tour guide neglected to mention or perhaps mentioned so fast in her 1 min explaination of what to do before dropping us off that I didn't remember. I was so disappointed we didn't spend more time there.. as they offered fantastic views of Monaco. Also, she never once would mentioned where the restrooms where at the various stops unless I remembered to ask her prior to getting off the van. This may seem like a small thing... but the best tours we were on during this cruise the guides would go out of their way to tell us where the restrooms where, whether you had to pay or not or to buy a drink then they would be free and also where the cheapest water is. She did none of that. So when we got back on the van and I mentioned how I wished I knew about the gardens she became super defensive first by saying she did tell us and also that most tourists don't care about the gardens.. I also said i wish i had known about the crowd for the changing of the guard.. and she ignored my comment. Plus, She talked a TON, it was very hard to get a word in.. at times she kept repeating herself. At one point, I had to put on my sunglasses to take a nap. I can't say that everything she said was interesting. Lastly, we visited St. Paul, where the art galleries where and we specifically asked her for a recommendation of a gallery where we could buy a piece of art for 30-60 euros. Again, she seemed appalled at our question because how could she recommend a gallery when people have such different taste in art. So then I proceeded to give her examples of the art I like... Picasso, Dali, modern art, etc. She still wouldn't give us a recommendation. We only had about 1 hour there and wanted to make sure we walked to the view point to take pics. There were so many galleries that it would have been impossible to stop and make an unrushed purchase. So in the end, we didn't buy anything because of the lack of time and suggestions from Zara. All in all, she did the bare minimum of her job. She was more of a driver than a tour guide. At times she came off very pretentious i.e. The food and gallery examples. We did leave her a tip because it would feel rude not to, but she definitely didn't deserve it. Again, I comparaed her to the guides we had in Florence and Barcelona who went above and beyond. They were so friendly and provided incredible customer service.
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This excursion is basically renting...
James S
, Aug 2017
This excursion is basically renting a driver for the day. Our tour guide couldn't answer most questions we asked and pretty much just dropped us off at different spots and said he would come back in an hour.
star-5
Saw much more of Cannes and Monoco...
kyle.armstrong
, Jul 2017
Saw much more of Cannes and Monoco than expected. Our driver was amazingly friendly and knowledgeable. The tour lasted our entire time in port and we were able to see much more than we thought we would. She was more of a driver than a tour guide as parking anywhere is rare and would drop us off at the attraction and gave us great direction as to where to go, but it was a but more free roaming experience at each location one exception was the perfume factory, where the factory gives you a guided tour and smell tour as well.
star-5
Great tour. We went everywhere and...
gatorknightdad
, Jul 2017
Great tour. We went everywhere and guide gave us so much information. Highly recommend.

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