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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.


  • Art museum tour of the French Riviera from Nice
  • See Mark Chagall’s biblical paintings in the Chagall Museum
  • Tour the Matisse Museum and see the lifeworks of popular French painter Henri Matisse
  • Travel along the Middle Corniche coastal road to the gorgeous Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula
  • Explore the apartments and gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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

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

The beautiful scenery, pleasant climate and glorious Mediterranean light have drawn artists to the French Riviera for centuries. Today, that means there are plenty of sights in Nice for the art lover, including excellent museums and art-filled villas.

Begin this half-day art tour of Nice with pickup at your central Nice hotel and travel to the Cimiez neighborhood north of the Old Town. There are two art museums in this area on your tour itinerary, the first of which is the Chagall Museum. The museum's collection includes many of Marc Chagall's work, but is perhaps best known for its large collection of Old Testament paintings. Explore the Chagall Museum with an informative audio guide.

The next stop is the Matisse Museum on Cimiez Hill, not far from the Chagall Museum. The colorful collection inside the museum is every bit as colorful as the eye-catching red 17th-century villa that contains it. Reflect on how the colors of the Cote d'Azur informed Henri Matisse's work as you explore the museum independently.

After visiting these two museums, climb back into the minivan for the trip to the town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the peninsula for a visit to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. This luxurious early 20th-century villa and the 17 acres of gardens that surround it were once a private home, and the villa is still decorated with antique furnishings and art masterpieces. See the lavish Italian-style villa before getting a guided tour of the grounds.

Customer Reviews

Garry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful trip, made all the better by our guide Camille. She was excellent. The Villa and Gardens were the highlights for us. The Villa was beautiful, but the garden and views are breathtaking. Although we do not appreciate so much modern art we did think that for fans of Chagall and Matisse the museums were extremely well laid out.
Again a big thank you to Camille for such a wonderful trip.

Thomas J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The guide was excellent. The Matisse collection is small but rather significant. Nice is lovely and it would have been better to spend more than 2 night there.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

An excellent tour, both fun and interesting. Lucy our guide was knowledgable and friendly she is an excellent driver. I took my elderly father on the trip and he loved it. When I visit him again in I shall definitely book another tour. The air conditioned minibus was very clean and comfortable. The whole experience felt like the most incredible treat.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I was the only person on this tour and the drive is worth it alone even without the museums this is Paul Allen's house, this is Elton John's house, etc. There's plenty of time in each place and it does not feel rushed. I felt underwhelmed by the Villa. It's in a magnificent setting, but I've seen private homes, castles, etc. that have wowed me a lot more.

Carlos G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We enjoyed our tour, although the main point of the tour was to transport us between destinations with some general commentary on the way. We were on our own in the museums. All three museums had excellent English audio tours part of our ticket tour price. Our only real disappointment that time at each place was so limited. We heeded others' comments, and concentrated our time in the Ephrussi gardens instead of the house. Enjoyed our tour guide. We were really lucky as we were the only 2 people on the tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A must. Need more time at Cgagall and Rothschild.

Norma A D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was most enjoyable- our guide was excellent especially in getting us right to the front entrance of the Villa
de Rothschild when there would otherwise been a stiff gradient to climb(especially for two oldies!). Our main
comment though would be that the Villa definitely requires at least another half hour. We have travelled widely, seen many "great houses" and this definitely surpasses them, the house and contents were so interesting there was unfortunately no time for the wonderful gardens.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great tour! Sarah was friendly and knowledgeable and with each museum gave us just the right amount of time. We never felt rushed. Sarah was well versed with art history and was a grest driver. Very helpful with recommendations and understanding the locals. It was a wonderful afternoon!

Jacqueline K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

We had a terriic afternoon on this excursion. Our guide Vasili was wonderful. He was kind to my elderly mother, explained things clearly, and made the day enjoyable. The Matisse Museum was nice, but the Chagall was really spectacular. And the Villa Ephrussi felt like a trip back in time. It was amazing.

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