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See the highlights of the French Riviera on a full day tour from Villefranche-sur-Mer port. Set out on a private shore excursion along the spectacular Mediterranean coastline, stopping first in Nice to take in the bustling city's old and new towns, including its vibrant Cours Saleya flower market. Next it's off to Saint-Paul de Vence, known for its cobbled lanes and dozens of exceptional art galleries. Finally you'll tour Cannes, home to the renowned film festival and Film Festival Palace, where celebs like Sophia Loren have left their marks. 


  • Private tour of the French Riviera from Villefranche-sur-Mer
  • Shore excursion to Nice, Saint-Paul de Vence and Cannes
  • Nice flower market and Old Town
  • Explore the Impressionist painters village of Saint-Paul de Vence
  • Visit the Film Festival Palace and Croisette Boulevard in Cannes

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Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Nice, Saint-Paul de Vence and Cannes

Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Nice, Saint-Paul de Vence and Cannes

Your time in port in Villefranche-sur-Mer will be well-spent on this private shore excursion to the French Riviera’s best towns. On this eight-hour private tour, you’ll drive along the spectacular Lower Corniche road between Villefranche and Nice, admiring the ancient villages and modern marinas that line the Mediterranean coast as you go.

In Nice, immerse yourself in the town’s history on Place Garibaldi in the Old Town, and marvel at the modern New Town as you stroll along Promenade des Arts, home to the Modern Art Museum, Sosno's library and the Acropolis exhibition center. You’ll also visit the colorful flower market in Cours Saleya.

Your day trip continues through the picture-postcard countryside of Provence to the second-most visited village in France, Saint-Paul de Vence. With its cobblestone lanes and trendy art galleries, it’s easy to see why the town is so popular. You’ll have about an hour here to explore this former haunt of the Impressionist painters.

Next, head back to the coast and drive through Golfe-Juan, where Napoleon landed in 1815. You’ll make your way to Cannes, the city of festivals, fireworks and film stars. Stop at the Film Festival Palace to see celebrity prints. There will be time to look around the shops and stroll along the sandy beaches. You will also see the famous Croisette Boulevard, which stretches along the beachfront and is home to exclusive shops and hotels.

You’ll be driven back to the Villefranche port in time to re-board your cruise ship.

Customer Reviews

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Absolutely fantastic. This trip was the absolute highlight of our holiday. Sue was a fantastic, thorough, thoughtful and informative guide and driver. She had water in the car for us and also a snack. She took us to places we didn't even think of visiting and we were so grateful to her for the extras. I would recommend her to everyone. The best experience ever. Thanks Sue.

Steven K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great tour. Would like to spend more time in St. Paul De Vence.

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