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From its cultural attractions to its coast, the French Riviera’s capital is the essence of old-world charm.

Our most recommended things to do in Nice

Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

1. Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

Discover France’s most scenic landscapes on a full-day trip to Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Verdon Gorge from Nice. See the iconic Lavender Fields and learn about these picturesque locations from your guide. Be picked up from your hotel or home address in Nice. Depart with your driver to the hills of your countryside destination. Cross the "gorge of the wolf", complete with its 40-meter-high waterfall, before stopping at Castellane. Whilst traveling along the Verdon (named for its astonishing turquoise green color), enjoy spectacular views of the 700-meter-deep canyon. Afterward, move on to the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, nestled under a rocky cliff and surrounded by mountains from all sides. Known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship, you will have free time here to explore Moustiers at your leisure. Discover the earthenware in the stores, and buy souvenirs before lunch in one of the terrace cafes. Photograph the world-famous lavender platters, or enjoy the lake of St. Croix, an artificial treasure of clear water which is one of the most beautiful lakes of Provence. Then, marvel at the endless lavender fields at the foot of the Alps and stop to take unique and memorable pictures with this impressive backdrop. Stop to smell the light and enchanting lavender aroma surrounding you as you do. After enjoying your trip, return to your vehicle at which point you will be driven back to your point of origin in Nice.

Nice: Allianz Stadium and National Sports Museum Tour

2. Nice: Allianz Stadium and National Sports Museum Tour

Spend an enjoyable 2 hours on a visit to the National Sports Museum in Nice and touring the Allianz Riviera stadium. Tours are available in French and some information is translated into English. Allianz Riviera, Nice’s new stadium for the UEFA Euro 2016 is a venue full of positive energy. It was designed to meet the demands of hosting a football competition as significant as UEFA, while respecting the principles of sustainable development. During the tour you'll hear stories from the changing rooms, stand at the side of the pitch just like the players do and visit areas that are normally reserved for VIPs and the press.

Nice: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Nice: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the sights of Nice at your own pace and enjoy panoramic views from an open-top bus. Purchase a 1-day or 2-day pass for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and enjoy unlimited sightseeing opportunities. You can redeem your voucher on board the bus at any stop along the route. Once on board, listen to an informative commentary via the audio guide. Get information on the most popular things to see and attractions to visit. Choose how much time you want to spend at each attraction and travel comfortably between sites. Tour duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stops are as follows: 1. Promenade des Anglais / Max Gallo : 4, Avenue Max Gallo, Nice 2. Cathédrale / Vieille Ville : 22, Boulevard Jean Jaurès, Nice 3. Port Lympia/Carnot : 1, Boulevard Carnot, Nice 4. Villefranche Octroi Sud : Opposite 10, Avenue Maréchal Foch 5. Villefranche Citadelle : Place Emmanuelle Philibert 6. Villefranche Octroi Nord : 2, Avenue Maréchal Foch 7. Ile de Beauté – Port Nord : Opposite 5, Place Ile de Beauté 8. Massenet-Promenade des Anglais Nord : 2, Promenade des Anglais 9. Congrès - Promenade des Anglais Nord : 30, Promenade des Anglais 10. Eglise Russe / Gambetta : 47, Avenue Thiers 11. Gare SNCF Poste Thiers : 23, Avenue Thiers 12. Congrès-Promenade des Anglais Sud : Opposite 15, Promenade des Anglais (sea side) One departure each hour from 10:00 AM to 5:20 PM from stop 1. Departure at 11:00pm, 1:00pm and 3:00pm until 31st of March 2022.

Nice to Saint Tropez: Round-Trip Transportation by Boat

4. Nice to Saint Tropez: Round-Trip Transportation by Boat

Reach the charming city of St. Tropez by boat in just 2.5 hours from Nice. Enjoy the views of the French Riviera along the way, and spend the afternoon exploring the city that is emblematic of Provence. Admire the harbor and visit the many boutiques and the well-known market at the Place des Lices. See the Citadelle, Quartier de la Ponche, Annonciade Museum and more during your visit. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase on board. The ticket provides round-trip transportation between Nice and St. Tropez. The boat departs Nice at 09:00 AM and arrives in St. Tropez at 11:30 AM. The return trip departs St. Tropez at 04:30 PM, arriving in Nice at 07:00 PM.

From Nice: Eze, Monaco, & Monte-Carlo Half-Day Trip

5. From Nice: Eze, Monaco, & Monte-Carlo Half-Day Trip

Explore Côte d'Azur on a half-day trip from Nice, with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Be charmed as you wander through a medieval village and discover the important sites of Monaco, Eze, and Monte Carlo with a guide. Be picked up from your accommodation in Nice in the morning or in the afternoon. Enjoy a panoramic view of Nice and the bays of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. In Èze, have the opportunity to visit the medieval village like an eagle's nest. You can also take a free guided tour of Fragonard Perfumery to learn more about the perfume-making process. Next, be driven to Monaco and take a walk in the old town. Discover the princely palace and explore the town and its neo-Romanesque cathedral. Also see the famous Casino Square, the Grand Casino, luxury boutiques, and Café de Paris. A ride on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit awaits you from Monaco to Monte Carlo.

Nice: Small Group Sunset Cruise to Cap Ferrat

6. Nice: Small Group Sunset Cruise to Cap Ferrat

Meet your friendly crew at Nice Port, then set sail along the glistening coastline of Nice. Soak up panoramic views of the French Riviera and feel the wind in your hair as the boat cruises towards Cap Ferrat. As you sail, learn about this luxury destination, which is home to Hollywood stars and often used as the film set for glamorous movies. Pass by the charming fishing village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, admire the villas of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and marvel at the sandy beaches of Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea, then go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life. Finally, watch an unforgettable sunset across the ocean, and soak up the magic of the moment before returning to port.

Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

7. Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

Experience the French Riviera on a 1-hour cruise from Nice, and get carried away by the natural splendor of the Côte d'Azur on a charming nautical excursion. Depart from the port of Nice and head towards the famous deep water bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.  Listen to an informative commentary provided by the crew (either in French or English) as you pass the luxurious villas of the rich and famous. Admire the hilltop villages in the distance, and the beautiful coastline of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, known as a favorite place to vacation among the European aristocracy and international millionaires. Continue to the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer to get a look at its colorful fishing port. The bay is one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large ships. Conclude your sightseeing cruise with a tour of the Baie des Anges in Nice. Cast your eyes on the famous Promenade des Anglais and see its stunning shore from the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

8. From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

Explore the landscapes and towns of the French Riviera on this day trip from Nice. Travel in a spacious and air-conditioned bus to stunning destinations like the charming village of Èze, Monaco, and Cannes. Begin with a pickup from your hotel or other desired location in Nice between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. Kickstart a day of adventure with a visit to the "Moyenne Corniche" for 15 minutes. Enjoy the panoramic view of the port of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Take a unique trip and visit the medieval village of Èze. Admire the splendid panorama of this beautiful location and discover the secrets of perfume with a free guided tour of the Fragonard perfumery. Your next stop is the Principality of Monaco, where you have time to discover the old town, the cathedral, the palace and the ceremony of the changing of the guard. Next, continue along the Formula 1 circuit to Monte Carlo with its casino and upscale shops. Have lunch in one of the many excellent restaurants in Monaco. Around 1:00 PM, your driver-guide will take you to Antibes, a city that combines nautical traditions and luxury pleasures. Visit the old town, the biggest marina of business and luxury in Europe—the port of the billionaires. Head to your next stop, Saint-Paul-De-Vence. Marvel at the "jewel of Provence", where many painters and artists have resided. As you walk the streets of this medieval fortified village, you can taste centuries of history and artistic creativity. For your last destination, make way to the famous city of stars—Cannes. Explore the Beverly Hills of France, and take a stroll on the famous Croisette, enjoy luxury hotels, restaurants and shops. Above all, set foot on the famous red carpet festival film, like Hollywood stars.

From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

9. From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

Leave the coast and enjoy a beautiful drive through the Gorges du Loup with its 40 meter high waterfall. Stop in Castellane, gateway to the Gorges of the Verdon, nestled at the foot of its famous rock. Drive along the Verdon river, named after its startling turquoise-green color, up to the canyon which is considered to be Europe’s most beautiful. Enjoy the spectacular and breathtaking views overlooking the ravine which is up to 700 meters deep. Stop in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France which is known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship. Take time to enjoy a lovely meal and a stroll.

Ferry Transfer to Sainte Marguerite Island from Nice

10. Ferry Transfer to Sainte Marguerite Island from Nice

Explore Sainte Marguerite Island with a round-trip ferry transfer from Nice. Choose from multiple departure dates to suit your own schedule. Located about a half-mile off shore from the French Riviera town of Cannes, the le Sainte-Marguerite is famous for its fortress prison (Fort Royal) in which the so-called “Man in the Iron Mask” was held in the 17th century. The ferries depart every day at 09:00 and return at 18:00, with a crossing time of around 1 hour. Once on the island, you can follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour. Stroll by the Batéguier pond to see numerous species of migratory birds. Go to Point de la Convention to find unique plant species. Continue to the Fort Royal and explore the mysteries of the masked man. Pay a visit to the Maritime Museum sheltered within a fortified enclosure. Get an insight into the area's history and see items recovered from ancient Roman and Saracen shipwrecks. Schedule:  09:00: Departure from Nice 10:00 – 18:00: Stop on Sainte-Marguerite 19:00: Arrival in Nice

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,014 reviews

We were a party of three traveling via cruise ship with my mother who is 78 and not very mobile. We organized the tour from the port of Antibes and when the captain was unable to dock because of weather, the Papillon representative took our call late in the evening before our tour and immediately arranged for the Driver to pick us up at the port in Cannes instead. Joe, our Driver/Guide was punctual and his vehicle was spotless. He had a cooler with cold water which we appreciated. Joe was so kind to my mother and helped her in every way, whether it was getting in and out of the van or eating a piece of cake when we wanted to visit something and she wanted to rest. He found places to pull up and park to make things easier for her. He spoke excellent English and was knowledgeable about EVERYTHING and so very personable. He was born in Nice and knows the whole Côte d'Azur like the back of his hand. We loved him so much that we requested him for a second private tour of Nice, Monaco,

Excellent trip visiting 3 wonderful vineyards. Gigi was a great tour guide and made the day so fun she had a lot of knowledge on the vineyards and the local area. Max people on a trip is 8 and we were with such a fun and friendly group of people. The only thing I would point out is get your guide says the pick up is at 8am but it is actually 9am.

This was a great tour with nice little slices of each place we got to stop. You get to see a lot in one day and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Getting to see the changing of the guard in Monaco was definitely a highlight for me. Our tour guide Abdul, I may be wrong with spelling, was awesome!

Zara is an excellent driver and very knowledgeable about the local history and customs. She was flexible and helped us with a special request. We were the only 2 customers on a max of 8 trip, but they did not cancel it. Would use this company again

i love it! this is one fun experience. the guide has wonderfully taught us how to make our own perfumes. also the location is close to the beach