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Villefranche Trip to Nice Sightseeing Excursion

Villefranche (Nice), France (Excursion ID S2006)

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  • Duration
    4 hours
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    All Ages
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  • Air-conditioned and licensed round-trip transportation from outside your Villefranche cruise ship tender pier!
  • See the city of Colline du Chateau!
  • Enjoy a drive along the Promenade des Anglais!
  • See incredible architecture in various styles!
  • Drive through the exclusive Cimiez neighborhood!
  • Explore during your free time in the Old Town!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Villefranche and the surrounding area!

See the beautiful city of Nice on this half-day guided excursion with some free time to explore on your own.

After meeting your driver/guide on the tender pier shoreside, you will depart Villefranche in your exclusive group with a maximum of eight guests. Your destination is the city of Nice, approximately 20 minutes away along the coast. Enjoy the views as your guide gives you information about the day.

Colline du Chateau will be your first stop. This is the former site of a 12th-century chateau razed by Louis XIV in a fit of anger. Now it's a city park with waterfalls and at 300ft up the hill, it has stunning views overlooking both new and old Nice. There are many photo ops on this excursion!

The area now known as Nice, Nissa la Belle was first inhabited by Greeks around 350 BC, who named it after Nike, the goddess of victory. The English upper class began to winter in the area due to the mild Mediterranean climate. In the mid to late 1800s, artists the likes of Renoir, Chagall, and Matisse, came here to paint due to the light. As you drive along the Promenade des Anglais (Walkway of the English) that parallels the sea, you can almost imagine the English promenading in their Victorian finery.

Continuing along the seafront, you will pass the Belle Epoque Hotel Negresco, built in 1920 to attract Europe's elite. Further, along the coast, you will see a Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1912 for a Czar's wife who occasionally wintered here.

Avenue de Verdun, with its parks and gardens down its middle, will show you more of the beautiful architecture and the Place Massena, the city's main square as you drive along. Driving away from the sea, you will find the hilly Cimiez neighborhood, where the upper class built their homes. The Excelsior Regina Palace was built here in the 1800s just so Queen Victoria would have a place to stay during her visits. Nearby is the 17th-century Villa des Arenes, now home to the Musee Matisse (Matisse Museum).

Vieille Ville, the Old Town, is next as no visit to Nice would be complete without seeing it. Here, you will have approximately 40 minutes of free time to wander along its narrow pedestrian streets lined with shops selling Provencal wares. Be enticed by the aroma of the cafes selling fresh pastries or stroll through the fresh food and flower market along Cours Saleya (the market is closed on Mondays). See the colorful vegetables, ripe olives, and fresh seafood. Try socca, the local Provencal chickpea pancake served warm from pushcarts.

At the end of your adventure in Nice, you will meet your driver for the trip back to Villefranche and your cruise ship tender pier, approximately 20 minutes away.

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Villefranche Trip to Nice Sightseeing Excursion Reviews

Get in and out, seeing the highlights of the French Riviera's largest city, Nice! Quick-paced, small group excursion.


6 Reviews

     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
I absolutely loved my tour! The guide made it easy to see the beauty of the French Riviera in one day. As a solo traveler, I wanted a tour that was safe and a guide that was super friendly.
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Clute, Texas USA
     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
My wife and I were celebrating our honeymoon, so being in a beautiful city as Nice was the best part of our trip. Highly Recommend it. Reasonable! Beauty & Glamour History nicely packaged into one Fun Trip!
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Ottawa, CA
     5/5  (Visited on March 2019)
The day trip was worth every penny. Not only was the scenery spectacular, but we had comfortable transportation and our driver was very friendly. We enjoyed the entire day. Our guide added more interesting facts, history, and background on the places visited which was really nice. We all give this 2 thumbs up!
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Tempe, Arizona
     5/5  (Visited on June 2019)
We saw everything we wanted to see in the French Riviera in a day, so we can say this trip was definitely worth it. The views were spectacular and our tour guide was excellent! Everything was super. Others at our dining table booked something very similar but through the cruise ship but paid alot more, less time, and more people in their group.
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London UK
     5/5  (Visited on April 2018)
We had a great time on this excursion. Our driver showed up exactly on time and was very professional and friendly. His knowledge of the French Riviera is very impressive and he is a very pleasant person to be around. I would highly recommend this day trip! Make sure to bring your camera as the places you will visit are definitely worth it. My favorite spot was Vieille Ville!
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     5/5  (Visited on April 2016)
i have to say that France is now my favorite country, i could imagine myself living in Nice while on this tour. The city is very charming and everything seems perfect! Our guide, Stephane, took us to the old town where I bought a "pain au chocolat" that was delicious
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