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Nice: Cannes, Antibes & St Paul de Vence Half-Day Tour

1. Nice: Cannes, Antibes & St Paul de Vence Half-Day Tour

Join this tour to discover the seaside resort of Cannes. Follow the coastal road to Antibes and St Paul de Vence. Experience the beauty of these charming towns on the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean. Benefit from round-trip transfers from your hotel and an expert guide. Visit the Palais des Festivals or the Film Festival Palace near the Old Port in Cannes. See the place that accommodates the largest festival of cinema in the world. Admire the famous red carpet and spot over 150 handprints of celebrities in front of Palais des Festivals and in the parks. Take a stroll along one of the most appreciated jewels of Cannes, the "Croisette" boulevard. The promenade of La Croisette is lined with magnificent sandy beaches designer stores and the new harbor. Then, continue to the chic seaside resort of Antibes. Soak in the coastal atmosphere, complete with an attractive seafront, historic buildings, and an interesting old town with a traditional market. The tour finishes in St Paul de Vence, a stunning medieval village of the French Riviera. Slip back in time with art gallery walls scattered throughout the town. St Paul de Vence is the cradle of writers, poets like Prévert and Pagnol, and renowned painters such as Chagall, Picasso and Matisse. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this historical village with small paved streets and fountains that are typical of Provence.

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From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

2. From Nice: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nice and admire the famous Promenade des Anglais as you depart the city. With your guide, travel first to Eze, one of the most picturesque villages on the Côte d'Azur where you can take in a panoramic view of Villefranche over Cap Ferrat and its many famous villas. Visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and discover the history of perfume-making from its beginnings to the present day. Continue to the Principality of Monaco, where you can stroll through the streets of the old town. See the Prince’s Palace, the Courthouse, the Cathedral, as well as a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a ride along the streets used for the famous Formula 1 race circuit to reach the most glamourous section of Monaco, Monte Carlo, with its famous casino and exclusive hotels. Next, enjoy a short stop in the town of Cannes, famous for its annual film festival and wonderful sandy beaches. Continue to Antibes, one of France's oldest cities which was founded by Greek merchants in the 5th century. Discover St Paul de Vence, one most beautiful villages in Provence, recognized for its cultural and artistic heritage. Finally, be returned to your accommodation in Nice after a full day of sightseeing.

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From Nice: French Riviera and Monaco Full-Day Tour

3. From Nice: French Riviera and Monaco Full-Day Tour

Discover the exclusive French Riviera on this full-day tour from Nice. Travel along the coast and enjoy the sea views from the famous corniche road leading to Eze. Stop at the unforgettable medieval village of Eze, where the boutiques carved into the rock. Then pleasure your senses with a shopping visit to Fragonard Perfumery. Arriving in Monaco, stop at the famous Monaco Rock for a visit to the Old Town, the Prince Palace, and the Cathedral where Princess Grace and Rainier got married. Then drive through the Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit to Monte Carlo and enjoy the world of elegance and luxury with a stop at Casino Square. Moving on to Cannes, admire la Croisette with its many luxury boutiques. See the stars handprints by the red carpet of the Film Festival Palace. Enjoy a drive with breathtaking views of the bays of Juan-Les-Pins and Antibes. Then arrive in Antibes, a Provencal walled city, and take a walk in the busy old town where helicopters and yachts bustle in Billionaires' Quay.

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French Riviera: Full-Day Trip in Small Group

4. French Riviera: Full-Day Trip in Small Group

You’ll drive into the hills above Monaco and stop in the medieval village of Eze, built on top of a mountain, and rising high above the sea. Take in the fantastic views and the world-famous perfume factory Fragonard. The drive continues through the village of La Turbie, also known as the Terrace of Monaco for the sweeping views of the Principality of Monaco below. You’ll see the Trophy of the Alps here, a centuries-old Roman monument, before reaching the luxurious Principality of Monaco. In Monaco’s old town, known as The Rock, you’ll visit the Prince Palace and have the opportunity to see the changing of the guard. In the cathedral you can pay homage to the princes and princesses of Monaco who are buried here. You’ll also make stops at the oceanographic museum and the justice palace. Visiting the old town is an exclusive offering with this tour, as only Monaco-licensed vehicles are permitted in the area. In the city of Monte-Carlo you’ll see the iconic Casino built by Garnier, the well-known Hotel de Paris, and the lovely gardens. Your guide will also take you for a drive on the Monaco Grand Prix track! On the way to Cannes, the tour stops in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a charming medieval village made famous by the actors and artists who have lived here. Its cabled stone streets, numerous galleries, and scenic views of the Mediterranean combine to make this a unique place. You’ll also have a break for lunch. Next your tour follows the coast road, driving through Antibes, where Picasso once lived. You’ll see the old town and the harbor. The drive then takes you to Cannes where you’ll travel along the Croisette, lined with magnificent hotels and home to the film festival palace. Feel like a movie star as you walk up the world-famous steps!

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The Magic of the French Riviera: Full-Day Guided Tour

5. The Magic of the French Riviera: Full-Day Guided Tour

Enjoy a full day exploring the French Riviera, and see its most popular attractions on this guided tour. The first stop on the tour will be the medieval village of Eze, sitting high above the Mediterranean Sea, and offering dramatic views, exotic gardens, fine art, and streets filled with history. Visit the Fragonard factory and learn some of the secrets of creating perfumes. Later you’ll drive through the village La Turbie, known as the Terrace of Monaco for its panoramic views of the tiny principality below. See the Trophy of the Alps, a Roman monument dating from 7 B.C. In Monaco you’ll visit the Old Town with the Prince Palace, the Oceanographic Museum, and the neo-Romanesque Cathedral where Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier were married and later buried. Visit the city of Monte-Carlo, driving on the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. Head to the famous casino and see the luxurious shops, gardens, and hotels. Enjoy a stop in the medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Fall under the spell of this charming town as you enter through the royal gates. Admire the lovely homes, boutiques, and art studios, with flowers adorning nearly every window. Continue on to Antibes, one-time home to Picasso, where you can feel the lingering spirit of medieval times. Finally, you'll reach Cannes, home to the renowned international film festival. One of the most spectacular places on the French Riviera, it stretches along a sparkling bay framed by mountains. See its beautiful beaches, chic boutiques, and the famous Croisette, which extends for over 2.5 kilometers along the sea. Admire the world-famous hotels and the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the film festival is held.

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Cannes, Antibes, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence: Half-Day Tour

6. Cannes, Antibes, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence: Half-Day Tour

You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Monaco, Cannes, or Nice, and then taken on a drive along the stunning coastal road to Antibes. Head to the Old Town where Picasso lived, visit the beautiful harbor and see the ramparts built by Vauban. Continue on to the glamorous city of Cannes on this half-day tour. You’ll travel down the Promenade de la Croisette and see the luxury hotels that have hosted celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson. Stop at the renowned Cannes Film Festival Palace and walk in the steps of the stars. Visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, made famous by the actors and artists that lived here, including such greats as Bonnard, Braque, Dufy, and Matisse. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, stop in at the galleries, and take in spectacular views of the sea.

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From Cannes: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

7. From Cannes: French Riviera Full-Day Tour

Discover the exclusive French Riviera on this full-day tour from Cannes. Travel along the coast and enjoy the sea views from the famous corniche road leading to Eze. Stop at the unforgettable medieval village of Eze, where the boutiques carved into the rock. Then pleasure your senses with a shopping visit to Fragonard Perfumery. Arriving in Monaco, stop at the famous Monaco Rock for a visit to the Old Town, the Prince Palace, and the Cathedral where Princess Grace and Rainier got married. Then drive through the Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit to Monte Carlo and enjoy the world of elegance and luxury with a stop at Casino Square. Moving on to Cannes, admire la Croisette with its many luxury boutiques. See the stars handprints by the red carpet of the Film Festival Palace. Enjoy a drive with breathtaking views of the bays of Juan-Les-Pins and Antibes. Then arrive in Antibes, a Provencal walled city, and take a walk in the busy old town where helicopters and yachts bustle in Billionaires' Quay.

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From Nice: Billionaire's Splendors Half-Day Tour

8. From Nice: Billionaire's Splendors Half-Day Tour

Discover the world of the super-rich on a small group, 4-hour tour of the French Riviera and Cannes from Nice. Traveling by 8-seat minivan, you will drive along the gleaming Côte d'Azur, heading west towards Cannes, world-renowned for its annual Film Festival and red carpet atmosphere. Upon arrival, go to the famous Croisette, stretching along the coast, and lined with luxury hotels and restaurants. Stop by the Festival Palace and see the handprints of the stars. Peer into boutique stores and across sandy beaches. Turn the other way and see the towering red rocks of the Massif de l'Esterel. Continue along the elegant coastline through Juan-les-Pins, passing hip and happening glamour spots, and the celebrity villas of Cap d’Antibes. Once in the historic town of Antibes, travel by the ramparts and see the delirious toys of the mega-rich in the Marina. Stroll along narrow streets, and visit the Picasso Museum, home to one of the greatest collections of the artist’s paintings, drawings and ceramics.

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French Riviera & Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

9. French Riviera & Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

Join this multi-stop tour to discover the gems of the French Riviera. Follow the coastal road to Grasse, Cannes, Antibes, Gourdon, Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Saint Paul de Vence. Experience the beauty of these charming towns on the shores of the Mediterranean. Start the tour with your first stop in Grasse, the perfume capital of France. Visit the oldest perfume factory in the area, Fragonard. Continue the tour to the seaside resort of Cannes. Visit the Palais des Festivals or the Film Festival Palace in Cannes. Take a stroll along one of the most appreciated jewels of Cannes, the "Croisette" boulevard. The promenade of La Croisette is lined with magnificent sandy beaches designer stores and the new harbor. Then, continue to the chic resort town of Antibes. Soak in the coastal atmosphere, complete with an attractive seafront, historic buildings, and an interesting old town with a traditional market. Drive through Cap d'Antibes, one of the most exclusive areas on the Cote d'Azur. Move onward to Gourdon, one of the most amazing medieval villages of the Riviera. Enjoy its charming castle and unique landscape. Proceed to your next stop at Tourrettes-sur-Loup, the 'Village of Violets', with its picture-postcard scenery. Finish the tour in Saint Paul de Vence, a stunning medieval village and the cradle of writers and painters. Slip back in time with art gallery walls scattered throughout the town.

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Cannes and Nice: Provence Countryside Private Tour

10. Cannes and Nice: Provence Countryside Private Tour

Arrive in the bay of Cannes, along the sandy beaches and luxurious boutiques. Stroll on the mythic Croisette’s boulevard and imagine the glamour on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, admiring the Grand Palais among the celebrities’ handprints. From the beach you'll escape to the peaceful tranquility inland to awaken your senses in Grasse: the world’s capital of perfume. Appreciate a guided tour in a factory that will reveal the secrets of perfume making, or wander in the heart of the old town. Taking the road through the Alpine valleys, you will reach Gourdon, “Balcony of the French Riviera”, with its panoramic views over the big blue sea.  Following Gourdon you'll wind your way down the mountain following the route of the Gorges du Loup to end your journey by the “Jewel of our beloved Provence”: Saint Paul de Vence. Admire one of the most visited villages in France and one of the top places for artists since the 1920’s before making your way back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Palais des Festivals

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 435 reviews

Wonderful tour. All was very good. The punctual pick-up at 9:00 and visit of all the indicated places with enough free time to take photos, eat, explore the place, etc. The guide, José, very kind and friendly. In short, everything is super good, except for the rain. 100% recommendable.

Such a great tour guide. Enjoyed qll his strories and the knowledge he shared. Stops are short but long enough to get a quick overview of the area and see what it has to offer. Highly recommend for anywone visiting Nice that wants to see the surrounding area and towns.

Ingrid was very helpful, very attentive to our requests, and very patient in making sure we saw everything there was to see. We couldn’t have had a better guide.

Wonderful guide and great program - a bit of everything and a good overview of the Cote d'Azur!

Interesting tour to get an idea about Antibes and Cannes. Great driver and tour guide Andreas.