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Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

1. Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

This 100-minute walking tour begins at the Nice seafront just next to Castle Hill. At this point your guide will provide an introduction to the Greek origins of Nice, the Italian reign over the city, and the English and Russian aristocratic influences. Get answers to questions such as how Nice got its name, the reason for its location, and much more. Enter old Nice by a historic door dating to one of the last Italian governors. Then begin your walking tour and learn about the old homes of local nobility, see the most impressive monuments and Baroque churches, and visit the city’s most famous market. Follow your guide through the honeycomb of tiny streets of old Nice and hear about the history of the squares and the street names. Stop to taste local delicacies suggested by the guide. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Castle Hill Park. After exploring the colorful streets of Nice Old Town, go uphill to get to know the history of the Castle Hill park (using either the lift or stairs) to enjoy breathtaking panoramic rooftop views, the waterfall, the ruins, the gardens, and the spectacular cemeteries.

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Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

2. Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

Experience the French Riviera city of Nice by eco friendly, self-balancing Segway on a 2-hour or 3-hour tour, departing from the Promenade des Anglais after a short training session to ensure you are confident and comfortable on your vehicle. Cross the Old Town, admiring the picturesque streets of Provencal shops, baroque buildings, and a famous flower market. Learn about the Italian influence of the architecture as your guide shares anecdotes about the city’s history and suggests things to see and do for the rest of your stay. Continue past Place St-Francois and on to Place Garibaldi to marvel at the abundance of baroque buildings. Along the way, you will see - and can stop to take photos - of many of the city’s most beautiful monuments, including the former home of Matisse, pretty Place Rossetti, and Rauba Capeu, where you can take spectacular photos of the curving coastline. Your Segway will make light work of the ascent to Castle Hill, where you will find a city oasis in the landscaped gardens and waterfall. Take in the views of the Baie des Anges, mountains of the Alps, and port of Nice. Then, push the Segway to its limits by riding around at its maximum speed of 12 mph (20 kph).

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Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

3. Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

Discover Nice's history and heritage in a special way as you are taken through the city by a professional driver. Hear anecdotes, important dates, major monuments, and what defines the city's cultural richness; your guide can also adapt your sightseeing itinerary as you please. Embark on an unforgettable experience that takes you out of the usual channels in order to access forgotten secrets of the city. Discover the Saleva Market, the Opera House, and Rossetti Square with its magnificent church. Cross the famous Place Massena and Garibaldi, full of exciting stories. Walk along the seaside on the famous Promenade des Anglais and enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea from the highest point: an ideal landscape to take selfies. In the new city, "à la française", you will discover the Belle Epoque neighborhoods together with the Negresco hotel, the Musicians district, and the magnificent Orthodox cathedral. Passing through the port Lympia, admire the imposing yachts but also the small boats of traditional fishermen. Finally, you will end up along the prestigious Promenade du Paillon with its gushing fountains and pedestrian streets full of shops and restaurants. Stop at any time to take pictures or ask your driver to stop for ice cream or Socca. A free audio guide option is available in the following languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish You will see the following sites depending on the tour option:  • La Place Massena / Massena Square  • La Fontaine du Soleil / Fountain of the Sun  • L’Opéra  • Le Cours Saleya / Saleya Square  • Le Palais des Rois Sardes / Palace of the Dukes of Savoy  • Le Palais de Justice / Courthouse  • La Cathédrale St Réparate - La Place Rossetti / St Reparate Cathedral - Rossetti Square  • La Vieille Ville / The Old Town  • La Maison de Matisse / House of Matisse  • Les Ponchettes / The Fishermen’s Houses  • La Promenade des Anglais  • Le Jardin Albert 1er - Le Monument du Centenaire /Albert 1st Garden – The Centenary Monument  • La Rue Paradis (Little Champs Elysées)  • La Colline du Château - Le coup de Canon de Midi / Castle Hill - Midday Cannon Shot  • Le Quai Rauba Capéu / The Docks  • Le Monument aux Morts / Memorial  • Le Port Lympia / Le Quartiers des Antiquaires / Antiquaries Neighborhoods  • L’Eglise du Port / Port Church  • La Place Garibaldi / Garibaldi Square  • Le Théâtre de Nice / Le Mamac  • La Tête Carrée / Square Head  • Le Lycée Massena / Massena High School  • La Coulée Verte / Green Lane  • La Cathédrale Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et l'Hôtel Negresco

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Discover Nice: 1-Hour Guided Segway tour

4. Discover Nice: 1-Hour Guided Segway tour

Meet your guide on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s famous esplanade along the Mediterranean Sea. After a briefing and a training session you’ll head off to experience Nice by Segway. See the sights of one of France’s most beautiful cities on this 1-hour tour. You’ll start out by riding past shops, museums, and restaurants on your way to the Cours Saleya, an open-air marketplace overflowing with fragrant flowers and fresh local foods. Your guide will tell you about Nice’s history, take photos of you on your Segway, and suggest things to see and do later in the day. Glide along the narrow alleys of the old town and visit lively Place Rosetti, where you’ll find an abundance of cafés and people-watching opportunities. Continue to Place Massena, the city's main square, atypical with its checkerboard floor, its works of modern art, and its radiant fountain of the sun. Finish off with a visit to the lush Jardin Albert I, a modern green space with palms and flowers, before returning to the Promenade des Anglais, where your Segway tour ends.

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Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

5. Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

The stunning Old Town of Nice (known locally as Le Vieux Nice) is a lovely honeycomb of narrow streets, dotted with beautiful baroque churches, boutique shops and charming restaurants — hidden gems can be found around every corner. It’s a hive of activity with vibrant squares, buzzing both day and night. After meeting your guide at the Place Massena Square fountain, head past architectural masterpieces such as Nice Town Hall, the Opera House, and Palais de la Prefecture. Explore the Palace of Justice Square and Rosetti Square, where Nice Cathedral is situated, before discovering the bustling Cours Saleya market. Amble down the famous Promenade des Anglais, the Port of Old Nice, Belanda’s Tower, and the final destination of the historic Castle Hill. During the tour, you will have a short break at a flower market, where you can learn about local delicacies and purchase handcrafted gifts and flowers. Here, you can also take a quick trip to the restroom to freshen up before continuing the tour.

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Cultural and Gourmet Walking Tour of Old Nice

6. Cultural and Gourmet Walking Tour of Old Nice

Wander the honeycomb streets of Vieux Nice (Old Nice) in the company of a foodie guide, and taste some of the city’s best produce at 10 degustation stops. Along the way, learn the culture and traditions of Nice and its population in the city’s oldest neighborhood. Discover what the locals really like to do and eat at venues serving the best olive oils, wines, raviolis and pastas, cheese, bread, local main dishes and appetizers, pastries, candies, and much more. Guided by a local gourmet guide, with a wealth of knowledge and experience about the regional culture, the tour will let you experience the joie de vivre of the French Riviera first-hand, and ends with a typical aperitif of drinks. Along the way, discover the best of the hidden restaurants and bars to explore further during your time in Nice and the French Riviera.

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Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze Half-Day Trip

7. Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze Half-Day Trip

Enjoy a half-day adventure in the glamorous French Riviera on a visit to the medieval hillside village of Eze and a guided tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo. Departing from Cannes, Nice, or Monaco, travel by luxury 8-seater minibus and explore the glitzy atmosphere of this trendy destination. At the hillside village of Eze, enjoy panoramic views of the Riviera and Mediterranean Sea. Visit the Fragonard perfume factory before touring the village La Turbie. Known as the "Terrace” of Monaco, thanks to its views over Monaco. It is most notable for its Roman monument dating from 7 BC. On arrival in Monaco, go to the old town, known as "The Rock," and admire the Prince Palace. Arrive in time to see the Changing of the Guard. Continue to the Cathedral and pay homage to the Monegasque royalty buried there and still have time to see the Oceanographic Museum and the Justice Palace. End your tour at Monte Carlo and see the Casino built by Garnier, the architect of the Opera Garnier in Paris. Admire the famous Hotel de Paris built in 1864, and the beautiful gardens. Finally, take a spin around the road circuit of the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Nice: Old Town's Famous Artists City Game

8. Nice: Old Town's Famous Artists City Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Nice’s Old Town while playing an exciting mobile-based quest. Walk past many beautiful sites, solve clues, and discover intriguing stories of artists who have lived in the city like Nietzsche, Matisse, and Thomas Jefferson. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about Nice’s fascinating history and architectural changes. Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. Follow in the footsteps of former NIce residents such as Nietzsche, Matisse, James Joyce, and Thomas Jefferson. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

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Nice: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

9. Nice: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

Your guide will lead you through the port, the old town, the seaside and up and down the main hill in the center of Nice, effortlessly on this 3-hour electric bike tour. Ride up Castle Hill and admire its gardens, waterfall, and ruins, and stop to enjoy views over the Bay of Angels. Have a quick look on the Mont Boron hill and its most beautifull Belle Epoque villas, some villas belong to internationally famous people. You’ll ride by the main monuments, squares, and gardens, and along the maze of streets of the Old Town. Visit other popular districts and markets in the city as well.

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Nice: Private Segway Tour

10. Nice: Private Segway Tour

Would you rather go on a more intimate and private tour with friends or family than on cultural tour with an unknown group ? A personalized tour, only you can choose? Your private guide will adapt to your wishes and will help you discover the best places in Nice on a segway. A sensational trip to the Old town, stopping in the market, with cultural references and recommendations of places to eat or drink. Your guide will be taking photos which you can keep. This is a great apportunity to be part in a unique expérience where you can combine human contact and an amazing trip in the center of one of the most beautiful towns of France.  Take a tour in the city of Nice and explore its architectural and cultural heritage, history, gastronomy, and unique landscapes offered by the city after a short Segway training. The tour starts on the Promenade des Anglais that is world renowned. During a training session with your guide, you will learn the basics of riding your personal transporter. Then, it’s time to set off on your exploration of one of France’s most beautiful cities. Cross the old town and admire its picturesque and refreshing streets, Provencal shops, pure baroque style buildings ,and its famous flower market. You will sense the Italian influence. Your guide will share anecdotes about Nice’s history and suggest things to see and do later and will be happy to take photos of you on your Segway during your stops. If you choose the 2-hour option, leave the old town for accelerating to reach the top of Castle Hill, a real oasis. There, enjoy an exceptional view of the Baie des Anges, the Alps, the old town ,and the port of Nice. Castle Hill is also where you can fully experience the excitement of riding a Segway by cruising at its maximum speed of 12 mph (20 kph) ! Discover different major sites such as the Nice Promenade des Anglais, Le Quai des Etats-Unis, Old Town of Nice, Matisse’s house, Cours Saleya, the Courthouse square , the Rossetti square and the platform Rauba Capeu where you can capture splendid photos of the curving coastline before your beautiful Segway tour rolls to a close.

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What people are saying about Vieux Nice

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,220 reviews

We had a wonderful excursion, thank you. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made it so interesting. We also found her extremely caring and sensitive to our needs. Thank you for a lovely day. Pam and Clare.

Great experience. A must do activity if you're in Nice. We later also booked 2 e-bikes after the segway tour and it was fun as well! Thank you Ocean!

Punctual pick-up at the hotel with a short briefing and off you go. Sensational ride with the Velo-Taxi - you have to do it!

Lovely trip knowledgeable driver guide Pricey but worth every penny for us !

Great experience driver friendly animated and very personal.