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Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

1. 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.

Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

2. Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

Experience the French Riviera city of Nice on an easy-to-ride, self-balancing Segway. Cruise through the city highlights on a 2-hour or 3-hour tour. Discover sights like the Old Town, Castle Hill, and Place Rossetti. Meet your guide and depart from the Promenade des Anglais after a short training session to ensure you are confident and comfortable on your vehicle. Cross through the Old Town, admiring streets lined with 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 grand Baroque buildings like the Place St-Francois and Place Garibaldi. Stop to take photos at monuments like the former home of Matisse, Place Rossetti, and Rauba Capeu, where you can take spectacular photos of the curving coastline. Ascend Castle Hill, where you will find an oasis of landscaped gardens and a waterfall.  Take in the views of the Baie des Anges, mountains of the Alps, and the port of Nice. Then, push the Segway to its limits by riding around at its maximum speed of 12 mph (20 kph).

Nice: Private Guided Tour by Electric Bike Taxi

3. Nice: Private Guided Tour by Electric Bike Taxi

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

Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

4. Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

Explore the heart and history of Nice on a guided walking tour of the Vieux district. Taste some local delicacies during the 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. 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). Marvel at breathtaking panoramic rooftop views from this vantage point overlooking the waterfall, the ruins, the gardens, and the spectacular cemeteries.

Nice: Old Town & Castle Hill Informative Guided Walking Tour

5. Nice: Old Town & Castle Hill Informative Guided Walking Tour

ITINERARY •1st Stop « meeting point » At: The Centenary Monument, Albert 1er Garden..It’s at 100m from the hotel « Le Meridien » and very close to the Carousel This is the right place to start our tour, where I will tell you about the evolution of the city of Nice over the centuries… We will then head towards the famous Place Massena and more precisely towards the Fountain of the Sun. Duration: +/- 20 min •Stop At: Massena square With its beautiful Piedmontese architecture and its fountain of the sun housing the famous statue of Apollo, Place Massena is said to be the essential lungs of Nice. Duration: +/- 20 min. •Stop At: Old Town of Nice I will show you around the jewels of old Nice, its narrow cobbled streets, its alleys used to keep the cool in summer and the heat in winter. You will contemplate the facades of its old buildings in ocher, pastel tones and you will wander in its shops selling Nice soap, Provencal fabrics, cheese, crafts while being surrounded by the scent of spices and food. In this marvelous picturesque and colorful place, you will discover countless restaurants, squares, churches, monuments, museums, cafes, wine bars, ice cream parlors…The beautiful Place Massena, the green spaces, the Cours Saleya with its flower market, the exceptional architectural heritage, the pedestrian streets and the Promenade des Anglais will certainly not leave you indifferent. Duration: +/- 75min •Stop at : The hill & The Park of the Castle You will also enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the top of the castle hill. You will discover the magical view of the entire Promenade des Anglais, the famous waterfall, the large green park on the one hand and the beautiful port of Nice and the magnificent view of the hill of Mont Boron on the other hand. Nice, a story that says a lot… Unfortunately, it is here that we will part. But as they say: All beautiful things come to an end… Duration: +/- 35 min. NB: The walking tour generally lasts between 2h30 & 2h45 depending on the pace of the group.

Nice: Guided Walking Tour

6. Nice: Guided Walking Tour

Discover Nice on a guided tour with a local and learn more about this gem of the French Riviera. See some of its most iconic landmarks including Promenade des Anglais, Cours Saleya, and Place Rossetti. Meet your guide at Place Massena located in the heart of the city, at the somewhat controversial Fontaine du Soleil depicting the Greek god Apollo. Walk along the Esplanade Georges Pompidou towards the most iconic part of Nice, the Promenade des Anglais. Admire the architecture of the legendary Negresco Hotel as well as the city's Opera House, before making your way to Vieux Nice, the old town. Discover the lively Cours Saleya and the flower market, and learn about Nicoise cuisine and food culture. Stop outside the majestic Palace of the Prefecture and learn about its rich history dating back to the 16th century. Admire the facade of the Palace of Justice and hear about the infamous and fascinating “bank heist of the century”. Stroll through the bustling Place Rossetti and see the nearly 1000-year-old Cathedral of Sainte Reparate. Passing the former apartment of the renowned painter Henri Matisse, reach Castle Hill to take in the breathtaking views of the city and its coastline.

Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

7. Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

Get a local’s perspective of Vieux-Nice on an informative 3-hour walking tour of Nice Old Town and Castle Hill. Meet your guide on the seafront, next to the stairs and elevator up to Castle Hill. Listen to an introduction to the history of the most Italian-style French city, starting with its Greek foundations, through its time as a dominion of Savoy to the modern day. Learn about the influence of the English and Russian aristocracy, discover how it got its name, and more. Then, enter the Old Town through a gate built during the reign of one of the last Italian governors. See the old houses of the local nobility, and marvel at baroque churches and monuments. Go to one of the most famous markets in Nice, and breathe in the aromas of the produce on sale (food market only in the morning tour). Explore a honeycomb of tiny streets, learning the history of each square, street name, and design. Next, ascend to the top of Castle Hill passing through some of the quietest areas of Vieux Nice. Walk through a forest to the old cemeteries with their panoramic views of the city and harbor. Admire the ruins of the old fortifications, and see the majestic waterfall on the Colline du Chateau. A taste of local food (1 or 2 or 3 specialties from Nice) is included in the tour. Get useful advice and tips on how to spend the rest of your time in Nice from your knowledgeable guide.

Nice: Must-Sees Electric Scooter Tour

8. Nice: Must-Sees Electric Scooter Tour

First, you will put on helmets, then taking the electric scooter to the Promenade. The tour will start there. You will have a short explanation of how the electric scooter works, the speed, the brake, the autonomy, and what you will see. Ride along the sea, then stop at Massena square, the meeting point of the city. Discover La promenade du paillon, a large garden in the center of the town. Head towards Castle Hill and its waterfall. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the entire city from this perfect vantage point. Head to the famous #Ilovenice, and ride again along the sea, and enjoy the sunset while you are there, before finishing the tour at the meeting point.

Nice: E-Bike City Highlights Tour

9. Nice: E-Bike City Highlights Tour

Begin the tour by meeting your guide and starting the tour along the Promenade des Anglais. Ride along the large cycle path past the Old Town of Nice and arrive at Quai Rauba Capeù. Continue the tour as your powerful e-bike helps you easily ascend to the top of Castle Hill. From the top of the hill, enjoy fantastic views of the Old Town and the beaches of Nice. Learn more about the city of the city as your guide points out historic buildings and landmarks during your tour. Cycle towards the Port of Nice and see the contrast between the elegant yachts and traditional fishing vessels. Climb Mont Boron Hill and admire the stunning views of the entire city.

Nice: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

10. 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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The tour was truly wonderful! One of the best ones I've ever had. Marcin is such a great guide: engaging, full of interesting knowledge and well spoken. We learned a lot about Nice and could not recommend this highly enough!

Tour was excellent and Chris went above and beyond. It was especially kind of him to bring us bread that his mother made! It was delicious. He was very knowledgeable, kind and funny. Highly recommend a tour with him

Our tour was wonderful! Kent was an excellent tour guide. He made it fun for the kids and was very personable. Riding scooter through Nice was so much fun. Great tour!

Exceeded expectations. The tour guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and incredibly passionate. By far the best guided tour I have been on.

We all had a wonderful tour! The BEST way to tour Nice!