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From Nice: Train Experience Through the Alps & Baroque Route

1. From Nice: Train Experience Through the Alps & Baroque Route

Escape off the beaten track and join us on an excursion that combines adventure by train, exploration of medieval villages, breathtaking medieval and Baroque architecture and incredible natural landscapes in the middle of the Alps. Meet your guide at 8:30 a.m. in front of Nice-Ville's main train station (Boulangerie Paul terrace). Discover breathtaking scenery as you cross natural canyons, high bridges and tunnels on a 2.5-hour train ride to your destination. Along the way, your guide will reveal the secrets of one of France's most beautiful railroad lines, a testament to French civil engineering in the early 20th century. We'll make two stops to visit two medieval villages, Saorge and Tende (depending on the day, the guide may change the program to visit other equally beautiful villages). First, visit Tende and its Museum des Merveilles to discover mysterious Bronze Age engravings and other historical artifacts from the Mercantour National Park. Afterwards, you'll visit the Mercantour National Park House to observe protected species of endemic flora and fauna. After lunch (you can choose between a picnic or lunch in a local restaurant), you'll visit other must-see sites in Tende, such as a baroque cathedral, a labyrinth of medieval streets, panoramic views from the top of the village, the cemetery and the ruins of an ancient castle. Let's continue our journey to Saorge, an impressive village, a pearl of medieval architecture with steep streets, built on a concave hill. Classified as one of France's most beautiful villages. Admire the charming and peaceful Franciscan convent of Saorge (option 5€/p), founded in the 17th century, before visiting the church of Saint-Sauveur, another jewel of Baroque art. The village offers spectacular views of the Alps and surrounding canyons. An enchanting day full of surprises! Return by train, arriving in Nice at 7.45pm. The guide reserves the right to modify the itinerary depending on the interests of the guests, the weather conditions or availabilities of the restaurants/snacks, museums/monuments (Itinerary could include La Brigue, Breil/Roya or Sospel (instead Tende and Saorge)) Example of option to change the itinerary during the hottest summer days: - Take a refreshing dip in a natural swimming pool (river) (La Brigue or Breil-sur-Roya option)

Nice: Culture, Wine & Food – Old Town Guided Walking Tour

2. Nice: Culture, Wine & Food – Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Wander the honeycomb streets of Vieux Nice (Old Nice) in the company of a foodie guide, and taste some of the city’s best produces. 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, cheeses, bread, local main dishes & snacks, pastries, candied fruits, 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 picnic in the Castle Hill park with wine pairings and typical desserts. Along the way, we will recommend you the best of the hidden restaurants and bars to explore further during your time in Nice and the French Riviera.

Nice: Provencal Food Walking Tour with Tastings

3. Nice: Provencal Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Get your taste buds ready for phenomenal food as you take a tour of one of the world's best culinary cities. Discover the secrets of the city's eating culture as you stroll through its picturesque downtown. Meet your guide just before lunch and get ready to sample all the tastes Nice has to offer. Be introduced to local specialties like the best pan bagnat in town and the city's famous socca. Delight in the flavour of niçois farçis and savor the famous pissaladière. Top it all of with sweet chard pie, homemade ice creams, and other treats like artisan macaroons with local flavors.

Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

4. 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: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

5. 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.

From Nice: Italian Riviera, Monaco, & Monte Carlo Tour

6. From Nice: Italian Riviera, Monaco, & Monte Carlo Tour

Discover the charm of the Italian Riviera and enjoy the open-air and covered markets where you can find leather goods, handbags and many more items at a great price. Have the chance to explore a typical Italian atmosphere. Enjoy the free time for lunch and to taste the Italian cuisine. Visit Menton, "the pearl of France", a city full of color that will certainly charm you. In Monaco, explore the old town on the famous Rock, admire the Prince's Palace and the cathedral. Admire the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea and walk in the magnificent Exotic Garden. Then we take a drive along the Formula I race circuit to reach Monte Carlo with its famous casino and world-known Hotel de Paris.

From Nice: Full-Day Italian Market, Menton, & La Turbie Tour

7. From Nice: Full-Day Italian Market, Menton, & La Turbie Tour

Depart from Nice between 08:15 and 09:00 in an air-conditioned minivan and professional driver/ guide to explore Italy and spend some free time shopping in the open air market famous for leather goods, shoes, handbags and other fashion accessories. This will also be an excellent opportunity get a taste of Italian gastronomy. In Menton, the pearl of the French Riviera, discover the scents colors and calm of the old town.  Then, head in the direction of La Turbie to admire one of the most beautiful panoramic views over Monaco and photograph one of the last Roman remains of this region. Don’t forget your passport to cross the border.  

Mountain Train from Nice : Hike, Mystic Forest, Meteors Rain

8. Mountain Train from Nice : Hike, Mystic Forest, Meteors Rain

A unique Train Experience through the Alps to discover a historic train line that crosses the Alps from the Côte d'Azur to the Gorges du Verdon, a technical feat of French civil engineering from the beginning of the 20th century, the opportunity to visit 2 amazing villages shaped by a unique history, the most surprising hike in the Southern Alps with giant sandstone blocks creating a "meteor shower" effect, rock shelters, a unique geological site, the "King's Room", a forest of chestnut trees several hundred years old and in a few hours a diversity of landscapes that creates a succession of surprises. The 2nd site is not the least with the Royal City-Citadel of Entrevaux, its medieval drawbridge, its majestic citadel overlooking the Var Valley. Many gems to discover and fabulous landscapes. Let's start the day early in the morning (meeting at 8:45 am) to fully enjoy this special day. The Train des Pignes will amaze you with its route, its breathtaking views of the villages, through valleys, viaducts and tunnels, witnesses of the French civil engineering of the beginning of the 20th century. 2 hours of unique experience commented on board by our local expert guide through one of the most incredible train lines in France. Then, we will pass from village to village and stop in the 2 most interesting sites: Annot and Entrevaux. You will enjoy the clean, fresh and invigorating air of the Alps, during a hike full of surprises and hidden treasures (depending on the physical condition of the group we will choose the shorter hike (4km) or the longer loop (8km), a haven of peace just a few steps from the French Riviera. We will prepare a delicious picnic of local specialties and products and finish this stop by discovering the village of Annot, its medieval atmosphere and its troglodyte houses dug in the rock. Then, we will take the train des Pignes to explore Entrevaux, a medieval city of Exception with its remarkable drawbridge perched above the river, the flamboyant baroque cathedral, its ridge that forms a natural rock barrier determining its history as a French historical fortress and especially its castle overlooking the village by 100 meters from which one can wonderfully embrace the Var Valley. An unforgettable day, a caress for the eyes... Attention, sportive day, good physical condition strongly recommended!

Nice: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

9. Nice: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

This is an ideal bike tour to explore the city of Nice and Baie des Anges for the first time. Peddle alongside a local guide who knows the true history of the monuments inside and around the old town and the city's main squares. Choose between an e-bike or classic bike. On this biking adventure, get to know the wonders of Massena and Garibaldi, the justice palace, the Residence Palace of the Kings of Savoya, and other must-see sights. Get the most out of your trip with a guide who has local know-how. Pass in front of the world-renowned Palaces of Promenade des Anglais, cross the harbor with its antique shops, and see Castle Hill and its gardens, waterfall, panoramic points, and oldest ruins where the first inhabitants settled.

Monaco & Monte-Carlo: Guided Hidden Gems Tour

10. Monaco & Monte-Carlo: Guided Hidden Gems Tour

Learn all there is to know about Monaco on this unique and surprising tour, from internationally famous highlights such as the Monte-Carlo Casino, the Cathedral, the Grimaldi Prince Palace and the surprising Oceanographic Museum to the principality's unknown gems where secrets lie waiting to be discovered away from the throngs of tourists. To start in style, enjoy a truly local experience with traditional local food specialties in the food outdoor and covered market. Visit the historic Old Town, the emblematic luxury Monte-Carlo and the fantastic port Hercule. Take a look at the old postcards your guide has brought along in order to better understand the rapid development of the city and the changes it has undergone in the last century.    Get off the beaten track and see what touristic coaches can't see. Glimpse hundreds of marked legacy trees from all over the world, visit surprisingly well-preserved parks, and marvel at hundreds of sculptures and modern artworks as you wander through the streets that feel as if you're walking through an open-air museum. Discover fantastic (and less fantastic), diversified architecture and more stories and secrets about this unique place from your professional guide.

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4.2
(18 reviews)

Lara was very nice, we were rather big group but she gave us plenty of time and space and was very understanding and patient. The tour itself is a great way to explore Nice and it’s specialities, picnic at the end is a very nice way to summarize and end the tour. We especially loved the Olive oil tasting and visit at the truffle store. Market was great as well, I would highly recommend this tour!

Apart from the fact that Cyril was a mobile encyclopedia, the scenery was terrific and the villages very authentic. Although the composition of the group was not homogeneous, Cyril managed to make us all feel comfortable, such an attentive guide and very enthusiastic about history. Absolutely recommended!

The Alps I knew were the northern Alps such as Mont Bran and Myatehorn, but there are also Alps in southern France, and there are picturesque villages in high mountains and deep valleys, and I was surprised that they were made by human hands and that people live there. It was a good place to go.

Very well organized and inspiring trip. Our guide Cyril was knowledgeable, welcoming, had control of the program and the group and his homemade cakes and pizza ladeires were a delicious surprise. Hans gets a full five stars. Our picnic was disappointing and we had to pay for dessert ourselves.

Audrey was a great guide. Really enjoyed all the food