Day trip

Nice: Train Experience Through The Alps and Baroque Route

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26 reviews

Activity provider: Nice Creative Tours
Day trip

Nice: Train Experience Through The Alps and Baroque Route

Activity provider: Nice Creative Tours

From US$ 135.44 per person

Enjoy a full-day tour through the Alps and experience a scenic train ride passing canyons, viaducts, and tunnels. Stop by picturesque villages and explore hidden treasures.

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Duration 10 - 12 hours
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Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese
Small group
Limited to 14 participants


  • Board the historic Train Des Merveilles and take a fascinating ride through the Alps
  • Explore Saorge and Tende or La Brigue, 2 impressive medieval villages in the Alps
  • Visit the Museum des Merveilles and see Bronze Age petroglyphs
  • Immerse yourself in the natural landscape of the Alps and its surrounding canyons
  • Discover treasures of Baroque art and architecture
Full description

Escape the tourist crowds and join a combo tour of train experience, discovery of medieval villages, stunning baroque architecture, and incredible natural spots in the middle of the Alps. After meeting your guide 7:55 AM, depart at 8:30 AM from Nice Ville Central Station. Discover breathtaking landscapes as you pass by natural canyons, highly elevated bridges, and tunnel on a 2.5-hour train ride to your destination.

During the ride, your guide will tell you the secrets of one of the most beautiful train lines in France, a testimony of French civil engineering at the beginning of the 20th century. Make a stop at 2 medieval villages, Saorge and Tende, and some days La Brigue. First, visit Tende and its Museum des Merveilles to discover Stone Age and other historic artifacts from the Mercantour National Park.

Then, head over to Mercantour National Park and spot protected species of flowers.

See other highlights of Tende, including a Baroque cathedral, a maze of medieval streets, panoramic views from the top of the village, the cemetery, and the ruins of an old castle. Continue the tour to Saorge, an impressive medieval village with steeped streets, built on a concave hillside.

Admire the charming and peaceful Franciscan Convent of Saorge founded in the 17th century before visiting the Church of Saint-Sauveur. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century following a fire and restored in the 18th century.

The village offers spectacular sceneries of the Alps and the canyons around. When it's time for lunch you can either select from a lunch picnic or lunch at a local restaurant.

  • Round-trip train tickets
  • Lunch picnic or lunch at a local restaurant (please select)
  • Professional guide
  • Commentaries onboard and inside the monuments
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet your guide next to the entrance of Gare de Nice Ville (Central Train Station), address: 12 avenue Thiers, Nice, at the terrace of boulangerie Paul (Bakery). Your guide will be there with a blue board with "Guided Tours - Nice Creative Tours" on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • As this tour involves a lot of walking, it is advised to wear comfortable and good shoes. Dress appropriately for the weather on the day of the tour
  • A good physical condition is required for this tour (includes between 7km to 15km of hiking)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 26 reviews

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Full day of touring a spectacular area in the southern Alps, very well worth it in my opinion. Our Guide Sebastien was very informative & enthusiastic about the region, and we came away with good insights & a good workout walking the hilly streets of the local villages. Terrific experience !

March 24, 2023

We are staying in Nice for a month and decided to take this trip as a special excursion. We were not disappointed. It was amazing to go up into the Alps to and see countryside that we would not normally see. Our tour guide Sebastian was perfection. Knowledgeable and a truly nice person. Just take note that the hiking portion of this tour up to the monastery is quite taxing…make sure that you’re prepared with the proper footwear!

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March 24, 2023

Our tour guide Yohann was exceptional! We had such a great time on our tour seeing 2 beautful towns in the Alps! Yohann was so knowledgeable and enthustiastic. He went out of his way to make our tour group comfortable and emitted such a positive vibe. Our small tour group became very friendly with each other soley on Yohann's fantastic personality and his outstanding people skills! By the end of the tour I was sad to have to say goodbye to such a wonderful young man. He really is one in a million! Ed Lustig

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March 24, 2023

Product ID: 113638