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How to Spend 3 Days on the French Riviera

How to Spend 3 Days on the French Riviera

With its turquoise sea, golden beaches, elegant resorts, and wealth of history, the French Riviera is one of the most enchanting stretches of the Mediterranean. Three days along the coast offers enough time to visit cosmopolitan cities, tucked-away wineries, hilltop villages, and more. Here’s how to plan the perfect getaway.

Day 1: A Cultural Day in Nice

The largest city on the French Riviera, Nice is the perfect place to begin your adventures. In the morning, acquaint yourself with its main highlights when you embark on a hop-on-hop-off-bus ride; find a seat on the top deck to soak in the sea breezes and copious sunshine. In the afternoon, indulge in a dose of culture, visiting the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Matisse Museum, or the Marc Chagall Museum. Alternatively, stroll the city’s old town, Vieux Nice, to soak up its ineffable atmosphere. At sunset, enjoy dinner on one of the elegant terraces that overlook the water, and then stroll the crescent-shaped Promenade des Anglais.

Day 2: Discover Glamorous Monaco

Today, embark on a private or small-group tour of Monaco, a glittering highlight of the Côte d’Azur half an hour from Nice. Begin with a sightseeing excursion: The Prince’s Palace, home to generations of Monégasque royalty, is as glamorous as you’d expect, while Monaco Cathedral, where Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly wed, is another top stop. In the afternoon, sun yourself on Monaco’s Larvotto Beach, order fresh seafood and drinks at a beach club, or, if adrenaline is more your style, go for a thrilling ride around the city’s Formula 1 circuit. Wind down the day with a trip to Monaco’s gilded hub: Monte Carlo. Dine at the famed Café de Paris before following in James Bond’s (fictional) footsteps when you discover the Monte Carlo Casino.

Day 3: Multipart Riviera Explorations

Spend your final day taking in regional highlights on a guided, full-day tour of the Côte d’Azur. In the space of just one day, you can visit numerous scenic stops, from Èze (renowned for its medieval architecture) and Grasse (the spiritual homeland of the French perfume industry) to Saint-Paul-de-Vence (famed for its hilltop beauty) and Antibes (a seaside retreat frequented by superyachts). Depending on your interests, other itineraries focus on additional regional highlights, such as cinematic Cannes, ultraluxurious St-Tropez, and the vineyards of the Côtes de Provence wine region. Cap off your Riviera retreat with one last seaside stroll, dinner en plein air, and flutes of bubbly.

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French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
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French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice

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See all the highlights of the French Riviera, from Cannes to Monaco, on this small-group day trip from Nice. Soak in the scenic beauty of the road that snakes between cliffs and towns and the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy pretty coastal towns like Eze, Cannes, and Juan-les-Pins as well as the glamorous city-state of Monaco. A small tour group size of no more than eight people ensures plenty of personalized attention from your guide.
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Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Grasse Perfumery Visit from Nice
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Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Grasse Perfumery Visit from Nice

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See the best of beautiful Provence during a small-group day trip from Nice. Spend time visiting coastal Cannes, home of the world-famous film festival. Take a guided tour of a perfumery in Grasse, explore the medieval hilltop village of Gourdon, and roam the galleries and boutiques of Saint Paul de Vence. Transportation is taken care of, so you’re free to relax and enjoy the day. A small group size of no more than eight people ensures plenty of personalized attention from your guide.
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Nice Local Vineyards Small Group Half Day E-Bike Tour with Wine Tasting

Nice Local Vineyards Small Group Half Day E-Bike Tour with Wine Tasting

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Pedal through the gorgeous rolling vineyards that surround Nice on a half-day electric bike tour. Cruise up and down the region’s picturesque hills with ease while your guide shares insight into the town’s history and culinary culture. Visit a local family-run winery to learn about traditional wine harvesting and production methods, and taste some of the estate’s excellent French wine. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by vineyards (not included) and take in spectacular views of the Provençal landscape. Group size is limited to 10 for a more personalized experience.
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Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting

Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting

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Treat your taste buds to the flavors of Provençe on a walking food tour in Nice. Explore the old town, or Vieux Nice, with a gastronomic guide, and enjoy different samples of regional favorites, including locally produced French wine. Visit the finest markets, delis, and specialty food shops in town and learn how locals shop and prepare meals on a daily basis. Taste the Italian influence on Provençal cuisine and learn how to make an authentic Niçoise salad back at home. Tour size is limited to 10 people for a personalized small-group experience.
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Nice City Tour and Old town Half-Day from Nice Small-Group
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Nice City Tour and Old town Half-Day from Nice Small-Group

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Discover the top attractions and hidden highlights of the French Riviera in France on this half-day sightseeing tour in Nice. Spin along the Middle Corniche road and gaze out over the French Riviera. Explore the Promenade des Anglais and the Promenade des Arts with a guide, and delve into the historic Cimiez neighborhood. Take in sites of interest such as the Acropolis Center, the Modern Art Museum, and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and stroll to the top of Castle Hill for panoramic views over the rooftops of Nice.
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Small-Group Nice Walking Tour of the Old Town with Guide

Small-Group Nice Walking Tour of the Old Town with Guide

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Experience Nice’s Old Town on a small-group tour with a multilingual guide. Learn some Niçoise history and local secrets as you wander through the narrow, cobbled stone streets and passages. Stop for a traditional snack and visit a flower and produce market near the beach. This tour is ideal for visitors who want local tips and knowledge about Nice’s many sights. Your guide can also help you avoid tourist traps with restaurant recommendations.
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Private 8 hour Tour or Shore Excursion of the French Riviera from Nice

Private 8 hour Tour or Shore Excursion of the French Riviera from Nice

Enjoy this full day private tour of the french riviera comfortable in your private minibus and a separate official tour guide. You will get a chance to get to know some of the most beautiful sites of the french riviera such as:  Saint Paul de Vence, Cannes and Antibes. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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French Riviera Panorama Tour- Monaco,Monte Carlo, Eze, Antibes, Cannes

French Riviera Panorama Tour- Monaco,Monte Carlo, Eze, Antibes, Cannes

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Gain an overview of the French Riviera in just one day on this private tour along the coast, calling at Nice, Eze, Monte Carlo, Antibes, and Cannes. Soak up views of the luxurious landscape as you zip between cities via air-conditioned vehicle, stepping out for a more intimate glimpse of picture-perfect landmarks including the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, and Cannes’ Festival Palace, and learn more about the region from your personal guide.
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