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How to Spend 3 Days in Nice

How to Spend 3 Days in Nice

With its beaches and promenades, elegant restaurants and art museums, Nice offers plenty of tempting, sun-drenched attractions. The capital of the Côte d’Azur is also a perfectly situated jumping-off point for further Riviera explorations. From local explorations to day-trip destinations, here’s how to plan a 3-day stay.

 

Day 1: Sightseeing by Land and Sea

A morning hop-on hop-off bus tour is an easy way to get acquainted with Nice’s landmarks and neighborhoods. Alternatively, book a Segway or e-bike tour to zip efficiently around town. In the afternoon, complement your city tour with a boat excursion on the Baie des Anges. Admire Nice from the water, sail past glitzy yachts, and spot other coastal destinations, from the Cap d’Antibes to Cannes; there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the tranquil, Mediterranean ambiance. Once the sun begins to set, venture to a neighborhood restaurant to sample regional specialties such as ratatouille, or, to end the day on a high note—quite literally—book an evening helicopter flight for yet another perspective on Nice’s charms.

Day 2: Food and Culture

Dedicate your second day in Nice to creature comforts and cultural highlights. Begin the morning with a market tour; see how the locals shop, nibble pastries and other treats, and get acquainted with the city’s sights and smells. In the afternoon, retreat to one of Nice’s banner art museums—the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain) or the Nice Fine Arts Museum (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice)—or delve into the work of individual artists at the Musée Marc Chagall or the Musée Matisse. Wind down the day in style: Enjoy an aperitif before venturing to one of Nice’s many Michelin-starred eateries. Finish with a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais or a nightcap in one of the city’s grand hotels.


Day 3: Riviera Adventures

Nice’s convenient, seaside setting means that it’s within easy day-trip distance of many of the region’s top destinations. Book a small-group or private day tour and venture to area attractions ranging from Saint-Paul-de-Vence (a medieval hilltop town) and Antibes (a glittering, coastal haven for the wealthy) to Èze (renowned for its perfume industry) and Cannes (long the province of the rich and famous). Illustrious Monaco, star-studded St. Tropez, and scenic Italian cities such as Sanremo are likewise just a quick trip away. For an alternative escape, explore world-class vineyards in Provence’s wine country.

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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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  • 9 hours
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Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip with Perfumery Visit from Nice

Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip with Perfumery Visit from Nice

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Explore the glamorous coastal towns of the French Riviera on a day trip to Eze and Monaco from Nice. Take a tour of a perfumery in Eze and lap the world-famous circuit of the Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco. Travel by air-conditioned coach and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only eight guests.
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  • 8 hours
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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 City Segway Sightseeing Tour

Nice City Segway Sightseeing Tour

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Roll through the charming sights of the French Riviera on a fun Segway tour of Nice! On your choice of a 1- or 2-hour tour, ride a gyropode Segway past highlights of the beautiful seaside town, including the Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena, and the vibrant Cours Saleya flower market. Learn about Nice’s rich heritage from your expert guide and its anecdotes. Appreciate the pleasure and the fun of riding on gyropode Segway! With the 2 hour tour, take the heights from Castle Hill and enjoy its spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea and the city.
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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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Ferry from Nice to St Tropez

Ferry from Nice to St Tropez

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Cruise the coastal curve of the French Riviera to St Tropez on a full-day excursion from Nice. Gaze at sweeping ocean vistas as you sail the Mediterranean Sea to the glamorous town of St Tropez, famed for the famous faces that frequent the opulent resort. Spend a day exploring at your leisure and discover alluring attractions like St Tropez Church and St Tropez Citadel. Alternatively, browse sophisticated boutiques for designer clothes, sample seafood specials at gourmet restaurants, and lounge on the powdery soft sand of the town’s pristine beaches. Return to Nice by boat at the end of your relaxing day.
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Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group

Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group

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Dig into the cultural history of the French Riviera with a half-day art tour of Nice. Follow your knowledgeable guide to the Chagall Museum in Nice's Cimiez neighborhood for a tour, and then to the colorful Matisse Museum on Cimiez Hill. Finish your artistic tour with a stop at the luxurious Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in the town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
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French Riviera Private Motorboat Cruise with Personal Skipper from Nice

French Riviera Private Motorboat Cruise with Personal Skipper from Nice

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Enjoy a slice of the good life on the French Riviera on a private yacht cruise from Nice. Leave everything to your personal skipper, who guides a private yacht along the picture-perfect Côte d’Azur while you relax in style. Glide past towns like Beaulieu, Cap-d'Ail, Villefranche-sur-Mer, and Menton. Soak in the Mediterranean sun on your private deck while you sip refreshing drinks. Snorkel gear is on hand if you want to take a dip. Select any duration from a short cruise to a full-day out at sea to a romantic sunset cruise.
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Provence Wine Small Group Day Tour from Nice with Tastings & Lunch

Provence Wine Small Group Day Tour from Nice with Tastings & Lunch

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Wine tasting is a quintessential activity for visitors to Provence and opting for a small-group tour means you’ll enjoy a more personalized experience. Visit three Provence wineries on this full-day tasting tour from Nice and sample an array of wines, including the region’s renowned rosés, as well as enjoying a delicious 2-course lunch.
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