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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)
Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Free admission
Nice, 06000

The Basics

Nice Old Town is best explored on foot. A small-group or private walking tour will take in all the main attractions, including the colorful Flower Market and the historic landmarks of Garibaldi Square (Place Garibaldi). Alternatively, opt for a Segway or bike tour and climb to the top of Castle Hill for a spectacular view of the city, glide along the famous Promenade des Anglais, or hop off to sample local foods at the Old Town market. Nice city tours are often combined with sightseeing tours of surrounding French Riviera towns such as Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cannes, Saint-Jeannet, or Monaco’s Monte Carlo.

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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
$81.11 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Wonderful
Marian was a wonderful guide. So nice and bubbly. Everyone in the group enjoyed her. The food and wine was excellent!
Jillian_N, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

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Highly recommend
RaeLin_M, Aug 2021
Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
Great experience. Very COVID friendly as the tour guide avoided large crowds and had frequent hand washing. The guide was very knowledgeable about the area, and the food was amazing. I very highly recommend this tour if you are in Nice.
star-5
Unforgettable experience
Walter_W, Dec 2021
Nice City Segway Sightseeing Tour
The most memorable part of the excursion was the trip up Castle Hill and the spectacular views. It was an amazing experience with a very knowledgeable and patient guide. By the time it was done I was already looking forward to my next opportunity to do a Segway tour. I also enjoyed the company of the other participants.
star-5
A great half day. Wish it could have been longer
David_f, Dec 2021
Nice City Tour and Old town Half-Day from Nice Small-Group
Isobel was very good. The drive was great and she showed me things I thought I had already seen on my own. She views and background were much better than my solo. Her English was good.
star-5
Top notch
Julie_Y, Nov 2021
Nice City Segway Sightseeing Tour
Nicolas was knowledgeable and possessed so much passion for the city Nice. I would absolutely do this again next time we’re in town. Top notch!
star-5
Must do tour of Nice
David_S, Oct 2021
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
Chris is am amazing your guide - brings the history and magic of Nice alive - highly recommend . All the highlights of Nice are covered with great stories l.
star-5
Best tour in Nice
Robin_L, Oct 2021
Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
Much more than a tasting food tour, our guide, Frances, was really engaging with a deep knowledge and passion for not just the local food but also the history of Nice. Excellent samplings in lovely and varied locations. Relaxed, informative and friendly.
star-5
Highly recommend
Brandi_D, Oct 2021
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
We enjoyed the stories and history of old Nice and castle hill. Our guide was fun, friendly and very knowledgeable. We were planning to visit castle hill anyway but are so glad it was with our guide and small group otherwise we would never have learned all of the interesting history.
star-5
A quick informative intro to Old Nice
Roselyne_T, Sep 2021
Small-Group Nice Walking Tour of the Old Town with Guide
Samuel was most knowledgeable about Old Nice and provided information that I have found most useful in locating the places where my Nicoise ancestors lived and worked. We also checked out his gelato recommendation. The most delicious we’ve ever tasted!
star-5
Super worth it!
Maria_M, Sep 2021
Nice City Tour and Old town Half-Day from Nice Small-Group
Xavier was funny, super knowledgeable, and covered every important milestone. Loved Nice even more thanks to him, gorgeous spots and great photo ops!
star-5
Great experience!
Eric_P, Oct 2021
Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
Excellent experience! I can only recommend it, great guide with a good knowledge about nice history and very nice for discovering local food specialties.
star-5
Great way to see Nice
Scott_L, Jul 2019
Nice City Bike Tour with a Local Guide
Our guide Yvette was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about Nice, and took great care of us. She was safety conscious. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Amazing
Nicole_L, Nov 2021
Nice city tour and Old town Half-day from Monaco Small-Group
Irene was our tour guide and she was wonderful. We saw so much of the city of Nice in such a short time. I learned so much about the history and saw so many sights that I would not have known to see without the tour. We only had about 45 minutes in town to explore and I wish there was more time! The market was AMAZING! The promenade by the water was spectacular and Irene recommended a great spot for pictures. Would 100% recommend this tour. Beautiful sights. Only wish we had more time to spend in the city.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Parking is scarce in Old Town and many streets are one-way or pedestrian-only, so it’s best to walk, use public transport, or travel by bike or Segway.

  • Most of Old Town is wheelchair accessible, although there are some hills and cobblestone lanes.

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How to Get There

Old Town is located in central Nice, with the seafront of Quay of the United States (Quai des États-Unis) to the south, Jean Jaurès Boulevard (Boulevard Jean Jaurès) to the north, and Castle Hill to the east. The easiest way to get there is by tram and the closest stops are Opera, Cathedrale, and Garibaldi.

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When to Get There

Nice is at its busiest in July and August, when the Old Town can be crammed with tourists. Get there early to avoid large crowds and book ahead for restaurants in the evening. Outside of summer you’ll find fewer crowds and cheaper prices, but be aware that some attractions and restaurants have reduced hours in winter. The holiday season is a popular time to visit, when a huge Christmas market is held on Masséna Square (Place Masséna).

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A Walking Tour of Nice Old Town

Walk between Masséna Square, the Palace of Justice Square (Place du Palais de Justice), and Garibaldi Square, stopping along the way to admire the baroque Cathedral of Sainte Reparate (Cathédrale Sainte Réparate), browse the morning flower market along Cours Saleya, and grab an ice cream from the famous Fenocchio ice cream parlor. Other notable landmarks include the Chapel of Mercy (Chapelle de la Miséricorde), the Chapel of the Annunciation (Chapelle de l'Annonciation), Saint-Jacques Church (Eglise Saint-Jacques), and Lascaris Palace (Palais Lascaris).

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