The Best Tours of The French Riviera

18th October, 2017
The French Riviera, or Cote d’Azur, between Provence and the Mediterranean Sea, is a wonderful collection of seaside resort towns that is famous around the world for its gorgeous scenery, laid back, glamorous lifestyle, boutique shopping and beautiful people. The Riviera stretches from St Tropez all the way to the French-Italian border. The biggest city is Nice, and other popular spots are Cannes, Antibes, Eze and the Principality of Monaco. 

You can spend your time strolling the beachfront promenade, people watching from cafes, soaking up the sun on the beach or visiting museums and historical Roman ruins. If you want to try something different or want to see parts of the French Riviera you might not on your own, there are several tours to take in the area, ranging in price and length that will make you fall in love with the region even more! You can charter a private yacht, fly in a helicopter or get behind the wheel of a Ferrari, and much more, making your French Riviera villa holiday one to remember. 

French Riviera Small Group Day Trip from Nice
On a day trip, lasting around nine hours and at a price of £96.00 per person, you can see all the highlights of the French Riviera from Cannes to Monaco. The trip offers a personalised experience so that every tour will be catered slightly different based on your interest. As you drive along the roads between cliffs and towns, you are awarded with fabulous views of the Mediterranean Sea, and many of the towns you stop at offer lovely shopping experiences. Setting off from Nice, your first stop is Eze to see one of the famous perfumeries Fragonard and walk the streets of the historic hilltop town. Next is Monaco, where you can visit the Old Town of Monte Carlo, the Grand Casino, Formula One Grand Prix circuit and the royal palace. Then it is onto Cannes, to see the handprints of many famous film stars outside the Film Festival Palace and browse the boutiques on Croisette Boulevard. After that, it is Antibes where you can see multi-million dollar yachts float in the waters of Billionaire’s Quay, before heading back to Nice. The day trip is a long one and tiring, but the guides are very knowledgeable and generous with the time spent in each location, and it is a chance to see all the cities together. 

Nice Sightseeing Small Group Tour
From around £50 and lasting three hours, you can see the highlights and hidden gems of Nice. The tour is done by minivan, with a chance to get out at explore at each stop. The tour takes you up Mt Boron, with panoramic views of Nice and the Mediterranean Sea and along the famous Promenade des Anglais, all accompanied by a local professional guide. You also have the chance to visit the Matisse Museum and Russian Cathedral in hilltop Cimiez and learn more about the history of Nice at Place Garibaldi in the Old Town. The tour is limited to eight people, which ensures a personal touch for the group and you end your tour at the beautiful Cours Saleya flower market. 

Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip
Head away from the coast on a day trip to the countryside on one day of your holiday. The trip is around eight hours, and prices are from £78.80 and limited to eight people based on minivan space. Highlights include a tour of Cannes; famous port and shops, a guided perfumery tour in Grasse and spectacular views from the medieval village of Gourdon. Setting off from the centre of Nice, you travel along the coastal road of the Riviera, admiring the sea views before arriving in Cannes. Next up is Grasse, the world capital of the perfume industry, where you learnt the art behind each scent, with some free time to explore Grasse and purchase a bottle of heavenly perfume. The tour then continues into the hills, taking in the dramatic landscape of mountains, valleys and the distant Mediterranean Sea. You break for lunch, before continuing to Loup Gorges and the Florian confectionary. From there it is onto the Saint Paul de Vence, one of the most visited villages in the country. Wander the historic lanes of the village browsing the art galleries and pretty boutiques before heading back to the van and returning to Nice. 

Monaco and Eze Small Group Day Trip
Even if you have stopped at Monaco and Eze on the French Riviera day trip, it is worth spending longer at both places. Day trips take about eight hours, with costs from £78.80. The highlights include snapping the panoramic views of the Riviera from Eze, touring the perfumery and wandering the streets of the medieval village. Then you cross over to Monaco where you can take your time exploring Monte Carlo Old Town, seeing the cathedral, browsing the Oceanographic Museum and seeing the changing of the guard at the palace (open April-October). Continue the tour with a lap around the Formula One circuit then disembark at Casino Square. From here you can browse in the high-end fashion boutiques and stroll through the gardens. On the way back to Nice, you will pass by coastal villages and seaside towns. Your tour guide on the journey is sure to have lots of information at each stop and will be able to answer any questions you may have. 

These are just a few of the tours available to take around the French Riviera, via Viator.com. When you book with Quality Villas, we will inquire as to any requests for what you want to see and do on your holiday and will do our best to make your holiday to the French Riviera a memorable one.