Walking Tours of Nice

Walking tours are a great way to discover the history, secret places and surprising stories of Nice.  And some are even FREE!

History Headquarters in Old NiceThe official history headquarters of Old Nice (Centre de Patrimoine) can be found at the top of Cours Saleya, 14 rue Jules-Gilly. They offer 2 different weekly 90-minute walking tours in English with professional guides for just just 8€.  Reservations are a must, either in person or online. The site is only in French but if you scroll down past all the different French tours you’ll come to these two tours that are described in English, and that is where you can reserve your ticket.

On Mondays at 10am (9:30am from April) the give a tour in English called When Nice Invented the Riviera which leaves from the UNESCO World History office at 75 quai des Etats-Unis (just through the archway at the bottom of Cours Saleya.)

On Tuesdays at 10am (9:30am from April) they give a tour of Old Nice in English, and leave from their bureau at Centre de Patrimoine (pictured), at the top of Cours Saleya.

The main tourist office also promote a range of tours by outside vendors (but a lot more expensive).

FREE Walking Tours

Riviera Bar Crawl Tours have a whole slate of paid tours, but unsurprisingly, their most popular tours are their daily FREE walking tours of Old Nice in English.  It starts at 11am at the Apollo statue at Place Massena, lasts 2 hours, and you can tip your guide at the end if you enjoyed it, but there is no fee.  They also do a  free night walking tour, leaving at the same place but at 6pm.  Reservations a must via their site.

A medieval column built into a wallThe Ville de Nice also offers FREE tours in English with volunteer greeters, locals that are not professional guides, but possess a passion for Nice that they want to share.  Each Greeter has been vetted for quality by the tourist office, and offers a specialized tour based on his/her interest/expertise, so the tours can range from history, shopping, urban hiking, architecture, churches, gardens, to themed walks on virtually every subject, and whereas the facts might be a little fuzzy, the passion is clear and the price is definitely right!

Unusual Tours

Right in Old Nice there is a fun and dynamic tour company that offers innovative tours… their most popular tours are a walking/eating tour of Nice, or a vineyard e-biking tour in the hills above Nice with a picnic among the vines.

But in the meantime, here is my quick history round-up, plus a few wild stories about Nice that you may or may not hear on your tour…

Photo credits: Best of Nice

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