Castle Hill, Nice

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Castle Hill, Nice: Our most recommended tours and activities

Nice: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

1. Nice: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

Your guide will lead you through the port, the old town, the seaside and up and down the main hill in the center of Nice, effortlessly on this 3-hour electric bike tour. Ride up Castle Hill and admire its gardens, waterfall, and ruins, and stop to enjoy views over the Bay of Angels. Have a quick look on the Mont Boron hill and its most beautifull Belle Epoque villas, some villas belong to internationally famous people. You’ll ride by the main monuments, squares, and gardens, and along the maze of streets of the Old Town. Visit other popular districts and markets in the city as well.

Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

2. Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

Experience the French Riviera city of Nice by eco friendly, self-balancing Segway on a 2-hour or 3-hour tour, departing from the Promenade des Anglais after a short training session to ensure you are confident and comfortable on your vehicle. Cross the Old Town, admiring the picturesque streets of Provencal shops, baroque buildings, and a famous flower market. Learn about the Italian influence of the architecture as your guide shares anecdotes about the city’s history and suggests things to see and do for the rest of your stay. Continue past Place St-Francois and on to Place Garibaldi to marvel at the abundance of baroque buildings. Along the way, you will see - and can stop to take photos - of many of the city’s most beautiful monuments, including the former home of Matisse, pretty Place Rossetti, and Rauba Capeu, where you can take spectacular photos of the curving coastline. Your Segway will make light work of the ascent to Castle Hill, where you will find a city oasis in the landscaped gardens and waterfall. Take in the views of the Baie des Anges, mountains of the Alps, and port of Nice. Then, push the Segway to its limits by riding around at its maximum speed of 12 mph (20 kph).

Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

3. Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

The stunning Old Town of Nice (known locally as Le Vieux Nice) is a lovely honeycomb of narrow streets, dotted with beautiful baroque churches, boutique shops and charming restaurants — hidden gems can be found around every corner. It’s a hive of activity with vibrant squares, buzzing both day and night. After meeting your guide at the Place Massena Square fountain, head past architectural masterpieces such as Nice Town Hall, the Opera House, and Palais de la Prefecture. Explore the Palace of Justice Square and Rosetti Square, where Nice Cathedral is situated, before discovering the bustling Cours Saleya market. Amble down the famous Promenade des Anglais, the Port of Old Nice, Belanda’s Tower, and the final destination of the historic Castle Hill. During the tour, you will have a short break at a flower market, where you can learn about local delicacies and purchase handcrafted gifts and flowers. Here, you can also take a quick trip to the restroom to freshen up before continuing the tour.

Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

4. Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

This 100-minute walking tour begins at the Nice seafront just next to Castle Hill. At this point your guide will provide an introduction to the Greek origins of Nice, the Italian reign over the city, and the English and Russian aristocratic influences. Get answers to questions such as how Nice got its name, the reason for its location, and much more. Enter old Nice by a historic door dating to one of the last Italian governors. Then begin your walking tour and learn about the old homes of local nobility, see the most impressive monuments and Baroque churches, and visit the city’s most famous market. Follow your guide through the honeycomb of tiny streets of old Nice and hear about the history of the squares and the street names. Stop to taste local delicacies suggested by the guide. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Castle Hill Park. After exploring the colorful streets of Nice Old Town, go uphill to get to know the history of the Castle Hill park (using either the lift or stairs) to enjoy breathtaking panoramic rooftop views, the waterfall, the ruins, the gardens, and the spectacular cemeteries.

Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

5. Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

Discover Nice's history and heritage in a special way as you are taken through the city by a professional driver. Hear anecdotes, important dates, major monuments, and what defines the city's cultural richness; your guide can also adapt your sightseeing itinerary as you please. Embark on an unforgettable experience that takes you out of the usual channels in order to access forgotten secrets of the city. Discover the Saleva Market, the Opera House, and Rossetti Square with its magnificent church. Cross the famous Place Massena and Garibaldi, full of exciting stories. Walk along the seaside on the famous Promenade des Anglais and enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea from the highest point: an ideal landscape to take selfies. In the new city, "à la française", you will discover the Belle Epoque neighborhoods together with the Negresco hotel, the Musicians district, and the magnificent Orthodox cathedral. Passing through the port Lympia, admire the imposing yachts but also the small boats of traditional fishermen. Finally, you will end up along the prestigious Promenade du Paillon with its gushing fountains and pedestrian streets full of shops and restaurants. Stop at any time to take pictures or ask your driver to stop for ice cream or Socca. A free audio guide option is available in the following languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish You will see the following sites depending on the tour option:  • La Place Massena / Massena Square  • La Fontaine du Soleil / Fountain of the Sun  • L’Opéra  • Le Cours Saleya / Saleya Square  • Le Palais des Rois Sardes / Palace of the Dukes of Savoy  • Le Palais de Justice / Courthouse  • La Cathédrale St Réparate - La Place Rossetti / St Reparate Cathedral - Rossetti Square  • La Vieille Ville / The Old Town  • La Maison de Matisse / House of Matisse  • Les Ponchettes / The Fishermen’s Houses  • La Promenade des Anglais  • Le Jardin Albert 1er - Le Monument du Centenaire /Albert 1st Garden – The Centenary Monument  • La Rue Paradis (Little Champs Elysées)  • La Colline du Château - Le coup de Canon de Midi / Castle Hill - Midday Cannon Shot  • Le Quai Rauba Capéu / The Docks  • Le Monument aux Morts / Memorial  • Le Port Lympia / Le Quartiers des Antiquaires / Antiquaries Neighborhoods  • L’Eglise du Port / Port Church  • La Place Garibaldi / Garibaldi Square  • Le Théâtre de Nice / Le Mamac  • La Tête Carrée / Square Head  • Le Lycée Massena / Massena High School  • La Coulée Verte / Green Lane  • La Cathédrale Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et l'Hôtel Negresco

Nice: E-Bike City Highlights Tour

6. Nice: E-Bike City Highlights Tour

Begin the tour by meeting your guide and starting the tour along the Promenade des Anglais. Ride along the large cycle path past the Old Town of Nice and arrive at Quai Rauba Capeù. Continue the tour as your powerful e-bike helps you easily ascend to the top of Castle Hill. From the top of the hill, enjoy fantastic views of the Old Town and the beaches of Nice. Learn more about the city of the city as your guide points out historic buildings and landmarks during your tour. Cycle towards the Port of Nice and see the contrast between the elegant yachts and traditional fishing vessels. Climb Mont Boron Hill and admire the stunning views of the entire city.

Nice: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

7. Nice: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

This is an ideal bike tour to explore the city of Nice and Baie des Anges for the first time. Peddle alongside a local guide who knows the true history of the monuments inside and around the old town and the city's main squares. Choose between an e-bike or classic bike. On this biking adventure, get to know the wonders of Massena and Garibaldi, the justice palace, the Residence Palace of the Kings of Savoya, and other must-see sights. Get the most out of your trip with a guide who has local know-how. Pass in front of the world-renowned Palaces of Promenade des Anglais, cross the harbor with its antique shops, and see Castle Hill and its gardens, waterfall, panoramic points, and oldest ruins where the first inhabitants settled.

Nice: Bay of Villefranche 5-Hour Electric Bike Tour

8. Nice: Bay of Villefranche 5-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Discover the old world opulence and modern-day glamor of Nice on a 5-hour electric bike tour of the Bay of Villefranche. Meet your guide on Place Garibaldi in the city center, and set off to explore the French Riviera from the saddle of a bicycle. Pedal through the old town to see gardens and fountains. Cycle along the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais. Visit Castle Hill (Parc du Château) for a panoramic view of Vieux Nice. Continue uphill to the Cape of Nice. Marvel at the Belle Époque villas on both sides. Stop to take photos of the landscape over Angel’s Bay. Continue along the coast to Villefranche-sur-Mer, enjoying breathtaking views over the Bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat along the way. Hear about some of the most famous residents of the magnificent villas you see en route. Upon arrival at Villefranche, take a walking tour of the Old Town and discover tiny streets full of charm. Go to the 16th-century fortress, built above the sea to protect the bay from pirates and French attacks. Now the site of several museums, including the Volti Sculpture Museum, the fortress is also home to City Hall and gardens with interesting view points from the towers and walls. If you are hungry for more, continue to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat to take part in optional water activities, such as jet skis, canoes, and more. Villefranche is perfect for embracing the slow “Dolce Vita” and swimming in azure waters. Alternatively, stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, marvel at the Greek-style Villa Kerylos, or go to the stunning Villa Santo Sospir to see wall drawings by one of its former residents, Jean Cocteau. Cycle back to Nice via an alternative route popular with the locals.

Nice: E-Bike 7 Hills Tour

9. Nice: E-Bike 7 Hills Tour

If you are searching for a new and original perspective on visiting Nice, its countryside and the French Riviera, passing a day through the most beautiful hills around Nice and its panoramic points, this tour is perfect for you. Discover a new aspect of Nice by climbing without effort to the top of the Hill of Cimiez with its Roman ruins and arena and admire the Belle Epoque period with its beautiful palaces and villas where queens and kings lived. Visit its religious past through the Monastery of Cimiez and its unique roses gardens. After this stop, you will continue the ascent to the highest point of Nice Hills, where a waterfall dominates the whole bay of Angels for a stop to admire the breathtaking panorama. After this refreshing stop, you will be offered different options which includes: small authentic villages, perched vineyards over the Var Valley, a secret monument hidden in the mountains (hiking) or river corners for natural spot lovers.

Nice: Private Segway Tour

10. Nice: Private Segway Tour

Would you rather go on a more intimate and private tour with friends or family than on cultural tour with an unknown group ? A personalized tour, only you can choose? Your private guide will adapt to your wishes and will help you discover the best places in Nice on a segway. A sensational trip to the Old town, stopping in the market, with cultural references and recommendations of places to eat or drink. Your guide will be taking photos which you can keep. This is a great apportunity to be part in a unique expérience where you can combine human contact and an amazing trip in the center of one of the most beautiful towns of France.  Take a tour in the city of Nice and explore its architectural and cultural heritage, history, gastronomy, and unique landscapes offered by the city after a short Segway training. The tour starts on the Promenade des Anglais that is world renowned. During a training session with your guide, you will learn the basics of riding your personal transporter. Then, it’s time to set off on your exploration of one of France’s most beautiful cities. Cross the old town and admire its picturesque and refreshing streets, Provencal shops, pure baroque style buildings ,and its famous flower market. You will sense the Italian influence. Your guide will share anecdotes about Nice’s history and suggest things to see and do later and will be happy to take photos of you on your Segway during your stops. If you choose the 2-hour option, leave the old town for accelerating to reach the top of Castle Hill, a real oasis. There, enjoy an exceptional view of the Baie des Anges, the Alps, the old town ,and the port of Nice. Castle Hill is also where you can fully experience the excitement of riding a Segway by cruising at its maximum speed of 12 mph (20 kph) ! Discover different major sites such as the Nice Promenade des Anglais, Le Quai des Etats-Unis, Old Town of Nice, Matisse’s house, Cours Saleya, the Courthouse square , the Rossetti square and the platform Rauba Capeu where you can capture splendid photos of the curving coastline before your beautiful Segway tour rolls to a close.

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What people are saying about Castle Hill, Nice

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 679 reviews

Very complete discovery of the old town and its surroundings. Very competent guide and fascinating visit with lots of information on the history of the region (the ideal would have been to revise our bases before...). Thank you.

We loved this ride with Romain. A lively journey to the heart of Nice where each district hides a story told passionately by Romain. Our 4 and 6 year old daughters loved it! Nice experience, thank you!

Great tour, amazing view, friendly and helpful guide! Do this tour at your first day, you will find a lot of beautiful, quiet beaches to explore by your own later.

Mark was very knowledgeable and explain well during the tour. It was a fun outing and exploring the town. Manage to cover all main spots.

The private Segway tour of Nice was perfect and our guide Capucine on top! Thanks very much! Thomas, Anne-Marie, Amélie and Paul