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Place Massena: Our most recommended tours and activities

Discover Nice: 1-Hour Guided Segway tour

1. Discover Nice: 1-Hour Guided Segway tour

See the sights of one of France’s most beautiful cities on this guided Segway tour of Nice. Cruise down the seaside Promenade des Anglais, hear local stories, and admire Place Rosetti in the heart of the Old Town.  Meet your guide on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s famous esplanade along the Mediterranean Sea. Feel confident with your Segway with a safety briefing and a training session designed to help you operate your Segway smoothly. Start out by riding past shops, museums, and restaurants on your way to the Cours Saleya, an open-air marketplace overflowing with fragrant flowers and fresh local foods. Hear about Nice’s history and take some photos of you on your Segway. Glide along the narrow alleys of the old town and soak up the atmosphere in the lively Place Rosetti, where you’ll find an abundance of cafés and people-watching opportunities. Continue to Place Massena, the city's main square where you can check out its checkerboard floor design, its works of modern art, and its radiant fountain of the sun. Finish off with a visit to the lush Jardin Albert I, a modern green space with palms and flowers, before returning to the Promenade des Anglais, where your Segway tour ends.

Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

2. 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: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

3. 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: Must-Sees Electric Scooter Tour

4. Nice: Must-Sees Electric Scooter Tour

First, you will put on helmets, then taking the electric scooter to the Promenade. The tour will start there. You will have a short explanation of how the electric scooter works, the speed, the brake, the autonomy, and what you will see. Ride along the sea, then stop at Massena square, the meeting point of the city. Discover La promenade du paillon, a large garden in the center of the town. Head towards Castle Hill and its waterfall. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the entire city from this perfect vantage point. Head to the famous #Ilovenice, and ride again along the sea, and enjoy the sunset while you are there, before finishing the tour at the meeting point.

Walking tour in the Old Nice and The Hill of the Castle

5. Walking tour in the Old Nice and The Hill of the Castle

ITINERARY •1st Stop « meeting point » At: The Centenary Monument, Albert 1er Garden This is the right place to start our tour, where I will tell you about the evolution of the city of Nice over the centuries… We will then head towards the famous Place Massena and more precisely towards the Fountain of the Sun. Duration: +/- 10 min •Stop At: Massena square With its beautiful Piedmontese architecture and its fountain of the sun housing the famous statue of Apollo, Place Massena is said to be the essential lungs of Nice. Duration: +/- 10 min. •Stop At: Old Town of Nice I will show you around the jewels of old Nice, its narrow cobbled streets, its alleys used to keep the cool in summer and the heat in winter. You will contemplate the facades of its old buildings in ocher, pastel tones and you will wander in its shops selling Nice soap, Provencal fabrics, cheese, crafts while being surrounded by the scent of spices and food. In this marvelous picturesque and colorful place, you will discover countless restaurants, squares, churches, monuments, museums, cafes, wine bars, ice cream parlors…The beautiful Place Massena, the green spaces, the Cours Saleya with its flower market, the exceptional architectural heritage, the pedestrian streets and the Promenade des Anglais will certainly not leave you indifferent. Duration: +/- 2 hours •Stop At: Garibaldi square Discover Place Garibaldi and its importance in the history of the city of Nice. Duration: +/- 15 min. •Stop at : The hill & The Park of the Castle You will also enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the top of the castle hill. You will discover the magical view of the entire Promenade des Anglais, the famous waterfall, the large green park on the one hand and the beautiful port of Nice and the magnificent view of the hill of Mont Boron on the other hand. Nice, a story that says a lot… Duration: +/-40 min. •Last Stop At: Quai Rauba Capeu After the descent of the Castle hill, we will walk a few tens of meters towards the Rauba Capeu quay, where this magnificent structure « Logo » #I LOVE NICE is located. These giant letters in blue, white and red colors are popular with selfie lovers. Unfortunately, it is here that we will part. But as they say: All beautiful things come to an end… Duration: +/- 5 min NB: The walking tour generally lasts between 3h and 3h30, depending on the pace of the group.

Old Nice Walking Tour

6. Old Nice Walking Tour

Experience the vibrant old Nice in style. You will be charmed by narrow cobblestone streets and pastel-hued buildings. In two hours, you will explore the must-see places in the ancient city with a local professional guide. Experience the beautiful 19th-century park to the 16th-century Catholic Cathedral at the heart of Old town Nice. You will enjoy exploring one of the most beautiful museums in France- the ancient music instruments museum. And climax your tour with amazing views of the sea and the city at the castle hill, formerly a military citadel.

Nice: Old Town's Famous Artists City Game

7. Nice: Old Town's Famous Artists City Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Nice’s Old Town while playing an exciting mobile-based quest. Walk past many beautiful sites, solve clues, and discover intriguing stories of artists who have lived in the city like Nietzsche, Matisse, and Thomas Jefferson. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about Nice’s fascinating history and architectural changes. Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. Follow in the footsteps of former NIce residents such as Nietzsche, Matisse, James Joyce, and Thomas Jefferson. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Nice: French Language Immersion Walking Tour

8. Nice: French Language Immersion Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the French language and culture on this unique walking tour. Led by a local teacher, you'll get the opportunity to practice your language skills in real-life situations, such as purchasing a train ticket, ordering at a restaurant, and shopping for souvenirs. Start your tour at Place Massena, where historical facts about the area will be shared. Then stroll down the Coulée Verte, practicing greetings and directions. Afterward, visit a café in the Old Town, where you'll have the chance to order in French and practice numbers. Later, visit some souvenir shops to ask for prices and inquire about specific items in French. Finish your tour at the Tourist Office, where you can request a map and gather information. This experience is designed to be fun and relaxed, and the guide will be happy to speak English or Spanish to ensure your comfort. You'll also receive insider recommendations on the best places to visit in the city.

Nice: Nice Carnival-Themed Guided Segway Tour

9. Nice: Nice Carnival-Themed Guided Segway Tour

We invite you to meet your local guide who is passionate about the Nice Carnival. After getting to know him, he will train you in the intuitive use of the Segway Segway. Once the training has been completed, you will walk along the Promenade des Anglais to reach the Cours Saleya, the former place of the Nice Carnival parades. Then, head for the Opéra de Nice and its building classified as historical heritage. To end this special Carnival tour, you will go to the Carnival parade route, to admire the float of His Majesty the Carnival King, as well as that of the Queen. A great visit to discover Nice, and the history of its mythical Carnival.

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What people are saying about Place Massena

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 517 reviews

Full marks Chris for a fascinating tour which you led with enthusiasm and much knowledge as a Nice born guide. The route was great and your commentary was excellent. We saw and learned far more from you about Nice, its culture, history and present-day activities than we could have done from guide books. The pace was perfect, as was the timing, such as to get us to the firing of the castle canon at noon. You had lots of anecdotes which helped us to get so much from our brief stay in your wonderful city. The tasty samples of pissaladière made by your mother were very much appreciated. Very many thanks, we have no hesitation in recommending your tour to others.

We had a wonderful time with the guide, her name was Ocean. She was very knowledgeable and even took some jaw dropping pictures for us. It was easy to navigate and the scooters were fun. A great way to get around the city. I would recommend this tour, and specifically our guide, to anyone like my wife and I looking for a fun time.

Chris was an incredible tour guide, knowledgeable, charismatic & engaging with the group! Unusually for a tour guide, he was Niçoise, so knew all the local gems & customs! I highly recommend to take this tour on your first day to Nice, as you’ll appreciate & understand your surroundings & be able to plan your trip accordingly.

Great way to start your Nice vacation. Chris is an amazing guide who is passionate and knowledgeable of the riveria. He also gives great recommendations on places to eat and see in the region.

Fun and lively tour with a guide who had a ton of local knowledge and knew how to keep a tour group entertained and informed. Restaurant tips was a welcome bonus.