Enjoy an indulgent taste of Nice by sampling local delicacies in the Old Town’s open-air markets and then taking in the splendor of its surrounding neighborhoods.
Depart from the pier and drive up the coast, passing through lovely Cagnes-sur-Mer, the village where famed Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent the final years of his life. Before long, you will enter Nice along its palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, which was built in 1830. One of the highlights along the way is the ornate Negresco Hotel, which has been deemed a National Historic Monument.
Upon reaching Old Town, you will begin a walking tour along Cours Saleya, a promenade lined with pastel-colored architecture. The open-air markets here sell garden-fresh produce, fragrant spices and colorful flowers. Your guide will select some of most representative provincial items for you to sample, which may well include meaty tree-ripened Nice olives, various local cheeses and “socca,” a traditional chickpea-flour crêpe that’s fire-baked.
Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the Old Town on your own before re-boarding your coach for a drive through some of Nice’s finest residential areas. In particular, there is the hilltop neighborhood of Cimiez. Once the capital of a Roman province, Cimiez has been extensively excavated, revealing a small amphitheater and ancient baths. There’s also a museum devoted to long-time resident Henri Matisse, who’s buried here. Another highlight is the multi-domed Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, a Russian Orthodox church built for aristocrats who vacationed in Nice before the Russian Revolution. In time, you will drive back to the pier in Antibes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 75-minutes of moderate walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There are some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. The flower market is replaced with a flea market on Mondays.