Stroll through Nice’s sun-drenched Old Town and then linger at a wine cellar, where you will be treated to a selection of locally produced wines.
Depart from the pier and drive along the lovely coastline to Nice. You’ll enter this icon of the French Riviera along the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, which was built in 1830. Sights along the way include the ornate Negresco Hotel, which has been deemed a National Historic Monument, and the multi-domed Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, a Russian Orthodox church built in 1912 for aristocrats who vacationed in Nice before the Russian Revolution.
Upon reaching the Old Town, you’ll begin a guided 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. You will also be treated to a fascinating slice of daily life as you browse the stalls, before continuing on to the Cave Bianchi wine cellar.
Here, after being introduced to the fascinating history of wine production in the region, you will sample a special selection of local wines, accompanied by various canapés. You may taste a velvety red from the Bandol region, a lovely white from Bellet, or a complexly aromatic pinot noir from the Burgundy wine region in eastern France. The exact selection of wines will vary; however, you may request a favorite.
Afterwards, enjoy approximately 1-hour of free time in Nice, perhaps for shopping, before rejoining your coach and returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours 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.