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from £675
Soak up the sights and sounds of the French Rivera in Nice, where you'll experience incredible views which have inspired artists for generations.

Guided Walking Holidays Nice, France

Ramblers Walking Holidays brings you the beautiful scenes of Nice, France. Picture a crisp clear sunny day, deep blue sea and a stirring view of the Bay of Angels and Maritime Alps. This is Nice at its best, where you’ll experience the pure light of the French Riviera that has inspired artists for generations.

Add to this the romance of hill towns like Eze, Vence and St Paul de Vence, the cornice roads, a sprinkling of Roman remains, villas of the rich and famous, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect city break exuding culture and natural beauty and with a bit of luck wonderful sunshine.

We will spend five nights in the Capital of the Côte d’Azur, exploring its best sights whilst soaking up the sounds and smells of this opulent city.

Our hotel is perfectly situated allowing us to explore the city straight from stepping out of the hotel door. Located in the centre of Nice it combines ancient charm with modern comfort.

We will explore the art museums of Matisse and Chagall and visit the Villa Ephrussi, famous for its nine exquisite themed gardens and wonderful sea views. We will also have time to explore Nice’s many markets.

Local walks will enable us to appreciate this beautiful city and the nearby headland of Cap Ferrat. Another short but pleasant walk will be enjoyed between Vence and St Paul de Vence.  The Town of Vence is modern but with its roots resonating deep from within the 5th century having been rebuilt twice by the Romans and again after the Second World War. The village of St Paul de Vence plays an important role in the modern art movement yet still retains much of its medieval architecture.

Garden lovers will enjoy our visit to Eze’s ‘jardin exotique’ and on a tour of Old Nice, accompanied by a local guide, we will explore the history and culture of this paramount Mediterranean gem.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover old Nice with an English speaking local guide.
  • Walk up to the Château with amazing views along the Bay of Angels and across to the Maritime Alps.
  • Discover the gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild and the walk around Cap Ferrat.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      En-suite accommodation with breakfast to be taken in the hotel and dinner in local restaurants.
      Tour of old Nice accompanied by an English speaking local guide.
      Entrance fees
      All local transport costs
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade SS/3

  1. Day 1

    Independent travel to the Hotel Vendome in Nice. Meet your traveling companions and Rambler Walking Leader at dinner.

  2. Day 2

    Our first day will be spent exploring the small towns of Vence and St Paul de Vence. Vence is a large modern town with an old centre (with 21,000 inhabitants) with its origins in the 5th Century. 

    St Paul de Vence’s artistic and cultural heritage is out of proportion to this small tourist honeypot - it boasts 18 studios, 17 artists, 15 art galleries, 12 restaurants, 7 gift shops and is overrun with boutiques. It is colourful with its cyclamen and primulas, as well as the bright blue dots of swimming pools at the homes of several celebrities, a cheaper alternative to the pricey hills of Cannes.

    On the return journey to Nice you can stop off in Cagnes and visit Renoir’s house.

  3. Day 3

    A local guide will join us for the morning and help us to learn the rich history of Nice along the Promenade des Anglais and the park of Le Chateau. A typical route will take in Garibaldi Square, the Palais Lascaris and the Cours Salaya Market. Did you know Matisse once rented an apartment on the 3rd floor of the impressive building at the end of the ‘Cours Salaya’?

    Our tour of Nice will take us to finish at the sea front in time for lunch and an afternoon a leisure or your Ramblers Walking Leader will be able to take you further to discover more of this delightful city.

  4. Day 4

    Eze and Monaco - Eze is Hitchcock country where, as an extra, he boarded a bus in his film ‘To Catch a Thief’. Cary Grant, playing a retired cat burglar in the film, resided in this part of the Cote d’Azur to avoid the bustle of the coast. The same film, made in 1956, starred Grace Kelly who was having a real life romance with Prince Ranier of Monaco during filming.

    Eze is halfway along the Moyenne Corniche between Nice and Monte Carlo. It clings to a cone of rock 430m (141Oft) above the sea - the highest perched village (‘villages perchés’) in Provence. Corsica is visible from its highest point on a clear day Monaco oozes wealth and excess. The Casino, the Hotel de Paris, the billionaires’ yachts in the harbour and the Royal Palace vie for attention with the narrow honey-coloured streets of Monaco’s Old Town.

  5. Day 5

    Today we visit Beaulieu-sur-Mer, just a 10 minute train journey from Nice. The beautiful Villa of Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild with its eclectic mix of gardens overlooking the sea speaks of a bygone age. On the other side of the bay is the Villa Kerylos, a delightful nineteenth century interpretation of a Greek Villa, full of classical treasures. We can also walk around the peninsula of Cap Ferrat, passing at the end a house once owned by David Niven.

  6. Day 6

    It's is time to bid farewell to the land of the rich and famous as we all make our own independent travel home.

Travel Details

Travel from the UK to Nice is not included in the travel arrangements. Please contact us for a quote should you wish to book a flight with British Airways from London. Transfers are not included in the price but are very easy on public transport.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Vendome

You will stay in ensuite twin and single rooms at the three-star Hotel Vendôme, in the new town. The hotel is only a short walk to the sea and a few minutes’ walk from the Place Massena, and the picturesque old town. It is a beautifully converted town house which maintains some great internal decoration. Shops, a post office, banks and a tourist office are just a short distance from the hotel. Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge. Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge; breakfasts will be taken in the hotel, dinners in local restaurants. Lunches are not included, but can be purchased by the group at local supermarkets, bakeries, cafes and restaurants en route.

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