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3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

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3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

Hi all,

We are celebrating a milestone anniversary and have 3 days in Nice. I would love to maximize and make the most use of our time there. I'd like to spend a day exploring Nice, on the day of arrival. And then would love to do a day trip. What would be good towns to visit in one day in addition to Eze? We are New Yorkers so expect to be walking a bit. We also enjoy good food (good local cuisine,please). My husband enjoys all things historical while I enjoy both historical ruins as well as various art museums. Would a guided tour be the best way to get around? Is a trip to Montecarlo worth it? Is there much to see beyond beautiful casinos? Lastly, is day trip to Antibes worth a trek?

Many thanks!

Antibes, France
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1. Re: 3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

Nearly everything in the area is worth it. But with 3 days you are limited.On the coast Antibes and Cannes to the west of Nice. East of Nice for a mini version of your home town Monaco-Monte-Carlo :) but especially beautiful Villefranche. None of these places is more than 40 minutes from Nice by car or train.

Antibes and Cannes together will take up a day including a visit to the Picasso Museum.

Inland the hill villages of Eze and St Paul de Vence but you may be sharing with hundreds of other tourists.


Edited: 12 September 2017, 01:47
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2. Re: 3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

By train or bus or uber--Villefranche Sur mer right next to Nice, hike to cap ferrat, Menton, Vence, Saint Paul de vence, Antibes. Hike to cap d'antibes. Look at pictures and tell us what captures your eye and we'll give more info.

(If by car-some of the upper villages and countryside)

In my opinion? Monte Carlo is not worth it. I leave Manhattan to hike, see pedestrian charming towns and villages, olive trees, lemon trees, wineries, ancient fortresses... Not to see more high-rise glass and metal towers and corporate headquarters.

Edited: 12 September 2017, 05:47
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3. Re: 3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

Antibes, Cannes, and Menton (my favourite!) are all worth a trip and you can probably fit them all into one day if you're quick enough. I think you will have a nice amount of time to get a taste of everything. You probably won't need a tour guide since everything is walking distance.

Eze is beautiful but the buses ran every hour or two when I went, and I spent a tonne of time waiting to get back to Nice. Just keep that in mind since you have limited time. Perhaps you could book a day trip on Viator or another tour group and see the Luberon villages.

I personally didn't like Monte Carlo but if you're in the area, you could at least get off the train and check it out, perhaps see Grace Kelly's grave.

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4. Re: 3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

Since you love art, there are a number of good museums in Nice for you to visit: the Chagall (which is quite simply superb; go in the morning to see the sun coming in through the windows in the auditorium), the Matisse, the modern art, and the Beaux Arts. Up in the Cimiez district (near the Matisse museum) is the lovely Franciscan monastery, next to the municipal rose garden.

Over in Vence is a don't miss: the Matisse Chapelle de la Rosaire, which is sublime. Call ahead to be sure it's open, as it's situated in a convent. Near the very popular hilltop village of St-Paul-de-Vence is the Maeght Fondation, which has mostly open-air art (there a pond with a stunning Miro egg plunked down in it). In St-Paul itself you will see many art galleries, as well as the hotel/restaurant La Colombe d'Or, home to impecunious and later famous artists who paid with their work.

Antibes houses the national Picasso museum, where the artist lived and painted for a number of years. The city itself is well worth a visit.

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5. Re: 3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

Oliviera in the old quarter is a favourite of ours.

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6. Re: 3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

Bonjour, ManhattanTravelers,

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St Jean Cap Ferrat was a highlight for us, especially the views of the bay from the gardens.


We took the train to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and then bus 81, direction Port de Saint Jean, to the Passable Rothschild stop. To get to the bus, turn left when you exit the train station, then turn left at the first street, Boulevard du General Leclerc, and then left again. The bus stop is under the tunnel.

After seeing the villa, we wanted to see more of Beaulieu, so we caught a bus going back to the other direction, Promenade des Arts. Someone advised us to take the 100 bus back to Nice. We caught the 100 bus at the same spot where we had caught the 81 bus earlier. The 100 bus is known for the beautiful views on its route.


Edited: 13 September 2017, 02:38
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7. Re: 3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

Thank you all for your suggestions.

For those who are exploring a similar itinerary - thought I would share mine.

Day 1 arrival - walk along the promenade. Explore the streets and side streets of the Old Quarters. You'll find many great restaurants in the less crowded areas. Don't miss trying the socca dish. Esp the one sold in the flower market! yes, it's touristy, but that's what we were and we tried a few places for socca - this was our favorite.

Day 2 - day trip to Cannes/ St. Paul / Antibes. I thought Cannes was a complete waste of time. Unless you're interested in the celebrity life, save your time and skip this. That said, it's possible we just didn't know what area to explore Antibes was charming with a major yacht club presence, so you will see lots of English and Australian expats here. I thought it was way too pub-y for me. But I wish we had more time to explore various areas. St. Paul was very medieval and beautiful. And if you're into history, this was a very charming hill-top village. It's a little overrun with stores, in my opinion, but it was very lovely nonetheless.

Day 3 - we took a day trip to Monaco/Monte Carlo and Eze. Oh how I wish I had so much more time to explore Eze and its neighboring community. MonteCarlo is exactly as you expect it - very glitzy, lots of million dollar yachts, Bentleys and Ferrari's everywhere. But it would also be nice to have more time to explore the city.

All in all, we had an amazing time! The food, the views, the history. This is probably one of the best trips we have ever had in Europe!

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8. Re: 3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

"Up in the Cimiez district (near the Matisse museum) is the lovely Franciscan monastery, next to the municipal rose garden. "

- Agree, that's both ruins and a museum, all to your liking.

Not much to see of Matisse - that's why it was free, as far as I remember, but the villa looked spectacular

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9. Re: 3 Days in Nice - suggested itineraries?

@manhattantravelers/OP -- thanks for reporting back! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. Undoubtably, you liked the socca at Chez Theresa at the market. I know many people expect so much more from Cannes. And Antibes does have a high proportion of expats and tourists.

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Those "expats" are predominantly Aussies yachties working in the huge (for Antibes) industry. They rarely go further than Le Blue Lady pub but on days off from the yachts can be enthusiastically noisy.