Nice tours can be rewarding whether they are organized and guided by professionals or if you do your explorations on your own. There are numerous companies that offer bus excursions into the charming villages in the surrounding hills as well as Nice boat tours that take advantage of the beautiful beaches and glittering coastline of the Riviera and Cote d'Azur.
Nice France sightseeing within the city generally concentrates on the rich history that can be found in the numerous museums, many of which are themselves housed in historic buildings. The city has long been (and still is) a magnet for artists who were drawn by the region's light and lovely cityscapes. Most famous were the Impressionists who flocked to the Cote d'Azur in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Chief among these were Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Henri Matisse.
Nice tours of the Matisse Museum are among the most popular. The great Impressionist master lived here in the former Hotel Regina (now a residential building) from 1917 until he died in 1954. His paintings of his beloved adopted home are found in museums all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The museum is in a seventeenth-century villa next to the Roman ruins, which include an amphitheater where the events of the Nice Jazz Festival are held. Nice France sightseeing here often includes the ruins, as well as the Marc Chagall Museum. Chagall began coming here in 1927, and continued to visit for long periods until he fled occupied France in 1941.
The best tours in Nice France to immerse into the local history occur in the city itself, which boasts other museums, including the Musee des Beaux Arts located behind the Promenade des Anglais. But it is the living museum that is Vieux Nice (Old Nice) that attracts the most visitors. This old section of the city with its narrow streets and lanes is full of atmosphere and beautiful old buildings, including the lovely Opera House, numerous ornate churches and palaces (including the Palais Lascaris), and graceful squares and plazas.
Here also is the colorful Cours Saleya open-air shopping market where you are apt to see chefs from the finest restaurants purchasing their daily produce. If you are staying in vacation rentals and doing some of your own cooking, you too can shop as the locals do. While you can book walking Nice tours led by professional guides here, it is also possible to enjoy simply walking around and exploring on your own.
When you've exhausted the Nice France sightseeing options in the city, you can head further afield to charming medieval hillside villages such as Saint Paul de Vence and Eze. It is even possible to book Nice boat tours up the coast to Eze (to the northeast) and Antibes (to the southwest) where the Picasso Museum is located.
Other than the glittering beaches, nothing evokes the atmosphere of the Riviera like Nice boat tours along the beautiful coastline. The little Principality of Monaco and the casinos of Monte Carlo are only fifteen miles away; numerous day and half-day boat excursions on luxury yachts can be booked to that jet set destination. There are sunset cocktail cruises, deep sea fishing trips, and leisurely sightseeing excursions. For something even further afield, take the ferry to nearby Corsica.