Castle Hill, Nice

Castle Hill, Nice: Our most recommended tours and activities

Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

1. Nice: Old Town Treasures and Castle Hill Walking Tour

Get a local’s perspective of Vieux Nice on an informative 3-hour walking tour of Nice Old Town and Castle Hill. Meet your guide on the seafront, next to the stairs and elevator up to Castle Hill. Listen to an introduction to the history of the most Italian-style French city, starting with its Greek foundations, through its time as a dominion of Savoy to the modern day. Learn about the influence of the English and Russian aristocracy, discover how it got its name, and more. Then, enter the Old Town through a gate built during the reign of one of the last Italian governors. See the old houses of the local nobility, and marvel at baroque churches and monuments. Go to one of the most famous markets in Nice, and breathe in the aromas of the produce on sale. Explore a honeycomb of tiny streets, learning the history of each square, street name, and design. Next, ascend to the top of Castle Hill passing through some of the quietest areas of Vieux Nice. Walk through a forest to the old cemeteries with their panoramic views of the city and harbor. Admire the ruins of the old fortifications, and see the majestic waterfall on the Colline du Chateau. Tuck into a Provençal picnic in the castle gardens, and enjoy a platter of the best local food. Get useful advice and tips on how to spend the rest of your time in Nice from your knowledgeable guide.

Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

2. Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

The stunning Old Town of Nice (known locally as Le Vieux Nice) is a lovely honeycomb of narrow streets, dotted with beautiful baroque churches, boutique shops and charming restaurants — hidden gems can be found around every corner. It’s a hive of activity with vibrant squares, buzzing both day and night. After meeting your guide at the Place Massena Square fountain, head past architectural masterpieces such as Nice Town Hall, the Opera House, and Palais de la Prefecture. Explore the Palace of Justice Square and Rosetti Square, where Nice Cathedral is situated, before discovering the bustling Cours Saleya market. Amble down the famous Promenade des Anglais, the Port of Old Nice, Belanda’s Tower, and the final destination of the historic Castle Hill. During the tour, you will have a short break at a flower market, where you can learn about local delicacies and purchase handcrafted gifts and flowers. Here, you can also take a quick trip to the restroom to freshen up before continuing the tour.

Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

3. Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

Discover Nice's history and heritage in a special way as you are taken through the city by a professional driver. Hear anecdotes, important dates, major monuments, and what defines the city's cultural richness; your guide can also adapt your sightseeing itinerary as you please. Embark on an unforgettable experience that takes you out of the usual channels in order to access forgotten secrets of the city. Discover the Saleva Market, the Opera House, and Rossetti Square with its magnificent church. Cross the famous Place Massena and Garibaldi, full of exciting stories. Walk along the seaside on the famous Promenade des Anglais and enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea from the highest point: an ideal landscape to take selfies. In the new city, "à la française", you will discover the Belle Epoque neighborhoods together with the Negresco hotel, the Musicians district, and the magnificent Orthodox cathedral. Passing through the port Lympia, admire the imposing yachts but also the small boats of traditional fishermen. Finally, you will end up along the prestigious Promenade du Paillon with its gushing fountains and pedestrian streets full of shops and restaurants. Stop at any time to take pictures or ask your driver to stop for ice cream or Socca. A free audio guide option is available in the following languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish You will see the following sites depending on the tour option:  • La Place Massena / Massena Square  • La Fontaine du Soleil / Fountain of the Sun  • L’Opéra  • Le Cours Saleya / Saleya Square  • Le Palais des Rois Sardes / Palace of the Dukes of Savoy  • Le Palais de Justice / Courthouse  • La Cathédrale St Réparate - La Place Rossetti / St Reparate Cathedral - Rossetti Square  • La Vieille Ville / The Old Town  • La Maison de Matisse / House of Matisse  • Les Ponchettes / The Fishermen’s Houses  • La Promenade des Anglais  • Le Jardin Albert 1er - Le Monument du Centenaire /Albert 1st Garden – The Centenary Monument  • La Rue Paradis (Little Champs Elysées)  • La Colline du Château - Le coup de Canon de Midi / Castle Hill - Midday Cannon Shot  • Le Quai Rauba Capéu / The Docks  • Le Monument aux Morts / Memorial  • Le Port Lympia / Le Quartiers des Antiquaires / Antiquaries Neighborhoods  • L’Eglise du Port / Port Church  • La Place Garibaldi / Garibaldi Square  • Le Théâtre de Nice / Le Mamac  • La Tête Carrée / Square Head  • Le Lycée Massena / Massena High School  • La Coulée Verte / Green Lane  • La Cathédrale Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et l'Hôtel Negresco

Nice: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

4. Nice: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour

This is an ideal bike tour to explore the city of Nice and Baie des Anges for the first time. Peddle alongside a local guide who knows the true history of the monuments inside and around the old town and the city's main squares. Choose between an e-bike or classic bike. On this biking adventure, get to know the wonders of Massena and Garibaldi, the justice palace, the Residence Palace of the Kings of Savoya, and other must-see sights. Get the most out of your trip with a guide who has local know-how. Pass in front of the world-renowned Palaces of Promenade des Anglais, cross the harbor with its antique shops, and see Castle Hill and its gardens, waterfall, panoramic points, and oldest ruins where the first inhabitants settled.

Electric Bike Tour to Villefranche with Local Guide

5. Electric Bike Tour to Villefranche with Local Guide

Discover Nice on a guided electric bike tour. See some of the most famous landmarks of the city including Castle Hill, Fort Mont Alban, and the Promenade des Anglais. After arriving at the meeting you will have a short explanation of how the electric bike works. Get comfortable and fitted with safety gear before setting off on your adventure. After riding on the Promenade des Anglais along the sea, stop at the famous #ILOVENICE. Ride to the port to see the many beautiful yachts docked on the shore. Cycle along Villefranche sur Mer by bike lane, and ride to the maximum speed to arrive at Fort Alban where you will discover magnificent panoramic views of the city. After this stop at Villefranche, head back to agency by taking the Promenade des Anglais.

Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

6. Nice: Old Town Treasures Walking Tour

Explore the heart and history of Nice on a guided walking tour of the Vieux district. Taste some local delicacies during the tour. Begins at the Nice seafront just next to Castle Hill. At this point your guide will provide an introduction to the Greek origins of Nice, the Italian reign over the city, and the English and Russian aristocratic influences. Get answers to questions such as how Nice got its name, the reason for its location, and much more. Enter old Nice by a historic door dating to one of the last Italian governors. Begin your walking tour and learn about the old homes of local nobility. See the most impressive monuments and Baroque churches, and visit the city’s most famous market. Follow your guide through the honeycomb of tiny streets of old Nice and hear about the history of the squares and the street names. Stop to taste local delicacies suggested by the guide. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Castle Hill Park. After exploring the colorful streets of Nice Old Town, go uphill to get to know the history of the Castle Hill park (using either the lift or stairs). Marvel at breathtaking panoramic rooftop views from this vantage point overlooking the waterfall, the ruins, the gardens, and the spectacular cemeteries.

Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

7. Nice: Grand Tour by Segway

Experience the French Riviera city of Nice on an easy-to-ride, self-balancing Segway. Cruise through the city highlights on a 2-hour or 3-hour tour. Discover sights like the Old Town, Castle Hill, and Place Rossetti. Meet your guide and depart from the Promenade des Anglais after a short training session to ensure you are confident and comfortable on your vehicle. Cross through the Old Town, admiring streets lined with shops, baroque buildings, and a famous flower market.  Learn about the Italian influence of the architecture as your guide shares anecdotes about the city’s history and suggests things to see and do for the rest of your stay. Continue past grand Baroque buildings like the Place St-Francois and Place Garibaldi. Stop to take photos at monuments like the former home of Matisse, Place Rossetti, and Rauba Capeu, where you can take spectacular photos of the curving coastline. Ascend Castle Hill, where you will find an oasis of landscaped gardens and a waterfall.  Take in the views of the Baie des Anges, mountains of the Alps, and the port of Nice. Then, push the Segway to its limits by riding around at its maximum speed of 12 mph (20 kph).

Nice: Private Segway Tour

8. Nice: Private Segway Tour

Would you rather go on a more intimate and private tour with friends or family than on cultural tour with an unknown group ? A personalized tour, only you can choose? Your private guide will adapt to your wishes and will help you discover the best places in Nice on a segway. A sensational trip to the Old town, stopping in the market, with cultural references and recommendations of places to eat or drink. Your guide will be taking photos which you can keep. This is a great apportunity to be part in a unique expérience where you can combine human contact and an amazing trip in the center of one of the most beautiful towns of France.  Take a tour in the city of Nice and explore its architectural and cultural heritage, history, gastronomy, and unique landscapes offered by the city after a short Segway training. The tour starts on the Promenade des Anglais that is world renowned. During a training session with your guide, you will learn the basics of riding your personal transporter. Then, it’s time to set off on your exploration of one of France’s most beautiful cities. Cross the old town and admire its picturesque and refreshing streets, Provencal shops, pure baroque style buildings ,and its famous flower market. You will sense the Italian influence. Your guide will share anecdotes about Nice’s history and suggest things to see and do later and will be happy to take photos of you on your Segway during your stops. If you choose the 2-hour option, leave the old town for accelerating to reach the top of Castle Hill, a real oasis. There, enjoy an exceptional view of the Baie des Anges, the Alps, the old town ,and the port of Nice. Castle Hill is also where you can fully experience the excitement of riding a Segway by cruising at its maximum speed of 12 mph (20 kph) ! Discover different major sites such as the Nice Promenade des Anglais, Le Quai des Etats-Unis, Old Town of Nice, Matisse’s house, Cours Saleya, the Courthouse square , the Rossetti square and the platform Rauba Capeu where you can capture splendid photos of the curving coastline before your beautiful Segway tour rolls to a close.

Nice: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

9. Nice: 3-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

Your guide will lead you through the port, the old town, the seaside and up and down the main hill in the center of Nice, effortlessly on this 3-hour electric bike tour. Ride up Castle Hill and admire its gardens, waterfall, and ruins, and stop to enjoy views over the Bay of Angels. Have a quick look on the Mont Boron hill and its most beautifull Belle Epoque villas, some villas belong to internationally famous people. You’ll ride by the main monuments, squares, and gardens, and along the maze of streets of the Old Town. Visit other popular districts and markets in the city as well.

Nice: Electric Scooter Rental

10. Nice: Electric Scooter Rental

Rent an electric scooter which will allow you to see discover the city of Nice with ease. Explore the city like a local at your own pace with these comfortable electric scooters. With a big range, 45km of autonomy , it will be possible to go to Villefranche sur Mer and Cap Ferrat ! Avoid traffic jams and start your exploration of the city by following the sea on the Promenade des Anglais. Then, discover Old Nice with its fabulous Cours Saleya market, restaurants, and colorful alleys. Take to the heights by climbing Castle Hill where you will have magnificent panoramic views of the entire city.

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What people are saying about Castle Hill, Nice

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based on 848 reviews

Our guide , Gabriella (Carmela actually) showed us so many great views of Nice and shared historical references of each place we stopped to enjoy. The stories of the Angels bay provided great context and background. The rain blessed us on out tour and we loved that. Perfect first day of our visit and helped so much to fend off jet lag.

We had an amazing time with Chris on this tour. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Chris was born in Nice and his love and appreciation for the city comes through. Our kids (8 and 10) listed the walking tour as the highlight of our time in Nice. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone looking at a tour.

Our guide was amazing and the segway experience was a great way to see Castel Hill and the old town of Nice. Our guide was very knowledgeable and delivered great information on the sites we were at.

Our guide Chris was wonderful! Very engaging and knowledgeable, he even brought us some traditional Nice food his mom made so we could try it! Highly recommend

A good start to the holiday. Old Nice is so full of winding streets. The guide pointed out sites that I otherwise would not have seen