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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Hidden gems

Our most recommended Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Hidden gems

From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

1. From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

Embark on a discovery expedition of the Esterel, its hidden caves, and its typical Mediterranean scenery. Join a fully-guided boat trip departing from Cannes and enjoy the chance to swim in crystal-clear waters. Take in views of striking waterfront panoramas and tranquil bays. Join your professional skipper aboard a semi-rigid boat. Embark at the meeting point in Cannes and set sail toward the Esterel. Sit back and relax as you explore this extraordinary coastline, with its stunning beaches and secret coves, accessible only by boats. Uncover the mysteries of the Corniche d'Or coastline with our local skipper. Stop at a beautiful location to take a dip in the refreshing waters of the French Riviera.

From Cannes: Discover Saint Tropez by Boat

2. From Cannes: Discover Saint Tropez by Boat

Set off on your day of adventure with your professional skipper and embark on a full-day excursion to the famous village of Saint Tropez. On this tour, you will get to arrive early in the morning, ensuring you have plenty of time to disembark and enjoy the delightful open-air market in the Place des Lices.  Get the chance to spend the afternoon back on board your speedboat and discover the coastline between Saint Tropez and Cannes. Take in sights such as the Port Grimaud with its charming waterways, the tiny Île d’Or, the red rocks of the Esterel mountains, and the Massif de l’Esterel, with its many secret coves. Your captain will share his knowledge of the region's rich culture.

From Nice: 1-Day Tour Côte d'Azur Extraordinary Houses

3. From Nice: 1-Day Tour Côte d'Azur Extraordinary Houses

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is located right in the middle of Cap Ferrat, this villa inspired by the Venetian renaissance residences is the realized dream of Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. In 1905, the art-lover decided to create a sumptuous palace to host her collection. Today, about 5000 works adorn the lounges, boudoirs and galleries of the residence. And Béatrice's dream continues in the park, where you can find nine gardens of different inspirations such as spanish, florentine, japanese, provençal. Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu is named after a legendary swallow, which appeared suddenly from the waves as a sign of good omen inspired by the noble residences of the island of Delos of the 2nd century BC, it is the work of a rich hellenist, Théodore Reinach, who actually lived this ancien dream between 1908 and 1928. Once you enter the hall, where the inscription "Xaipe" welcomes you in old Greek, the immersion is complete. Villefranche-sur-Mer is located between Nice and Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer enjoys a magnificent setting. Its harbour is often regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the beginning of the 20th century, the town became just like Nice, a holiday resort for English and Russian aristocrats. It was also very popular among American and French artists. These days, the harbour is the most important passenger port in France. Between sky and sea, Eze, most prestigious village on the French Riviera, has two features. It is at once a hilltop village and a small seaside resort, with protected beaches. These two levels are connected by the sentier de Nietzsche, named in honour of the philosopher who drew many an inspiration from this place. Wonderful gardens are overhanging the village, facing the sea.  Discover the secrets of perfume with a visit to Fragonard perfume factory. In Monaco and Monte-Carlo you will visit the old town, the Cathedral which is the most important Monegasque architecture feature. Erected at one end of the town, it was built between 1875 and 1884 under the direction of the architect Lenormand. Discover the famous Formula One circuit which was inaugurated in 1929 by Prince Peter of Monaco and has barely changed since ! It has become the legendary Grand Prix "par excellence" which all F1 racers dream of winning. At the heart of the Monte-Carlo aera, the casino is the symbol of Monegasque glamour. Its legendary success lies behind Monaco's wealth. The present building was designed by Charles Garnier in 1878 it is a Belle Epoque jewel, all around, the luxury shops and legendary establishments. 

Marseille: Climb to Notre Dame de la Garde by alleyways

4. Marseille: Climb to Notre Dame de la Garde by alleyways

Join your guide down hidden paths away from the crowds on this climb up to Notre Dame de La Garde Basilica. Along the way, take in beautiful sea views and listen as your guide tells you the stories of Marseille's past and present. Start your tour by the sea and begin the steep climb up the the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica by foot. While many tourists take the car or train, this walking tour option allows you to discover the charming walkways that lead up the the basilica. With a local guide who has lived in the area for 25 years, dive into the history of Marseille and see sights many might miss. See beautiful old country houses and gardens as you make the climb to the basilica. Explore wealthy districts built from 1850-1900 during the expansion of Marseille and its port. Discover sea views, lush gardens, and hidden trails, as your guide tells you the story of this city full of contrasts and contradictions.

Marseille: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

5. Marseille: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour in St. Vincent de Paul Church! Visit the historic rue Canebière. Photograph the unique Art Deco Opéra de Marseille, the largest and oldest opera house in France and admire the fairytale Daviel Pavilion. Saint Jean Fort will leave you speechless as it combines its grandeur with every boy's or girl's dream of a grand fort. Learn about The Mucem museum and its unique exhibits! Cathédrale La Major will captivate you, you have never seen anything more captivating, it is worth the time and space on your mobile memory. The busy Panier will be your next step, do nothing, leave your mobile and see an area where every part of it is like a museum! While the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Center de la Vieille Charité with its captivating architecture, which was once an inn!

Nice: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

6. Nice: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour from Garibaldi Square with its unique quality restaurants and cafes! Visit the Tour Saint-François that will leave you speechless with the wonderful view it offers you, even the Visitation Sainte-Claire will dominate your tour with its unique art interior. Take a photo at Saint Reparata which takes its name from a tragic story, which is sure to leave you speechless, and let yourself get lost in Cours Saleya, with its unique market. Visit the Opera de Nice with the acoustics that will remain engraved in you. You will also pass by the Promenade du Paillon, a green spot in the center of Nice for a unique opportunity to relax. Admire the Fontaine du Soleil the iconic bronze statue of the god Apollo. The Monument du Centenaire with its unique symbolism will captivate you and your camera! See, walk, and relax in Albert I Gardens in royal splendor!

Monaco Day and Night

7. Monaco Day and Night

Between sky and sea, Eze, most prestigious medieval village on the French Riviera, has two features. It is at once a hilltop village and a small seaside resort, with protected beaches. You will also discover the secrets of perfume with a visit to the Fragonard perfume factory. Two square kilometers, that is the surface area of the smallest country in the world! Yet, Monaco's influence is international. Cradle of luxury, Monaco appeals due to its ambivalence, somewhere between modernity and tradition. Monaco of its cramped space, Monaco hides a lot of wealth: its old town, the cathedral and the famous Formula One circuit and to crown the event you will have the opportunity to be taken round the track with your guide commentary. Afterwards you enjoy a aperitif at the Café de Paris recalling the old Parisian bistros. You will be enchanted by the unique and trendy atmosphere of Monte-Carlo by night you could taste a delicious dinner in one of the numerous restaurants. Finally, let yourself be charmed by the extravagance of Monte-Carlo and the casino where you can try your luck at gambling.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 71 reviews

Fantastic trip with the speedboat! Much cooler than with a normal boat. This is also better for people who quickly get seasick, the boat sails much faster than a normal boat, so you feel the waves less. Sometimes the speedboat also stays in place for a while or less this speed, then you will of course feel the waves. We have seen very nice beaches, rocks and snorkelling spots! We also stopped twice to snorkel and it was nice to see the many small fish swimming in groups. Now if you've ever snorkeled in Egypt, for example, this won't mean anything, but it's still beautiful and fun to do! Definitely recommended for everyone, best not too small children for this activity. What to bring Snorkeling goggles and SUNSCREEN CREAM, we had forgotten those and we are both a lobster after this great trip unfortunately… Have fun!!!

The tour was a complete success: we were able to discover the most beautiful corners of the region from the water. The stops with clear water invited to go snorkeling (if you had brought your equipment with you). The guide was great and gave lots of background information. Thank you for the great experience!

Alex is great, he puts you at ease, he loves what he does and shares the moment with you. Very pleasant course with small swimming stops at the edge of pretty coves, I recommend 100%! To avoid if you have seasickness or back problems it goes quite quickly and it shakes a little!

Great value for the price! Our group was so fun. Only thing I was was that there was fresh water or a snack that came with it as the sun and swimming is tiring. Other than that the staff was incrediebly kind and patient. Would recommend to all!! Thanks Team!

Incredible little ride, beautiful landscapes and little stories! A little thought for the guide Bruno who was great. I recommend