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Free Nice Walking Tour

Fontaine du Soleil, Place Massena, Nice, France



Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

50 people




Nice Free Guided Walking Tour

Important: From December 1st 2022  – January 1st 2022 we will meet at La Petite Maison (11 Rue Saint-François de Paule, 06000 Nice)

The definitive way to explore any city is on foot. And, the best way to discover everything a new city has to offer is with a well-informed local guide. It all comes down to the type of person; who and what they know. Free Nice Walking Tours puts you under the guidance of a trusted local expert because they come with years of experience and vast knowledge. Try this …

To set the scene, we meet at Place Massena, just by the statue of Apollo, Greek god of music, truth, healing, the sun and light, poetry, and more. And there you have it, Nissa La Bella represented in a single statue.

The colony of Nice was founded around 350 BC by the Greek seafarers who had taken Marseille. They named their colony Nice after the Greek goddess of Victory Nikaia, in honour of their grand victory. Now, check your footwear, spot any other references to Nikaia? So, you’re walking in the footsteps of a Greek warrior, around a beautiful Italianate-French city, wearing trainers with a big tick on the side and suddenly it all makes sense. Ha, who knew?

Nissa la Bella

Continuing our walking tour of Nice from Place Massena we take in the beautiful Belle Epoque Opera of Nice then head to the Old Town, a must-see for any type of visitor. It is a hive of activity, buzzing both day and night. At its centre is the Cours Saleya where we will take a break so you can soak up the breezy Mediterranean vibe, not to be missed on a trip to Nice. Here you can wander around the market, pick up a few goodies and relax for a while. There is so much to see. Look East to Castle Hill and marvel at the Bellanda Tower (Berlioz, King Lear and all of that!).

Onwards to Galerie des Ponchettes, the world-famous gallery dedicated to temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. In Place Rossetti (named after the Pre-Raphaelite founder Dante Rossetti) you will discover La Cathédrale Ste Réparate, a baroque masterpiece.

Ready to see it for yourself? No problem. Join us on the wonderful FREE walking tour Nice. And remember the best things in life really are FREE.

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  • Place Massena
  • Promenade du Paillon
  • Opera House of Nice
  • Nice old Town
  • Cours Saleya Flower Market
  • Palais de Justice
  • Palais de la Préfecture
  • Place Rossetti
  • Promenade des Anglais
  • Nice Castle Hill
  • Tips for food, drinks and more...


  • 2H00 guided tour through the old town and the castle hill
  • Meet at 10.55 am at the sun fountain on Place Masséna
  • Your local guide will wear a red T-shirt and carry an umbrella
  • Immediate confirmation by email: printed or mobile confirmation forms are accepted
  • Personal expenses
  • Food or drink
  • Tips


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Tour's Location

Fontaine du Soleil, Place Massena, Nice, France


What is the difference between Free Walking Tour of Nice and Free Night Walking Tour of Nice?
The “day” walking tour of Nice which starts at 11:00 (am) gives everyone a general overview of Nice and is a great starting point for your holiday. It is usually more “full” during the summer season, with groups, averaging between 20 and 40 people. The “night” tour, which starts at 18:00 (6:00 pm) allows for enjoyment of the beautiful evening scenery!
I’ve booked for a wrong day. Can I change it?
If you’ve booked a FREE tour (day or night) of Nice for another day that you’ve intended or something came up and you want to change the date, please let us know on We will note that you did not attend on the original date and that’s it. If you have booked for any of the PAID activities (bar crawl, tour, or other activity), for the wrong date, please contact us on as soon as possible. We will review the request for change and proceed however is needed. It is not guaranteed that a change will be possible, however, in most cases, there shouldn't be a problem.
I want to cancel my experience completely. How do I do that?
In case you wanted to attend a FREE tour but now you cannot, just let us know on our email address For cancellation of a PAID activity (bar crawl, tour or other activity) we redirect you to what is stated in our terms & conditions. “All cancellations made at least 72 hours in advance will be refunded 50%.” Generally speaking, we do not refund the tickets after that.
What is your refund policy?
In case there was a problem during your experience that couldn’t have been resolved on the spot and you require a refund, please contact us with any important details on We will review your request and do our best to resolve the situation.
How do I recognize my guide?
Your guide will wear a red company t-shirt OR a red umbrella.
Should I tip my guide?
If you enjoyed your tour you can tip your guide for the time and effort they spend with you during your experience! If you really enjoyed the tour, but you don’t have enough money for a tip, you can remember your guide’s name and you can leave them a good review on TripAdvisor or on Google reviews.
Do all the tips go to my guide?
We operate free walking tours, however, there is a cost to everything. To successfully operate the tours, we need to pay for administration, like the websites’ fees, materials and other things which we sometimes need to cover by a percentage of the tips. However, our guides still keep a fair share of what they make. In 2019 we also started a new initiative called the Social Riviera Project where we give 10% of our tips to a charity. We chose a new charity every 3 months to make sure we are helping out in all the different areas we can.
Can the walking tour of Nice be done with a baby stroller?
Yes it is possible we are happy to welcome families in the tour. You can use your stroller in the old town and on the Promenade des Anglais. We end the tour at the Castle Hill of Nice so you can take the elevator while your guide walks up and rejoin the rest of the group at the top.


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Sami S.

knowledgable guide and beautiful tour

We did the free walking tour in Nice with a small group of just 5 people. Although our guide isn’t originally from the area, we was really knowledgable. He took us to some beautiful stops and also climbed with us all the way to the mountain top to present us a breathtaking view over the French Riviera. I highly recommend this tour. Thanks again!
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Saskia Smits

best city walk I did so far

On Saturday me and two friends of mine (from Amsterdam) did the city walk with Shawn. I have done a city walk in several cities but Shawn is honestly the best so far! His humour and stories are so nice and his motivation to get you up Castle Hill was incredible. Through the walk we learned a lot about Nice and saw the truly parts of the city I think. Highly recommended if you are in the city.
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Clara L.

strongly recommended tour

We wanted to explore the old part of Nice through this Free Walking Tour. Our guide Catherine was excellent ; she told us interesting aspects of the city, funny stories and managed to captivate the group, which was still quite large. Can only recommend!
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jose G.

spanish tour of nice was great

I did the free walking tour of Nice in Spanish yesterday and I highly recommend it. Isabela, the lovely guide explained many curiosities and history of the city. The group size was small which was actually great since she had the opportunity to adapt at all times and answer all of out questions. Well done, Isabella!
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Informative and friendly

Excellent guide, loving route ending at the top of the hill with fantastic views of the harbour and coast. Informative and friendly
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Brilliant tour thanks to Rich

A brilliant tour of Nice thanks to the best guide Rich. Very witty and interesting. Lots of interesting stories I wouldn't have get to know otherwise. He is very knowledgeable about the city and clearly passionate about Nice and its history. Highly recommend
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entertaining and informative tour

I did the free walking tour today, and it was really great! Our guide, Jody, was friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. She showed us so many cool places in the city and kept us entertained all the time. I would highly recommend taking this tour (for young and old!!)
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Awesome tour

Me and my friend, both in their 50s, joined Shawn and a group of about 15 visitors from all over the world for a 2+ hour walking tour of Nice. It was simply awesome! The guide was charming and informative and told us a lot of interesting things about the city. We listened to so many stories that are new to us, even though we are annual visitors to Nice. We would be happy to join Shawn on another tour!
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We simply loved it!

Me and my friend did the free Nice walking tour as recommended by a friend. We were so happy that we decided to participate. The guide Emiliano was great and the tour in general was super interesting and entertaining too. A perfect experience if you want to get to know and understand the history of this amazing city a little bit better. We simply loved it!
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Highly recommended!

I joined the classic free walking tour Nice, guided by Rich. The tour was great, lots of interesting facts and funny stories. Special thanks to the tour guide, his English was perfect and very easy to follow it. He also provided us with some personal recommendations where to go, eat, etc. I really enjoyed it and can warmly recommend!
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