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Free Nice Walking Tour

Created with Sketch. Fontaine du Soleil, Place Massena, Nice, France
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Duration

2h00

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

WE ARE BACK AGAIN:

  • Since May, 19th we finally start operating our free Nice Walking Tours again!
  • PRIOR BOOKING IS MANDATORY – Please make sure to book in advance

Preventive measures against Covid-19

  • Visitors are required to respect social distancing
  • To avoid crowds, the number of visitors is limited to 10 people per tour

Obligations of the traveller

  • Visitors are required to bring their own mask

The best things in life are FREE.

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 guiding, who and what they know. Free Nice Walking Tours puts you into the hands of a trusted local expert because they come with years of experience and a vast knowledge. Try this . .

To set the scene, we meet at Place Massena, just by the statue of Apollo who is known as the most beautiful god of many things. God of music, truth, healing, the sun and light, poetry, and more. And there you have it, Nissa La Bella portrayed 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 Nikaia, to commemorate a nearby victor because Nike in Greek means victory. Now, check your footwear, spot any logos? 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 for 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 unmistakable baroque Mediterranean vibe. Here you can wander round the market, pick up a few goodies and relax 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 for yourself? No problem. Join us on the incredible FREE walking tour Nice. And remember the best things in life really are FREE.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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...

Included/Excluded

  • 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

Created with Sketch. Fontaine du Soleil, Place Massena, Nice, France

FAQs

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 vacation. It is usually more “full” during the summer season, with groups, averaging between 20 and 40 people. The “night” tour, which starts at 20:00 (8:00 pm) is rather an intriguing expansion on the modern history of Nice and gives you more insight into what has formed Nice into its current form, and that all while enjoying the beautiful evening scenery of lights!
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 info@rivierabarcrawl.com. We will note that you’ll not attend on the original date and that’s it. If you have booked for any of the PAID activity (bar crawl, tour, or other activity), for the wrong date, please contact us on info@rivierabarcrawl.com as soon as possible. We will review the request for change and proceed however is needed. It is not guaranteed that change will be possible, however, in most cases, there is no problem with the exchange.
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 info@rivierabarcrawl.com. For cancelation 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 info@rivierabarcrawl.com. 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 she/he 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 her/him 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 new charity every 3 months to make sure we are helping out in all the different areas we can.

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Scott

04/01/2021
Had a great morning and a great introduction to this charming city on the Cote dAzur. It was truly a perfect start to a perfect holiday. Would do it again and again when I am here.
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Ingo

04/01/2021
Renata was the best. Very intelligent and cheerful and you could tell she really likes what she does and just loves this city. I listened intently to what she had to tell us, especially the many personal tips she gave us. I tried everything and was never disappointed. Thank you Renata.
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Gisele

04/01/2021
I've been to Nice a time or two but thought a refresher on the history of Nice would be nice. And I have to say it was a very good decision to do this tour because I learned so many new things that I haven't read before. Very very good work.
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Eva Maria

04/01/2021
I went with my son in the morning and we were very excited about the tour and especially about our guide. Julia was so nice and sweet and funny and just knew so much about the history of the city. Definitely worth a try
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Globetrotterella

04/01/2021
In one word: magnifique
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Helen66

04/01/2021
I have already experienced many such tours. This is definitely one of the best because the guide was highly professional and knew literally everything about this enchanting city. Thank you for that authentic, interesting and fun experience
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Merlin

04/01/2021
Hats off! Insanely interesting, entertaining and fun tour through the old town of Nice and the most important sights. Thanks to Rich, you do a remarkable job
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Adam

04/01/2021
You can't do better than that. The route with the stops and the interesting stories and the crowning finale with the priceless view over the whole city. Highly recommended.
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Leyla

04/01/2021
I knew that this city was uniquely beautiful and interesting, but I didn't know that the history behind it was just as beautiful and exciting. Very informative and exciting narration by the lovely guide. Would even do it again
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Josi

04/01/2021
It was so beautiful, I'm so glad I could get myself together and go on my own. I feel more connected to this beautiful city than I did before. Top
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Belinda

03/31/2021
Excellent guidance! Route ended at the top of the hill with fantastic 360 degree view of the harbour and coast. A very informative and pleasant experience. Recommend
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Kerem

03/31/2021
Really competent and likeable guide. Was able to answer all our questions about Nice and even beyond! He is a true expert of the Riviera. He has given us plenty of time to explore. Such a delight!
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Thekla01

03/31/2021
Renata our guide was very welcoming and fun and spoke fluent English. There were about 20 on the tour but she never felt overwhelmed and ensured that every single one could see her and follow what she says. I liked that she gave us some personal recommendations on food and drink. The tour is basically free but at the end you can't give a tip - only if you want to but I thought it was well worth €20+. GREAT JOB RENATA
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Rita

03/31/2021
Fantastic tour, I heartily recommend it. Our host, Rich, was great and provided us with lots of informative information. You get a great insight and understanding of the city in a quite short time.
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Gwyneth

03/31/2021
Brilliant trip! The guide was charming and very helpful. Very informational and quite entertaining. Would advise everyone to join this tour when you want to feel more connected and more knowledgable about this enchanting city.
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Jolanda

03/31/2021
Cool tour overall!! At the end we went to the top of the castle hill where we had the most spectacular view of Nice!! But my personal highlight was a visit to the best ice cream shop in town and even one of the best in whole France! Simply loved it.
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Violet

03/31/2021
We joined our knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide on a 2 5 hour walk around the city. It was just perfect to get a first insight into this city and to see the most essential sights and get an orientation.
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Nicole30

03/31/2021
Great tour without doubt. I usually do a free walking tour in every new city I travel and for this tour I have nothing to complain about at all. Damir was very nice and it was not only a frontal lecture because he really tried to interact with the group which made it probably even more interesting for everyone. Nice one !!
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Valerieee

03/31/2021
The tour in Nice was very pleasant. We went to the main tourist sites and walked through the beautiful old town. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Nice. My favourite story was the robbery – so exciting :) We had a few breaks during the tour to try some special dishes on the market or to just rest. Well worth visiting!
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Asli

03/30/2021
This tour was so good honestly one of the best tours I have ever attended. Obviously I happily gave a huge tip because the tour is actually free. Rich was just great he even managed to keep my husband interested and attentive for more than two hours which is a great achievement 😊
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Adrien

03/30/2021
It was a very nice visit, our guide Rich was clear, friendly and knew his subject, I recommend this visit.
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Maria

03/30/2021
I was a solo traveller in Nice. And I was so happy with Rich, our guide. He was very knowledgeable and organized. In 2 hours we could see the old town, the beach and other monuments of Nice. It is really worth it.
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Nelee

03/30/2021
I was impressed by our guide Justin who knows the old town very well even though he is not from here. He seemed to really enjoy his job so I also enjoyed walking around the city with him and listen to what he has to tell! He was also very helpful and took his time at the end to answer all of our questions.
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Angel(a)

03/30/2021
On Wednesday me and my mate took the free walking tour with the guide Rich. I had to convince my friend to join me but he liked it so much. I did too because Rich is a very good storyteller and we learned so many new and cool things about the history of Nice. Probably the best introduction you can get. Recommended!
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Demi C.

03/30/2021
I did the night tour, in English, and the morning tour, in Spanish. Our guide was called Isabella. She is super sweet and smart and told us the beautiful history of Nice and showed us the most important sights in the old town and around. Afterwards I was even more interested in this city and felt more connected.
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Aldea

03/30/2021
The free tour of Nice with Lilli was really nice! Although she is not from Nice, I felt like she knows everything about the city. She is very enthusiastic and you can clearly see that she does her job with pleasure and passion – it was really nice to be on the tour with her as a host and listen to all the nice stories she has to tell.
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Alexis

03/30/2021
The tour and our guide Paula was great. Within the 2 hours she explains historical facts and anecdotes in a clear and fun way which makes the tour feel like 30 minutes. She also never rushes and gives you time to take photos at every stop. You can feel that she loves her job. 100% recommendable.
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sarah

03/30/2021
We’ve been to the Free Walking Tour in Nice on Sunday morning and it was a very informative and interesting tour around Nice with nice stops such as Flower Market, Old Town, Colline de Chateau. It was crowded, we were around 40 people which did not really disturb me because I could understand the guide at all times and everyone was lovely and fun. I can really recommend.
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Cecilia

03/29/2021
This tour is excellent and the guide, Polina, if I remember correctly, was outstanding. She has superb knowledge about the city that she happily told us in a calm and witty way . Really enjoyed walking through Nice while listening to her stories.
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g0al14

03/29/2021
We went with a group of 11 friends and loved the tour! Rafael made us feel very welcome and was a very good guide along the way. Would go again!
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Vittoria

03/26/2021
The walking tour was magnifique! Anne, our tour guide, know so much about the city and also gave us personal opinions on restaurants where we should definitely eat at some point at what we should avoid. It was very helpful. I just love this place.
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Leni

03/26/2021
Great tour, hit all the hotspots in the old city. Ana was a very nice and knowledgable tourguide. I'd recommend the tour for anyone, might also be interesting for people who are living here I think!!
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Martina

03/26/2021
The free walking tour run by this company is a great introductory to Nice. The guide Catherine was exceptional, despite the group being quite large. Highly recommended!
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Faruk

03/26/2021
I learnt a lot about Nice, and the funny stories and events in its history from the walking tour. The views were great, Nice is a lovely city, and Anna is the best tour guide in the world!
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Gary

03/26/2021
Anna our guide was fantastic very friendly and interactive. If you have a question just ask as she is more than happy to help. You get to find certain food spots that you would not know about and history never heard ! Thanks Anna
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Rachel

03/26/2021
I often take these free walking tours while my husband is busy. They are often a great introduction to a city and a chance to ask a local a few questions about culture, customs, restaurants, things to do etc. Jurina was informative, interactive and engaging.We ate Sooca which I am not sure I would eat without her explanation what it was. recommendation for places to eat. We walked throughout the old city got recommendations for places to eat and up all the stairs to the Castle Hill where the tour finished leaving us time to wander around and enjoy the vista and find the waterfall and the cemetery on the way back down. Well recommended if you are new in town.
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anonymous traveler

03/25/2021
It was amazing! Diana was an informative yet fun guide. Her smile brightened the sunny day and her stories will make us remember Nice in the nicest way :P
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alan

03/25/2021
The free walking tour is an excellent way of finding out more about Nice. The guide was knowledgeable and pleasant and kept us entertained for the whole two hours. Thoroughly recommended.
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Melodi

03/25/2021
When I arrived in Nice the first time doing this tour was the first item on my agenda. I love to have a good overview about the most important sites and a little bit of history when I stay in a new city. I was honestly impressed by the depth of knowledge possessed by my tour guide, an excellent French/English speaking local named Charlie. Thank you for this awesome tour you gave us.
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jenny

03/25/2021
I truly enjoyed learning more about the history of Nice and the old city and their sights even though I am living in Nice for quite a while now. Charlie was kind and also helpful with questions. I also would not care if I had to pay for this tour!
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McGill

03/25/2021
Tour was fabulous, the guide Charlie was excellent too - amazing knowledge and was always counting to be sure we were all there after certain stops we made during the tour. He was also considerate to those who was slow with the walk. Tour was relaxing, good combination of walking about and stops where he told us interesting facts and stories. Definitely recommend!
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jerico

03/25/2021
Although it was the day after the terror attack, and we are not expecting the walking tour to continue, we just walk around Place Massena to see how everything is getting on. There we found Charlie, and he still decided to continue the tour even though there were just 3 participants. The walk was not too long, and the closure of Castle hill made it shorter, but then we learned a lot. He's such a very nice guy and his English is superb. This is the first time in France that I did not struggle to understand every word that he said. Very knowledgeable about the history and significance of parts of the city. If this tour is paid, we will still definitely do it. BTW, we tried that gnocchi that he was suggesting and it's wonderful, plus the gelato to die for. Well done mate ;P Hope to get on with their pub crawl in the future.
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Eleanore Yve

03/25/2021

perfect start for my holiday

We had an excellent guide, Hanna, who was very knowledgable and kind and answered all our questions. The tour was about 2 hrs and packed with a perfect amount of information and free time to stroll around the market and take pictures. it was a perfect start for my holiday here in Nice.
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Olivia

03/25/2021
This is a very enjoyable 2.5 hrs walk around Nice covering all the main sites. My guide, Kate, had loads of cool stories about the history and famous residents of Nice She also recommended the pub crawl so I joined it later that day. We 'hopped' around some of the best bars in old town. With these 2 activities I had a perfect first day in Nice!
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Dinah Lara

03/25/2021

really liked it!

This tour is a great way to get to know this aaaawweeesome city. Our guide Catriana told us many interesting and gave us a bunch of useful tips like what local specialities to try at the market, where is the best ice cream and many more. The tour is free but you can give a tip at the end if you liked it. I indeed did! Merci :)
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Russell07

03/25/2021
The tour started at Place Massena with a nice introduction. Then we made a good stop at Cours Saleya. I loved it that we had enough free time to browse on the market and buy some food for a lunch. Afterwards we walked up to Colline du Chateau park. Incredible of the coast. The tour ended up there but the lovely guide stayed with us for a little chat and to answer some more questions. I like!
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Jonah

03/25/2021
When I travel to a new city, I usually do a walking tour to understand the city a bit better by learning a bit of history etc. Thats why I really like and appreciate the 'free tour concept So I found this tour of Nice on Tripadvisor. Unfortunately on the day I arrived they didnt have enough people so I did it on another day but it was great! There were only a few other people joining but I liked that to be honest. The guide was really nice and provide good tips on the city and restaurant. Her knowledge of the town and history was good already since she started to do tours only a few weeks ago. I recommend!
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Paolo

03/24/2021
Fabulous tour, already did two of them, would highly recommend it!
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francesco

03/24/2021
The free guided tour is perfect to see the most important sights, mainly in the old town of Nice in approximately 2 and a half hours. Diana (our guide) was super sweet and made the tour exciting despite the bad weather we unfortunately had.
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Mai-Lin

03/18/2021

pleasant guide, charming city and very informative tour

I've done a lot of tours but this one was extremely memorable. For me personally, Graham, made all the difference. The guide was pleasant, knowledgeable and very accommodating. My personal highlight was the lunch market where we had time to try some specialties so I had some delicious pasta. Thank you Graham for showing us around the city you live in!
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