Nice has been a highly sought vacation destination since the early 19th century and continues to impress travelers with its French Riviera charm. Located along the Mediterranean coast, you’ll discover everything from upscale resorts to old-town grace, with local goods and lines of yachts in between. Whether you prefer to immerse yourself in Nice or explore a neighboring region (Provence to the west, or Italy to the east), you’ll have plenty of options for making unforgettable memories. Nice is also easily reachable from the port of Villefranche-sur-Mer, which is only around a 25-minute drive away.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Nice, along with a brief description:
♦ Promenade des Anglais
One incredible opportunity you can do before or after your cruise from Nice is to spend some time walking around the world-famous Promenade des Anglais. This walkway stretches along the Mediterranean waterfront, offering picturesque views of the coast. Whether you walk, jog, or take a bike up this promenade, you will run into a number of bars, historic buildings, restaurants, and landmarks (such as the Negresco Hotel, where many royal families once stayed). It’s a great place for people watching or catching the evening sunset. It is also conveniently located near Nice’s city center.
♦ Cimiez Quarter
Spending time in Nice’s Cimiez Quarter is a great way to spend your morning or afternoon. This neighborhood is filled with wonderful architecture, Roman ruins, and even an old-world amphitheater! Nature lovers can spend some time exploring the beautiful gardens located in this area. If you are looking to learn something new, you can also visit the Matisse Museum to admire some of his 17th century artwork, or the Musee Marc Chagall, where you can admire some of his religion-inspired pieces.
♦ Castle Hill of Nice
Visiting the Castle Hill of Nice during your time in the city is a must for any avid traveler! At one time, a fortress stood on this hill, overlooking the bay and protecting the city from attack. However, it was raided several times before ultimately being destroyed. Today, you can climb up this hill for a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. There’s also a waterfall, a café, and a few remaining castle ruins. Paying a visit to this attraction is a great alternative to a day on the beach.
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