Cruise Holiday Travel Guide: Nice, France

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Nice is the largest city in France’s Cote D’Azur and the second most-visited French city after Paris.

Click here to find the latest Nice cruise deals, or read on to find out more about what attracts so many visitors to this glorious city.

Why go on a Nice cruise?

For decades the natural beauty of Nice has attracted visitors seeking both relaxation and inspiration. In fact the picturesque scenery was painted by famed artists such as Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall.

Vieux Nice – Nice’s old town – has hardly changed since the 1700s. A rabbit warren of alleyways, Vieux Nice is atmospheric but laid back and you can while away a good few hours exploring and retracing the city’s history. There is something to suit everyone here with stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, a daily fresh fish market, a flea flea market and bars, restaurants and boutique shops.
Down a particularly narrow lane – but worth taking the time to look for – is the baroque Palais Lascaris, a 17th century mansion which houses religious paintings and Flemish tapestries. The ground floor showcases an 18th century pharmacy.

If a relaxing stroll through a tranquil garden is more your cup of tea then make sure you visit the Parc du Chateau. Situated on a rocky plateau towering over Vieux Nice, the Parc du Chateau offers stunning panoramic views over Nice. The park’s centrepiece is a 12th-century castle and with ornamental waterfalls and landscaped gardens, this is the perfect setting for a romantic and relaxed picnic.

You will be spoilt for choice of museums and galleries to visit, but a good place to start would be the Musee Massena, which is housed in a charming neoclassical villa built in 1898, and retraces Nice and the French Riviera’s history from the late 18th Century until WWII. The history is brought to life through a spectacular collection of early photographs, paintings, furniture, objects and art-deco posters.

Cruise lines currently sailing to Nice include Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises.

Book your Nice cruise

To book your Nice cruise visit our Europe deals page. In the meantime here are some of our most recent offers:

Aegean and the Med – Fly/Stay/Cruise
19th October 2014 for 20 nights
Sailing on Serenade of the Seas

Departing from Rome (Civitavecchia) you will then sail to Chania, Crete, Mykonos, Ephesus, Athens (Piraeus), Santorini, Katakolon, Rome (Civitavecchia), Florence/Pisa, Nice (Villefranche), Ajaccio, Palma De Mallorca and Valencia before finishing in Barcelona. This deal includes a hotel stay in Rome.

Mediterranean Western Voyage – Fly/Stay/Cruise
16th October 2014 for 13 nights
Sailing on Azamara Journey – all inclusive cruising

Setting sail from Barcelona you will then cruise to Mahon, Palma De Mallorca, Ajaccio, Monaco, Nice (Villefranche) and Livorno before arriving in Rome (Civitavecchia). This deal also includes a hotel stay in Barcelona.

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: John Y Can

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Charles Bond

Charles lives in Glencoe, WA. He is in his late 40’s and has 2 children aged 6 and 11. His next cruise booking will be a Carnival cruise around Australia.

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