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Make the most of your time at port with this diverse full-day shore excursion that takes you to highlights of the French Riviera. See the Cannes Film Festival venue, ogle luxury yachts at the Billionaire’s Quay in Antibes, stroll the medieval streets of St-Paul-de-Vence and test your nose at the Fragonard perfumery in Eze. Cross the border into Monaco to visit the high-rolling casinos of Monte Carlo, the Prince’s Palace and the Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized small-group experience.
  • Full-day French Riviera shore excursion from Cannes
  • Visit the site of the annual Cannes International Film Festival
  • Cruise along the Côte d’Azur's coastal roads to Antibes, St-Paul-de-Vence, Eze and Monaco
  • Admire the yachts in Billionaire's Quay in Antibes and tour the Fragonard perfumery in Eze
  • Visit Monte Carlo and travel along Monaco’s Formula One Grand Prix race circuit
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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8:30 AM
Your guide will come to pick you up at the time mentionned on your voucher in front of your Hotel/address. We recommend you to be ready in advance. The guide will not be able to wait with other clients. Thank you very much and we wish you a pleasant tour.
Although one could easily spend months exploring the delights of the French Riviera, this full-day shore excursion hits on the highlights so you can maximize your day at port. Meet your knowledgeable local guide at the cruise terminal in Cannes in the morning, and set off in an 8-passenger minivan.

Begin with a drive by Cannes’ most famous attraction, the Festival Palace where the world’s best filmmakers and biggest stars gather each year for the Cannes International Film Festival. Continue along the scenic coastal roads of the Côte d'Azur, soaking up spectacular views of luxury villas and the Mediterranean Sea.

Stop at Antibes, an old port town that’s home to one of the Riviera’s largest marinas. It’s a contrast of history and modernity, where a medieval hilltop fortress stands sentinel over a fleet of luxury yachts docked at Billionaire's Quay.

After lunch at a local café in the charming Provençal village of St-Paul-de-Vence (own expense), journey on to the hilltop town of Eze. Admire some of the best views of the Mediterranean around, and tour the renowned Fragonard perfumery to discover what makes a truly fine French eau de cologne. 

Drive past La Turbie, known as the ‘Terrace of Monaco,’ before crossing the border into the second-smallest country in the world. Take a walking tour of this principality that’s small in size but big on glamour, where you’ll see highlights like the Prince’s Palace, luxuriant gardens and the famed casinos of Monte Carlo. You’ll even take a spin along part of the Formula One Grand Prix race circuit.

Relax on the scenic return drive to Cannes, where your tour concludes with drop-off at the cruise terminal in the evening.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Cannes port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of- call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Pass By:  
La Turbie
Admire the sight of the most ancient Roman vestige on the French Riviera: the ’Trophy of the Alps’ in the village of La Turbie.
Stop At:  
Vieux Eze
Not even midway, and you will then take a halt to venture into one of France’s prettiest villages: Eze, filled with history and offering a stunning location over 400 meters right above sea, a truly unique place on earth.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parfumerie Fragonard - L'usine Laboratoire Èze - Visite Gratuite & Guidée
Meet up again with your driver and, just around the corner, seize the chance to visit the renowned Fragonard Perfume Factory and discover the secrets of this realm of fragrances…
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palais Princier Monaco
Descent towards the state-city of Monaco and its Palace on the ’Rock’, in time for the change of the guards(morning only). You will be given some free time to wander around the old town for a souvenir maybe, or even admire the view from the St. Martin Gardens, and definitely visit Monaco’s Cathedral and its chapel of the late sovereign Princes and Princesses.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee
Definitely visit Monaco’s Cathedral and its chapel of the late sovereign Princes and Princesses.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Make a stop at Monte-Carlo’s Casino and its display of luxury cars beside and get the chance to gamble few coins inside this magnificent building (17€, afternoon only) and capture with eyes and memory only its beautiful inner architecture.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Office de Tourisme de Saint-Paul de Vence
Saint-Paul-de-Vence will definitely enchant you. When walking through the mesmerizing maze of cobbled streets with their numerous listed monuments, it becomes clear how this medieval village appealed to a vast number of artists with the likes of Matisse, Modigliani, Chagall or Picasso instilling a definite artistic touch that one can now ascertain when gazing at the windows of the countless art galleries. Taking you back to another time - notably due to its aura of light at certain hours - it is no wonder why famous actors too have chosen the quaint village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence as their ideal retreat when coming to stay on the Riviera.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
One the way back take the coastal road to Antibes a town which played the role of sentinel for the country during many centuries, hence its ramparts circling the Old Town. There you might consider strolling along those XVth century walls and Grimaldi Castle - nowadays the Picasso museum. Then your guide will drive you out of the Old Town. Once past Antibes’ large marina and its ‘Billionaires’ Quay‘, you will proceed along the coastline until you reach the town of Villeneuve-Loubet with its extraordinary ‘Marina of the Bay of Angels’ from where you will go inland towards your last site visit.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
La Croisette
Explore the city of Cannes and discover its magnificent palaces along the Croisette boulevard : the Carlton, the Majestic or the Martinez where the stars are staying during the Film Festival.
Stop At:  
Palais des Festivals et des Congres of Cannes
Take the opportunity to walk on the famous red carpet covering the world famous steps of the Palais des Festivals - where it all takes place in May - you might feel like walking up ‘the 24 steps of glory’ and perhaps strike your most graceful pose on the red carpet. Do have a look at the local Walk of Fame with its celebrities’ handprints before you go, too.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Folding wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
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You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The best French Riviera Full-Day from Cannes Small-Group Shore Excursion?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by The best French Riviera Full-Day from Cannes Small-Group Shore Excursion.
What is the policy on sanitisation during The best French Riviera Full-Day from Cannes Small-Group Shore Excursion?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The best French Riviera Full-Day from Cannes Small-Group Shore Excursion?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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A must do
, Apr. 2022
Perfect way to explore the French Riviera. Along the turquoise shoreline you'll visit Nice, Antibes, Cannes and of course the affluent Monaco! And into the mountains to the picturesque towns with quintessential french streets of Eze and St Paul Vence. Our guide Sabine was an absolute delight. She couldn't have been more accommodating and was very knowledgeable of the area. Sabine made this a truely unforgettable day for us and I highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Perfect Guide, Perfect Pace
, Jul. 2021
Such a great experience! First of all, Renier, our guide was super friendly and set a great tone amongst all of the group, even though we didn't know each other, it felt like a little community. He was knowledgeable and answered questions so effortlessly. Secondly, I thought the tour was perfectly paced. I felt we had a perfect amount of time at every stop. The overall number of hours in the tour was just perfect! It didn't feel too long or too short. I would 100% recommend this tour!
Excellent day
, Jul. 2019
We had a great day with Mago . He was very helpful pointing out where to go . Always timely and pleasant
Small group tour of French Riviera
, Jun. 2019
Our guide was waiting at the pier and eager to start the day. We traveled to many locations on the Riviera and he constantly told us details about the various locations. He was very concerned to show us as much as possible and inform us about the area. My only concern dealt with meeting the guide on the pier and having to tender into port. This did cause some concern about getting on the early tenders and meeting the guide on time - 3 of our group almost did not make the tour. This was the ship's issue because they take their tours off first and nothing to do with Viator.
Disengaged tour guide
Shari H
, Jul. 2018
When Sebastian picked us up at the dock, he seemed really angry since our tour ended up being only my husband and myself. He barely talked and gave very little
1 traveller found this review helpful
Very good tour, it was nice seeing...
, Oct. 2017
Very good tour, it was nice seeing some of the smaller towns. We couldn't hear our tour guide at the back of the van which was good as she rambled on and on about nonsensical topics.
Zara picked us up promptly at the...
, Oct. 2017
Zara picked us up promptly at the cruise port and took us on an amazing tour of the Riviera and Monaco. She is a very funny and knowledgeable guide. We saw a lot and learned a lot but did not linger long in any one place. I especially loved the old villages of Eze and St. Paul de Vence, Would definitely recommend for a good overview of the area.
Awsome experience, guide was very...
Derek R
, Aug. 2017
Awsome experience, guide was very nice and friendly.They picked us up a litle late but we received a private tour instead which was even nicer.Very friendly and professional guide.
There was a potential for the tour...
Irina W
, Aug. 2017
There was a potential for the tour to be fantastic since it was just my husband and I. Most people opted for the half-day tour, while we picked the full day tour. Pros: we were the only ones, Zara, guide/driver, gave us the option of skipping the perfume factory, which was definitely a good decision based on some of the reviews posted on the site. This gave us more time at the various stops. Zara was more of a driver than a tour guide. She did explain about the places on our drive.. however, we would have really preferred a guided tour. For example, she quickly told us what to do when she dropped us off at the Manoco palace. She told us that the time of the changing of the guards however, neglected to say if we actually want to see it we would need to get there at least 20min prior otherwise due to the crowds you wouldn't be able to see anything. Also, she should have said it's not special. We saw a glimpse of it and left before the ceremony was over. We also asked her for a specific lunch recommendation. She wouldn't give us one.. kept saying well it depends what you like.. I'm a vegetarian. I said we like fish and would like to try local food. She told us to go to Freddy's which was the biggest tourist trap and was more like a burger place/catch all offering unrealistic number of food options. By that I mean you knew the food was unlikely to be fresh, authentic, or good. So we walked around until we found this sandwich/salad stand. We saw that there were French people waiting in line and figured it couldn't be bad. For 9 euros we each got salads w/ chicken/egg, drink, and fresh fruit cup. It wasn't the most amazing salad, but acceptable. Then when we only had 15min left I discovered the gardens which the tour guide neglected to mention or perhaps mentioned so fast in her 1 min explaination of what to do before dropping us off that I didn't remember. I was so disappointed we didn't spend more time there.. as they offered fantastic views of Monaco. Also, she never once would mentioned where the restrooms where at the various stops unless I remembered to ask her prior to getting off the van. This may seem like a small thing... but the best tours we were on during this cruise the guides would go out of their way to tell us where the restrooms where, whether you had to pay or not or to buy a drink then they would be free and also where the cheapest water is. She did none of that. So when we got back on the van and I mentioned how I wished I knew about the gardens she became super defensive first by saying she did tell us and also that most tourists don't care about the gardens.. I also said i wish i had known about the crowd for the changing of the guard.. and she ignored my comment. Plus, She talked a TON, it was very hard to get a word in.. at times she kept repeating herself. At one point, I had to put on my sunglasses to take a nap. I can't say that everything she said was interesting. Lastly, we visited St. Paul, where the art galleries where and we specifically asked her for a recommendation of a gallery where we could buy a piece of art for 30-60 euros. Again, she seemed appalled at our question because how could she recommend a gallery when people have such different taste in art. So then I proceeded to give her examples of the art I like... Picasso, Dali, modern art, etc. She still wouldn't give us a recommendation. We only had about 1 hour there and wanted to make sure we walked to the view point to take pics. There were so many galleries that it would have been impossible to stop and make an unrushed purchase. So in the end, we didn't buy anything because of the lack of time and suggestions from Zara. All in all, she did the bare minimum of her job. She was more of a driver than a tour guide. At times she came off very pretentious i.e. The food and gallery examples. We did leave her a tip because it would feel rude not to, but she definitely didn't deserve it. Again, I comparaed her to the guides we had in Florence and Barcelona who went above and beyond. They were so friendly and provided incredible customer service.
This excursion is basically renting...
James S
, Aug. 2017
This excursion is basically renting a driver for the day. Our tour guide couldn't answer most questions we asked and pretty much just dropped us off at different spots and said he would come back in an hour.
1 traveller found this review helpful

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