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Area Tours

Exploring the area with a trained tour guide, with them at the wheel, is a great way to learn about the area.

Overview of Some Tour Options

South of France Travel – SOFT

SOFT is a local tour agency based in Villefranche. It is owned by two young men who speak excellent English and offer superb tours. We have taken all of them and every time I’ve learned so much. I thought I knew a lot already about the area and the places we visited but I really learned a lot more and so really enjoyed the experiences. The tours are mostly all one full day (9 hours) with a great lunch stop. There are one or two half-day tours as well (4 hours). They have an excellent van (AC or heat, individually controlled) that can hold up to 8 people, although we think it is ideal with 4-6 people.

The price for a full-day tour is 600 euro, and for a half-day tour is 300 euro. They offer seven tours, or can customize a tour for you. I did a custom one with my nieces that was “sporty” and was a canyoning tour (great for families or sporty people but kids from around 8 years old and older will love it). Their website gives a brief description of the tours, or you can email or call them directly. They are very helpful and we highly recommend them. Their tours are excellent value and they are really enjoyable people to spend the day with. Plus, you will learn so much about the area that you could not easily do on your own. They are not just drivers, they are properly trained guides of the area.

France Azur Excursions

This is another local tour agency based on the border of Nice and Villefranche (at the Col of Villefranche). Fouad Zarrou is the owner of this wonderful boutique tour company. He speaks fluent English, French, Arabic and Spanish and is a passionate culture and sports enthusiast. He has a number of different tours, and a wonderful van. You can take one of his standard tours, or he can customize a tour for your specific interests. We highly recommend Fouad’s tours.

Nice by Heart – Tours of the City of Nice

Celine O’Donnell is such a knowledgable and charming person and loves her city of Nice. If you really want to learn about Nice and all of its beauty, charm and fabulous little tucked away places, you’ll want to go on a tour with Celine. She is lovely, and we highly recommend her tours.