Villages of the Countryside Full Day Shore Excursion from Nice

Pick up and drop off at Nice or Villefranche Sur Mer Ports of Call

Discover the amazing landscapes, hilltop villages and towns of the French Riviera hinterland

English speaking driver/guide

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Trip Details


€540 total price – From 2 to 7 passengers maximum

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TBC at time of booking; will depend on Cruise Ship arrival time.


Approximately 8 hours

Trip style:

Private full-day shore excursion from Nice or Villefranche Sur Mer
Minimum 2 people, maximum 7
Larger groups please contact us

Meeting point:

Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship in Nice or Villefranche Sur Mer Ports of Call


  • English-speaking qualified guide/driver
  • Travel in recent, fully equipped A/C vehicle
  • Small group option – maximum 7 passengers


  • Entrance fees or tasting fees unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Nice or Villefranche Sur Mer ports of Call to discover the picturesque small villages of the French Riviera countryside.

Pick up at your Cruise Ship

Today, we will come and pick you up at your cruise port in Nice or Villefranche Sur Mer. Meet your English speaking driver tour guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private shore excursion with you. Then board your air-conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the French Riviera Hinterland. Our day trip from Nice or Villefranche has been specially crafted for small groups but we can also cater for larger groups.

Then on to Saint Paul de Vence Village

On this full-day sightseeing tour come and discover the amazing landscapes, hilltop villages, and towns of the French Riviera hinterland. In the morning depart for medieval Saint Paul de Vence, sheltered behind its ramparts and filled with art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. The village of St-Paul dates back to the 11th century and traces of its history still remain much to the delight of its visitors. It is a village well known for its artistic heritage, the beautiful landscapes surrounding St Paul de Vence has inspired many an artist and an enclave of art galleries and museums can be found around the quaint cobbled streets.

Admire the Medieval Village of Gourdon

Then continue your full-day tour to the village of Gourdon that sits on the edge of a Rocky Spur above the River Loup. The village is dotted with tiny shops but is also home to one of the most famous Candy making Factory named Florian. After some time in the village, we will drive along the Loup River through the countryside to discover some places that are a haven of quietness.

End the Day in the village of Tourettes

Our next and final stop will be in Tourettes Sur Loup. Tourettes is one of those picturesque villages that are so unique to France, again set on a rocky hill separating two valleys. As you wander and stroll through the narrow streets of the “village of violets”, you might stop by in one of those tiny fashioned shops that sell unique local arts & crafts that make this part of the hinterland so prized by visitors from all over.

Return to your cruise ship after the visit and this will be the end of our services.

Our Other Shore Excursions

Please note that we organize shore excursions from Nice to all the major sites of the region including the famous promenade des Anglais, the flower market, Cannes film festival experience, the medieval village of Eze, Cap Ferrat and many more. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Good to Know

As we have limited space on board the vehicles we use for this tour, we are sorry, but it is not possible to carry in our vehicles any of the following:

Wheelchairs (including fold up types)
Mobility scooters
Walking frames

English speaking shore excursion. Other languages on request.

  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies
  • Prices are per group
  • Good Walking shoes
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour

The Ophorus Difference

Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)

Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’  Paul C. (UK)

Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

Read more about the Ophorus experience.

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