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Top 3 Day Trips from Nice - Itinerary Help, Please!

Top 3 Day Trips from Nice - Itinerary Help, Please!

Feb 23rd, 2010, 02:45 PM
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Great day trip and fantastic scenery as the train climbs the Alps.
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Feb 23rd, 2010, 05:02 PM
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thursdaysd - loved your trip report. How much time did you spend at Ephrussi and Kerylos?
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Feb 23rd, 2010, 05:27 PM
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Thanks kfoster - at least a couple of hours at each, maybe three at Ephrussi - one in the morning, then lunch, then one in the afternoon, followed by Villefranche sur Mer.
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Feb 24th, 2010, 08:11 AM
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Another scenic mountainous train ride goes from Nice to Sospel - an interesting market town near the Italian frontier - if you go into the first Italian station (on this line Nice-Cuneo-Torino) you can then take a scenic train ride plunge back down to the coast near Ventimiglia and return that way.
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Feb 24th, 2010, 08:40 AM
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Feb 24th, 2010, 08:43 AM
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I was surprised that I enjoyed Monaco and Monte Carlo. Super clean, super rich with gorgeous views and lovely buildings.

Eze was interesting and fun climbing to the top from the village.
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Palenque - the hike from Cap D'Ail to Monaco sounds great. We will be on a cruise that arrives into Monaco - will it be easy to find the path for this hike? any landmarks by the yatch harbor we should look for to get us on the path that we want? And I assume we could also take a bus (#100?) from Cap D' Ail on to Nice? Thanks! SueC1
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Feb 25th, 2010, 08:46 AM
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Well yes the path is easy to find - just follow the coast to the west from Monaco's yacht harbor - the path hugs the coast and as i remember you would go round a point before going west - i've only taken the walk from the Cap-d'Ail train station and, going east, you round a point and voila the Yacht harbor and Monte Carlo are in the near distance

Not sure about buses but the Cap-d'Ail train station has trains about twice hourly to Nice. The train station is not in the town - at least there is little around it so i do not know where the buses would run - by the train is a snap. Bring coins as the station may be unstaffed (or buy a Cap-d'Ail to Nice-Ville (main station in Nice) ticket in Monaco's train station ahead of time - and yes cancel the ticket yourself in the composteur machines before boarding the train.
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Feb 25th, 2010, 09:50 AM
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My daughter and I spent three nights in Nice and loved it. Here are my travel notes:

"We arrived in Nice in the early afternoon on Friday, via train from Venice (in early May 2006).

Our Hotel le Grimaldi (http://www.le-grimaldi.com/) was a short cab ride from the train station. It was 10EUR for myself, my daughter, my gargantuan bag, and her two small ones. We were greeted graciously at the hotel, which immediately struck us as a good find.

For our first dinner, I had brought the name of a restaurant I’d found on Travel Talk, and the front desk agreed it was a good one, a local favorite in old Nice. It’s called Acchiardo, at 38 rue Droite in Vieux Nice. We headed over for their opening at 7p.m., and were very happy with it. Really friendly and attentive service, very quaint and casual atmosphere, with a good menu. I had a steak dinner, which actually included vegetables on the side. My daughter had two different salads. We had bottled water and a half-liter of house red wine. When the bill arrived for 28.50EUR, I thought they’d made a mistake because it was so much less than I’d been accustomed to paying in Venice, Florence and Rome. But, no, it was correct. (We would have maybe eaten there another night, but found out it closes on weekend nights, believe it or not.)__

We walked all over old Nice, then through the pedestian area to the promenade and took that way back to the hotel. It’s such a beautiful walk at night. The Chateau hillside is all lit up, the palm trees are lit, and the waves look so pleasant. It was how we ended each of our Nice nights, with that walk back to the hotel. __

The next day we decided to take the short bus ride on the #81, to visit the Villa and Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, near Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. (The bus is just 1.30EUR each direction, which you pay in exact change on the bus.) __

It was a nice visit, especially to see the views of the sea down below on both sides of the hillside. I thought the price was a bit steep, at 9.50EUR for an adult, because the Villa isn’t really all that interesting (sorry!), but the gardens are pretty. There’s also a nice little café there, for a light snack or drink or meal, which was a welcome break from all our walking.

From the Villa, we did the easy walk down to the port of St. Jean to walk around and check it out. There are nice boats in the little harbor, with cute restaurants and shops. It’s very tiny, so doesn’t take long to walk from end to end of St. Jean. We spent just about an hour and a half there, then caught the #81 back to Nice.__

That evening, we returned to old Nice for dinner. We loved that neighborhood’s little streets, overall atmosphere, and cute shops. We found the Restaurant la Tapenada, 6 rue St. Reparate and had a very nice dinner. It was probably about 60EUR for the two of us, on their fixed price menu, with a bottle of house wine. Very nice little place, with friendly and attentive service. They even let my daughter trade her dessert for a salad. So she had two salads to start, one after the other, and they timed the arrival of our main courses perfectly. We were perfectly happy with our meal there.__

The next day we decided we’d stick to the coast and see Antibes, which is a short 20-minute train ride from Nice. We were glad we’d chosen Antibes, as it’s beautiful. The sea wall makes a nice walk, and the Centre Ville is very charming. __

We wandered its streets, shopped in a tiny clothing boutique, found a little place for omelettes (nothing special, but nice enough), then headed back to Nice by train after about 4 hours total. It was a good choice for a quick day-trip.__

That evening we weren’t very hungry, so opted for the simple Pasta Basta, once again in old Nice. It was a nice meal, although not extraordinary. Good prices and decent service.__

All in all, we were very impressed with Nice and the surrounding area. It’s a very pretty city, with a friendly attitude, sitting on a lovely shore. There are many options for things to do near Nice. We’d considered St. Paul de Vence and Digne, but with the beautiful clear weather, we were drawn to stay at the seaside, and were glad we did."
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If you are looking for a nice beach (as opposed to a Nice beach, which is covered in rocks, literally) Cannes is right up the road, and doesn't have to be a separate day trip. There is a free beach at one end, with lovely sand, and affordable food if you avoid the main stip -- just a few blocks back from the beach. And lots of people watching... Cannes is one of my favorite places in the world... I haven't taken the train, but I have taken the bus which was a piece of cake...

Have a great time!

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indianewbie12 - this post is 2 years old. I believe the OP has already taken the trip.
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bookmarked. tnx
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