Port Adventure Review
Scenic French Riviera
When your cruise ship docks along the French Riviera, you have a plethora of exciting options for shore excursions. Beautiful and historic sites are within easy reach: Monaco, Cape Ferrat, Villefranche, Eze Village, Nice. Most cruise ships only dock for one day. It is very difficult to adequately tour everything in the limited time.
We opted for a bus tour, Scenic French Riviera, to see as much as possible. This was an excellent choice. Enjoy our photos and read about details of this port adventure.
The Scenic French Riviera shore excursion is a 4 hour bus tour that covers most of the region. It is also one of the least expensive options offered by Disney Cruise Line at this port. The tour begins in Villefranche in the morning. You are back to the ship in time for lunch; saving money. If you wish, you also have time in the afternoon to explore one of the towns deeper on you own.
A bus awaits just a short walk from the dock in Villefranche. Villefranche is a stunning city with a pastel palette and narrow, winding streets. The bus is comfortable with large windows, offering wonderful views.
Next, you arrive in Monaco. The tour follows part way along the route of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. The iconic sites that you wish to view are covered: casino, palace, tennis center, docks with yachts.
From Monaco, the tour winds further up the mountain to Eze Village. Here, there is a stop in this stunning resort town. With about an hour to shop and tour, it is well timed for a good leg stretch. Read about this town by clicking here.
Boarding the bus again, you then wind down the west side of the mountain towards Nice. Unfortunately, the tour does not include Nice. The bus stops at a scenic overlook for about 10 minutes, though. From here, the view of Nice and La Mer de Nice is stunning.
The Scenic French Riviera excursion ends back in Villefranche.
Our Tour Guide
Our tour guide was one the best that we have had. He was charming, pleasant, entertaining, and knowledgable. Even though most of the four hour tour was spent riding in a bus, we were never bored. We were treated to constant commentary with scenic, historical, cultural, and pop-cultural references. Stories of Bono and Elton John, invading Turks, and French, English, and Russian royalty filled our time and brought the scenery to life.
- You see a lot in a short amount of time.
- Wonderful tour guide who keeps your attention.
- One of the less expensive options.
- Comfortable bus.
- Well timed photo stops
- Time to stop in Eze Village
- Back in time for lunch and to further explore on your own.
- Nothing really. I wish that I could have toured Nice, also, but there is a lot to see.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Scenic French Riviera tour. The French Riviera is an amazing place and this shore excursion gives a great overview. We have spent more money on longer tours in which we have seen less and have learned close to nothing. Our tour guide was one of the best and the tour was never boring. The value of this tour will be hard to beat.
When you visit the French Riviera / Cote d’Azur, you will have many options to explore. We highly recommend the Scenic French Riviera bus tour.