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Mickaël tested the French Riviera Pass

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Mickaël tested the French Riviera Pass (48hrs) for the Mister Riviera travel blog

September 2018


French Riviera Pass 48h

A true "sesame" allowing free access to the main emblematic sites of the city of Nice and the Côte d'Azur, the French Riviera Pass offers a new way to discover our region.

With sixty free activities and as many advantages in partner shops or restaurants, the pass comes in 3 versions (24hrs, 48hrs or 72hrs). It offers its holders the opportunity to discover the 4 corners of the coast in his own way, creating his own travel guide. Transport, guided tours, museums, or excursions aboard a boat, the French Riviera Pass certainly becomes the solution to discover Nice and the Côte d'Azur and show around our friends or family who come to visit us for a week-end, all in a simple, fun and economical way. Mister Riviera tested it over 48hrs and selected for you 5 "favorite" activities among those offered free of charge during the activation of the card.

1. Discover the city of Nice from the open top-deck of a tourist bus

Aboard the famous red double-decker bus "Nice, Le Grand Tour", it is possible to discover the sights of the city with a stop in the places to visit (Matisse Museum, Old Nice, Russian Church, Place Garibaldi, ... ). In addition to its Nice route, the bus also extends its journey between April and October to include 3 stops in Villefranche to discover this beautiful village and its famous bay. With a bus every 30 minutes, it is possible to make unlimited use of the bus to enjoy each stop at your own pace.
More information: Nice, Le Grand Tour. Public rate: 22 € per person, per day / French Riviera Pass rate: free.

2. Admire the coast aboard a boat

How about discovering the azure bay for a mini-cruise? With the French Riviera Pass it is possible to board a boat for a coastal trip from Cape Nice to Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat through the bay of Villefranche ... For about an hour, it is possible to discover from an unprecedented angle the most famous monuments, the hotels located along the Promenade des Anglais and the most luxurious villas of the Côte d'Azur. Important, booking is obligatory so anticipate your excursion so as not to miss it because the show is simply magic.
More information: Trans Côte d’Azur ( Public rate: 18 € per person / French Riviera Pass rate: free.

3. Climb to the top of Castle Hill aboard the 'Little Train'

What would be Nice without its famous "little train"? A must-do for the tourists who wish to go on a fun and tourist ride with an audio-guide ... With a departure every 30 minutes on the Promenade des Anglais (in front of the Théâtre de Verdure), it is a fun opportunity to travel through the Old Town, Place Garibaldi, the Quai des Etats-Unis and climb to the top of Castle Hill where you can take a break of 10 minutes and immortalize this magical view of the whole city of Nice with the traditional photo ...
More information:  Le Petit Train de Nice. Public rate: 10 € per person / French Riviera Pass rate: free

4. A cultural visit of the Museums of Nice

Nice is a cultural city that offers its inhabitants and visitors the most beautiful museums of the Côte d'Azur. The French Riviera Pass offers free access to most of them and allows you to discover (or re-discover) art through a route around the city. Among the most essential: Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, The Museum of Photography Charles Negre, the Archeology Museum of Cimiez, the National Museum of Sport (to be grouped with the visit of the stadium Allianz Riviera), not to mention the famous MAMAC ( Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) located 2 steps from the "Square Head" of Sosno.
More information: Les Musées de Nice. Public rate: around 10 € per person, per Museum / French Riviera Pass rate: free.

5. Spend a "discovery" day in Monaco

Although created by the Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau, the French Riviera Pass takes us to discover what is happening around the capital of the Riviera. In Monaco, this sesame of tourist activities opens free of charge the doors of a large number of activities to be spread over a day like the Exotic Garden and its cave of the Observatory, the exhibitions of the Grimaldi Forum, the New National Museum of Monaco as well that the impressive (and unavoidable) Oceanographic Museum ... Let's take the opportunity to watch the changing of the guard by the "Carabiniers"  every day at 11:55 in front of the Prince's Palace.
More information: Monaco Tourisme. Public rate (Exotic Garden, Grimaldi Forum, New National Museum and Oceanographic Museum: 38 € per person / French Riviera Pass rate: free.

How to get your French Riviera Pass?

The French Riviera Pass includes many other free activities in Nice like the Segway, access to the Phoenix Park, a tasting in a vineyard ... as well as in the surroundings like for example the visit of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild that you have discovered in the one of the first articles of the Mister Riviera blog: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (see the complete list of free activities on the French Riviera Pass website). The French Riviera Pass also brings many benefits and discounts to shops, restaurants and leisure activities on the French Riviera (see the full list of benefits on the French Riviera Pass website). These remain valid one month from the first visit activating the card. Available in three versions of 24 hours, 48 ​​hours or 72 hours, it is priced at € 26, € 38 and € 56 and comes with an 80-page guide translated into four languages: French, English, German and Italian. To get your French Riviera Pass, go to one of the partner sales outlets or directly to the Nice Tourist Office at 5 Promenade des Anglais. You can also get it online at