Cannes tours and excursions

Cannes tours

Driving tours

Clearly signposted information points along the Route Napoléon recount the progress of Napoleon after his escape from the Isle of Elba. The Action Nationale des Elus pour la Route Napoléon provides further information.

Train tours

Les Petit Train du Cinema depart regularly from the tourist office. One heads for Le Suquet (Old Town), the other for La Croisette. Both trips last 40 minutes and include a multilingual commentary. Private hire is also available.

Telephone: (06) 2261 2576.
Walking tours

A guided two-hour walking tour departs every Wednesday at 1430 from the Tourist Information Office. This takes in the Old Town (Suquet), the old port, the rue d'Antibes and La Croisette. The most rewarding nature trails are to be found on the Lérins Islands. In the summer season the Office National des Forêts, offers guided tours to the Il Ste Marguerite. Outside of these times, visitors can follow the signposted botanical trail.

Telephone: (04) 9339 2453.

Excursions from Cannes

Grasse

The world capital of the perfume industry for over three centuries, Grasse is situated just 16km (10 miles) from Cannes. Four of its 300 perfume factories and the Musée International de la Parfumerie, 8 place du Cours, are open to the public. August brings the Fête du Jasmin, with a carnival atmosphere and floats of flowers.

Other attractions include the fascinating Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence, 2 rue Mirabeau, Amiral de Grasse Museum and the 12th- century cathedral, which contains three Rubens.

Rapide-Côte d'Azur buses to Grasse depart from the Cannes train station.

For further information, visit the Grasse Tourist Office, cours Honoré-Cresp.

Telephone: (04) 9336 6666.
Monaco

A little further east, 39km (24 miles) from Cannes and still less than an hour away by train, is the moneyed principality of Monaco. A spin on the roulette wheel at the casino is a bank-busting optional extra, while a cheaper attraction is the waterfront public swimming pool, which becomes an ice-skating rink in winter.

 

Nice

Just 32km (20 miles) east along the coast, Nice is a museum mecca. The Musée Matisse, 164 avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, displays a rich collection of paintings and sculptures in the artist's former home. The Musée National Message Biblique, avenue du Dr Ménard, houses the enormous dreamscapes of Marc Chagall. The prestigious Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC), promenade des Arts, displays French and American works from the 1960s to the present day.
 

Telephone: 0892 707 407.
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