Nice

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    Beautiful Nice on the Baie des Anges.
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    The daily market at Cours Saleya in Vieux Nice, the perfect place for practising language skills.
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    Port Lympia, Nice.
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    Place Masséna, Nice's largest square.
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    The Musée Matisse is one of many museums in Nice devoted to art.

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Nice is an outstanding city, with an extraordinarily rich cultural and artistic heritage. Perfectly positioned in the Baie des Anges on the shores of the Mediterranean and enjoying a temperate year-round climate, Nice not only offers a wide range of attractions in the city itself, but makes for a convenient base from which to explore the many other delights of Provence and the Côte d’Azur: Monaco, Antibes, Grasse and Vence to name but a few.

With its Italianate-style architecture, the picturesque Old Town is a joy to explore, the pastel façades of the designer boutiques and pavement cafés providing the perfect backdrop to the vibrant colours of the daily flower, fruit and vegetable market on the Cours Saleya. The Promenade des Anglais meanwhile offers the perfect setting for an evening constitutional after a busy day of educational activity.

Given the intense colours and the quality of the light (Nice enjoys twice as much sunshine as Paris), it’s no wonder that so many artists have come to this corner of France. Monet, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso are among just a few who have celebrated its beautiful coastline in unforgettable masterpieces.

With such an impressive artistic heritage, it naturally follows that Nice now boasts a wealth of art museums, making it an ideal, not to mention easily accessible, destination for students of Art & Design and the French language, particularly for seeking a fresh setting in which to practise linguistic skills.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels across this popular region of France. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Nice school trip itinerary and budget.

One such example is the FUAJ (Féderation Unie des Auberges de Jeunesse) Nice “Les Camélias”. Situated in the centre of Nice, this youth hostel offers 4 – 7-bedded rooms, each with private shower/wc, in addition to Wi-Fi, a café/bar, veranda and garden. Breakfast is available.

Nice School Trip – Subject Suitability

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Visits and excursions are entirely your choice, but here is a suggestion for a Nice school trip:

Day 1 – Depart the UK this morning, arriving in Nice in the early afternoon. Later on, enjoy a walking tour of the city, taking in the Old Town, the Promenade des Anglais and the port.

Day 2 – Choose from a wide range of activities for your first full day in Nice. Options in Nice itself could include a trip to the daily flower, fruit and vegetable market on the Cours Saleya, a visit to a sweet maker, or a trip to one of Nice’s many museums: the Musée National Marc Chagall and the Musée Matisse make an excellent combination.

Day 3 – Spend another day exploring Nice or alternatively enjoy an excursion to one of the many beautiful and interesting towns and villages both on the coast and further inland.

For those interested in art, take a trip to Antibes and visit the Picasso Museum, to the Musée National Fernand Léger in Biot, to Renoir’s house in Cagnes-sur-Mer or to the lovely village of St Paul de Vence, a favourite haven of the artists.

Alternatively, head to Grasse, famed for its perfume heritage, for a visit to the Musée Fragonard. The hilltop medieval village of Èze is also another possibility for not only is it home to the Fragonard perfume and Galimard soap factories, it also offers some memorable vistas over the Mediterranean and Côte d’Azur.

Monaco is another popular option too, particularly a visit to the Prince’s Palace and vintage car collection.

Day 4 – A morning at leisure for final shopping and sightseeing opportunities before heading back to the airport to commence your homebound journey.

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais.
  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Paris.

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Popular Visits & Excursions

Nice

Vieux Nice – Nestling in the shadows of the hilltop Château, Nice’s atmospheric Old Town is fun to explore, with tiny alleyways packed full of boutiques, food shops, cafés and restaurants. Providing the backbone to Vieux Nice is the Cours Saleya, a bustling pedestrian thoroughfare and the vibrant setting for the city’s renowned flower, fruit and vegetable market (flea market on a Monday).
Place Masséna – The largest square in Nice’s Old Town and renowned for its striking Neoclassical architecture. Centre point of the city, the Place Masséna is a vast and incredibly grand square, lined by beautiful, Italian-style buildings. It’s the setting for many of the city’s main events including carnival and the Christmas market, and plays host to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC).
Promenade des Anglais – Running the length of the Baie des Anges, the 4km-long, palm tree-lined Promenade des Anglais is named after the Englishman who funded the transformation of Nice’s shoreline into a picturesque seafront boulevard.
Parc du Château – Climb Castle Hill above Vieux Nice to see the ruins of this former medieval stronghold, dating back to the 12th century. Great views, too.
Port Lympia – Separated from Vieux Nice by the hilltop Château, Nice’s Port Lympia dates back to the 1600s Today, the port plays host to a mix of sailing vessels, all set against the backdrop of Venetian-style houses that line the waterfront. An amble along the quayside offers yet another picturesque view of Nice.
Massena Palace Museum of Art and History – Occupying a stunning Belle Époque building on the Promenade des Anglais, this museum dedicated to the history of Nice and the Riviera.
Musée des Beaux-Arts – Set in a lavish Italianate villa built originally for a Russian princess, the museum’s collection contains a wealth of fabulous artworks including sculptures by Rodin and Dégas, paintings by Monet, Sisley, Fragonard and Dufy and Belle Époque posters by Jules Chéret.
Musée National Marc Chagall – Perhaps best known for its series of 17 paintings illustrating the biblical message, the Musée National Marc Chagall contains an impressive collection of works by this celebrated artist, making it one of the largest ensembles of Chagall’s work worldwide. You’ll find the museum in Cimiez, a 20-minute walk from the city centre.
Musée Matisse – Also situated in Cimiez, this museum showcases the work of Matisse who lived in the city from 1917 until his death in 1954. Representing every medium in which Matisse worked, the collection contains paintings, engravings, gouaches, cut outs and book illustrations and makes for a fascinating insight into his artistic career.
Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain – Better known by its acronym, MAMAC, this museum is a must for those interested in modern and contemporary art. Pop Art and Realism are two specialities, with works by Andy Warhol and Yves Klein, amongst many others.
Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques – Set in a building designed by the Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange, the Asian Arts Museum provides a comprehensive overview of art originating from Asia, India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan.

 
Musée National du Sport – A certified Museum of France, the National Museum of Sport holds one of the most important sporting collections in the world.
Sweet maker visit – Take a tour of a traditional confiserie workshop and enjoy a tasting.
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicolas – One of Nice’s most popular attractions and a National Monument, this is the largest Russian Orthodox place of worship outside the administrative and political confines of Russia.

Elsewhere

Antibes – Head along the Côte d’Azur to the lovely town of Antibes for a visit to the Musée National Pablo Picasso.
Cagnes-sur-Mer – Situated between Nice and Antibes on the Côte d’Azur, Cagnes-sur-Mer plays host to, amongst other attractions, the Musée Renoir, formerly the renowned painter’s home and studio for the last 12 years of his life and today a museum, containing paintings, sculptures and furniture.
Vallauris – West of Antibes, Vallauris was the home of Picasso between 1948 and 1955 and it was here where he discovered ceramics, producing over 4000 ceramic works at his Fournas workshop. Today, the Musée National Picasso ‘La Guerre et la Paix’, a disused 12th-century chapel, is the setting for Picasso’s War and Peace fresco cycle.
Biot – Famous for its associations with pottery and glassware, this hilltop village is the setting for the Musée National Fernand Léger, a renowned French modernist painter, sculptor and hugely influential in the Pop Art movement.
Vence – Another beautiful medieval village, its star attraction being the Chapelle de Rosaire, for which Matisse produced the stained-glass windows.
St Paul de Vence – Described as an open-air gallery, St Paul de Vence is an artists’ haven. The Fondation Maeght, a modern and contemporary art museum, is well worth a visit, for it displays works by Chagall, Braque, Giacometti, Miró and more.
Grasse – Situated to the north of Nice, Grasse has been renowned as a centre for perfume since the 16th century with no less than 30 parfumiers still producing scents in the town. Take a factory tour or visit the famous Fragonard Museum, or the International Museum of Perfume.
Èze – A stunning medieval clifftop village, visit the Jardin Éxotique cactus garden, the Galimard soap factory or the Fragonard perfume factory, both situated here.
Monaco – With its origins in the 12th century, Monaco is divided into four distinct districts of which Monte-Carlo, Monaco’s most exclusive quartier, is one. Medieval Monaco-Ville is another, and this is where you’ll find the Palais Princier, overlooking the Port and Monte-Carlo. Here, you can visit the beautiful State Apartments or just enjoy the daily changing of the guard. Other options for Monaco include the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium, the Museum of Stamps and Coins, and Prince Rainier’s private collection of over 100 classic cars.

Nice school trip images courtesy of W.M. Connolley, J. Kelagopian, A. Issock, VDN.