Nice or in Italian, Nizza or Nizza Marittima, is a city in southern France located on the Mediterranean coast, between Marseille, France, and Genoa, Italy. Nice is a major tourist resort on the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur). It is the old capital city of the County of Nice (Comté de Nice).
Nice has a Mediterranean climate and in the summer when we were there it was hot and dry. Not at all unfamilier to us, since we are from Arizona.
While, it has many tourist aminities, we did not find Nice to be that great of a tourist place and we did not stay. In general it was simply too crowded to be interesting. We prefer the less crowded beaches of Mexico.
Lyon also spelled Lyons, is a city in east-central France in the region of the Rhône-Alpes. Lyon is a major center of business, situated between Paris and Marseille, and has a reputation as the French capital of gastronomy . The residents of the city are called Lyonnais.
Lyon forms the second-largest metropolitan area in France after that of Paris
Lyon is the capital of the Rhône département, and also the capital of the Rhône-Alpes région. The city is known for its many historical and architectural landmarks and it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lyon was historically known as the silk capital of the world. The city is known as the culinary capital of France. It also hosts numerous international headquarters such as Interpol.
The Rhône and Saône rivers that converge to the south of Lyon forming a peninsula.
This tour also went through some of the Tuscany Region of Italy.
The Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions.
Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Tuscany is also known for the dessert wine Vin Santo, made from a variety of the region's grapes. Tuscany has thirty-three Denominazioni di origine controllata (DOC) and nine Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG).
In the 1970s a new class of wines known in the trade as "Super Tuscans" emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations but were considered of high quality and commanded high prices. Many of these wines became cult wines.
If you are a wine connoisseur, then this region is a "must visit!"
We were first there in August of 1999.
Getting to Nice or Lyon:
The most direct way is by air. The Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (French: Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur) (IATA: NCE, ICAO: LFMN) is located 3.2 NM (5.9 km; 3.7 mi) southwest of Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France. The airport is located 7 km (4 mi) west of the city center, and it is the principal port of arrival for passengers to the Côte d'Azur. It is the third most important airport in France after the Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Orly Airport, both in Paris. Due to its proximity to the Principality of Monaco, it also serves as that city-state's airport, with helicopter service linking the city of Monaco and the airport. Some airlines market Monaco as a destination via of the Nice Airport.
There are numerous flights & hotels to the Nice or Lyon area.
There are several Guided Tour Agencies offering standard city, and historical tours of Nice or Lyon and the surrounding area.
After arranging your flight we would suggest getting your hotel and then letting them arrange tours of the area for you. If you call the hotels Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
We do this all the time. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem doing it this way!
We have links to Priceline.com on our page so that you can arrange your flight and hotel in the Nice or Lyon area.
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|The Beach at Nice|
Beautiful Blue Water
|Tuscany Wine Country.|
Grape Vines, Rows And Rows
Higher Mountains In Background
|Tuscany Wine Country.|
Fields Of Sunflowers
For Cooking Oil
|The Rhône is THE Important River!||Our Lunch Stop at Lyon|
If I Could Only Carry A Lamp"
Just Saw A Great
Look At All Those Windows"
Hey, This Motorcycle Looks
As Comfy As Our Coach!"
We May As Well See
The Sights Together
Irena, Our Guide
Joined The Girls
Just The Girls
Daniela Leavitt On The Right