Explore the unique art heritage of the French Riviera while your ship is in Villefranche on this illuminating half-day shore excursion. Come face-to-face with the fabled biblical-inspired works of Marc Chagall at Nice’s Chagall Museum; admire the vibrant paintings of Henri Matisse at the nearby Matisse Museum, and then travel along the spectacular Middle Corniche coastal road to discover the richly furnished apartments and gardens of the stunning Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.
While your cruise ship is moored in Villefranche, immerse yourself in the rich art heritage of the French Riviera on this fascinating half-day shore excursion.Over the centuries, many artists have been drawn to the French Riviera by its famously clear light, bright colors and azure seas. This has left the town of Nice and its surroundings with more than their fair share of museums and art galleries housing works by some of the world’s best-loved artists, including Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and more.Meet your driver-guide at Villefranche cruise port in your air-conditioned minivan and head straight to the leafy Cimiez neighborhood in Nice to visit your first gallery — the Chagall Museum. Devoted to the works of Modernist Marc Chagall, who combined elements of Expressionism, Symbolism and Cubism in his paintings, the gallery's main draw is his famous collection of biblical paintings. Head inside and discover these intense and thought-provoking works as you listen to interesting commentary on your audio guide.Next, continue to the nearby Matisse Museum on Cimiez Hill. Housed in a distinctive red Genoese villa that dates back to the 17th century, the architecture of this museum is arguably every bit as fascinating as the art it houses. Step inside and let the bright colors that exemplified Henri Matisse’s painting inspire and intrigue you as you wander around and explore independently. Afterward, hop aboard your minivan and enjoy the scenic drive along the famous Middle Corniche coastal road to the peninsula town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Standing on the narrowest part of the peninsula is the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a lavish Italian-style mansion surrounded by approximately 17 acres (7 hectares) of gorgeous gardens. On arrival, explore the ornately furnished apartments of Madame Ephrussi, and go outside to stroll around the magnificent gardens and take in their magical views over the Mediterranean Sea.Your excursion ends when your driver drops you back off at the cruise port.Please note: Your guide will not accompany you inside the museums on this tour.Worry-free Shore ExcursionWe will ensure your timely return to Villefranche cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to your next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.