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“Disappointing- Not as good as the reviews suggest”
Review of Nice Cycle Tours

Nice Cycle Tours
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$51.55*
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Organic French Wine Discovery and Tasting in Nice
Ranked #1 of 86 Outdoor Activities in Nice
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The best bike and eBike tours in Nice and the French riviera. We offer a fun, eco-friendly way to experience the stunning natural beauty, intriguing historical locations and breathtaking modern sights of Nice and the Riviera. Have a unique holiday experience through the power of the pedal!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I was disappointed with this tour unfortunately as I had high expectations from all the reviews. However, it was very touristy and didn't take you anywhere you couldn't easily go by foot. We wanted to take a tour by bike so that we could go to different areas further afield and see the real Nice. But they only take you round the old town and along the promenade basically. The old town is very crowded and not suitable for bikes amongst all the people in the narrow streets. They do take you up the hill for the great views, but it was slow as most of the group had to push their bikes up which took ages waiting for them. However, if you can't manage the hill there is a lift that takes you up, so you can easily do this by foot with less effort. It was a good introduction to Nice, but nothing we couldn't have done ourselves much cheaper by simply hiring our own bikes and taking a map and good guide book or app.

The guide was knowledgeable although sounded a bit bored and false with an annoying fake smile. The bikes are really small and not suitable for larger people. I've never seen such small wheels on a bike that made it tricky to use. They are fold-up bikes to carry and put in a cupboard or car boot. There are loads and loads of blue bikes that are normal size with comfortable seats and basket in front for hire around the city ideal for short trips. We also found a great bike hire shop that had much nicer bikes that we could take much further away to see more of the city. I understand that most people don't like going on roads but we are experienced bikers and didn't have any problems than any other city we've been too. So this tour is probably more suitable if you're with your granny and/or inexperienced bikers.

I was surprised that no one else writes more balanced reviews here, but found out why, as they make a big thing about trip advisor and offer a money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. Although I did consider getting my money back and a free tour, I don't really think this is fair for other trip advisor users. It's a cunning way to not get negative reviews, but if we would have read more honest reviews here then we would have just hired our own bikes from the start and given this tour a miss as it just wasn't for us. It's ok if you don't have much time I suppose and aren't used to riding bikes, but for us, we felt it was like being on a school trip.

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ThelmaNiceCycleTours, Owner at Nice Cycle Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2013

Thank you for your feedback. We are disappointed that you did not enjoy the tour. We work hard to ensure our tours are relaxed, fun and informative. We aim for people to see the best of Nice, to hear our favourite stories of Nice and get a good feel for the city whilst on holiday.

Like our website clearly states, for safety our tours are mostly off main roads, so that everyone in good health can enjoy them. So yes we have guests from 7 to 77.

Customer Satisfaction is of utmost importance for us, that is the only reason we offer the money-back guarantee; If our guests are not happy they would leave reviews regardless. To date, not one person has asked for their money back and we pride ourselves with that fact.

We would be more than happy to refund you.

Kind regards,
The Nice Cycle Tours team

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We also had Gustavo as our guide and I agree with the other reviewers that he was excellent. Extremely personable and knowledgeable about the area and its history. My wife and I really enjoyed the bike tour, and the exercise going up the hill at the end probably helped burn off at least 1/2 of one dessert consumed during our stay. Tour was the perfect length, never boring, and overall a lot of fun. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We just returned to the US from our French Riviera trip. Our Nice Cycle Tour was done on the morning of our first full day and provided an excellent introduction to the city, its history and significant attractions. The ride up Castle Hill to a beautiful view of the coastline was an wonderful way to end the trip. We would recommend this to everyone. It is a husband/wife team and they also provide a wonderful Food Tour which we took advantage of. It too was a great introduction to the cuisine of the French Riviera. Don't eat too much breakfast as the amount of food (and wine) is more than sufficient.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We had the most wonderful bike ride through the streets of nice with Gustave. We learned more about the history of nice in a couple of hours than our history teachers taught us in school.. Amazing presentation...wonderful bike ride...the highlight of the ride was our climb to the top of the hill and the views were magnificent...after the tour Gustave recommended lunch around the corner from the bike shop...and it was the best meal we have had in France...
Thanks again for a wonderful day.
Richie and Barbara
Boston, ma. USA

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

If you are visiting Nice for the first time like we were and want to get a feel for the area, this is a MUST DO on your first morning. Al, the owner, took us all around Old (and some new) Nice filling us in on the well-known and little known history, the best dining, best activities, etc. The pace was casual and the bikes easy to ride and maneuver. We are English-only Speakers (slight embarrassment) and Al's British dialect and humor were much appreciated. No matter what kind of shape you are in, as long as you can ride a bike, you can do this tour. There is an uphill ride to the top of Castle Hill, but no worries. If you can't make it, just get off and walk, you won't be left behind. It's worth it.

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