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“first part of train journey is bus replacement”

Train des Merveilles
Ranked #36 of 223 things to do in Nice
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

Also you have to book the bus in advance. There is a free-phone number but no one answers.
I didn't go.

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Reviewed March 28, 2014

28th March 2014. Due to a rock and soil landslide the line is closed from Nice for several stops. We were warned that if we did bypass the fall by bus that the service was limited. They do not know when it will reopen, so let's hope it is before we return to try it out.

11  Thank Ian P
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We went to Nice in Christmas holidays and on Day 4 we took Train des Marveilles for Tende and back.
From Trip advisor, we found that this is a very scenic route and thus went to Tourist office besides Rail station to get all the necessary information.
Train des Merveills means trainof wonders. It has many bridges, tunnels and travel from Nice to Tende through many small villages, mountains and valleys to reach Tende 81 km from Nice at 1800m level approx.
In winter, there are only few trains going to Tende. We took 9-13am train. Tickets were arranged from Nice rail station reservation area and was costing 25 euro per head for return. The person in the counter was very helpful. We selected 9-13am train to Tende which would reach at 11-13am and for return 15-48 pm train from Tende to Nice.
This train had 2 coaches, it was almost empty, and however I heard that it is always full in summer. For us, we took a nice table seat and started enjoying the scenic beauty.
After having few local stop in Nice are (Nice-St Roch)-La Ariane-la Trinite, Drap-Cantaron, it reached Pellion Ste Thecle at 9-36am. Pellion is an n old village and nice hilltop views.
After that the route became really scenic, with a river following us sometimes besides, sometimes below or side. Green trees, off White Mountains and snow covered peak. It went through mediaeval villages like Peille, Sospel to Breil-sur-roya at 10-17am.
From Breil-sur –roya the scenic view was mostly obstructed by tunnels. There are many tunnels from here to Tende so we could not enjoy much.
We also expected lots of snow covered mountains as it was mid-winter but could not see much.
We reached Tende at 11-14am.
Tende is the border of Italy.
We came out of station and found Tourist information office, adjacent to the Museum of Merveilles. From tourist office we took a small but very useful map of Tende attractions with some brief descriptions. Since we had only4 and1/2 hrs time, we started immediately. And walked along the main road (from tourist office go right on that road). The first attraction was St Michael church (5mins walk) which was built prior to 15th century. It is beautiful, however was closed so could not go inside.
The next stop was War Memorial and Avenue 16th Septemeber, which is another ¾ mins from Church.
We walked further for 3-4mins and took the narrow stoned road through the “Gate of Italy” for medieval village of old Tende. This was nice to have a feel of mediaeval village with old tall houses with slanted slated roof on both sides of road, leaving only few feet wide road. We were the only tourists, occasionally finding local people going and saying hello. We had a feeling that we are the owner of this village, so quiet and clam! The narrow road is up and up with snow covered mountain peaks view coming at every moment, very nice and enjoyable walk. We walked for next 30 mins till we reached The Collegiate Church. This is another old Church, built in 15th century. There is a beautiful organ inside.
For your information, there is a nice toilet block near the Church.
Further ahead, we had Chapel of the Annuciation of the white Penitents and Chapel of the Mercy of the Black Penitents.
We went back after seeing the church and took the further up for the hill top for cemetery. It took another 30 mins to come to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of the village, snow covered mountains. The whole area was so quite! At the clock tower, there was a good view over the snow-capped Alps and slated roofs. There are many gravestones which have a history; we found some are 200 years old.
It was already 2 pm, so we went back to the main street again.
All the bars and restaurants are on the main street by the station. We selected a Pizza shop named La Margaria Pizzaria. What a taste! This is the best pizza I ever had! People said that the Cheese of Tende is the most famous and all the good taste and smell is for the cheese.
After that, we went into free museum, opposite the station, is worth a visit to look at the rock carvings. Many of the exhibit boards are in English.
There is a laser operated story teller model in the museum. We had 2 nice stories from him. It was so live that appeared as a living person.
After that we went to station and took 15-48 train to Nice and reached about 6pm.
I must mention one important note to the Traveller. We were based at Nice for seven days and thus were able to take out a day solely for Tende trip. Based on your duration of stay and priority, you may decide whether Tende is a must or go for other attractions.
We followed the following itinerary
Day 1- Went to Eze Village by bus 112. It took 5 hrs, 20 mins each way for journey, 3 hrs at Eze, remaining is waiting time for bus
Day 2-Due to rain, we restricted to local area. We enjoyed old Nice, Flower market, Cathedral Sainte Reparate. In the afternoon we went to Monastery(Monastere de cimiez)/Museum Matisse/Archaeological Museum by taking Bus 17.
Day 3- Took Bus 200 for Cannes for the whole day. Journey time 1.5hrs each way
Day 4-Took Train des Marveilles at 9-13am for Tende and came back at evening. Journey time each way is 2-2.5 hrs.
Day 5-Took Bus 500 for Grasse. It took 1.5hrs to reach. We visited International museum for Perfumery and Franard Museum as we were very much interested in perfume making and purchased a lot.
After finishing Grasse trip we took bus 500 again but this time we got down in midway at 8th May stop and took Bus 400 for Vence.It took 30 mins to reach St Paul de Vence and enjoyed the amazing vence!(please see my detail review under things to do)
Day 6- We went to Monaco for the full day. Bus journey is 45 mins each way. Fantastic day spent!
Day 7- Local nice trip including Colline du Chateau and went back to Londonin the afternoon.

26  Thank DPMALLIC
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

The train departed at 9.13 and it is a long journey. There are a lot of tunnels, and I mean a lot, but when you emerge, the views are spectacular. We have previously done the Train de Pignes, which we also enjoyed. This train is more comfortable and modern. On the journey up, the mist was lying heavily over the river in the valley which the train follows, and on the return a golden glow of late winter sunshine on the peaks.

At Tende we wended our way through the old town and up to the terraced cemetery. Had we the energy, we could have embarked on the via Ferrata .... The old town is like Eze without the clinical tourism. Narrow alleys and steps and we hardly saw a soul.

All the bars and restaurants are on the main street by the station. The museum, opposite the station, is worth a visit to look at the rock carvings. Many of the exhibit boards are in English.

By the time, you have had a wander, a good long lunch and looked at the museum, it is time to return. A very good day out.

7  Thank Katherine C
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We tooked this train almost daily to visit beautiful cities between Nice and Ventimiglie, and also to reach Tende. Do not miss to visit all,spectacular stations starting from Villefranche and ending with Menton.

2  Thank Nadir A
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