We're signed up for the Loire Valley to the South of France tour next spring. The tour ends in Nice on a Friday morning, and we plan to travel to Rome the following Tuesday or Wednesday to enjoy some free time before the Best of South Italy tour starts the following Monday. Yes, we have 10 days between tours!
That leaves us with either 4 or 5 days (and nights) to spend in France. I imagine we will want to spend at least one more night in Nice, but do you have any suggestions for the rest of the time? We love art, history, architecture, food, and most adult beverages (except spirits.) We're not interested in spending time on the beach, or sports, and I find "people watching" to be highly overrated.
We will not have a car, but are comfortable with all forms of public transportation. I speak some French, if that makes a difference to your suggestions. We could stay in Nice and make day trips in the area, or move to another base for part of the time.
Any ideas? Relative ease of getting from wherever we are to Rome will also be a consideration.
Thanks for your help.
Edit to add: If we stay in Nice, does anyone have a hotel recommendation? The tour stays in Mercure Nice Marche Aux Fleurs. Our needs are modest.