You can choose from three available options (more details to appear later):

  • Excursion 1: Coastal Walk St Jean Cap Ferrat (<7 km walk, see the map)

    A hired bus will take us from Park Valrose to St Jean, a lovely village right in the centre of Cap Ferrat. From there we’ll go onto a coastal footpath walk around the peninsula where we’ll see, among others, stunning views across to Nice, lots of beautiful vegetation and an old lighthouse.

    There will not be a hired bus to get back to Nice. Participants can choose from a number options. For example, one can take a public bus or the coastal train back to Nice, stay on the peninsula and enjoy some of the local beaches, or go explore one of the nearby villages of Villefranche-sur-mer or Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

  • Excursion 2: Nice Observatory Visit

    A hired bus will take us to and from the site of the observatory. The 2-hour guided tour, using the forest trails (2 km trail) allows you to appreciate the beauty of the architectural and natural heritage of the Mont-Gros site as well as the exceptional panorama of the Baie des Anges.

    You will discover the history of astronomy in connection with the history of the observatory. You will also learn how gravitational waves were detected, how a planet is formed, and understand the gigantic work of the Gaia satellite, which is currently recording positions of 1 billion stars. (Text taken from

  • Excursion 3: Walked visit accross the Old City of Nice

    You will be given a meeting time and place for the start of the tour, some locals will provide guidance on how to get there from the conference site with the tram, but no bus or other hired transportation is provided.

    The old town (called “la vielle ville” or “vieux Nice” by locals) is strategically placed beneath Colline du Château, which in English means “castle hill”. The old town is formed by a maze of streets and alleys, with many lovely houses, galleries, shops and more. Although it is a popular touristic destination, it is still a home for many local residents.

    During your tour you will learn about the history of the town, about some of the prominant figures who grew up in Nice, as well as, about the history of the local fruit market the Cours Saleya, the baroque cathedral Sainte-Réparate, and more.