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“A Great Destination And Yes Marvelous Train Trip”

Train des Merveilles
Ranked #36 of 223 things to do in Nice
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

The train is very modern. The route is an engineering marvel. The mountains are majestic. The natural petroglyph Museum an educational treat, the town of Tende a living medieval town. A must. Leaves at 9:15 and you are back for dinner In Nice.

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

We took the 9.15 train (the schedule changed - it's 9.15 instead of 9.25 starting with September) because we wanted the guided trip. The explanations were interesting and we were able to spot a lot of things we wouldn't have seen otherwise, such as a small village perched on top of a mountain. The other people on the train were quite rude however - I'm assuming they did not know French and English (or they did not care), so they just spoke louder when the guide's commentary started, to drown her out. If you don't care for the guide, just take a later train...

We stopped in Tende and then took a regular train back to Ventimiglia in Italy, stopped there again, and made our way back to Nice in the evening. The train trip itself, without the stop in Tende, would not be very impressive, but the village is lovely and well worth the 15 EUR.

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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We actually missed the Train des Merveilles which leaves each day from nice station @ 09:23am.
Initially we were disappointed but this meant we had a 2 hr look around central Nice which has really smartened up! We also visited the Francophile Games which were taking place last weekend & were v interesting too !
This meant we took a later train to Tende on the French /italian border 7 what unfolds truly is a marvellous train journey into the French Alps .
Tende itself is a charming winter ski resort that is so pretty & well worth a visit .
On the way the train travels through the villages perche of Sospel & Saorge both of which I had always wanted to visit & will do on the next trip.
The trip really is worth its Merveilles name & is to be highly recommended especially as it is available of a 1 day train pass ' Eur15 (£13 ) from 1st June to 30 th September,

2  Thank Howard67
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

We took the 9.15am train, which is joined by a guide who makes some interesting observations about the places travelled through as well as the railway itself in both English and French. Be careful though if planning to stop off at more than one destination. On the way back from Tende we had planned another stop. However, there were three different versions of reality. The timetable said one thing, the staff at Tende station said another, the electronic signage and the sign on the train yet another thing again. We trusted the electronic signage in the end, which turned out to be correct. However, we didn't trust that we wouldn't be left stranded if we made another stop.

3  Thank davet65
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

We got the 9:15 train from Nice, with the live commentary. No disrespect to the guide - she was well-informed and spoke perfect English - but with hindsight, I would have preferred to take a later train and just relax and enjoy the scenery without all the talking. We took a picnic with us and hiked the Via Ferrata trail in Tende. The views were terrific, but it's a moderately difficult walk and definitely not for the faint-hearted! When we came back down, most of the people who had been on the train with us had already left, so we had the lovely village of Tende practically all to ourselves. We spent a wonderful hour or so exploring all the cobbled alleys and taking loads of photos. We then got back on the train and went to Saorge, spending another two hours roaming around and visiting the monastery - we didn't see any other tourists there either. I preferred both Tende and Saorge over Eze Village, which we visited a few days previous - they were just as charming but without all the tourists and twee shops. It was such a relaxing break from the crowds and traffic noise of the Riviera; I highly recommend it.

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