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About Villefranche-sur-Mer

The steeply terraced streets of this pretty centuries-old fishing village set against a densely wooded backdrop create a delightfully timeless picture. Despite its increasing popularity with tourists, Villefranche remains a small, relatively uncrowded resort with plenty of Gallic charm.

The centre is just behind Villefranche cruise terminal, across the road and up a series of steps.  Along a maze of narrow cobbled streets, you will find chic boutiques and a choice of both cheap and expensive cafés and restaurants. Alternatively, walk along the seafront to a long narrow beach which curls around the bay. Up some steps is the way to the neighbouring, almost Victorian-style resort of Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Villefranche is a convenient base from which to explore the French Riviera and Cote dAzur and the medieval villages of Eze and St Paul-de-Vence.

 

Shore excursions in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Monaco and Monte Carlo On Your Own

Activity mediumShoppingFamily

Duration: 5 hours

Discover the opulent Prince’s Palace, exquisite gardens, exclusive shops and casinos or simply relax and absorb the atmosphere.

This tour is un-guided, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy Monaco at your own pace.

You’ll be given a map of the Principality of Monaco. Attractions you may like to visit in Monaco are the Prince's Palace, the Palace Square, the Oceanographic Museum, Aquarium or Monaco Cathedral - the choice is entirely yours. Your escort will advise you of the meeting point for the bus service between Monaco and Monte Carlo. (Please note there will only be one complimentary departure.)

You’ll have time in Monte Carlo to shop along the Place du Casino, admire the fabulous yachts in the harbour or perhaps have a flutter at the Casino. Attractions worth a visit include the Japanese Garden and the National Museum.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Due to the very hilly nature of Monaco and Monte Carlo, you will be required to negotiate steps and inclined surfaces. There is a considerable walk to and from the bus drop-off points. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Entrance fees are not included.

Monaco Old Town & Scenic Drive

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a scenic drive that captures the beauty of the Riviera, and visit the famous Rock of Monaco.

Your panoramic drive begins as you journey along the Lower Corniche. En route you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a short photo stop. You’ll then arrive at the foot of the Rock of Monaco where you’ll take the elevators or escalators up to the old city.

Follow your guide on a delightful walking tour of Monaco Rock, where the narrow streets of Old Monaco and the Royal Palace cling together on a promontory. You’ll see Prince’s Palace Square and the Cathedral, where Prince Rainier married Grace Kelly and where they are both now laid to rest. During your visit there will also be some free time for shopping.

After your walking tour of the old city, you can relax on the return drive as you head along the Middle Corniche, offering views of St Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu and Villefranche. Passing by Mount Boron, you’ll have wonderful views of the city of Nice and the famous Baie des Anges.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves some walking over uneven ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Traffic can be extremely heavy into Monaco.

River Rafting on the Var

Activity high

Duration: 5 hours

Venture into France’s Sea Alps for an adrenaline pumping, white water rafting adventure down the Var River.

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel by minivan to Puget Theniers deep in the heart of the Alpes Maritimes. You’ll be taken to the banks of the river Var, which flows through the valley and is one of the most stunning white-water rivers in France.
Meet your experienced river guide who will give you a thorough safety briefing before you grab your wetsuit, helmet and lifejacket to begin your river adventure in an inflatable raft.
Spend the next 2 hours whizzing down the river, paddling your way through rocky rapids, past tranquil pools and rushing waterfalls. At the end of your journey you will arrive in Touët sur Var where your transport will be waiting to whisk you back to Villefranche.

Essential information

This tour will operate by minivan and river raft. This trip is not suitable for children under 13 or if you weigh over 17 stone. 2, 4 or 8 seater rafts may be used. Wetsuits are provided.

 

A selection of cruises to Villefranche-sur-Mer

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