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About St. Raphael

One of the most exclusive of all the ritzy French Riviera resorts, St Raphael has a smart beach and even smarter shops and restaurants along its promenade below the 1,500ft Massif de l'Esterel. It also has an unusual museum of underwater archaeology but, for historical sightseeing, nearby Frejus is more rewarding.

In fact, so close have they spread that it is difficult to see where St Raphael ends and Frejus starts except that the best Roman ruins - an amphitheatre, aqueduct, and smaller theatre - are in its upper, older quarter (Frejus Ville) a mile from the seafront (Frejus Plage), also in Frejus Ville is a 12th century Gothic cathedral built on the site of a Roman temple and next to a 5th century Baptistry.  It also has its own excellent - if more conventional - archaeological museum.

The famous Corniche runs along above St Raphael and the swish French Riviera resorts (St Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Antibes) aren't very far away.

 

Shore excursions in St. Raphael

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.

Cannes and St Paul de Vence

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8½ hours

An ideal opportunity to discover the famous resort of Cannes and capture the beauty of St Paul de Vence.

From St Raphael, you’ll head along the famous Golden Corniche road to the glittering enclave of Cannes. You’ll enjoy a brief walking tour along the elegant La Croisette to admire the famous hotels, the old quarter of Le Suquet and browse the shops of the Rue d'Antibes.

Leaving Cannes, you’ll cross the Loup River Canyon en-route to the beautiful town of St Paul de Vence. During your journey you’ll enjoy a stop at a local restaurant where you will be served a delicious French-style lunch.

Afterwards, you’ll continue to St Paul de Vence, which is certainly one of the most beautiful villages in Provence and has retained much of its original character. Follow your guide, as you take a stroll through the narrow, cobble-stoned lanes, exploring the wonderful boutiques and galleries. This is the perfect location to shop for something special or just relax and watch the world go by, before the return drive to St Raphael.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking over some uneven cobble stone surfaces and inclines. There is an uphill walk from the coach park in St Paul de Vence, which takes approximately 15 minutes each way. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The outward journey to Cannes takes approximately 2 hours. The return journey takes around 1 hour and is via the motorway.

Leisurely Cannes

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Capture the beautiful scenery of the French Riviera and enjoy a visit to the renowned resort of Cannes.

Your journey will take you on a leisurely drive along the Esterel cliff road, known as the Golden Corniche, one of the most beautiful parts of the French Riviera. The rugged beauty and vivid colour can be clearly seen in the red tints of the Cap Roux range - the fiery red colour in striking contrast with the azure blue of the sea. You’ll pass by small coves, beaches and villages along the way, before arriving into the popular, cosmopolitan resort of Cannes.

You’ll head along La Croisette, the famous palm-fringed boulevard; that curves around the bay and is edged with flowered gardens and lawns. Upon arrival into the centre of Cannes, you’ll have a short guided walking tour before some free time to explore at your own leisure. Perhaps enjoy a stroll along the famous promenade and view the luxury yachts in the old port, or view the exterior of the famous Festival Palace, built in 1982, and venue of the annual Cannes Film Festival. Nearby, in the Allée des Stars are handprints of many famous celebrities. You may choose to browse the designer shops or simply relax in a local café and enjoy the ambiance.

Afterwards, re-board your coach for the return drive to St Raphael.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The majority of sightseeing on this tour is from the coach. The free time spent in Cannes is not guided and walking is at passengers’ discretion. The outward journey to Cannes takes approximately 2 hours. The return journey takes around 1 hour and is via the motorway. Passengers are advised to purchase a drink from one of the local cafés in order to use toilet facilities.

Monaco and Monte Carlo On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

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

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

Your first stop will be the Rock of Monaco where you will have around 2 hours free time to visit the Oceanographic Museum, Prince’s Palace, Cathedral or just wander the pretty streets and soak up the atmosphere.

On arrival in Monte Carlo, you’ll drive along part of the Grand Prix Circuit en route to the coach drop-off point to have around another 2 hours free time. You’ll be given a local map to help you plan your time.

Monte Carlo has plenty to see and do, enjoy a spot of shopping along the Place du Casino, admire the fabulous yachts in the harbour or perhaps have a flutter at the Casino. See the Hotel de Paris or perhaps people-watch from the famous Café de Paris.

Whatever you choose to do, your time in Monaco and Monte Carlo is sure to be memorable.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is un-guided. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, therefore please listen carefully for the pick-up time and meeting point for your coach. There are 80 steps to reach Casino Square. Walking is at passengers’ discretion. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended. Entrance fees are not included. You must be over 18 years of age to enter the Casino, passports and proper attire are required. The Casino opening time is generally 2.00pm, however this is subject to change without notice.

St Tropez and Port Grimaud On Your Own

Activity mediumShoppingFamily

Duration: 7½ hours

Spend the day independently exploring 2 of the most stylish resorts on the Côte d’Azur.

Enjoy a scenic coach ride from St Raphael to St Tropez. On arrival you will receive a local map to help plan your free time exploring this charming village.

St Tropez’s original attraction was based on the beauty of the dusky pink and ochre houses and its position on the southern curve of a large, sheltered gulf. Many of these original, colourful houses have now been converted into cafés, pastry shops, restaurants, luxury boutiques and antique shops.

Take the opportunity to stroll through the old town, shop for souvenirs and keepsakes, admire the luxury yachts in the harbour, or simply sit back and relax in one of the waterside cafés and watch the world go by.

Re-board your coach and continue your journey on to Port Grimaud, an architect-designed waterfront village that stretches over 7 km of canals.

Spend your free time here as you wish, whether it be enjoying lunch in one of the waterfront restaurants before exploring the village, or taking a leisurely boat cruise with the "Coches d'eau", soaking up the atmosphere of the “Venice of Provence” (at your own expense, not included).

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is un-guided. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, therefore please listen carefully for the pick-up time and meeting point for your coach. Entrance fees, boat cruise tickets and lunch are not included. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Stylish St Tropez

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy a visit to the stylish resort of St Tropez, situated in one of the most beautiful bays of the Côte d’Azur.

You’ll be transferred to and from St Tropez by local boat sailing in a westerly direction along the pretty Riviera coastline. During the 50-minute journey, the coastline is never far away. In the distance, you’ll see a succession of coves, small beaches and villages, including Port Frejus, Ste Maxime and Port Grimaud.

St Tropez’s original attraction was based on the beauty of the dusky pink and ochre houses and its position on the southern curve of a large, sheltered gulf. Upon arrival in St Tropez, take a guided walking tour of the old town before enjoying some free time to explore the stylish resort. Take the opportunity to shop, people watch from a waterside café or gaze in awe at the luxury yachts in the harbour. Stroll along the waterfront and neighbouring streets, where you’ll see that many of the original pink and yellow houses of the old town have now been converted into cafés, pastry shops, restaurants, luxury boutiques and antique shops.

After your visit, you’ll rejoin your boat transfer at the given time and designated meeting point, for the journey back to St Raphael.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat coach and on foot. The boat has 2 decks with seating both inside and outside. The boat is not exclusive to P&O Cruises passengers. There are many cobblestoned and uneven surfaces in St Tropez, therefore flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The amount of walking is at passengers’ discretion. There will be a 10 minute walk to reach the boat in St Raphael, and a 15 minute walk from the pier to reach St Tropez town.

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