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About St. Tropez

When Roger Vadim made 'And God Created Woman' in 1956, it turned both Brigitte Bardot and St Tropez into movie stars. Quite a change for a town which was once a place of Christian pilgrimage.

The first thing you'll see when you arrive is the line-up of expensive mega-yachts double-parked in both old and new harbours. Right behind is the old town, with its jumble of narrow streets crowded with designer boutiques, cafés and restaurants.

It is not pedestrianised but you are still better off on foot as the centre is quite small and that way you will not miss out on the buzz in the streets. Look out for the museum of art (Musee de l'Annonciade) where you can see originals by Matisse, one of the first wave of literati to make St Tropez cool.

 

Shore excursions in St. Tropez

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.

Panorama of the ‘Maures’ Corniche

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Sit back, relax and take in the beautiful countryside views of the ‘Maures Corniche’, from the comfort of your coach.

This panoramic drive takes you along the route known as the ‘Corniche des Maures’. Scenic delights are provided at each twist, turn and bend. ‘Mauro’, the Provençal word applied to dark forests, aptly describes this enchanting wooded mountain range with its shady valleys and wild ravines.

Travel along the coastal road that stretches southwest from La Croix Valmer and Cavalaire towards Le Lavandou. Watch as the stunning views of Massif des Maures unfold before your eyes, the coastline and islands of Porquerolles with their rugged shores, sandy beaches and lush vegetation are just some of the sights that make this area so picturesque.

The name of the resort, Le Lavandou, came from the fragrant lavender fields nearby. Once a fishing village, the town now has an international marina and its neighbouring towns boast fine, sandy beaches. Enjoy some free time here, take a stroll or seek out a handicraft or souvenir in the local shops.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is mainly scenic, with the majority of sightseeing done from the coach. A stop is made in Le Lavandou and walking during this time is at passengers’ discretion. Please note that the roads on this tour are winding and are very steep in some areas.

Port Grimaud and St-Tropez Peninsula

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Combine the dramatic scenery of the St-Tropez peninsular with a visit to the ‘floating village’ of Port Grimaud.

The small town of Port Grimaud looks like a traditional Mediterranean fishing village but it is, in fact, the brainchild of a French architect who wanted to create a car-free town around a man-made lake. Your guide will show you the luxury houses, tiny bridges and interwoven network of canals of Port Grimaud. Afterwards, enjoy some free time, stroll through this lively village, take a peek in the shops, or visit the Romanesque-style church dedicated to St. Francis.

The drive of the St-Tropez Peninsula passes through wooded countryside, covered with pine and oak forests with fine views along the way. You’ll pass by several charming villages such as Gassin, La Croix Valmer and Ramatuelle – where celebrities have holidayed in luxury villas hidden in the hills.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking, including some steps in Port Grimaud. Please note that there is a 5 minute walk from the coach park to Port Grimaud. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Traffic permitting, stops will be made along the St-Tropez peninsula for photos. This tour may operate in reverse order.

See St Tropez

Activity high

Duration: 2¼ hours

Follow in the footsteps of the famous and discover the highlights of this chic resort.

With its small fishing boats and luxury mega yachts, The Old Harbour is the place to ‘see and be seen’. Brigitte Bardot made St-Tropez famous in the 1950’s and, ever since, this glamorous resort has attracted visitors, artists and the elite like a magnet.

In The Old Quarter, discover the Rue de la Ponche leading through the 15th century stone gate tower to a tiny beach. Then there’s the 15th century ruined Jarlier Tower, the Chapelle de la Misericorde and the Place des Herbes, location of the morning market. Best of all are the little cobble-stoned streets with warm pastel-coloured walls, pots of geraniums and glimpses of oleander and bougainvillaea peeking from walled gardens.

Enjoy a breathtaking panorama from the snow-capped Alps to the Maures Mountains and the sea from below the St-Tropez Citadel (entrance not included).

At the end of your walking tour, you may return to the quayside with your guide, or remain in St-Tropez for independent exploration, returning to the quayside at your leisure.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. Leading to the Citadel there is a slight incline and approximately 40 steps. Entrance to the Citadel is not included. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended and it is advisable to take along a bottle of water.

The Twin Villages

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover two delightful Provençal villages, both of differing character, but with equal charm.

Port Grimaud and Grimaud Village are both Provençal villages, but there the similarity ends. Grimaud Village, charming and picturesque, is set in the hills of the Maures and takes you back in time to medieval days. In sharp contrast is Port Grimaud – built only around 35 years ago, it was the brainchild of a French architect, who built a ‘Venetian-style’ village around a lake, complete with canals and bridges.

By way of introduction to Port Grimaud, you’ll be taken on a 20 minute motor-launch ride around the canals of this ‘Little Venice’. From the launch, you’ll see its luxury houses with their Roman tiles, linked by canals and bridges. Afterwards, there’s free time to stroll amidst the tiny squares, alleys and bridges, do a spot of shopping or visit St. Michael’s Romanesque Church.

Named after the Grimaldi family who once owned the village, Grimaud has fine views over the Maures hillsides and St-Tropez Bay. The village clusters around the ruins of its medieval castle and offers a true insight into a typical French ‘hill villlage’, with its old square, boules pitch and chic hotels with their flower-packed gardens.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, motorboat and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours’ walking. In Grimaud many of the streets are steep and linked to one another by steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. There is no commentary on the launch ride. This tour may operate in reverse order.

Village and Vineyard

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the beautiful village of Gassin with a chance to sample some delicious Provençal wine.

A scenic drive through the countryside of Provence will take you to the charming village of Gassin. Upon arrival, join your guide for a walking tour to explore the narrow winding streets. You’ll pass by shuttered pastel-hued buildings which reveal the typical Provençal character of this quaint village. Perched high on a rock, Gassin affords magnificent views of the Gulf of St Tropez.

Afterwards, head to a local family-run winery, to see the generations of wine-making and passion for crafting fine vintages which has been passed on. You’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the varieties, during an informative wine-tasting session.

On the return drive to St Tropez enjoy a final chance to admire the beautiful scenery of this premier wine making region.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours’ walking. The streets in Gassin are fairly steep. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

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