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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.

Easy Nice and Free Time

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the highlights of wonderful Nice and spend some time browsing the colourful market stalls of the Old Town.

Take in the sights of the famous Riviera town of Nice during your panoramic drive along the Promenade des Anglais, which sweeps around the Bay of Angels towards Antibes. Your panoramic tour also includes sights such as the famous Regina Hotel and Cimiez Hill.

The Old Town and market area is full of atmosphere; a network of twisting, narrow lanes and steps, where you’ll find tall houses with pastel-coloured façades, shops and restaurants. A flower market is held in the Cours Saleya. After a short guided walk, you’ll have free time to browse at leisure, admiring the colourful produce and specialities of Provence. Local honey, olive oils, fruits, handicrafts and souvenirs are all beautifully displayed, giving you an ideal opportunity to purchase a memento of your visit or the perfect gift for someone at home.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves 30 minutes of guided walking. The level of walking during free time is at passengers’ discretion. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach and negotiate the slightly steep incline in order to reach the excursion coaches. On Mondays the flower market is replaced with a flea market. The walk from the coach parking to the Old Town is approximately 15 minutes.

Introduction to Cannes and Nice

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 8 hours

A great way to see two cities in one day. Discover Nice, capital of the Côte d’Azur, and spend the day in the glittering resort of Cannes.

Enjoy a leisurely drive through the town of Nice, known as the ‘Queen of the Riviera’. See the elegant Promenade des Anglais, the grand Hotel Negresco and the superb seafront. In the Old Town you can take a stroll through the colourful flower market. Your guide will take you on a brief introductory walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Alternatively, enjoy some free time to shop, take a break in a café or explore at your own pace.

Next you’ll take the motorway to the glamorous resort of Cannes. On a clear day you may catch a glimpse of the Alps, which provide a stunning backdrop to the Côte d’Azur. In Cannes you can walk with the smart set along the elegant Promenade de La Croisette, browse the designer boutiques, see the famous Film Festival building, or just ‘people watch’ as you enjoy your free time in this glitzy resort. Your guide will provide a map of Cannes so you can make the most of your time here.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves some walking over relatively flat ground. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.


Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 7½ hours

Sinister sharks, mighty killer whales, playful penguins, see the sea’s amazing creatures at the largest marine park in Europe.

Discover killer whales, sharks, dolphins and sea lions and a myriad of multi-coloured tropical fish. You’ll find everything you need in Marineland for a fascinating discovery of the depths of the sea. Located on the outskirts of Antibes, Marineland has a jellyfish aquarium, a penguin pool, a stingray enclosure and a maritime museum. A glass viewing tunnel cuts through the huge shark tank, allowing you to enjoy an underwater experience of the creatures swimming around you. Throughout the day there are various shows with dolphins, whales and sea lions. With lots to do for all age groups, it's a great day out for the whole family.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time to Marineland is approximately 1 hour each way. The time spent at Marineland is independent. The level of walking is at passengers’ discretion. It is recommended that you check particulars of show times on arrival to avoid disappointment. Attractions are subject to closure without notice. The park may be busy and the time spent at Marineland may not allow all attractions to be seen.

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, which includes tourist attractions (including opening times and entrance fees). 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 Grand Prix – Grandstand Tickets

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 10¾ hours

Be a part of the excitement, action and drama of the Monaco Grand Prix – one of the world’s greatest sporting experiences.

Experience the rush of the fast lane and soak up the high-speed, intense atmosphere of The Monaco Grand Prix - arguably the most popular and prestigious race on the annual Formula One calendar. Breathe in the intoxicating smell of scorched rubber and feel your own adrenaline pumping as the drama unfolds – each lap demands an unimaginable amount of skill, concentration and nerve as the Formula One stars tackle the tight, winding track towards the ultimate prize.

Your reserved seat will be in Grandstand K3, located opposite the port and between Tabac and the Swimming Pool. From here, you’ll have views of the track and visibility of the large TV screen. The day’s highlights include the Porsche Supercup and Driver’s Parade, culminating in the exhilarating 76th Grand Prix.

Essential information

The booking deadline for the Monaco Grand Prix is 6th January 2018, after this time tickets can only be issued on a request basis subject to availability. Please note that this tour is non-cancellable and in the event you cancel your excursion or cruise this cost will not be refunded.

The tour includes a Grandstand ticket with allocated seating, coach transfer, picnic box and ear plugs. The transfer from Villefranche to Monaco takes around 40 minutes. On arrival in Monaco, a local escort will accompany you on the 1 mile walk through the busy streets to the Grand Prix admission area. The route will have some inclines, steps and escalators. Passengers should be in good physical condition and be prepared for crowds, high levels of noise, heat and dust. There are at least 30 steps to reach the Grandstand. Grandstand seats are plastic, rather basic and the area is not covered, therefore you will be exposed to the elements throughout the day and temperatures may become hot. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable clothing, enclosed walking shoes and bottled water are essential. Please note glass bottles are not permitted in the Grandstand. You may also wish to carry a light rain jacket in case of a shower; umbrellas are not permitted as they may obstruct the view of your fellow spectators. The tour will operate in all weather conditions. Please carry Euros to cover any additional snacks, refreshments and souvenirs. Euro coins are needed for the public restrooms. Race days are targets for pickpockets so please leave any valuables on board the ship. This is a very popular event so traffic delays should be expected.


A selection of cruises to Villefranche-sur-Mer

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