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About Toulon

Better known as Frances main naval base than as a cruise port, Toulon has unexpected charm and is all the better for not being a major tourist destination as you can wander through the cobbled streets of its delightful old town untroubled by crowds.
 
Look out for the superb maritime and art museums, the magnificent Romanesque cathedral and Le Marche, where fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables are bought to market every day.    Ship buffs also have the bonus of watching the comings and goings of the French warships around the harbour. The best view of the old town and the harbour is from Mont Faron which overlooks both - take the funicular up from Boulevard LAmiral Vence.

There are some excellent beaches a short drive along the coast or head for the beautiful and often dramatic Provencal countryside or to the French Riviera resorts.

 

Shore excursions in Toulon

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.

Aix En Provence

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Don’t miss a visit to Aix, the city of a thousand fountains will show you one of the ‘jewels’ of Provence.

Upon arrival to Aix-en-Provence, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the old capital. The city prospered under the Romans due to its medicinal springs. The gracious air of Aix today owes much to the nobles who built their fine houses and endowed the city with imposing public buildings from the 16th century onwards. Cours Mirabeau lies at the heart of Aix, aristocratic façades of old mansions line the avenue, with wrought iron balconies and finely carved doorways. Here you can admire some of the finest examples of the ‘healing’ fountains for which Aix is renowned.

Explore the old quarter and the beautiful Saint Sauveur Cathedral, which is exceptionally rich in works of art, and is noted for its Merovingian baptistery and grandiose organ.

Enjoy some free time on your own to discover the city further or indulge yourself in a spot of shopping in one of Aix-en-Provence’s many fabulous boutiques.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Aix-en-Provence takes approximately 1¼ hours each way. Flat comfortable shoes are recommended as the ground can be uneven and cobbled in places. The guided walking tour is approximately 1 hour in duration. Lunch is not included to allow maximum flexibility.

Bandol Beach Break

Activity low

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a day at the seaside in Bandol with this easy transfer service.

Your scenic drive west along the coast will take you to Bandol where the long sandy beach is the main attraction.

Relax on the beach, explore the local shops or enjoy the great choice of bars and restaurants where you can sample the fine local wines, the choice is yours.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please remember to take suncream, a hat and a towel. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Castellet and Coast

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy meandering around the medieval village of Le Castellet and the Provençal port town of Sanary-sur-Mer.

Le Castellet is a superb little village perched on a wooded hill above the vineyards. Its medieval majesty and typical Provençal picturesque setting is sure to enchant you.

Enter Le Castellet by one of the 2 fortified gateways for a guided walking tour through the narrow streets and up to the castle, which is now home to the Town Hall. Upon reaching Trou de Madame, admire the unspoilt views inland towards Ste Baume Mountain and the rolling hills leading to the Mediterranean. Enjoy some free time wandering through the wisteria and bougainvillea lined streets, browsing the craftwork stalls and art galleries or simply sample some home-made ice-cream.

Sanary sur Mer is a lovely 16th century port town in the heart of Provence. This city of light and of contrasts welcomes you with its colourful façades and shaded walkways. The 13th and 14th century Roman Tower to defend the region, while the church bell of Notre Dame de Pitie was rung by a resident hermit to warn of enemy ships. Luckily your cruise ship is not classed as a foe, so you’ll be welcomed to spend time shopping.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are advised that there is approximately 2 hours of walking over some uneven and cobbled terrain and some of the streets are steep. It is advisable to wear comfortable flat shoes.

Castellet and Wine Tasting

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Visit picturesque Castellet to explore this hilltop village before treating your taste buds to a local wine tasting.

Departing Toulon, drive to Le Castellet, a typical Provencal hilltop village, perched on a wooded hill above the vineyards. This remarkable stronghold was formerly owned by the Lords of les Baux, and has well preserved ramparts, a carefully restored 12th century church, and a castle dating back to the 11th century.

Entering by 2 fortified gates, you’ll walk around the narrow streets and up to the Castle, now home to the Town Hall. Discover the St Sauveur Church before joining the ‘Trou de Madame’ from where you will enjoy an attractive view inland towards Ste Baume and the Paul Ricard Race Circuit. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the arts and craft workshops.

Continue onto Domaine de Souviou, a very beautiful Provençal bastide, with its adjacent chapel surrounded by 32 hectares of vineyards producing fine wine and 2500 olive trees producing a rare olive oil.

Taste several wines including AOC Bandol Rosé Red and AOC Côtes de Provence Red, Rosé & White accompanied by olive oil and fougasse (Provençal breads).

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is uneven ground and cobble-stoned streets in Castellet and some steps at the winery.

Highlights of Cassis

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Enjoy a cocktail of contrasts as you mix some city sights with countryside and Cassis.

Sit back and enjoy the scenic views and cliffs of the ‘Massif des Calanques’ as you drive to Cassis, a small town nestled at the base of a medieval castle. The 14th century, privately-owned Chateaux de la Maison des Baux, dominates the harbour.

Cassis is regarded by many as one of the most romantic places on earth. This small fishing village was made famous in the 19th century by the writer, Frédéric Mistral, and became the chosen summer resort for artists such as Derain, Vlaminck, Matisse and Dufy. Don’t miss the chance to explore the tiny streets filled with the aromas of Provence such as herbs, Cassis wines, seafood and warm sea breezes.

Enjoy a short guided stroll, before taking time out to browse the boutiques or relax in one of the many waterfront cafés.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Due to updated traffic regulations in Cassis no large motor coaches are allowed to enter the harbour area. Passengers must be prepared to walk approximately a quarter of a mile to reach Cassis centre. Between 1st May & 30th September, a Little train will be used to transport guests from the coach parking area to Cassis.

 

A selection of cruises to Toulon

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