Toulon, France

Introduction to Toulon, France

On the Provence coast of the Mediterranean lies historic Toulon.

With a beautiful natural harbour and surrounding hills topped by forts, Toulon has long been one of France’s main maritime centres. In the old town, close to the harbour, the Romanesque Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure dates from the 11th and 12th centuries. In front of the town hall and the naval museum, the columns are carved figures of men, known as atlantes or caryatids – it is a style borrowed from Ancient Greece. The naval museum itself is interesting, with models of ships, displays about galley slaves and pirates and equipment ranging from wheels to figureheads. The Toulon Museum has collections of art from the past 500 years.
On Cours Lafayette in the Old Town there is a fabulous open-air market selling fresh fruit, vegetables and charcuterie. It’s open every morning apart from Monday and it’s worth visiting just to savour the smell of fresh herbs and lavender that hangs in the air.
 

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Tour F

BANDOL & SANARY-SUR-MER (TOUR F)

  •  Discover the charming town of Bandol a small resort on a pretty bay, sheltered by high wooded slopes
  •  Explore Sanary-sur-Mer, which will welcome you with its colourful façades, shaded walkways, vineyards and hundred-year-old olive trees

 

Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Discover the charming town of Bandol a small resort on a pretty bay, sheltered by high wooded slopes
  •  Explore Sanary-sur-Mer, which will welcome you with its colourful façades, shaded walkways, vineyards and hundred-year-old olive trees


Enjoy the small resorts towns of Bandol and Sanary-sur-Mer which are reminiscent of the French Riviera of years past.

Arriving in Bandol, enjoy time at leisure to explore the area independently; stroll around the fashionable boutiques or relax and enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the waterfront cafés (your own expense). Next, rejoin your coach and travel on to Sanary-sur-Mer, a 16th century port town in the heart of Provence. During your visit you will see the Roman tower dating from the 13th and 14th centuries, which was used for the defence of the region. Admire the 16th century church bell of Notre Dame de Pitie, which was rung by the resident hermit to warn of enemy ships on the horizon. You will have some free time to enjoy and explore the town at leisure.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN SEASON
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of compulsory walking at Sanary-sur-Mer over cobbled streets. Unfortunately it is not recommended for wheelchair users. For reference there will be free time at Bandol & Sanary-sur-Mer, where walking is at the discretion of the individual.


Tour a

BORMES LES MIMOSAS VILLAGE (TOUR A)

  •  Marvel at some exceptional landscapes overlooking the Mediterranean
  •  Enjoy the drive from Toulon with a wonderful view of the town
  •  Discover Bormes Les Mimosas on foot with a guided walking tour crossing the old streets, typical of a Provencal village


 

Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 3½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Marvel at some exceptional landscapes overlooking the Mediterranean
  •  Enjoy the drive from Toulon with a wonderful view of the town
  •  Discover Bormes Les Mimosas on foot with a guided walking tour crossing the old streets, typical of a Provencal village


Discover the charming village of Bormes Les Mimosas offering you some breathtaking views that shouldn’t be missed.

You will begin with a drive through the “Massif des Maures”, which offers views of the forested ridges and hills stretching from Hyères to Frèjus. Reaching the amphitheatre-shaped village of Mimosa, which is built on the side of a mountain and is known for its abundant flora, enjoy a guided walking tour of the village, including a flower-lined walk around the castle which offers stunning views over Bormes, Cap Bènat and the islands of Port Cros and Le Levant from the terrace. Inspired by the light and exceptional beauty of the area, numerous artists are established in the village, including painters, potters, sculptors & silk Painters. Enjoy time at leisure to visit the many workshops before boarding the coach and returning to the ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There will be a moderate amount of walking with some steep steps throughout the tour.  During the free time, walking is at the discretion of the individual. We unfortunately do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.
 


Tour I

DISCOVER MARSEILLES (TOUR I)

  •  Discover Notre Dame de la Garde, a striking Cathedral considered the guardian of the city
  •  Admire stunning views of Marseille from a higher spot

 

Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  •  Discover Notre Dame de la Garde, a striking Cathedral considered the guardian of the city
  •  Admire stunning views of Marseille from a higher spot


Enjoy a visit to Marseille, taking in some of the City’s most famous sites.

Leaving Toulon you take a drive along the coastal road of Marseille named after John F. Kennedy, which follows the natural coast and affords lovely views of offshore islands dominated by the Marseilles Veyre massif. Passing by the Pharo Park situated on the promontory commanding the harbour entrance, for a photo stop. You will then reach the impressive Notre Dame de la Garde. This striking cathedral stands on the highest point in Marseille which offers stunning views over the whole city. Those who would like to climb the approximate 120 steps will certainly appreciate the 360° panorama view of Marseilles!
 
TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!!

 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There will be a strenuous amount of walking throughout the tour, with some cobblestone terrain and many steps for those wishing to climb to the highest viewpoint in Marseilles. Enjoy a little free time where walking up to each participant’s choice. Unfortunately we do not recommend this tour for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.


Tour H

HIGHLIGHTS AIX EN PROVENCE (TOUR H)

  •  Discover the famous city of Aix en Provence, which retains much of its unique character dating back the 17th and 18th centuries
  •  Enjoy the charm, culture with some time at leisure to explore


 

Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
  •  Discover the famous city of Aix en Provence, which retains much of its unique character dating back the 17th and 18th centuries
  •  Enjoy the charm, culture with some time at leisure to explore


Enjoy a walking tour of Aix en Provence, the old town with time at leisure to explore further.

Enjoy a leisurely drive to Aix en Provence, where you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the city center including the Cours Mirabeau. This beautiful plane tree lined street is world famous and well known for its monumental fountain and popular cafes. You then pass through the Quarter Mazarin, with its unique 17th century chessboard pattern and many aristocratic townhouses with their Baroque facades and beautifully carved wooden doors. Much of the old town, or Vieil Aix, mostly kept for pedestrians only. The labyrinth of narrow streets leads you to the 17th century Town Hall, the Archbishop's Palace, and St. Sauveur Cathedral with its delightful Romanesque cloister. Some free time is scheduled for you to stroll, or perhaps do some shopping. After your visit, return to Toulon and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR CANARIES & MED 2013!!
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There will be a strenuous amount of walking throughout the tour, over cobblestone terrain. Enjoy free time, where the amount of walking undertaken is at the discretion of the individual. Unfortunately we do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.

 


Tour G

HIGHLIGHTS OF TOULON & CASSIS (TOUR G)

  •  Appreciate many of Toulon’s highlights, including the WWII landing memorial and historic old town
  •  Enjoy a beautiful drive along the coast to the fishing village of Cassis
  •  Explore Cassis surrounded by white limestone cliffs, umbrella pines, and vineyards descending directly into the sea


 

Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited Spaces available
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  •  Appreciate many of Toulon’s highlights, including the WWII landing memorial and historic old town
  •  Enjoy a beautiful drive along the coast to the fishing village of Cassis
  •  Explore Cassis surrounded by white limestone cliffs, umbrella pines, and vineyards descending directly into the sea


Take in the highlights of Toulon in addition to Casssis, home to tiny streets filled with the aromas of Provence: herbs, Cassis wines, seafood and the sea.

Travelling out of Toulon, you will discover many of the City’s highlights. Toulon was formally known as “Telo Martius” by its Roman predecessors and suffered extensive damage during World War II – but today the city is bustling and vibrant. Enjoy the scenic views and cliffs of the “massif des Calanques” en route to Cassis, a small town nestled at the base of a medieval castle. The 14th century Chateau 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 Frederic Mistral, and became the chosen summer resort for artists such as Derain, Vlaminck, Matisse and Dufy. Here, a guided stroll before taking time out to browse the boutiques and relax in one of the many waterfront cafes.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!!
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking throughout the tour. Unfortunately it is not recommended for wheelchair users. For reference there will be free time, where walking is at the discretion of the individual.

 


Tour C

PORT GRIMAULD & ST TROPEZ (TOUR C)

  •  Discover Port Grimauld, a beautiful harbour equipped with modern amenities resembling a lovely Mediterranean fishing village
  •  Enjoy a visit to the glamorous seaside town of St Tropez

 

Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 7.5 hours
LimitationLimited to 45 participants
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Discover Port Grimauld, a beautiful harbour equipped with modern amenities resembling a lovely Mediterranean fishing village
  • Enjoy a visit to the glamorous seaside town of St Tropez


Enjoy exploring pretty Port Grimauld and beautiful St. Tropez.

A drive along the Corniche des Maures, a magnificent journey along the wooded coastline that features impressive views and colourful flowers when in season. Arriving in Port Grimauld harbour, which was designed by the famous architect Francois Spoerry, enjoy time to explore the harbour’s interesting shops and scenery independently. Leaving Port Grimauld, travel onto the famous town of St Tropez, for a guided walking tour before being able to explore the narrow streets and picturesque waterfront independently. Admire the old pink and yellow houses, which have been converted into pastry shops, restaurants, galleries and shops. After your time at leisure, board the coach and return to Toulon.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There will be a moderate amount of compulsory walking involved in this tour with some cobblestone and uphill terrain. Enjoy free time in both Port Grimauld and St Tropez where walking is at the discretion of the individual. Unfortunately we do not recommend this tour to0 guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. This tour may operate in a different order to that described. Please note that lunch is not be included in this tour.

 


Tour E

SCENIC DRIVE TO LE LAVANDOU (TOUR E)

  •  Le Lavandou, offers some of the most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera
  •  Admire breathtaking views of the landscape & coastline

 

Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  •  Le Lavandou, offers some of the most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera
  •  Admire breathtaking views of the landscape & coastline


This tour offers a scenic drive taking in some beautiful vistas followed by time at leisure in Le Lavandou, where you can discover what used to be a small fishing port, but is today an international marina.

As you travel to Le Lavandou, you will soon discover the amazing views of the coastal road that stretch southeast from Hyères to Le Lavandou. Admire the Massif des Maures, offering fantastic views of the landscape, coastline and the island of Porquerolles with its rugged shores, fine sandy beaches, and the lush vegetation of this area. Upon arrival in Le Lavandou, you can enjoy time at leisure to explore the area, browse the shops or relax in a nearby café. Following your time in Le Lavandou, travel back to Toulon where you can admire the village of Bormes Les Mimosas, the so-called Provençal crib (no stop will be made).


DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN SEASON
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Walking on this tour will be at the discretion of the individual. Guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users can join the tour provided guests can board the coach unaided. This tour may operate in a different order to that described. For reference, toilet facilities are available in cafés in Le Lavandou, providing a purchase is made.
 


VISTA TOUR

TOULON BAY BY BOAT & NAVAL MUSEUM (TOUR VISTA)

  •  Discover one of the most beautiful bays in Europe.
  •  Visit the Toulon Bay by boat – the only way to get close & admire the National Marine Buildings
  •  Explore the Navel Museum of Toulon and its fascinating exhibitions

 

Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2.75 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
  •  Discover one of the most beautiful bays in Europe.
  •  Visit the Toulon Bay by boat – the only way to get close & admire the National Marine Buildings
  •  Explore the Navel Museum of Toulon and its fascinating exhibitions


During your one hour boat trip, you will see the marine cemetery, last anchorage place for old vessels, the port of La Seyne sur Mer and its old shipyards, the Corniche of Tamaris, the Lazaret Bay & its mussels farms, Les Sablettes, ST Mandrier Peninsula, the jetty which close the bay from the east, and its fortications : Eyguillette, Balaguier, St Louis, Lamalgue, Tour Royale, Cap Brun.

The Toulon coastline is also lined with deep creeks shaded by pines, with turquoise blue waters, sandy beaches and picturesque small fishing ports.

Then you will visit The Musée national de la Marine, which stands in the entrance to the Arsenal, next to the Clock Tower.

Here you will discover the history of the port, conditions onboard convict ships, the daily life of sailors, and follow the operations of the French nuclear attack submarines. Highlights in the museum include two large models of eighteenth-century vessels, the control panel of the Clemenceau, and a model of the Charles de Gaulle.

You will then take a gentle stroll back to your ship.
  

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR CANARIES & MED CRUISES 2013!
 

Is this tour right for you?

Tour Notes: There is approximately 30 minutes of walking involved with this tour and 30 steps to encounter at the Naval Museum, however a lift is available for wheelchairs guests.


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