On this tour we’ll take you to some of the French Riviera’s most glamorous cities, and – after arming you with a map – give you time to explore at your own pace. The first stop is Monaco and its Old Town that juts out on top of the 450-foot-tall Rock. Here, a domed cathedral and the stately Prince’s Palace share space with the Oceanographic Museum, which houses a king-sized aquarium. Plus, the views from the Rock are great, taking in the city, port, and sea. After a couple of hours of free time in the city, our next stop is Monte Carlo. The drive there shadows part of the Formula 1 track and finishes up in the heart of Casino Square, where the fountained gardens are permanently ringed with glitzy cars. Spend time browsing exclusive boutiques, or have a flutter at the casinos – they’ve starred in a couple of James Bond films.
Half the fun of this trip is the journey – a guided boat tour that’ll take you to the heart of St Tropez. It trails the Riviera coast and its miniature coves and villages, before reaching St Tropez and its frontline of dusky pink houses. As we sail into the marina, keep an eye out for celebrities sunning themselves on sleek super yachts. For almost a century, St Tropez has been the playground for the rich and famous – Coco Chanel favoured it in the Twenties, while the likes of George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez drop by nowadays. Beyond the waterfront, the old town is a maze of streets and fountain-decorated squares where fishermen’s houses have been transformed into boutiques and restaurants. Start off your free time with our guided walk, or have the 2 hours to yourself before returning to St Raphael by boat.
Follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty on our coach trip to St Tropez and Port Grimaud. The panoramic drive to St Tropez is the warm up – you’ll get a real taste of the French Riviera’s medieval towns and white-sand beaches. Once in St Tropez, we’ll take you on a walking tour. The place started life as a fishing village, and remained pretty anonymous until fashionistas like Coco Chanel and Brigitte Bardot started dropping by. Celebrities still gravitate to its exclusive marina, where super yachts jostle for space. The town’s kept its old-world charm, too – we’ll take you around the old district, a tangle of slim streets decorated with jasmine trellises and tiny squares. You’ll also have free time to browse the maze of boutiques, art galleries, and cafés. Then it’s on to Port Grimaud, a Venice-like village of alleys linked by canals and bridges, and lined with multi-coloured fisherman-style houses. Take a little boat ride here before visiting the village part of Grimaud for some free time before returning to the ship.
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