Cruise Port Atlas | Saint-Tropez, France Day Trips | Attractions

Saint-Tropez, France Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Saint Tropez: Star Clippers, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Holland America, Princess

Key Attractions: St. Tropez, Port Grimaud, Verdon Park and Canyon, Frejus, Sainte-Raphael, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Nearby Golf Courses, Verne Charterhouse (Monastery), Les Arcs, Thoronet Abbey, Cannes, Grasse

St-Tropez

Port to City Center - walking distance
Port to Port-Grimaud - 8 KM, 10 minutes
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The beautiful small port of St. Tropez is a haven for wealthy yacht owners, many of whom summer in the scenic region. The beautiful port features narrow streets and trendy boutiques and the huge marina with massive power yachts and elegant sailing yachts set back in a Mediterranean bay on a less crowded stretch of the Cote d'Azur. In the 1920's St. Tropez was a hang out for Coco Chanel and others in the fashion world. In the 1960's Brigitte Bardot discovered St. Tropez beginning a second wave of celebrity emigration that continues today. If you are longing to experience the licentiousness of the sixties, there are several topless and nude beaches nearby.

In town you can see a fine collection of Post-impressionist works at the Annonciade Museum and a large display of butterflies at the Butterfly Museum. A short walk from the marina sites the impressive citadel which houses a Naval Museum. Or just relax in the luxury of Saint-Tropez. The nearby hilltop towns of Gassin, Ramatuelle and Grimaud offer a quieter kind of relaxation. And the new but old-appearing residential village of Port-Grimaud is a tiny Venice where the residence can dock their boats by their townhomes.

              

   

Photo of Saint-Tropez Marina by Adrian777

Verdon Canyon and Park

Port to the Sublime Corniche - 77 KM, 1 hour 10 minutes
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Sometimes called the Verdon Gorge, this Grand Canyon of Europe was formed by the very green river known as Verdon. The park that surrounds it offers many lovely mountain villages and several well-developed reservoirs with water sports of many kinds offered. But it would be a shame not to see the Canyon itself. The easy way to do this is travel by vehicle along the middle section of the Sublime Corniche from Comps-sur-Arbuty to Lake Sainte-Croix, the largest reservoir in the park. If you are more active you can take the short marked nature hike from Trigance or you can take the 5 hour trek called the Le sentier de l'Imbut (L'Imbut Path). However you decide to discover this natural wonderland, you will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the green mountain forests and the green and blue of the river and lakes. Rock climbing, hang gliding, bungee jumping, kayaking and canoeing are also available in the park. Several of the mountain villages have a long tradition of unique ceramics.

           

   

Photo of Verdon Canyon and the Lake Sainte Croix Dam by Rikly

Frejus and Sainte-Raphael

Port to Frejus/Sainte-Raphael - 37 KM, 40 minutes
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Frejus gets its name from a shortening of the Latin for Julius' Market, since it was an important port during the height of the Roman era. And there are important remnants of that era in the form of the arches of the Aqueduct, an amphitheater and the Cree Gate. Additional artifacts can be seen in the Archaeological Museum. The port of Saint Raphael is part of the same city, as the two have grown together. During the 19th century Saint Raphael became a mecca for wealthy visitors who built lovely villas. A tour of the historic homes, churches and other monuments of this era is a popular activity for visitors.

        

   

Photo of Notre Dame in Saint Raphael by MartinPutz

Antibes

Port to Antibes - 85 KM, 1 hour 20 minutes
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Antibes is famous for its yachts, Fort Carre, museums dedicated to Napoleon and Picasso, and the local parks and gardens. Overlooking the harbor is the impressive fort, built in the late 16th century and offering tours. It is surrounded by a park. Other parks in the area Exflora Park, with many roses, fountains and different sections in a variety of styles; the Eilenroc Gardens, adjacent to the villa of the same name; and Thuret Park on Cap d'Antibes. The Picasso Museum is located in the Grimaldi Chateau, historic home of the Monaco family. Picasso spent a short period just after World War II in the area and left what he produced to the city. The collection now includes 245 works by Picasso and many others by artists who were his contemporaries. The Archaeology Museum is housed in the 17th century fortification Bastion Saint Andree and houses a collection of Greek and Roman artifacts dating back as far as the 6th century BCE. Le Tour Museum features historical and cultural artifacts such as clothing, house wares, and naval items from various eras in Antibes' past. Throughout the year, Antibes features various music festivals and events, including a famous jazz festival at Juan-les-Pins.

Photo by Antibes' Fort Carre by Heinrich Kerschbaumer

              

   

Nearby Golf Courses

Port to Golf Beauvallon - 10 KM, 12 minutes
Port to Golf Ste-Maxime - 21 KM, 25 minutes
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Provence has some of Frances finest golf courses and there are several good, reasonably priced courses not far from Saint-Tropez. On the rolling hills above Sainte-Maxime overlooking Saint-Tropez Bay is the Sainte-Maxime Golf Club which is part of the BlueGreen Group with courses all over France. Nearer Saint-Tropez in the area near Grimaud is the Beauvallon Golf Club.

  

   

Other Nearby Attractions

Port to Verne Charterhouse - 34 KM, 60 minutes
Port to Les Arcs - 42 KM, 45 minutes
Port to Thoronet Abbey - 63 KM, 56 minutes
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Les Arcs is a medieval hillside village and castle that has been exceptionally well preserved. Of particular interest is the Sainte-Roseline Chapel which gives its name to the excellent local wine. The 12th century Thoronet Abbey is a pristine Romanesque building with wonderful views of surrounding Provence. The Verne Charterhouse was also built in the 12th century and, like the Abbey, was a place of repose where stunning vistas inspired spiritual wonder. They still do. If you want to really get it touch with Provence, a rental bike might be a wonderful option. A nice easy ride would be along the coast from Sainte-Maxime to Saint-Aygulf. Or if you are feeling more energetic you could ride into the hills to beautiful Gassin.

           

   

Photo of

Cannes Harbor

Cannes and Grasse

Port to Cannes - 73 KM, 1 hour 10 minutes
Port to Grasse - 85 KM, 1 hour 20 minutes
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Cannes is one of the most famous of the cities along the French Riviera and is the site of the famous Cannes Film Festival, where the world's cinema royalty gather once every year to promote their new films. The waterfront boulevard known as La Croisette offers views of the islands off the coast and some of the city's most famous beaches and buildings. The city became a magnet for the wealthy during the 19th century when many built ornate mansions which are still popular attractions today, though tours of the interiors are not offered. The Museum of Art and History of Provence features artifacts from prehistoric to modern and is the most popular of the city's museums. Some visitors will want to visit Ile Sainte-Marguerite, where the mysterious Man with the Iron Mask was imprisoned or Ile Saint-Honorat, with its medieval monastery.

Grasse is considered the world's capital for perfume production and offers visitors many attractions related to that industry.  There are a number of perfumeries that offer tours, along with the International Museum of Perfume.  Grasse became the center for perfume production after jasmine was imported by the Moors.

           

   

Photo of Cannes by Bochenek

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