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Ophorus Tours - Cannes, Grasse, Gourdon & St Paul de Vence Shore Excursion from Villefranche sur Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Cannes, Grasse, Gourdon & St Paul de Vence Shore Excursion from Villefranche sur Mer

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Explore the History and Culture of France's Mediterranean Coastline

Highlights

  • Pick up and drop off at Villefranche Sur Mer Cruise Port
  • A wonderful day in the French Riviera Hinterland
  • Discover stunning landscapes & breathtaking hilltop villages
  • English speaking guides, local experts
  • Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Villefranche Sur Mer port of Call to discover the town of Cannes as well as the picturesque small villages of the French Riviera countryside. Today, on this small group private tour, we will come and pick you up at your cruise port in Villefranche sur Mer. Meet your English speaking driver tour guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private ...

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Villefranche Sur Mer port of Call to discover the town of Cannes as well as the picturesque small villages of the French Riviera countryside.

Meet your English speaking driver guide

Today, on this small group private tour, we will come and pick you up at your cruise port in Villefranche sur Mer. Meet your English speaking driver tour guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private shore excursion with you. Then board your premium air-conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the French Riviera Hinterland. 

Begin the day with Cannes

Enjoy a panoramic tour in the world famous town of Cannes. Embellished by palm trees and fine sandy beaches, the town is famous for its cafés and terraces, elegant shops and deluxe hotels. Here, you will discover the Cannes film festival Palace and conference center where the red carpet unrolls for celebrities. The town is without a doubt one of the most glamorous of the Côte d'Azur with Monaco and Monte Carlo.

Visit Grasse, the French Capital of Perfumes

To the North of Cannes, we will start to climb on the lower slopes of a high limestone plateau to reach Grasse, a charming small town that has been associated with perfumery since the 16th century. Today, the town is still home to more than 30 makers and of course you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most famous perfume factories of the region.

The view from the town over the sea is stunning and can be considered as one of the highlights of your day trip. Many coin this view as being the balcony of the French Riviera. The town is also home to a number of private mansions that date back to 17th and 18th centuries. The many ochre façades of the buildings give Grasse a very Italian feel to the charming location.

Visit the hilltop village of Gourdon

Then continue your full day tour to the village of Gourdon, nicknamed the Eagle's Nest, that sits on the edge of a Rocky Spur above the River Loup. The village is dotted with tiny shops but is also home to one of the most famous Candy making Factories named Florian.

The village is also home to a 12th century Chateau that was erected on top of a Saracen fotress. After some time in the village, we will drive along the Loup River through the countryside to discover some places that are a heaven of quietness.

Reach the village of Saint Paul de Vence

After the village of Gourdon, it will be time to make our way to medieval Saint Paul de Vence, sheltered behind its ramparts and filled with art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. The village of St-Paul dates back to the 11th century and traces of its history still remain much to the delight of its visitors.

It is a village well known for its artistic heritage, the beautiful landscapes surrounding St Paul de vence having inspired many an artist and an enclave of art galleries and museums can be found around the quaint cobbled streets. 

Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Maeght Foundation. It is Saint Paul's most renowned Art museum. It features works from famous artists that settled at some point in the Côte d'Azur region. Braque, Kandinsky, Chagall or Miro are just a few of them.

Return to your cruise ship after the visit and this will be the end of our services.

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  • Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Villefranche-sur-Mer

  • Panoramic tour of Cannes

  • Visit the town of Grasse including a perfume factory

  • Visit the village of Gourdon including a Traditional Confectionery

  • End the day in Charming Saint Paul de Vence

  • Return to Ship in Villefranche sur Mer

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Ophorus Tours - Cannes, Grasse, Gourdon & St Paul de Vence Shore Excursion from Villefranche sur Mer
Ophorus Tours - Cannes, Grasse, Gourdon & St Paul de Vence Shore Excursion from Villefranche sur Mer
Ophorus Tours - Cannes, Grasse, Gourdon & St Paul de Vence Shore Excursion from Villefranche sur Mer
Ophorus Tours - Cannes, Grasse, Gourdon & St Paul de Vence Shore Excursion from Villefranche sur Mer
Ophorus Tours - Cannes, Grasse, Gourdon & St Paul de Vence Shore Excursion from Villefranche sur Mer

Know before you book

If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business. We accept split payment transactions by credit card.

  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • Tickets to Maeght foundation can be purchased during booking
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 7 persons - Larger groups, contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Villefranche sur Mer Cruise Ship Terminal

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Villefranche sur Mer Cruise Ship Terminal.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

Drop off at Cruise Ship – Villefranche sur Mer Cruise Ship Terminal

Included / excluded

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship in Villefranche-sur-Mer (Nice)
  • Panoramic tour of Cannes
  • Visit Grasse town
  • Visit Perfume factory
  • Visit Gourdon Village
  • Visit Traditional Confectionery 
  • Visit saint Paul de Vence village
  • English speaking driver or driver/guide
  • Premium A/C vehicle

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • What type of vehicles are used during your private tours from Villefranche sur Mer?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private shore excursions from Villefranche sur Mer Cruise Port?

    All our tours are conducted by English speaking drivers or driver/guides. For a more personalized experience, we can also organize any private tour with both a driver and a guide. On this particular tour, you will enjoy the services of an English speaking driver/guide, expert of the French Riviera.
  • How long is the drive from Villefranche Cruise Port to our first stop in Cannes?

    From Villefranche Port of Call to your first destination of the day, the city of Cannes, and on normal traffic conditons, it will take approximately 1 hour. Then, from Cannes to Grasse, driving time is of about 40 minutes. From Grasse to Gourdon village, the driving time is of 20 minutes, and from Gourdon village to Saint Paul de Vence, your last stop, driving time is of 45 minutes. Finally, the drive back to Villefranche Cruise Port is of 50 minutes.
  • What is the Perfume Factory visit in Grasse all about?

    This part of France is famous for being the location of most of the French Perfume Factories that elaborate perfumes for the most famous perfume making companies of France.

    This very beautiful factory established in a 19th century building sits in the heart of the old town where our perfumes and soaps are crafted everyday. It is one of the oldest factories in Grasse. From the time they were first built in 1782, these premises already housed a perfume factory. 

    Here, take a tour of the factory with a guide trained by a professional perfume maker and who knows all about the history of the trade. After exploring the manufacturing techniques and the history of the precious fluids, test your nose with a free olfactory game at the end of the tour.
  • What is the traditional confectionery visit in Gourdon all about?

    Visit one of the last remaining confectionery of the French Riviera. Witness the transformation of the region’s best fruits and most beautiful flowers into confectionery products. In wintertime, you’ll see the artisans making citrus jams, hand-dipping orange peel into a variety of chocolates, and the glazing process for our candied fruits.

    February through August is when the artisans work with violets, the Tango rose, jasmine, and verbena, changing them into delicious crystallized flowers, leaves, or flower jams, all unique natural wonders for any sweets lover.

    All year round, you can watch the artisans create homemade chocolats, caramels, and hard candies with the flavors of Provence. Each tour is followed by a tasting of a our vast array of specialties.
  • Is lunch included on this private shore excursion from Villefranche sur Mer?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. However, if you would like to organize a lunch in a local restaurant then please let our team of travel experts know and they will do the rest. Indicate what type of restaurants you are looking for in terms of budget and meal or better let us know your choice and our team will make the corresponding arrangements.

    On this particular shore excursion, there are a number of locations where it will be possible for you to stop for lunch including Grasse, or Gourdon. Don't hesitate to ask your guide for recommendations.
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