Easy French Riviera:Sanary-sur-Mer & Bandol

4.5 hours | Toulon/Provence (La Seyne) | T L N - 2 9 5
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Points of Interest

  • Bandol
  • Sanary-sur-Mer
Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

The very name Cote d'Azur conjures up a magical mix of sand, surf, sky and sea. What better way to experience it all than with this four and a half hour excursion that not only travels along one of the world's most famous coastlines but allows you to stop in two charming villages and experience the magic for yourself?

Your sightseeing adventure begins aboard your air-conditioned motorcoach, you'll head west toward your first destination of Sanary-sur-Mer. Listen as your tour guide points out the major sights as you travel along the Bay of Toulon along your scenic route, and offers details regarding the various attractions in the two towns you'll be visiting. Along the way, you'll marvel at the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean on one side of your motorcoach and a series of rambling hills on the other.

Once you arrive in Sanary-sur-Mer, you'll disembark and have approximately 75 minutes to explore this enchanting 16th century town with and without your guide. Unlike most beaches on the Riviera, Sanary-sur-Mer is open and active year 'round. With only 60 days of rain, it's been called the sunniest place in France. Have your camera handy as you discover Sanary's many delights. Want to shop for French fashions, sip a cappuccino or grab a croque madame? In the center of town you'll find shops, restaurants and cafés. Perhaps you'd like to wander around the pretty harbor set in the heart of the town and home to old Provencal fishing boats locally known as ' pointus'.. Lined with palm trees and homes painted in the pastel shades of Provence, the harbor is known for its 13th century tower, which offers panoramic views from the top. Sitting atop the town's main hill, the 16th century Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Pitié chapel is noted for its simple architectural design and views over the bay of Sanary.

Then, you'll return to your motorcoach and continue on your journey to your second destination of Bandol. Encircled by hills in a sheltered bay, Bandol is known as the "ville tranquille" for its great weather and peaceful setting. After stepping off the motorcoach, you'll have 45 minutes to take in the sights or relax and absorb the atmosphere. The promenade, which surrounds the harbor, is lined with palm trees, pastel painted houses, cafés and restaurants, and offers an attractive walk. Take a stroll down to the beach and you can see the magnificent limestone calanques that dot the coastline from Bandol up to Marseilles while the harbor hosts impressive yachts. If you're visiting in the morning, the Place de la Liberté is the place to be. The bustling market in the center of town offers a bounty of fresh seafood, flowers, fruits and more.

But as quickly as your tour began, your odyssey comes to an end. You'll rejoin the motorcoach, for a picturesque ride back to Toulon via the picturesque countryside, the famous Bandol vineyards and the natural conservation site of the gorges of Ollioules.
You'll rejoin your ship as you move onto your next port of adventures.

Special Notes:

Shopping is limited in villages outside of the main touristic season. Bring Euros or credit cards for additional purchases. Currency may be exchanged onboard prior to your excursion.

Depending on the number of participants, the sites may be visited in reverse order.

Most markets and shops are closed in the afternoon from September to April; passengers should expect shopping to be limited.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a narrated scenic along the coast

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:00
Air conditioned:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Guided walking tour of Sanary and free time for shopping/independent visit

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:15
Free time at site:
75
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
800
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Drive from Sanary to Bandol

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Guided introduction of Bandol and free time for independent visit/Shopping

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:45

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:00
Air conditioned:
Yes