Villefranche-sur-mer is situated on the French Riviera, on the Mediterranean shore, 4 km away from Nice and 12 from Monaco, founded in 1295 and as today it still preserves many ruins of its origin.
This marvelous fisherman’s village, overlooking a natural creek, offers the opportunity to walk through stairway discovering stores, boutiques and restaurants, or for a romantic walk exactly where, in 1983, Sean Connery, as agent 007, filmed some of the scenes of “Never Say Never Again”.
Real paradise to seamen, this location is known for its calm waters, for this it is one of the best destination for big yachts and sailing boats throughout the entire year.
Stories of Pirates living here or just passing by, confirm the interest that seamen always had for this secure port.
Here Duke of Savoy built,in 1557, Fort Saint Elme, an impressive fortress recently renovated, to protect the Gulf.
At the feet of the Old City there is the romantic Chapelle Saint-Pierre, completely decorated by Jean Cocteau.
The most characteristic part of Villefranche-sur-mer is the Rue Oscure, a street of the 13th Century, long 1300 meters, excavated through the buildings as a porch but closed on both sides so totally dark.
The view from the cruise ship is amazing, nothing is more relaxing than sitting in the Jacuzzi on the deck admiring the sunset.
The private tour will then take you to the Principality of Monaco, the independent State under the Prince Grimaldi’s family rule for more than 700 years, and the member of the United Nations. You will visit the Old town of Monaco, the Prince Albert II’s Palace (from outside, the visit inside is optional). You will see the Monaco Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, also known as Saint Nicholas Cathedral of Monaco, where many of the Grimaldis were buried, including Grace Kelly and her husband the Prince Rainier III.
The private tour in Monaco continues with the visit of Monte-Carlo, a chic area in Monaco, with the historical buildings of Hotel de Paris and the Monte-Carlo Casino – the world’s most famous gambling place, dating from the mid-19th century. Get driven along the streets of Monaco and Monte-Carlo, where every year the Monte-Carlo Formula One race takes place and feel the racing spirit rising in you.
With this private tour you will also discover the picturesque village of Eze. The village’s beginnings date from the 13th century. Tiny and stone paved streets lead to the summit of this medieval village where ruins of the old castle of Eze remain. When walking in Eze, admire the art galleries and the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean sea. The Côte d’Azur – French Riviera, and particularly the city of Grasse, is worldwide famous for producing perfume, and you can visit the perfume factory in Eze free of charge (optional).
In this private tour, we include the drive along the Moyenne Corniche road, located between Nice and Monaco. This road has often been used by movie directors (remember the older James Bond series and more recent, Transporter). All along this road, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Côte d’Azur – French Riviera, the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer. On this private tour you can stop whenever you want to take scenic pictures.
This private tour is easy for any participant, but Eze requires some walking. For those who can’t walk much, they can stay with the driver-guide or chill-out in a nearby café.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Meet, greet and drop-off in the cruise port.
Respect of the cruise schedule
Private tour in a newer minivan (limited to 8 passengers).Family friendly: baby and booster seats available.
Bottles of water provided.
Free time at each destination.
Guided tour of the perfume factory in Eze (optional) and spectacular views.
Old town of Monaco, Monte-Carlo casino area, Monaco Formula One race track.