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Villefranche Cruise Port

Intro to Villefranche-Sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer sparkles on the French Riviera with the Alps in the background and nearby the famous resorts of Nice and Cannes. The deepest natural harbor in the Mediterranean, the port was used by Greeks and Romans in their travels and still hosts visiting naval fleets. The gorgeous scenery of this Cote d'Azur town has featured in many movies, from Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again, The Jewel of the Nile and The Bourne Identity.

The dazzling landscape features the 16th-century Citadel and historic medieval buildings right along the coast. This quaint fishing town is a wonderful location from which to experience the unique lifestyle on the Riviera, visiting Nice, Monaco and Cannes.

How to Get to Villefranche

The way in to town is steep but worth the effort. Walking from the harbor takes you into the narrow curved streets and alleys of the historic old town in only ten minutes. Leave the port and turn right towards the bay to escape to the beach for an afternoon of sun tanning! The train station is located above the beach, accessible by stairway and offers regular train services to Monaco, Nice and Cannes, and picturesque village Beaulieu-sur-Mer is only a stop away.

Exclusive seaside mansions adorn Saint Jean-Cap Ferrat, including the villa built for Baroness Rosthschild, and a lighthouse you can climb for panoramic views. Rent a car or taxi to explore the area, with local companies offering pick-up at the Cruise Terminal, or take the motorized multi-car 'train' to different areas of Villefranche.

One Day in Villefranche

Enjoy the shops and cafes on Rue du Poilu and Place Amélie Pollonnais, to sample local flavors like the aperitif, pastis (aniseed), olive oil, local cheese, Niçoise salad and wine. Try the Provençal food market on Saturday and antiques market on Sunday and look for local handicrafts, linen textiles and jewelery.

Highlights of the old town are the Citadel (Le Citadelle), a fortress built in the 1500s which houses the Town Hall; museums including Musee Volti, showing the voluptuous bronze work of local sculptor, Antoniucci Volti, and lovely gardens. The coastal footpath around the citadel goes to 14th-century Port de la Darse, the Royal Port and construction of the lighthouse, rope factory and dry dock.

Next visit the Italian Baroque-style St Michael Church, (Eglise St Michel); covered Dark Street (Rue Obscure) and Romanesque St Peter Chapel (Chapelle St Pierre), the interior decorated by French artist and film-maker Jean Cocteau. Wander along the fishing port, Quai Courbet, and through the many parks to enjoy life in Villefranche with the locals. Plage de Villefranche-sur-Mer beach is a ten minute walk northwest of the old town where you can go snorkeling.

Port Information

Arrive from your cruise ship by tender from the harbor to the small terminal of Villefranches-sur-Mer's tender wharf, next to the heart of downtown. Cruise ships stopping here include Liberty of the Seas, Grand Holiday, Ocean Pearl, Silhouette, Golden Iris, Disney Magic, Solstice and Brilliance of the Seas.

The port of Villefranche, officially named “Port de la Santé” is linked to the fishing history of Villefranche, and while an important port of the Côte d'Azur for cruise ships, it still shelters a flotilla of smaller craft.

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Cannes Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Monaco and Eze

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

For cruise passengers arriving in Cannes with only a single day to see the French Riviera, this privately guided, fully narrated shore excursion to Monaco and ...  Read more

Location: Cannes, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.72
$110.80 Save $11.08

Cannes Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Trip to Cannes and Grasse

When your cruise ship docks in Cannes and you have only a few hours to see this beautiful city, you need a privately guided, fully narrated shore excursion to ...  Read more

Location: Cannes, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.50

Cannes Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Cannes, Antibes and Biot

If you are a cruise passenger arriving in the port of Cannes and are looking for a tour to discover the glamorous city of Cannes and the beautiful town of ...  Read more

Location: Cannes, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.72
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Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Monaco, Eze and Nice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Villefranche-sur-Mer, and you have only a single day to see the beautiful cities of Monte Carlo, Eze and Nice, you’ll need a ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.72
$110.80 Save $11.08

Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Nice, Saint-Paul de Vence and Cannes

For cruise passengers arriving in Villefranche-sur-Mer with only a single day to see the beautiful French Rivera, this privately guided, fully narrated shore ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.72
$110.80 Save $11.08

Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Trip to Monte Carlo and Eze

While you’re in port in Villefranche-sur-Mer, don't miss the chance to see as much of the beautiful French Riviera as you can in half a day. This four-hour ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.50

Villefranche Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Trip to Nice

While your cruise ship is docked in Villefranche-sur-Mer, don't miss the chance to discover the picture-postcard city of Nice on a private shore excursion. ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.50

Nice Arrival Transfer: Airport to Monaco Cruise Port

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Do you need to get from the Nice airport to the Monaco cruise port? For a hassle-free cruise transfer, arrange a private driver to pick you up at the Nice ...  Read more

Location: Monaco, Monaco
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.06

Nice Departure Transfer: Villefranche Port to Nice Airport

Do you need to get from the Villefranche-sur-Mer cruise port to the Nice airport? For a hassle-free cruise transfer, arrange a private driver to pick you up ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.14

Nice Arrival Transfer: Airport to Villefranche Port

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Do you need to get from the Nice airport to the Villefranche-sur-Mer cruise port? For a hassle-free cruise transfer, arrange a private driver to pick you up ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.14

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