Mediterranean Cruise Advice

Cruises to Toulon

Visit the countryside of Provence or soak up the Naval History

Cruise lines visiting Toulon include ThomsonRoyal CaribbeanFred Olsen, NCL,  P&OPrincess Cruises and Princess.

Cruises to Toulon visit a busy city and the principal base of the French Navy including their aircraft carriers and submarines, and may not necessarily be an obvious candidate for your ‘must see’ list.

 

Toulon French Naval base

Toulon French Naval base

 

Cruises to Toulon - view of Thomson Spirit

View of Thomson Spirit

The cruise lines will promote it as a ‘gateway to Provence and Cote d’Azur’, excursions will enable you to visit such places as Aix en Provence and Cassis but, if you do not wish to take an excursion, is it still a good port to visit?

Based on our experience the answer is yes!

On our last visit we were lucky enough to arrive on the day of one of the very large city-wide markets.

You can easily spend an hour or so walking around Toulon itself and perhaps visit one of the museums such as the Maritime Museum.

Rugby fans will find the famous ground of Rugby Club Toulonnais and official merchandise shops a short walk away from the port.

There is also an indoor shopping mall, providing pleasant relief on a hot day.

 

Cruises to Toulon - harbour

Toulon harbour

Getting around Toulon

You can catch the ‘Petit Train’ from the ship, which will take you on a 45 minute tour of the city including a stop at the beach for a swim.

This will deposit you back at the harbour where there are plenty of cafes and restaurants.

You can take a guided boat tour of the bay from here.

An alternative circuit of the Petit Train does a tour of the nearby naval base. This does not run as often and due to security reasons there are various restrictions on availability, see  Les Petit Trains Toulon website for more details.

 

Petit Train

Petit Train

Another Toulon day trip is to take a bus to the cable car up Mount Faron. This provides great views over Toulon.

 

Cruises to Toulon - cable car

Toulon – cable car

 

At the top you will find the Allied Landings Museum (although check opening times to avoid disappointment) and a café.

It’s a rather relaxed area, with a small playground for children, great views and the café does a good citron pressé.

 

Allied Landings Museum - Toulon

Allied Landings Museum – Toulon

 

If you go into the tourist office at the harbour, you should be able to buy a combined ticket that covers the bus, cable car and a boat trip across the harbour.

 

Toulon Harbour boat trips

Toulon Harbour boat trips

See further information on Toulon at the Official Toulon Tourist Office Website.

 

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Cruises to Toulon:

Buy a combined ticket from the Tourist Information Office that covers the bus, cable car and a boat trip across the harbour.
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