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Making the Most of Villefranche and Cannes

Making the Most of Villefranche and Cannes

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GETTING THERE

Itineraries that stop at Villefranche dock in the Bay de Villefranche while itineraries that stop in Cannes arrive at Degrad des Cannes—either will have you tender ashore in boats (expect a boat ride of about 15 minutes). In Villefranche, you arrive at a very nice terminal that has an information booth and restrooms—the wharf is also an excellent spot to take a picture of Villefranche as we did (see photo on page 549). From here you can walk to just about anywhere in Villefranche or take the nearby train to Nice (see below for details). Disembarkation time is typically 7:30 am with an all-aboard time of 5:45 pm. The 2017 7-night itinerary stop here on a Thursday, while the 5-nighter is here Tuesday and the 10-night cruise visits on Saturday.

GETTING AROUND

Villefranche is one of those happy ports you can explore without booking a shore excursion. It’s not large and it’s best to walk through the picturesque town to see its charm (see our walking tour on the next page). This is a very hilly area, however, so wear your most comfortable shoes. • If you want to visit Nice or Monaco, there’s a convenient train going in both directions. You can see the red train station (Gare SNCF) a 15-minute walk from the wharf—just follow the harbor around to the beach area (the stairs to the station are just beyond the Carpaccio restaurant). Purchase your tickets before you board—a round-trip to either Nice or Monaco is about 4. The train makes several stops in Nice—you’ll want the “Nice-Ville” stop. Tip: The terminal’s information desk has the train schedule. • Taxis are available—expect to pay about 25 for a one-way trip to Nice. • A rental car agency is available at the cruise terminal if you’re feeling up to exploring the area on your own. There’s also a Hertz agency in nearby Beaulieu-Sur-Mer (a 20-minute walk away).

STAYING SAFE

Of all the ports on your Mediterranean cruise, Villefranche/Cannes may be the safest. That said, if you exercise the same precautions you would in any other tourist area, you can feel secure in walking about here. If you do decide to rent a car, keep your doors locked and your windows rolled up—“traffic light muggers” are infamous in Nice and Cannes, according to the U.S. Department of State. But for the most part, your biggest worries will probably be avoiding blisters with all the walking, and keeping sunscreen on your skin.

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Top Photo Slice: Cannes (℗ 53553) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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