The enchanting French Riviera is one of the spectacular destinations on our Mediterranean cruises this summer. When the Disney Magic calls on either Cannes or Villefranche in France, you’ll have the chance to enjoy romantic sites, world-class shopping and grand landmarks infused with both French and Italian influences. Iconic Cannes is nestled on a lovely bay and revered as one of the most famed cities in all Europe. Villefranche is an almost perfectly preserved medieval city uniquely surrounded by an imposing wall and perched high on a cliff overlooking the sea.
Highlights of Monaco & Monte Carlo – Experience the glamor of the region on this Port Adventure to Monaco. A scenic drive along The Corniche is followed by a visit to Monaco Rock and its beautiful cathedral. Next up you’ll cruise part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit, and then see the Bentleys, Ferraris and Aston Martins lining the casino in Monte Carlo. Free time can be spent browsing the impressive range of sports cars, exploring the legendary casino, shopping in high-end boutiques or simply enjoying the palatial architecture in Casino Square.
Cannes, Grasse and St. Paul – After a stunning drive through the French Riviera, your first stop is Grasse, the birthplace of the French perfume industry. During a tour of a perfume factory, you’ll learn the process of how botanicals are turned into scents. In Cannes, you can admire famous hotels on the elegant La Croisette Avenue, shop along the Rue d’Antibes or walk up the steps of the Palais des Festivals, the central venue for the film festival that was first held in 1939. Next is a tour and free time in St. Paul de Vence, a medieval town on a hilltop with cobblestone streets, quaint boutiques and cafes.
White River Rafting – Adventure seekers won’t want to miss their chance to go white-water rafting down the Var River. You’ll travel to France’s Sea Alps – where high alpine mountains meet the Mediterranean Sea – for two hours of rafting fun. Your journey through the rapids includes several stops along the way, giving you the chance to take in the beautiful scenery. Before and after this adrenaline rush, you’ll be able to relax during the scenic drive along the coast and through the mountains.
Stay tuned for my final post in this series, featuring Port Adventures in Palma, Spain. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!