Historic Toulon, situated on the Provence coast of the Mediterranean, has served as a principal naval base of France for 3 centuries. Despite post war reconstruction, its traditional charm survived amid the narrow winding streets of the old town behind Vieux Port and the waterfront. Places of interest include 11th century Romanesque church of Saint Marie Majeure, the church of Saint Louis, and a large military hospital. Forts dating from 17th century are found in the hills surrounding Toulon. Tourists are able to enjoy the fine views from Mont Faron and the flower market, or head east for the glamour of French Riviera, where Antibes, Cannes, Nice, Saint Tropez and Monte Carlo are the glittering haunts of the beau monde of Cote d'Azur.
Built on the site of the Telo Martius Roman community, Toulon has been the scene of important battles. It was strongly fortified by kings Louis XIV and Henri IV. In 1707, during the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1715), Toulon withstood allied fleets of England and Netherlands. During the French Revolution, in 1793, the Royalists within Toulon handed over control of the city to Anglo-Spanish naval force. The French Republican army captured the city and this battle won Napoleon military distinction as young artillery officer. During The WW2 (1939-1945), when German troops were ordered in unoccupied France, the bulk of the French fleet, anchored at Toulon, was scuttled by French crews to prevent the acquisition by Germany.
Toulon , as a French naval port, remains open the whole year round, Cruise ship tourism in the region has quadrupled since 2008, when the Var Provence Cruise Club (abbrev VPCC) was established. VPPC grouped several large French Mediterranean ports and intensively promotes and developes the Mediterranea cruising vacation travel in the region, resulting in increased cruise shipping traffic in both port Toulon City and La Seyne sur Mer.
Highlights: Harbour, Mount Faron, Cote d'Azur
Toulon cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Toulon dock in 2 ports:
- Toulon cruise port is located in the city's centre
- La Seyne-sur-Mer cruise port is located to the south-west (across the bay). It is regarded the French Mediterranean's most sheltered harbor port, being well protected in the winter from the Mistral wind. Mistral is strong and cold northwestern wind blowing into the Gulf of Lion from southern France. Sustained winds (most common during winter and spring) often exceed speeds of 66 kph (41 mph), with the strongest winds (between the two seasons) reaching speeds of 456 kph (283 mph).
- A new cruise ship terminal at La Seyne-sur-Mer was inaugurated in 2016.
At both cruise ports, VPCC (Var Provence Cruise Club) There has installed a welcome desk with professional hostesses who help the disembarking cruise passengers with information, advice and maps. The club also started a "cruise friendly" campaign by which arriving tourists are given maps of participating in the campaign restaurants, bars, shops, tour operators, transport providers, art galleries, museums. All businesses and establishments participating in this program are open during cruise ship visits and give passengers discounted deals, free gifts, special services.
Toulon cruise port terminal
Toulon cruise port is located in the city centre and can accommodate 3 smaller-sized cruise vessels at a time, Additional ships are anchored in the bay. The port's terminal buildings also serve the ferries to the islands of Corsica (France), Sardinia (Italy) and Elba (Italy). At the terminal there are welcome desk, snack bar, public phones and toilets, vending machines, large-scale city map (showing most popular points of interest), small craft market. Outside the terminal there are 3 car parks with total capacity up to 75 tourist (shuttle) buses. At the terminal there is also a board showing taxi ranks and another one listing taxi prices to nearby destinations (flat fares are offered exclusively for cruise ship passengers).
La Seyne-sur-Mer cruise port terminal
At the La Seyne port dock large-sized cruise ships. The port's terminal buildings were extensively refurbished in 2016. The port now features an enlarged car parking and bus parking areas, free wi-fi service, craft market. A large leisure complex is planned to be build in the terminal's area. The options to go from La Seyne-sur-Mer to Toulon include:
- - private boat shuttles leave from the cruise ship terminal (about 15-min ride)
- public water buses (line 8M) leave from a bus stop located at ~5 min walking distance from the cruise ship terminal.
- Enter La Seyne to catch public bus (lines 8 or 18), The ride to Toulon takes ~1/2 hour.
- Other options at the terminal include car rental or bicycle rental.
The La Seyne cruise terminal is located at ~20-min walking distance from the town centre. Bus line 81 goes from the terminal to the town, and there is a small tourist train too. The train also visits the Les Sablettes (beach area).
The Toulon cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Toulon, France Riviera.
If you lose the Toulon location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Toulon cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Toulon, France Riviera. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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