Silversea Luxury Cruises To BANDOL

BANDOL

With both palm trees and vineyards flanking the stunning French Provencal countryside, Bandol is the Riviera’s first stop for local wine. A coastal resort known for its rosés – pale in colour and fruity in taste, as well as wearing the crown of being France’s first recipient of the coveted AOC label in 1941, Bandol wine is exported to world-wide recognition. The success of this is responsible for the chic little village centre, filled with independent boutiques and lively seafront restaurants . View more

Long ribbons of sandy beaches greet the traveller arriving from the sea and the port is a happy, eclectic mix of fishing boats, super yachts and small-scale cruise ship. Loved by the great French author Marcel Pagnol, Bandol is the young writer played in the long summer months, prior to spending the rest of his childhood in the hills above Marseille, as documented in his autobiographical novels, “La Gloire de mon Pere” and “Le Chateau de ma Mere”. Nestled next to the equally charming Sanary-sur-Mer but being close to Marseille, a traditional fish-soup Bouillabaisse, washed down by a glass of the famous local wine would be a must for any serious gourmet.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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ROME (Civitavecchia) To BARCELONA
  • Departure
    May 28 2021
  • Duration
    10 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Shadow
From US$ 5,940
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Excursions in BANDOL

Bandol & Sanary

Explore a few of the charming fishing ports and famous resorts of the south of France during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion to Bandol and Sanary.


Sanary

Depart the pier for the short, scenic drive to Sanary-sur-mer. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour along the narrow streets of this charming fishing port. Along the way, see the Provençal Market (open in the mornings only), 19th-century Saint-Nazaire Church, medieval Tower exterior, and Old Town. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore the village at your leisure, stop for a refreshing beverage on the terraces of the coffee shops and/or browse the charming boutiques.


Bandol

Next, re-board your coach for the drive back to Bandol. Upon arrival, take a short guided walking tour of this charming fishing port. See the Promenade, Casino (opens at 1:30 p.m.), 18th-century Saint-François de Sales Church and local 'wine-appellation', Maison des Vins. Afterward, return directly back to the pier, or remain in the village for shopping and further exploration at your leisure, then return to the ship on your own.

Cassis & Calanques

Discover the unique coastal beauty and charm of Cassis during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Provençal Countryside, Cassis and Cap Canaille

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive across part of the Provençal inland en route Cassis. This charming fishing port is home to an outstanding medieval castle and amazing maritime cliff, the highest in Europe, and abounds with restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and inviting beaches. Upon arrival in Cassis, a photo stop is made at the approximately 1,358-foot-high (about 414-metre-high) Cap Canaille for spectacular panoramic views stretching from La Ciotat to Marseille.


Train-Ride, City Centre, Mini-Cruise and Calanques

Next, re-board your coach and drive to the heights of Cassis. Board a little tourist train for the ride to the village centre, then begin your guided walking tour of Cassis. Your tour continues with a mini-cruise to explore the beautiful, turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Along the way, marvel at the many deep blue inlets, or calanques.


Free Time in Cassis and Train-Ride

Following your mini-cruise, some free time is made available to visit the beach, go shopping and/or stop for lunch at your own expense. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the little train for the ride back to the coach parking area, then re-board your coach for the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.

Charming Castellet & Local Tasting

Explore one of the region's most picturesque villages and sample some of the wines of Provence on this excursion to the medieval village of Le Castellet. The village retains its fortified look with sections of the ancient ramparts still intact and the streets are cobblestone with quaint little houses.


Your guide will be welcoming you upon your arrival at the tender pier location at the foot of the charming village of Bandol,

From the pier, board your coach for a scenic 45 minute-drive past villages, vineyards, and olive groves to the charming hilltop village of Le Castellet.


Le Castellet

On arrival, enter the village through a fortified gate and embark on a guided walking tour that takes you past the 16th-century chateau, Romanesque church, and meticulously restored stone houses that line the village squares.

Enjoy some free time to browse the local handicraft shops and art galleries.


Domaine de Souviou Winery

Re-board your coach and drive to Domaine de Souviou Winery, whose history dates back 1,000 years. Nestled in a well-protected valley by the Sainte Baume Massif, the estate today encompasses roughly 126 acres (51 hectare), including the famous "caves," or cellars where the wine is stored.

Enjoy a tour culminating in the winery's special tasting room, where you can sample local wines and olive oil.


After the wine tasting and some free time to browse the boutique of the Domain, re-board your coach for the approximate 45-minute return to the pier.

Le Castellet & Bandol

Experience the scenic splendour of the Provençal countryside and coast during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Le Castellet and Bandol.


Le Castellet

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive through the Provençal countryside en route to charming Le Castellet. This medieval fortified village overlooks a magnificent landscape featuring vineyards, olive groves and local houses, or 'mas'. Upon arrival, walk up the hill to the village and take a guided stroll along its narrow streets. Along the way, pass by the old castle, which now serves as the Town Hall, Romanesque Church of Le Castellet, and other highlights. Following your walking tour, some free time is made available to explore the village at your leisure.


Bandol

Next, re-board your coach for the drive back to Bandol. Upon arrival, take a short, guided walking tour of this charming fishing port. Afterward, return directly back to the pier, or remain in the village for shopping and further exploration at your leisure, then return to the ship on your own.

Provencal Cooking Class with Michelin Starred Chef

Learn the secrets of Provençal cuisine when you travel to the "Bastide des Saveurs" for a cooking class with the star-rated Chef René Bérard. René will issue you a chef's hat upon arrival and then make your way to an unforgettable experience, walk to the garden where you will discover and gather various herbs, medicinal plants, fruits and vegetables.


Depart the pier for an approximately 30 minutes drive to the picturesque village of La Cadière d'Azur, located in the middle of the Bandol vineyards.


La Cadière d'Azur

Upon arrival you will visit a typical Provencal house that is surrounded by beautiful vegetable gardens and olive trees. Discover the house is tastefully decorated with antiques and mural paintings by local artist Pascal Cessou.

Meet the renowned Chef René Bérard, or his son Jean-Francois, who will greet you and escort you on a walking tour of the property and manicured grounds. This Maitre Cuisinier de France owns a small hotel/restaurant in the nearby village and has been awarded 1-star by Michelin for the quality of his cuisine. After donning a toque and apron, assist the chef in preparing several Provencal recipes and share in their knowledge and passion for cooking.

Following this unforgettable culinary experience, proceed to the outside terrace for an apéritif (a glass of rose) accompanied by tapenade and anchoïade, two specialties you have just helped prepare. Enjoy your lunch at a table under the shaded vine arbour (weather permitting) with the chef.

Re-board the coach for the approximately 1-hour return back to the ship.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Bandol at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Bandol at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Bandol at your leisure during your Silver Shore Privato full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Bandol at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.