Explore fabled Cannes on a walking tour or on your own, and then visit the Fragonard Perfumery in Grasse, a medieval town where France’s perfume industry flourishes.
Depart from the pier for a short, but spectacularly scenic drive south to Cannes, one of the true gems of the French Riviera. Once a Roman outpost, in the 20th century Cannes became a playground of the rich and famous, a legendary status it still enjoys. While here, you may join a one-hour guided walking tour of Cannes’ oldest section or venture out on your own.
If you’re a film aficionado, you might stroll around the Palais des Festivals, where the famed Cannes Film Festival is held annually. In the pavement outside, you will find celebrity handprints of movie stars that include Sophia Loren, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. If shopping is your intention, few boulevards are more renowned than seaside La Croisette. The world’s most prestigious fashion designers are well represented here in one boutique after another.
Continuing on, you will drive inland to Grasse, a centuries-old hilltop town surrounded by fields of lavender, orange blossoms and other aromatic flowers. Because of its flora, Grasse has become one of France’s leading perfume producers. During a tour of the Fragonard Perfumery, which dates back to 1782, you’ll discover how its various perfumes, cosmetics and scented soaps are produced. Afterwards, you will return to Antibes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-2 hours of guided, moderate walking dependent upon the guests’ choice in Cannes. There are some steps and an uphill gradient to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those guests with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.