We will be arriving by Princess cruise ship in mid July and rather than taking one of the ship's tours we'd like to explore Toulon on our own. Is it possible to walk from ship to explore the area on foot? I have downloaded several of your walking tours for our crise but find nothing on Toulon. Thanks
We were there last August. The town is a short walk from the port. We walked along to the "main" street and browsed the market. Found bargains there - got a decent shirt for 6 Euros. Really did not do too much, just browsed round the town. Never found any public tpilets bought sandwiches and used the cafe's. A neat little town.
Just remembered we went to the naval museum which was most interesting - and cool. It was hot outside.
Hi Margaret I wish you success with your excursion. There are a few cruisers on here but not many. Most would suggest to go to Cruisecritic and sign up for the particular cruise you will be on so you can meet fellow passengers and perhaps organize a joint excursion. I don't know about the cruising bit of Toulon but it looks to have plenty of docks.
Just in case you thought you were reaching Rick Steves, the Helpline is a semianarchic collection of volunteer fellow travelers gently ridden over by our Webmaster, He Who Must Be Obeyed. Rick doesn't visit here, nor do his staff - at least as far as we know LOL.
Hi, I was visiting Toulon, by train from Paris, in 1999; at that time the French aircraft carrier, Clemenceau (?) was in port since it's France's second naval base, having returned from the Adriatic (because of Kossovo). Yes, you can explore the area on foot. Historically, should you be interested, the fort where Napoleon as a junior officer had his military début is still there and can be visited.
Rick has a book called "Mediterranean Cruise Ports" which includes Toulon. If that is the only place you are interested in, it is not worth buying teh book for it, but you may be able to browse it in a bookstore. It is only 3-4 pages. If you are visiting other ports - as I would expect you are, it may be a worthwhile purchase.
Margaret - We are doing the same thing in early June. I was on Trip Advisor's website looking for local things to do. Sounds like the market is really neat, but open on weekends only. There is a cable car that takes you to the top of the mountain (hill) and you have a great view. We figured we would be exhausted by this point, so we weren't planning on going far a field.