Enjoy a guided boat tour of “Europe’s finest bay” (Vauban) and discover Toulon’s military port, also France’s largest naval base.
Relive the city’s maritime history at the National Naval Museum (Musée National de la Marine).
Thanks to its exceptional natural environment (the city is bordered by hills overlooking the bay), Toulon is France’s only natural harbour combining naval and land defence posts. Its military heritage, featuring forts, towers and fortresses, together with the historical Naval Base, boasts exciting stories of strategy, battles and, of course, the French Revolution.
Guided boat tour of the bay
Climb aboard at the port of Toulon to discover the various warships anchored at the Naval Base (including the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier), fortifications bordering the bay, Bay of Lazaret mussel farms, maritime cemetery and Saint-Mandrier peninsula during this 1-hour guided tour.
: On sale at the Tourist Office
Les Bateliers de la Rade – ph.+33 (0)4 94 46 24 65 – www.lesbateliersdelarade.com
Disabled facilities :
No access ramp, disabled visitors are assisted by staff (manual wheelchairs only).
Groups cannot be accommodated.
Length: 1 hour / Departure from : Port of Toulon.
The National Naval Museum
Place Monsenergue – Tel. +33(0)4 22 42 02 01
Tucked away behind the monumental door built in 1738, the “Musée National de la Marine” offers a fitting tribute to Mediterranean maritime traditions through an exceptional collection of model vessels and galleys.
Entirely refurbished in 2011, the museum now features areas dedicated to the military engineer Vauban and original naval base, the Toulon convict prison including a reconstruction of the prison hospital, and a focus on French Navy submarines and aircraft carriers from WWII to current day on the 1st floor.
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