Saint-Raphaël, special discovery
Starting from Cannes or Grasse
Time : 4 to 5 hours.
1h drive, on the Golden Corniche, one of the most beautiful road of the Riviera, along the Esterel mountains, famous for its enormous red rocks ending into the Mediterranean sea.
1h30 walking tour of the sea- side resort of St Raphaël, to enjoy a group of well preserved mansions, built by the end of the 19th century. The Winter Palace, Villa Ste Anne, Villa Roquerousse …
An inside visit of the romano byzantine church of Notre Dame of the victory, to hear about the legend of Tobi and his protector the archangel St Raphaël. To go on by the old port, where Napoleon came several times, and to speak about the famous people who loved so much this charming city.
Alphonse Karr, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Théophile Gautier, Charles Gounod etc…1h30 walking tour along the old city in order to see the medieval village. And above all, to make an inside visit of St Peter’ s church 12th century, a real jewel of roman architecture, which is the result of 5 different churches built one inside another, like Russian dolls. It is something amazing, like the marvelous acoustics under these old vaults.
Back to the hotel.
NB : It is possible to add a visit of the roman ruins of Frejus which is nearby, to make this excursion a full day tour.