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Getting to St Paul de Vence

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Getting to St Paul de Vence

My mom and I are spending the day in Villefranche during our cruise. We'd like to travel to St. Paul de Vence on our own. What is the best way to get there? Bus or Taxi? Approximate cost for a taxi? Is it possible to get a return taxi?

Also, what the travel time? I appreciate your input!

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1. Re: Getting to St Paul de Vence

St Paul de Vence can be reached by bus from Nice. Here is a link to an earlier thread with details:

http://tinyurl.com/9uy7d

Lunch at La Colombe d'Or wouldn't be an awful thing to treat your mom to - or vice versa... ;>)

If you are going to be in Villefranche for a day, you might want to consider visiting the fabulous Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with its glorious gardens, and the equally lovely Villa Kerylos. Both are on St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, just "round the corner" from Villefranche:

www.villa-ephrussi.com/ephrussi/home_en.htm

www.villa-kerylos.com/kerylos/uk_index.htm

Nothing will give you a better idea of what the Riviera was like in its "golden age" when it was THE place to be.

Taxis anywhere in the region are among the most expensive in the world. I wouldn't like to guess what a taxi to and from St Paul might cost.

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2. Re: Getting to St Paul de Vence

Thank you. We were hoping to start the day at the villas you mentioned and then head to St Paul de Vence. We wanted to go to the museum and wonder around. Our ship doesn't sail until midnight, is this too ambitious?

Thanks so much for your help!

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3. Re: Getting to St Paul de Vence

When you say you want to go to the "museum" do you mean the Fondation Maeght? And are you planning to give the actuial village of St Paul a miss?

I think if your plan is to see only the Fondation OR the village but not both, it is probably doable. You might want to go to St. Paul first so you could get an early start and be travelling before things are open. Also, depending on when exactly you are travelling, the coast is likely to be cooler in the afternoon than inland.

I think I'd assume 1.5 hours to get to and from St. Paul. If you can make a start as early as 8:00am, and give yourselves a couple of hours in St. Paul plus an hour for lunch you could be back to Beaulieu by 2:00pm which should give you time for a good visit to the Villas. I'd go to E. de R. first, as I think it is the more impressive and beautiful. Then if you do run out of time or energy you would have missed the lesser of the two.

Hope this helps - and if you have any other questions, ask away!

Have a great trip!

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4. Re: Getting to St Paul de Vence

Thanks. The timing information is very helpful. I was hoping to do both the museum and the village. But we are laid back travelers, and I think 1.5 hours each way may be too much. If we decide to spend the day in VilleFranche, do you have other recommendations in addition to the Villas?

I also posted a question for Genoa. I'm not sure if you have any insight there. Is the town worth seeing? How difficult is it to get to Portofino? Any other recommendations? Or do you mainly stick to the French side.

Thanks again - Nik

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My girls and I enjoyed some down time of Villefranche's beach.

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6. Re: Getting to St Paul de Vence

My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. Somehow I lost track of this thread.

Villefranche itself has a pleasant little old town to stroll around, the Chapelle St-Pierre decorated by Jean Cocteau, the Citadel with a couple of small museums, and the beach.

Nearby Beaulieu is peaceful and very attractive. There are great views from the plateau above the twon, but it's a steep climb.

Cap Ferrat has some lovely walks and even just a drive round it would be worthwhile. From the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, if you walk towards the little town and harbor of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (about a mile) you can walk back along the seafront to Beaulieu (perhaps two miles). Alternatively there is a lovely footpath round the headland to the east of St-Jean - but sooner or later you'll probably need to find some kind of vehicle (bus? taxi?) to take you back to either Beaulieu or Villefranche, I suspect!

You'll only be a few minutes away from Nice, which has quie a few museums worth visiting, including the Modern Art Museum, the Matisee Museum, and the Chagall Museum where his great Biblical Message paintings are displayed.

http://www.mamac-nice.org/

http://www.musee-matisse-nice.org/

http://www.musee-chagall.fr/

The old town is pleasant to wander through, and the Promenade des Anglais is a great place to stroll. Good shopping and plenty of restaurants in every price range.

In the other direction, Monaco is only a short train ride. Monte Carlo has superb gardens, the fine Oceanographic Museum and aquarium, the casino, the Grimaldi palace, and great (expensive) cafe-sitting at the Cafe de Paris, and world-class (even more expensive) shopping.

The hill village of Eze is easy to reach by bus and very lovely, with great views of the coast, but a bit "touristy."

Hope this is helpful.

Have a great day, whatever you decide to do!

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7. Re: Getting to St Paul de Vence

There are frequent buses running between Nice and Marseilles along the Riviera. It's a very inexpensive way to get from Villafranche to St. Paul de Vence and back. Sometimes the traffic is so heavy on the road down to Villafranche from the upper road that it is quicker to walk (up or down the hill) and catch the bus on the main road. The center of Villafranche has a very friendly, English-speaking tourist center with info on buses, etc. I don't know how much a taxi would cost, but the bus is just a couple of euros. However, with your time constraint, you might prefer to spend more and take a taxi. They'll be lined up at the tourist center in Villafranche - a lot of the cruise lines stop in that harbor. St. Paul de Vence is a very popular tourist destination and there are lots of taxis there, as well.

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8. Re: Getting to St Paul de Vence

There are frequent buses running between Nice and Marseilles along the Riviera. It's a very inexpensive way to get from Villafranche to St. Paul de Vence and back. Sometimes the traffic is so heavy on the road down to Villafranche from the upper road that it is quicker to walk (up or down the hill) and catch the bus on the main road. The center of Villafranche has a very friendly, English-speaking tourist center with info on buses, etc. I don't know how much a taxi would cost, but the bus is just a couple of euros. However, with your time constraint, you might prefer to spend more and take a taxi. They'll be lined up at the tourist center in Villafranche - a lot of the cruise lines stop in that harbor. St. Paul de Vence is a very popular tourist destination and there are lots of taxis there, as well.

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9. Re: Getting to St Paul de Vence

There are frequent buses running between Nice and Marseilles along the Riviera. It's a very inexpensive way to get from Villafranche to St. Paul de Vence and back. Sometimes the traffic is so heavy on the road down to Villafranche from the upper road that it is quicker to walk (up or down the hill) and catch the bus on the main road. The center of Villafranche has a very friendly, English-speaking tourist center with info on buses, etc. I don't know how much a taxi would cost, but the bus is just a couple of euros. However, with your time constraint, you might prefer to spend more and take a taxi. They'll be lined up at the tourist center in Villafranche - a lot of the cruise lines stop in that harbor. St. Paul de Vence is a very popular tourist destination and there are lots of taxis there, as well.

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