Excursion

Antibes Old Town Walk & Tasting

Enjoy a leisurely look at the historic town of Antibes during a guided walk. Special treats include a visit and tasting at the Absinthe Museum, along with a survey of the Tower Museum, located within the old city ramparts.

  • Code
    ANS-A
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 3 hours
New for 2018 - Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Follow your guide by foot into the charming town of Antibes, embraced by the remains of the old ramparts and alive with art and culture. Pass by the Picasso Museum, located within the medieval castle of Grimaldi, so-named for the Grimaldi family of Monaco, who once owned the stronghold. In 1946, Picasso was invited to use the castle as his workshop.

Nearby is the Antibes Cathedral, originally built in the 5th or 6th century on the site of an old pagan temple. It is said that St. Paul was arrested here in 63 AD on his way to Spain. The church you see today mostly dates to the 13th century, with an Italian-style façade dating to the 18th century.

Make your way to the Provencal market, displaying a variety of fruits, vegetables and local delicacies, and gain insights into a favorite beverage of the region, absinthe, with a visit to the tiny museum dedicated to this distilled, highly alcoholic spirit. The drink, sometimes green in color, originated in Switzerland in the late 18th century and is known as a favorite refreshment for such writers and artists as Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Lord Byron, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

Sample this libation, aromatic and delicious with hints of green anise and sweet fennel, during your stop at the museum, and nibble on typical foods such as olives, tapenade and stuffed bread called michettes.

Continuing your walk through the town’s maze of streets, arrive at the Tower Museum. Located within the medieval walls, the museum showcases an interesting assemblage of costumes, tools, writings, photographs, paintings, ceramics, objects and documents evoking Antibes’s past, both key moments in its history and the art of simple, everyday living.

From here, you may return to the pier by foot or further explore Antibes’s cobblestone lanes on your own.

Important Notes:
Guests must be a minimum of 18 years old in order to participate in the liqueur tasting. As this excursion is conducted entirely by foot and involves approximately 2½ hours of walking, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable walking or sports shoes. Some crowding may be anticipated. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Important: Please Read Before Pre-Reserving this Crystal Adventures Excursion

(1) To fully appreciate the magnificent sights of the French Riviera, substantial walking along cobbled, uneven and steep surfaces is unavoidable. Since local regulations require motor coaches to remain in designated holding areas, they cannot park or drop off guests adjacent to many important attractions. Guests are requested to bear in mind the walking conditions before purchasing any of the following excursions.

(2) Traffic congestion can affect the itinerary and duration for all excursions offered from Antibes. They are, therefore, subject to change without prior notice.

(3) Some excursions may contain limited free time for you to independently explore particular points of personal interest. Understandably, it is not possible to provide guide service at all such diverse attractions during these periods at leisure.

(4) Although our tour operator has engaged the best available guides, please be aware there may be times when their French-accented English may not be fully comprehensible.

(5) In Antibes, all motor coach ttours will involve an approximate 10-minute walk from the tender pier to motor coach parking and vice versa.