A walk in Toulon
with Anthony

 
Learn French
while Exploring the City
  

 

When?

  1. It is better to visit the city between May and October. Keep in mind the weather can be hot in summer ?
  2. You can visit the city any time. But even though Toulon and Marseille are the two sunniest cities in France (228 sunny days/year), I can't promise the weather will be nice when you come... It can also rain in the summer!

 

How long?

  1. The tour of Toulon is done in half-day increments. You can book a half-day, a full day or more depending on how long you plan to stay in the city and what you want to see.
  2. If you can't find a suitable time on my calendar, please contact me to discuss your project.

 

Where?

  1. We will meet at "Place de la Liberté", 5 minutes away from the train station. The tour begins at a café on the square, where we'll have the chance to introduce ourselves and chat a bit about the city.

  2. Afterward, the tour continues based on what you've decided and the places you've chosen. This could include a tour of the Old Town, the traditional market and the opera house, a visit of the museums or a visit of the Mayol rugby stadium... or a boat ride to discover the port and the military port... or even taking the cable car for a mountain excursion.

  3. You can select the places you wish to visit from the calendar page, paying attention to the opening days/hours and trip durations provided in the descriptions below. Before booking a tour, you can contact me to discuss your project.

 

How?

  1. Much more than just a guided tour, I offer you a linguistic journey aimed at improving your French as well. After booking your stay, in order to prepare for your visit, you will have access to my "Explore Toulon" course, consisting of texts (with audio), maps, photos, vocabulary lists, quizzes and interactive activities to practise the vocabulary, to learn everything you need to know about Toulon and its monuments, and to discover numerous anecdotes about the city.

  2. Following the principle of "flipped classroom," you will get to talk to me about what you have read and heard about the places we visit. I will assist you in speaking, correct your mistakes and we will discuss various topics related to the places we visit. You'll have the chance to share your own experience and tell me about your own country and culture.

 

Book your trip

 

Contact me

 

 

EXPLORE TOULON
Language & Culture Course

Texts · Games & Activities · Photos · Maps

The course is free if you have booked a tour.

Not visiting Toulon just now? You can still discover the city from your sofa while practising your French by buying the course.

 

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Customise Your Trip
Choose what You want to explore
 

 
The New Town:

LIBERTY SQUARE,
WHERE IT ALL STARTS

Duration: 1 Hour
*

Available
anytime


Established in 1858 at the behest of the Ministry of War, this expansive square, measuring 117 meters long and 120 meters wide, served as the focal point of "Modern Toulon."

At the heart of this square stands the Fountain of the Federation, inaugurated by President Carnot in 1890, adorned with three figures carved from Calissane stone, symbolizing France, Strength, and Justice.

Located just a few minutes' walk from Toulon's railway station, our Toulon tour will commence at the vibrant Place de la Liberté, offering us the perfect opportunity to get acquainted and engage in conversation over a drink before delving into our exploration of the city.

 

Language Objective

 
 

 
The Old Town:
A HISTORICAL TOUR
OF THE CITY & ITS FOUNTAINS

Duration: 1 Hour
*

Available anytime

In the old neighborhoods of the historic city, immerse yourself in the architectural heritage of our Provencal town, delving into the rich history of the Navy, the naval base, and the former prison colony. This stroll will lead you through a maze of picturesque alleys.

Toulon, once a prominent port of the Levant and now France's foremost naval base, will captivate you with its intriguing historical narratives.

This itinerary offers a selection of fountains that beckon exploration of Toulon, traversing through the Place de la Liberté, the old town, the market, and the halls.

 
The Old Town:
THE CATHEDRAL
& SAINT LOUIS 
CHURCH

Duration: 1 Hour
*

Cathedral:
Everyday
St Louis Church: Everyday except on Sundays

The imposing Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Sed in Toulon boasts a remarkable 36-meter clock tower and a stunning baroque altar. Constructed over several centuries, from the 11th to the 18th century, and adorned with paintings by renowned artists like Rembrandt, the cathedral showcases breathtaking architecture.

Preceding the Revolution, the Saint Louis Church stands as a testament to neoclassical design. Originally serving as a Temple of Reason and the Supreme Being, its architectural prowess is evident in its domed structure and lantern positioned above the altar. Resembling a temple, as depicted in a painting featuring Jesus in such a setting, this church is truly remarkable.

 
 

 
The Port:
THE NATIONAL
NAVY MUSEUM

Duration: 1 Hour
*

Museum: Everyday except on Wednesdays

Established at the end of the First Empire, the Toulon National Maritime Museum is situated adjacent to the Clock Tower of the arsenal. Serving as a custodian of Toulon's arsenal, it preserves the majestic monumental gate (1738) and showcases an outstanding collection of ship models, along with a galley replica.

 
The Port:
A BOAT TOUR
OF THE MILITARY PORT

Duration: 1 Hour
*

Available anytime

The history of the Arsenal and that of the city of Toulon are inseparable due to their geographical location, which facilitated both national defense and regional economic development.

The establishment of a military port in Toulon was quickly deemed necessary at this location, along with the imperative to fortify the site for its defense. Toulon gradually transitioned from being a fishing port to a naval base starting from the reign of Henri IV. At the behest of King Louis XIV, Vauban implemented the decisions made, which included constructing defense forts, fortifying the city, and expanding the Arsenal.

With a tumultuous history, the Arsenal remains a highly active military base, retaining its status as France's premier naval port.

 
 

 
The Port:
TOULON RUGBY CLUB
& THE MAYOL RUGBY STADIUM

Duration 1 Hour
*

Mayol Museum: Everyday except on Sundays

The history of the Arsenal and that of the city of Toulon are inseparable due to their geographical location, which facilitated both national defense and regional economic development.

The establishment of a military port in Toulon was quickly deemed necessary at this location, along with the imperative to fortify the site for its defense. Toulon gradually transitioned from being a fishing port to a naval base starting from the reign of Henri IV. At the behest of King Louis XIV, Vauban implemented the decisions made, which included constructing defense forts, fortifying the city, and expanding the Arsenal.

With a tumultuous history, the Arsenal remains a highly active military base, retaining its status as France's premier naval port.

 
The Port:
LAFAYETTE 
PROVINCAL MARKET
& MAYOL SHOPPING CENTRE

Duration 1 Hour
*

Market
Everyday except on Mondays
Shopping centre: Everyday except on Sundays

Nestled in the heart of the old town, completely revitalized and beautified, the Lafayette boulevard hosts a daily market with distinctly Provençal accents, whose renown is well established.

The first market stalls appeared on Lafayette Boulevard as early as 1750. The location, dotted with fountains and once traversed by two clear streams, was ideal for strolling.

Among the attractions to discover besides fruits, vegetables, olives, cheeses, and other local products are some beautiful 18th-century hotels (characterized by their carved wooden doors), two 19th-century statues of the Virgin Mary in their niches (located at No. 74 and 92), a cannonball from the 1793 siege (on the facade of No. 89), and a portion of the former Episcopal Palace with its studded door.

 
 

 
Mourillon Beach:
A TOUR OF THE BEACH
& THE ASIAN ARTS MUSEUM

Duration: 1 Hour
*

The beach
: Everyday
The museum: Everyday except on Sundays & Mondays

The Mourillon Beach is a popular destination featuring bars, restaurants, parks and stunning views of the sea and coastline. Nestled within its surroundings is Fort Saint Louis, a cannon tower erected in Toulon in 1534 by the initiative of François I to safeguard the city against Saracen raids and Barbary pirates.

Additionally, the Museum of Asian Arts, housed in the Villa Jules Verne, formerly occupied by the son and grandson of the renowned writer Jules Verne, showcases collections acquired from China, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, and India by French collectors, often sailors from Toulon, and bequeathed to the city. The ground floor hosts temporary exhibitions as well.

 
Mount Faron:
CABLE CAR TO THE MEMORIAL

& WALK IN THE WOOD

Duration 1 Hour
*

Memorial: Everyday except on Sundays
Walk/Cable car: Anytime except if windy/bad weather

To access the site dedicated to the Memorial of the Provence landings, you first need to take the cable car to the top of Mount Faron, which offers one of the most stunning panoramas of Toulon's harbor.

Unique along the Mediterranean coast, the cable car provides an exceptional ascent of the iconic Toulon mountain. Since 1959, its famous red cabins have transported thousands of visitors each year, captivated by the view of the harbor. With an arrival at the summit at 584 meters, a journey of 6 minutes, and an elevation gain of 378 meters, the fully modernized and revamped facility offers a unique experience.

The Provence Landing Memorial, inaugurated by General de Gaulle on August 15, 1964, has recently undergone complete renovation and redesign. This highly successful memorial details the operations that took place on the Provence coast following the Allied landings in August 1944.

 

 
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