Villefranche-sur-Mer: Unveiling the U.S. Navy's Legacy in the French Riviera

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Audio tour
Audio tour in English
Route length: 1 km
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Duration 1h
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Hosted by Association Les Américains et la 6e Flotte à Villefranche-sur-Mer
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  • You'll receive a self-guided audio tour right after booking
  • Unravel the life of this coastal town during the Cold War with this engaging in-app audio tour
  • Learn how around 300 American families shared a local life on the far side of the Atlantic
  • Hear the touching story of Mom Germaine and find out how she became a heroine of books and movies
  • Discover 240 years of history between Villefranche-sur-Mer and the U.S. Navy
  • Enjoy the careless and generous vibe of the town where 44% of marriages were mixed
Discover the century-long history between Villefranche-sur-Mer and the U.S. Navy guided by this compelling in-app audio tour! You will walk around the Old Town in the footsteps of the sailors of the American Sixth Fleet, accompanied by Valérie Blouin, the granddaughter of a local heroine, Mère Germaine, who was called Mom of the Sixth Fleet in the 1950s. Our walk starts in front of Hotel Welcome, which has been so named in tribute to the British and American allies. You will wander through the narrow streets of the Old Town, passing by bars and restaurants where the sailors loved to sit at the tables on the terraces and enjoy the magnificent view of the harbor. Our route will then lead us to the Saint-Michael church, where many Franco-American weddings and christenings were celebrated. You will hear some touching stories from the people who fell in love here, and also see their family photos. You will then go back down towards Quai Courbet, where you’ll see the commemorative plaques for the friendship between the Sixth Fleet and the town. Here, you will discover the story about the legendary Mom Germaine and her famous restaurant, told by her granddaughter. Walking further along the harbor, you will see the Giant Anchor and explore the maritime heritage of Villefranche. Our tour ends on Place Wilson, where you will find other more recent historical traces of the American presence in this French coastal town. Bon voyage!

What's included

  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone on the WeGoTrip app
  • Detailed route from stop to stop with live GPS map on your smartphone
  • Personal memories shared by a granddaughter of the local legend
  • Sightseeing tips, as well as book and movie references
  • Headphones — you should bring your own
  • Entrance tickets to attractions — you can visit them on your own
  • Earphones and smartphone are not included – bring your own
  • In-person tour guide

Places you will visit

The route of the tour goes within circle
Welcome Hotel
Quai de l'Amiral Courbet, 3
Place Wilson
Place Wilson
Download the app and the digital audio tour on your smartphone before the visit. You will find recommendations on how to get to the staring point in the first step of the tour. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email us at
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