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Marseille, France

A Panoramic Tour of Marseilles

Hop aboard a deluxe touring motor coach, climb to the open-air sightseeing deck and be whisked away on a grand journey through some of the most remarkable destinations in Marseille.

Be sure that your camera has plenty of pictures left - you're going to need them! Marseille is France's oldest city and its second largest. There is so much to see and do that you'll wish you could linger on every sight and sound. Start your journey with a drive through the charming Vieux Port. Despite the modern touches including the French cafes and yachts, it's still easy to imagine the Greeks coming ashore here for the first time over 26 centuries ago.

Continue along Vallon des Auffes past a tiny scenic port and make your way up to the focal point of Marseille - the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Proudly rising above and watching over the city, the Basilica was built in 1853 by architect Jacques Henri Esperandieu in the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Peer up at the glorious golden statue of the Virgin Mary serenely gracing the top of the bell tower. The Virgin watches over the city sprawling below her and purportedly protects Marseille from misfortune. Continue along Avenue du Prado and see foreign embassies from all over the world. Afterward, journey along the rocky coastline and enjoy lovely views of picturesque islands and the rising Marseilleveyre Massif. While returning to the pier, get a glimpse of the Rue de Rome - a classic French boulevard where the locals love to shop and stroll.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Mild
Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
Price: $45 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$25 (ages 3-9)(Child) Ages: All Ages

Marseille City Tour

Embark on a fascinating road tour of the ancient city of Marseille on a luxury air-conditioned motor coach.

Marseille is France's oldest and second largest city. There is so much to see and do that you'll wish you could linger on every sight and sound. Start your journey with a drive through the charming Vieux Port. Despite the modern touches including the French cafes and lavish yachts, it's still easy to imagine the Greeks coming ashore here for the first time over 26 centuries ago. Continue along Vallon des Auffes past a tiny scenic port and make your way up to the focal point of Marseille - the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Proudly rising above and watching over the city, the Basilica was built in 1853 by architect Jacques Henri Esperandieu in the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Walk up the 120 steps to the church as you gaze heavenward at the glorious golden statue of the Virgin Mary serenely gracing the top of the bell tower. The Virgin watches over the city sprawling below her and purportedly protects Marseille from misfortune.

After your 40-miute tour of the Basilica, journey along the rocky coastline and enjoy lovely views of picturesque islands and the rising Marseilleveyre Massif. Be sure that your camera has plenty of pictures left - you're going to need them! Take some photos of the beautiful 19th-centur Longchamp Palace's reflection on the adjacent reservoir that funnels water from the Durance River into the city. Relax during an hour of free time and have a drink as you explore the shops along the Old Harbor. Hop back in the motor coach for a half-hour trip back to the ship.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours
Price: $45 (ages 10 and up)(Adult) $25 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages


Soap and Marseille City

Tour the beautiful city of Marseille and learn how one of its most famous products is created - exceptionally high-quality soap that is sold around the world.

Start your journey with a 75-minute drive through the charming Vieux Port. Despite the modern touches including the French cafes and yachts, it's still easy to imagine the Greeks coming ashore here for the first time over 26 centuries ago. Drive down Corniche J.F. Kennedy and journey along the rocky coastline and enjoy lovely views of picturesque islands and the rising Marseilleveyre Massif. Continue along Vallon des Auffes past a tiny scenic port and make your way up to the focal point of Marseille - the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Proudly rising above and watching over the city, the Basilica was built in 1853 by architect Jacques Henri Esperandieu in the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Peer up at the glorious golden statue of the Virgin Mary serenely gracing the top of the bell tower. The Virgin watches over the city sprawling below her and purportedly protects Marseille from misfortune.

Tour a famous soap factory and discover the centuries-old secrets of how traditional all-natural French soaps are produced. Learn how olive oil is expertly mixed and molded into a superb product actively sought by connoisseurs all over the planet. Drive to Marseille's Old Port area for an hour of relaxation, sightseeing and shopping before a quick 30-minute ride back to your ship.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Mild
Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours
Price: $39 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$19 (ages 3-9)(Child) Ages: All Ages

Marseille and the Historic Santons Figurines

Tour Marseille, soak up the sights and learn about the santons - tiny religious figures that have been treasured for centuries by French families.

Start your journey with a drive through the charming Vieux Port. Despite the modern touches including the French cafes and yachts, it's still easy to imagine the Greeks coming ashore here for the first time over 26 centuries ago. Venture along Corniche J.F. Kennedy and journey along the rocky coastline and enjoy lovely views of picturesque islands and the rising Marseilleveyre Massif. Continue along Vallon des Auffes past a tiny scenic port and make your way up to the focal point of Marseille - the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Proudly rising above and watching over the city, the Basilica was built in 1853 by architect Jacques Henri Esperandieu in the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Peer up at the glorious golden statue of the Virgin Mary serenely gracing the top of the bell tower. The Virgin watches over the city sprawling below her and purportedly protects Marseille from misfortune.

Next, travel 30 minutes to an incredible workshop and learn about a much smaller but no less remarkable depiction of the Virgin Mary. Santons - literally translated as "little saints" - are miniature figurines that were used to create a traditional Christian nativity scene that depicts the birth of Jesus. The practice of displaying santons began to flourish during the French Revolution when worshippers in Provence were prohibited from attending midnight mass. To compensate, Christians created small displays in their individual homes to celebrate their faith. In addition to the nativity scene, santons frequently represent traditional pastoral roles or even mythological figures. Observe the manufacturing process of these extraordinary creations as skilled craftsmen form raw materials, usually clay, into delightfully colorful terracotta treasures. Then, journey back to the pier, passing through the serene French countryside, during a 45-minute motor coach ride.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours
Price: $39 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$19 (ages 3-9)(Child) Ages: All Ages

Marseille and Little Train

Explore the fabulous city of Marseille by luxury motor coach and by miniature train on a wonderful sightseeing tour that you will never forget.

Begin your journey with a 30-minute drive through the charming Vieux Port. Despite the modern touches including the French cafes and yachts, it's still easy to imagine the Greeks coming ashore here for the first time over 26 centuries ago.

Board an open-air tram shaped like a little train for a charming, hour-long narrated tour of Marseille. Get a closer look at the port, proceed to fortified fifth-century Saint Victor Abbey and see the beautiful 19th-century Pierre Puget Garden featuring a celebrated statue of architect Pierre Puget. Continue along Corniche Kennedy past a tiny scenic port and make your way up to the focal point of Marseille - the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Proudly rising above and watching over the city, the Basilica was built in 1853 by architect Jacques Henri Esperandieu in the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Peer up at the glorious golden statue of the Virgin Mary serenely gracing the top of the bell tower. The Virgin watches over the city sprawling below her and purportedly protects Marseille from misfortune. Enjoy an hour of free time to shop and sightsee before embarking on a 30-minute motor coach jaunt back to the ship.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Mild
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours Price: $49 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$29 (ages 3-9)(Child) Ages: All Ages

Aix En Provence

Embark on a 45-minute motor coach journey through the charming region of Provence to the historic city of Aix en Provence. Discover why control of the area has been heavily sought after and often fought over since the time of the Roman Empire.

For centuries, Aix en Provence has been known as a critical hub of trade, as well as a magical city with remarkable healing properties. The reason for the cities legendary status: It was built on the location of a hot spring containing water naturally enriched with lime and carbonic acid. Touch the 93-degree water flowing in its many magnificent fountains and understand why the Romans believed that it could help cure injury and disease.

Arrive in a city that was long the royal capital of the Provence region and start with a guided walking tour of Cours Mirabeau - a wide avenue, shaded by arching trees, that was built during the 17th century on the site of the city's medieval ramparts. Experience how its verdant tunnel of foliage naturally protects pedestrians from the heat of the Provencal sun. Study the aristocratic facades of the historic hotels lining the boulevard and admire their wrought-iron balconies and finely carved doorways. Marvel at the different architectural styles of the Saint Sauveur Cathedral. This remarkable building features a Gothic section, a Romanesque nave and a Merovingian baptistery that were added piecemeal to the original structure between the fifth century and the 17th century. Return to the Cours Mirabeau for a refreshing soft drink at the city's oldest café, Les 2 Garcons Café. Enjoy 45 minutes of free time to further explore the shops and cafés of Aix En Provence before the 45-minute return trip to Marseille.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours
Price: $49 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$29 (ages 3-9)(Child) Ages: All Ages

Arles & the Olive Oil Mills of Les Baux

Immerse yourself in the picturesque south of France that captured the heart of Vincent van Gogh, and learn the secrets of how some of the finest quality olive oil in the world is produced. Cap the day with a sumptuous three-course lunch that highlights the exceptional flavors of the region.

Journey 90 minutes from Marseille on an air-conditioned luxury motor coach to the ancient village of Arles - the location that inspired van Gogh while he painted works of art that forever changed the art world. Stroll though the city on a guided walking tour and discover treasures rich in history and culture. Visit Saint Trophimus Church, a masterpiece of the late Provençal Romanesque style that was originally consecrated to Saint Stephen in the 12th century. The Arles Town Hall was rebuilt from ruins in 1675 and features a monumental clock tower and an ancient obelisk salvaged from the Roman Circus in the 17th century. The animated Forum Square is a favorite location of artists including van Gogh. Finally, stroll through the first century Roman amphitheater that served as a fortress against marauding invaders during the Middle Ages.

Travel 45 minutes up to the village of Les Baux that served for centuries as a heavily defended fortress naturally protected on a bare spur of the Alpilles mountain range. Indulge in a wonderful lunch at a family-run restaurant situated within the compounds of a working olive oil mill. Moulin à Huile d' Olive is famous for its exceptional olive oil - a product of expertly skilled craftsmen and a unique natural environment. Relax with an aperitif before enjoying a buffet luncheon offering typical Provencal specialties. After lunch, tour the mill and enjoy free time exploring Les Baux. See the exterior of the ruins of the imposing castle ramparts or marvel at the stained glass windows of Saint Vincent church. After a day of so many wondrous sights, settle into the motor couch for a 90-minute drive back to Marseille.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 8.5 - 9 hours
Price: $139 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$79 (ages 3-9)(Child) Ages: All Ages

Chateau Neuf Du Pape and Avignon

Embark on a tour rich in the fascinating history of medieval Christianity, flavored with the fine cuisine of the French countryside.

Board a luxury air-conditioned motor coach for a delightful 75-minute drive from Marseille to the small town of Châteauneuf du Pape - literally translated as the "new castle of the pope." Much of the vine stock for the Rhone village's original vineyards was planted in 1308 by command of the Pope Clement V who used the city as a summer residence. The Avignon popes continued to enjoy the magnificent wines produced in the region and word spread about their sublime quality. Taste the wines that have been cherished for centuries as you visit a local winery where you will have the opportunity to sample the culmination of an ancient winemaking tradition.

Proceed on a half-hour trip to the picturesque city of Avignon and enjoy an authentic French three- course lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a short guided tour of a city rich in the art, the history and the culture of the Vaucluse region. Sprawling along the scenic banks of the Rhone River and surrounded by formidable ramparts, Avignon is dominated by the massive Dome Rock. Standing atop the Rock, the Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral and massive Palace of the Popes tower majestically over the town. From 1309 until 1376, the Palace was the heart of the Roman Catholic Church before the popes relocated to Avignon due to political turmoil in Rome. The Great Schism immediately followed as "antipopes" continued to reside in Avignon until 1417. The palace's monumental fortifications are testaments to the engineering prowess of the medieval church. Enriched by the food, the drink and the history of the Rhone region, you can comfortably enjoy a 90-minute journey back to Marseille.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 8 - 8.5 hours
Price: $129 (ages 21 and up)(Adult)
N/A(Child) Ages: 21 And Up

Palace of the Popes and Les Baux

Explore the 14th-century Palace of the Popes at Avignon before unearthing the age-old ruins of Les Baux amidst a breathtaking hilltop panorama.

Board a luxury air-conditioned motor coach and embark on a scenic 75-minute drive through the rolling Mediterranean countryside to the medieval city of Avignon. Sprawling along the banks of the Rhone River and surrounded by formidable ramparts, Avignon is dominated by the massive Dome Rock. Standing atop the Rock, the Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral and massive Palace of the Popes tower majestically over the town. From 1309 until 1376, the Palace was the heart of the Roman Catholic Church after the popes relocated to Avignon due to political turmoil in Rome. The Great Schism immediately followed as "antipopes" continued to reside in Avignon until 1417. The palace's monumental fortifications are testaments to the engineering prowess of the medieval church. Embark on a 75-minute tour of the palace, enjoy an hour of unguided exploration amidst the picturesque city of Avignon and enjoy an authentic French three-course lunch at a local restaurant.

Travel one hour up to the village of Les Baux that served for centuries as a heavily defended fortress naturally protected on a spur of the Alpilles mountain range. See the exterior of the ruins of the imposing castle ramparts or marvel at the stained glass windows of Saint Vincent Church. After a day full of wondrous sights and fascinating history, settle into the motor coach for a 75-minute drive back to Marseille.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Active
Duration: 9 - 9.5 hours
Price: $99 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$59 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Castellet & Wine Tasting

Indulge in an ideal afternoon excursion for wine lovers and anyone who wants a glimpse into the leisurely lifestyle of the south of France. Discover the village of Le Castellet and savor the rich flavors of fine French wines at a tasting venue you will never forget.

Marvel at the pastoral sights of the French countryside from the comfort of an air-conditioned luxury motor coach during the 75-minute journey from Marseille to Le Castellet - a typical Provencal hilltop village perched on the wooded hills of the Var Region, dotted with vineyards. The well-preserved ramparts provide evidence that Le Castellet once served as a stronghold for the feudal Lords of Les Baux. The village features a carefully restored 12th-century church and a castle built in the 11th century that now serves as the town hall. Enter through one of the twin fortified gates, Le Portail and Le Portalet, and embark on a guided walking tour of the narrow cobblestone streets. Explore the numerous arts and crafts workshops or enjoy a refreshing drink in a traditional French cafe.

Prepare for a very special treat as a 30-minute ride takes you to the Domaine de Souviou Winery. There you have the coveted opportunity to treat your palate with the remarkable flavors of French wines in the actual region where they are produced. Sample Bandol wines and learn the fascinating details of their origins and production methods. Breathe deeply the refreshing air and gently swirl the divine liquid in your glass as you soak up the same French sun that gives life to the precious vineyard grapes. Debate the merits of the vintages and try to determine your favorite bottle on the one-hour trip back to Marseille.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours
Price: $49 (ages 21 and up)(Adult)
N/A(Child)
Ages: 21 And Up

Castellet and Bandol

Spend a day touring the French countryside as you explore the charming villages of Bandol and Le Castellet. Soak up the sun, romance and carefree atmosphere as you unwind in communities that seem like they were plucked straight out of a fairytale storybook.

Begin your adventure with a 75-minute drive on a luxury air-conditioned motor coach to the seaside resort of Bandol - a tiny resort village sheltered by high wooded slopes beside a beautiful bay. Long before the heyday of the French Riviera, Bandol was the holiday hotspot for the stylish elite of Europe. "Brave New World" author Aldous Huxley vacationed here in the early 20th century. Take advantage of 45 minutes of free time to explore the village's natural environment including sandy beaches, cliffs, inlets and creeks surrounded by hills adorned with tall pines and leafy willows. Purchase a refreshing drink at one of the inviting waterfront cafes or stroll past the fashionable boutiques.

Rejoin the motor coach for a 30-minte drive to Le Castellet - a typical Provencal hilltop village perched on wooded hills dotted with vineyards. The well-preserved ramparts provide evidence that Le Castellet once served as a stronghold for the feudal Lords of Les Baux. The village features a carefully restored 12th-century church and a castle built in the 11th century that now serves as the town hall. Enter through one of the twin fortified gates, Le Portail and Le Portalet, and embark on a guided walking tour of the narrow cobblestone streets. Explore the numerous arts and crafts workshops or enjoy a refreshing drink in a traditional French cafe. Bid adieu to the village life and enjoy the scenic 75-minute journey back to Marseille.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours
Price: $49 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$29 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Calanques of Cassis

Behold one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in all of France - the remarkable calanques. Carved into the limestone over millennia by the constant flow of water from a stream, calanques feature stunning rocky cliffs cloven in two that plunge sharply into the sea. Enjoy the view of these wonderful geological structures from the Mediterranean Sea in a private boat.

Depart Marseille on a scenic one-hour motor coach trip to the picturesque fishing village. Nestled in a cove at the base of a medieval castle, Cassis remains as quaint and charming as it has been for centuries. Board a small train and ride to downtown where you will embark on a sightseeing expedition on a promenade boat. Look up in awe as the cliffs soar 1,250 feet straight above you. They are extremely difficult to reach by foot, and in the summer land access is strictly controlled for protection against forest fires.

Admire the unique beauty of each individual calanque. Port Miou is the longest of all the calanques. The fissure travels inland for almost a whole mile. The calanque known as Port Pin ends with a small sandy beach. The name derives from the pine trees that grow straight out from the rocks. En-Vau is the most famous calanque. It is extremely large and features high white cliffs that are revered worldwide by audacious mountain climbers. Return to Cassis for a refreshing drink and a brief stroll before the one-hour trip back to Marseille.

Port of Call: Marseille, France
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours
Price: $79 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$39 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Eagles in Beaucaire

Hark back to a time when birds of prey worked with human handlers to become tools for tracking and hunting during an unforgettable performance where these remarkable flying creatures soar right before your eyes. Take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch a magical show featuring the amazing feats of these magnificent animals.

Enjoy a 90-minute ride on a luxurious air-conditioned motor coach through the French countryside to the quaint town of Beaucaire. The grand towers of this city's medieval castle keep watch over a bend in the majestic Rhone River. Take advantage of some free time to explore this beautiful setting nestled in the Plain of Provence, where several ancient Roman ruins are hidden.

Stand in the shadow of the age-old castle, which provides an authentic setting for a show featuring free-flying eagles that spread their mighty wings and take to the sky with astonishing speed, agility and grace. In addition to eagles, the demonstration includes a variety of birds of prey including hawks, vultures and nightbirds. Admire the extraordinary birds from up close as they soar, dive, take flight and perform incredible acrobatic maneuvers. Learn about the animals from falconers costumed in authentically styled medieval costumes. The presentation is enhanced by dramatic music and enthralling storytelling. After the show, relish the sights of the French countryside during the 90-minute journey back to Marseille.

Port of Call: Marseille, France Activity Type: Sightseeing Activity Level: Mild Duration: 5 - 5.5 hours Price: $69 (ages 10 and up)(Adult) $39 (ages 3-9)(Child) Ages: All Ages


   


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