3 trips in 1, marseille, provence, camargue
Before or after your cruise, make the most of your departure from (or arrival into) Marseille to explore the region over a couple of days. Marseille will show you its many faces, its sea, its ancient heritage and its new museums like the MuCEM. Aix-en-Provence, Aubagne and Les Baux-de-Provence will introduce you to the heart and soul of Provence though its old stone houses, vineyards and olive groves. Last but by no means least, Arles and Camargue will whisk you to a dramatic change of scenery just a few kilometres from Marseille's cruise terminal. Marseille, Provence and Camargue, the promise of three trips in one!
Marseille and the coast, from the Old Port to Cassis
Your itinerary begins with a whistle-stop tour of Marseille, from its Mediterranean side, of course! Once you're ashore, head straight to the MuCEM to learn about the Mediterranean's multicultural past. Then swing by the Old Port for a chance to try the city's legendary bouillabaisse. The afternoon is given over to leisure and relaxation with a visit to the beautiful Port-Miou calanque and shopping in Cassis. Just follow the guide!
Distance from cruise terminal : 15 min
Provence: the main attractions
For day two, prepare to have all your senses heightened with a tour of Provence. From the santons in Aubagne (Pagnol's home town) to the Provençal charm of Aix passing through the medieval relics of Les Baux, take the time to drift through these picture postcard landscapes awash with the colours of lively markets, vineyards and olive groves.
Distance from cruise terminal : 30 min
Camargue: from marshlands to ancient ruins
After you've toured the typical Provençal villages, head out to explore the ancient city of Arles. At the gateway to Camargue Nature Park, Arles is full of remarkably preserved Roman ruins to admire as well as Place du Forum, the square once frequented by Van Gogh. Lunch at an authentic stud farm brings your morning tour of Camargue to a satisfying finish.
Distance from cruise terminal : 1h
- Strolling along the Marseille's redeveloped sea front with its ultra-modern buildings
- Walking in the footsteps of Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence or Roman emperors in Arles
- Exploring the diversity of the landscapes, from Marseille's urban centre to sublime calanques in Port-Miou and the wild countryside of Camargue
- Extending your wine collection with bottles of AOP Cassis or Côteaux-d'Aix
The best time to visit
- During the medieval festivities at the village of Les Baux-de-Provence (spring/summer)
- In July for the Jazz des 5 continents festival in Marseille or the opera festival in Aix-en-Provence- Late July for the Font de Mai music festival in Aubagne
Marseille, Aix en Provence, Arles, Cassis, Les Baux de Provence, Aubagne
All year round
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In the Alpilles, Les Baux, Saint-Rémy and more
A day suffices to see the main sites in the Alpilles. Don't miss the ancient town of Glanum with its Roman ruins and Saint-Sixte Chapel. The Carrières de Lumières is worth a visit for its original and captivating audiovisual displays. Then step foot in the legendary Château des Baux and find a table at La Reine Jeanne to enjoy refined dishes made with fresh, local produce. Your tour ends at the oil mills, vital links in the production chain for AOP Baux-de-Provence olive oil.
La Trévaresse, abbey and vineyards
The hills of La Trévaresse are an ideal destination for getting to know Bouches-du-Rhône, from its sacred heritage to its sacred vineyards. After tasting honey produced at Rucher Salonais, head to La Roque d’Anthéron where you can visit Silvacane Abbey and Sainte-Anne de Goiron Chapel. Stop for lunch at Mas de Jossyl and then walk it off around Beaulieu and Rognes châteaux. Château de Calavon is along the wine route and is well worth a detour before you visit picturesque Lambesc and end the day at the sumptuous Château de Beaupré.
Shopping itinerary in Aubagne by Sogirlyblog
A typical Provence village, but Aubagne has some hidden surprises! A few minutes from Marseille, we discover a universe that is typically Provencal as we enter the streets and alleys of Aubagne, with the production of Christmas crib figures or “santons”, ochre walls and a mixture of craftsmen that welcome you into their world and invite you to wander through the town, often unacknowledged by the regions habitants.
It all starts with a crushed clove...
Provencal cuisine simply wouldn't exist without garlic
Provence is more than a simple destination, it's a whole way of life!
Celebrated at Candlemas, this traditional Provencal biscuit is also a popular sweet treat all year round