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
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All year round
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Traditional La Montagnette
From Saint-Rémy circling back to Saint-Rémy, take a tour through some of Provence's most traditional villages. After lunch, it's on to the museum dedicated to the French poet Frédéric Mistral (Maillane). Next put your nose to the test at the museum of aromas and perfume (Gravescon) before admiring the candles produced at the Premonstratensians' factory and 'indiennes' (printed textile) at the Provençal fabric museum (Tarascon). Once you've had a look at Saint-Marcellin Chapel (Boulbon), head across to Barbentane and Cristine Darc's santons (figurines) before making your way to the Frigolet distillery. Enjoy the late afternoon sun over Château des Comtes de Provence in Reynard before returning to Saint-Rémy and visiting the Alpilles museum.
From Camargue to Saintes Maries de la Mer – nature, terroir and tradition
Promising an unforgettable day out, head off to explore Camargue, in particular the towns of Arles and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. The region is famed for its unspoilt countryside that is sure to stimulate all your senses. Anyone with a penchant for fine wine will enjoy the organic varieties produced at Mas de la Valériole while foodies can try the famed Camargue rice. And nature lovers can watch white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos that have put this magnificent region on the map in their natural habitat by visiting Manade Mailhan and the ornithological park or by taking a walk along the sea wall.
Flavours of Provence
Gourmets and foodies from all over flock to Provence which has assembled all the ingredients for an exciting culinary journey. In this part of the world, the vineyards along the Cassis wine route graze the Mediterranean Sea. In Aix-en-Provence, the almond scent of calisson sweets mingles with the orange blossom of Navettes de Marseille biscuits. Rouille brings colour to bowls of bouillabaisse while olive oil made in the Alpilles is a staple on every table! Not to forget rice and meat from Camargue. A gourmet tour of Provence promises an epicurean feast.
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