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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Do you love old stone buildings and Provence? For this heritage tour, start your day at Marseille's Roman docks before heading to the modern and interactive Marseille history museum. Today's lunch recommendation is Une Table au Sud in the Old Port. It's very close to the city's archaeological museum, a fantastic way to get to grips with Marseille from today and back to the past. The following day, a morning at the Arles Antique museum will fly by until your lunch at Mas de la Fenière in the shade of mulberry trees. In Saint-Rémy, the ancient town of Glanum will bring your two-day tour to a wonderful conclusion.
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Arles is an oasis of antiquity with its archaeology museum, Roman amphitheatre and the long-condemned ancient cryptoporticus. You'll travel back to the Middle Ages with a visit to the Church of St. Trophime and Montmajour Abbey that affords fantastic views all around. At the Fondation Van Gogh, learn about the painter's work and his influence on the art world, while the Réattu gives you an insight into 19th and 20th century art history. Don't forget to stop for lunch (we recommend J.L Rabanel) and follow that with more culture at the Actes Sud centre.
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