3 trips in 1: Marseille, Provence, Arles
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Discover Provence's three main towns and cities with this 3-day tour accessible to all. The programme features top addresses in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Arles, offering special amenities for all types of disability and the promise of an unforgettable break in the very best conditions. Day 1 begins with an enriching cultural immersion in the town of Aix-en-Provence. Next, it's time to head off to Marseille for a visit to the famous MuCEM museum, before enjoying a relaxing stroll in the exotic atmosphere of the city's Old Port (Vieux-Port), followed by the must-see Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica and its magnificent sweeping views over the whole of Marseille. Last but definitely not least, is stunning Camargue and the town of Arles – a UNESCO World Heritage Site - where you will tour the "Musée Départemental Arles Antique" to delve into the town's ancient Roman history. Your stay winds up in style with a visit to the entertaining "Musée de la Camargue", where past and present rub shoulders on the themes of Art, Nature and Society.
Day 1 - Aix-en-Provence "Provence par Excellence": Musée Granet
Place Saint Jean de Malte 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Labelled a "Town of Water & Art", Aix-en-Provence offers a unique variety of museums. For this stage of your trip, we recommend heading to Musée Granet, just a stone's throw from the Gothic Church Saint-Jean-De-Malte, now a listed monument. This 4,000 m² museum features over 12,000 works, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, Giacometti and, of course, local-born artist Cézanne.
Accessibility: Fully accessible to the disabled, the museum offers special guided tours for hearing-impaired visitors (please book in advance), as well as telecoil audio tour headsets and audio guide hire in several languages (English, French, German Italian, Spanish and Japanese). The museum also hosts regular narrated tours for visually-impaired visitors. The nearest paying car park (Carnot) offers disabled parking spaces. The museum can be accessed from Rue Roux Alphéran.
Day 1 - Aix-en-Provence: night at the Hotel Ibis Aix-en-Provence
Chemin Des Infirmeries 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Located 2 km from the town centre and 20 km from the TGV railway station, the Hôtel Ibis welcomes you after your first day of adventures in Provence! You can enjoy the heated outdoor pool in peak season, together with a pleasant shaded terrace and garden.
Accessibility: The hotel offers 4 rooms ideally adapted to disabled guests, including an amplified telephone (on request) and visual alarm. Each room is connected to a second room for accompanying guests, also fitted with an alarm.
Day 2 - Marseille "A City On the Med": MuCEM museum and Jardin des Migrations
7 Promenade Robert Laffont 13002 Marseille
The MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) is a flagship of Marseille and now one of the world's 50 most-visited museums. Built between land and sea on the jetty of Fort Saint-Jean and designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti, its extremely contemporary aspect is as enchanting as its exhibitions! Don't miss the itinerary dedicated to Mediterranean civilisations on the ground floor, together with the two temporary exhibitions per year on show on the second floor dedicated to the people and towns of the Mediterranean. You can also visit the museum's "Jardin des Migrations" garden and enjoy an instructive tour combining botany and an insight into the city's evolution and human migrations. Overflowing with scents, colours and textures, the garden is a genuine ode to the senses.
Accessibility: The building is fully-accessible to disabled visitors. All exhibitions are open to reduced-mobility guests and the auditorium features 10 spaces for wheelchairs. Tours of the permanent and temporary exhibitions can be booked in French sign language, or adapted to special requirements. The auditorium is also fitted with a telecoil system for visitors with hearing aids.
The museum offers a multimedia audio guide and French sign language guide to the Mediterranean gallery (equipped with braille panels), as well as magnifying glasses, wheelchairs and stick seats for hire at the cloakroom. It also features three 3D braille plans placed in strategic locations.
Day 2 – Marseille: Lunch at the Regards Café
Musée Regards de Provence Avenue Vaudoyer 13002 Marseille
Just a short walk from the MuCEM, savour a relaxing lunch at the "Regards Café" (on the roof of the Musée Regards de Provence museum), with its terrace offering breathtaking views over the museum esplanade and sea. The restaurant offers a varied menu, including Provencal, exotic and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Accessibility: The restaurant is accessible via a left-hand ramp and lift. You can also park in the disabled parking spaces at Vieux Port Fort Saint Jean car park (paying). The toilets are fitted with an alarm and left-hand transfer.
Day 2 – Marseille: Night at Hotel Le Terminus Saint-Charles
1 Place Des Marseillaises 13001 Marseille
The perfect place to rest and relax before the third and last day of your tour, Hôtel Terminus Saint Charles offers a welcoming, family-style atmosphere. Built in the Twenties, this establishment is ideally located facing Saint-Charles railway station and offers a drop-off zone. The reception is open 24/24, with breakfast served in the dining room from 6.30 to 10 a.m. The hotel also offers local newspapers and free WiFi.
Accessibility: The hotel features four rooms fitted with visual alarms, colour-contrasted furniture and an amplifying telephone with a flash ringer and large buttons. The staff are trained to welcome reduced-mobility guests. All areas of the hotel are accessible and a lift provides access to the upper floors.
Day 3 - Arles "A UNESCO World Heritage Town": Musée de la Camargue
RD 570 Mas du Pont de Rousty 13200 Arles
The day winds up at the "Musée de la Camargue" for the final part of your tour. Opened in 1979 in an ancient sheepfold at Mas du Pont de Rousty, this museum, committed to an eco-friendly and sustainable development policy, offers a full immersion in Camargue with its permanent exhibition on the water theme entitled "Le fil de l'eau, le fil du temps". Throwing bridges between the Camargue of today and yesteryear, it offers visitors a fascinating hotchpotch of historic objects, together with interactive multimedia installations and contemporary works of art. The museum hosts shows, screenings, debates and specialist interest tours throughout the year. You can also prolong the pleasure with a stroll along the footpath running along the museum, canal and rice fields to the marshes, featuring works by Tadashi Kawamata: Horizons (at the start of the footpath) and Décise (on the waterside walk).
Accessibility: The museum is built on one level and offers reserved parking spaces. Accessible toilets (dry toilets) with left-hand transfer. Installations and signposts adapted to disabled visitors, together with various media, 3D mock-ups, large print and telecoils for visitors with hearing aids.
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Essential Aubagne – a city built from clay
Aubagne is your destination for this tour. During the course of the day, you'll get to meet the crafts men and women who transform the local clay into iconic objects. Indeed, Aubagne is renowned for its santons (figurines) and pottery. After a lunch at Le 3 Farfalle, take a tour of the potters and 'santonniers', makers of the region's famous figurines. Aubagne's charming old town is awash with heritage (the clock tower) and Art Deco features. If you're in the museum mood, you have a couple to choose from: Cité de l’Art Santonnier dedicated to figurines and the Foreign Legion Museum. Just 30 minutes from the cruise terminal.
The leading lights in architecture
For your architecture-themed day, this tour will show you buildings and works designed by leading lights including Jean Nouvel, Franck Gehry, Rudy Ricciotti, Stefano Boeri, Le Corbusier, Kengo Kuma, Pouillon, Vasarely, Tadao Endo and others. It will take you to the MuCEM and its amazing footbridge before you get to visit the Villa Méditerranée that is half suspended over the Mediterranean Sea. When lunchtime arrives, we suggest you head to Le Ventre de l’Architecte (literally 'the architect's belly'!) in the Cité Radieuse designed by the great Le Corbusier. The FRAC and its fascinating façade is the next stop on the tour. The Regards de Provence Museum is an example of a very successful restoration while the luminescent modular components which make up the Fondation Vasarely are simply mesmerising. Lastly, conclude your tour at Château La Coste, where architecture meets wine.
This sport (yes, Pétanque is a sport, but we'll talk about that later) is an intrinsic part of life in Marseille and has been from generation to generation!
Every quarter has its own boules court and/or boules association, including, of course, a watering hole...
Traditions, lifestyle, mediterranean cuisine
The forerunner of modern art, Cézanne is fittingly celebrated today in his home town of Aix-en-Provence, magnificently portrayed in his work. For the last 40 years, this illustrious painter has been setting the pace for the region's artistic life.
Celebrated at Candlemas, this traditional Provencal biscuit is also a popular sweet treat all year round