EXPEDITION CRUISE

Ocean Voyage – Marseille to Praia (11 Days)

Cruise Line: PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Ship: Le Ponant
Marseille, France to Praia, Cape Verde
Dates: 31 Oct 2018 - 10 Nov 2018

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DAY 1
31 Oct 2018
Marseille, France
6:00 PM

Marseille is France's oldest port, bordering the Mediterranean Calanques since the 7th century BC. In the Old Port, you will be able to walk in the places founded by the Greeks. It is overlooked by Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Basilica, with its stunning Neo-Byzantine architecture. Near the quays, you will be attracted to the lively Place de Lenche that today stands on the ancient agora. The square is teeming with cafés, where you can offer yourself a royal moment of relaxation. Here, you are just a stone's throw from the Panier district, where you can melt into a maze of colourful houses.

DAY 2
01 Nov 2018
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DAY 3
02 Nov 2018
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03 Nov 2018
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DAY 5
04 Nov 2018
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DAY 6
05 Nov 2018
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DAY 7
06 Nov 2018
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DAY 8
07 Nov 2018
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DAY 9
08 Nov 2018
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DAY 10
09 Nov 2018
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DAY 11
10 Nov 2018
Praia, Cape Verde
12:00 PM

The capital of Cape Verde, Praia, is located on the southern tip of Santiago island. You can dally in the districts planted with tamarind and albizia trees. Above the harbour, the statue of Diogo Gomes pays homage to the man who discovered Cape Verde in 1460. A few streets away, in the old centre, the Ethnographic Museum presents the diversity of the archipelago's cultural origins. Its historical building with transom windows is one of the city's more unusual curiosities.

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About the Ship

What's Included

Included

  • • All outside staterooms and suites

    • Attentive, discreet service from a bilingual (French-English) crew (2 to 1 ratio)

    • 1 gourmet dining room; 1 casual dining room

    • French-inspired and regionally-sourced gourmet cuisine

    • 24/7 Open bar and stocked mini-bar

    • Traditional afternoon tea

    • Evening entertainment

    • Luggage handling at embarkation and disembarkation

    • 24 hour room service

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    • Gratuities

    • Port and safety taxes and fees

Not Included

  • • Air & ground transportation

    • Optional shore excursions

    • Phone, internet and fax use

    • Laundry

    • Travel or other Insurance

About Us

The world’s only French-flagged cruise line and top cruise line worldwide in polar expeditions, PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions currently has four distinctive and intimate vessels, embodying the essence of a private luxury yacht: the three-masted LE PONANT, an elegant sailing yacht accommodating 64 guests and three luxury yachts of 264-guests LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL and LE SOLÉAL. The luxury cruise line will launch its fifth ship in Spring 2015, LE LYRIAL. These luxurious ships sail to the unexplored corners of the world including the Poles, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand on cruises ranging from three to 21 nights and including many ports and islands not accessible to large cruise ships. From Five Star Expeditions to themed cruises, the engaging itineraries offer a wealth of fascinating shore excursion programs to ensure that every voyage is a unique and exceptional experience. The latest eco-friendly technologies, attentive service, bilingual crew, luxurious staterooms and suites, an elegant, sophisticated cuisine and a chic, yet informal atmosphere offer a cruise experience unlike any other. In addition to the best available tours, our 1:2 staff to guest ratio also guarantees the best in personalized service. Explore your destinations at an unhurried pace and let the beauty that surrounds you, stir your senses. No matter where you wish to travel, our cruises will take you off the beaten path to a whole new world of adventure. Welcome aboard!

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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Marseille, France - 31 Oct 2018

Offered by: Deluxe Drivers
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Guided Tour Aix en Provence

The best way to discover this beautiful town and its pedestrian’s streets with our licensed guided walking tour.

Welcome to the Baroque city, also called the city of water with fountains everywhere. This is the city of the painter Cezanne, the place where he was born and died, and where he immortalized the Mount Sainte-Victoire. Turned into the “Florence of Provence” by wealthy merchants in the 15th, Aix en Provence is a city of art and culture with a superb architecture that has been carefully preserved and restored. Stroll around the beautiful narrow streets of the city, discovering many charming squares embellished by singing fountains and the extraordinary heritage with more than 140 private mansions from the 17th and 18th century. Walk along the Cathedral Saint Sauveur, the quartier Mazarin and its narrow streets, the Atelier Cezanne, the town hall, the Albertas square, the Cours Mirabeau... The “little Paris” of Provence de- serves its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in France!

Offered by: Deluxe Drivers
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Walking guided Tour Marseille

Discover Marseille founded by the Greeks in 600B.C with a private licensed guide.

Marseille is the most “Mediterranean”, multicultural and dynamic city in France. Your tour will take you to the oldest section of the city, le Panier. Walking through narrow streets, you will reach the Vieille Charité, a gorgeous Baroque building designed by the local architect Pierre Puget to lock up beggars in the 17th century. Walk around this area to visit the Cathedral La Major overlooking the city and the sea. Then enjoy a tour in the last architectural treasure, inaugurated in 2013: the MUCEM (Museum of Europe and Mediterranean Civilisations). From the top of the Saint John Fortress, you can admire the numerous sailboats nestled in the “Vieux Port“, the beating heart of the city and emblematic port. You will end strolling around the 17th C city hall where many charming cafés and restaurants wait for you. Enjoy the view on the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Marseille In Depth
Begin with a visit to Notre Dame de la Garde. Much-cherished by the locals, this 19th century basilica will offer you an exceptional view of this Phocean city, the Frioul Islands and the If Castle. While you are up top enjoying the view, your driver will enhance your experience with a brief history of Marseille, details about the monuments that you are seeing and some fascinating facts about the basilica itself. You will have ample time to visit the church and enjoy the view, as well as take as many pictures as you like.

Marseille was named the Cultural Center of Europe in 2015, which was the culmination of the completion of several stunning feats of architecture which really put the city on the map. It will be apparent during your visit why this designation was awarded. So you will continue on your journey through the city, stopping at the Cité Radieuse (Classified Historic Monument) of Le Corbusier, one of the architects of the Bauhaus Movement, where your guide will give you a history of this interesting site.

Your tour will continue outside of the city to the traditional fishing villages of Callelongue and Les Goudes, where you will learn the details of life as a local in such an interesting place. There is always some envy when you see a simple lifestyle that centers on fishermen and their catch. Remembering that this is still France and Marseille is where Bouillabaisse was first created, fish is an integral part of the diet in this area.

Your tour continues with a drive along the Corniche on your way to the Vallon des Auffes where you will find a picturesque scene made up of typical little fishing boats and cabins all crowded together on the water. Stop here for a chance to walk around and take some more pictures.

Your drive alon your way to the Abbey of Saint Victor. Built in the 1ast century, the abbey stands as the entry to the Old Port. Here there will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy the view as your guide fills you in on the history of this old landmark. Your visit to the abbey will be followed by a drive on the famous Canebière, on your way to the enchanting Longchamp Palace and its majestic fountain.

Also keep in mind that you may stop and get out of the car at any point during the tour; just let your guide know!

Departures:
09:00 AM, 02:00 PM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- There will be many opportunities to stop and take pictures, so make sure to bring your camera.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 5 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Avignon And The Palace Of Popes
Your time in Marseille is short lived as you will head out to the countryside, en route to one of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites that dot Provence. Avignon, known for its time serving as the capital of Christianity when it was moved from the Vatican City during a time of religious war and rebellion in Rome, is worth your visit. The Palace of Popes was the center of Avignon, and is still a major focal point of the city.

Stop for a walk on the famous Saint Bénezet bridge, over the Rhône River, of which only four arches out of the initial 22 starting from Avignon remain. Built between 1171 and 1185, it had an original length of nearly 3,000 feet, but suffered frequent collapses during floods. It had to be reconstructed several times, and many of the arches were already missing before the rest was damaged beyond repair in 1660.

Walk along the narrow streets of the city to reach the Palais des Papes, or Popes’ Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Avignon became the residence of the Popes in 1309, and the Palais was built between 1335 and 1364 on the northern edge of the city, overlooking the Rhône. The majority of the structure is now open to the public, and you will have plenty of time to visit and explore, taking special note of the frescoes and Romanesque architecture that have remained virtually unchanged since the 14th century.

After visiting the Palace, you will have about an hour of free time to do as you please. Head to the Cathedral Notre Dame des Doms, or just wander through the many cobblestone alley ways of Old Avignon. Avignon is ancient, full of history, life, youth, art, music and activity. Just to "see" the town itself, you could wander the narrow streets inside the fortified walls for days without tiring of them. Unfortunately this is just a taste to get you to return.

Departures:
08:30 AM, 02:00 PM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Entrance fees to the Palace of the Popes are 12€ per person.
- No food, beverages, entrance fees, or gratuities are included in the price of this tour.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 7 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Aix En Provence - A Walk Through History
Your tour begins with a relaxing 30-minute drive to the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence. Upon arrival, you'll embark on a historical walk during which you will see the Cathedral--an architectural melting pot blending Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque styles, and supposedly built on a temple of Apollo. Visit the squares surrounding the Place de la Mairie and the Palace of Justice. Explore the many mansions of the Mazarin Quarter, and, of course, the famous Cours Mirabeau, a tunnel of greenery punctuated with fountains, where the leading families of the nobility built elegant homes to show off their success.

If you are interested in painting, your guide will take you to walk in the footsteps of the painter Cezanne, who was born in Aix and spent almost all of his life there.

Before heading back to Marseille, you will have some free time for shopping, purchasing souvenirs, or tasting the delicious “caliçons,” small almond and crystallized fruit sweets that are the specialty of Aix-en-Provence.

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget your camera!
- Market days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Please note that many shops are closed on Sundays.
- Please keep in mind that the order of this tour is approximate. Your guide will adapt to the rhythms and interests of your group, so please let her know of any special questions or interests that you may have.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 7 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Hiking In The Luberon With Picnic Lunch
From the harbor you will first drive in the direction of the Luberon mountain range, to visit the lovely village of Lourmarin (there is a market on Friday morning), listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France," where you will wander around the small streets and take in the tasteful shops and the town's Renaissance castle. This is the village where Albert Camus was buried, so you can also make a stop to see his grave.

After Lourmarin, drive in the direction of Buoux where you will start your two-hour hike in spectacular surroundings. Caves, cliffs and peaks marry the irregular outlines of the Aigue-Brun river and make Buoux one of the most fascinating sites in the world! Make your way upwards (approximately 1 hour) to the medieval village of Sivergues, in the heart of the regional park of the Luberon. The scenery will give you the impression that you have arrived in a village of the end of the world. After stopping to catch your breath and take in the views, you will head back to the car via the valley of the Aigebrun river, where you will enjoy a French picnic lunch including wine, breads, cold cuts, cheeses, and more.

Now continue your tour to Bonnieux, also called Mont-Saint Michel of Provence, where you can see the worldwide famous Abbey. After a small walk you will be rewarded with a splendid view of the entire valley; stop here to have a drink and relax before returning to the harbor in Marseille.

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Make sure to wear good walking shoes.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 7 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Aix And Les Baux...A ShoreTrips Premium Shared Van Tour
ShoreTrips' PREMIUM shared van tours are a perfect choice if you are looking for a deluxe tour that's economical but without the crowds of a big bus.

We will confirm your reservation when we have at least 4 passengers booked. You will be notified about two weeks prior to the start of the cruise with options of more expensive private trips if we are not able to run the shared tour.


This tour includes:
- Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
- English-speaking local driver/guide
Visit to:
- Visit to the village of Aix-en-Provence
- Scenic ride through Provence countryside
- Enjoy some time in Les Baux de Provence

A short drive from Marseilles is the village of Aix-en-Provence, the city of art, and a city of light and activity. Aix is also home to art schools and several universities, including some American, attracting a youthful population that sparks the atmosphere. The center of Aix is the old town (vieille ville), ringed by a circle of boulevards and squares. It's small enough to explore by foot, but there's way too much to see in one or even two days.

The medieval Aix was protected by a wall with 39 towers. Today, only the 14th century "Tourreluquo" tower remains, at the northwest corner of the town. The old town of Aix is packed with shops, markets, museums, and religious, architectural, and historical sites. The terrace cafés on the Place des Précheurs (by the flower market) attract many of the younger locals, with lower prices than those on the Cours Mirabeau.

Now you are going to enjoy a beautiful ride in the French countryside towards the lovely Les Baux de Provence. An imposing 12th century castle dominates the pleasant little perched village. Les Baux is well restored and well tended, and the amazing big castle (rebuilt in the 16th century and restored in 1960) gives the village an ever-present mood of medievality. Here it's easy to imagine knights and ladies and even dragons. Lovely and unspoiled by tourist attractions, the narrow streets wind between charming old buildings with many little squares and fountains hidden away for discovery.

You can easily see the fascination with this area, the edge of the Luberon, with rolling hills full of perched villages surprising you at the end of a turn in the road.

Departures:
08:30 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Admissions, food and beverages are not included in the cost of this tour.
- Please keep in mind that this is a shared tour. It is not private. The tour operator must maintain his schedule for a fair and successful day for all.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Les Baux And Saint-Remy
An imposing 12th-century castle dominates the pleasant little perched village. Les Baux, a rock top fortress and village which belonged in the Middle Ages to the rebellious family of “Les Baux,” is well-restored and well-tended, and the amazing big castle (rebuilt in the 16th century and restored in 1960) gives the village an ever-present mood of medievality. Here it's easy to imagine knights and ladies and even dragons. See the restored houses and cobble-stone streets lined with souvenir shops; discover the small santon museum and the castle if you like.

After Les Baux, you will drive to Saint-Rémy and make your way on foot through this quiet village. Take some time for shopping, and stop for lunch (on your own). Just outside the town you will find two well-preserved Roman monuments: an arch of triumph and a Mausoleum, both of which you will visit after lunch. You will also visit Van Gogh’s psychiatric hospital, where he stayed for one year after cutting his ear off, and where he painted his most famous paintings: Starry Night, The Irises, Olive Tree Fields. Get a chance to visit the reconstruction of his room before driving back to the harbor (visit NOT included).

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget your camera!
- Please keep in mind that the order of this tour is approximate. Your guide will adapt to the rhythms and interests of your group, so please let her know of any special questions or interests that you may have.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Arles And Les Alpilles
A relaxing one hour drive will bring you to Arles, a former major Roman city dating back to the 7th century BC. Arles is a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. It has some impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) – date back to the 1st century B.C. Leter Arles once again became one of the most attractive cities in the Mediterranean. Within the city walls, Saint-Trophime, with its cloister, is one of Provence's major Romanesque monuments. This is a city that is best seen walking but it is an easy walk through town and can be done at your own pace.

Arles is also closely associated with the name Vincent Van Gogh, who arrived there in 1888 and completed nearly 300 paintings during his stay, including "Evening Café," "Hospital Garden," and "the Bridge Langlois." You will get a chance to view the sites of many of his most famous paintings. It was also here that he cut off a piece of his ear on the evening of the 24th of December, 1888.

After some free time and lunch (on your own), you and your guide will head back to the car, where you will drive through the landscape of the Alpilles, complete with vines and olive trees, to one of the numerous olive estates. This chain of limestone hills running east-west is where bauxite was first discovered and named after the village of Baux-de-Provence. The Alpilles are an extension of the Luberon mountains, which stretch out to the east.

Although the ridge along the top seems white and barren, the Alpilles have been rich in almonds, apricot, olives and grain since the middle ages. The steep slopes were terraced, and the trees and grains were planted because of their adaptability to the arid conditions. End your day with an olive oil tasting, before heading back to Marseille.

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Entrance fees to monuments are not included in this tour. Most are visible from the outside, but you can also see the inside if you wish.
- You must be comfortable walking on flat though uneven surfaces.
- Wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget your camera!
- Please keep in mind that the order of this tour is approximate. Your guide will adapt to the rhythms and interests of your group, so please let her know of any special questions or interests that you may have.

Please note that on Sundays many shops are closed.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
The Famous Wines In Chateauneuf Du Pape And The Palais Des Papes In Avignon
Escape from the crowded streets of Marseille to the quaint hillside village of Châteauneuf du Pape, known for its more than 200 vineyards. In the 14th century, Pope Jean XXII chose Châteauneuf du Pape as his official summer residence. You will first tour a local winery where locals will share their passion --- the wealth of their native region, wine.

You’ll surely spoil your palate while sampling contemporary, and exotic wines. You will even be able to purchase bottles and have them shipped directly back to your home in the States.

Next, you will travel to Avignon where you will you will have lunch. Avignon has been described as “a walled city of history and culture.” For almost three quarters of a century, Avignon was a deemed as a European Mecca of art and religion. Not only is the Pope’s former palace (Palais des Papes) still in tact, but it is “the most breath taking sight in Provence.”

After lunch, prepare yourself to embark on a historical journey as you walk through the town and enjoy viewing homes dating back to the 17th century. After your walking tour of Avignon is complete, you will now enjoy your leisurely one hour drive back to the harbor.

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- If there is winery in particular that you would like to visit, please call ShoreTrips so that we can put in a request with your tour guide.
- Wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget to bring a camera!
- Please keep in mind that the order of this tour is approximate. Your guide will adapt to the rhythms and interests of your group, so please let her know of any special questions or interests that you may have.
- Admissions, food, beverages, or gratuities are not included in the tour price. Time for lunch is included in this tour, but the cost is not.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
The History Of Marseille And The Calanques Of Cassis
First you will explore the Old Port, the heart of the city, with its exceptional fish market: John Dory fish, monkfish, fresh tuna...a real event! Your guide will tell you the history of Marseille, France's oldest town. Visit Le Panier, the town's oldest quarter, with its narrow streets, its squares, colored facades, and the Vieille Charité hospice. This maze of shuttered homes have long been neglected but are now the focus of urban renewal. The esplanade of the St. Laurent church will give you one of the most wonderful views of the old harbor and the St. Jean and St. Nicolas fortresses that mark the entrance of the port.

Now head back to the car, where you will drive via Saint-Victor Abbey (a very important place for the first Christians in Marseille) to Notre Dame de la Garde, the 19th century basilica on the top of the hill of la Garde who protects the people of Marseille; this site also affords you an unforgettable view of the city.

We like to stop at this point for a bouillabaisse lunch, which is not included. This fish stew was created in Marseilles and there are standards a provider must follow to be able to claim the dish a true bouillabaisse.

Driving back via the Corniche, you might be tempted to take a catnap during your ride to Cassis - but make sure to stay awake, as this 20-minute ride takes you through the lush countryside dotted with vineyards. As you enter Cassis, you will see the monumental cliffs, ruins of a medieval castle, and sitting in the middle of it all is a picture-perfect fishing village. This town is known for many things - its lovely white wine, produced in the 13 estates of the area, the calanques of rock that project along the coastline in formation similar to little fjords, and a true resort area without pretension.

Departures:
09:00 AM, 09:30 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget to bring a camera.
- We have not included lunch or the cost of the boat trip to the Calanques, which may be purchased during the tour time.
- Please keep in mind that the order of this tour is approximate. Your guide will adapt to the rhythms and interests of your group, so please let her know of any special questions or interests that you may have.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Aix En Provence, Hiking, Picnic In Sainte Victoire Mountain And Marseille
Your introduction to your driver/guide will already demonstrate the warmth and friendliness of the South of France. This cool combination of experiences is meant to allow you to see the famous village of Aix (pronounced EX), stretch your legs on an easy hike in the national park, enjoy a French-style picnic and then see Marseille before returning to your ship.

Aix de Provence is just a short ride from Marseille's pier and when you get there, you are entering a village chosen by many artists, Cezanne in particular, who loved the city and loved to paint here. You will be able to explore the Cathedral, the squares and the open-air provencal markets where you can taste specialties of the area as well as smell some of the beautiful soaps and fragrances produced here. The market experience is particularly fun as you are tasting to select your lunch items, which will be your picnic later in the day. You can imagine a French bagette, some local cheeses, maybe a great sausage, and a lovely bottle of wine, perhaps from the village of Cassis.

Your driver/guide will bring you from Aix into the countryside to the regional park of Sainte-Victorie's Mountain, truly a symbol of Provence. Sainte-Victoire Mountain has been recognized as a Grand Site de France since 2004 and is a French jewel of natural heritage which must be preserved. It was a favorite of Cezanne and appeared in many paintings. Your 30-minute 'hike' in this perfect area for walking will be along its paths peppered with dry stone walls. It is here that you can relax for a picnic with your family in the shade of the pine trees and surrounded by the song of the cicadas.

Your excursion will continue to Marseille, a city that has undergone a radical change and was named the Cultural Center of Europe in 2013. Marseille is a colorful seaport and yet has cutting edge architecture. You will visit the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica for a 360 degree panoramic view of the city and the port. Also see the Mucem, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations as well as Fort Saint John and its surrounding area.

A little freedom can be enjoyed if there is time so you can discover a little shopping in Les Voutes de la Major and the port area as well, based on your interests.

Departures:
08:30 AM, 09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Food, beverages, gratuities are not included.
- Entrances are not included.
- Dress for cobblestone streets as well as a short hiking on a dirt path.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Private Antiquing On The Isle Sur La Sorgues
For those who love shopping and antiques, this trip takes you to the famed Isle sur la Sorgues. This medieval town is built on an island in the Sorgue, and is therefore also called "Provencal Venice." Most of its fame comes from the antique dealers and its Sunday morning market. The more than 130 different antique shops that are spread all over the town have given an international reputation to this place.

The Sunday morning general market is a real pleasure to stroll around: cheeses, vegetables, provençal fabrics...everything looks delicious and beautiful. Next to the general market is the antique market and the Island of Antique Dealers; here you can find pretty much everything, from the most eccentric and uncommon objects to the most exquisite and wonderful furniture. Your guide can arrange shipping if you want to take home something too voluminous.

In the afternoon, drive via Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to admire the turquoise waters of a mysterious spring, to the Senanque Abbey, one of the best preserved 12th-century Cistercian abbeys of Provence. Stop here to appreciate the abbey from the exterior; it is outstanding in its purity, sobriety and harmony.

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Please keep in mind that the order of this tour is approximate. Your guide will adapt to the rhythms and interests of your group, so please let her know of any special questions or interests that you may have.

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Full Day (8 hours) Provencal Gems Excursion

Beginning at your Provence area hotel, meet one of our knowledgeable English-speaking drivers and proceed to discover some of the gems of Provence.


First, you will head to Saint Remy, an ancient city dating to the time of the Romans. Surrounded by lush green perfumed valleys, it's streets are lined with beautifully restored old houses. It is here where famed 16th century seer Nostradamus was born, and where Van Gogh, being treated at the Monastery Saint Paul de Mausole, painted what many consider to be his magnum opus: "The Starry Night".


Next, you will head to Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village perched atop a rocky outcropping that offers spectacular views of the surrounding Alpilles mountain ranges. The town's cultural heritage is exceptionally rich, with 22 architectural treasures having been classified as Historic Monuments. This immense stone fortress is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and awe-inspiring sights in Provence.


Finally, your driver will take you to Arles, a city of festivals, art, and culture that has never ceased to attract visitors. Van Gogh stayed here with his friend Ganguin. Picasso, a lover of bull fights, was inspired to do two paintings and 57 drawings here. The Roman monuments, most impressive of which is the city's central ampitheatre, are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The city's many houses and private mansions, dating back to the 16th Century, as well as St. Trophime's cloister and the Hotel de Ville, are also of interest.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Aix en Provence and Marseille

9:00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel or at the pier of the boat in Aix en Provence and Marseille.


Enjoy visiting Aix en Provence. Do not miss out the Cours Mirabeau, once a street for horse-drawn coaches and the link between the Mazarin quarter and the old commercial town. Aix en Provence is full of fountains. Everywhere, throughout the town, fountains big and small bubble.The center of Aix en Provence is the old town, surrounded by a circular boulevard and squares. Be delighted by Aix’s bustling daily open-air market on the Place Richelme. The market offers Provencal products such as fruit, vegetables, olives and oysters. Enjoy a visit to a Calissons boutique and taste the local specialty! You may wish to visit the Pavillon Vendôme, a fine example of an elegant "bastide" built in the 17th century. Preceded by a beautiful French garden, the Pavillon Vendôme was built in 1665. Today it is a small museum  housing a collection of furniture, paintings and 18th century fabrics.


Continue your trip to Marseille. You can start your visit for example with The Pharo promontory that was just a mere rocky plateau on which only rushes and wild grasses grew, but Napoleon decided to build "a house at the water's edge". The guide will drive you to the famous Notre Dame de la Garde, « Our Good Mother » as the Marseillais call her with affection. You will pass the Corniche where you will see the most beautiful houses of Marseille, towards the Palais Longchamp, originally the water tower of the town, a very beautiful example of 19th century architecture; the Park Longchamp is today the largest park of central Marseille.


5.00 pm: Return to your hotel or ship in Marseille or Aix en Provence.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Cezanne’s footsteps in Aix en Provence

9.00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel in Aix en Provence.


Visit the Jas de Bouffan, the house where Cezanne grew up. The estate belonged to the Cézanne family from 1859 to 1899. The park’s ancient trees and the cluster of six farm buildings, today on the edge of the estate, were some of Cézanne’s favourite subjects. Continue and enjoy a walking tour of the city following Cezanne’s footsteps: Rue de l’Opera, his father’s hat workshop, the Café des Deux Garçons, the Café Oriental (now Bistro Romain) where he met Joachim Gasquet for the first time, the Eglise de la Madeleine where he was christened, the Ecole St Joseph, Cezanne’s last home, Church St Jean-Baptiste (where he married Hortense Fiquet), Saint Sauveur Cathedral, and many other sites associated with his life. You may wish to have lunch at l’Amphytrion, near the Cours Mirabeau, with a mix of classical and modern decor.


Short drive towards Cezanne’s painting studio “Les Lauves”. Admirers of Paul Cézanne know it well; it is here that we feel the presence of the painter with the greatest intensity. Many works, now exhibited in renowned museums worldwide, were painted in this studio of light and silence, including “Grandes Baigneuses”. We continue our ride along the road named after Paul Cezanne to the foot of Mount Sainte-Victoire. We stop to view Château Noir, the Hills of St Joseph, and the renovated Mill at le Tholonet. We pass the Relais Cezanne with its restaurant, the site of Beaurecueil. Continue to the Pont des Trois Sautets. It was here, along the banks of the Arc River that Cézanne and the young Zola went swimming and read poetry. Years later this setting provided inspiration for “The Bathers”.


5:00 pm: return to your hotel in Aix en Provence.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Cassis, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Food & Wine
Cassis & Bandol

9:00 am: Be met at the lobby of your hotel or at the pier of your boat in Aix en Provence or Marseille.


Cassis and Bandol, two small and distinct growing regions on the Côte du Provence produce the best wines of Provence. The vineyards of Cassis are shielded from the cold, dry winds of the mistral by a dramatic rock formation that is an ancient mariner’s landmark. The protected vineyards produce a superb crisp dry white wine. This morning visit the harbour of Cassis. We visit this lovely town tucked between the limestone cliffs, and sample the local delicacy, sea urchins enjoyed with a glass of Cassis’ famed AOC white wine.


Later, we tour Clos Sainte Magdeleine or another representative winery of Cassis. Then we travel to nearby Bandol for a bouillabaisse lunch (not included) in a seaside restaurant. Bandol produces superb reds and rosés using Mourvedre, Carignan, Syrah and other varietals. This afternoon experience rosé wines for which Château Romassan is famous. Also visit Domaine Tempier to taste their red wines before returning to your hotel.


5:00 pm: return to your hotel.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Cassis, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

9:00 am: Be met at the lobby of your hotel.


Enjoy visiting Aix en Provence. Do not miss out on one of the most famous “Cours” in France, the Cours Mirabeau located in the center of the city, and the heart of Aix. The Cours Mirabeau is a beautiful tree-lined avenue, with one side lined with wonderful terrace cafés and bookshops. Everywhere, throughout the town, fountains big and small bubble. Be delighted by Aix’s bustling daily open-air market on the Place Richelme. Enjoy a visit to a Calissons boutique and taste the local specialty! You may wish to visit the Pavillon Vendôme, a fine example of an elegant "bastide" built in the 17th century. Preceded by a beautiful French garden, the Pavillon Vendôme was built in 1665. Today it is a small museum housing a collection of furniture, paintings and 18th century fabrics. Admire the mansions in the Mazarin district with the Hotel de Caumont, the 4 Dolphins Square with the graceful 4 Dolphins Fountain and the Saint Jean de Malta church, a fortified gothic church built at the end of the 12th century. Visit the old town with the Palais des Justice (Law Courts) built on the former site of the Palace of the sovereign counts, the 17th-century Madeleine church, and St Sauveur cathedral.


The vineyards of Cassis are shielded from the cold, dry winds of the mistral by a dramatic rock formation that is an ancient mariner’s landmark. The protected vineyards produce a superb crisp dry white wine. This afternoon visit the harbour of Cassis. We visit this lovely town tucked between the limestone cliffs, and sample the local delicacy, sea urchins enjoyed with a glass of Cassis’ famed AOC white wine.


5.00 pm: return to your hotel.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Cassis & Marseille

9:00 am: Be met at the foot of your boat or in your hotel in Marseille or Aix en Provence.

 

Drive to Cassis.

Cassis was a very ancient fishing port and is an interesting village to visit. The village was rebuilt on the old ruins in the 18th century, resulting in a more regular layout than most other medieval villages. Some of the buildings, however, date. A walk through the old village streets will reveal some nice old buildings, some dating back to the 16th century, and some restored with the colourful pastels of Provence. Other sites in the village are old fountains and an open-air artists market (where we bought a few small paintings of Provence). The harbour area is really the prettiest part of Cassis.

This morning visit the harbour of Cassis. We visit this lovely town tucked between the limestone cliffs, and sample the local delicacy, sea urchins enjoyed with a glass of Cassis’ famed AOC white wine.

 

Enjoy a lunch at leisure in a typical restaurant advises by your guide.

 

Pursue the afternoon visiting Marseille.

You will visit Marseille, the largest and most populous commune in France after Paris and is the centre of the third largest metropolitan area in France.

You can start your visit for example with The Pharo promontory which was just a mere rocky plateau on which only rushes and wild grasses grew beforeNapoleon decided to build "a house at the water's edge";The residence was never actually used but became today one of the finest architectural complexes in Europe !

The guide will drive you to the famous Notre Dame de la Garde, « Our Good Mother » as the Marseillais call her with affection; the 19th century impressive church dominates the city and the view from the churchyard is just astonishing. Inside, you will see dozens of ex-votos, many of them in the shape of boats placed there by grateful sailors.

The tour will follow with a scenic drive around town. Marseille is busy renovating its majestic Second Empire buildings, adding interesting mo-dern architecture and buzzing with the energy of a new Golden Age.

You will pass the Corniche where you will see the most beautiful houses of Marseille, towards the Palais Longchamp, originally the water tower of the town, a very beautiful example of 19th century architecture; the Park Longchamp is today the largest park of central Marseille.

 

5:00 pm: Return to your ship or hotel in Marseille.

 

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Aix-en-Provence

9:00 am: Be met at your hotel or at the pier of your boat.  


Enjoy visiting Aix en Provence. Do not miss out on one of the most famous “Cours” in France, the Cours Mirabeau located in the center of the city, and the heart of Aix. Everywhere, throughout the town, fountains big and small bubble. The center of Aix en Provence is the old town, surrounded by a circular boulevard and squares. Medieval Aix was protected by a wall with 39 towers, but today only the 14th century "Tourreluquo" tower remains, at the northwest corner of the town.  Be delighted by Aix’s bustling daily open-air market on the Place Richelme. Enjoy a visit to a Calissons boutique and taste the local specialty! You may wish to visit the Pavillon Vendôme, a fine example of an elegant "bastide" built in the 17th century. Preceded by a beautiful French garden, the Pavillon Vendôme was built in 1665 and commissioned by Louis de Mercour, Duke of Vendôme. Today it is a small museum housing a collection of furniture, paintings and 18th century fabrics. Admire the mansions in the Mazarin district with the Hotel de Caumont, the 4 Dolphins Square with the graceful 4 Dolphins Fountain and the Saint Jean de Malta church, a fortified gothic church built at the end of the 12th century. Visit the old town with the Palais des Justice (Law Courts) built on the former site of the Palace of the sovereign counts, the 17th-century Madeleine church, and St Sauveur cathedral.  


5:00 pm: back to your hotel or to the pier of your boat.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Marseille

9:00 am: Be met at the foot of your cruise ship in Marseilles’ port or at the lobby of your hotel in Aix en Provence or Marseille.


You can start your visit for example with The Pharo. The guide will drive you to the famous Notre Dame de la Garde, « Our Good Mother » as the Marseillais call her with affection. You will pass the Corniche where you will see the most beautiful houses of Marseille, towards the Palais Longchamp, originally the water tower of the town, a very beautiful example of 19th century architecture; the Park Longchamp is today the largest park of central Marseille. Enjoy lunch at leisure in a restaurant suggested by your guide.


In the afternoon, we suggest a visit of the Mucem (new museum which opens in 2013). This national museum is located on a site which includes the Fort Saint-Jean, a historic monument overlooking the Vieux-Port, and a new building designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti on the J4 esplanade. On the Greek and Roman ruins of the ancient state-city, there is a 12th century chapel that was part of the former Commandry of St. John of Jerusalem, the medieval tower of King René (built between 1447 and 1453), and the Tour du Fanal erected in the 17th century at the request of ship-owners to light up the entrance to the harbour, surrounded by various military fortifications. The MuCEM's location is therefore a location steeped in history and memories, at the heart of a prestigious heritage site - Cathédrale de la Major, Eglise Saint-Laurent, with views of the Palais du Pharo, and the Abbaye Saint-Victor, the sea and the islands of Friuli - overlooking "the Suez and beyond".


5.00 pm: Return to your hotel or your cruise.

Offered by: Deluxe Drivers
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Provence Picturesque Luberon Villages

Visit with a local driver guide an exotic and historical region like Luberon through this private tour of Provence. This Regional Natural Reserve since 1977, will charm you with its unique landscapes and its well preserved cultural heritage reflecting the authentic Provence. Drive around five magic villages in the Luberon, starting with Ansouis and its Castle then Cucurron and its wonderfull roofs. Enjoy lunch in lourmarin and continue the afternoon to Roussillon as red as the surrounding ochre-coloured hills, and Gordes, standing on a cliff overlooking the Imergue and Calavon valleys. Enjoy local sweet dolce vita with a Mediterranean climate and fresh air, walking around narrow cobblestone roads, or shopping in local markets and craft shops.

Offered by: Deluxe Drivers
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Private Tour Marseille Cassis & the Calanques

A full day visit of the multicultural city of Marseille and its sea coast, plus Cassis village & its famous Calanques (Coves).

We start the tour in the picturesque town of Marseille, settled on a sumptuous spot on the shores of the Mediterranean. Discover the highlights of the city: the Old Port, the heart of the city and a beautiful sight with thousands of sailboats; the very new MUCEM Museum, and the Saint John Fortress. Visit the hilltop church of Notre Dame de la Garde that offers the most amazing viewpoint of the road along the sea.

Continue the way along the Calanques National Park with a stop in Sormiou. This little fjord with high limestone cliffs is a paradise for hiking, climbing, swimming, and kayaking. Enjoy a stop in Cassis, a picturesque old fishing port settled between high cliffs, sea and vineyards. We end up on the top of Cap Canaille, one of the highest seaside cliffs in Europe with outstanding views of the Med and the Provencal countryside.

Offered by: Deluxe Drivers
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons • Sightseeing
Private Tour Provence Lavender fields

This private tour with driver guide has been created for nature and colourful fields’ lovers.

Driving through the Plateau de Valensole, lavender fields and almond trees offer an unbelievable scenery. You will have the opportunity during this private guided tour to stop as many times as you wish to take beautiful pictures in the fields. You will enjoy a stop in Riez, an authentic village of Provence full of history, on your way to the medieval town of Moustiers Sainte Marie, famous worldwide for its fine earthenware and ceramics. Learn about the story of the golden star hanging on a chain over the town, and discover the amazing heritage of the medieval city walls and the 12th century church. If you like walking, it is worth going to the top of the village and climbing up 262 steps to visit Notre Dame de Beauvoir that overlooks the red roofs and the valley. Enjoy the scenery of the stunning Gorges du Verdon with its blue-green water colour on your way back to the hotel.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
A Day In The Luberon Hilltop Villages
This Tour Includes:
- Air conditioned vehicle and English-speaking driver/guide
- Leisurely countryside ride through Luberon
- View the farmer
- Stop at village of Lourmarin (visit the market on Friday mornings)
- Drive the winding road to Bonnieux for short walking tour for scenic view of Abbey
- Freetime in the village of Roussillon
- One last village, a visit to Gordes

Your drive through the Luberon will allow you to discover the extraordinary sites of the beautiful French countryside. You will see "Bories," wonderful stone constructions made by shepherds and farmers with the stones they found in the fields. These strange huts are built in various shapes; the dry stone even covers the roof. This landscape is also full of history, as it was, among other things, the theatre of the first battles between Catholics and Protestants in 16th century.

Your first stop will be at the village of Lourmarin (visit the market on Friday mornings), where you will wander around the small streets lined with tasteful shops and visit the Renaissance castle (exterior visit only). This is the village where Albert Camus has been buried so we can make a stop to see his grave.

After Lourmarin you will cross the Luberon mountain range, driving by way of a small winding road, to the village of Bonnieux, called Mont-Saint Michel of Provence, home to the worldwide famous Abbey. After a small walk you will be rewarded with a splendid view of the entire valley.

Roussillon, Provence’s most colorful village, with its brilliant red and ocher cliffs, is your next stop. Here you will have time for walking in the old ocher quarry, some shopping, and lunch (on your own).

You will end the day with a visit of Gordes, also considered one of the most beautiful villages in France, and probably one of the most photographed in Provence, before heading back to Marseille.

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget to bring a camera!
- Please keep in mind that the order of this tour is approximate. Your guide will adapt to the rhythms and interests of your group, so please let her know of any special questions or interests that you may have.

Offered by: Lafayette Travel - France
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: 18 and Above
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons • Sightseeing
Wine Tour in Cézanne Countryside

Enjoy a wine tour in the scenic landscape of Sainte-Victoire Mountain which was a source of inspiration for the famous painter Cézanne.

The Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards are located east from the city of Aix en Provence, and like all the vineyards in Provence, are considered to be some of the most natural in France due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind. The poor and shallow soils, formed by limestone and argillaceous sandstone, produce high-quality vineyards.

On this tour, you will sample tasty, full-bodied reds with excellent structure, and subtle and elegant rosés.

Your tour will also include a visit of Aix en Provence.

Protected by the Montagne Sainte Victoire, which rises to 1,011m. Aix is surrounded by countryside full of authentic Provencal houses and traditional French style gardens. Aix was the capital of Provence in the 15th century, Wealthy merchants and local dignitaries helped turn this city into the Florence of Provence, as we know it today. One can find all the beauty of the noble Provence of the 17th and 18th centuries: handsome houses of the upper class, private mansions, city squares bursting with flowers, ancient fountains and shaded narrow streets.

Aix was the inspiration to many of the greatest writers and painters : Guigou, Stendhal, Mistral, Zola, and Cézanne, There is even a special Cezanne tour which one can follow through the streets of Aix stopping at points marked with a C.

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