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.