Day Tour

Cassis & Marseille (8 Hours)

Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France

Marseille, France

Valid for Travel Now Through: 26 May 2100

Cassis & Marseille (8 hours)

Marseille, France

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level

Easy

Description

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.

 

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By: Marie


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Travel Advisor:  Maria De La Torre

highly recommended

By: RingoStarr


Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2014

Love the Virtuoso travel with upgrades and amenities.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Howell

Highly Recommended

By: Susie75


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Myrna Shaw

Very thorough

By: Dawn54


Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2014

We went through various options for our trip and Didier at Decouvertes was very prompt in updating the plans and quotes to accomodate us. the only issues that came up during the trip were the rental car agency who wanted to charge us twice and the hotels requesting to see a voucher of our payment. Both were resolved through discussions with their staff on duty, but I wonder if there could have been more information made available to us to show that we had pre-paid for these items.
Travel Advisor:  Patty Calvert

Perfect Normandy tour

By: Paul & Kay


Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2015

We never had a moment of worry. Our guide John-Noel was so wonderful and professional. We had our high school Junior with us and we were able to see where history was made. It was so exciting to see him so interested and engaged. Thank you for making our trip an amazing experience!!! Excellent hotel recommendations and choices too! It was perfect for us.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Howell

Decouvertes

By: Sue


Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2016

Very professional and on time.
Travel Advisor:  Rose Field

Friendly customized service

By: LoriL


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2016

The guides on our tours in Southern France were extremely knowledgeable and willing to please. They were flexible to our requests throughout the day to make sure we saw and did what we wanted, which we really appreciated. They were all very well studied in the history of the area and very passionate in sharing that with us. It was a pleasure to discover this beautiful part of the world with Decouvertes.
Travel Advisor:  Ursula Pearson

Exemplary Travel Service

By: DEfr2016


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2016

Descouvertes was an absolutely perfect travel service. Their arrangements of lodging and transportation were done to ensure the maximum of comfort and travel experience in our trip. Every travel guide who met us catered to our desires and demonstrated a full knowledge of the organization they were dealing with on our behalf, especially in airports and train stations. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the areas we toured and did everything to show us the things we were interested in. The Descouvertes service was essential to the overall success and enjoyment of our trip!
Travel Advisor:  Michele Benigno

Enhance Your Experience!

By: GMissyZ


Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2017

We were delighted with our guides. Their knowledge of history, local economy, geography, art and culture was truly impressive. And they both had great personalities, too! Instructions were clear on how to meet to get started. The pace was relalxed but we got a lot done! Restaurants chosen for meals while we were out and abut were charming and our meals were delicious. We also did a large group dinner in Paris, arranged by Decouvertes which went off without a hitch. Here is an agency you can count on for caring service and attention to detail.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager

Fantastic Rhone River Cruise + Paris and Loire Valley Tours

By: Mickie


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2017

Boy, these were great tours! It was destiny that Elvira and Morgane were our guides. They both meshed perfectly with all of our personalities. These knowledgeable and personable guides brought the French countryside and Paris alive for us! We would love to return to France to tour with these guides.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager

Paris

By: C&J


Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2017

We had an excellent and very knowledgeable tour guide take us to Fontainebleau and a tour of Paris. We really appreciated the Meet and Greet at the airport. They arranged a dinner for us at Guy Savoy Restaurant. We would recommend Descouvertes to any and all.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

South of France

By: South of France


Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

Wonderful service. Knowledgeable, prompt and pleasant!
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

Paris ground arrangements

By: Mike and Susan


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

This group provided us a well-qualified and responsive guide for several days of viewing the sites of Paris. They were well-organized and responsive. The guide (Elvira Mendes-Gregoire) was especially good. She understood that we did not want to spend a great deal of time in museums but rather wanted to see neighborhoods and have a sense of the City over a limited amount of time. Based on her guidance we were able to ride the Metro and get around ourselves on the several days we did not have a guide. It was a very enjoyable introduction to Paris for both of us.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Sullivan

Excellent!

By: klo


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

We loved the tours they scheduled for us and our guide, Denise. We were treated like VIP's every step of the way and experienced things that most tourists do not see. Denise knows all the guides at the local attractions and gets us right into places that others cannot go. She is very knowledgeable and interesting. We would recommend and use this Tour Operator again any time. Our driver was great too.
Travel Advisor:  Lynda Turley

France Normady

By: Sidney


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2017

Very good all well done
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Howell

South of France

By: Rhonda


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

We were able to experience the best of the best in the South of France with the assistance of Decouvertes Inc. Highly recommend working with them if you are looking for the trip of a lifetime!
Travel Advisor:  Laura Hartman

Normandy

By: Lovetotravel


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

Very knowledgeable tour guides. Always on time. Excellent transports.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Howell

France

By: JoeD


Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

All arrangements made for local events etc were all very good. No issues at all.
Travel Advisor:  Marci Oakley

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By: Michele


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

I enjoyed each of our tours. The guides were very knowledgeable and lovely people.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam