Marseille Shore Excursion
This full day Marseille shore trip allows you free time in the charming coastal town of Cassis combined with a tour to see Marseilles top sites including Notre Dame de la Garde and the bustling Old Port.
After meeting your driver guide in Marseille you drive along the famous cliff road to Cassis. The road reaches an altitude of about 1,200 feet above the sea level offering dramatic views and leading you into Cassis.
Cassis is a small but gorgeous port city which was once a bustling fishing village. It has become a very popular destination for Europeans to visit in the spring and fall so they can enjoy the moderate Mediterranean climate in this scenic resort town. The lovely natural setting allows you to see rolling vineyards, olive trees, beaches, and the amazing Calanques. These fjord like white cliffs create small bays along the blue coast line.
While you are in Cassis you have free time where you might choose to shop the boutiques, visit a local art gallery or sample local white and rose wines in one of the many chic cafes. On Wednesday and Friday there are wonderful open air markets in the town square. Many people enjoy taking a boat cruise (not included) to see some of the most dramatic Calanques.
Free time for lunch is provided (meal not included).
This afternoon you return to Marseille where your first stop is the impressive Palais Longchamps. This beautiful water fountain was built under the reign of Napoleon III and was designed by one of the great architects of Marseille.
Your next stop is Le Vieux Port, or the Old Port, where the sea enters the town's embrace. This is the location of the bustling outdoor fish market each morning. You'll have a chance to see the vendors selling local handicrafts or the flower market (depending on the day of the week).
Then you drive to one of the most impressive locations in Marseille, Notre Dame de la Garde. This striking cathedral sits on the highest point in Marseille and from it you'll have stunning views over the whole city. Locals consider this church the guardian of the city.
Finally you'll take a drive along the coastal road of Marseille named after John F. Kennedy and then you'll stop at a typical old fishing port, le Vallon des Auffes, where you can soak up the local atmosphere and see the small fishing boats in the tiny harbor.
At the end of the day you are brought back to the pier or your hotel.
Mobility: Folding wheelchair OK, some sites may be inaccessible (advance notice required)
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