The tour will start with Marseille that has been a port for 2600 years. From Massalia, the Phoecean city, to Marseille “gateway to the East”, maritime adventure and the rapid expansion of trade in the 19th century are evoked from the Old Port.
The large historical buildings representing many political and religious symbols tell the story of the city can be seen on this itinerary. You will see on your panoramique tour: Saint Victor Abbey, the cathedral Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, and the famous Old Port with the Canebière Avenue.
Then, you’ll see all the residences, villas or mansions, the exceptional site of the Corniche: architectural surprises, extravagance or elegance, splendid views of the sea. If Castle, can be seen from everywhere.
Then the tour will take you to Cassis,“Who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing”. Even if this saying by French poet Frédéric Mistral seems exaggerated, it nevertheless reflects the interest of this little seaside resort nestling at the foot of the impressive Cape Canaille cliff. A former Roman trading post, Cassis is very charming with its quays lined by cafés and restaurants, its jagged coves, its natural beaches and its old town. Many visitors come to see the calanques, stroll around the harbour.
The last stop of the tour will be the charming resort of Sanary-sur-Mer is popular at every season. It started attracting a large number of non-French artists at the turn of the century, and reached its popularity zenith in the 30s with many exiled German artists seeking refuge in France (Thomas & Heinrich Mann, Stefan Zweig). You will enjoy strolling through this peaceful little town and smart port bordered by palm-trees, before adventuring in the pedestrian streets and discover nice little boutiques and shops.
Note: Due to ongoing refurbishments in some of the venues in Marseille, there will be some traffic congestions that will affect the tour.
In observance of the Assumption of Mary Day, the visit to the the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, for the Independence of the Seas sailing August 10, 2013, will be replaced with a short visit to Borely Garden.