Highlights of this tour
- Notre Dame de la Garde
- The Old Port
- Villa Méditerranée
- Fort Saint-Jean
Join us for a memorable Marseille and Cassis tour! After Paris, Marseille is the second-largest city in France. The Greeks founded the old nostalgic harbor from the sixth century. From different points of the city, you have a fantastic view of the sea. Your first stop is the Notre Dame de la Garde, from where you can see the “Château d’If.” The city is full of highlights, including several forts, monuments, impressive churches, and cathedrals. In case you want more information about Marseille and its accessibility, read this blog post.
Throughout the tour, your licensed guide will show you the top highlights, such as the old port. A cozy part of the town where you can eat some local food or enjoy a delicious glass of wine. Your guide also brings you to MuCEM. This museum is located on the water and is connected to the Le Panier district by a footbridge. Which is an architectural eye-catcher by itself. At the MuCEM you enjoy the view from the terrace.
Furthermore this day, you see Villa Méditerranée and Fort Saint-Jean. Villa Méditerranée highlights the role of the Mediterranean in the exchange of goods and services. Fort Saint-Jean is a magnificent historical monument, from the 17th century, connected to pier J4. Soldiers used the fort until 1962. With the arrival of the MuCEM, it became accessible to the public. Here you will find permanent exhibitions about art and popular traditions in the village and the Galerie des Officers, but also in the Saint-Jean chapel. Both the villa as the Fort are outside visits.
Your tour continues towards the fishing village, Cassis. The port of Cassis is the beating heart of the town. On one of the many terraces you can taste the locally produced wine and watch the passers-by, with the very photogenic, moored boats in the background. There are several small boutiques around the cozy square de Baragnon. The market takes place here twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays. In the summer there are also stalls in the evening, where, among other local products, home-made art is sold. Depending on the order of the visits this day, the market may be closed when arriving in Cassis.
In Cassis, you have the time to do some shopping and take your holiday snaps with the beautiful boats in the background. You also have the option to take a boat (not included) to see the azure coves called Calanques surrounded by the white cliffs.
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