Enjoy this full day excursion that explores the nearby towns of Marseille and Cassis.
Disembarking the ship, your day first begins with a scenic drive to Marseille. Traveling via the Cornich J.F. Kennedy, which runs alongside the natural coast of France, you will be treated to lovely views of offshore islands, dominated by the Marseille Veyre massif. After passing by the Pharo Park, you will make a stop at the Old Harbor for photos before continuing on to the Notre Dame de la Garde, a Basilica that was built in the mid 19th century during the Romano-Byzantine era. Your visit here affords you a spectacular view of Marseille, and if you wish, you may choose to go farther up the steps for a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of Marseille and the surrounding cities. Following your visit to the Basilica, you will have approximately 2 hours to do shopping and have lunch on your own.
After your break, you will head to Cassis, a small but fascinating fishing port that lies in an attractive setting at the end of a bay. The town enjoys popularity as a summer resort and is well-known for its "calanques" (inlets), small beaches, seafood and white wine. Cassis became more widely known in 1867 with a mention of the village by the famous writer Frederic Mistral and was a preferred holiday location for artists such as Derain, Vlaminck, Matisse and Dufy.
Cassis is a wonderful place to simply relax and drink in the pleasant ambiance and amazing scenery it offers, which includes a harbor area lined with pastel-colored houses, limestone cliffs, vineyards, and fig and olive trees. After your guided visit, enjoy time at leisure to stroll about this delightful town that remains enchantingly welcoming and unspoiled.
All too soon, it's time to meet your escort and board the coach for your return transfer to the pier in Sanary.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing, a hat and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. When visiting inside Cathedrals, knees and shoulders must be covered. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.