Marseille was founded in the 6th century BC by Greek settlers from Phocea, and was named ‘Massalia’. Today it is the second largest city in France, and is home to the country’s largest commercial port. Sit back, relax and enjoy your drive as you pass by the shopping district, and have your cameras at the ready, as a stop will be made outside Longchamp Palace and the beautiful fountain.
Winding your way round one of Europe’s oldest cities, admire the Cathedral de la Major, a huge and extravagant construction started in the 19th century in Neo-Byzantine style. View the gilded statue of the Virgin and Child housed over the bell tower of the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde, perched high above the city of Marseille.
A scenic drive will take you along the promenade to the Corniche. Admire the stunning views of the craggy coves and little beaches tucked away along the coastline, spot the spooky Château d’If, the city’s penal colony in a bygone era. Enjoy a little free time at ‘Le Vieux Port’ and watch the world go by from one of the many cafés or shop for souvenirs.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are advised to carry local currency should you wish to shop for souvenirs or purchase any refreshments. There is approximately 30 minutes of free time at the Old Port.