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Marseille Tours – Upscale Private Tour of Marseille and Cassis + Navette Tasting

cassis1Marseille and Cassis Tours Include: Our private tours of Marseille and Cassis include private transportation and English speaking tour guide, Navette (cookie) tasting, taxes, tolls and parking.

Not Included: Entrance tickets.

Departure Points: Avignon, Arles and vicinity; Aix, Marseille and vicinity. Other departure points available, please inquire.

Marseille Tours. This morning you will discover as you tour Marseille one of the most important and ancient cities in France. Built up by the Phoenicians around 600 BC (not to mention the Ligurians, its previous occupants), taken over by the Greeks in 540 BC, and conquered by the Romans two thousand years ago, this 2,600-year-old port is packed with sites and artifacts of antiquity. The city was known for centuries as the “Gateway to the Orient” because of its trading relations with the Middle East and North Africa.

marseilles1Marseille is a cosmopolitan, exotic and vibrant city, and you will tour Marseille’ heart — the port – followed by the oldest neighborhood in Marseille, Le Panier, with its narrow streets, squares and colorful façades. The neighborhood is also home to Saint-Victor Abbey, a very important place for the first Christians in Marseille, and Notre Dame de la Garde, a hilltop church that protects the people of Marseille – and offers an unforgettable view over the city.

After a great lunch enjoying a local specialty called bouillabaisse, your private tour will take you to your final destination, quiet Cassis (French for currant). This little fishing village inspired such artists like Dufy, Signac and Derain, and continues to inspire visitors today. You can relax sitting at a café near the port, watching the fishermen and street artists. Here you can also take a boat ride to admire the beautiful Calanques, little fjords with high limestone cliffs.

You will round out your guided day trip in Provence with a tasting of Navettes, a traditional Provençal sugar cookie flavored with orange blossom. Delicieux!

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