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Marseille City Stay Itinerary
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The itinerary has been planned as a first day of Thursday and final night of Monday. We can arrange an alternative day of week to start your holiday but in this case the excursions available may change according to your choice of holiday dates.

This holiday can be taken at any time between the months of April to October.

For details of your holiday accommodation click >>Accommodation

For more information about the visits and excursions planned in your holiday click >>Visits & Excursions

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Arrive in Marseille for your 5 nights stay in this lively Mediterranean city in a hotel right by the picturesque Vieux Port. After your arrival take a guided bus tour for an introduction to the sights of the city. The bus tour is a hop on/hop off tour so you can stop off and explore wherever you wish. A list of recommended stopping off points will be included in your Route Book.

This evening enjoy a stroll along the quais of the Vieux Port and maybe take an aperitif before dinner at one of the lively bars along the water front.

Early in the morning visit the fish market at the Vieux Port where the boats unload their catch and sell to the local people and restaurants. A taste of real Marseille life. Then take a self guided walking tour around the Vieux Port and lively squares nearby.

In the afternoon a boat trip along the coast departing from the Vieux Port taking you on an excursion around the magnificent bay and passing by the Isles Frioul and the prison island of Chateau d'If. Stop off if you wish and explore the islands en route.

This morning an escorted excursion to the lively university town of Aix en Provence . Stroll the famous Cours Mirabeau with its pretty fountains and explore the lively old town centre. An opportunity to visit Cézanne's atelier, still full of the painter's presence.

Free time in Marseille on your return. Explore another part of the town maybe climbing up to the church of Notre Dame de la Garde for a magnificent view high across the town and the sea.

Today a whole day excursion visiting the charming perched hill villages and  beautiful landscapes of Luberon area driving through the villages of Lourmarin and Bonnieux.  The day includes time to stroll the provencal and antiques market in the riverside town of Isle sur la Sorgue with free time for lunch at a restaurant or café of your own choice. 

In the afternoon the tour continues on to the stunning perched village of Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France and also the picturesque hilltop villages of Oppède le Vieux and Menerbes.  You will have time also to visit the shop of the Lavender Museum which sells an excellent range of good quality locally produced lavender products.
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Free time in Marseille this morning with an opportunity to visit one of the interesting art galleries or museums. Time also to explore the interesting artisanal shops selling local products - the delightful clay figurines (santons), the famous savon de Marseille and navettes (orange flavoured biscuits).

In the afternoon a guided excursion to the picturesque fishing village of Cassis with its pretty harbour surrounded by pastel coloured houses. En route some magnificent scenery with superb views right along the rocky Mediterranean coast.  Your visit to Cassis includes a boat trip along the coast to the stunning fjord like structures of the calanques for which this area is famous.

Depart this morning after breakfast.    

Our 5 night stay includes two half day escorted excursions - Aix en Provence Cassis, and one whole day excursion visiting the perched villages and countryside of the Luberon including a provencal market.

However there is a wide choice of excursion options to choose from which vary according to the time of year. Details of the most popular are listed below. You may choose to substitute our included excursions for

others or indeed add extra excursions. Please note, some excursions may incur a supplement to the holiday price. If we cannot offer your chosen excursions we will suggest alternatives and advise of any supplement which may be required.

We can also arrange private excursions by taxi if you have a particular place you wish to visit which is not included in the excursion options below. Just ask us for details.
Aix Aix

A half day tour visiting the delightful university city of Aix with its medieval Vielle Ville and beautiful Cours Mirabeau lined with plane trees and lively brasseries. Art history is of interest, Include a visit to C ézanne's atelier (entrance fee extra).

Cassis Cassis

This half day tour visits the fjord like structures of the calanques for which this rocky coastline is famous on a boat trip from the picturesque fishing village of Cassis . Here the little harbour is surrounded with pastel coloured houses and restaurants.

Aix and Lavender Tour Aix and Lavender Tour

A whole day tour visiting Aix en Provence in the morning with free time for lunch then in the afternoon the Valensole lavender plateau. Stunning vistas of the lavender fields of this beautiful area.

This tour is available only from 14 June to 12 July.

ales, St Remy, Les Baux Arles

A whole day excursion visiting these highlights of southern Provence . The fascinating Roman town of Arles , charming St. Remy with its associations with Van Gogh and the medieval fortress village of Les Baux.

Perched Villages Luberon

A whole day visiting the beautiful perched villages of the Parc Naturel du Luberon - all distinctively different and each offering a magnificent vista across the valley. You will visit stunning Gordes, picturesque Menerbes and atmospheric Oppède le Vieux nestling right into the Luberon mountain side.

The day also includes time to visit a provencal market.

The holiday described has been planned with hotel accommodation in the New Hotel Le Vieux Port, a comfortable 3* hotel right by the Vieux Port and ideally placed to explore the city with all the major sights just a short walk away. The hotel does not have a restaurant but there is a wide choice of restaurants and cafés nearby and we will include our recommendations in your Route Book. Accommodation is in a twin or double room with private facilities.

The final choice of hotel for your holiday is determined by availability according to your holiday dates. If we cannot secure accommodation in the New Hotel Le Vieux Port, we will advise you immediately and suggest an alternative, and advise any supplement which may be required. There are several good hotels in Marseille all of which we have personally selected.

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Updated: 19 January, 2014