Marseille, new cultural destination
Day 1: Arrival in Marseille, Visit Aix en Provence
Arrival at Marseille Provence or by TGV in one of three Provence’s railway station: Marseille center or Aix-en-Provence or Avignon (or by your own means of transport). En route to Aix-en-Provencewhich offers the charm of a Baroque capital, with its cathedral and nice older mansions, squares and hundreds of fountains by which its students can stroll and bask. It is also a centre of art where numerous artists, like Cézanne in 1901, have chosen to live.
Check-in at the hotel in Marseille. Welcome dinner on the Old harbor, major meeting point in the city. Maybe you will choose the famous “bouillabaisse”, a fish soup.
Day 2: Marseille, Capital of Culture
After breakfast, discovery tour of the cityfounded in 600BC bythe Phoenicians. Marseille has alwaysbeen a crossroadsof ideas,races and civilizations. Cosmopolitan city, Marseille is today ametropolis, a city of history and a greatport.From Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, magnificentpanoramaover the city andthe Mediterranean.
Lunch at leisure. Afternoonvisit of the MUCEM (Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditérannée) : At the entrance of the Old Port, floating between sea and sky, a new national museum is opening its doors. Directly facing the open sea, the MuCEM's very location makes it a major development for the Mediterranean. Never before has a museum been exclusively dedicated to the cultures of the Mediterranean, despite their richness and diversity in terms of history and civilisation. Accommodation in Marseille.
Day 3: Marseille and its museums
Marseilleoffers a range ofmuseums andattractionsamong which the choice will be madebased on the interestsof each one:theVieille Charitéin the heart ofthePanier districtor the newHistory museum forthe history lovers, the cityLe Corbusierforarchitecture lovers, Chateau Borélywhichhouses the new museum ofPotteryand Fashion, andeventhemythicalIf Castleaccessible by a 20minboat rideor why notthe famousStade Velodrome. Overn. in Marseille.
Day 4: Cassis and the Calanques
Departure forCassis, a little seaside resort is located between and the Cap Canaille cliffs and the famous Calanques, natural inlet of limestone. From Cassis, a boat trip allow visitors to admire the Calanques’ white cliffs plunging into the Mediterranean Sea. Some of them shelter small harbours and sandy beaches. Before departure of Provence, we maybe have time to visit a winery and taste a “vin de Cassis”.
- 3 x nights and breakfast in Marseille
- 1 welcome dinner
- Private coach and English speaking guide for the a.m. program
- Entrance and booking fees for the museums in Marseille
- Boat trip in Cassis
- 1 person free for 20 paying guests
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