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Visits in Marseille

PANORAMIC TOUR OF MARSEILLE

Duration : 3 hours – guided tour by coach (supplied by you or quoted on request). One guide per coach.

Example of itinerary : Departure from the Old Port, the historic heart of the city,  along the « Quai du Port » to reach the new ports of « La Joliette », created during the 19th century and now being restructured within the framework of the « Euroméditerranée » project. Through the Old City, the Panier district, up to the « Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde ». Stop : panoramic view, history of the site and visit of the Basilica.
Along the coastline over Corniche Kennedy to the « Parc Balnéaire du Prado ». Commentaries about the Villas of the Corniche, view over the Frioul archipelago and the If Castle. Along « Avenue du Prado » towards « Parc Chanot » and  Vélodrome Stadium. Back to the City Centre and La Canebière to reach the « Palais Longchamp ». Stop : history of the site and the buildings.

Back to the Old Port along a part of  La Canebière , evocation of the Grands Hôtels and Cafés of the 19th century.

WALKING TOURS

Duration : 2 h - One guide per group of 25 persons.

Examples of itineraries :

 

  • Old Marseille and "Panier" district  : 26 centuries of history. From the Hôtel de Ville to the Vieille Charité, a walk throughout the Panier district, the oldest quarter in France : Hôtel Dieu, Maison Diamantée, Saint Laurent church & Docks Romains Museum.
  • The abbey of Saint-Victor  : A wonderful example of a church that was formerly built in the 5th century and then fortified in the 14th century. (+2€ / pers ).
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde and the « ex-votos » : Notre-Dame de la Garde is a fortress as well as a sanctuary. It is an irreplaceable landmark, to local religious devotion. Restored mosaics since 2008.
  • The Vieux Port's Fortresses: Saint-Nicolas and Saint-Jean : With their superb military architecture. These symbols of the royal power watch over the oldest city in France.
  • Les Arcenaulx : History of the Great Arsenal and the city's relations with Louis XIV + visit of the Louis XIV room into the History Museum in the shopping center Centre Bourse. (+2€ / pers entrance museum for groups -20pers, +1€ / pers entrance museum for groups +20pers).
  • Malmousque a seaside village : You'll find this fishing village hidden away, a few steps from the sumptuous villas of the Corniche.
  • The Dance school : This building designed by the architect Roland Simounet is the temple dedicated to Dance, the most demanding of discipline, which shelters the National Ballet of Marseille.
  • The Docks of Joliette : These witnesses of Marseille’s trading history are today an outstanding example of successful rehabilitation,  within the framework of the « Euroméditerranée » project.
  • Christmas time in Marseille : A journey into the heart of Marseille’s traditions, in the innocent world of « santons » and cribs. Saint Cannat & Saint Ferréol churches, Saint Victor Abbey...
  • The cathedrals site : Since the mid-19th century two cathedrals have been coexisting on a platform overlooking the port of La Joliette (Trading port). Interior guided visit of La Major.
  • L’Estaque and its painters : At the end of the 19th century, the arrival of Cézanne in this small fishermen’s village was the starting point for an adventure that was to give birth to the modern paintings. Extra possible visit of the Monticelli fundation at the Corbières fort.
  • The Islands : Excursions to the Frioul islands, visit of the If Castle, and possible extension to the Frioul archipelago.
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