Located in southeastern France, today’s Marseille is a far cry from the sleepy villages it once inspired in Cézanne’s paintings. With more than a million people, the city remains the cosmopolitan and exuberant capital of southern Europe, with its picturesque Old Quarter, lively sidewalk cafes and shops, and Romanesque-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, overlooking the steep cliffs and offering a bird’s eye view of the city’s colorful “quartiers” stretching down toward the sea.

Port: Provence (Marseille)
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Provence (Marseille)

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 16 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Wellness - Tai Chi in the Imperial Garden

    De-stress and unwind in the enriching art of Tai Chi at the storied 19th century, Pharo Palace, built under the reign of Emperor Napoleon III for his wife, Empress Eugenie, who, alas, only visited once. The graceful, gentle movements of this ancient Chinese martial arts is revered for reducing stress, anxiety, and increasing serenity, flexibility and balance.

    The class is divided into two sessions, the first takes place on the school’s grounds, where your instructor will lead you in techniques designed to focus your mind on your body’s sensations. You are then directed to the palace’s famous gardens, overlooking the azure Mediterranean Sea at the entrance of the Old Port, with sprawling views of the city below - MuCEM, St John Fortress, and Notre Dame Basilica. Relax, inhale, and take in all of Marseilles’ majesty. The class is suitable for beginners.

    This Seven Seas Wellness experience includes one of five, 50-minute Canyon Ranch spa services: World of Relief Body Buff, Tangle Me Up Wrap, Ocean Scrub, Sole Rejuvenation, and Vitamin Infusion Facial. Guests are encouraged to make your spa appointment prior to your voyage to help ensure you reserve your preferred time and treatment.

  • Marseilles City Highlights

    Marseille offers so many intriguing diversions that there is little reason to venture farther. Driving through the colorful Old Port, where the city's Greek founders landed in 600 B.C., you will be mesmerized by the classically French sidewalk cafés, thriving markets, and picturesque fishing boats bobbing in the harbor.

    As you travel along the coast, the landscape changes, and the views become dominated by the impressive cliffs of the Marseille massif and the scenic islands lying just offshore. Perched on La Garde Hill, high above the city, stands Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, which upon visiting you'll learn was built on a site that has been a defensive observation post since prehistoric times. The architecture of the Romanesque-Byzantine style basilica boasts magnificent domes, multi-colored stone, and golden mosaics. After a drive through the shopping district, you will stop for photos at the Palais Longchamp, a fantastic 19th-Century complex of stately museums, elegant fountains, and an expansive Zoological Garden. The entrance to Longchamp Park is guarded by four stone lions, and provides an unforgettable setting for a photo. Afterwards, you will drive to the old port where you will be afforded approximately 1-hour of free time to explore on your own before transferring back to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes just under 90-minutes of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are approximately 120 steps to negotiate to reach the Basilica. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the guided walking portions of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. When entering the Cathedral, it is requested that you wear conservative clothing with knees and shoulders needing to be covered. Flash photography & video cameras are not permitted in the Cathedral.

  • Aix-En-Provence

    A lovely drive into the Provençal countryside brings you to the charming old town of Aix-en-Provence. Here, your walking tour begins on the grand Cours Mirabeau, a wide avenue built on the site of the city's medieval ramparts and shaded by leafy 200-year-old trees. The avenue is one of the city's most beautiful, so be sure to notice the elegant facades of its private mansions, especially their wrought-iron balconies and finely carved doorways.

    You will then explore the old Mazarin District, founded by Archbishop Michel Mazarin in 1646, and later home to many writers and artists such as Paul Cézanne. The district is also noted for its meticulously kept walled gardens. Later, discover beautiful St. Sauveur Cathedral with its many contrasting architectural styles, a legacy of countless additions and renovations performed between the 5th and 18th centuries. Most notable are the remnants of a Roman-era wall that were used in a later wall, and the 15th century Gothic portal.

    Following your guided walking tour, you'll have just over an hour of free time to explore on your own before it's time to rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier in Marseille.

    Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes of moderate walking over mostly flat or cobblestoned surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some or all of the guided walking portion of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Quintessential Avignon

    Explore the marquee attractions in the UNESCO World Heritage village of Avignon, whose fortified ramparts once enclosed the seat of the papacy.

    Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive inland toward Avignon, passing through some of the most exhilarating scenery and historical villages in Provence. This is the very landscape that has moved artists the likes of Cézanne and Van Gogh for centuries, and it's still inspirational, especially the enchanted area around Avignon. A classic walled city, it was the seat of the papacy in the 14th century, and seven popes reigned from Avignon.

    Upon arrival, you will enjoy a one hour guided walking tour through the Old Town, during which your guide will delight you with stories of Avignon's celebrated past. Highlights include the view of the Pope’s Palace, which is one the largest Gothic buildings in Europe, and the remains of Saint Benezet's Bridge, a series of stone arches that once spanned a bend in the Rhone River. These two landmarks are so impressive that they were both deemed World Heritage Sites.

    Following your guided introduction to Avignon, you'll have approximately one hour of free time to further explore on your own. You may wish to stroll the cobbled streets, dine at a brasserie, shop for local lavender products, or simply absorb Avignon's youthful, artistic energy. There are also several museums worth noting such as the Lapidary Museum, whose exceptional collection of sculptures is housed in a 17th-century Jesuit church. At the designated time and location, you will rejoin your group and board your coach for the drive back to the pier, taking in the sights of Provence along the way.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking over uneven cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Charming Castellet

    A drive through the ravishing Provence region is a wonderful prelude to your arrival in Le Castellet, a traditional Provencal village perched on wooded hills overlooking fertile vineyards. This remarkable stronghold of a city, formerly owned by the Lords of Les Baux, boasts well-preserved ramparts, a carefully restored church and a castle dating back to the 11th century. Inside the castle, which must be entered through two fortified gates, enjoy an informative walking tour and see how the imposing building has been converted into the town hall.

    Continuing on, you will next visit Le Castellet for some free time. Known for its fine arts and crafts, including painting, pottery, and exquisite metal tableware, this charming town is a wonderful place to do some shopping before it's time to return to the ship.

    Please note: Walking consists of cobblestones and inclines. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or guests with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Food & Wine Trails: Provence & the Stunning Chateau Valjoanis

    Led by a local food and wine expert, you’ll enjoy a day in the Luberon wine region of Provence that includes a tour, tasting, and wine-paired luncheon at the award-winning Château Val Joanis. And, of course, you’ll have time on your own in the picturesque town of Aix en Provence.

    The Luberon wine region of Provence is the setting of Peter Mayle’s acclaimed book A Year In Provence. Like the author, your guide grew up in the English-speaking world, but fell in love with Provence and has been calling it home for over twenty years. She is an expert on the Luberon and will spend the day introducing you to the picturesque landscapes, historic towns and the wonderful foods and wines from one of the most beautiful regions in the world.

    Just north of the city of Aix en Provence is Château Val Joanis, a 980-acre estate, where a 16th Century nobleman built himself a country manor. Four hundred years later, the Chancel family bought the property with dreams of making it even more splendid than it once was. As a result of their long, arduous labor of love, Val Joanis’ gardens won Garden of the Year in 2008 by the Association of Garden Journalists, and since their first harvest in 1981 have collected more awards than any other winery in Luberon. In 2011, the property passed into the hands of a Dutch-German family, who made their fortune in horticulture, and under their care, Château Val Joanis continues to flourish.

    You’ll tour the estate and enjoy a white wine aperitif tasting paired with estate grown olive oil. There will be time to stroll through the lovely gardens and visit their gourmet wine shop, before sitting down to a 3-course Provencal luncheon paired with three estate wines.

    In the afternoon you’ll visit the lovely ‘town of a hundred fountains,’ Aix en Provence, once home to the famous post-impressionist painter Cézanne. Spend time on your own walking along the tree-lined avenues and quaint little lanes lined with sidewalk cafés, or visit one of the many tempting boutiques with everything from designer wear to Provencal fabrics, artisan soaps, olive oils, perfumes and confectionery

    Regent Seven Seas Cruises is proud to partner with FOOD & WINE TRAILS, America’s foremost culinary travel company, in the offering of this tour. F&WT tours are always kept intimate and visit sites not typically offered by mainstream travel suppliers. Their tours are always led by a knowledgeable, English-speaking sommelier, wine or food expert, cooking instructor or chef, who enjoys introducing visitors to some of the best and most authentic food and wine of their region.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are gravel paths and a stairway to the barrel room at Val Joanis to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. On occasion, due to last-minute operational issues at the wine estate, an alternate winery estate of similar quality and ranking may be substituted. Given it is a set meal that is served on this excursion, guests with any dietary restrictions should advise the Destination Services Desk once on board the ship.

  • Master Chef Provencal Lunch and Wines

    Meet your host, renowned Master Chef Rene Berard at his private property and tour his impressive gardens. Personifying all things Provence, these gardens are truly a ‘chef’s paradise’. With blooming rose and grape trellises, the gardens are lovingly tended to and abundant with multiple varieties of lettuces, herbs, fruit trees and vegetables. Enjoy lunch at ‘Le Bistrot de Jef’ after your garden tour and Provencal cooking demonstration. Wines and the menu are selected to showcase the very best of seasonal Provence. A truly unforgettable day.

    No trip to Marseille is complete without tasting the foods and wines of Provence - so our Executive Chef Kelly has designed a tour personally to fully immerse you in the flavors of Provence. Begin your day by gathering in The Culinary Center with your Chef and a small group of fellow ‘foodies’. Our Chef will provide an overview of the day’s schedule as well as an introduction to Provence cuisine and wines. This region of France is known for an abundance of fresh produce and herbs.

    Depart the port of Bandol and drive in the direction of La Cadiere d’ Azur. The minerality of the soil is apparent in the landscape, and you’ll immediately note how the unique terroir here produces the globally-revered grapes of Marseille.

    As you approach Hostellerie Berard, you’ll be greeted by your host; Michelin starred Master Chef Rene Berard. Passionate about cooking from childhood, Chef Berard, and now his son Jean-Francois, have been hosting guests at an elite boutique spa ‘getaway’ since 1969. Guests come from all over the world to take cooking lessons with Chef Berard and dine at his two sumptuous restaurants.

    You’ll tour the magnificently abundant gardens with Chef Berard, and as you do, it will become apparent how lovingly he nurtures the ingredients. Later, you will taste how that love translates into his classical Provencal dishes. But for now, immerse yourself in the gardens brimming with herbs and lettuces, fruit trees and vines and produce.

    Following your tour of the garden, you’ll settle in for a short cooking demonstration by Chef Berard on the terrace of his quintessential Provence stone cottage. Next, is a sumptuous lunch at ‘Le Bistrot de Jef’. Under the glass rooftop, enjoy the view of beautiful Provence and savor Mediterranean inspired dishes prepared especially for our group and paired with local Provencal wines.

    Return to the pier after a magnificent and unforgettable day drenched in the sunlight and passion of Provence.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be gravel surfaces and some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.This tour must be purchased no later than 5 days prior to the operating date. Cancellations made within 5 days or less are subject to a 100% cancellation penalty.

  • Marseilles Highlights & Cassis

    During the drive through Marseille's Old Quarter, your knowledgeable guide will share many fascinating details about the city's ancient history, including the influence of the Greeks who first settled here around 600 BC.

    Past the old port, which is the site of the original settlement, looms the landmark church Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, built in the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Then, it's on to Cassis via the beautiful Gineste Road that hugs the pristine coastline. A small resort town nestled at the base of a medieval castle, Cassis is highly regarded as one of the world's most romantic destinations. The irresistible aromas of fresh Provence herbs fill the air urging you to explore this charming fishing village. You'll have time to stroll the many squares and streets, taking in the gorgeous, white cliffs of Calanques and the deep-blue sea.

    Please note: Cobbled stones streets, comfortable flat walking shoes recommended.This tour does not include a visit to Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica.

  • Discover St. Remy de Provence

    Discover the classic village of St.-Remy-de-Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus and the magical setting for some of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings.

    Your tour commences with a drive inland toward the northern slopes of the Alpilles, a range of arid limestone mountains where the village of St. Remy nestles at the foot.

    Reaching St. Remy, you'll set-off on a forty-five minute guided walking tour down its winding cobbled streets that are shaded by centuries-old plane trees. Along your route, you'll find charming squares graced with sparkling fountains and an atmosphere that is quite simply, radiant. It was here in 1889 and 1890 that Vincent Van Gogh completed more than 150 paintings and sketches while being treated at a psychiatric hospital. The subject matters of many of those works of art, which include "Irises," can still be seen in the surrounding countryside, a landscape of wheat fields, olive groves and cypresses.

    St. Remy is also associated with French astrologer and enigmatic forecaster Nostradamus, who was born here in 1503. His house still stands on Rue Hoche. Saint-Martin church, the largest building in town, is another architectural icon, especially its 14th-century bell tower. The acoustics inside the church are extraordinary, as is its restored organ, which boasts nearly 500 tubes.

    After your guided walk, you'll be afforded ample free time to shop for antiques, browse the outdoor markets, or linger over a glass of wine while savoring Provence's remarkable cuisine. Afterwards, you'll rejoin your guide and coach at the appointed time and location and drive back to the pier in Marseilles.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking over uneven cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Avignon, the Pope's Palace & Les Baux

    Upon reaching Avignon, set on a scenic bend of the Rhône River, you will have a good grasp of the area's fascinating history, delivered in detail by your guide. While a marvelous city of art and culture, Avignon is most famous for being home to seven popes of the 14th century, who chose to reside here rather than in Rome. The incredible Palace of the Popes was constructed primarily during the papacies of Benedict XII and Clement VI and was one of the largest buildings of its time. You'll visit this fascinating fortress-cum-residence, which consists of sumptuously decorated chambers, chapels, and passages. Afterward, your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the enchanting old town, and then you'll drive into the Alpilles Range to the amazing hilltop village of Les Baux. It sits atop a rocky mountain spur like an eagle's nest, perched 800 feet above the valley floor.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes of extensive walking, at times over uneven surfaces and up hillsides. There are also steps to negotiate. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or guests with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • The Classic Villages of St. Remy & Arles

    Trace the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh in St. Remy and Arles, where he spent the last years of his life, and then explore the charming towns in more depth on your own.

    From the pier, it's a scenic drive inland toward the Alpilles, a range of arid limestone mountains where the village of St. Remy nestles at the foot. Upon arrival, you'll set-off on a seventy-five minute guided walking tour down its winding cobbled streets that are shaded by centuries-old plane trees. You will also find charming squares graced with sparkling fountains and an atmosphere that is quite simply, radiant. It was here in 1889 and 1890 that Vincent Van Gogh completed more than 150 paintings and sketches while being treated at the Saint Paul psychiatric hospital. A visit here offers a view of the room where Van Gogh convalesced and the perspective from his room's window that set the stage for many of his works. The subject matters of some of those works, including "Irises," can still be seen in the surrounding countryside, a landscape of wheat fields, olive groves and cypresses. Following your guided tour, you'll have ninety-minutes of free time to have lunch on your own and further explore this delightful village.

    Rejoining your group, you'll next travel to nearby Arles, another town synonymous with Van Gogh who lived here prior to St. Remy. Many of the subjects he painted can easily be found by following the plaques on the Van Gogh Trail. Some of the highlights you'll see during your one-hour guided walking tour are the St. Trophime cathedral, a World Heritage Site known for its ornate 12th-century portal depicting the Last Judgment; the Town Hall, rebuilt in 1673 with its obelisk from Arles' Roman circus; Forum Square; and the ancient Roman Amphitheater. Afterwards, enjoy an hour of free time to stroll about on your own before re-boarding your coach for the return trip to Marseille.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are uneven cobblestone surfaces, steps and inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in reasonably good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • A Day in Provence

    Leaving the harbor of Marseille, you will head by motor coach to Roussillon—reputedly one of the most beautiful villages of France. A brief comfort stop en route will allow you to catch a glimpse of the picturesque Provence village of Lourmarin. Rousillon stands on the highest hills between the Coulon Valley and the Vaucluse Plateau. It is a magical village of vibrant colors that catches your attention around every corner. Walk with your guide to discover the quarries of ochre or the village itself; then, you will have some free time to purchase lunch (at your own expense) at a local restaurant. The village of Gordes is another spectacular sight, rising in picturesque tiers on the Vaucluse Plateau. Enjoy the atmosphere of this charming Provençal village and stroll through the small paved, and sometimes stepped, alleyways with vaulted passageways and arcades of tall houses and rampart ruins. By the time you return to the ship you will do so with some marvelous images to remember.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking and some climbing at Rousillion village. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or guests with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Aix En Provence & Marseilles

    A lovely drive into the Provençal countryside brings you to the charming old town of Aix-en-Provence. Here, your walking tour begins on the grand Cours Mirabeau, a wide avenue built on the site of the city's medieval ramparts and shaded by leafy 200-year-old trees. The avenue is one of the city's most beautiful, so be sure to notice the elegant facades of its private mansions, especially their wrought-iron balconies and finely carved doorways. Explore the old Mazarin District, founded by Archbishop Michel Mazarin in 1646, and later home to many writers and artists such as Paul Cézanne. The district is also noted for its meticulously kept walled gardens. Discover beautiful St. Sauveur Cathedral with its many contrasting architectural styles, a legacy of countless additions and renovations performed between the 5th and 18th centuries. Most notable are the remnants of a Roman-era wall that were used in a later wall, and the 15th century Gothic portal. Before leaving to Marseille you will have free time to further explore on your own.

    Arriving in Marseille, you will drive through the colorful Old Port, where the city's Greek founders landed in 600 B.C.. During your panoramic tour of the city, you will be mesmerized by the classically French sidewalk cafés, thriving markets, and picturesque fishing boats bobbing in the harbor.

    Continuing along the coast, the landscape changes, and the views become dominated by the scenic islands lying just offshore. Perched on La Garde Hill, high above the city, stands Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, which upon visiting you'll learn was built on a site that has been a defensive observation post since prehistoric times. The architecture of the Romanesque-Byzantine style basilica boasts magnificent domes, multi-colored stone, and golden mosaics. After a drive through the shopping district, you will pass he Palais Longchamp, a fantastic 19th-Century complex of stately museums, elegant fountains, and an expansive Zoological Garden.

    Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes of moderate walking over mostly flat or cobblestoned surfaces. Flash photography & video cameras are not permitted in the Cathedral. There are approximately 120 steps to reach the Basilica. Suitable attire is required to enter the cathedral.

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