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Description A tour in search of the true soul of Marseille, a bustling, multicultural city with a long and fascinating history, brimming with the flavours and aromas of Mediterranean culture.

What we will see
  • The Church of Saint Laurent and the view of the Old Port
  • 'La Major' Cathedral and Esplanade
  • Museum Complex
  • 'Panier' quarter, 'La Vieille Charité' courtyard and loggia

What we will do
  • We begin our discovery tour of Marseille by taking the shuttle bus from the port to the “Church of Saint-Laurent”. The little square in front of the church offers beautiful views of the Old Port and the hills surrounding the city.
  • We make our way downhill from the church towards Marseille's Neo-Byzantine cathedral, known locally as La Major. After a tour around the outside of the building, we have a short stop in the new Esplanade, recently completed to coincide with Marseille's nomination as the 'European capital of culture 2013'.
  • We then make our way to the new museum complex, which comprises three institutions: the 'Musée Regards de Provence', the 'Ville Méditerranée' and 'MuCEM' - the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Our guide will provide an overview of each building from the outside.
  • We walk onwards, heading into the old heart of the city, the 'Panier' quarter, with its artisan workshops and colourful, bustling cafés.
  • Before we make our way into the web of narrow streets of the old town, we stop to visit the courtyard and the loggia of 'La Vieille Charité', a building that originally served as an almshouse for the city's poor, but which is now home to a cultural centre and a venue for temporary exhibitions. We then take another short break to sample some local products.
  • We make our way back to the Old Port, where we can either board the ship straight away, or spend a couple of hours of fee time in the city centre.

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