SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Marseille City Highlights & Avignon

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 8 hrs

    On your visit to Marseille, you’ll see the entrance of the old port guarded by the two fortresses: Saint John and Saint Nicolas. Drive to the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde for a very interesting visit where you’ll discover the city of Marseille. In Avignon, city of art and culture, the metropolis of the Vaucluse region which spreads along the banks of the Rhone River, see the famous Pont d’Avignon with only four of its arches remaining. Avignon was a small but prosperous town when its destiny changed in the early 14th century with the exile of the Popes to France, leading to a century of brilliance. It is surrounded by ramparts and dominated by the Doms Rock which is crowned by the magnificent Cathedral and Palace of the Popes. Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping on your own.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves walking for approximately 3 hours on uneven ground and cobblestone, with a few steps in Avignon. Driving time between Marseille and Avignon is approximately 1 1/2 hours long. This tour is not recommended for guests who are wheelchair confined. Public restrooms are available in Avignon.
    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    Available languages:
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    Avignon, Palace of the Popes & Les Baux

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 8 hrs

    Avignon, a city rich in culture and art, spreading along the banks of the Rhone River was a small but prosperous town when its destiny changed in the early 14th century with the exile of the Popes to France, leading to a century of brilliance. It is surrounded by ramparts and dominated by the Doms Rock, on which stand majestically the Cathedral and the Palace of the Popes. The Palace of the Popes was one of the largest buildings of its time. It was fortress and palace, covering over 2 1/2 acres in a luxurious, sumptuously decorated maze of galleries, chambers, chapels and passages. Most of its original furnishings were lost or burned over centuries, but the rooms are still impressive. Visit the Palace of the Popes, followed by free time for lunch, shopping or further exploration on your own. Drive to the amazing eagle’s nest village of Les Baux de Provence built on a rocky spur in the Alpilles range and offering great views of the countryside and vineyards. In the village of Les Baux, you’ll see a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the 12th century Church of St. Vincent and the 17th century Chapel of the White Penitents. You’ll also have some free time to walk along the narrow and winding streets lined with local artisans who display and sell their works.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves walking for approximately 3 hours on uneven ground and cobblestone, with a few steps in Avignon and about 20 steps in Les Baux. Not recommended for guests who are wheelchair confined. Public restrooms are available at both Avignon and Les Baux. Please dress appropriately. No bare shoulders or shorts are allowed.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Beyond Blueprints - Marseille

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    OVERVIEW

    Gain an insider’s understanding of the challenges in building two avant-garde landmarks by touring them with an architectural historian. Perched along the waterfront, La Villa Mediterranée was designed to embody Marseille’s deep bond with the sea. Instantly recognized for its prominent cantilevered overhang, this three-level public space also features a conference center with portholes beneath the sea. As you will discover, that lower floor presented all sorts of unusual circumstances that pushed the boundaries of architecture. The building faces MUCEM, a national museum devoted to Mediterranean civilizations. Its audacious design includes elements such as tree-like columns, a lacy façade that resembles a fishnet and a slender footbridge that connects it to the towering ramparts of Fort St. Jean. The square-within-a-square shape of MUCEM is classical in one sense but radically different because of the building materials. The concrete filigree that shields much of the structure is particularly stunning.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Tour two futuristic landmarks with an architectural historian that will describe the designs.
    • Discover how the challenges of building an underwater conference center were overcome.
    • Recognize how a national museum used revolutionary materials to achieve its design.

    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking over mainly flat and even surfaces. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $139.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
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    Luberon & Lavender Museum

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 8 hrs

    OVERVIEW

    Explore some of the most photogenic destinations in the Luberon, an area in the heart of Provence known for its forested valleys, craggy limestone hills and medieval villages. While meandering along the narrow cobbled streets of Lourmarin you will surely be inspired, much like Winston Churchill, who painted there in his later years. Roussillon is even more colorful as much of the village is tinted with red, orange and yellow ochre pigments quarried nearby. Following the guided tour, during which you may see Roussillon’s historical yellow-hued St-Michel Church, you will enjoy free time to wander about and dine on your own. Lavender takes center stage in Coustellet. In early summer, the purplish flower blankets the surrounding hills and is so synonymous with the village that there is a Lavender Museum. While browsing the exhibits, you will learn how lavender is harvested and distilled to create essential oil for soaps and perfumes.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Visit three absolutely gorgeous medieval villages in the Luberon area of Provence.
    • Wander about the cobbled streets of Lourmarin and the ochre-tinted village of Roussillon.
    • Browse the Lavender Museum in Coustellet, where the flower is distilled for essential oil.

    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or guests with mobility concerns. Walking over cobblestone and inclined streets, and uneven surfaces. Tour is only available between mid-June and mid-July, as the lavender fields are visible between these times. Blossom varies according to the variety, local weather conditions, climate, and altitude and latitude. Weather appropriate clothing; flat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Sightseeing
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    A Day In Provence – Gordes & Roussillon

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 8 hrs

    Leaving the harbor of Marseille, your drive will take to Gordes stopping for photostops along the way. The houses of Gordes rise in picturesque tiers above the Imergue valley on the edge of the Vaucluse plateau. The stone buildings built in tight against the base of the cliffs and those perched on the rocks above, including the 12th century castle, are made of a beige stone that glows orange in the morning sun. Enjoy the atmosphere of this charming village and stroll through the small paved, sometimes stepped alleyways lined with gutters defined by two rows of stone with vaulted passageways, arcades of old tall houses and rampart ruins. Continue your exploration of Provence with a short drive to Roussillon, a village that stands on the highest hill between the Coulon valley and the Vaucluse plateau. These striking hills, composed of ochre rock of 16 or 17 different shades featured in the local houses, enhance the beauty of the village and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy lunch on your own and free time at leisure before returning to your awaiting ship in Marseille.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves walking for approximately 3 1/2 hours on uneven ground and cobblestone, with approximately 20 steps at Gordes and Roussillon. Not recommended for guests who are wheelchair confined. Public restrooms are available at both Gordes and Roussillon.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Avignon & Aix en Provence

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Fall in love with the fortified city of Avignon, famous for its theater festival and remarkable history. Passing through any of the seven gates of the superbly preserved walls, discover the city of the Popes. You’ll have plenty of free time to do whatever you wish. Stroll through the enchanting pedestrian shopping area, enjoy lunch at one of its many great restaurants or perhaps visit the impressive Palace of the Popes, built in the 14th century. Aix en Provence was the capital of the Provence region and its attractions are many. Embark on a walking tour of the Cours Mirabeau. This wide avenue is shaded by trees and was built in the 1600s on the site of the city’s medieval ramparts. Its verdant tunnel of foliage protects pedestrians from the heat of the Provencal sun. Aristocratic facades of the old hotels line the Cours and their wrought iron balconies and finely carved doorways invite the visitor to explore. Enjoy the scenery of Provence on your drive back to Marseille

    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves walking for approximately 3 hours on uneven ground and cobblestone, with a few steps in Avignon. Not recommended for guests who are wheelchair confined. Public restrooms are available in both Avignon and Aix.
    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Hilltop Le Castellet & Seaside Sanary

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 5 hrs

    Begin this excursion with a scenic drive to Le Castellet, a typical Provencal hilltop village perched on wooded hills dotted with vineyards. This remarkable stronghold, formerly owned by the Lords of Les Baux, has well-preserved ramparts, a carefully restored 12th century church and a castle dating back to the 11th century. Entering through one of the two fortified gates Le Portail and Le Portalet, you’ll start with a guided walking tour around the narrow streets up to the Castle which is now home to the town hall. Enjoy some time at leisure, to explore the arts and craft workshops before rejoining your motorcoach for a drive to the seaside resort of Sanary sur Mer, a lovely 16th century port town in the heart of Provence. Sanary, village of light and contrasts will welcome you with its colorful façades, shaded walkways, vineyards and hundred year old olive trees. The "Roman" tower, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries, was used for the defense of the region, while the 16th century church bell of Notre Dame de Pitie, was rung by the resident hermit to warn of enemy ships on the horizon. Enjoy some free time to relax, take a refreshing drink in one of the inviting waterfront cafes or stroll along the fashionable boutiques before returning to Marseille.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves walking for approximately 1 1/2 hours on uneven ground. Not recommended for guests who are wheelchair confined. Public restrooms are available at both Le Castellet and Sanary sur Mer.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Les Baux de Provence

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Drive to the amazing eagle nest village of Les Baux de Provence built on a rocky hill in the Alpilles mountain range, offering great views of the countryside, vineyards and olive groves. In the village of Les Baux you’ll see Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the 12th century Church of St. Vincent and the 17th century Chapel of the White Penitents. You’ll have free time to explore the picturesque village or browse the shops. The more adventurous might wish to climb up to the castle and explore the ruins of the medieval citadel known as the Dead City. Whatever you decide to do with your free time in Les Baux, it will be a great compliment to your day. Meet your guide at a given time for the return to Marseille and your ship.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves walking for approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours on uneven ground and cobblestone, with approximately 20 steps in Les Baux. Not recommended for guests who are wheelchair confined. Public restrooms are available at Les Baux.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Aix En Provence

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 4 hrs

    Enjoy a scenic drive through Provence before reaching the charming medieval town of Aix. This was the capital of the Provence region and its attractions are many. Embark on a walking tour of the Cours Mirabeau. This wide avenue is shaded by trees and was built in the 1600s on the site of the city's medieval ramparts; its verdant tunnel of foliage protects pedestrians from the heat of the Provencal sun. The aristocratic facades of the old hotels line the Cours and their wrought iron balconies and finely carved doorways invite the visitor to explore. One of the nicest fountains you'll see is certainly the natural hot water fountain covered with moss, dating from 1734.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Note the different architectural styles of Saint Sauveur Cathedral with a Romanesque nave, a Merovingian baptistery and a Gothic section. These various styles date between the 5th and 17th centuries. Whatever your interest is, the ambiance of Aix en Provence makes for an enjoyable excursion. Enjoy some free time before rejoining your coach for the drive back to Marseille. Note: Tour involves extensive walking on level ground. Not recommended for guests who are wheelchair confined. There are very few public restrooms in Aix, guests can use the facilities in bars and restaurants as long as drinks or food are purchased.
    • Adult from: $75.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    Available languages:
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    Marseille & Notre Dame de La Garde

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 4 hrs

    Begin your tour with a motorcoach ride through the area known as the Le Vieux Port or Old Port where the Greeks landed in 600 BC. Here the cafes, boats and restaurants are classically French. Drive along the Corniche J.F. Kennedy which follows the natural coast and offers lovely views of offshore islands dominated by the Marseilleveyre Massif (Summit). The Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde is the most magnificent building of its kind in southern France and at this impressive landmark you’ll find that it is well worth climbing the 170 steps. The basilica was built in the mid-1800s in Romano-Byzantine style and boasts beautiful objects on the walls and a stunning marble statue in the crypt. It stands on a limestone spire and offers a glorious 360 degree view of the city below. For those who do not wish to climb to the top, the view from the lower level is also quite splendid. You’ll have approximately an hour to explore at leisure before returning to your ship at the old harbor.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves walking for approximately 1 1/2 hours on level ground with approximately 40 to 170 steps. Not recommended for guests who are wheelchair confined. Public restrooms are available at Notre Dame de la Garde and downtown.
    • Adult from: $75.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    Available languages:
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    Easy Marseille

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 3 hrs

    Begin your tour with a motorcoach ride through the area known as the 'Le Vieux Port' or Old Port where the Greeks landed in 600 B.C. Here the cafes, the boats and the restaurants are classically French. Continue the drive along the Corniche J.F Kennedy, which follows the natural coast and offers lovely views of offshore islands dominated by the Marseilleveyre Massif. During the photo stops from your coach, you’ll see Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, the most magnificent building of its kind in southern France, with the statue of the Virgin on the top of the bell tower. The basilica was built in the mid 1800s in Romano-Byzantine style and boasts beautiful ex-votos on the walls and a stunning marble statue in the crypt. Driving through the shopping district, you’ll stop outside the Longchamp Palace where you are rewarded with the chance to take some excellent photos. During your drive, you’ll feel the South of France and the 'Marseillais' the natives with this very singing dialect. A real pleasure!

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour involves minimal walking at photo stops (optional).
    • Adult from: $75.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Marseille Walking Tour

    Provence (Marseille), France

    Duration 3 hrs

    Marseille, one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean, is a vibrant mix of old and new, ideal for exploring on foot. Here in Marseille, France’s second largest commercial port, is where the ancient Phoenicians and Greeks used to trade. The Greeks used to bring grapes to Marseille, making it the start of the French wine industry. Take a short coach ride along the commercial port with a hostess onboard. Meet your guide at the Old Port to begin your walking tour through the oldest neighborhood in Marseille. As you stroll, hear about the rich history of the city while taking in the great views of the Panier Area, the forts at the entrance of the harbor, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, and the Abbey of St. Victor, along with many other interesting sites. At the Town Hall on the Old Port you’ll have free time before heading back to your ship, either with your group or at leisure, if you prefer to stay in town a bit longer.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour participation is limited. There are approximately 2 miles of walking over relatively flat terrain.
    • Adult from: $49.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

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Printed on Friday, March 31, 2023 at 09:37pm