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The tour of Marseille, a major French maritime city, begins with a visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, situated on top of a hill. The Basilica was built on the site of an ancient chapel and consists of two buildings the lower chapel/crypt which is built into the rock and the upper church which is decorated by mosaics.
The tour then continues along the Corniche (J. F. Kennedy Avenue) until we reach Castle Borely where we can see the castle and gardens from the outside.
After a 40 minute drive we then arrive at Aix-en-Provence. This tour begins with a visit to the famous Saint-Sauveur Cathedral and its gardens, which date back to the twelfth century. The Cathedral was built on the site of a Roman temple dating back to a period between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. It has a Gothic portal decorated with carved doors and is flanked on the north by an unfinished tower.
Then we take a beautiful walk through the old historic quarter (one & half hours) before reaching the famous Quartier Mazarin, a residential district created for the bourgeoisie of Aix en Provence by the brother of Cardinal Mazarin in the latter half of the seventeenth century. The tour ends with some free time to enjoy shopping in the pedestrianised streets of Aix where you can find many marvelous local craft shops.
We will then return to the Port of Marseille so you can re-join your ship for onward passage to your next port of call.
GENERAL INFORMATIONS MARSEILLE AND AIX EN PROVENCE
DURATION: 8 HOURS