La Marseillaise got its name from the revolutionaries of this city who sang it with such enthusiasm in 1792, and this great Mediterranean port has often failed to connect with metropolitan government, ranging from a spat with Julius Caesar in 49 BC to the current perception that it could become the melting pot model for a new France. Marseille is no longer the sin city where Gene Hackman filmed The French connection, and the old port has been gentrified to make it a major tourist destination.
Your tour starts in the old port, amidst fishermen and pleasure craft, and takes you past the stylish 17th century town hall and a bastion guarding the harbour entrance up to the 19th century cathedral and is 12th century predecessor. You'll then enter the old quarter--a warren of medieval streets--and pass a 17th century poorhouse, the 16th century town museum on your way down to visit the remains of the 3rd century BC Greek port. Then you'll travel by municipal bus to the great basilica on the hill on which the city lies, with marvellous views of the surrounding countryside. Then an atmospheric Gothic abbey with the relics of martyrs and the lighthouse park overlooking the city, followed by a bus back to the port.
Ask us if you're interested in trips to Aix and other parts of Provence.
|Base||Marseille (Meeting point information here, where relevant - make sure you have the right one!)|
|Location tags||Aix-en-Provence, France, Marseille, Marseilles, Provence,|
|Theme tags||archaeology, architecture, gastronomy, history, history,|
|Your guide(s)||A local expert|
|Walking distance||5 km / 3.11 miles|
|Walking time||3.48 hr|
|Total return travel time from base to walk||0 hr|
|Default meeting time||09:00. This is designed to produce an optimal result from a number of factors, including sleep-in time, access to food, and exposure to sun.|
|Total time from "hello" to "goodbye"||4.00 hr|
|Fiestas and markets in places we go through - combine a walk and some partying or shopping!||
Note that there are also events in most places on January 6 (Three Kings), Carnival, Easter, April 23 (St George), June 23 (St John), and September 11 (Catalan regional/national day)
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