Make the most of your stopover in Marseille Provence
The port of Marseille is located in the heart of a major vacation destination, Provence. Consider arriving a few days early or stay a few days after your cruise and explore our famous Provençal destinations. If you are looking for shore excursions, there are plenty of sightseeing options if you only have a few hours to spare.
A city of art and history and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Arles recently received a facelift for 2014 with the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation, the Musée Départemental de l’Arles Antique extension and the reopening of the Musée de la Camargue.
Aubagne distils all the charm and character of Provence, with its scented garrigue-covered hills immortalised by the author and film-maker Marcel Pagnol, typical villages, farmers’ markets and a route des fermes (Farms Route) that will tickle the taste buds of the finest gourmets. Aubagne is also known for its local arts and crafts, in particular pottery with ceramic ware and its famous nativity characters or santons.
The walled city of Avignon is a maze of old-world narrow streets that are perfect for exploring on foot. Famous for its Palais des Papes and Pont St Bénezet and dotted with dozens of churches and chapels, Avignon has numerous historical buildings listed by UNESCO.
This little seaside town, with its fishing port, vineyards and its laid-back lifestyle is a magical place. Cassis is located at the centre of the Calanques National Park, a marine and land reserve providing a rich historical and natural heritage.