Provence was once the first Roman territory beyond the Alps, and while you won't be riding in as a conqueror, you'll see why they wanted it for their own after this eight-day self-drive trip. Craft your own soap, cruise around the coast of Marseille, cook with ingredients from local markets, and more as you explore the region.
The beautiful landscape keeps going with L'Anse de Malmousque, a very picturesque calanque (inlet) with pretty Provençal houses surrounding a little port, then the Chateau d'If that Alexandre Dumas made internationally famous through the fictional epic of The Count of Monte-Cristo.
Finally, you'll reach the Archipel du Frioul, a chalky archipelago off the coast of Marseille with sharp reliefs. These numerous calanques have been used as anchorage from 49 BCE for Jules Caesar's flotilla. You'll sail by several, including Port Miou, Port Pin, En Vau, l'Oule, Devenson, l'Oeil de Verre, Suguiton, and Morgiou.
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Itineraries with Cruise in the Bay of Marseille & View Château d’If
Luxury experiences meet a casual pace of life in the south of France on this nine-day getaway. Experience the magic of Paris at nighttime and sample famous French patisseries, then head south to discover art & history in Marseille. End your trip in Aix-en-Provence, where romantic villages and old-world wineries invite you to stay a while.
Take a dive into nine days of adventure with this expedition. Start off by exploring Marseille and the French Mediterranean coast, then head inland to the Provençal Alps and Verdon Gorge. You'll ride horses, raft down rivers, climb along the canyonside, and more before you return to Marseille.