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.
Explore Marseille's culinary scene and end your day enjoying a delicious meal you created in a cooking class! You'll start by perusing the city's markets with a local gastronome, beginning with Vieux Port, Marseille's famed fish market. Shop here for the day's catch: red mullets, sea breams, or sea bass, depending on your preferences. Next, stroll around town and wind your way to the Capucins Market on the popular Canebière Street. Here, the smells of spices, fresh fruit, and local vegetables blend in a compelling mix.
Make your selections with your host's recommendations in mind, then continue to Paradis Street to visit your host's favorite wine shop. Once you've purchased all your ingredients, gather at a family's home in Marseille for a cooking class.
Spend the next two hours taking advantage of the savoir-faire and culinary skills of your passionate host, an authentic ambassador to Marseille's cuisine. But, of course, the best part of the day happens on the terrace at the end of the class. Savor your creations, take in the Southern France sunshine, and chat with your host.
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Itineraries with Marseille Markets & Cooking Class
Sink your teeth into 16 days of Southern French sensations with this itinerary. You'll experience the markets of Marseille along with a cooking class in a local chef's home, then find your courage to tackle Europe's largest gorge via hiking, horseback riding, canyoneering, climbing, and more. Wind down with more hikes and a bike ride through charming Aix-en-Provence before you head home.