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TOULON - Shore Excursions & Tours  FRANCE

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 Toulon Shore Excursion 1: Aix en Provence  Toulon Shore Excursion 5: Marseille City Tour

                                                       Shore Excursion Aix en Provence                                        
Duration: Approximately 4 hours - AM departure

A one-hour drive through the bucolic scenery of Provence takes you to the charming old town of Aix-en-Provence. Two of its most famous sons are Impressionist Paul Cezanne and novelist Emile Zola. Your guide will take you on a walking tour through narrow lanes paved with cobblestones in Vieux Aix, the oldest part of town. You will see Cours Mirabeau, a lovely street flanked by intertwining plane trees.
Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains, as you will begin to see as you walk down the Cours Mirabeau. During your stroll you may see the 17th century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, as well as other fountains of note in the Place d'Albertas and the Place des Trois-Ormeaux. Some date back to the Romans.
The Cours divides Vieux Aix into two parts: The older, medieval streets are to the north and the sophisticated 18th-century mansions to the south of it. The cathedral St. Sauveur has a remarkable 15th-century triptych by Nicolas Froment. Its Romanesque cloisters feature carved pillars and slender colonnades. There will be time to sightsee, stop at a café or shop in one of the lovely boutiques before returning to the ship.

Note: Tour is on foot over uneven walkways. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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                                                  Shore Excursion Marseille City Tour                                    
Duration : 4 hours - AM departure 

See all the highlights of this cosmopolitan port city, beginning with a visit to the old harbor, guarded by the fortresses of St. Jean and St. Nicholas. It was the heart of Marseille's booming maritime life from 600 BC until the 19th century. At the nearby Pharo Park, you will have a short walk on the promontory near the harbor entrance to admire the scenic view. Continue with a drive along the three-mile-long corniche J.F. Kennedy, which follows the coastline and offers vistas of expansive beaches and offshore islands. The 19th-century basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, built at the apex of a rocky hill, dominates the sykline of Marseille. Motor vehicles are forbidden from driving all the way to the top, but guests can climb along a wide road to reach the church. Those who do will be rewarded by an outstanding panoramic view of the city, the surrounding lands and the sea. The belfry of the church is topped with a 30-foot gilded statue of the Madonna. The interior is decorated with mosaics and colored marble. In the crypt is an impressive marble sculpture of the Madonna. You will drive through the main shopping areas in the city's center, then stop at the handsome Palais Longchamps for photos. The palace has a splendid fountain, colonnade and gardens and also houses the Museum of Beaux Arts. You will have some free time to shop and sightseeing in Marseille before returning to the ship.

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