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The South of France: Multicultural Marseille

THE MOUTHWATERING MEDITERRANEAN FROM URBAN BUZZ TO COASTAL BLISS

Itinerary

Destination

Start

Marseille France

Finish

Marseille France

Early 2023

Duration

4 Days

Format

Guided

Group Size

Small group

Overview

Pastis mixology ⋅ Multicultural food tour ⋅ Street art discovery ⋅ Calanques

The south of France has an easy-going charm that makes friends of strangers. Or maybe that’s just the pastis. The herby aperitif at the center of our journey conjures up sea breezes, Mediterranean hues and southern hospitality, and over four days we’ll experience it all. From pétanque to calanque to multicultural hotspots and refreshing rosé – Marseille has to be tasted to be understood.

Highlights

Marseille is where cool waves and Provençal traditions meet the best kind of urban vibes, creating the ultimate sun-kissed Mediterranean playground.

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01 | SECRETS OF PASTIS

Arguably the true spirit of the Mediterranean, we take the time to learn the history, the making, and the ritual of pastis, the relaxed vacationer’s aperitif

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02 | THE CALANQUES

Inaccessible by car, but too beautiful to miss, we set out on a team adventure exploring the cliffs, caves and emerald green waters of this stunning pocket of the Mediterranean

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03 | FOOD TOUR

From sharing the magic of bouillabaisse (boo-ya-bays) to the simple pleasures of panisse we spend the day in the old town tasting the vibrant and varied culinary influences of the city, eating like a true ​​Marseillaise

Itinerary

Day 01

URBAN EXPLORING

City discovery tour ⋅ Trad bistro meal ⋅ Cool rooftop drinks

A journey of friendship and flavor begins with an urban hike through Marseille’s vibrant center with a local guide who brings the town’s multilayered history to life. When the sun gets low, we gather for apéro. Enjoy a round of pastis before a welcome dinner in a fabulous little bistro nearby. Later, we head to Marseille’s most famous avenue for rooftop drinks before heading out to discover the city’s legendary nightlife.

Day 02

SOUTHERN SPIRIT

Multicultural market ⋅ Street art tour ⋅ Pastisologie masterclass

One for early risers: sun salutations. Mid-morning, the group comes together for a food tour and market visit to experience some of the hidden gems of this culinary super city. Explore a spread of Maghreb treats and sweets as well as traditional Provençal fare.

This afternoon, we walk the colorful streets of Le Panier, before meeting a graffiti artist guide who will translate the towering artwork that surrounds us. Later, we stop for the most iconic of Marseille’s pastimes, a game of pétanque. After a cheeky glass to toast the winners we’ll set out under the warm Mediterranean sun for an exclusive Pastisologie mixology masterclass at Mx Marseille.

Day 03

PERFECT MEDITERRANEAN DAY

Coastal exploration ⋅ Calanques ⋅ Gourmet picnic ⋅ Seafood feast

This morning we head up the coast to the inspired nature of the dramatic Calanques for a perfect Mediterranean seaside day. Our guide leads us to a lesser-known stretch of coastline and a hidden beach where we stop to enjoy the turquoise waters.

Lunch today is a picnic carefully prepared by a local chef. After time to relax or explore, the group comes together for a special apéro before a final night celebration dinner where we share the best of the day’s catch, fresh from the Old Port. Tonight is one to remember with drinks and dancing in our favorite local hotspot.

Day 04

À BIENTOT

After a relaxed breakfast it will be time to say au revoir. Until next time!

Accommodation

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Accommodations are hand-selected for each and every trip from a portfolio of rigorously-vetted hotels. Our Trip Design team prioritizes location, comfort, and design to ensure your stay is a winning mix, every time. In Marseille, we often stay in hotels such as Hotel Bellevue.

Hotel Bellevue

Chic and eco-friendly, this perfectly located boutique hotel balances the best of local culture and modern sensibilities. With rooms thoughtfully furnished and decorated by local artisans, wake up to the blue waters of Le Vieux-Port of Marseille from your window.

What's Included

Almost everything.

Curated activities, local cuisine and libations, new knowledge, delightful travel companions – and so much more.

  • Three nights hotel accommodation

  • Daily breakfast

  • Meals per the itinerary

  • Nightly round of drinks

  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

    • Urban hike and street art tour of Marseille
    • Pastisologie Masterclass at Mx Marseille
    • Walking food-focused tour of Marseille
    • Pétanque class
    • Drinks and snacks at exclusive Port Club Pernod
    • Kayaking tour to the Calanques National Park
  • Return transportation to from all scheduled activities when required

  • Services of a brilliant local Tastemaker (=Trip Leader)

  • Tips and gratuities at hotels and at group meals

  • All local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Flights are not included

  • Tours, events, and activities outside those noted in the itinerary

  • Airport transfers

  • Any food or drinks outside except where specified/detailed

  • Personal items and expenses

  • Any additional services at the hotel (room service, phone calls etc)

  • Travel insurance

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