Incentive Travel to Marseille: An extraordinary incentive destination.
With its terracotta-roofed buildings the colour of cracked wheat, ripened apricot and blanched almond scattered around the mistral-whipped sea, Marseille is infused with a perceptible and irrepressible energy.
This gritty, grimy and gloriously real city – France’s oldest, and largest after Paris – isn’t gentrified like its Provençal counterparts. But its rough-and-tumble edginess, wailing sirens and litter-swirled streets, and its coastal corniches, chicaning around rocky inlets, coves and sun-baked beaches, are chock-a-block with treasures.
Marseille Incentive – PROGRAM
Day 1 – Transfer from airport to hotel.
Transfer from airport to hotel by private coach and English speaking assistant.
Check in at hotel.
Sightseeing tour of Marseille by 2CV
Enjoy a unique tour of Marseille, comfortably seated in the 2CV car!
Discover the town of Marseille: The Old Harbor, the Corniche (Coast road), Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Prado, the Velodrome Soccer Stadium and the Castellane Square.
Day 2 – Full day tour on a private boat in the Calanques
The Calanques are the astonishing rough diamonds of the Mediterranean coast, an essential highlight of any tourist trip to Southern Provence.
A spectacular series of looming white limestone rocks scored through with deep valleys, they’re the backdrop to a unique ecosystem, colourful fishing villages, peaceful creeks with intense, clear turquoise water and a wide range of sporting activities.
Classified as a National Park in 2012, the Calanques are the first semi-urban national park in Europe.
– Nautical activities day (sea kayaks, scuba diving, jet ski, fishing)
– Mediterranean gastronomy day (bouillabaisse, see-urchins, aioli…wine and local products testing)
– Swimming experience in the calanques.
Day 3 – Full day tour to Avignon and Chateauneuf du Pape.
Avignon, for some time capital of Christendom in the Middle Ages, retains the indelible mark of its grandiose destiny : the palais des papes (palace of the popes), the Saint-Benezet brigde, called the « pont d’Avignon » of worldwide fame through its commemoration by the song, and the ramparts constitute an exceptional complex of monuments listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. In addition dozens of churches and chapels, all remains of a past rich in history give the city its unique atmosphere.
Lunch and wine tasting at Le Verger des Papes
The cellar offers for sale more than 150 types of Châteauneuf white and red wines and Côtes du Rhône wines. The wines are presented according to their age and quality by the sommelier.
Day 4 – Option 1: Gastronomic Tour
Street markets tour
Discover the culinary heritage of Provence through a guided tour in the historic district of Marseille : “Le Panier”, meeting shopkeepers and tasting the local products.
Learn how to cook Bouillabaisse. Visit the fish market, cook and taste!
Option 2: Baux de Provence
With titles such as “Listed resort”, “Town of Outstanding Taste” and one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”, Les Baux de Provence is continuing to strengthen its image as a prestige location within the Alpilles regional country park. The village of Les Baux de Provence is unique because it has a slightly more magical atmosphere and is slightly more famous than other places. Yet the essence that gives Provençal villages their very special charm and scent can also be found here – small squares, shady pavement cafés, narrow streets and shops.
Olive Oil tasting at Moulin de Castelas
Olive oils have a very rich palette of aromas and tastes. These are influenced by terroir, climate, the olive varieties used, and how healthy and ripe the fruit are. At Castelas Mill, all of our oils undergo cold extraction. From harvest to harvest, our passion for flavour and our know-how have led us to produce olive oils of highly distinctive.
Day 5 – Full day tour to Aix en Provence
Town of water, town of art… Everyone knows that Aix was built and has developed around this dual identity.
But the town also knows how to blend different eras and culture. Open to the world, it is a city of human dimension where the preserved heritage and the city of tomorrow blend perfectly.
Here, all is colour and sensation: the light of the sky, the golden stone of the facades, the transparent green of the fountains, the shade of the plane trees, surprises held by the festival nights…
Aix en Provence gives you a warm welcome.
Lunch at Chateau de la Pioline
The innovative and generous provençal cuisine revives and celebrates Provençal flavours, which remain perfectly in keeping with the traditional setting.
On the menu, guests will find dishes inspired by flavours from around the world, yet strongly influenced by our Mediterranean culture and composed of seasonal ingredients.
Day 6 – Transfer from hotel to airport
Check out from hotel, and
transfer from hotel to airport by private coach and English speaking assistant.