Marseille (Provence), France
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Approximately 5 Hours
Meals not included
Live like a local when you take to the sunny streets of Marseille on an eco-friendly and effortless electric bicycle tour. Fun for the whole family, this is a great way to get off the beaten track and discover hidden gems not easily accessible on other tours.
Leave the harbor and enjoy a short motorcoach ride to Marseille, where you'll meet your instructor and get familiar with your electric bike. Your guide will provide you with a helmet and your bicycle. An electric bike is different from a motorbike -- it is a bicycle that delivers extra power on demand. If you pedal hard, very little battery is used, but when you feel like coasting slowly, the electrical assistance offers a boost to keep you moving.
Your guide will be on hand to assist you along the way as you discover the city in a small-group setting. An electric bike gives you the mobility of a regular bicycle but is much easier to ride.
Ride along the Corniche President Kennedy -- a picturesque coastal road dedicated to the late US President. It offers breathtaking views of the coast's craggy cliffs and beaches. You'll also find several small creeks and fishing villages, the best-known of which is Vallon des Auffes, named for the type of grass found here that was once used for making nets.
Despite the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde's strategic placement at the city's highest point, you'll have no trouble riding up to it on your electric bike. Discover this spectacular neo-Byzantine church erected on the foundation of a military fort built by King François I. A square bell tower rises 130 feet over the entrance and supports a copper and gilded statue of the Virgin Mary.
Continue to the Le Panier district, the oldest quarter in Marseille. It reveals much of the city's ancient history. You'll pass the magnificent Cathedrale de la Major -- an extravagant neo-Byzantine structure that dates back to the 19th century.
Pause for a photo stop at the bustling Old Port, where working fishermen mingle with the younger crowd who frequent the fashionable bars, restaurants and theaters that have revitalized this part of town.
You'll also see the new MuCEM museum -- a modern landmark representing the city's cultural renaissance -- located on the waterfront next to the 17th-century stronghold of Fort St-Jean.
At the completion of your day, return your e-bike to the starting point, bid goodbye to your friendly guide and head back to the ship at Marseille.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring water and sunglasses. Participants must know how to ride a bicycle. The bike ride covers 13 miles. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Guests traveling with children must provide the children's height to the onboard Shore Excursions staff more than 48 hours prior to the tour. This is an active tour; participants must be in very good physical condition to participate. Tour operates mainly on paved roads shared with vehicular traffic; bike lanes are rare in Marseille.