SOCIAL AND NETWORKING EVENTS
Thursday 5 October
19.00 Welcome cocktail and dinner at Le Môle Passedat (MuCEM)
Le Môle Passedat - MuCEM - Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations
This museum, dedicated to the Mediterranean, was inaugurated in 2013 when Marseille was designated European Capital of Culture. The museum, built of “stone, water and wind", was designed by the architect Rudy Ricciotti. His cube, clad in a lacy screen made out of concrete, creates a strong visual identity that has become the symbol of the new face of Marseille and is ranked as an internationally recognisable ‘world-object’. The restaurant on the terrace at the top of the building with its panoramic views over the bay of Marseille, the Corniche and the Prado.
Friday 6 October
14.30 Marseille City Tour
19.00 Gala Dinner at Palais du Pharo
Visit of old Marseille and le Panier District
From the Hôtel de Ville to the Vieille Charité this walk through Le Panier, the city’s old town, will have you discover the oldest district in France. 26 centuries of history to explore, step by step, to the rhythm of the anecdotes provided by our tour guides. We will visit many beautiful and historic buildings and areas during our tour, including the Hôtel de Cabre, one of the oldest townhouses in Marseille, built in 1535 combining a unique blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles. Our tour will also include the Place de Lenche, situated on the ancient Greek agora from which locals could watch the port’s comings and goings. The eye-catching Maison Diamantée is another treasure, inhabited by wealthy families over the centuries, it boasts exceptional diamond embossing on its façade and is the perfect example of Mannerist architecture in Provence.
Le Pharo – a palace built by Napoleon
The Palais du Pharo was built in 1858 by Louis-Napoléon III, the nephew and heir of Napoléon Bonaparte I. Napoléon III was the only president who held the office of Emperor of the French Second Republic at the same time. Napoleon never lived in the palace he built. After his death, Empress Eugénie de Montijo donated it to the city of Marseille. The inside of the Pharo Palace was refurbished for its reincarnation as a school of medicine in 1904. The Palais du Pharo is named after the bay further to the west. The “Farot” was the hill separating the bay from the open sea.
Saturday 7 October
14.00 Boat tour in the Calanques with light lunch on board
19.00 Farewell evening at Les Halles de la Major
Boat tour from the old port of Marseille to Sugiton
Starting from the old port of Marseille, this boat tour takes us around the Cap Croisette, the western tip of the beautiful Calanques national park. The stunning coast line will be our constant companion, with its steep, rocky inlets called Calanques and turquoise waters. Sit back and relax, while enjoying a light lunch and drinks on the tranquil Mediterranean sea.
Les Halles de la Major - the “nouvelle adresse” for gourmet food lovers
Ideally located under the Cathedral of the Major, at the heart of the dynamic new district of the Joliette, the Halles de la Major is the new address dedicated to gastronomy, set up in the style of a market hall. You will meet craftsmen and producers who will encourage you to taste their exceptional products in a convivial atmosphere. From cheese makers to butchers, fishmongers to wine sellers, you’ll find every kind of flavour and quality product here.
Friday 6 October (morning)
Architectural tour around the MuCEM
Starting from Norman Foster’s shade roof, you will discover Marseille’s new maritime frontage at the J4, the former port’s pier, which is now a cultural centre including the Mucem, the Villa Méditerranée and the foundation »Regards de Provence«. The visit will continue along the old docks which are now the shopping area of modern Marseille. There you will also enjoy a light lunch in a local restaurant before returning to the hotel around 13.30.