The exuberant city of Marseille has roots stretching all the way back to the Ancient Greece. Located on France’s sunny south coast, it’s the second largest city in the country with the energy to match. Marseille is well-known for being the European Capital of Culture in 2013, and for its atmospheric old port (Vieux Port). On one of our Marseille cruises, discover the luxury yachts lining the harbour, or instead, head uphill to Le Panier (translating as “The Basket”). This is the oldest part of the city, where the Greeks first settled. It was destroyed during WWII, but has been rebuilt with an irresistibly artsy and bohemian feel. Other neighbourhoods to explore include La Joliette, down by the water. Make sure to stop by the Marché de la Joliette to pick up local delicacies and some souvenirs, as well as a series of 19th-century warehouses referred to as Les Docks, which showcase art and local businesses. Find out more about the city’s roots at the Musée d’Histoire de Marseille, which features a total of 12 fascinating exhibitions which trace the beginnings of France’s “Oldest City”. Another spot to soak in some culture is the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, a church sitting atop the city’s highest point.