Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll see the sights with personalized attention from your guide.
- Full-day tour of Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille with an expert local guide
- Walk along the Cours Mirabeau in Aix and marvel at the street’s opulent 17th-century mansions
- Explore Aix Old Town and visit the Cézanne Studio if you wish
- Discover the Cassis calanques on a boat tour
- See the highlights of Marseille like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor
- Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a personalized experience
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What You Can Expect
Famous as the birthplace of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, Aix is rightly on the map for art lovers from around the world. See how he stamped his mark on the city by visiting the Cézanne Studio where he once worked, creating masterpieces such as Les Grandes Baigneuses. Entrance to the studio is at your own expense, but once inside you can walk in the artist’s footsteps and see countless artifacts in the room that once inspired him. Alternatively, you can choose to continue exploring Aix independently.
After a break for lunch in town (own expense), continue your tour to the seaside town of Cassis, stopping on the way to soak up coastal views from Cape Canaille. After a brief look at the picturesque harbor, hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a 45-minute cruise to see three of the region’s famous calanques – spectacular limestone rock formations that form dramatic coves along the coastline.
From Cassis, head back to Marseille and finish your day with a panoramic sightseeing tour from the comfort of your minivan. Stop for a photo outside Notre-Dame de la Garde – the city’s eye-catching Neo-Byzantine church – and enjoy breathtaking sea views toward Château d’If – the famous fortress featured in Alexander Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Pass the 11th-century Abbey of St Victor and then end your tour back at Marseille Vieux Port in the early evening.
This trip did a fine job of covering a LOT of area in the time allotted. The time in Aix was brief, but we understand that it had to be because of all that was on our agenda that day. Our guide DID drive us to Cezanne's studio, which we were all keen to visit, and which was not on our schedule. The Marseille churches were interesting, and their sites offered up wonderful sights of Marseille. On the way to Cassis, we had the thrill of being driven to the top of some monumental cliffs towering over the Cassis area, and being able to get outstanding views of the villages and boats out on the Mediterranean far below us. The boat ride to visit the Calanques was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the geology, savor the scenery, be the recipient of cooling sea breezes, and SIT DOWN and RELAX. Cassis was charming and hopping. When we returned to our morning's pick up point in Marseille, our guide offered to drive us back to our hotel near the airport since it was her way back to her home in Avignon, and after learning we had had to pay 70 euros for our cab ride to the Vieux Port that morning. One suggestion: It would have been nice to have been encouraged to have something substantial to eat in Aix, because we had no opportunity to buy anything to eat OR drink from the time we left there until we arrived in Cassis in the late afternoon.
This was a well paced but long day tour. We visited the markets at Aix and also found Cassis to be such a hidden treasure. Unfortunately but he boat tour was canceled due to wind so be wary of that happening. Rink, our guide was great.
We enjoyed visiting several locations in one tour. Our guide, Cedric, was very friendly, animated, and full of knowledge. We give him 5 stars. The basilica is very high with steep incline, so we appreciated the drive up. A lovely view! Aix is a beautiful, but did not find the Paul Cezanne studio.
Guide was late due to some communication problem as explained by her so we had a late start. The cruise (to see the calanques) was ok shorter than the version if you are to take from marseille itself. However you will get to see and enjoy Cassis better in this tour. Cassis is a nice little town and i felt that we did not have enough time to really explore this town esp if u want to catch some lunch. I spent some time looking for a public toilet, sigh..
The cruise was more like a Gilligan's Island cruise - tiny boat and we all got drenched.