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  • Location: Marseille, France
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Visit Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille on a full-day tour that combines Provence’s artistic heritage with stunning coastal scenery. After setting off from Marseille, you’ll admire architecture on the famous Cours Mirabeau boulevard in Aix and then visit the Cézanne Studio (own expense) – dedicated to the 19th-century French painter Paul Cézanne. Discover rock formations known as 'calanques' on a cruise from Cassis, and then finish your day with a sightseeing tour of Marseille.

Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll see the sights with personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • 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

Provence Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

Provence Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Aix-en-Provence

Meet your guide at Marseille Vieux Port and head off by minivan to Aix-en-Provence. A wealthy Provencal town, Aix is known for its charming narrow streets lined with grand 17th-century houses. See the best examples of its elegant architecture on a stroll along the Cours Mirabeau -- a famous boulevard where private mansions bask beneath leafy trees and pretty fountains adorn the pavement. Continue walking to Aix’s seductive little Old Town, and admire its chic boutiques, craft shops and squares, all dotted about the warren of tiny streets.

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.

Customer Reviews

Bruce A
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

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.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2012

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..

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