Discover charming southern Provence with a private full-day tour of Marseille and Aix-en-Provence from Avignon. Wander Aix’s Cours Mirabeau, an elegant boulevard laced with 17- and 18th-century mansions, cafés and boutiques, and tour Paul Cézanne’s final art studio (additional expense). Continue to bustling Marseille for a sightseeing expedition to Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Abbey of St Victor and Vieux Port (Old Port).
Private day trip to Marseille and Aix-en-Provence from Avignon
Tour Aix-en-Provence's Old Town and wander down the famous Cours Mirabeau boulevard
Visit the studio of post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, and see the landscapes that inspired him
Take a sightseeing tour of the colorful coastal city of Marseille, the oldest city in France
Explore Marseille's Vieux Port and enjoy sweeping views from Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica
In the morning, you’ll be picked up directly at your Avignon hotel and whisked away on a day trip thorough the Provençal countryside to visit Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
Your first stop is Aix-en-Provence, a chic university town that was once the region’s capital. Stroll along the leafy walkways of Cours Mirabeau to view elaborate mansions, fountains and upscale shops. You’ll soon arrive in Vieil Aix (Old Town), where you’ll have free time to sightsee and perhaps visit the Atelier Paul Cézanne, the Post-Impressionist artist’s final studio (own expense). An Aix-native, Cézanne spent his later life in this inspirational town. Tour the workspace where he created pieces like Les Grandes Baigneuses and view some of his subjects such as the Montagne Sainte-Victoire.
Next, head to seaside Marseille, France’s oldest city. Wind through the colorful streets and learn about Marseille’s ancient Roman history. Experience the city’s highlights such as a picturesque stroll along La Canebière in Old Town, and visits to the medieval Abbey of St Victor and the stunning Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine basilica that towers over town. From this vantage point, catch sweeping views of the city and the sea, the gorgeous Chateau d’If, and the Vieux Port (Old Port) – the largest port in France.
Your full-day private tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in Avignon by evening.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Our day with Nicolas...
, Oct 2019
Being with Nicolas was the highlight of the tour. He gave us so much insight into the Provence way of being. The tour itself was delightful and very comfortable with our own car.
Emmanuel was outstanding. He was attentive and very informational. He is an excellent driver thru small spaces! He provided a lot of the history of the area and pointed out numerous sites and even gave us recommendations for other sites and restaurants he would recommend. He had a good sense of humor and was very sensitive to our needs. Excellent tour and would highly recommend