Immerse yourself in the signature charm of Provence with a private tour of Marseille and Aix-en-Provence on this full-day shore excursion. Wander Aix’s chic Cours Mirabeau – a boulevard dotted with mansions, shops, bakeries and cafés – and tour Paul Cézanne’s final studio (additional expense). In Marseille, view main attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Abbey of St Victor and the Chateau d’If, featured in The Count of Monte Cristo.
Your private, full-day Marseille shore excursion begins with morning pickup from your cruise terminal. Meet your guide and board the air-conditioned minivan for a short ride to Aix-en-Provence through the charming Provençal countryside.
Your first stop is Cours Mirabeau, Aix’s chic central thoroughfare lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions. Snap memorable photos of the rich architecture, ornate fountains and shade-speckled walkways as you make your way to Vieil Aix (Old Town). Wind through timeless streets and explore charming boutiques and squares. Afterwards, enjoy some independent exploring and perhaps visit the Atelier Paul Cézanne (own expense), Paul Cézanne’s final studio where the Aix-native created pieces like Les Grandes Baigneuses.
Next, return to Marseille for an exciting city tour. Wind through the colorful streets of France’s oldest city. From your seat, admire the gorgeous Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine Catholic basilica that rises from Marseille’s highest point. From this vantage point, catch sweeping views of Marseille’s patchwork rooftops, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and the gorgeous Chateau d’If, the island fortress featured in The Count of Monte Cristo. Stop by the centuries-old and storied Abbey of St Victor before returning to port.
Your 7-hour tour ends with drop-off at your cruise terminal.
We had a great tour. Our guide, Melanie sp? was waiting for us and she gave us a great tour. After a short tour of Marseille with plenty of information at each stop, we headed for Aix-en-Provence. After we parked, she gave us the option of going on our own the whole time or taking a walking tour with her for awhile before our free time. We took the walking tour, and we were glad we did. She oriented us to the city, but also gave us much information about the history of the city/region, the architecture, and the food. Overall, the tour was wonderful. We are a family of 6 including 4 teenagers, and even they found the tour to be interesting!
Victoria our tour guide was fabulous!! She adjusted her tour in little ways during the day so we could see just the spots we enjoyed the most, She gave us lots of good information and was very pleasant to be with for the day. This small-group tour concept there was 4 of us was so much more enjoyable than the ship excursion with 50 people in a group...and not that much more money. We loved our day!
Locations Aix and Marseille visited were great! It was a very hot day in the 90's...would have been much nicer if the van had some water available. Also, there was a WC available only at the last stop.
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