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Discover the many cultural offerings of Aix-en-Provence and nearby Marseille on a private day trip. Begin with a stroll along Aix's cafe-lined Cours Mirabeau, known for its illustrious mansions, and explore the city's Old Town. Then pay an optional visit to the Cézanne Studio (own expense), highlighting the life of native Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Next it's off to the vibrant waterfront city of Marseille for a sightseeing tour of sights like the Abbey of St Victor, with its stained-glass windows and tiny vineyard. 

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille with a private local guide
  • Stroll down the Cours Mirabeau in Aix and marvel at the boulevard’s stylish mansions
  • Explore Aix Old Town and visit the Cézanne Studio if you wish
  • See top Marseille attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde
  • Admire coastal views toward Château d’If – the island fortress featured in Alexander Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Marseille included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Marseille City Sightseeing and Aix-en-Provence Day Trip from Marseille

Private Tour: Marseille and Aix-en-Provence

Start your day with a pickup from your centrally located Marseille hotel by luxury minivan, and then travel inland with your private guide to Aix-en-Provence. A well-heeled Provencal town, Aix is known for its handsome streets lined with grand 17th- and 18-century houses. See the best examples of its opulent architecture on a stroll along the Cours Mirabeau -- a boulevard where private mansions sit in the shade of leafy trees and tinkling fountains pepper the pavements. Continue walking to Aix’s little Old Town, and admire its boutiques, craft shops and squares, all dotted about the myriad of tiny streets.

Famous as the birthplace of French painter Paul Cézanne, Aix is firmly on the map for art lovers from around the world. See how Cézanne stamped his mark on the city by visiting his studios where he once worked, creating masterpieces such as Les Grandes Baigneuses. Entrance to the Cézanne Studio is at your own expense, but once inside you can walk in the artist’s footsteps and see numerous artifacts in the room that once inspired him. Alternatively, opt to continue exploring Aix independently.

Return to Marseille and finish your day with a panoramic sightseeing tour from the comfort of your air-conditioned minivan. Stop for photos 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. If time permits, head inside Notre-Dame de la Garde for a look around, and then finish your tour with a stop outside the 11th-century Abbey of St Victor, known for its spooky crypts and catacombs. Your tour ends back at your Marseille hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Denise H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

Great Guide and Driver ....... She was very good at her Job

EDWARD H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Our guide, under a difficult situation, accident on freeway which cause hour + delays, adapted and made up for all the sights we wanted to see. She was extremely knowledgeable with all aspects of French life. We really appreciated her guidence.

Penelope S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

The trip meant we had good idea of the sights. This helped us decide what we wanted to do during our stay. Our guide was very good.

Harold M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2015

Driver guide drove us to Aix and dropped us after a short walk, generally telling us where to go and met us later after lunch at a pre-designated point for our return to Marseille. Did not mention Cezanne or his workshop. Tour of Marseille later, was a quick ride through some of the city concluding with a visit to Notre Dame on our own.

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