AIX EN PROVENCE and MARSEILLE
Discover two cities, so close to each other but so different.
During the morning : guided tour of Aix en
The old capital of Provence has kept a great deal of the character imparted
to it in the XVIIth and XVIIIth. The sober elegance of its mansions,
the graceful charm of its squares, the majesty of its avenues and loveliness
and its fountains are impressive.
You will love to stroll through the heart of the town,
in the pedestrian old streets to discover the façades of the
baroque ochre coloured private mansions. These dwellings were built for
the nobility, each with a concept and style corresponding to the residents'
The city also boasts a wide variety of fountains. Aix is the "city
of water, city of art".
Among other buildings of interest : the cathedral, the town hall, the
Why not having a coffee at the terrace of one of the numerous cafes.
Why not tasting a calisson cake with it, freshly made with almond pasta
before continuing your visit in the narrow streets, full of tiny boutiques.
(full market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)
Wide range of restaurants and snacks
For the afternoon : sightseeing
tour of Marseille
France's premier port and oldest major city is in a surprisingly attractive
setting, centred on the Vieux Port (the old harbour). People have leaved
here for 26 centuries, its mixture of cultures being so varied that
Alexander Dumas called it "the meeting place of the entire world"
This tour gives you the chance to discover several
faces of the second-largest city in France :
- View on the "Vieux Port". All streets lead
to this place, where visitors tend to congregate. In this creek where
the Phocaeans landed in 600 BC, now we can see thousands of yachts and
- See the famous brand new MUCEM museum located by the water at the entrance of the Old Port
- Stroll in the old area named "Panier", stopping in front
the Old Charity, a former hospice composed of beautiful three-tiered
arched balconies surrounding the lovely domed Chapel in the center
- View on the huge and sumptuous XIXth century cathedral
- Splendid panorama from the highest point of the city, to take time
to admire the unique site on which the city was built
- Visit of the basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, overlooking the city,
presided over by a golden Madonna on a 150 ft bell tower. Its inside
decoration made of mosaics and unusual votive offerings will impress
- Corniche : picturesque road cut into the cliff and following the coast
for more than 3 miles. It offers wonderful sights on the Frioul Islands,
among which the Château d'If Island, that served as the setting
place for Alexander Dumas, writing the story of the count of Monte Cristo
- Colourful fishing village of Vallon des Auffes, one of the most characteristic
places in Marseille
- St Victor Basilica
8:00am Pick up at your hotel or ship in Marseille
8:45 Guided tour of the charming city of Aix, renowned for its romantic atmosphere: baroque private mansions, fountains, shaded squares...
Lunch this the advice of your guide
01:00pm Drive to Marseille
01:30 Sightseeing tour of Marseille including the major sites such as Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and view point, the old port and the seaside road...
03:30 Drive back
04:00 Drop off
The schedule can be changed depending on the arrival/departure times of your ship or according to your wish if you stay in a hotel.