TUESDAY / THURSDAY / SATURDAY :
AIX EN PROVENCE
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
In the five main squares take place one of the major
markets in all Provence. A square is dedicated to flowers, transforming
the site into a veritable masterpiece of changing colours. Two others
are dedicated to fruits and vegetables, another one is about new and
second-hand clothes and the last one is filled with antique and handicrafts
By the way why not having a coffee at the shaded terrace
of one of the numerous cafes.
Why not tasting a calisson cake with it, freshly made with almond paste
before continuing your visit in the narrow streets, full of tiny boutiques.
Lunch with the advise of your guide
During the afternoon you may want to visit Cezanne's
studio : which the famous painter born in Aix en Provence ordered
the construction with the aim to have plenty of space and a good light
to paint. Both building and furniture remain the same for a century,
thanks to admirers who kept the studio exactly as it was. (entrance
It is also possible to go for an excursion around the
Sainte Victoire mountain, the one painted so many times
by Cézanne. The sight is fantastic and very impressive with contrasting
colours between the red earth, the white stone and the green vegetation.
Why not stopping on the way in a wine estate to taste
local wines ?
8:00am Pick up at your hotel or ship in Marseille
8:30 Guided tour of the charming city of Aix, renowned for its romantic atmosphere: baroque private mansions, fountains, shaded squares...
Leisure time on the market
and lunch on your own
Possible visit of the Cezanne's studio (about 5.50 euros per person)
02:30 Scenic through the Sainte Victoire Mountain
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.