This half day Marseille shore trip
visits the charming and popular town of Aix en Provence where you have time to enjoy the old town. You also see Mont St Victoire, the mountain which was the backdrop for many Cezanne paintings, and today it provides scenic views of the Provencal countryside.
After meeting you driver guide you'll start your tour by driving into Provence until you reach Aix en Provence, simply called Aix by locals. Upon arrival you visit the Cours Mirabeau which dates to the 17th century. This beautiful tree lined street is world famous and known for its monumental fountains and popular cafes. While on this street, many people feel they have been transported to a Parisian neighborhood.
Next you enjoy time in the Old Town of Aix en Provence which is comprised of mostly pedestrian streets. There are many lovely stone buildings, churches, museums, tourist shops and designer boutiques to explore as you work your way through the small winding cobblestone streets. Please note that most shops in France are closed on Sundays.
In addition to seeing several wonderful fountains you will also notice the many bell towers which are made of wrought iron because the strong winds, known as the Mistral. If they were made from solid stone they would be toppled by the force of the winds.
If you are visiting on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday you can enjoy the open-air street market where cheeses, olives, produce, fruits, flowers, knick-knacks and other goods can be found.
Aix is also well known as the home of impressionist artist Cezanne. You will see images us paintings in many shops throughout the old town. Upon your departure, you visit Mont St Victoire, located about 15 minutes outside of town. This mountain was the backdrop for many of his paintings. Today it provides scenic views of surrounding vineyards and the Provencal countryside.
At the end of this Marseille shore trip
your driver guide will bring you back to the port or your hotel.Mobility
: Folding wheelchair OK, however the old town is mostly cobblestones (advance notice required).
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can also be customized to fit your needs. If you have a larger group, we can offer you a private Marseille shore trip
using a mid-size bus or full size coach. Please contact us
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