Provence Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence And Cassis

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Visit Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille on a full-day tour that combines Provences artistic heritage with stunning coastal scenery. After setting off from Marseille, youll admire architecture on the famous Cours Mirabeau boulevard in Aix and then visit the Czanne Studio (own expense) dedicated to the 19th-century French painter Paul Czanne. Discover rock formations known as 'calanques' on a cruise from Cassis, and then finish your day with a sightseeing tour of Marseille.Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring youll see the sights with personalized attention from your guide.

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Meet your guide at Marseille Vieux Port and head off by minivan to Aix-en-Provence. A wealthy Provencal town, Aix is known for its charming narrow streets lined with grand 17th-century houses. See the best examples of its elegant architecture on a stroll along the Cours Mirabeau -- a famous boulevard where private mansions bask beneath leafy trees and pretty fountains adorn the pavement. Continue walking to Aixs seductive little Old Town (Vieil Aix), and admire its chic boutiques, craft shops and squares, all dotted about the warren of tiny streets.

Famous as the birthplace of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Czanne, Aix is rightly on the map for art lovers from around the world. See how he stamped his mark on the city by visiting the Czanne Studio where he once worked, creating masterpieces such as Les Grandes Baigneuses. Entrance to the studio is at your own expense, but once inside you can walk in the artists footsteps and see countless artifacts in the room that once inspired him. Alternatively, you can choose to continue exploring Aix independently.

After a break for lunch in town (own expense), continue your tour to the seaside town of Cassis, stopping on the way to soak up coastal views from Cape Canaille. After a brief look at the picturesque harbor, hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a 45-minute cruise to see three of the regions famous calanques spectacular limestone rock formations that form dramatic coves along the coastline.

From Cassis, head back to Marseille and finish your day with a panoramic sightseeing tour from the comfort of your minivan. Stop for a photo outside Notre-Dame de la Garde the citys eye-catching Neo-Byzantine church and enjoy breathtaking sea views toward Chteau dIf the famous fortress featured in Alexander Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Pass the 11th-century Abbey of St Victor and then end your tour back at Marseille Vieux Port in the early evening.

Inclusions for Provence Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence And Cassis

  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions for Provence Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence And Cassis

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fee to the Czanne Studio
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Calanques cruise(to be paid directly on the spot)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Child rate applies only when traveling with 2 paying adults

In the event of poor weather, your boat ride may be cancelled and access to Cape Canaille may be restricted

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Tour guide Fred was great, Aix-en-Provence was great, Cassis was great. The boat trip to see some of the Calanques was not so great, but was only 45 minutes of the day. The views from above Cassis were spectacular!

  • Cedric was a very fun tour guide! Our favorite part was Cassis. What a magical little spot! So glad we did this tour. I could have done without the boat ride from Cassis because I would have loved more time to explore the town. Both my husband and I were very glad that we booked this tour. Do it! You won't regret it!

  • The guide Sedrique, was extremely informative.
    He knew all the historical events of the area.
    Good value. Would recommend to others.

  • Dinner and live music were good. However, the cruise was not as good as we expected because the illumination of the night in Paris was very disappointed. In addition, we did not get chance to the deck to take picture. I would not recommend this tour.

  • Mathew was great! We were the only 2 people in this tour all morning, and then picked up an additional 4 for the afternoon. What a great day. I would highly recommend this is you want to see Aix-en-Provence and Cassis. Cassis is a small town on the mediterranean . The short boat ride was great too. Thank you

  • A perfect introduction to our stay in Marseille. Aix-en-Provence and Cassis are must-see locations as well as Les Calanges. Violette was an excellent tour guide and we very much enjoyed our time with her and all of the information she had to share with us!

  • This tour was great with Melanie and Emilie as our tour guides! We were just a group of three as this is not the busiest time of year. Melanie and Emilie explained everything thoroughly as we traveled through Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, and the heart of Marseille. Melanie and Emilie took us to the highest sea cliff in Cassis, which provided breathtaking views! We also took a small boat to see the three calanques of Cassis. In Marseille, we visited the Notre-Dame de la Garde, which also provided for spectacular views over Marseille. Melanie and Emilie made the experience so easy and comfortable. I would definitely recommend this tour as it is a comprehensive way to visit this area if you are visiting!

  • It's most suitable for those shortly visit Marseille. A must see ! The guide Anne Engel was great. Knowledgeable, nice, accurate and efficient ! We had a very good time.

  • Cedric was an excellent guide. He was friendly and made all participants comfortable. The tour was well organized and well-paced.

  • This trip did a fine job of covering a LOT of area in the time allotted. The time in Aix was brief, but we understand that it had to be because of all that was on our agenda that day. Our guide DID drive us to Cezanne's studio, which we were all keen to visit, and which was not on our schedule. The Marseille churches were interesting, and their sites offered up wonderful sights of Marseille. On the way to Cassis, we had the thrill of being driven to the top of some monumental cliffs towering over the Cassis area, and being able to get outstanding views of the villages and boats out on the Mediterranean far below us. The boat ride to visit the Calanques was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the geology, savor the scenery, be the recipient of cooling sea breezes, and SIT DOWN and RELAX. Cassis was charming and hopping. When we returned to our morning's pick up point in Marseille, our guide offered to drive us back to our hotel near the airport since it was her way back to her home in Avignon, and after learning we had had to pay 70 euros for our cab ride to the Vieux Port that morning. One suggestion: It would have been nice to have been encouraged to have something substantial to eat in Aix, because we had no opportunity to buy anything to eat OR drink from the time we left there until we arrived in Cassis in the late afternoon.

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