Discover the ancient yet youthful town of Aix-en-Provence with a leisurely 4-hour tour of the city’s highlights. A friendly driver will greet you at the dock in Marseille and escort you by coach through the the Provençal countryside. While driving you to your destination, he will provide you with historical and cultural information about Provence. Upon arrival, you’ll disembark near Cours Mirabeau, Aix’s chic central thoroughfare lined with rich architecture, diverse markets, boutiques and cafés. Your driver will give you a map of the city and point the highlights of the town. It is now tome to visit Aix. As you make your way to the Place du Général de Gaulle, admire vibrant 19th-century buildings and hear about some of the city’s famous visitors and sons, including Albert Camus, Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola.
Your guided tour pays homage to Aix’s preserved heritage and architecture, from 12th century buildings to more ‘modern’ constructions dating from the last 300 years, as well as the town’s many artistic accents. Admire spectacular fountains such as the Four Dolphins Fountain, dating from 1667, and the Place d’Albertas fountain, and grand buildings like Cathédral Saint-Sauveur d’Aix and Hôtel de Ville (City Hall).
After the tour, choose to explore independently or visit the Atelier Paul Cézanne at Les Lauves (own expense), a brilliant piece of living history. If you'd like to visit Cezanne studio, your driver will give you a specific meeting point and time and will take you to entrance where you will buy the tickets. View the preserved studio where the artist created his final masterpieces, and attend an exclusive art workshop.
Following your 4-hour tour, relax as your guide drives you back to port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Marseille port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.