Private Aix En Provence and Marseille by Minivan

Private Aix En Provence and Marseille Tour by Minivan (Rotonde Square, Quartier Mazarin)
Excursion Highlights:
  • Enjoy a private tour of the stunning cities of Aix En Provence and Marseille in a comfy minivan, with a group of no more than 8 guests.
  • Discover the rich history of Aix, a city founded by the Romans, boasting elegant 16th- to 18th-century architecture and inspiring artists like Cezanne.
  • Explore on foot, with over 3 hours of free time in Aix, visiting iconic places like the Rotunda Fountain, Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, and Quartier Mazarin.
  • Continue to the seaside city of Marseille for a panoramic drive, stopping at Notre-Dame de la Garde hill for spectacular city and harbor views.
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From $151.00/person to $1,189.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
Vehicles available for this tour accommodate up to 8 guests maximum. Please book "Private Aix En Provence and Marseille by Bus" if you have a larger group and would like to book this tour by coach.
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 7 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible rubber soled walking shoes. If you plan to visit a religious site or memorial, shoulders and knees must be covered. Sun screen and sun glasses are also suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk on paved, packed dirt, gravel and numerous cobblestone surfaces, some on inclines. There are steps at several of the sites. Collapsible wheelchairs can be stored on the transportation with advance notice. Aix is not a wheelchair friendly town.

Private Aix En Provence and Marseille by Minivan

After meeting your driver/guide on the pier in Marseille, your private group of no more than eight guests will drive from the coast to the charming city of Aix en Provence, (Aix) approximately 50 minutes drive away. Along the way, your driver/guide will give you information about the area and the town you will be visiting. Aix was founded in 123 BC by the Romans, is the former medieval capital of Provence, and boasts elegant 16 - 18th-century architecture, wide tree-lined boulevards, charming cafes, and shopping opportunities. You will soon see why it was a place of inspiration for artists such as Cezanne and writers including Hemingway.

Upon arrival, you will be dropped off next to the Rotonde Square, where the "Rotunda Fountain" erected in 1860 and the largest in the city, is located. From here, it is a short walk to the Cours Mirabeau, the city's "Main" street. You will have approximately 3 hours 30 minutes of free time during which you will be able to stroll through the Old Town and see such sites as the stunning 12th-century cathedral Saint-Sauveur, with architecture styles from the 5th to 17th century. The Hotel de Ville, a classical style building from the middle of the 17th century, overlooks the place de l'Hotel de Ville square, a wonderful place for watching the locals. At its side rises a clock-tower first built-in 1510. Other buildings of note include the ornately decorated former Corn Exchange (17th century), the 1705 spa built near the remains of the ancient Roman baths of Sextius.

South of the Cours Mirabeau is the Quartier Mazarin. This residential district was constructed for the gentry of Aix in the last half of the 17th century and contains several notable grand townhouses. Here you can also find the church of Saint-Jean-de-Malte (13th century) and the Musee Granet, devoted to European painting and sculpture.

Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains, as you will begin to see as you walk down the Cours Mirabeau. During your stroll you may see the 17th century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, as well as other fountains of note in the Place d'Albertas and the Place des Trois-Ormeaux. Some date back to the Romans.

Nestled in between all this charming architecture is the markets, galleries, antique emporium, and cafes. During your free time, you may want to enjoy lunch (not included) at a cafe or restaurant of your choice. If you find one of the numerous markets taking place every day in the center of the city, you may wish to just snack your way through it.

At the appointed time, you will meet your driver/guide and depart Aix, for the seaside city of Marseille. Here your driver will take you on a panoramic drive through the city. A 20 minute stop will be made at Notre-Dame de la Garde hill to either take a quick look at the basilica or to take pictures of the panoramic view over the city, harbor, Frioul islands, and Castle. Your drive will continue on the Corniche Road along the seashore, where the merchants and bourgeois from the 19th century showed off their wealth with magnificent houses with ostentatious decorations and features. A photo stop will also be made at Saint-Victor Abbey before going back to the cruise pier.

Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate up to 8 passengers maximum. Please book Private Aix En Provence and Marseille by Bus if you would like to book this tour by coach.