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From Marseille: Shared Shore Excursion to Aix-en-Provence

1. From Marseille: Shared Shore Excursion to Aix-en-Provence

Meet your driver at the exit of your ship in Marseille seaport. Drive to Aix-en-Provence to discover the Cours Mirabeau lined with 17th and 18th centuries private mansions, where large plane trees give shade on hot summer days. Visit Place d’Albertas and see the fountain whose basin was made by local students. See the Four Dolphins Fountain, an impressive sculpture created in 1667. Other amazing sights in the vibrant city are City Hall and the Cathedral Saint Sauveur, which features 12th-century buildings offering insight into Aix-en-Provence's unique heritage. The old town is packed with shops, architectural and religious sites, bustling squares and refreshing fountains. Take a stroll through one of the numerous markets taking place everyday in the center of the city. Aix is also the birthplace of the painter Paul Cézanne. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Cézanne's studio that was built from his own plans and where time seems to stand still (entrance ticket not included). Free time for lunch (not included) on your own during the day. Take a panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the way back, including a photo stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. From this hill, enjoy a breathtaking view on the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands and If Castle. Drive on the Corniche Road, a symbol of holiday and outward sign of wealth for merchants and bourgeois from the 19th century who built magnificent houses with many ostentatious splendid features. You will then reach Saint-Victor abbey (11th century) that keeps the entry of the Vieux-Port (Old Port).

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Aix en Provence Sightseeing and Paul Cézanne Tour

2. Aix en Provence Sightseeing and Paul Cézanne Tour

Take a walk on the Cours Mirabeau with its private old mansions. Go past the Rotunda and mossy fountains, enter the 17th century city by the covered narrow street called Passage Agard. Stroll among shops, architectural and religious sites, squares and fountains. Wander around the traditional stores and the famous Provençal market. Aix en Provence is also the birthplace of the painter Paul Cézanne. Discover the Cézanne studio that was built from his own plans, and where he used to work during the last years of his life. Finally, admire the upland "Painter's terrain" where Paul Cézanne used to paint "Sur le motif" (On the field).

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Shore Excursion Full Day Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

3. Shore Excursion Full Day Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

Enjoy a guided walk along Cours Mirabeau with rich architecture and charming cafés. See opulent 17th- and 18th-century architecture as you make your way to Vieil Aix (Old Town). Explore the areas and go into charming boutiques and craft shops to pick up a unique souvenir. Afterwards, break to tour independently and to get your own lunch at one of the Brunswick House Cafes. Before lunch, you may enjoy an optional visit to the Atelier Paul Cézanne (not included). Learn about this Post-Impressionist painter and native-son of Aix, view authentic artifacts, and see the studio where Cézanne created pieces like "Les Grandes Baigneuses."   Afterwards head back to the car and go for a short ride to cassis were you’ll enjoy the view of the gulf at Cape Canaille situated on the highest sea headlands in France were you’ll be amazed by the panoramic views of Mediterranean and the Gulf of Cassis. Explore the village of Cassis at your leisure until the departure time and go back to Marseille. Your private tour ends back at your terminal or your hotel in Marseille. You’ll return in the late afternoon.

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Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Shore Excursion Tour

4. Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Shore Excursion Tour

You'll be picked up at your ship or hotel and head straight to Aix-en- Provence (about 30 minutes) to get a look at its lively morning markets with the typical french atmosphere. You’ll take a walking tour of the old town with its beautiful buildings of the 17th and 18th century. You'll visit Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, the history museum, and Cézanne’s workshop. Then you'll be taken a bit higher to the hilltop where Cézanne actually painted numerous paintings of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. If time permits, you may like to do a bit of shopping or wine tasting. Then, you'll be driven back to your ship or hotel in Marseille.

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Great trip, guide very flexible and helpful! Our guide was able to tell a lot and knew very well about our destinations! Top guide !!