Private Day - Marseille, Aix, And Les Baux
The charm of these stops will make you wish you could stay in southern France forever.
Marseille is a Provencal city with vitality, centered around 26-century-old port, with a dynamic downtown, big parks, a medieval-village-style neighborhood, downtown shopping and wonderful seafood. The flavor of Marseilles is antiquity, seaport, seafood, museums, history and travel.
This tour includes:
• Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
• English-speaking driver/guide
• Notre Dame de la Garde
• Abbey of Saint Victor
• Les Baux de Provence
Your tour starts with a visit to the Notre Dame de la Garde. Much-cherished by the locals, this 19th century basilica offers you an exceptional view of the phocean city, the Frioul Islands, and the If Castle. You will also make your way to the Abbey of Saint Victor. Built in the 11th century, the abbey stands as the entry to the Old Port. You will continue around the corniche named for one of our presidents who was fond of this city, JFK. After your introduction to the city, you will head out of town.
A short drive away is Aix-en-Provence, the city of art, and a city of light and activity. Aix is also home to art schools and several universities, including some American, attracting a youthful population that sparks the atmosphere. The center of Aix is the old town (vieille ville), ringed by a circle of boulevards and squares. It's small enough to explore by foot, but there's way too much to see in one or even two days.
The medieval Aix was protected by a wall with 39 towers. Today, only the 14th century "Tourreluquo" tower remains, at the northwest corner of the town. The old town of Aix is packed with shops, markets, museums, and religious, architectural, and historical sites. The terrace cafés on the Place des Précheurs (by the flower market) attract many of the younger locals, with lower prices than those on the Cours Mirabeau.
Now you are going to enjoy a beautiful ride in the French countryside to the lovely Les Baux de Provence. An imposing 12th century castle dominates the pleasant little perched village. Les Baux is well restored and well tended, and the amazing big castle (rebuilt in the 16th century and restored in 1960) gives the village an ever-present mood of medievality. Here it's easy to imagine knights and ladies and even dragons. Lovely and unspoiled by tourist attractions, the narrow streets wind between charming old buildings with many little squares and fountains hidden away for discovery.
You can easily see the fascination with this area, the edge of the Luberon, with rolling hills full of perched villages surprising you at the end of a turn in the road.
Admissions, food, and beverages are not included in the cost of this tour.
Days offered: 7 days a week