Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Marseille and Aix-en-Provence

Highlights

  • Your private, full-day Marseille shore excursion begins with morning pickup from your cruise terminal. Meet your guide and board the air-conditioned minivan for a short ride to Aix-en-Provence through the charming Provençal countryside.  Your first stop is Cours Mirabeau, Aix’s chic central thoroughfare lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions. Snap memorable photos of the rich architecture, ornate fountains and shade-speckled walkways as you make your way to Vieil Aix (Old Town). Wind through timeless streets and explore charming boutiques and squares. Afterwards, enjoy some independent exploring and perhaps visit the Atelier Paul Cézanne (own expense), Paul Cézanne’s final studio where the Aix-native created pieces like Les Grandes Baigneuses.  Next, return to Marseille for an exciting city tour. Wind through the colorful streets of France’s oldest city. From your seat, admire the gorgeous Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine Catholic basilica that rises from Marseille’s highest point. From this vantage point, catch sweeping views of Marseille’s patchwork rooftops, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and the gorgeous Chateau d’If, the island fortress featured in The Count of Monte Cristo. Stop by the centuries-old and storied Abbey of St Victor before returning to port. Your 7-hour tour ends with drop-off at your cruise terminal. 

Summary

Your private, full-day Marseille shore excursion begins with morning pickup from your cruise terminal. Meet your guide and board the air-conditioned minivan for a short ride to Aix-en-Provence through the charming Provençal countryside.  Your first stop is Cours Mirabeau, Aix’s chic central thoroughfare lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions. Snap memorable photos of the rich architecture, ornate fountains and shade-speckled walkways as you make your way to Vieil Aix (Old Town). Wind through timeless streets and explore charming boutiques and squares. Afterwards, enjoy some independent exploring and perhaps visit the Atelier Paul Cézanne (own expense), Paul Cézanne’s final studio where the Aix-native created pieces like Les Grandes Baigneuses.  Next, return to Marseille for an exciting city tour. Wind through the colorful streets of France’s oldest city. From your seat, admire the gorgeous Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine Catholic basilica that rises from Marseille’s highest point. From this vantage point, catch sweeping views of Marseille’s patchwork rooftops, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and the gorgeous Chateau d’If, the island fortress featured in The Count of Monte Cristo. Stop by the centuries-old and storied Abbey of St Victor before returning to port. Your 7-hour tour ends with drop-off at your cruise terminal. 

Tour info

Duration
7 hours
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Why take this tour?

Make the most of your time in port in Marseille with this private shore excursion, which takes you on a tour of Marseille and nearby Aix-en-Provence. In Aix, explore Old Town and admire elegant mansions along the prestigious Cours Mirabeau boulevard, followed by an optional visit to the Cézanne Studio for a glimpse into this famous painter’s life and work. Finish with a panoramic tour of Marseille’s main sights including Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St. Victor, and get a view of the island fortress featured in 'The Count of Monte Cristo.'

What’s included?

  • Local guide

  • Port pickup and drop-off

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee

  • Food and drinks

  • Gratuities

  • Cezanne workshop ticket entrance

  • Hotel pick up / drop off

  • Lunch

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Before you book

  • Duration: 7h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

Covid Policy

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Please note that the European sanitary pass or vaccination certificate is mandatory to attend our experiences Social distancing, wearing a mask, disinfecting minivans, bikes and equipment, hydroalcoholic gel available. We strictly apply all the sanitary measures in force

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Discover highlights of the French Riviera on this small-group tour of Marseille and Cassis. Journey along the rugged yet beautiful Route de Crêtes, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the Gulf de Cassis from Cape Canaille. Cruise from Cassis (option) to view the region’s three famous calanques, then head back to Marseille to tour the city’s main attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.

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