Description of the tour Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille

What to expect from the tour:

Enjoy a scenic private tour to the cities of Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille, offered especially for cruise ship passengers.
We at Bonjour Provence Tours have specially prepared this tour for you.

The first stop is the morning walking tour in Aix-en-Provence.
The second stop is in the seaside fishing village of Cassis. And the third and final stop is the Basilica of Notre Dame (Our Lady) in Marseille.


From the Marseille cruise ship dock, we will first drive to Aix-en-Provence, a beautiful city north of Marseille with a population of about 140,000 people. We'll notice the statue of the well-known painter Paul Cézanne. Walking along the main street of Aix, named the Cour Mirabeau, we'll admire many magnificent architectural attractions, including ancient churches and mansions, as well as mesmerizing fountains and small cafés. After that we'll stop by the the Provençal market to savour the authentic and fresh local produce, as well as enjoy the ambiance of the south of France.


After the market in Aix, we will journey to the village of Cassis, a stunning seaside resort east of Marseille. Cassis is reknowned for its cliffs and “calanques”, which are steep rocky coasts and inlets. There are boat trips which leave from Cassis to explore the calanques. That may be a possibility, depending on the weather and the time (tickets not included).
In Cassis, you will be able to relish the sights, take photographs and explore on your own. Later on, weather permitting, we will drive along the fantastic “Route des Crêtes” - Road on the Crest-- of the mountain to the Cap Canaille outlook. From here you can enjoy extraordinary views down to Cassis, and out to sea, and all along the coastline. The colors of the Mediterranean Sea are truly amazing. Cassis is famous for its white wine and from certain vintage points on the Route des Crêtes, one can see grape vines in their tidy rows.


We will leave Cassis and drive for about one hour to Marseille and its beautiful Notre Dame de la Garde (Our Lady) Basilica. Marseille, the oldest city in France, was founded by the Greeks in 600BC. You can visit the Basilica and the Basilica gift shop. At 149m, the Basilica dominates the skyline of the city and gives the tourist a panoramic view out to sea and the Frioul Islands and the neighboring island where tradition says the Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned. The city of Marseille is laid out before the visitor's eyes: the Old Port with its fishing ships, the La Major Cathedral, the oldest neighborhood in Marseille, called the Panier (the basket), the stadium of the Marseille soccer team, named the Olympique of Marseille. All of this and more you will observe from this high view.
We'll then drive down the hill and return to the Port. You will have sufficient time to reach your ship.

Additional Information

Departure & Return:
We will meet you in the Cruise Terminal by the ship, around 30 minutes after your cruise ship docks, and the sight-seeing will begin.
The tour will last approximately 7-8 hours.
At the end of the day, we guarantee to drop you off at your ship at least one hour before the departure of your cruise ship.
Beverages, food, tickets for the boat-trips and tips are not included.


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