Marseille & Aix En Provence
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Code: sny-001
Discover the charms of Marseille and Aix en Provence on this pleasant full day tour.
Meeting your coach at the pier, you will set-off on a scenic drive to Marseille, traveling via the Cornich J.F. Kennedy which runs alongside the natural coast of France. En route, you will be treated to lovely views of offshore islands, dominated by the Marseille Veyre massif. After passing by the Pharo Park, you will make a stop at the Old Harbor for photos before continuing on to the Notre Dame de la Garde, a Basilica that was built in the mid 19th century during the Romano-Byzantine era. Your visit here affords you a spectacular view of Marseille, and if you wish, you may choose to go farther up the steps for a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of Marseille and the surrounding cities. Following your visit to the Basilica, you will have approximately 2 hours of free time for lunch on your own and to do souvenir shopping.
Re-joining your coach, it's time to head off to the colorful town of Aix de Provence, considered in France to be the Town of Water and Town of Art. Upon arrival, you will commence a guided walking tour through this beautiful city that includes passing through the Cours Mirabeau, a must-see place of history and leisure, which encompasses a wide avenue shaded by trees and considered to be one of the city's most lively areas. You will also see the Mazarin Quarter, built by the Archbishop Michel Mazarin in the 17th century; and the Saint Sauveur Cathedral, a true architectural melting pot that legend tells us was built over the temple of Apollo. Standing harmoniously side-by-side in this intriguing building, you will find a combination of artistic styles that date from the 5th century all the way through the 17th century.
Before it's time to re-board your coach for the return trip to Sanary, you will have time at your leisure to stroll about this delightful town.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing, a hat and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. When visiting inside Cathedrals, knees and shoulders must be covered. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.