Aix En Provence
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Tour Code: SNY-003
"Travel to the charming and historic town of Aix en Provence on this captivating half-day tour.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will embark on a picturesque 1 hour drive through the scenic Provence countryside as you travel towards Aix en Provence, an elegant and well-preserved town that is filled with history and character.
Upon arrival, you will enjoy a guided walking tour that has you strolling through narrow lanes paved with cobblestone in the Vieux Aix as you make your way to the celebrated Cours Mirabeau. Filled with an intertwining arbor of green plane trees, the avenue is the town's liveliest area, and the point where the medieval streets to the north merge with the sophisticated 18th century mansions to the south.
Another of the town's highlights you will see is the Cathedral Saint Sauveur, with its remarkable carved pillars and slender colonnades. The Cathedral was built over the course of several centuries, dating back as early as the 5th century and on through the 15th century. It is perhaps best-known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and the remarkable art masterpieces housed inside. The Cathedral initially served as a pre-Roman pagan temple before becoming a Roman temple, and then finally, the Christian church that stands today.
Before it's time to re-board your coach for the return trip to the pier, you will have time at your leisure to stroll about this delightful town and do shopping at one of the boutiques, or perhaps enjoy refreshments at one of the lovely local cafés.
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.