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Our most recommended Aix-en-Provence Shore Excursions

From Marseille: Full-Day Valensole Lavender Fields Tour

1. From Marseille: Full-Day Valensole Lavender Fields Tour

Spend the day among the purple-blue sea of the lavender fields of Provence, which bloom stunning shades of lilac and mauve from June through August. Start your day in the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence, fondly known as the “city of art and water.” Located approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille, Aix dates back to Roman times and has a wide promenade called the “Cours Mirabeau” that is lined with plane trees. Discover the cafés that were once frequented by Cezanne, Camus, and Zola. Go to one of the numerous markets that take place in the city center every day, and admire the shimmering palette of fragrances and colors. After some free time for lunch on your own, continue along the picturesque roads lined with golden wheat and blue lavender fields. Your driver will stop for plenty of photo opportunties en route to Valensole, with free time to explore this traditional Provencal village on arrival. They will also give useful information about the uses of lavender essential oil, and the lavender crop in Provence in general.

From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Tour of Cassis

2. From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Tour of Cassis

On this 4-hour sightseeing excursion from Aix-en-Provence by air-conditioned minibus, you will drive along the coast to the little village of Cassis, a small fishing port nestled between the famous calanques (inlets) and majestic Cap Canaille. Stop for photos at Cap Canaille. Get a great introduction to everyday life in Provence and the Mediterranean away from the busy tourist resorts as you explore the Riviera town and admire the bluffs, cliffs and sheltered inlets (calanques) that have made the area so famous. Grab the chance to take a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) out to sea to sail to 3 of the calanques, where you will see up-close the limestone cliffs that rise and fall steeply into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.

French Riviera Private Half-Day Tour

3. French Riviera Private Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour exploring the glitzy French Riviera, based on your own itinerary and traveling in luxury minivans. Along with up to 8 participants, choose your departure point on the French Riviera from Italie, Monaco, Eze, Nice, Antibes, Saint Paul de Vence, Cannes, St. Tropez, Marseille, Aix en Provence, or the Côte d'Azur countryside. Discover the hidden gems of Saint Tropez, explore the fashionable city of Nice, or walk the red carpet at Cannes. Explore the playground of the jet set and former arsitocracy, and see luxury marinas, yachts and casinos, as well as enchanting hillside towns. You can choose your point of departure, return time and selected destinations. Simply provide a detailed description at the time of booking by leaving a note in the comments field. Or consult with the experts at Liven Up to plan your perfect day out.

Shore Excursion Full Day Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

4. Shore Excursion Full Day Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

Enjoy a guided walk along Cours Mirabeau with rich architecture and charming cafés. See opulent 17th- and 18th-century architecture as you make your way to Vieil Aix (Old Town). Explore the areas and go into charming boutiques and craft shops to pick up a unique souvenir. Afterwards, break to tour independently and to get your own lunch at one of the Brunswick House Cafes. Before lunch, you may enjoy an optional visit to the Atelier Paul Cézanne (not included). Learn about this Post-Impressionist painter and native-son of Aix, view authentic artifacts, and see the studio where Cézanne created pieces like "Les Grandes Baigneuses."   Afterwards head back to the car and go for a short ride to cassis were you’ll enjoy the view of the gulf at Cape Canaille situated on the highest sea headlands in France were you’ll be amazed by the panoramic views of Mediterranean and the Gulf of Cassis. Explore the village of Cassis at your leisure until the departure time and go back to Marseille. Your private tour ends back at your terminal or your hotel in Marseille. You’ll return in the late afternoon.

French Riviera Full-Day Private Tour

5. French Riviera Full-Day Private Tour

Treat yourself to a private tour of the French Riviera based on your own preferences, and enjoy the luxury of an itinerary customized just for you. Create your own trip, and avoid the usual tour group hustle with a private guide to show you around. Traveling by luxury minivan for up to 8 people, you can visit the regal Principality of Monaco for a tour of the legendary Formula 1 circuit. Renowned for its beautiful harbor, it also boasts a stunning botanical garden and impressive casinos. Go to the enchanting town of Saint Tropez in the Provence region, and discover why it attracts so many of the world’s famous movie stars and celebrities. For a bit more hustle and bustle, explore the cities of Nice or Marseille. Alternatively, soak up the fashionable atmosphere of the festival favorite city of Cannes. Relax in the countryside of Aix-en-Provence. The choice is yours! After booking, the supplier will consult you to help you make your final decision.

Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Shore Excursion Tour

6. Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Shore Excursion Tour

You'll be picked up at your ship or hotel and head straight to Aix-en- Provence (about 30 minutes) to get a look at its lively morning markets with the typical french atmosphere. You’ll take a walking tour of the old town with its beautiful buildings of the 17th and 18th century. You'll visit Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, the history museum, and Cézanne’s workshop. Then you'll be taken a bit higher to the hilltop where Cézanne actually painted numerous paintings of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. If time permits, you may like to do a bit of shopping or wine tasting. Then, you'll be driven back to your ship or hotel in Marseille.

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What people are saying about Aix-en-Provence

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 166 reviews

This was certainly an experience I would never forget! Florence, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable, personable, and accommodating. We had a chance to get to Aix early enough to frequent the market and Florence continuously gave us good tips on shops and streets to check out along the way. Everything about seeing the lavender fields in person with your own two eyes is simply surreal. It is better than any postcard, that’s for sure! I loved the small villages and towns that we visited and ending our tour with a demonstration of organic lavender products made on site, complete with olive oil and almond tastings, was a perfect way to finish the day. I HIGHLY recommend this day trip!

Ask for Natalie! We enjoyed a fantastic tour with Natalie starting from Aix-en-Provence to Cassis. Natalie drove us to Cassis in a comfortable minibus and is very entertaining along the way. Learn about the wines in the region and about the towns you pass. We took the optional boat tour to Les Calanques, and were promptly picked up by Natalie on return. Safe, efficient, and entertaining. Remember: ask for Natalie! Nous t'aime!

Our guide was all you could in a host, courteous, friendly and informative. He kept up a continuous discussion and included all of us in conversation and pointed out many aspects of the scenery and history of the area. Really recommend this guy!!

A good trip with time to explore on our own. Began with drive to top for unbelievable views!

Very good choice for one day trip with variety activities in small group.