Your adventure begins when you meet your driver at your cruise terminal in Marseille for a 35-minute drive to the former capital of France, Your private driver/guide will give you interesting details about the area, Aix, and what to expect for your half-day adventure. Aix-en-Provence or simply known as Aix was founded in 123 BC, the city has a rich history and some stunning architecture. The city is split between New and Old. Once in Aix, you will visit Old Town (Vieil Aix), with its narrow streets lined with mansions. This is a bustling area of varied daily markets selling fish, fruits, and vegetables, as well as charming boutiques and craft shops.
Enjoy a walk along the Cours Mirabeau, a thoroughfare lined with trees, incredible houses dating back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, and stunning fountains. You will discover more markets with items such as rare books, antiques, flowers, and more. There is lots of free time to explore on your own. Perhaps you will choose to visit at your own expense the Atelier Paul Cezanne which houses artifacts and the studio of this Post-Impressionist painter and native of Aix. You will have about an hour to explore the many shops or purchase a bite to eat in one of the many Brunswick House Cafes with dishes to satisfy every taste and every price point.
At the conclusion of your walking exploration of Aix, sightseeing, shopping, and dining, you will be driven back to your cruise terminal in Marseille, having experienced the best Aix-en-Provence has to offer.
Aix en Provence is a destination you don't want to miss. Your private transportation would take you to the "City of a Thousand Fountains". You will have the opportunity to walk along the mansion-lined street, Cours Mirabeau and admire the architecture and enjoy delicious food at one of the many cafes with your private guide.