Make the most of your time in port in Marseille with this private shore excursion, which takes you on a tour of Marseille and nearby Aix-en-Provence. In Aix, explore Old Town and admire elegant mansions along the prestigious Cours Mirabeau boulevard, followed by an optional visit to the Cézanne Studio for a glimpse into this famous painter’s life and work. Finish with a guided tour of Marseille’s main sights including Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St. Victor, and get a view of the island fortress featured in 'The Count of Monte Cristo.'
When you arrive at the Marseille port, your guide will pick you up from the cruise terminal and take you on your full-day private shore excursion. Traveling by luxury minivan, start by driving inland to Aix-en-Provence, a wonderful, lively Provencal town known for its handsome streets lined with impressive 17th- and 18-century houses. Admire the best examples of Aix’s architecture on a stroll down the Cours Mirabeau, a grand boulevard lined with opulent mansions, leafy trees and tinkling fountains. Continue to Aix’s little Old Town to explore tiny streets dotted with boutiques, craft shops and squares.You’ll then have free time to explore Aix independently. For a taste of the city’s rich artistic heritage, visit the Cézanne Studio, where you can walk in the footsteps of the famous 19th-century Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, and see where he created masterpieces like Les Grandes Baigneuses. Entrance is at your own expense, but it’s definitely recommended for art lovers. Then travel back to Marseille for the second part of your private shore excursion, a Marseille sightseeing tour. From the comfort of your air-conditioned minivan, explore this beautiful coastal city and stop for photos outside Notre-Dame de la Garde, the city’s eye-catching Neo-Byzantine church. If time permits, head inside for a look around. Enjoy amazing ocean views while looking toward Château d’If, the famous fortress featured in Alexander Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Finish your tour with a stop outside the 11th-century Abbey of St Victor, known for its spooky crypts and catacombs. You’ll be dropped off at the port in the evening to board your cruise ship. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Marseille port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.