The “things to do in Aix-en-Provence” in 4 hours:
There are many things to do in Aix en Provence! Provence Amazing Tours has organized the most efficient day tour of Aix-en-Provence. Thanks to our great organization, you’ll discover the best of the most beautiful, cultural and artistic city in Provence. We’ll meet you at your hotel or cruise ship port in Marseille and drive directly to the heart of Aix-en-Provence (about a 30-minute drive). Provence Amazing Tours will show you the absolutely must-see sites in Aix en Provence: the lively morning markets with lavender in the summer, the old town with its emblematic buildings such as the St. Sauveur Cathedral, the history museum and one of the places Cezanne painted. If you like, you can have lunch in a typical Provencal restaurant (optional). You could also do a bit of shopping or wine tasting. It’s up to you! After your visit of Aix-en-Provence, we’ll drive you back to you hotel our cruise ship port, your hearts filled with warm memories of Aix-en-Provence!
Provence Amazing Tours 4-hour tour will take you to visit and admire the best Aix-en-Provence has to offer: its narrow streets steeped in history, its many fountains, sculptures and classified monuments. All testaments of France’s historic heritage.
You’ll visit one of the most beautiful cathedrales in France, Saint Sauveur Cathedral, located on the ancient Roman road, Via Aurelia and built on the site of a Roman temple dedicated to Apollo. You’ll admire the altarpieces and tapestries: the “Triptych of the Burning Bush, the “The Legend of Saint Mitre”, and the “Life of the Virgin and Jesus”. The Saint Sauveur cloisters with its 12th century columns offer a peaceful and contemplative moment.
We’ll stroll on through the winding streets of this fabulous city founded in 122 BCE which was first called Aquae Sextia after the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus for whom the “Cours Sextius was named. Once the capital of Provence, Aix-en-Provence will unveil its unique treasures starting with the “Cours Mirabeau”, considered the loveliest pedestrian main street in France with its bubbling fountains in the heart of the city. Then, we’ll turn into the labyrinth of the Old Town where precious moments in history are evoked at every corner. Walking through the historic center is like going back in Provencal time. The combination of modern and ancient is stupefying! The ancient buildings, private mansions, magnificent sculpted fountains and secret passageways just next to a very modern commercial center! Aix-en-Provence will seduce you with its unique and unforgettable cachet.
For Cézanne fans, you could visit the Granier Museum to see a collection of his paintings. You’ll see landscapes around Aix-en-Provence especially Monte Sainte Victiore which you will have already seen from afar during or drive up to the city.
If you’d like to taste some food specialties of Aix-en-Provence, Provence Amazing Tours will take you to an authentic Provencal place where you can get a good idea of the best of the region: pastis, olives, tapenade, zucchini flower fritters, onion pizza, vegetable soup, fish soup and more! Don’t forget to try the famous calissons of Aix-en-Provence, a sweet that you could also buy along the way of our walk.
Time permitting, you could do some shopping on the Cours Mirabeau or at the “Allées Provençales” with more than 50 modern boutiques in the center of Aix-en-Provence. Or, perhaps you’d prefer a bit of wine tasting of the wines of Provence at one of the local cellars.
MORNING or AFTERNOON ?
Provence Amazing Tours offers this tour mornings from 9:00 to 1:00 and afternoons from 1:30 to 5:30.
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