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Cezanne's City: Sightseeing in Aix-en-Provence - Tour from Marseille

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Key Highlights

  • Drive through the charming streets and fountained squares of Aix en Provence
  • Tour the workshop of Paul Cezanne, among the finest painters of his, or any, generation
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Coach Tour: Monday & Saturday
    Private Tour: Daily

    Duration

    4 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Coach Tour: 0900h (09:00am)
    Private Tour: 0900h (09:00am) or 1400h (2:00pm)
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meeting Point

    Private Tour:Your hotel in Marseille.
    (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details).
    Coach Tour:The coach tour departs from Hotel Radisson Blu Marseille Vieux Port (38 Quai Rive Neuve 13007 Marseille).

    Ending Point

    Your pick-up point.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Discover Aix en Provence, the city of a thousand fountains.

    Drive through the narrow, labyrinthine streets of the city’s old town, emerging in historic open squares that will take you back to a time of courtly pleasures and horse-drawn carriages.

    Enjoy the city’s famous decorated fountains and relax beneath its rows of sycamores, where Hemingway and Zola once found shade.

    Tour the former workshop of the great Aixios painter Paul Cezanne, and see the studio where some of the impressionist era’s greatest works were committed to canvas.

    Itinerary

    (This tour is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers you greater flexibility to do the tour at your own pace.)

    Your driver/guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned vehicle for this Aix Sightseeing tour. Your guide speaks French and English.

    Drive along the Mirabeau Court, a road built in the 17th century on the grounds of the city’s former ramparts, admiring the elegant homes, jubilant fountains, and abundant greenery that signal your arrival in Aix en Provence.

    You will drive by the following sites in the city:

    Four Dolphins Fountain: Built in 1667, this shining example of Baroque art so cherished by the Aixoise nobility of the time features four stone dolphins with flippers upturned in deference to the obelisk in the middle of the fountain.

    Albertas Square: Dating from 1745, this charming, cobbled square was modeled after Parisian squares of the day.

    City Hall Square: The center point of Aix’s Old Town, this square features a stately fountain in the middle and is the site of a bustling flower market held each day.

    Cardeurs Square: Pastel facades highlight a pleasant stretch of outdoor restaurants, which are usually brimming with area college students.

    Saint Sauveur Cathedral: Erected on the site of the 1st century Roman forum of Aix, this cathedral was built and rebuilt continuously from the 12th to the 19th century, resulting in a fascinating blend of architectural influences.

    Finally, go on a tour of Paul Cezanne’s workshop (payable direct), where the celebrated impressionist created some of his most immortal works. See the private creative universe of the man Matisse and Picasso declared “the father of us all.”

    Wind down the afternoon by relaxing in one of the city’s squares before you are dropped back at your hotel/pick up point in Marseille.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (for private tour)
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle/coach (depending on the option chosen)
    • English and French speaking driver/guide

    Exclusions

    • Entrance to Cezanne’s workshop (approx. 5.5 euros)
    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    A minimum of 2 persons required for guaranteed departure. If minimum requirement is not fulfilled, we offer alternative tours for the same day or same tour for an alternative dates according to our planning or refund.

    Please advice presence of minor (0-3yrs) traveler upon reservation so we can provide a booster-seat

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • Excelente experience

      Excelente experience, recomended it...

      Rosa Cueto
    • Great town, well-organised tour

      Aix-en-Provence was very good to visit and not just for Cezanne buffs, as there is more to the town than that. This was a well-run tour, including a stop at Cezanne's studio, a...

      Wen L Soong
    • Well organized. Highlights of Aix and Cezanne were excellent.

      Well organized. Highlights of Aix and Cezanne were excellent...

      Paulette E Fitzgerald