5. Private guided walking tour of Aix en Provence and Marseille
Meet the guide at 8:30 am at your hotel, go to Marseille's Saint Charles train station to catch the train to Aix en Provence. (by foot) The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Begin your walking tour at Fontaine de la Rotonde, a grand roundabout adorned with a beautiful fountain. This is one of the city's iconic landmarks and a great spot to take photos. Visit Pavillon Vendôme, a beautiful mansion surrounded by a charming garden. It's a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, perfect for a quiet moment. Visit the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, a Roman Catholic cathedral with a blend of architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque. Inside, you can see stunning artwork and religious artifacts. Explore the narrow cobblestone streets of the Vieil Aix, the old town of Aix-en-Provence. Discover hidden squares, ancient churches, and colorful markets. Don't miss the picturesque Place de l'Hôtel de Ville with its impressive Town Hall. Continue the tour at Cours Mirabeau, the main boulevard of Aix-en-Provence. Stroll along this elegant avenue lined with beautiful plane trees, charming cafés, and boutique shops. Admire the stunning architecture of the buildings that reflect the city's rich history. On market days, discover local producers of olive, cheese, bread, and charcuterie in Aix-en-Provence. Buy delicious products for a delightful picnic at Parc Jourdan. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and flavors of the region! Walk through the Quartier Mazarin, an elegant district known for its 17th-century mansions and private courtyards. Marvel at the architecture and immerse yourself in the historical ambiance. End your walking tour at Parc Jourdan, a park where you can relax, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the outdoors. It's a popular spot for locals and visitors. After the lunch around 1.00 p.m take the train to Marseille, the journey is about 45 minutes. Begin your stroll by heading down the famous La Canebière, Marseille's iconic avenue. This wide boulevard is lined with shops, cafes, and historic buildings. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and energy of this main artery of the city. Continue towards the Marseille Opera House, next, make your way to the Old Port, the historical heart of Marseille. Enjoy picturesque views of boats, quays, and old buildings that surround this iconic harbor. In the Old Port, don't miss the City Hall, also known as the "Hôtel de Ville à la marinière." This building exhibits interesting neo-Gothic architecture. Explore Marseille aboard our little train tour, including a visit to the iconic Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Bonne Mère. Enjoy stunning views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea, passing through picturesque neighborhoods and lively streets. Stop by "La Cure Gourmande" at the end of the tour for a tasting of local products. Indulge in delicious treats and savor the flavors of the region. Bon appétit! End of the walking tour around 6p.m at your hotel.