Marseille (Provence), France

The largest port on the Mediterranean, Marseille is France's second largest city and a virtual melting pot of peoples and cultures. It is also a place of striking contrasts, from the fishing boats and pleasure craft of the picturesque Vieux Port to the modern Canebiere. Dominating the harbor is the infamous Chateau d'If, the rocky prison from which Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo escaped. Marseille is also your gateway to Provence. Explore the countryside around Arles and Avignon, immortalized in the canvases of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso.

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Points of Interest

  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Avignon
  • Marseille and Notre Dame de la Garde
  • Pont du Gard
  • Arles
  • Lourmarin
  • Roussillon
  • Les Baux de Provence
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  • Aix-en-Provence

    The former medieval capital of Provence boasts a 12th-century cathedral, Saint-Sauveur d'Aix, an Archbishop's Palace and a medieval clock-tower. Fun for shoppers, there are many markets and shops to browse.

  • Avignon

    Avignon is home to the Palace of the Popes, which has been the residence of nine popes from 1309 to 1378, during their exile from Rome, plus the arched Pont d'Avignon bridge, which dates back to 1171.

  • Marseille and Notre Dame de la Garde

    Enjoy Marseille's Cornice coastal road, the bustling Le Vieux Port, the neo-Byzantine Cathedral de la Major, and the 19th-century Notre-Dame de la Garde, a beautiful Basilica overlooking the city.

  • Pont du Gard

    This world famous three-tiered ancient Roman aqueduct bridge, dates back to 40 A.D., and crosses the shallow Gard River. It used to carry around 44 million gallons of water a day from Uzès to Nîmes.

  • Arles

    Founded by the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar in the year 46 B.C., this picture-perfect town was home to Vincent Van Gogh for nearly one year, during which he painted over 100 canvases from 1888 to 1889.

  • Lourmarin

    Lourmarin sits at the foot of the charming Luberon mountain range

  • Roussillon

    One of the prettiest villages of the Luberon range, lively Roussillon is situated in the heart of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, boasting cliffs made of yellow, red and white sands..

  • Les Baux de Provence

     It has a spectacular position in the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop that is crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the south.

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City Drive & Notre-Dame de la Garde

3.5 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-200
  • Marseille and Notre Dame de la Garde

Discover the town of Marseille on this wonderful narrated scenic drive about the city. Pass by the Notre-Dame de la Garde, a 19th-century cathedral overlooking the Old Harbor, then view the elegant Longchamp Palace, before shopping in the bustling town center.

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Easy City Drive & La Corniche

3.25 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-290

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Travel along the Corniche President Kennedy, Marseille's long scenic coastal road, on this narrated city drive. Soak up the stunning views of the Mediterranean's rocky coves, secluded beaches and islands before enjoying free time shopping in Marseille's pretty Old Harbor.

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Aix-en-Provence & Lourmarin On Your Own (Guided in Japanese)

7.25 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-993
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Lourmarin

A truly fun day out for the independent traveler, you will get the chance to explore pretty Lourmarin village, and Aix-en-Provence, the old capital of Provence, on your own. Choose your own lunch stop in Aix, before browsing the many shops, galleries and boutiques.

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Aix-en-Provence & Lourmarin On Your Own

7.25 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-185
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Lourmarin

A truly fun day out for the independent traveler, you will get the chance to explore pretty Lourmarin village, and Aix-en-Provence, the old capital of Provence, on your own. Choose your own lunch stop in Aix, before browsing the many shops, galleries and boutiques.

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Aix-en-Provence & Lourmarin On Your Own (Guided in Mandarin)

7.25 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-990
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Lourmarin

A truly fun day out for the independent traveler, you will get the chance to explore pretty Lourmarin village, and Aix-en-Provence, the old capital of Provence, on your own. Choose your own lunch stop in Aix, before browsing the many shops, galleries and boutiques.

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Guided Hike in the Footsteps of Cezanne

5 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-380

Surround yourself with the natural beauty of the Provence region when you travel to Mont Ste. Victoire and its surrounding countryside immortalized in painter Paul Cézanne's masterpieces. A guide will lead you on a two-hour walk through the breathtaking scenery, sure to inspire nature photographers.

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Marseille's Four Main Highlights & Free Time

7.5 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-180
  • Marseille and Notre Dame de la Garde

Encounter Marseille on your own terms when you spend a full day exploring the city by motorcoach. You will have defined time on your own to explore at each of the four stops. Each time you leave the coach, the host(ess) will advise you what time you need to be back at the drop-off point; then, you will re-board the coach and continue on to the next stop.

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Late Riser - Aix en Provence & Marseille

6.5 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-308
  • Aix-en-Provence

Perfect for those who like to linger over breakfast, this later-day tour offers plenty of time to explore Aix-en-Provence's sparkling fountains, picturesque boulevards and lively atmosphere on a guided walking tour. Then, discover Marseille on a narrated scenic drive that includes a stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde.

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Luberon Villages & Lavender Museum

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-385
  • Lourmarin
  • Roussillon

A trio of charming villages nestled within the Provencal countryside await your discovery. Stroll through the narrow streets of Lourmarin and take in the magnificent castle. Discover the beauty of Roussillon with free time to explore. Conclude with a visit to a lavender factory for a delightfully fragrant tour of the grounds.

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Avignon & Le Pont du Gard

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-105
  • Avignon
  • Pont du Gard

Visit the Pont du Gard bridge, and view part of this incredible 30-mile-long Roman aqueduct built in 40 A.D. Then travel to beautiful Avignon, where you will explore the medieval city that boasts breath-taking architecture, the Palace of the Popes, quaint narrow lanes and fabulous boutiques, galleries and cafés.

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Magnificent Camargue

7.5 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-700

Nature lovers will relish the opportunity to visit the wild and wonderful region of the Camargue, home to numerous bird species, wild horses and saltwater flora. Take a guided tour of a wild bird sanctuary, followed by a walking tour in the charming former fishing town of Saintes Maries de la Mer

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Aix-en Provence & Notre-Dame de la Garde

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-125
  • Aix-en-Provence

Discover Aix-en-Provence on a fascinating guided walk around the old town, before exploring the city's elegant shops, boutiques and galleries. After lunch on your own, return to Marseilles for a delightful narrated drive that passes by the stunning Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral, and Le Vieux Port.

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Local Connections: Panoramic Marseille & Soap Museum with Master Soap Maker

6.5 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-601
  • Marseille and Notre Dame de la Garde

Learn the centuries-old secrets of how all-natural traditional French soaps are produced with Master soap maker Coralie Jaussaud. Following a panoramic tour of Marseille and lunch, you'll visit the MuSaMa Soap Museum, where you'll meet Coralie in a workshop and create your own soap.

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Aix en Provence - Cheese & Wine Tasting

4 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-300
  • Aix-en-Provence

Savor the local delicacies of sunny Aix-en-Provence, the former medieval capital of Provence, on a guided pedestrian tour through its historic streets lined with elegant 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Wend your way to a fromagerie (cheese shop) and enjoy a wine and cheese pairing in this nice atmosphere.

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Lourmarin & L' Isle-Sur-Sorgue

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-120
  • Lourmarin

Explore charming Provence with a visit to Lourmarin, considered one of the most beautiful villages in France before stopping at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, known as the 'Venice of Provence' because of its pretty canals. Enjoy a traditional Provencal lunch with wine before browsing the many antique shops and boutiques..

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Arles & Les Baux de Provence

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-110
  • Arles

Explore ancient Arles, the city that inspired painter Vincent Van Gogh, and visit its stunning Roman amphitheater and 5th-century St. Trophime Church. Then drive to picturesque Les Baux de Provence, which is dominated by a ruined castle, and features a maze of narrow lanes lined with craftsmen's workshops.

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Best of Aix en Provence & Marseille

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-106
  • Aix-en-Provence

Sample the beauty and history of Provence on a guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, follow by a Provencal lunch and free time to browse the shops. A scenic drive back to Marseille takes in the magnificent Cathédrale de la Major, the bustling Old Port, and the Basilica Notre-Dame.

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Avignon & Palace of the Popes

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-100
  • Avignon

Explore historic Provence with a fabulous guided walking tour through Avignon, where you will stroll through the great halls of the Palace of the Popes, which was once home to nine pontiffs. Bare walls used to be lavishly adorned with carpets and frescoes. Fragments of these Italian frescoes can be seen in some rooms. Then view the famous Pont d'Avignon bridge before savoring a delicious Provencal lunch and shopping.

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Discovery Family Avignon & Palace of the Popes

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-600
  • Avignon

Explore historic Provence with a fabulous guided walking tour through Avignon, where you will stroll through the great halls of the Palace of the Popes, which was once home to nine pontiffs. Bare walls used to be lavishly adorned with carpets and frescoes. Fragments of these Italian frescoes can be seen in some rooms. Then view the famous Pont d'Avignon bridge before savoring a delicious Provencal lunch and shopping.

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Chateau de Lourmarin & Roussillon

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-150
  • Lourmarin
  • Roussillon

Discover the magical heart of Provence on this enjoyable day trip to Luberon, where you will view the incredible Chateau de Lourmarin. Then enjoy a delicious Provencal lunch in historic Roussillon, before exploring this charming town that is surrounded by vineyards, and boasts many wonderful shops and cafés.

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Local Connections: Olive Growing Farm & Tasting with Owner Mill St. Jean

6.5 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-155
  • Les Baux de Provence

Immerse yourself in the iconic beauty of the south of France and delve into the area's production of some of the finest-quality olive oil. Enjoy a typical Provencal lunch at a local restaurant. Conclude with a visit to Les Baux de Provence for a walking tour.

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Best of Aix en Provence and Marseille for Small Groups

8 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-999
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Marseille and Notre Dame de la Garde

An intimate, small-group experience is a wonderful way to explore the beauty and history of Provence. Embark on a guided pedestrian tour of Aix-en-Provence follow by a Provencal lunch and free time. A scenic drive back to Marseille takes in the Cathédrale de la Major, the bustling Old Port, and the Basilica Notre-Dame.

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Marseille Bike Adventure

5 hours | Marseille (Provence) | MRS-400
  • Marseille and Notre Dame de la Garde

Zip through Marseille on an electric bike, an effortless and fun way to see the local sights. You'll experience a great sense of freedom on this eco-friendly and less tiring alternative to traditional pedal bikes. Ride through the streets of Marseille, snap beautiful photos and hit all the highlights along the way.

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