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Ophorus Tours - Aix en Provence Visit, Cassis Village & Wines Private Shore Excursion From Marseille

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Aix en Provence Visit, Cassis Village & Wines Private Shore Excursion From Marseille

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Visit the Charming Small Town of Aix en Provence, stop in marvelous Cassis for lunch, an optional boat ride & a wine tasting session

Highlights

  • Pick up and drop off at Marseille Cruise Port
  • Choose among different Aix en Provence visits
  • Discover the Beautiful Calanques creeks of the Mediterranean
  • Visit a Seaside Jewel in a dreamy corner of Provence
  • Taste delicious local wines
  • English speaking guides, local experts
  • Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

Embark on a vibrant Private Shore Excursion from Marseille Port of Call to Visit the charming small town of Aix en Provence and Cassis villages & wine region where you can take a boat ride in the Calanques and drink delicious local wines.Today, we will come and pick you up directly at your ship in Marseille Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and ...

Embark on a vibrant Private Shore Excursion from Marseille Port of Call to Visit the charming small town of Aix en Provence and Cassis villages & wine region where you can take a boat ride in the Calanques and drink delicious local wines.

Pick up at your Cruise ship in Marseille

Today, we will come and pick you up directly at your ship in Marseille Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private tour with you. Then board your premium A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to the town of Aix en Provence.

Arrive in Aix en Provence

In the morning depart for your private small group full day tour from Marseille to Aix en Provence. The charming small town of Aix en Provence is known as the City of Water and City of Fine Arts. The number of fountains that are located in Aix is quite unusual and about 30 of them are considered to be Architectural highlights.

Fontaine des Trois Ormaux, Fontaine Miollis or the amazing Fontaine Moussue - covered with moss - all date back to the 17th century. Your guided tour of Aix en Provence historical city center will certainly include some fountains and show you how important water is to the town.

Visit the Historical City Center

During your walking tour, you will also visit the historical old town of Aix en Provence. Admire the finesse of wrought iron sculpted on the balconies of the Houses that line Cours Mirabeau, Albertas square and the 17th century town hall. Other landmarks include Saint Sauveur Cloister and the nearby Cathedral.

Or follow the footsteps of french painter Cézanne

Aix en Provence is also home to Fine Arts. One can follow the footsteps of famous Post Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Born in Aix en Provence, the painter is also buried here in the Saint Peter cemetery. It is possible today to visit his Painting Studio where one can still admire furniture, equipment and tiny details that will connect you with his life.

Another great option,  a Gourmet Food & Wine Experience

If History, Culture or Art is not your priority while on a shore excursion then another great option is to opt for a gourmet food & wine tour of Aix en Provence. The town is known for its large number of culinary specialties and the Provence wine region is just a few kilometers away.

If you choose this option, your guide will show you the seasonal produce, meet local farmers at the farmers market, taste pastries, macaron and candied fruits which are a local delicacy. You will also have the opportunity to stop for a well deserved drink and what better than local rosé wine!

Cassis village visit

Arrive in Cassis and discover this cute small fishing port as well as the calanques listed by Unesco as a world heritage national park. The land & sea area is known for its white cliffs and turquoise water. Enjoy some free time to explore and for personal discovery.

Lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense) can be taken in the village, relax on the beach or board a motor boat for a highly recommended 45-minute boat tour (tickets not included) to admire the natural beauty of the local creeks. It is also possible to reach the highest sea cliff in Europe that is named Cap Canaille where you will enjoy a stunning view over the bay.

Wine tasting in a local Cassis Winery

Cassis was one of the first in the region established as an Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) in 1936. The village is one of the few local appellations comprising a single, tiny commune. While most nearby appellations were originally cultivated by Greek outposts, Cassis is based on Ligurian origins.

Blessed by 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, cool maritime winds and the freshening effects of the Mistral, the wine region is truly a spot set aside for gorgeous Cassis Whites. This is the only region in Provence to produce a majority of white wines, regulated to contain at least 80% Marsanne. This varietal adds beautiful aromatics and finesse, an elegant profile for the refreshing, high-quality white wines of Cassis.

Clairette is also a common component, adding fresh acidity to balance the body of Marsanne. A touch of red wines and a strong showing of rosé wines are also cultivated in Cassis – blends of Cinsault, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Enjoy visiting a domain with tasting of local wines. 

After your wine tasting session and visit of Cassis, we will return to Marseille and if time permits your driver/guide will stop at Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica so that you may experience the most beautiful view over Marseille.

After your Aix en Provence, Cassis and Marseille tour, we will take you back to your Cruise Ship and that will be the end of our services.

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  • Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Marseille

  • Drive to Aix en Provence

  • Visit of Aix en Provence adapted to your choice

  • Drive to Cassis with stop in Cap Canaille

  • Free time for lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense) of Cassis

  • Optional 45 minute boat ride from Cassis to Calanques

  • Wine tasting session of Cassis Wines

  • Return to Cruise Ship in Marseille

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Ophorus Tours - Aix en Provence Visit, Cassis Village & Wines Private Shore Excursion From Marseille
Ophorus Tours - Aix en Provence Visit, Cassis Village & Wines Private Shore Excursion From Marseille
Ophorus Tours - Aix en Provence Visit, Cassis Village & Wines Private Shore Excursion From Marseille

Know before you book

If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business. We accept split payment transactions by credit card.

  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • Entrance fees can be purchased during booking process
  • Wine tasting fees can be purchased during booking process
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups, contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Marseille Cruise Port Terminal

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Marseille Cruise Ship Terminal.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

Drop off at Cruise Ship – Marseille Cruise Ship Terminal

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Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship in Marseille
  • Visit of Aix en Provence
  • Free time for lunch in Cassis
  • Optional Boat ride in Cassis
  • Provence wine tasting session
  • English speaking driver or driver/guide
  • Premium A/C vehicle

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums
  • Boat Tickets in Cassis
  • Wine tasting fees
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • What type of vehicles are used during your private shore excursions from Marseille?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private tours from Marseille?

    All our tours are conducted by English speaking drivers or driver/guides. For a more personalized experience, we can also organize any private tour with both a driver and a guide. On this particular tour, you will enjoy the services of an English speaking driver/guide, expert in Provence.
  • How long is the drive from Marseille to Aix en Provence?

    From Marseille Cruise Port to reach Aix en Provence, on normal traffic conditions, the driving time is just over half an hour. After your visit of Aix en Provence, it will take about 45 minutes to reach the small village of Cassis. Please note that we will make a 10 minute stop on the way at Cap Canaille. Finally, from Cassis village back to Marseille, the driving time is of 35 minutes approximately. 
  • What can we expect on this private shore trip from Marseille?

    This private shore excursion is mainly dedicated to the visit of historical Aix en Provence. You will have the choice of the theme of the tour that you would like to follow as we can offer a Historical visit of Aix, or a visit dedicated to Cézanne or finally why not try our Gourmet Food & Wine Tour? It is also possible to combine bits & pieces of the three options! Then arrive in Cassis, a small fishing village considered to be a Jewel of the Mediterranean. Enjoy some free time, eat a delicious lunch (at own expense) in a local restaurant and then take an optional boat trip to the nearby Calanques.

    Before returning to Marseille, we will stop in a local winery so that you can taste the local Provence wines. A full day that combines a charming small town, a wonderfull village, delicious food & wines!
  • Is lunch included on this Marseille Private Shore Excursion?

    No, we never include lunch on our private shore excursions. However, let us know if you would like us to suggest and pre-book a local restaurant reservation. Our team will be happy to organize this for you at no extra cost. For this particular shore excursion we suggest that you opt for lunch in a local restaurant in the charming village of Cassis as there is a lot of choice and different options.

    You can also talk with your guide directly in the morning. Let him know your wishes and she/he will adapt the tour accordingly and suggest the best possible options.
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