History, Art & Crafts

Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Aubagne, La Ciotat

Historic & Cultural Discovery Tour of Provence for Experienced Travelers.

As you delve into Provence, you will uncover a world of history and folklore that never ceases to fuel the imagination of people all over the globe. Provence’s colourful and lively markets, cafés and restaurants with their sunny terraces and fabulous culinary specialities are all part of the legendary Mediterranean lifestyle you will savour during your stay.

Overflowing with Roman monuments, medieval churches, sumptuous Baroque and Classic mansion houses and exciting contemporary constructions, Provence also tells a fascinating story of architecture through the ages. From Aix to Marseille, Aubagne and La Ciotat, you too will fall in love with the towns, villages and landscapes that go to form this exceptional heritage. You will also discover how France’s oldest city was founded…

Price from €215 pp Based on 8 people

Length 2 days / 1 night

Availability March to December

Day 1

Stage 1 – Aix-en-Provence

On Day 1, we invite you to discover Aix and its sumptuous 17th and 18th-century architecture, sunny terraces, Provencal markets and lively streets with their tempting shop windows. Led by your guide, you will enjoy sampling the region’s culinary specialities – “calisson” candies, nougat, tapenade and cheeses – at the market and local shops. Other beautiful sights will include the famous Cours Mirabeau main thoroughfare, very elegant Town Hall, Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur and many other treasures…

Stage 2 – Marseille

In-depth guided tour of Marseille, introducing you to the many riches and numerous facets of this picturesque city surrounded by hills and set on the Mediterranean Sea. The tour includes the magnificent Vieux Port (Old Port) at the heart of the city, narrow lanes of the Panier quarter with its colourful frontages set around the Baroque “Vieille Charité” exhibition centre and iconic Notre Dame de la Garde basilica. During your stroll, you will be invited to taste local “navette” biscuits at the ancient “Four des Navettes” bakery near Saint-Victor Abbey.

Day 2

Stage 1 - Aubagne

Tour of Aubagne, the birthplace of Marcel Pagnol. Self-guided tour of the “Petit Monde de Pagnol” (Little Word of Marcel Pagnol), featuring 200 “santon” figurines made by master craftsmen from the “Pays d’Aubagne et de l’Étoile” area and paying tribute to the films and literary works of Pagnol. You will then enjoy an introduction to earthenware at the Galerie Argilla, showcasing the creations of around 40 local ceramics and “santon” figurine makers.

Stage 2 - La Ciotat

The day continues in La Ciotat, the birthplace of cinema. Self-guided tour of the town, including the Old Port standing under the belltower of the former Town Hall, now home to the Musée Ciotaden. A commemorative plaque at the railway station and monument near the “Grande Plage” offer fitting reminders that La Ciotat is also the home town of the Lumière Brothers, who filmed and premiered the world’s first moving picture here, entitled “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”.

the price includes

Accommodation in double room
Tasting sessions
Guided tour on foot of the historic quarter of Aix-en-Provence
Guided tour on foot of the Panier quarter, Vieux Port and Fort Saint-Jean in Marseille
Tour of Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica
Transport with English-speaking chauffeur-guide, parking and tolls

does not include

Personal expenses


13, Boulevard Molinari
13008 Marseille
Tel.: 0033 (0)9 51 14 63 86

Passionate about travel, we have explored the world, discovered new cultures and woven close and long-standing ties in the four corners of the globe. Like you, we have a thirst for new discoveries and adventures, and love meeting new people. With Provence Explorer, we aim to introduce you to the most intimate aspects of Provence, unveil the riches of its unique towns and scenery, and share our passion and knowledge with you. We provide luxury vehicles and our guides - also fervent lovers of travel and human adventures - speak several languages, making Provence Explorer a warm and welcoming partner to your excursions in Provence. Our guided specialist-interest tours for small groups promise a genuine immersion in this legendary region, coveted throughout the globe and depicted by the world's greatest artists.

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