The essentials, 3 flagship cities
Culture - Not to be missed
Welcome to the three major cities of Provence: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Arles. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Marseille is a modern metropolis and a cultural melting pot. Less than 30 km away, Aix-en-Provence displays the typical décor of the region, a mix of Baroque architecture, art de vivre and terroir. Your tour ends in Camargue and Arles, home to a rich anthology of ancient and Roman monuments, classed as world heritage sites. Follow the guide!
Day 1 – Marseille, city break by the sea
Start your day making your way up to Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde – brave it on foot or take the little street train. After a tour of the basilica, stroll about the old Panier quarter and visit the Vieille Charité cultural centre. You'll probably be in need of some nourishment by now, so head to the Old Port for lunch. Your batteries recharged, head to city's museum of civilisations, the MuCEM. A relaxing cruise on turquoise waters exploring cliffs and calanques (creeks) is the perfect way to wrap up a busy first day.
Day 2 – A stroll around Aix-en-Provence
Day 2 kicks off with an early start at the bustling market on Place Richelme in Aix-en-Provence. Continue your stroll around the old centre, taking in the sumptuous mansions in the Mazarin district. Rest your weary limbs at one of the cafés along the Cours Mirabeau or in one of the city's Tables 13 restaurants. Your next port of call is the Granet Museum where you can explore Provence's art and history at your leisure. Finish your escapade in Aix with a walk on Sainte-Victoire, the mountain that so inspired Cézanne.
Day 3 – Arles, history in the open air
For day 3, head to Arles and its ancient ruins. Your itinerary begins at the Arles Amphitheatre, the city's most popular and iconic attraction. Your journey through history continues at the Roman Theatre and Church of St. Trophime, inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. After a delicious lunch at one of the city's restaurants, it's over to the Arles Antique archaeological museum. Take a break from culture with a shopping trip in the city centre before ending the day with a visit to Montmajour Abbey.
- Take the Ferry Boat to cross from the old port to Marseille
- While away some time on a terrace along the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence
- Browse the Saturday morning market on Boulevard des Lices in Arles
- Visiting three complementary cities for a packed weekend of new discoveries!
- The essential sites
- Exploring the new seafront in Marseille
The best time to visit
- In autumn to attend the Fiesta des Suds music festival in Marseille
- In summer when you can see works by the greatest photographers at the Rencontres d'Arles expo or attends concerts and operas during the Festival d'Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence
Culture, Not to be missed
By public transport, Personal vehicle
Marseille, Aix en Provence, Arles
All year round
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Discover Provence's three main towns and cities with this 3-day tour accessible to all. The programme features top addresses in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Arles, offering special amenities for all types of disability and the promise of an unforgettable break in the very best conditions. Day 1 begins with an enriching cultural immersion in the town of Aix-en-Provence. Next, it's time to head off to Marseille for a visit to the famous MuCEM museum, before enjoying a relaxing stroll in the exotic atmosphere of the city's Old Port (Vieux-Port), followed by the must-see Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica and its magnificent sweeping views over the whole of Marseille. Last but definitely not least, is stunning Camargue and the town of Arles – a UNESCO World Heritage Site - where you will tour the "Musée Départemental Arles Antique" to delve into the town's ancient Roman history. Your stay winds up in style with a visit to the entertaining "Musée de la Camargue", where past and present rub shoulders on the themes of Art, Nature and Society.
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