Half day tours in Provence
Discover in just half a day some of the highlights of this beautiful region. It may well be that you only have limited time or simply that you want to be able to do one or two different activities during your stay. In that case, why not choose a morning or afternoons activity on different days. These visits include guided tours in Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon and Marseille.
A great introduction to the principle towns of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon & Arles - art, history, style, shopping, culture
Half Day Private Tour - classic old town Aix-en-Provence
See the iconic sights of Aix-en-Provence including the baroque and rococo 17th and 18th-century hôtels particular in the Quartier Mazarin, then a stroll along Cours Mirabeau a wide walkway shaded by rows of lush plane trees with mansions & restaurants that were the haunts of cultural icons including Camus & Cézanne. As we wander you'll notice the city’s famous fountains many Roman springs that have been hydrating Aix for thousands of years. We will visit the gardens of Pavillon Vendôme, La cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, Le Tour de l'Horloge & l'Hotel de Ville, built in 1510 and the adjoining Provençal markets in addition to visiting a number of local shops selling high quality local produce. It's a visit at your pace.
Half Day Private Tour - classic old town Avignon
See the iconic sights of Avignon, an historic city best known for being the location the Popes fled to after leaving Rome in the 14th century. The impressive Palais des Papes – one of the Avignon's best known sites is on our list. There are so many landmarks and buildings to discover across the city and gorgeous squares to sit back and watch the world go by. As well as all the history it also has a lively, modern feel with lots of great shops, bars and restaurants. The visit will incorporate a mix of it all including the renowned market hall. Finally, Pont Saint-Bénézet one of Avignon’s most iconic sites - the bridge, much of which was washed away in the 17th century is a nod to the history of the city, surrounded with myth and legend.
Half Day Private Tour - classic old town Arles
See the iconic sights of Arles - this picturesque town steeped in history dates back to its origins as a Greek settlement. Arles became one of the most important cities of the Roman colony Gaul founded by Julius Caesar in 46 BC.This classical town has wonderfully preserved ruins, includes - the Amphithéâtre d'Arènes, Cloisters of Saint-Trophime, the Roman Theatre and Thermes de Constantin, the Musée Réattu. Arles has a pleasant Provençal ambience, leafy public squares and slow-paced lifestyle. Our visit will include historic monuments & enjoying a leisurely stroll with time to relax at the shaded terraces of outdoor cafés. For art lovers we will also follow the Van Gogh Trail to see the scenes of the artist's famous paintings.
Marseille transformed but not gentrified since its year as Capital of Culture in 2013 - second city of France and remains a sprawling, vibrant cultural, ethnic & gastronomic melting pot - there's a lot to discover
Marseille 'walk on the wild side' the alternative city
From markets to street-art, graffiti and people watching, experience the unique urban vibes and colours of Cours Julien and the street scenes of Noailles with its North African charm. These are two conflicting elements that sit side by side in this edgy urban city.
WHERE WE'LL GO
Discover the historic Noailles a bustling neighborhood with a chaotic daily market, Marché des Capucins, selling olives, dried fruit and spices. The area around La Canebière is packed with stores selling North African fabrics and ceramics, popular for tea shops & food stalls serving flatbread and couscous. Next Cours Julien, it's the up & coming neighbourhood. Quirky-independent shops selling everything from vinyl records, second-hand and new clothes and handmade gifts (like bags and jewellery) It’s what makes Cours Julien one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Marseille.
Marseille discover the three secret little ports
Explore fishermen's cottages, brightly coloured fishing boats in a setting unchanged for centuries, a stones throw from the city centre. Vallons des Auffes, Malmousque & l'anse de la Fausse Monnaie. A coastal walk between the three little ports with exceptional views.
WHERE WE'LL GO
First stop & just away from the bustle of the old port nestles Vallons des Auffes, this picture postcard fishing village remnant of old maritime Marseille, long since swallowed by the modern sprawl still consist of traditional cabanons originally built by Italian fishermen who settled in the 18th century. A narrow staircase links corniche Président John F Kennedy with the harbour. Then a coastal walk to discover more hidden gems to reach Vallon de Malmousque and Vallon de la Fausse Monnaie - a name inspired by the discovery of counterfeiters' equipment during the construction of the bridge.
Classic Marseille - Greeks to the 21st century
Visit the oldest city in France, interesting angles and accents in this colourful Mediterranean port city - from Le Panier, the old town, la Vielle Charité, les terrasses du MuCEM and the gardens of Fort St Jean with its magnificent sea views.
Discover 2,600 years history.
WHERE WE'LL GO
Experience 2,600 of history while walking through Marseille's most memorable places like the eminent Fort St Jean, beautiful Cathédral Le Majeure, Le Panier district, Vielle Charité, and Pavillon Daviel. We start at the spectacular Fort St Jean, explore the Fort and gardens and MuCEM. Then Cathédrale St Marie Majeure - one of the two principle cathedrals before strolling through the tiny streets of Le Panier, which includes La Vielle Charité a 17th century hospice. Explore the walkways of this former almshouse & then continue through the tiny streets, shops & art galleries back to the Old Port.
Marseille the French Connection city
Architecture tour tracing the cities architectural heritage, including Cité Radieuse, Le Corbusier's iconic building, Friche de la Belle de Mai, a former tobacco factory turned cultural complex & MuCEM, Marseille architect Rudi Ricciotti's 2013 museum masterpiece.
WHERE WE'LL GO
Explore Le Corbusier Unité d’Habitation with your guide. We visit the hall entrance, internal street and roof terrace which offers spectacular views over the city on all sides. Cité radieuse is a World Heritage UNESCO site and a crowning contribution to his architectural work. Next the 19th century tobacco factory at la Belle de Mai, once the the biggest cigar & cigarette factory in France. In the 1960s the factory produced about a fifth of all Gauloises smoked in France! and now a cultural centre. Finally MuCEM the first national museum dedicated to the great civilisations of the Mediterranean.