we went to Aix-en-Provence and had an average walking tour. Had a nice lunch in a café. As it turns out, my favorite part of this excursion was going to Notre Dame de la gard and le vieux port. That area of Marseilles was lovely and I wish we had more time to spend there. It was a surprise.
A mile a or so walking tour at a very leisurely pace in a lovely city with lots of shade.
Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. At the end of the tour, we had maps to get us back to the bus (about 15 minutes) and lots of chances to shop, eat and enjoy the day.
We had a lovely guide and driver, Lucille. She drove us to Aix en Provence giving us information along the way. She took us thru the town and thru the various markets that were doing business that day. She was very knowledgeable about the history of Aix. She then drove us to Cassis where she suggested we see the Calanques and we were so glad we did. We finished the tour at Notre Dame de la Gard with beautiful views of Marseille.
Aix-En-Provence & Marseille. Walking tour of Aix but this was a day after the terrible Nice attack and we were surprised how crowded the city was. The tours to Nice were cancelled. Good way to get to around but finding our bathroom was a major issue. Oceania should have something arranged for people on this tour. Only one of 4 public bathroom was working with a long waits and not convenient to where we were touring. The guide told us to use a bar after purchasing a meal. Everything was extremely crowded and this took away from our enjoyment of the area. We loved Marseille, the views from the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and walking around the boat area.
Enjoyed the drive to and the time in Aix-en-Provence. Our tour guide was very informative. For me, there was a little too much free time (1-3/4 hours). I would liked to have seen more historical venues.
Tour was late to depart because there were too many Italians and not enough english speaking that it caused a problem with the tour guides figuring out the logistics. The city of Provence was nice but our guide was too slow and this only left us with 30 minutes to explore and shop on our own.
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