Marseille Les Baux de Provence Excursion Reviews

Spend an afternoon in the picturesque village of Les Baux-de-Provence, high atop the Alpilles mountains.
4.5 hours, level 2.
Sail Date: April 2017
4.5 hours, level 2. We went to Les Baux, which is a charming little town that was nearly devoid of tourists due to the cold, windy, rainy March day. The tour guide assured us that in summer this place is overrun with tourists, meaning ... Read More
4.5 hours, level 2. We went to Les Baux, which is a charming little town that was nearly devoid of tourists due to the cold, windy, rainy March day. The tour guide assured us that in summer this place is overrun with tourists, meaning you can barely move through the narrow, steep streets. The town is pretty with lovely scenic views. There are few shops but the guide told us this was the best place for local textiles. We bought a couple of things for the toddlers in our family. The tour operator offered us bottles of water as we boarded the bus, which was nice. I think I would have been annoyed had I bought the ship’s bottled water. Reboarding after the tour was a mess. The ship’s instructions are adamant that you cannot debark with ANY beverages or food, even packaged food, and then had bottles of water for sale. I bought some confections and no one batted an eye at those or the bottled water I brought back from the tour. However, it was a raw, windy, rainy and cold day. The line to reboard moved very slowly with frequent stops. The issue seemed to be that everyone funneled through one metal detector where everything stopped every time someone had to empty all pockets of coins, etc. The guy in front of me had a zillion pockets filled with coins. And he still set off the detector. Fortunately one crew member told another to simply search him and not send him back through as the line was backing up. Overall, not well organized. Side note: our tour guide said to take the free shuttle into the city center, then walk less than 10 minutes to the “train on wheels” that would take you to several sites including the Notre Dame de la Garda. Cost about 7€. She said the city has been cleaning up its crime and this is a safe thing to do, not in the higher crime area. No shopping at port. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excursion was needlessly short.
Sail Date: December 2016
Excursion was needlessly short. Beautiful and mysterious city but not really enough time to thoroughly enjoy.
Excursion was needlessly short. Beautiful and mysterious city but not really enough time to thoroughly enjoy. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was probably my favorite stop/tour of the cruise.
Sail Date: September 2016
This was probably my favorite stop/tour of the cruise. Les Baux ended up having a ton to do! I wish we had more time there. We went up to the fortress and there was so much to explore and climb, we spent most of our time there. We only got ... Read More
This was probably my favorite stop/tour of the cruise. Les Baux ended up having a ton to do! I wish we had more time there. We went up to the fortress and there was so much to explore and climb, we spent most of our time there. We only got to stop in 2 stores quickly in the village and I definitely wish we had more time to explore the stores and restaurants. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Only 2 hours allotted at Baux, then back to ship only to have 3 hours til sailing.
Sail Date: September 2016
Only 2 hours allotted at Baux, then back to ship only to have 3 hours til sailing. The tour leader was very good.
Only 2 hours allotted at Baux, then back to ship only to have 3 hours til sailing. The tour leader was very good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I would give this only one star, expect the guide the cruise provided was really good.
Sail Date: September 2016
I would give this only one star, expect the guide the cruise provided was really good. She wasn't the problem, the design of the excursion was. Even though Les-Baux is only about 40 minutes by bus from the port, we only got two hours ... Read More
I would give this only one star, expect the guide the cruise provided was really good. She wasn't the problem, the design of the excursion was. Even though Les-Baux is only about 40 minutes by bus from the port, we only got two hours in the town. What's the point? Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice town and great views
Sail Date: August 2016
Nice town and great views
Nice town and great views Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Beautiful, be sure to get stuff here!
Sail Date: June 2016
Beautiful, be sure to get stuff here!
Beautiful, be sure to get stuff here! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Very good tour with good guide
Sail Date: August 2015
Very good tour with good guide
Very good tour with good guide Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Two of us took the Villages of Provence tour, which we thought wonderful.
Sail Date: July 2015
Two of us took the Villages of Provence tour, which we thought wonderful. Only one busload went so we did not overpower the small towns. And it included an amazing art/light show in a converted limestone quarry... truly amazing. Two ... Read More
Two of us took the Villages of Provence tour, which we thought wonderful. Only one busload went so we did not overpower the small towns. And it included an amazing art/light show in a converted limestone quarry... truly amazing. Two lovely small towns, St. Remy and Beaux-de-Provence. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We did not care for this tour.
Sail Date: June 2015
We did not care for this tour. Lots of driving.
We did not care for this tour. Lots of driving. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Old village was very crowded and commercialized.
Sail Date: May 2015
Old village was very crowded and commercialized. Hard to walk around with so many people on the narrow streets. Views from the top of the village were amazing.
Old village was very crowded and commercialized. Hard to walk around with so many people on the narrow streets. Views from the top of the village were amazing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Absolutely gorgeous, eerie and beautiful.
Sail Date: April 2015
Absolutely gorgeous, eerie and beautiful. Lovely boutiques, excellent buys. Not to be missed. Small alleys that lead nowhere, you can get lost in this tiny village, we did.
Absolutely gorgeous, eerie and beautiful. Lovely boutiques, excellent buys. Not to be missed. Small alleys that lead nowhere, you can get lost in this tiny village, we did. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Went to Avignon for walking tour.
Sail Date: November 2013
Went to Avignon for walking tour. Got over an hour of free time to sightsee after the tour. Continued to les Baux. Absolutely beautiful. Great tour.
Went to Avignon for walking tour. Got over an hour of free time to sightsee after the tour. Continued to les Baux. Absolutely beautiful. Great tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
A wonderful village, we wish we had more time there.
Sail Date: May 2012
A wonderful village, we wish we had more time there. Also had an enjoyable lunch.
A wonderful village, we wish we had more time there. Also had an enjoyable lunch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line