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.
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