This was my biggest surprise. Did not expect much and loved the water front city as well as the open top bus tour. Beautiful.
Visited: Aug 08, 2019
It was a bucket list thing for me to visit Aix on Provence and I did an excursion, taking a bus there. I'm glad I went. Unfortunately on the bus ride there - the buildings are covered with ugly grafitti. Also, the traffic was bumper to bumper on much of the 21 mile ride there. Would've loved to have seen the lavender fields - but that only happens in July. We had a crisp, overcast November day. Aix was delightful, charming and very upscale. I peeled off away from the tour group to shop and enjoy rather than look at more old mansions. Because we visited on a Tuesday there was a great Farmer's Market - I enjoyed raspberries and nibbled a cookie as I walked around. There also were a lot of stalls with fabric, clothing leather goods, etc. I wanted to see (and possibly buy) some of the French provincial pottery - but only one booth at the market had any of it. I met back up with the group and got back on the bus before we left - which was just right for me.
Visited: Nov 05, 2017
For the amount of money we spent on this tour “Tastes of Provence” ($269 each) we were expecting an amazing experience. We were expecting to visit small cafes and little restaurant to taste all these flavorful foods and pastries from France. Not to mention wines from the region. This was terrible. We spent most of the morning in an outdoor farmers market. The first food we tried was a TOMATO. Really a tomato. Then we went and tried 2 or 3 cherries and other berries. We split a cheese crepe between the 7 of us. Yes one crepe. We then tried some cheese, salami, jams and olives. But it was not all you can eat, it was one or two per person. We finally made it to a wine cellar where we divided (again) one bottle of rose. The door of the cellar had an advertisement of 3 glasses of wine for 10 euros. We would have been better with that offer. The tour ended in a pastry shop where we each got a cookie and that was it. We did get a booklet detailing all the tastes of Provence that we could have gotten but did not. This tour is basically a rip-off.
Visited: Jul 22, 2018
We did the tiny train to the basilica. Great aerial views of the city and of the Basilica. Lots of status so be ready. We walked around then headed back tit he boat. Would recommend an excursion here you port in an industrial yard.
Marseille is extremely dirty and looks like a ghetto. Go to Provence instead (Aix de Provence) for a gorgeous, clean place to visit
Visited: Nov 07, 2015
We did this one on our own, very simple, took a taxi to the Norte Dame de la Garde. Afterward we took a bus to the old port and walked around till around, at lunch had french Champagne then at 14:00 then went back to Ship.
Visited: Aug 23, 2015
Follow green line on ground to bus stop canopy. Free shuttle to town. Save $23 bus transfer from RCCL.
Visited: Jun 11, 2015
Walk around the Old Port and then take a Hop-on Hop-off to the Church on top of the Mountain. Also visit the Cathedral, it is a great building that you cannot miss.
Visited: Jun 14, 2015
Get off the ship and explore. There is free transportation/shuttle that MSC does not tell you about. We took the Little train to Notre Dame and highly recommend it.
Visited: Nov 17, 2018
I knew nothing about Marseille or any of the excursions but we chose to go to Arles & Le Baux de Provence. Beautiful countryside, awesome guide, both little towns were extremely interesting
Visited: Jun 23, 2018
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