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Welcome to Aix-en-Provence

The town of Aix-en-Provence is one of the jewels of the Provence region in the southern part of France. Roughly 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence (also known simply as Aix) is an ideal base for day tours to other popular destinations in the area. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, including rolling hills covered in lavender fields, Aix is an easy drive from Arles, Avignon, Gordes, Roussillon, and the Gorges du Verdon—home to an ancient Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard. Although Aix-en-Provence serves as an easy launching point for discovering Provence's quaint villages, visitors would be remiss to cut short their time exploring the charming and historic town, where broad avenues lined with cafes stretch between pleasant squares. There is a strong tradition of arts and culture in Aix, including several museums (including the former studio of Paul Cezanne, who was born in the city) and annual festivals. Take in the sights and smells of the colorful local markets, or go on a private tour to dig into the city's history, which dates back to the Roman Empire. Once you've spent ample time in Aix, easy day trips make it simple to see the surrounding countryside without the hassle of navigating the roads on your own. Visit Camargue to see flamingos along the French coast; journey into the hills to visit vineyards and taste Provence wine; explore bustling Marseille, one of France's most important sea ports; and take in the cliffs and Mediterranean views of Cassis.

Top 10 attractions in Aix-en-Provence

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Cours Mirabeau

Cours Mirabeau

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At the center of picturesque Aix-en-Provence is Cours Mirabeau, a plane tree–shaded avenue lined with chic stores, patisseries, and restaurants. Marked along its length by fountains, this street is the most popular place in town for a pre- or postlunch stroll and a must-visit stop on guided tours of the town.More
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Camargue

Camargue

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Located in southwest Provence, the Camargue is one of France’s wildest and most scenic landscapes. Protected as a regional natural park, the expanse of wetlands, beaches, salt pans, and rice paddies is known for its herds of white Camargue horses and Camargue bulls, all tended to by localgardians (cowboys).More
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Sainte-Victoire Mountain (Montagne Sainte-Victoire)

Sainte-Victoire Mountain (Montagne Sainte-Victoire)

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Dominating the landscape around Aix-en-Provence, Sainte-Victoire Mountain (Montagne Sainte-Victoire) is a limestone ridge immortalized by Aix-en-Provence painter Paul Cézanne. Whether you bike or hike to the top or just admire the silhouette from afar, its angular profile can be seen for miles around.More
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Lake of Sainte-Croix (Lac de Sainte-Croix)

Lake of Sainte-Croix (Lac de Sainte-Croix)

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Set between the dramatic landscapes of the Verdon Gorge and the Valensole plateau, the man-madeLake of Sainte-Croix (Lac de Sainte-Croix) is among Provence’s most popular vacation spots. With sandy lakeside beaches, water temperatures rivaling those of the Mediterranean Sea, and fewer crowds than the French Riviera, it’s the ideal summer destination.More
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Lubéron

Lubéron

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Located in the heart of Provence, France’s mountainous Lubéron region is famous for its vibrant purple lavender fields, forested valleys, and ancient hilltop villages such as Saignon, Bonnieux, and Gordes. Walking trails wind through the largely uninhabited region, past hills, woodlands, and fields dusted with wildflowers.More
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Aix Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint Sauveur)

Aix Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint Sauveur)

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Built on the site of an ancient Roman forum, the Aix Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint Sauveur) is one of the oldest and best-loved buildings in Aix-en-Provence. It dates to the 12th century and, despite many modifications over the years, remains a particular draw for fans of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.More
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Manosque

Manosque

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Located on the limits of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department on the edge of the Luberon, Manosque is an old walled town filled with ancient doorways, fountains, meandering streets and charming squares like Place du Terreau, Place Marcel Pagnol and Place du Contrôle. Furthermore, Manosque has numerous historical buildings like Hôtel d’Herbès, the Town Hall, Hôtel de Gassaud, the Gothic-Romanesque Saint-Sauveur Church and, of course, the Notre-Dame-de-Romigier Church, which was built in the 10th century.A “walled town” implies gates and fortifications, and Manosque has both, with two of its most popular attractions being the Porte de la Saunerie and Porte du Soubeyran, which both date from the 14th century.For unobstructed views of the pear-shaped village, its burnished rooftops and the surrounding countryside filled with orchards and olive groves, visitors should consider trekking to Mont d’Or, a feat easily done thanks to a bucolic setting and the town’s typically sunny weather (over 300 days out of the year). Less than a mile away from Manosque’s center, Mont d’Or is also home to the remains of a 10th-century castle and lookout post erected by Guillaume the Liberator, which offer 360-degree views of the vast horizons stretching over the Luberon, including the southernmost peaks of the Alps on clear days.More
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Cézanne's Studio (Atelier Cézanne)

Cézanne's Studio (Atelier Cézanne)

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The landscape around Aix-en-Provence was a constant inspiration to artist Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), who was born and raised in the southern French town. Located just outside, Cézanne's Studio (Atelier Cézanne)—the studio where the artist painted some of his most famous works—offers visitors fascinating insight into the life of the postimpressionist artist.More
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Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

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Within the Camargue region in the South of France, Les Saintes Maries de la Mer is located where the Rhône river meets the Mediterranean Sea. This popular summertime beach destination is a great base from which to explore the outstanding natural beauty of the coastline and natural reserve.More
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Aigues-Mortes

Aigues-Mortes

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Tucked inside the Camargue, Europe’s largest river delta, Aigues-Mortes is a perfectly rectangular medieval village famous for its four intact walls and multitude of rampart towers. Established during the 12th-century reign of Louis IX, the city gave his kingdom access to the Mediterranean Sea, which allowed a more direct passage to the Holy Land.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Aix-en-Provence

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Great tour
Maxim_N, Jul 2021
Cotes de Provence Wine Tour from Aix-en-Provence
Although its a bit early in the morning, it frees up your afternoon to visit the town of Aix-en-Provence.
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Great tour
Q8096IJjohnp, May 2019
Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, spoke great English, and very flexible.
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The tour was amazing. It was truly...
Eric D, Jul 2016
Luberon Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence
It was truly wonderful being able to see all the villages without having to rent a car.
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The highlight of our stay! Don't miss this tour! A+
Gordon, Jul 2020
Gourmet & Cultural Tour Aix En Provence English / Espanol
Fabienne also went above and beyond, helping us with recommendations for other activities to check out on the rest of our stay.
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Great shore excursion of three regional highlights!
Kellye C, Sep 2019
Aix en Provence, Marseille & Cassis Private Tour in Minivan
We knew we wanted to see Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, and Marseille during our time in port, but it was difficult to find excursions (through the ship or independently) that provided all three.
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Day shore excursion for Aix-en-Provence
saltenazas, Jul 2019
Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille and Aix-en-Provence
You have to visit Aix-En Provence!
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Very enjoyable excursion from our ship...
James P, Jul 2013
Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence is a lovely old town to visit.
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