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Walking Tour Aix-en-Provence

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Walking Tour Aix-en-Provence

The ancient Capital of Provence

Type of tour :

Walking Tour

Length :

2 OR 3 hours

Collection & Return :

Tourist Office

Languages :

English, French & Spanish

Vehicle :

Not provided

Activity level :

Light

Tour Description :

The walking tour of Aix-en-Provence takes about 2 hours walking leisurely. It is the best way to discover this beautiful city which is one of the most attractive of Provence.

Welcome to the classical and baroque city of Aix-en-Provence, also called the city of water because of the numerous springs undergroung and fountains you'll see all over. This is also the city where the painter Cézanne was born. The father of modern art lived worked and died in his birhplace and immortalized the Mount Sainte-Victoire, located a few kilometers east of Aix.

Aix-en-Provence is as well a renowned college town where 40,000 students from all over the world come to study law, economics, art, humanities, political science, administration, etc.

First Roman city built in Gaul in 122 B.C, after the Romans came to the area to help the Greeks of Marseille who felt threatened by the indigenous, Aix unfortunately has not kept many Roman remains but it has many other treasures.

During your walking tour, you'll stroll around the beautiful narrow streets of the city, discovering on your way many charming squares embellished by singing fountains and the extraordinary heritage with more than 140 private mansions from the 17th and 18th century giving the city a lot of character and a remarkable unity and harmony.

The “little Paris” of Provence deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in France!

On your way you'll visit

• The Saint Savior Cathedral famous for its 6th century baptistery and the triptych of the Burning Bush painted by Nicolas Froment for the King René, a masterpiece of gothic painting.

• Then we get to know Cézanne on the way, while talking about his life in the city and see the places where he used to live, to meet his friends, got married, etc.

• You can also taste specialties at the market - food market every day and big Provencal market with flowers, crafts and clothing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - such as tapenade, olives or Calissons, the local candy made with almonds and candied fruits, nougat, madeleines, etc.

• The town hall, the Albertas square, the elegant Cours Mirabeau...

You can extend this trip and your guide will take you in a comfortable A/C van to the painter Cézanne's last studio and to the fascinating Mount Sainte-Victoire taking a scenic road called Cézanne's road of course!

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