Highlights of Provence Accessible Guided Tour

marseilles-accessible-shore-1This 8-hour accessible guided tour of Provence visits Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence, the beaches of Cassis, and a winery by wheelchair accessible van!

Your guide and driver will pick you up in a wheelchair accessible van from the cruise terminal in Marseilles to begin the Highlights of Provence Accessible Guided Tour. Enjoy the best of Provence in just one day—history, culture, art, and scenery—Provence has it all!

Marseilles is the oldest city in France (established as a colony around 600 BC) and France’s second largest city, after Paris. Visit the highest point in the city, Notre Dame de la Garde, “Our Lady of the Guard,” a Neo-Byzantine Catholic basilica, and one of the most impressive buildings in Provence.

In Aix-en-Provence, you will take a step-free tour of the city centre along the Cours Mirabeau. This wide, strolling thoroughfare is 440 meters long and 42 meters wide and lined with trees, shops, open-air markets, and beautiful fountains! You will also stop for lunch at an accessible restaurant in Aix-en-Provence (price not included).

Nearby is an accessible winery, where you will be able to taste some of the local wine and visit the vineyards if the weather permits.

Finally, you will take a stroll along side the promenade by one of the beaches of Cassis and enjoy views of the crystal turquoise water, soft sand, and scenic coastline of Provence! At the end of your accessible guided tour of Provence, you guide and driver will take you back to the cruise terminal in Marseilles where you can board your ship.

The Highlights of Provence Accessible Guided Tour features:

  • Convenient accessible van transportation with a wheelchair ramp
  • 8 hour driving tour
  • Lively commentary by an English-speaking tour guide
  • Tour guide familiar with the needs of disabled travelers
  • Pick-up and drop-off at any centrally-located hotel or at the cruise port
  • Memorable sightseeing and great photo opportunities in Marseilles!

 

Book an Accessible Tour

If you’d prefer a half day tour of Provence that does not use a wheelchair accessible van, then consider the Essence of Provence Accessible Shore Excursion, which includes an accessible boat tour! Or, if you’d prefer a full-day shore excursion of Marseilles, we recommend the Highlights of Marseilles Accessible Cruise Excursion.

Tour Highlights

  • Marseilles, the oldest city in France
  • Marseilles Cathedral
  • Notre Dame de la Garde (interior visit)
  • Old Port of Marseilles
  • Aix-en-Provence, the capital of Provence
  • Exterior of Aix-end-Provence Cathedral (interior visit requires navigating 2 steps)
  • Lunch in an accessible restaurant in Aix-en-Provence (price not included)
  • Wine tasting and vineyard tour of accessible winery
  • Small fishing village of Cassis
  • Cape Canaille, the largest ocean-side mountain in France

Accessibility Details

The Highlights of Provence Accessible Guided Tour has a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses a wheelchair accessible van and follows a step-free route. It did not receive a higher rating because you will encounter mild cobblestones.

Your Provence accessible guided tour will use the wheelchair accessible van with ramp shown below!

Wheelchair accessible van with ramp

The impressive Notre Dame de la Garde shown in the photos below sits on a hill overlooking the city.

Notre Dame de la GardeNotre Dame de la Garde

From the church, you have a scenic overlook of Marseilles below! This is a great opportunity to take photos!

From the church, overlook of Marseilles

Your accessible Provence guided tour uses a wheelchair accessible van, which allows you to avoid the long uphill route up to Notre Dame de la Garde. Your guide will use the Notre Dame de la Garde accessible entrance to avoid the stairs that most visitors use.

Wheelchair accessible vanNotre Dame de la Garde accessible entrance

The photo below shows the flat entrance and wheelchair ramp to reach inside of Notre Dame de la Garde.

Flat entrance and wheelchair rampFlat entrance and wheelchair ramp

The historical city center of Aix-en-Provence is flat and accessible. Your guide knows the best accessible routes through the city.

Center of Aix-en-ProvenceCenter of Aix-en-Provence, flat and accessible

A visit to an outdoor market is possible in Aix-en-Provence, and you may have the opportunity purchase local lavender, local soap, local spices, and more (depending on the season and availability)!

Outdoor marketPurchase local lavender, local soap, local spices, and more

Your Provence accessible guided tour will avoid cobblestones like the ones shown on the left as much as possible by staying on smooth streets like those shown on the right.

Avoid CobblestonesSmooth streets

You will stop for lunch in an accessible restaurant in Aix-en-Provence, like this sidewalk café.

Sidewalk café Restaurant

The small fishing village of Cassis is shown in the photographs below. There is a flat, smooth promenade next to the harbour.

Cassis-small fishing villageHarbour

The outdoor markets make accessible shopping a possibility while in Cassis!

Outdoor markets for shopping

The accessible beach in Cassis is shown in the photographs below. If time allows, there is a wheelchair accessible path down to beach.

Accessible beach in CassisWheel chair path in Cassis

 

Tour Details

Tour duration: 8 hours
Cost:  € 750 for 1-2 persons €800 for 2-4 persons €850 for 5 persons
* €50 off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.
Days of the week the tour is offered: 7 days a week
Meet-up time: Time that cruise ship arrives
Meet-up place: Marseilles accessible hotel lobby or cruise dock
Dress code: None
Entrance tickets: Not necessary
Cancellation policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days notice, and no refund with less than 4 days notice. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Snacks/meals and gratuities.

 

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