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There are some tour companies online.  I do not recall seeing many recommendations for private tours/guides out of Marseille.  But to get a car/driver/guide you can expect to pay 500€ plus for a day.  As to doing both Aix and Marseille in a day it would be a matter of limiting what you can see and do in both places....but yes it could be done.   Mind you, it is certainly not something we would do :).  On the other hand, we also don't use tour guides in this part of Europe.

 

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We used Provence Connection last year to Aix, Cassis and the cathredral in Marseilles. Had a great day.

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We used One Day in Provence just last week and really enjoyed our day.  We were in port in Marseilles and went to Aix, then Cassis.   At the end of the day we went to Marseilles, but it was raining so we didn't get out much.  We went to the Basilica, which was wonderful. 

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We went with Tour Designer and designed our own one day tour when we were in Provence.  We went to Arles and Les Baux and to a place that makes olive oil.  It was a fantastic tour.  She worked with us to put together something that would make everyone in the family happy.

https://www.provence-travel.com/ 

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On 11/24/2018 at 7:16 PM, TupeloHoney said:

We went with Tour Designer and designed our own one day tour when we were in Provence.  We went to Arles and Les Baux and to a place that makes olive oil.  It was a fantastic tour.  She worked with us to put together something that would make everyone in the family happy.

https://www.provence-travel.com/ 

May I ask how much was the day tour?

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Our group of 4 did a tour with a tour company and had a great time with our guide and driver Simon. He is now running his own tour business and I would highly recommend him. He picked us up in Marseille. From there we went to Aix-en-Provence, followed by a fantastic cliff top view of Cassis, then onto Cassis town, and finally back to Marseille cathedral with panoramic view of the city. His calls his business Simon Says Provence Tours; I'm working on trying to get contact information for him.

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We are going there and would appreciate any information anyone could provide concerning Marseille port!

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On 10/22/2018 at 7:58 PM, nybumpkin said:

We took a tour wth Provence Connection: http://provence-connection.com/cruise_passengers/arriving_in_marseille.html.  We didn't go to Aix - we did their tour to Avignon, St. Remy, Les Baux and Arles - but can recommend their tours. We had a really good tour.

We also did this tour with Provence Connection and can recommend it.  Can't believe how much we actually saw in one day.  On a different trip we did Aix.  However we did not combine it with Marseille and spent most of the day in Aix.

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Oh, please look into 1388, France.   Michel our tour guide in the South of France was incredible.  It was a small van tour organized by an individual on our roll call.  Truly a day like no other.  To say we felt like locals and enjoyed a variety of activities is an understatement.  Michel was happy to please us. Touring the coast,  visiting a market day Sanary sur Mer, French bocce with wine along the coast, a wonderful lunch stop, a few church stop and a winery to boot.  

 A wonderful day to remember.  You can’t go wrong!

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One of the best tours we ever had was with William of One Day in Provence.  He is one of the owners and a very professional tour guide.  We spent time going over what we wanted to see on our private (four of us) tour.  He has lots of great suggestions and I highly recommend that you try this tour company.  I'm in the process of booking again with him for when /i am in Marseille this spring

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We had a tour of Marseilles with One Day in Provence last autumn; it was raining all day, but we still enjoyed our day very much!  

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Thank you for this very helpful information! I'm looking into all the suggested options (listed below to help others) but I'm running into one problem - they are all for up to 8 people and we're a group of 9! Ugh.

So far I think the De Baux castle sounds like a great option with kids. I'm curious if anyone has gone to Arles and seen the Vincent Van Gogh and if they enjoyed that. I'm still trying to figure out what to do during our time at point. Our family wants to see sites as much as possible.

https://onedayinprovence.com

https://www.provence-travel.com/

http://provence-connection-tours.com/cruise_passengers/arriving_in_marseille.html

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Those are three very good tour providers.  Do send a message to each of them describing the size of your group.  If there are younger children, they may be able to fit all of you in a van, or they may have other options.  Don't go just by the info in their websites. Ask.

 

Les Baux-de-Provence is an entire medieval village, more than just a castle.

http://www.lesbauxdeprovence.com/en/discover/culture-and-heritage

 

Just the same, there is a lot more to Arles than Van Gogh, for example, the Roman arena.  The Van Gogh Foundation has a very limited display of Van Gogh paintings and it is really dedicated to his influence in modern art  That will be the main focus of its exhibits.  If you are a Van Gogh admirer, you will see landscapes and scenes he painted not only in Arles, but throughout the entire region.  Of particular interest could be just outside Saint-Remy-de-Provence where you can visit the St-Paul-de-Mausole psychiatric institution where he was confined.

http://www.vangoghroute.com/france/saint-remy-de-provence/

 

If you want to see as many sites as possible, a great option would be les Baux and Avignon.  Avignon has a spectacular palace and much more.  St Remy is between both of them and that would make for a very good tour day.  Or you could go to les Baux, Arles and Nimes.  Many choices. . .

 

Also, the private tour companies will customize their tours to suit your interests.  Their set standard tours are popular combinations of places to visit.  If you are interested in something in particular (for example, the Pont du Gard), just ask and they may be able to add it to one of their standard tours. 

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