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Hi! we are a family of 4(couple plus 2 kids 8&12yo), coming in for a day (more like 8-10 hrs) from a cruise stop. This is our first time in to be in this place. We dont want to take the day tour, and do touring on our own. Have a few questions?
1. How do we get from the Port to the train that will take us to AIX?
2. How do you suggest we do our own tour of Provence? any special tips?
3. The must sees? must eat resto?
Thank you and looking forward to your responses...
If you only have 8-10 hours and you are taking public transportation, you are not going to see much of Aix-en-Provence. You have to be sure you are back at your ship in time too.
You'd be better off spending your time exploring the ancient port city of Marsaille and having time to enjoy it. It's a European Capital of Culture in 2013 so there's a lot going on and they're all cleaned up. Here's there web site in English so you can see what's there. http://www.marseille-tourisme.com/en/
You can also type Marsaille into the VT search window above and see what members have already written about it.
As far as seeing Provence, Marsaille is in Provence. The entire region is huge and you can spend weeks and not see it all so 8-10 hours is not enough time to explore even Marsaille let alone the whole region. Take the time you have and use it to explore a city that's been there since Greek and Roman times. And . . . you won't have to worry about missing your ship.
Your kids might like the old fortress on an island, Chateau d'If:
Hi! My husband and I also came by Cruise ship to Marseille. We were kept busy the whole day, and still we didn't see everything.
From the ship, we walked to the bus stop, then caught the public bus into the centre. It was quite a long walk. The ship has a shuttle service which was quite expensive, that is why we walked. For 4 of you, a taxi might work out as cheap.
This is what we did in Marseille for a day [original VT link]
and like previously mentioned, check out other pages too, we all see & do different things that interest us.
Have a wonderful time, we did!
You won't have time at all to go up to St. Charles get a train, look around Aix, get a train back and down to the port again. As our members above suggest stay with Marseille (with an "E") the port, la "Bonne Mere", a bouillabaisse for lunch and yes why not, as ATLC says the Chateau d'if. Plenty in Marseille for a day, unless of course you have a specific reason for going to Aix. If that is the case here is a typical days timetable from Marseille to Aix :
I agree with those who suggest you might just want to stay in Marseille, as mentioned it's one of the European cultural capitals this year so they have shined and polished it up for all of the visitors
The boat ride over to the Chateau d'If is nice and you can see where the fictional Count de Monte Cristo was imprisoned in Dumas' book. You can take one of the tourist trains up to the top where Notre Dame is, beautiful views over the city. There's also a bus that goes up there but I think the kids might enjoy the Petit Train
Cruise Critic is a great resource for cruising