Aix-en-Provence is known as the “City of a Thousand Fountains”—but more than that, it is a city overflowing with 2,000 years of history. Discover Aix’s ancient Roman roots, or trace the inspirations for painter Paul Cézanne, who followed his muse throughout the city and its surroundings. Our hotel puts you at the heart of the pedestrian-friendly Old Town, close to historic landmarks and the lively Provençal markets. The bustling city of Marseilles or the hilltop villages of the Luberon—considered among the 100 most beautiful in France—are also just a day-trip away.
Depart the U.S. for France. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.
Day 2 - Arrive in Marseille / Begin your Pre-Trip Extension
Upon arrival at Marseille (MRS) Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags. This helps the representative identify you. If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please have airport staff page our driver with your last name so they may be notified of your delay. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service. Our drivers are only able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.
After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative or driver, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative will welcome you to France and arrange for your transfer via taxi or van to your Aix-en-Provence hotel (approximately 45 minutes, depending on traffic). Please verify with your VBT Trip Leader the time of your transfer at the end of your trip from your Paris hotel to the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Important: If you are delayed in meeting your VBT representative at the Marseille Airport, please call 04 42 93 01 44 from within France. Outside of France, call +33 442 93 01 44.
VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Aix-en-Provence.
Use the rest of the day to relax or begin exploring the city.
Day 3 - Independent exploration of Aix-en-Provence
After breakfast, spend the day exploring this intriguing city on your own. As you begin your day, perhaps visit some of the museums, such as the Musée Granet or the Musée des Tapisseries. Aix is known as the “City of a Thousand Fountains,” and you'll discover why when you stroll on your way to the Old Town along the Cours Mirabeau, where most of them flow and cascade.
Discover the architectural and cultural treasures of Aix-en-Provence simply by walking around this beautiful town. Some of the smallest streets of the ancient Roman town have kept their evocative names, offering a glimpse into the city's 2,000-year-old past. Dine on typical fare prepared with fragrant herbs from the hillsides, listen to the soft murmur of ancient fountains, take in the bright colors and flavors in the markets, or linger with locals on bustling café terraces. Venture into the countryside to experience the beauty of the Aix landscapes immortalized by Cézanne.
Day 4 - Independent exploration of Aix-en-Provence / Join VBT Air Package guests
Take another day to discover Aix-en-Provence. VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.