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.
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.
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
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 crowded café terraces.
Venture into the countryside to experience the beauty of Aix landscapes
immortalized by Cézanne.
Day 4 - Independent exploration of Aix-en-Provence / Join VBT Air
Take another day to discover Aix-en-Provence. VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.