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“Marseile - Toulon Cruise Excursion - Aix-en-Provence and Cassis”

Tour Designer in Provence Private Tours
Ranked #4 of 41 Tours in Aix-en-Provence
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Laurel, MD
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Marseile - Toulon Cruise Excursion - Aix-en-Provence and Cassis”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

There's a reason that Tour Designer has only received five star reviews. Catherine is absolutely the best professional tour guide available. She created an excursion that fit my wants, and a price that was very reasonable. And Marjolaine executed the tour with class and enjoyable knowledge of the southern Provence region.

Catherine's professionalism shined through on the day of the tour. Our cruise ship was diverted from Marseille to Toulon, about 30-40 miles apart. When I emailed her about the change, she was already aware of the port change, but then was able to inform me that my time of port arrival had been moved earlier. She then moved swiftly in recommending an alternative to my original itinerary, as the change in ports made the original itinerary add an extra hour of travel time taking away time from the actual tours.

While I did miss out on my most desired activity, the revised excursion was a great replacement. Having put my trust in Catherine to know the area was the best decision I could have made at this port of call.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank jlee621
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“I only wish we had longer”
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

From the first point of contact via email, to the last moment of farewell, Catherine was simply wonderful. We had a one day stop in Toulon on our cruise, and after reading rave reviews booked our 2 families (14 people) for a day tour. It was brilliant!!!!

Catherine helped us choose our itinerary based on what we like, and was so accommodating - even at the last minute when our cruise had to change times due to rough weather.

Catherine and Anais were fabulous guides. They took us to 3 beautiful towns - Cassis, Le Castellet and Sanary. We never would have found these gorgeous towns on our own given our limitted time.

Both Catherine and Anais filled us in with local information, history and shared their love of Provence, but in an interesting way and not bombarding us with too much information! Every member of our family (aged 18-55) had the best day ever

We travelled in 2 extremely comfortable Mercedes vans.

We highly recommend Tour Designer for however long you have in Provence. You won't be disappointed in these lovely lovely ladies!

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Barb577
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exceeded Expectations!”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Our group set up 3 different excursions (1 in Marseille/Cassis, 2 in Aix-en-Provence area). We had Anais, Marjolaine and Catherine as guides and experienced the same level of attention to detail from all 3. They were extremely knowledgeable about the places we visited and shared not only the historical information but relevant cultural insights as well. They were very accommodating with our group of 6-8 and made sure that the tours they led matched our requests. Their English was perfect and they even made sure you could hear them as we traveled in their van with the microphone they used. They even went above and beyond by making reservations for us at some fabulous restaurants on days when they weren't even giving us tours. Tour Designer in Provence is a company you can trust to deliver what they promise...I promise!

Visited June 2014
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A fantastic private tour of southern France”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

In June 2014, we took a cruise through Europe on Regal Princess. For our Toulon stop, we had only a few hours and wanted to see some of Provence and the coast. After reading lots of great reviews on Tour Designer in Provence, we reserved a private tour of Cassi and other coastal cities. Our tour guide, Anais, was outstanding -- very knowledgeable, funny and friendly...perfect English. We had a wonderful, memory-making time with her and truly cherish our time that day in southern France. This is a far more pleasant option than the large cruise ship tours. The four of us had a private van and guide for the entire time. I highly recommend this company...FANTASTIC!!!!

Visited June 2014
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South Portland, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
513 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“Excellent Walking Tour of Aix”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our two hour walking tour of Aix. Our guide gave us an interesting insight into the history of the area explaining many of the features of the areas from the Greek/Roman period to the many different periods of architecture that can be found in Aix. We also tried the tasty Calissons and some tapenade and she was very helpful with dinner recommendations and letting us know the "touristy" restaurants to avoid. Most importantly, due to the train strike we were late arriving in Aix and the guide was very understanding and agreed to meet us 1/2 hour later. That was truly above and beyond and most appreciated.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Rhonda A
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