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 It’s good to see le Petit Train chugging round the streets of Aix again and when I last walked past there, it seemed to be very popular with lots of tourists climbing on board for the city tour of 45 mins or the slightly longer one which takes in the Cézanne sites.  At 7€, it’s a great way to explore the town.  (It runs 7 times daily from the Rotonde).

I was interested to see that there will also be a train touristique running in Aubagne this summer.  From 3rd July to 2nd September, it will provide a 45-minute ride around the town giving comments on its history, patrimoine and famous inhabitants. 

New too this summer is ‘Marseille by Night’.  The petit-train will be leaving from 18.40 until 22.30 for a tour of the city, with a 10 min. stop for photos.  By day there are three circuits in Marseille -Notre Dame de la Garde with a 20 min stop to see the church; the Panier with a 30 min stop to explore the shops and cafés; and Frioul, a 30 minute tour of the island from the dockside where the boat comes in.  These are all daily but don’t run during lunchtimes – see www.petit-train-marseille.com for details.

Finally there is a train touristique in Cassis which is running from now until 11th November.  It chugs around the town and port and then goes along to the Presqu’ile where punters are given 10 minutes to take photos.  Shame there isn’t flexibility to allow people to visit the nearby Calanque dePort-Miou and pick up a later train, but maybe that would be too complicated.

Anyway, details of the Aix, Aubagne and Cassis trains are on www.cpts.fr.  It’s a great way to get your bearings in a new town and brilliant for visitors who are elderly or have little ones in tow.

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