Marseille is in the midst of enjoying a cultural renaissance and you will see why during this 4-hour small tour. This city is the second largest one in France and was the European Capital of Culture in 2013.
Your adventure begins with a trip to Marseille's historical center. Walk along the Vieux Port dotted with shops and restaurants while your tour guide reveals the port's journey from a 6th century trade post to the area's hub of maritime activity in the 19th century. From there you will head to the colonnade-lined Palais Longchamp at the terminus of the Durance River. Inaugurated in 1869 as a monument to commemorate the connection of Marseille to a new waterway network, the combination large fountain-waterfall-water tower has two wings that house the city's natural history museum and musee des beaux-arts.
Continue on to the stunning Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. Situated on the foundation of an ancient fort, this building rests on the highest elevation in the city overlooking Marseille. Consecrated in 1864 to replace an 11th century church by the same name, the Basilique has a lower crypt built in the Romanesque style and an upper church that was built in the Neo-Byzantine style using green limestone from Florence. Grab a photo or two then conclude your tour at Cap Croisette. Walk along the peninsula and feel time stand still as you enjoy breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
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Very nice tour. Small group very friendly knowledgeable guide. We saw all parts of the city the rough and tumble and the elegant. I felt we had a true understanding of the city. I would recommend this trip.
Reviewer: Cynthia Ferguson
Lovely city. Nice guide. Small group size is nice. Directions for pick up unclear when guide was 15 minutes late. Clients were guessing whether first parking, outer parking lot or needed to walk farther. Lots of anxiety of whether missed non refundable tour. Late departure trying to track down members of group at inner and outer parking lots. Guide knew the best way to avoid traffic. Much better than the tour buses stuck in the driveways honking at each other. Vans are the way to go. Wonderful sites were visited.
Reviewer: Chris Dewart
Excellent experience touring the city, our driver, Jo knew and loved the city. We enjoyed his commentary and it was both informative and entertaining. The Palais de Longchamps, the cathedral of NotreDame de la Garde and then an easy couple of hours at Vieux Port. Highly recommend this excursion and hope you are lucky enough to have the same guide!
Reviewer: Camithe Dubois
It was a very fun trip. our guide was excellent. Heanswered all our questions with good explanations . Thank you, Djo, for your historic background and your kindness.
Reviewer: Alexandria Calopiz
My family and I came to Marseille during our Norwegian cruise. It was the last stop of our excursions. Right away, we were greeted with a warm welcome by our driver and tour guide, Joe. He was very knowledgeable and kind towards us. We were traveling with a group of 8, with one person being in a wheelchair. He was very helpful with getting my mom in and out of the car. He made the tour very relaxing by letting us choose where to go and even made local recommendations which we highly appreciated. Joe, and his company are very professional. I highly recommend it!