Highlights of Marseille

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Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience the cultural renaissance of Marseille, France's second-largest city, on a 4-hour guided tour
  • Discover the 6th-century Vieux Port's shops and restaurants
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the Palais Longchamp
  • Visit the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde at the city's highest point.
  • End your tour at Cap Croisette, with views of the Mediterranean Sea
Price: $101.00   Sale Price: $95.00   Save: $6.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 10 to 15 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
Restrictions Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair or walker, if the person in the wheelchair has a companion to provide assistance.

Highlights of Marseille

Marseille is 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 marveling at Marseille's highlights such as 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. You'll have the opportunity to go inside the Basilique and explore the symbol of the city of Marseille for approximately thirty minutes. 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.

Sign up today for your opportunity to step back into the history and culture of beautiful Marseille.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  27 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great guide
October 13, 2023
The guide (Paco) is one of the best!
Reviewer: Sean Li
5 Stars
Beautiful Marseille
October 13, 2023
Our tour was planned and executed very well. Tour guide was knowledgeable and offered lots of information. We had to miss one church because the Pope was visiting but he got us close to the church for photos and tried to get us to another church. I would recommend this tour for anyone with some time in Marseille
Reviewer: Bobbi Forsch
5 Stars
Small Group Tour of Marseille
August 19, 2023
Decided to try this tour of Marseille when the cruise ship tours were not to our liking. It was in a small van with 5 other tourists. Excellent guide who gave us lots of time to explore at each stop. I felt we received a very good overview of Marseille with some memorable photo locations.
Reviewer: Tom Baker
5 Stars
Highlights of Marseille
August 10, 2023
I enjoyed the most of Marseille sightseeing.
Reviewer: Goro & Sachiko Miura
4 Stars
Excellent Tour
July 11, 2023
This tour was organized by Catherine and she did an excellent job. My family of 7 enjoyed it immensely.
Reviewer: Joan E. Rey
5 Stars
An intimate view of Marseille without the hastle
May 23, 2023
A very experienced tour guide who took us in to the heart of the City He knew what he was talking about and made the trip very enjoyable
Reviewer: Richard Dyson
5 Stars