Marseille Culinary & nightlife

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Marseille: Sunset Boat Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

1. Marseille: Sunset Boat Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Sit back and relax as you cruise along the beautiful Marseille coastline and take in the stunning views. Stop for a swim in a lovely cove in the Frioul Archipelago. As the sun sets, enjoy your dinner with drinks aboard, catching views of Marseille illuminated at night. Enjoy a magical evening on board an environmentally-friendly hybrid/electric boat, the quiet boat allows for a more peaceful and relaxing cruise. Set sail for the Frioul Archipelago and see the famous If island, on which the story of the Count of Monte Cristo takes place. Anchor in a beautiful cove around here for a refreshing swimming stop. Get back on board and enjoy unforgettable sunset views of the seascape and the Marseille skyline as you sit down to enjoy your dinner with drinks. As you get closer to the Old Port in Marseille, see the sparkling city lit up at night.

Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

2. Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Board the boat at Vieux-Port, in front of Marseille’s city hall. Sail past Château d’If and admire a perfect view of Notre-Dame de la Garde on your way to the Bay of Marseille. Hear about the area's history and local culture from the crew on board. Anchor in a nice secluded cove within the Frioul archipelago, and go swimming in the crystal clear waters. Climb back on board to enjoy a light dinner buffet made from organic, seasonal local produce. Enjoy two glasses of rosé with your meal. After dinner, relax on board and admire the sunset with music playing in the background. You will then start heading back to the Vieux-Port.

Truffle Hunting in Provence

3. Truffle Hunting in Provence

Go on a black truffle hunt on the gorgeous property of a Provençal truffle plantation in the Luberon, just 40 minutes from Aix en Provence TGV train station and 1 hour from Marseille Airport. Meet a real truffle hunter and learn how this elusive, edible “black gold” is cultivated and how the truffle dogs are trained. With the help of your guide, you will soon find some truffles to try. Learn about the art of growing truffle trees, training truffle dogs, and finding truffles. Then celebrate your find with a glass of champagne while your hosts teach you how to clean, store, and cook with truffles. Sample some truffle hors d'oeuvres and be sure to ask your hosts to taste the olive and truffle oil produced on the farm. Many delicious products are also available for you to take back home as a unique souvenir. Take a tour of the vineyards, olive tree plantation and bees hives, and fully immerse yourself in the gourmet paradise of the Luberon.

Marseille: Walking Food Tour with Tastings

4. Marseille: Walking Food Tour with Tastings

Meet your friendly guide in front of the Opera House then set out on a food-lovers walking tour through the charming streets of Marseille. The tour takes you to a number of historic eateries, modern cafes, and trendy restaurants where you can sample the true gastronomic wonders of this city. During the tour, get a sense of the authentic French life whilst mingling with the locals and listen to stories about the city's history and culinary culture. Tastings on offer include: • Panisses (chickpea flour chips) with aioli sauce, a Provencal specialty with Italian origins • Roasted Camembert with croutons, and pastis (anise-flavored alcohol) • Marinated octopus salad with olive oil and honey• Linguine with clams, grilled bass, shrimps with bay leaves, crab salad, lamb epigram with rosemary, Italian sausage with candied onions.• Confiserie le Roy René • Oriental sweets, including crunchy pastries served with a cup of tea

Marseille: Local Specialties and Wine Tasting Tour

5. Marseille: Local Specialties and Wine Tasting Tour

Visit Le Panier, the historical district of Marseille, and discover passionate French craftsmen and their delicious local specialties and wines on this tasting tour. Enjoy delectable local wine and cheese while learning about the culture and traditions of the region. Join your guide to discover the traditional fishing market of Marseille at the old port and learn all about the famous local bouillabaisse (fish stew). Then, head to Le Panier (the Panier), the oldest district in France. Learn from your local expert guide why food is so important in the Provencal culture as you sip on local wine in a charming and authentic place with some delicious cheese. Meet local artisans and taste the best gastronomic specialties from Marseille like the navette biscuit, olive oil chocolate, or lavender ice cream. Le Panier is an incredible historical district to explore, with its artsy atmosphere, special food stores, famous street art, and sunny cafés.

From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

6. From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

Start this comprehensive full-day tour of Provence with a visit to Aix-en-Provence, known as the city of water and art Located approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille, Aix dates back to Roman times and has a beautiful wide promenade called the “Cours Mirabeau” lined with plane trees. See the amazing fountain of the Rotonde, as well as many cafés that were once frequented by Cezanne, Camus, Zola, and others. The weekly market will give you the opportunity to savor the regional produce, including fresh cheese and olive oil, as well as scented Marseille soap. Then, head to the village of Cassis, driving the Crest road and up to the highest maritime cliff in Europe, Cape Canaillto, for spectacular views of the Bay. Stroll the charming fishing port, where you can try thier famous Pastis (anis flavored liquor), before an optional 45-minute boat cruise through the breathtaking calanques (rocky, limestone inlets).  End your day with a panoramic tour of Marseille, including a stop at the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, with its panoramic view of the city, Frioul Islands, and Château d'If. End at the 11th-century Abbey of Saint-Victor, guarding the entrance to the Vieux Port.

From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence Tour

7. From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence Tour

Visit the city-commune of Aix-en-Provence, a settlement located 19 miles (30 kilometers) outside of Marseille, on a 4-hour sightseeing tour. While driving along the Mirabeau Court, decorated with fountains and bordered by 17th and 18th century private mansions, you will enter the heart of Aix-en-Provence. You will discover the architectural wealth of the city while driving by the many fountains, which give Aix-en-Provence its nickname as "the city of a thousand fountains." Pass by the Fountain of the Four Dolphins, or others depicting scenes such as Good King René. Pass by Place d'Albertas and the Place des Trois-Ormeaux, squares located in the older part of town, and see the tree-lined street of Cours Mirabeau. Then visit the Romanesque, Gothic, and Neo-Gothic Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d'Aix. This cathedral is also a national monument of France. Continue on to join a workshop dedicated to the Post-Impressionist artist, Paul Cézanne. Afterward, you will have time to stroll through the shady squares, or, on Tuesdays, walk through the weekly open-air market.

Marseille: Exotic Market with Mint Tea

8. Marseille: Exotic Market with Mint Tea

Follow your expert guide through the Noailles market. Experience this exotic district known as the belly of Marseille. See a colorful market and the oldest hardware in France. Bask in the array of colors, exotic flavors and diversity in this dynamic neighborhood. Peruse Asian and African products, spices, fruits and vegetables. Find some treasures and unexpected surprises. Interact with local merchants that will be happy to share their passion for their products with you. Drink hot mint tea at a hotspot that only locals know.

Marseille: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Walking Food Tour

9. Marseille: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Walking Food Tour

Experience Marseille and its city center by exploring the district of Noailles. Taste all of the unique food specialties from the region including the local's favorite snack, the panisse, and the mandatory aperitif, the famous pastis. Discover and taste food from many countries: Greek, Arab, Italian, Lebanese and French food, of course. Smell the delightful odors of all these little restaurants as you stroll through the streets. Listen to the different languages and accents of all these people from everywhere and appreciate the true melting pot of cultures in Marseille.  Along the way, learn about the rich history and traditions of this colorful, gastronomic city.

Marseille: Enjoy the Sunset with Aperitif at 2 Hotspots

10. Marseille: Enjoy the Sunset with Aperitif at 2 Hotspots

Try the Marseille style aperitif, l'apéro. Partake in this sacred moment that locals from all generations wouldn't miss for anything. Learn more about how locals socialize, relax and chill out. Live just like someone from Marseille does. Visit two different places to try the traditional apéro. Sip on excellent drinks and light snacks while watching the sun go down. Ask your guide all the questions you want about Marseille and get a list of the best places to go in the city for apéro, so you can try more places on your own.

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This was the most fun thing I did my whole trip. Chateau d'If was beautiful beyond words, the crew was great and the ride was fun. I can't believe it was only sixty bucks. The food was perfectly pleasant, nothing special but I hadn't expected it to be fancy or anything with the price of the cruise. I'm a vegetarian and was a little worried about veggie options but they had a few pasta salads that were really yummy and the meat options (kababs) looked good! I very highly recommend.

The cruise was simply lovely. A three-hour cruise trip off the coast to feel some cool breeze, capping off with dinner and drinks on the cruise. The overall atmosphere was lively, with a DJ turning on music. Well worth the price. Recommended!

Thoroughly enjoyable. Crew were brilliant and we met a lovely, lively group of people from all corners of the globe!

Had an amazing experience both hosts on board were very kind and welcoming to make our time memorable.

Lovely boat and great experience! Great food and selection of drinks. Can't recommend enough.