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Marseille: Sunset Frioul Archipelago Boat Cruise

1. Marseille: Sunset Frioul Archipelago Boat Cruise

Delve into the history of Marseille and explore the Frioul archipelago. Learn interesting facts about Kennedy Corniche and go for a swim in the water at Calanque des Cambrettes. Visit the island of Pomègues and go snorkeling if you want. Watch the sun go down and sail back to Marseille at night. Meet the activity provider at the Old Port in the evening. Then, board your boat and listen to interesting commentary about the monuments of the area on the way out to sea. Next, sail along the Kennedy Corniche, a coastal street named after former President Kennedy. Then, visit Vallon des Auffes. Admire this traditional fishing port with a fascinating history. After this, sail to the Frioul Archipelago, a group of 4 islands that sit inside a protected area. See the Caroline Hospital, which served as a quarantine building for sailors. Swim in the natural pools of the Calanque des Cambrettes. Following this, go to the Calanque de Pomègues fish farm. Stop off on the island and enjoy some free time to visit the cafe or ice cream parlor. Check out the monuments and the beach. Then, sail around the archipelago. Stop off at a creek to enjoy the beautiful sunset, and go snorkeling. Return to the old port at night, and see all the brightly lit buildings which dot the coast. Then, get off the boat to conclude your experience.

Marseille: Mucem Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

2. Marseille: Mucem Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Learn about the history and culture of the Mediterranean with a skip-the-line entry ticket to the fascinating Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean (Mucem). Opened in Marseille in June 2013, the Mucem has now joined the ranks of the most visited museums in the world thanks to its program of exhibitions and cultural programs. Admire the stunning architecture of the building by Rudy Ricciotti, and stroll along the corridors of the museum to get stunning views of the old port and Mediterranean Sea. Explore exhibitions that combine anthropology, history, archaeology, art history and contemporary art to explain the Mediterranean world and its dialogue with Europe in amazing detail. Exhibition : Fashion Folklore By rediscovering forgotten correspondences and inspirations, the "Fashion folklore" exhibition reminds us that throughout the 20th century, haute couture designers never ceased to summon the forms and imaginations attached to popular costume, and more broadly in folklore. The textile collections of the Mucem constitute the heart of the exhibition. Compared with pieces of haute couture and great designers, they testify to the continuities that irrigate the history of fashion as well as the porosity of the borders between artistic creation and popular culture. The new look that contemporary creation allows to put on costumes responds to the historical depth that they offer to the works of couturiers, in a fruitful dialogue between heritage and contemporary.

Marseille: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours CityPass

3. Marseille: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours CityPass

The CityPass Marseille is valid for 24 hours, 48 hours, or 72 hours and allows access to many attractions, museums, trains, boats, guided tours, public transport tickets, and more. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to discover Marseille with an all-inclusive package. • Unlimited access to public transports for the duration of the pass • Access to MUCEM (closed on Tuesdays) • Access to Regards de Provence museum (closed on Mondays)• Crossing to the If (subject to weather) or Frioul Islands OR one tour with the hop-on hop-off Colorbüs tour • Visit to If Castle (closed on Mondays during winter months)• A tour in the Touristic Train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or through the Old Marseille • An immersive Mehari (car) tour at the Mx Experience (anise museum) with a photo souvenir and a Pastis anise tasting • A free guided tour of the Tourist Office of Marseille is included in the CityPass 72 hours and with a 30% discount for the 24 hours and 48 hours CityPass, valid only for visits at 10€ (reservation is required, subject to avaibility and not included in the offer are La Cité Radieuse / Le Corbusier and private visits)• Reduced rates for children (6 to 12 years old)• Numerous discounts and tasting in partner stores • Numerous discounts for tourist and cultural activities of providers The municipal museums are free of charge all year (with reduced prices for temporary exhibitions when you have this pass)

Marseille: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Panier Walking Tour

4. Marseille: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Panier Walking Tour

Warning: The event "L'été Marseillais", organised by the city of Marseille from 7 July to 3 September 2023, will change our departure point and our service. Departure address: 5 Rue Henri Barbusse - 13001 Marseille Duration of each tour: 60 / 75 minutes Tour with one stop (Red Line: Notre-Dame de la Garde - Blue Line: Prado Shopping : Orange Vélodrome) Admire the city of Marseille on panoramic double-decker buses and convertible minibuses. Discover the heart of Marseille with an audio guide tour. Experience the many treasures of this Phocaean city, such as the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, the Cathedral of La Major, and more. With 2 bus circuits, experience the most beautiful things Marseille has to offer. With 14 stops on the red circuit, discover the Old Port, the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, the Vallon des Auffes, the Corniche Kennedy, and many other spots. Hop on convertible minibuses to discover the city's newer emblematic places. With its 11 stops on the blue circuit, experience the calm seaside and village atmosphere. Discover the city as the people of Marseille know it, full of richness and charm. Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour Alight at the Vieux Port stop to start a 1-hour audio-guided walking tour of the quaint Panier district where the bus has no access. Or, take the walking tour before or after your bus tour; the choice is yours. Walk the narrow streets and alleys, and admire the colorful houses, the majestic Cathedral of the Major, and the Old Port with its 3,000 boats. During your walking tour, use your smartphone to listen to stories recorded by a guide and two professional actors, which will automatically trigger as you walk. Start whenever you want, go at your own pace, and enjoy an innovative look at the city far from tourist groups. If you want to stop to shop or for refreshments, simply resume the tour where you left off. And don't worry about getting lost: The guide provides clear audio directions, and a map loads in real-time. Should you take a wrong turn, the integrated geo-localization feature will get you back on track in no time.

Notre Dame de la Garde: 2-Hour Segway Tour

5. Notre Dame de la Garde: 2-Hour Segway Tour

Your tour starts with a short training session on how to operate your personal transporter. Once you feel confident on your Segway, you and your professional Segway instructor will head off on your incredible adventure of the beautiful city.  You'll pass by Cathedrale de la Major, the Mucem and the Old Port before climbing up to Notre Dame de La Garde, a must-see in Marseille. On arrival, marvel at the splendid view of the city and its surroundings. You'll have time to visit the cathedral and after a short photo stop, you'll go down to the Abbey of St Victor before heading back to the meeting point. The Segway takes you on an original and fun adventure, making you feel like you're on a magic carpet ride. Join the tour, and discover the best spots in the city with an innovative and eco-friendly machine which is fun for everyone. 

Marseille: City and Seaside Half-Day E-Bike Tour

6. Marseille: City and Seaside Half-Day E-Bike Tour

Enjoy Marseille and the city's main points of interest in only 4 hours, with an electric bike. "Fada" here in Marseille means "touched by the fairies", "crazy" or "mad", it's a well-known expression in Marseille. You will be able to contemplate and even take photos of the following sites: The Panier Neighborhood (the oldest district of Marseille)The Major CathedralThe new MuCem Museum areaThe Old Port (the main place in Marseille)The Pharo (where you have a beautiful view of the Old Port)Malmousque Little PortThe Vallon des AuffesThe Kennedy CornicheNotre Dame de la Garde (the "bonne mère")The Abbaye of Saint Victor There will also be a break of 10 to 20 minutes at Notre Dame de la Garde, allowing you to visit, admire and take panoramic pictures of the city. 

Marseille: Half-Day E-Bike Tour from Cruise Port

7. Marseille: Half-Day E-Bike Tour from Cruise Port

You'll be met in front of your cruise ship, and after a shuttle ride to the starting point and a security briefing, your guide will lead you out on a 4-hour sightseeing tour by e-bike. Hear stories about the various landmarks and monuments you see along the route. Highlights of the tour include MuCEM, Marseille’s old port, Pharo Palace, Vallon des Auffes, and Notre Dame de la Garde. You’ll also explore alleys only Marseille locals know about. With your e-bike, although you’ll need to pedal, there’s not much effort involved! Groups are small, with a maximum of 8 people and your smiling local guide. For groups of more than 8 people, you can contact the local operator for arrangements. At the end you will have choice to be dropped in city center before coming back to ship on your own with a free shuttle provided by port authority.

Marseille: Sightseeing E-Bike Tour

8. Marseille: Sightseeing E-Bike Tour

TOUR OF MARSEILLE’S HISTORIC MONUMENTS (duration 4h, 18 Kms, degree of difficulty: easy. Price per person : 49€, excluding tips) 9 am: Meet and Greet at Les Docks. - Presentation of the tour . -Distribution of safety equipment: helmet. - Advice on using the bikes, using the gears, electrical assistance... Short test drive and final check with clients that bikes are in good working order: saddle height, brakes, advice on riding in the city / Mucem. Presentation of the MuCEM and the Villa Méditerranée / Cosquer cave. Ride off to La Major Cathedral (0.8 Kms). / Esplanade la Major. Presentation and history of la Major Cathédrale: visit is possible and optional. Continue ride to place Bargemon via le Panier and Place de Lenche (1.2 Kms). / Place Bargemon. Presentation and history of Hôtel Dieu / Intercontinental/, la Maison Diamantée and Marseilles City Hall. Continue ride to l’Ombrière (0.8 Kms). / L’Ombrière. Presentation of L’Ombrière designed by Norman Foster, and of the Vieux Port. Continue ride towards Le Pharo, via the Bassin du Carénage (2.2Kms). / Le Palais du Pharo. Presentation and history of Pharo, the Vieux Port. Continue riding towards la Corniche (1.4 Kms). (5 mins toilet break at Catalans) / La Corniche John Kennedy Visit the monument to the colonial armies (Armée d’Orient et des Terres Lointaines), presentation and history of the Château d’If. Continue riding on la Corniche (2.6 Kms). / La Corniche John Kennedy, continued Presentation and history of la Corniche, the Marégraphe (oceanography Institute) and of the Hélice de César (sculpture). Continue ride to Notre Dame de la Garde via Avenue des Roches (3.4 Kms) / Notre Dame de la Garde. Presentation and history of the Basilica: visit possible. (20/30 min stop for the visit, bathroom break, and water fountain) continue riding to the restaurant for lunch (1.4 Kms). 13 h /conclusion of the ride at les Docks Debrief of the tour. Invitation to visit the Tour St Jean Gardens and the MuCEM, possibility to visit historic neighbourhood, le Panier or shopping at the Terrasses du Port shopping mall, etc ...(organise this with your guide)

Marseille: Electric Motorcycle Rental with Smartphone Guide

9. Marseille: Electric Motorcycle Rental with Smartphone Guide

Discover the incredible variety of the city of Marseille with the greatest of facilities! With a powerful and beautiful electric scooter with insurance included you will have the possibility of reaching the most beautiful tourist and natural sites. From the Old Port you can discover the historic city center: Old Port, Panier district, Canebière, Notre Dame de la Garde for example. But also new attractions like the MUCEM, the Cosquer museum. On the sea side, you can walk along the entire Corniche to discover many neighborhoods like Malmousque, Vallon des Auffes, Borély Park. A little further on, you will enter the Calanques National Park for an immersion in the most spectacular site in the region, with breathtaking coves and fishing villages! Les Goudes, the creeks of Sormiou and Morgiou, the port of La Madrague are all possibilities! The performance of the scooter, its remarkable style, the ease of handling, the autonomy are all things that will make you spend an unforgettable moment. Finally, the guide application with routes made by us will give you many choices of visits and allow you to navigate in complete peace of mind!

Marseille : Tailor made visit

10. Marseille : Tailor made visit

Hello friends, We are a Colombian and French family living in Marseille and we love this city. We speak English, Spanish and French, and we know that Marseille can have a bit of a complicated reputation. We offer to accompany you in your discovery of this beautiful city, safely and without tourist traps and above all with our local recommendation (we are pet friendly). We offer you to meet you and organize a visit to Marseille to suit your needs. We propose you routes, restaurants, activities and even hotels. We are experts in street food, because we love it! We are pet friendly, in case you travel with your pet! We are kid friendly and could recommend you the best tour and activities traveling with kids. We offer you our email and phone number to keep in touch before you arrive in Marseille. We offer you the management of reservations for restaurants and activities, as an intermediary. Duration of the visit max 5 hours. Weekends from 10 am and weekdays from 4:00 pm. You choose the time of the visit and we will meet where we agree. Once you book, we will contact you to finalize your ideal visit (times, places and itineraries). It is possible to offer private transportation at an additional cost. ---------------- Hola amigos, Somos una familia colombiana y francesa que vivimos en Marsella y nos encanta esta ciudad. Hablamos inglés, español y francés, y sabemos que Marsella puede tener una reputación un poco complicada. Nos ofrecemos a acompañarte en tu descubrimiento de esta hermosa ciudad, con seguridad y sin trampas turísticas y sobre todo con nuestra recomendación local (somos pet friendly). Te proponemos conocerte y organizarte una visita de Marsella a su medida. Te proponemos rutas, restaurantes, actividades e incluso hoteles. Somos expertos en comida callejera, ¡porque nos encanta! Somos pet friendly, ¡por si viajas con tu mascota! Somos kid friendly y podemos recomendarte los mejores tours y actividades viajando con niños. Te ofrecemos nuestro email y teléfono para mantener el contacto antes de tu llegada a Marsella. Te ofrecemos la gestión de reservas de restaurantes y actividades, como intermediario. Duración de la visita máximo 5 horas. Fines de semana a partir de las 10h y entre semana a partir de las 16h. Tu eliges la hora de la visita y quedamos donde acordemos. Una vez realizada la reserva, nos pondremos en contacto con usted para concretar su visita ideal (horarios, lugares e itinerarios). Es posible ofrecerte transporte privado con un coste adicional.

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The 48-hr city pass has made my stay in Marseille easy. I took bus or tram, and the boat Le Bateau Frioul-If. After paying over 5 EUR, I visited 2 islands, that was a good choice. Lunch at Frioul Island was authentic and delicious. I also took the little train to the Basilique Notre-Dame. The hill was stiff, so it definitely saved some energy by taking the train.

This is the best tour hands down! Abdu was such an awesome guide! Segways are extremely easy to drive, it becomes second nature in just a few minutes. If you like adventure, personalized guide and visiting most of Maresille’s landmarks in a couple of hours you cannot miss this tour!

Great pass, visited 6 museums with it and rides metro e bus and got discount on ride to Notre-Dame and entrance

Really enjoyed the game, fun way to discover the city

Very cool museum. Recommend full day as it is huge!