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Marseille: Mucem Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

1. 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. Exhibitions: Jeff Koons Mucem, works from the Pinault collection. Showing from Wednesday 19 May, 2021 to Monday 18 October, 2021. Déflagrations — Children’s drawings and mass violence Mucem. Showing from Wednesday 19 May, 2021 to Sunday 29 August, 2021. Connectivities Mediterranean Gallery 2 Mucem. Showing from Monday 29 June, 2020 to Monday 13 March, 2023.

Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

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

The City Pass 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. The visitor presents the pass at the museum entrance or at the start of a tour and gets the keys to the city. Enjoy discounts at certified shops and activity partners as well. • Unlimited access to public transports for the duration of the pass• Numerous discounts and tasting in partner stores • Numerous discounts for tourist and cultural activities of providers • Access to MUCEM (closed on Tuesdays) • Access to Regards de Provence museum (closed on Mondays)• Crossing to the If or Frioul Islands OR one tour with the hop-on hop-off Colorbüs tour • Visit to If Castle (subject to weather – closed on Mondays during winter months)• A tour in the Touristic Train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or through the Old Marseille • A free guided tour of the Metropolitan Tourist Office 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) 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 App Walking Tour

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

Explore Marseille's highlights with this panoramic bus tour that allows you to hop on and off at multiple stops. Hop off whenever you want to discover the charming Panier district via an audio-guided walking tour on your smartphone with the Rewind app. Panoramic Tour of Marseille by Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Enjoy 360° panoramic views of the city of Marseille and audio-guided commentary on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Receive a 24-hour pass and hop on and off freely at 14 stops. Get off the bus close to must-see sites such as Fort Saint Nicolas, Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Harbor Master's office, and more. Discover the city at your own pace, and learn more about the city and its monuments. 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

4. 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: Half-Day E-Bike Tour from Cruise Port

5. 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: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

6. Marseille: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Explore the beauty of the city of Marseille at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Solve riddles and find clues in a treasure hunt game on your phone while visiting famous attractions like the Marseille Cathedral, the old port, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, and more. You will receive a link for the mobile app and login credentials after booking. Log in to the app and start your adventure with the map as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to stories of this historical town. Along the tour, visit the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, La Vieille Charité, and the Marseille Opera. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time seeing the sights. Experience a fun and entertaining adventure with family or friends. Stroll through the narrow streets and learn facts about the history and culture of Marseille. See the famous attractions and hidden gems of the city while playing a fun treasure hunt game with your team. Start playing any time, the schedule is indicative. Start your tour in St. Vincent de Paul Church! Visit the historic rue Canebière. Photograph the unique Art Deco Opéra de Marseille, the largest and oldest opera house in France and admire the fairytale Daviel Pavilion. Saint Jean Fort will leave you speechless as it combines its grandeur with every boy's or girl's dream of a grand fort. Learn about The Mucem museum and its unique exhibits! Cathédrale La Major will captivate you, you have never seen anything more captivating, it is worth the time and space on your mobile memory. The busy Panier will be your next step, do nothing, leave your mobile and see an area where every part of it is like a museum! While the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Center de la Vieille Charité with its captivating architecture, which was once an inn!

Marseille: Old Town Exploration Game

7. Marseille: Old Town Exploration Game

Discover Marseille’s Old Town district full of vibrant street art, cozy boutiques, and overflowing with history as you play a game around the city. Untangle the past of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Marseille. See some of the most fascinating urban gems like the Fort Saint-Jean and the MUCEM Museum. Play the game by solving each piece of the puzzle on your smartphone, guess the answer to unlock the story of each secret place. Be lead through the streets of the oldest city in France, brimming with architectural magic. Explore the city and be given exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Play offline as you don't need an internet connection to play the game. Go at your own pace as there is no time limit, the game however can be completed in 1.5 hours. Play without a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

Marseille: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

8. Marseille: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10+ of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends(not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Marseille? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Marseille in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour in St. Vincent de Paul Church! Visit the historic rue Canebière. Photograph the unique Art Deco Opéra de Marseille, the largest and oldest opera house in France and admire the fairytale Daviel Pavilion. Saint Jean Fort will leave you speechless as it combines its grandeur with every boy's or girl's dream of a grand fort. Learn about The Mucem museum and its unique exhibits! Cathédrale La Major will captivate you, you have never seen anything more captivating, it is worth the time and space on your mobile memory. The busy Panier will be your next step, do nothing, leave your mobile and see an area where every part of it is like a museum! While the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Center de la Vieille Charité with its captivating architecture, which was once an inn!

Marseille: Treasures and Secrets of Marseille Private Tour

9. Marseille: Treasures and Secrets of Marseille Private Tour

Discover the oldest city in France, Marseille, on this tour with a private guide and explore the fascinating history of its first district, Le Panier. Enjoy its artistic atmosphere, exceptional gourmet stores, famous street art, sunny cafés, and more, while learning its history. Meet your guide, who will detail everything you need to know about this popular district and why it's called Le Panier. As you wander its streets, admire giant frescoes, amazing artwork, and discover local artists. Discover la Vielle Charité: an incredible cultural complex with a peaceful atmosphere, where humble people in the past received good treatments. The tour will take you through 3 charming squares, or Places, as the French call them. The Place de Lenche is located where the old Greek agora was based, a strategic location where citizens could watch over the port's activities. Place des Moulins is at the top of the Panier. From there, you will enjoy a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere that contrasts with the lively ambiance of Place des Pistoles, another square known for its incredible cafés, restaurants, and the shops of local designers. Finally, you will see from outside the iconic Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations – Mucem, which explores the history, culture, and civilization of the Mediterranean region. As you finish the tour, it will feel like you’ve experienced Marseille as if through a local’s eyes, with enough fond memories to last a lifetime.

Marseille: Le Panier & Old Port City Highlights Walking Tour

10. Marseille: Le Panier & Old Port City Highlights Walking Tour

The visit begins in the Old Port, under the new architectural art work, the 'Ombrière'. Here is where the daily fish market takes place. It is a typical place to discover the local gastronomy and learn a bit more about the very famous fish soup 'la Bouillabaisse'. The visit continues a few steps away, in Marseille’s oldest neighborhood, where the Greeks began the foundation of the city, Le Panier. It is the perfect place to walk down small alleyways, discover the 17th century building 'La Vieille Charité' and do some shopping (perhaps for the famous soap 'Savon de Marseille'). Why not eat the famous navettes, and the best ice-cream in town? The tour continue to the new docks, to see the beautiful Cathedral 'Notre Dame de la Major' and go to the new MuCEM museum, where there is one of the most beautiful view of the city and the sea. You'll finish the tour in front of the main city hall, a beautiful building created by the famous King Louis 14. 

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Best way to explore Marseille. Abdul was great and kept us laughing the whole time. This was our first segway experience and once Abdul helped us get to grips with it we were off for two hours seeing the best sights the city had to offer. Highly recommended! Thanks for a great experience.

Abdul was an amazing Segway tour guide with our safety being most important and detailed historic content a close second. We wholeheartedly recommend this tour.

Abdul is knowledgeable very friendly. Recommend this. Saves walking to all the best places. Super fun

A wonderful building, wonderful contents and the views from inside and out are spectacular

Easy and quick access. Fab view points of the old port and notre-dame cathedral.