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Marseille: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

1. 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. You will visit:, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Opéra de Marseille Hôtel de Ville Pavillon Daviel, Old Port of Marseille, Fort Saint-Jean, Mucem, Cathédrale La Major, La Vieille Charité - ending point Le Panier and more

Marseille Private Walking Tour

2. Marseille Private Walking Tour

Discover the second largest city in France on a private walking tour of the historic port city of Marseilles. Perfect for first-time visitors and those who seek to discover a new side of the city, the tour explores Marseille’s history and culture based around your wishes, schedule, and rhythm. Begin with a visit to the vibrant Old Port with its Phare de Sainte Marie limestone lighthouse. Next, head to the Vieille Charité, a historic former almshouse in the heart of the old Panier quarter, and now used as a famous museum and cultural center. Admire the coast road of the Corniche and the Canabiere, the historic high street in the old quarter of Marseille, where King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was assassinated in 1934. Be amazed by the seaside views and get off the beaten path to discover some of Marseille’s more hidden sites. Ask your tour guide at the start of the tour about the possibility of including a visit to the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica (on the 3- or 4-hour tours).

Marseille: Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour

3. Marseille: Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour

Discover Le Panier, the historic district of Marseille with a village feel. The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends. During this 1h audio-guided walking tour, go to the Old Port, just in front of the City Hall. Learn how the little Massalia was born, a town that became a city and then Marseille in Roman times. Discover the must-see Saint Nicolas and Saint Jean forts, and the "Bonne Mère" Basilica, loved by locals. Walk along the Old Port before reaching the oldest house of Marseille, one of the only survivors of the sad second world war. Enter the heart of the Panier district and notice a change in scenery. The houses are old, narrow, and colorful, and there’s a village feeling right here in the heart of the city. You will learn the local culinary specialties such as the famous "bouillabesse", and the recipe for Marseille soap. As you stroll through the neighborhood, you can admire a lot of street art. This includes charming frescoes painted on walls and storefronts, as well as collages, sculptures, mosaics on building façades, and all kinds of graffiti.

Marseille: Old Town Exploration Game

4. 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: Le Panier & Old Port City Highlights Walking Tour

5. 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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What people are saying about La Vieille Charité

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 45 reviews

What a beautiful experience. I love doing audio walking tours and this one was fantastic. I chose to walk at the end of the day while the streets were still quite lively and the Panier district was bathed in golden light. The facts, curiosities and stories presented in the audito tour were delightful and fun. The commentary was very fun and they even suggest places to eat and shop. Abosulte top activity to do in Marseille!!

Great and Flexible Guide

Our group of six had Paco as our guide for our 4 hour tour of Marseille. He was knowledgeable and flexible in terms of what we wanted to see. We started by walking through the Le Panier section, took the mini-train for a view of the coast and up to the main cathedral in town. He also provided recommendations for restaurants; one of them turned out to be the favorite of our entire trip through southern France.

Super I recommend, this visit allowed us to know a little more about this pretty city. Pleasant comments

Great into to the area, good guide to listen to on your phone. Recommend.

Easy to follow. Interesting information. Good value.