Things to do in
Marseille

France’s second-largest city combines Provencal cuisine, Mediterranean cruises, and diverse culture.

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Marseille: Calanques 5-Hour Cruise and Lunch

1. Marseille: Calanques 5-Hour Cruise and Lunch

Sail along the coast of the Calanques National Park, one of the most remarkable natural sites in France, aboard either a small or large catamaran. Discover the rocky coastline that stretches for 20 km along the Mediterranean Sea between La Madrague and the town of Cassis, via Les Goudes and Callelongue. Journey to the heart of this natural heritage and discover the creeks of Marseille. During the cruise admire the wonderful landscape of the Calanques National Park whilst sunbathing on the boat and swimming in heavenly coves. Enjoy lunch, comprising Spanish plancha, various side dishes, and dessert. During winter, the menu is different and may include fish and other seafood. Board at 11:00 AM and return to port is at 4:00 PM. Several itineraries are possible: National Park of the Calanques on the maxi catamaran, the Calanques of the Blue Coast, and the Friuli Archipelago on the small catamarans.

Marseille: Sunset Cruise with Dinner

2. Marseille: Sunset Cruise with Dinner

Watch the sun go down on a sunset cruise departing from the port of Marseille. Enjoy a delicious meal as you take in the tranquil atmosphere sailing on the Mediterranean Sea. Set sail from the port in Marseille in the early evening. During the cruise you'll have the chance to watch the colors of the sky change to shades of deeper orange, purple and red. Savor a delicious dinner on the open-air deck, enjoying the wonderful surrounding landscape as you cruise along the coast of Marseille. As the sun goes down, anchor in a secluded cove and enjoy dinner in the cool night air. Afterward, you'll be back at the port in the late evening. 

Marseille: Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Côte Bleue Calanque

3. Marseille: Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Côte Bleue Calanque

Discover, by sea kayak, the calanques de la Côte Bleue from Estaque in Marseille, going towards Carry-le-Rouet. The half-day excursion lasts 3 hours. It's a tour for everyone. Bring a swimsuit for a swim in the clear waters of the Calanques. You will discover the creek of Establon, the creek of Aragnols and its beach. Depending on the pace of the group, we can even go to the magnificent creek of Figuerolles. Schedule of your day: - Reception in our nautical base at the port of « Estaque ». - Formalities & Briefing (explanations of safety rules, presentation of the navigation area and the route, weather report) - Distribution of personal equipment (kayak, vest, paddle, waterproof bag) - Launching, let the adventure begin! All our boats are equipped with a jute bag if you want to pick up floating waste. All our equipment is new (2021-2022).

Marseille: Panoramic Tour of by Hop-On Hop-Off Colorbus

4. Marseille: Panoramic Tour of by Hop-On Hop-Off Colorbus

Take a step up and visit Marseille differently. During this unique open-air experience, you'll get to see Marseille's monuments from a new angle. Hop on a panoramic bus tour and don't miss anything, even if you only have a little time. In the heart of France's sunniest city, Colorbüs tourist buses will accompany you on your visits: the Old Port, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Cathedral of La Major, the Corniche J.F. Kennedy, the Vallon des Auffes, and many more. Get on and off the bus as often as you like and explore the tourist sites, the ancient monuments of Marseille, go shopping, or stay on the bus for a full loop to get a complete idea of the city, where all its secrets will be revealed to you thanks to the quality audio guide offered onboard the tourist bus. Red Line: Get on board our double-decker buses for a unique exploration of Marseille Discover the ancestral monuments of Marseille that make up the city's emblems. Visit the historic heart and the essential places that make up Marseille's original wealth. Blue Line: aboard our minibus cabriolets and discover the new treasures of the city such as the Orange Velodrome, the Corbusier, and stroll along the seafront towards the Escale Borély, or the Corniche J.F. Kennedy. Discover the city as the people of Marseille know it, full of richness and authenticity.

Marseille: Mucem Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

5. 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: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

6. 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.

From Marseille: Full-Day Valensole Lavender Fields Tour

7. From Marseille: Full-Day Valensole Lavender Fields Tour

Spend the day among the purple-blue sea of the lavender fields of Provence, which bloom stunning shades of lilac and mauve from June through August. Start your day in the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence, fondly known as the “city of art and water.” Located approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille, Aix dates back to Roman times and has a wide promenade called the “Cours Mirabeau” that is lined with plane trees. Discover the cafés that were once frequented by Cezanne, Camus, and Zola. Go to one of the numerous markets that take place in the city center every day, and admire the shimmering palette of fragrances and colors. After some free time for lunch on your own, continue along the picturesque roads lined with golden wheat and blue lavender fields. Your driver will stop for plenty of photo opportunties en route to Valensole, with free time to explore this traditional Provencal village on arrival. They will also give useful information about the uses of lavender essential oil, and the lavender crop in Provence in general.

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

8. 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.

Marseille: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

9. Marseille: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

First we will sail around the island of Frioul to contemplate the creeks and turquoise waters. We will then make a stop of about 1 hour so that you can visit the island from the inside and refresh yourself among the restaurants that harmonize the port. Back on board, we will pass by the Château d'If. We will observe this magnificent fortress built by François I between 1528 and 1531 and which was made famous by Alexandre Dumas' novel: The Count of Monte Cristo. During this walk we will see the wonderful Degaby Island. It was given by a rich industrialist from Marseille to his wife Liane Degaby, a great artist of the Belle Epoque. Finally, we will take a break in the picturesque cove of Malmousque on the edge of the Corniche Kennedy, which offers us a superb view.

Marseille: E-bike Virtual Guided Tour

10. Marseille: E-bike Virtual Guided Tour

Departing from Vieux Port, Marseille and its hills will no longer be a feat, but instead a new amazing experience on your E-Bike. The Virtual Guided Pack will direct you from your handlebars, powered by an app on your phone for this tour. Drive to the Pharo Palace to enjoy a breathtaking seaside view. Continue along the Corniche to Prado Beach, or have a swim break at the Catalans beach. You can ascend Notre Dame de la Garde basilica and enjoy a memorable view of Marseille and the Mediterranean sea. While pedaling, the bike will boost you along to the National Park and its marvelous inlets. Take your time and stop for a coffee in the famous basket district, swim on a sublime and secret beach, or admire a sunset over the sea.

Planning Your Visit

  • What is Marseille famous for?

    France is probably most famous for its amazing and indulgent food, and this harbor town is no exception. Seafood is the dish of the day, most notably bouillabaisse - a delicious fish and seafood soup.

  • How to get there

    Marseille is best accessed by plane – check the local airport site to see who flies there from your city – or by train from mainland Europe or the UK. It's also a popular stop-off for cruise ships.

  • Getting around

    Taxis are not cheap in this cosmopolitan city, but public transport is plentiful. A great way to see the city is by bike, using the cycle hire system. You will need to register and have a credit card handy. See the Le Velo website for more information.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    The temperature is pleasant year-round and Marseille enjoys a nice breeze, being coastal. July is packed with crowds celebrating Bastille Day, so if you want to avoid the rush, consider going earlier or later in the season.

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What people are saying about Marseille

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,245 reviews

I highly recommend this excursion. The owner of the shop took us on a great tour; he has a great attitude and was very patient. My wife and kids loved it. It's a great way to see Marseille. Riding the Segway is easy, safe and fun.

Did this tour in 2019 and again in 2022. Excellent both times........friendly and vigilant tour guide. Really good value for money. Sea level to breathtaking mountain views......exhilarating!!!!

A beautiful area to bike in. Knowledgeable guide with lots of patience for slower riders. Loved the Calanque, perfect for e-bikes

Amazing scenery and great atmosphere. The waiter with the sea life tattoo, you're incredibly fun

Great kayak trip, very nice instructor, we recommend +++