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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.

From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

2. From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore some of the historic sites of Provence on a full-day minibus tour from Marseille, starting with the medieval city of Avignon. Drive along the docks between the Rhône River and historic city walls, looking at the Saint-Benezet Bridge made famous by the children's song, “Sur le Pont d'Avignon.” See the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), the site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. Sample the wines of the Rhône River valley in the legendary village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, boasting a castle ruin that overlooks the vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Visit the cellar of a winery for a complimentary wine-tasting session. Next, drive to the Pont du Gard to see the remains of the Roman aqueduct that supplied water to the city of Nîmes. Continue to the Alpilles Mountains to visit the lofty village of Les Baux de Provence, located on a rocky spur overlooking the valley. Take an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux, before your return journey to Marseille.

Marseille: Jewish Heritage Tour

3. Marseille: Jewish Heritage Tour

Be picked up from your hotel or cruise ship. First stop is the impressive synagogue Breteuil of Marseilles with its Wall of Names. The journey continues onto the Jewish district to discover religious shops and kosher restaurants. The next stop will be at the highest point in Marseilles, the Notre Dame de la Garde. You will then drive along the coastal road to see the great views of the cliffs and beaches. Finishing the tour, you will discover famous places in the center of Marseilles like the Palais Longchamp, the Old Port and the oldest neighborhood, the Panier.

From Marseille: Saint Rémy de Provence, Les Baux et Arles

4. From Marseille: Saint Rémy de Provence, Les Baux et Arles

Visit Saint Rémy de Provence, picturesque and relaxing Provencal town. Photo stop at the Roman monuments «LesAntiques». Possibility to visit the recreation of Van Gogh's bedroom in Saint-Paul de Mausole. Enjoy the weekly market on Wednesdays. Free time in Les Baux de Provence, medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Possibility to attend the light and sound show in Carrières de Lumières (tickets on your own). Stroll in the foot steps of Van Gogh in Arles : discover the places which inspired him in his work. The city is also famous for its architectural heritage. The weekly market is on Saturday morning : Arles is definitely a must-see ! NB : On certain days, a quick drive through Aix en Provence to pick up and drop off passengers may be included.

Marseille: 2 Hour Side-Car City Tour

5. Marseille: 2 Hour Side-Car City Tour

See Marseille from a different perspective as you travel around the city in a vintage sidecar. You will head to the district of Le Panier to see its artistic sights and old streets. You will also get to explore other areas of the city, such as Noailles. Continue on to the Corniche JFK, travelling along the longest bench in the world. Head back to the Basilique Notre Dame De La Garde - the perfect place to stop for panoramic views of the old city. See the atypical port of Goudes before finishing the tour by returning to the old port.

From Marseille Cruise Terminal : Aix-en-Provence & Cassis

6. From Marseille Cruise Terminal : Aix-en-Provence & Cassis

In Aix-en Provence, walk along the Cours Mirabeau lined with 17th and 18th century private mansions, where large plane trees provide shade on hot summer days. The old town is packed with shops, architectural and religious sites, bustling squares and refreshing fountains. Take a stroll through one of the numerous markets taking place everyday in the center of the city. Free time for lunch (not included) on your own. The Crests roads will lead you to the outstanding site of Cape Canaille from where you will enjoy the exceptional view on the bay. Cassis is a very ancient fishing port and the harbour is probably the most beautiful part of the village. You will have the possibility to board on a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) to discover 3 Calanques, steep-walled coves sheltering tiny harbours or beaches.

Marseilles: Between Land and Sea 8-Hour Tour

7. Marseilles: Between Land and Sea 8-Hour Tour

To start your day you will go to the Old Port of Marseilles, whilst here, hop aboard your boating vessel and discover the stunning rocky inlets of the Côte Bleue. Next, sail to the Frioul Islands and the Château d'If before heading to the "Baie des Singes" (Bay of Monkeys). Continuing on your tour, head back to the Old Port of Marseille to discover the heart of the city by minivan. You'll start with the highest point of view of Marseille which is Notre Dame de La Garde before you travel to the oldest quarter of Marseilles, le Panier, and to Noailles market and other important places. This tour is a fantastic way to acquaint yourself with this stunning seaside city.

Marseille City Tour Half-Day

8. Marseille City Tour Half-Day

Step back into the history and culture of the beautiful city of Marseille, which is in the midst of enjoying a cultural renaissance, which you will see during this 4-hour tour. This city was the European Capital of Culture in 2013. Your guide will pick you up in the morning at Marseille cruise terminal. Your adventure begins with a visit to the city’s historical center. Walk along the Vieux Port dotted with shops and restaurants, while your tour guide reveals the port’s journey from a 6th century trade post to the area’s hub of maritime activity in the 19th century. From there, you will head to the colonnade-lined Palais Longchamp at the terminus of the Durance River. Inaugurated in 1869 as a monument to commemorate the connection of Marseille to a new waterway network, the combination large fountain-waterfall-water tower has two wings housing the city’s natural history museum and Musée des Beaux-Arts. Continue with the stunning Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. Situated on the foundation of an ancient fort, this building rests on the highest elevation in the city overlooking Marseille. Consecrated in 1864 to replace an 11th century church by the same name, the Basilica has a lower crypt built in the Romanesque style and an upper church built in the Neo-Byzantine style using green limestone from Florence. Take some pictures before ending your tour.  When your tour is finished, your guide will drive you back to Marseille port cruise terminal. 

From Marseille Port: Avignon, Popes' Palace & Wine Tasting

9. From Marseille Port: Avignon, Popes' Palace & Wine Tasting

Meet your tour guide at the exit of the cruise terminal at Marseille seaport then drive to Avignon, the majestic city of the Popes, located on the bank of the Rhône River. Take a look at Saint-Benezet bridge, famous for the children's song Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Visit the Popes' Palace at your own pace, with an entrance ticket included. Discover the largest Gothic-style palace in Europe and learn about its history as you explore its elegant interior. Taste a glass of wine from the region at a local wine-seller. Then, take some time for lunch, before heading back to the port of Marseille.

Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Shore Excursion Tour

10. Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Shore Excursion Tour

You'll be picked up at your ship or hotel and head straight to Aix-en- Provence (about 30 minutes) to get a look at its lively morning markets with the typical french atmosphere. You’ll take a walking tour of the old town with its beautiful buildings of the 17th and 18th century. You'll visit Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, the history museum, and Cézanne’s workshop. Then you'll be taken a bit higher to the hilltop where Cézanne actually painted numerous paintings of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. If time permits, you may like to do a bit of shopping or wine tasting. Then, you'll be driven back to your ship or hotel in Marseille.

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based on 305 reviews

Fantastic experience! We had a smaller group led by our wonderful guide Pierre. The tour was super fun, Pierre was engaging, friendly and very enthusiastic with telling us about Marseille’s history and landmarks whenever we stopped to look at things. The cycling wasn’t really challenging at all! There are some steep uphills but you barely feel it with the bicycle’s assisted pedalling. Marseille has dedicated bicycle paths, but take note you’ll be cycling quite close to traffic sometimes. We saw parts of Marseille that we never would have on our own if we hadn’t booked this tour, easily the best part of our trip. Absolutely recommend booking this for anyone visiting Marseille, beautiful city!

our guide, Florence, made the tour an unforgettable experience. She explained all issues with a deep knowledge and in an interesting way. she had an excellent English. She was very attentive to our questions and wishes. the tour was well organized, has good balance between the the visiting time and the ride to them. the car was comfortable and suited the number of passengers.

Absolutely brilliant tour, not to be missed. Very interesting to hear about how Marseille, came to be a tourist destination. Practical and comfortable way to see Aix-en-Provence and Cassis. Decent amount of free time dedicated to exploring both towns on your own, with good suggestions of things to see.

Cyndie at the top, listening to her tourists. Made us share his little hidden corners. Very nice walk, we recommend. Easy walk accessible to the greatest number.

The guide was kind, well-studied, and I understood the historical background very well. Also, the French guide's English was almost perfect.