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Notre-Dame de la Garde: Our most recommended tours and activities

Marseille: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Marseille: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Marseille is a city rich in history and culture. It has many tourist sites to discover, including the Old Port, La Major Cathedral, the Vallon des Auffes, the Mucem, Notre-Dame de la Garde, etc. Climb aboard our panoramic buses and admire the historic heart and must-see sights of Marseille! Travel and discover the historic heart and must-see sites of Marseille during a day-long audio tour. Enjoy the many treasures of the city of Marseille, such as the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, La Major Cathedral, the Vallon des Auffes, the Mucem, the Cosquer Méditerranée, etc. Come and spend a day discovering the best that Marseille has to offer! Our advice: get a first impression of the city, take a stroll, choose the sites you want to explore in more detail and get off at the stop closest to the monuments and districts you plan to visit. Discover the incredible architecture of the Mucem, go shopping at Prado Shopping or the Terrasses du Port, enjoy a stroll along the sea on the Corniche Kennedy or stop off at Notre-Dame de la Garde and take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking views over the whole city! Discover the city as the people of Marseille know it, full of authenticity and richness.

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

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

Due to the Rugby World Cup France 2023 (8 September to 28 October 2023) and the visit of Pope Francis (22 and 23 September 2023), our Ligne Bleue will unfortunately be closed from Saturday 2 September until 31 October 2023. For safety reasons, the City of Marseille will be introducing major changes to traffic conditions in the vicinity of the Marseille stadium, preventing us from carrying out our route properly. This temporary closure is beyond our control. 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.

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

3. 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: Panier District Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

4. Marseille: Panier District Smartphone Audio 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: Urban Hiking Tour with a Local Guide

5. Marseille: Urban Hiking Tour with a Local Guide

Experience Marseille like a local on a urban hike guided tour. Walk through the city and learn about its sports, culture, heritage, and history. After meeting your guide, dead south to reach the sea, then follow the waterfront. Admire the typical small fishing ports and hidden coves along the route.  With lungs full of sea air, head inland through quiet parks. Avoid the tourist traps and learn all the best places to go from a local. Climb the narrow alleys to Notre-Dame de la Garde. Admire the incredible views as you contemplate the city from above. Then, return to the Old Port through the beautiful districts of the city center.

Marseille: Local Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

6. Marseille: Local Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

Discover some of the most beautiful lesser-visited districts of Marseille on a guided walking tour with a local guide. Uncover hidden gems known only to the locals as you learn about the fascinating history of the city. Meet your guide along the Corniche of Marseille and walk from the Vallon des Auffes to Lé Prophet beach by taking quiet side roads. Discover Malmousque and walk along the uncrowded coves of the coast. Take a well-deserved break in Vallon de la Fausse Monnaie or Parc Valmer in tranquil surroundings. Explore the discreet alleys of Bompard, Vauban, and Roucas Blanc. See magnificent gardens, "cabanons", and old country houses. Ascend beautiful old stairways and enjoy the sublime scenery with views of the seaside, the city skyline, and the Basilica of Notre Dame in the distance. While walking, learn about the history and sociology of this incredible and still rebellious city. Find out more about the constantly changing character of Marseille and its many different facades.

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.

From Marseille: Cassis and Aix-en-Provence Tour

8. From Marseille: Cassis and Aix-en-Provence Tour

There are some places you can’t help falling in love with at first sight and Cassis is one of them! Your afternoon excursion to Cassis begins in Marseille where you meet your friendly tour guide. Set off for an unforgettable visit and take in the panoramic view from the Cape Canaille, the highest maritime cliff in Europe (photo stop) as you go. Arriving in Cassis, free time to walk around the old fishing port, with all its colourful boats. Possibility to have lunch or swimming/sun-bathing). You will have the possibility to embark on a 1 hour cruise from Cassis to discover the calanques, limestone cliffs which dive into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean sea and create natural coves (fat, rocky claws that resemble Norwegian fjords and poke out into the sea) (the cruise ticket is not included). You will be in Aix en Provence for the rest of the excursion. Stroll on the famous Cours Mirabeau dotted with refreshing fountains. Admire the private mansions from 17th and 18th centuries. Free time before to drive back to Marseille. Please note: We cannot be held responsible if the Calanques cruise is canceled due to bad weather or if the Crest road and the access to Cap Canaille are closed (no refund can be claimed).

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 to Calanques: Full-Day Electric Bike Trip

10. Marseille to Calanques: Full-Day Electric Bike Trip

Ride from Marseille to Calanques National Park on a full-day electric bike tour. Cycle with little effort for 35 kilometers, enjoying the wild beauty that lies on the outskirts of Marseille. Stop for breaks that include a meal in a local restaurant (at your own expense) and some time to swim. During the tour you’ll visit the following places : The Pharo Palace The Vallon of Auffes Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica The Corniche du Président John Fitzgérald Kennedy Prado Beach The fishing village of Goudes Maronaise Beach Callelongue Cove The Pastré or Borely Park Stop for breaks en route: Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica visit Swimming break at Maronnaise wild beach (unsupervised) Restaurant or sandwich break

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What people are saying about Notre-Dame de la Garde

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Our group of 8 people had a wonderful day with Olivier. We saw a nice overview of the area around the city of Marseille on our 8 mile hike. Olivier grew up and currently lives in Marseille so he is a wealth of knowledge. He is clearly passionate about his city and sharing it with visitors. Thank you again Olivier!

Everything about the visit, very interesting, Charles explained the history of Marseille to us well and immersed us in the life of Marseille, we covered almost everything in the city, long walk but definitely worth doing, I recommend it to everyone

Very good. You walk at the pace you want and enjoy your visit to the city much more. Without this we would have missed many interesting facts about the city. Highly recommended. Every city should have this for travelers.

The activity was very well organized by Charles our guide. Interesting and captivating relevant information delivered throughout the visit!!! I highly recommend !!!

Olivier has been a great guide, very passionate and showed us the hidden spots. we had a wonderful day in Marseille. Thank you