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

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

1. 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

2. 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 to Calanques: Full-Day Electric Bike Trip

3. 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), some time to swim and a game of pétanque. During the tour you’ll visit the following places: The Pharo The Vallon of Auffes The Corniche du Président John Fitzgérald Kennedy Prado Beach The fishing village of Goudes Maronaise Beach Callelongue Cove The Pastré or Borely Park Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica Stop for breaks en route: Swimming break at Maronnaise wild beach (unsupervised) Restaurant or sandwich break Petanque game in a park Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica visit

Marseille: Half-Day E-Bike Tour from Cruise Port

4. 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: Urban Walking Tour with a Local Guide

5. Marseille: Urban Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Experience Marseille like a local on a guided tour. Walk through the city and learn about its sports, culture, heritage, and history. Meet your guide outside Burger King by the Old Port of Marseille. Head 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.

From Marseille: Cassis and Marseille Panoramic Tour

6. From Marseille: Cassis and Marseille Panoramic Tour

Take a drive along the Gineste and the Crests roads to Cape Canaille to marvel at the exceptional view of the Bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range, on this half-day tour from Marseille. The harbor in Cassis is the most beautiful feature of this ancient fishing port. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the return trip, including a stop at the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. From this hill you’ll have breathtaking views of the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands, and If-Castle. Drive along the Corniche Road, a visible indicator of the wealth of the merchants of the 19th century, who also built magnificent, ostentatious homes. See the 11th-century Saint-Victor Abbey that keeps guard over the entry to the old port.

From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

7. From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

Start this comprehensive full-day tour of Provence with a visit to Aix-en-Provence, known as the city of water and art Located approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille, Aix dates back to Roman times and has a beautiful wide promenade called the “Cours Mirabeau” lined with plane trees. See the amazing fountain of the Rotonde, as well as many cafés that were once frequented by Cezanne, Camus, Zola, and others. The weekly market will give you the opportunity to savor the regional produce, including fresh cheese and olive oil, as well as scented Marseille soap. Then, head to the village of Cassis, driving the Crest road and up to the highest maritime cliff in Europe, Cape Canaillto, for spectacular views of the Bay. Stroll the charming fishing port, where you can try thier famous Pastis (anis flavored liquor), before an optional 45-minute boat cruise through the breathtaking calanques (rocky, limestone inlets).  End your day with a panoramic tour of Marseille, including a stop at the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, with its panoramic view of the city, Frioul Islands, and Château d'If. End at the 11th-century Abbey of Saint-Victor, guarding the entrance to the Vieux Port.

Marseille: 2 Hour Side-Car City Tour

8. 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.

Marseille: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

9. Marseille: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

You'll start at the highest point in Marseilles, Notre Dame de la Garde, for a spectacular 360° view of the city, coastline and mountains. Then you'll go into the heart of the city and get a feel for Marseille's main attraction: the exotic Noailles Market, which is the fish market on the Old Port, and the oldest neighborhood in France and the Fort St. Jean. You'll also discover the coast road to the Goudes before heading back to your ship or hotel. There's is an incredible amount to see here in this wonderfully-picturesque place. If you have any special requests, please inform the local supplier.

Marseille: Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Notre-Dame de la Garde

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 466 reviews

It started off with a super easy check in and transport to the garage. Then we got to see the amazing city of Marseille with a local guide who was incredible. We learned so much about this beautiful French city. Thankfully we had the ebike to go up to the church at the top of the city - it was a bit difficult but so worth it. Overall the tour was fantastic and I'd highly recommend it.

The tour guide was very nice and the route through Marseille was magnificent! Riding on an electric bike felt so magical, especially when riding along the ocean. However, it is important that those doing the tour are prepared to bike through traffic, which can be a little nerve wracking.

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.

Fantastic way to see Marseille! I’m totally sold on an electric bike now! It was a really fun & varied tour, amazing what we accomplished in one day. I highly recommend this activity, thank you =)

Easy to follow. Interesting information. Good value.