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Marseille

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

Our most recommended things to do in Marseille

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

2. 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: Sunset Cruise with Dinner

3. 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: Mucem Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

4. 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: Côte Bleue Calanques Half-Day Kayak Tour

5. Marseille: Côte Bleue Calanques Half-Day Kayak Tour

Discover the postcard-worthy Côte Bleue calanque as you ride a kayak past beautiful bays, striking cliffs, and quaint little homes. Follow your guide from Estaque in Marseille, all the way to Carry-le-Rouet, for a comprehensive overview of this gorgeous natural area. After a short briefing, route presentation, and weather report, head out with all the necessary knowledge to have a fun and safe ride. Explore the creeks of Establon and Aragnols with a beautiful beach. Depending on the group's pace, you might even be able to reach the magnificent Figuerolles creek. Learn about each little hidden corner from your certified guide and admire the mindblowing rocky sceneries as you float along. Additionally, you can do your part to take care of the local sea life by picking up floating waste and loading it into the bag your kayak comes equipped with. Beginners are advised to choose the morning tour, as the sea is generally calmer than in the afternoon.

Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

6. Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

The City Pass Marseille is valid for 24 hours, 48 hours, or 72 hours and allows access to many attractions, museums, trains, boats, guided tours, public transport tickets, and more. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to discover Marseille with an all-inclusive package. The visitor presents the pass at the museum entrance or at the start of a tour and gets the keys to the city. Enjoy discounts at certified shops and activity partners as well. • Unlimited access to public transports for the duration of the pass• Numerous discounts and tasting in partner stores • Numerous discounts for tourist and cultural activities of providers • Access to MUCEM (closed on Tuesdays) • Access to Regards de Provence museum (closed on Mondays)• Crossing to the If or Frioul Islands OR one tour with the hop-on hop-off Colorbüs tour • Visit to If Castle (subject to weather – closed on Mondays during winter months)• A tour in the Touristic Train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or through the Old Marseille • A free guided tour of the Metropolitan Tourist Office is included in the CityPass 72 hours and with a 30% discount for the 24 hours and 48 hours CityPass, valid only for visits at 10€ (reservation is required, subject to avaibility and not included in the offer are La Cité Radieuse / Le Corbusier and private visits)• Reduced rates for children (6 to 12 years old) The municipal museums are free of charge all year (with reduced prices for temporary exhibitions when you have this pass)

Marseille: Sunset Boat Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

7. Marseille: Sunset Boat Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Sit back and relax as you cruise along the beautiful Marseille coastline and take in the stunning views. Stop for a swim in a lovely cove in the Frioul Archipelago. As the sun sets, enjoy your dinner with drinks aboard, catching views of Marseille illuminated at night. Enjoy a magical evening on board an environmentally-friendly hybrid/electric boat, the quiet boat allows for a more peaceful and relaxing cruise. Set sail for the Frioul Archipelago and see the famous If island, on which the story of the Count of Monte Cristo takes place. Anchor in a beautiful cove around here for a refreshing swimming stop. Get back on board and enjoy unforgettable sunset views of the seascape and the Marseille skyline as you sit down to enjoy your dinner with drinks. As you get closer to the Old Port in Marseille, see the sparkling city lit up at night.

From Marseille: E-Bike Ride to Calanque de Sormiou

8. From Marseille: E-Bike Ride to Calanque de Sormiou

Meet your guide in the morning near Pointe Rouge Beach for the start of a small group (maximum 10 people) e-bike ride towards Calanque de Sormiou in the beautiful Calanques National Park. Get outfitted with a helmet and a modern electric mountain bike equipped for smooth riding that allows you to pedal, cruise or try a combination of both. Then, set off along the small roads of Calanques National Park and discover an area of high ecological importance restricted to general traffic. Head towards the paradise location of Calanque de Sormiou, known for its trails with views of the majestic limestone mountains and Mediterranean Sea. Learn the history of the strategic location, and look at the natural curiosities of the area, such as wild flowers of radiant beauty. Benefit from an itinerary that takes full advantage of the unique natural environment. Between May and October, get the chance to swim or rest on the beach. Then, return to Pointe Rouge Beach through the stunning coves of the massif.

Marseille: E-bike Virtual Guided Tour

9. 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.

From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

10. From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

Join a half-day sailing excursion from Marseilles to a calanque in the Frioul Islands and the island of Friuli. Learn the basics from the skipper, go for a swim, snorkel, and take in views of the impressive scenery and calanque rock formations before you return to the mainland. Sail towards the island of Friuli where you can admire the many stunning coves and the coast of Marseilles. Make the most of the opportunity to take a refreshing swim, go snorkeling and admire the seabed, or simply relax on board. Your state-qualified skipper will teach you the basics of sailing and be able to give the more experienced seafarers some tips. Return to land after a relaxing afternoon seeing some of the best coastal scenery that the south of France has to offer.

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What people are saying about Marseille

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,019 reviews

Our guide Angi was a real sweetheart. She knew the area well and was not afraid to talk and explain things well during the tour. She constantly made sure that everyone was well looked after. The pace of the tour was well managed and everyone was able to easily keep up. What was a bit more difficult to do is to keep up with all the food and drinks that were served. If you go on this tour, make sure to arrive hungry. As for us we ended up skipping dinner afterwards. Thanks Angi, your tour was one of the best tour of our trip.

Had the most amazing time on this boat!! My two friends and I purchased tickets the night before as we were worried about the weather affecting the cruise, but luckily it was sunny and warm the entire day. The captain and crew were very helpful and friendly. We were able to swim off the boat to a beach at the anchorage spot in the calanques. There is plenty of food they serve you and lots of space for everyone on the boat. The trip is definitely worth the price!

Had a great time. Drank a lot of wine and danced my heart out. Great deal. Good for young folks who want to party and eat cheap food and drink cheap drinks

It was a great adventure, quite friendly organizers, fun group, nice variety of food and drinks, pleasant weather, relaxing and beautiful viewings.

Amazing views and amazing people. This was my favorite experience in Marseille!