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Things to do in 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

Explore the beautiful city of Marseille on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on a panoramic bus and see the main highlights like the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, Old Port, and more accompanied by recorded commentary. You will also visit the Cathedral of La Major, the Corniche J.F. Kennedy, the Vallon des Auffes, and other areas of the city. Get on and off the bus as often as you like and explore the tourist sites and the ancient monuments of Marseille. You can 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 makeup Marseille's original wealth. Blue Line: aboard our minibus cabriolets and discover the new treasures of the city such as the Orange Velodrome, and 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 CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

3. 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 (subject to weather) or Frioul Islands OR one tour with the hop-on hop-off Colorbüs tour • Visit to If Castle (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: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Panier App Walking Tour

4. 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: 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 Cruise with Dinner

6. 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: Walking Food Tour with Tastings

7. Marseille: Walking Food Tour with Tastings

Experience a food-lovers paradise while walking through the charming streets of Marseille with a local guide. This tour takes you to a number of historic eateries, modern cafes, and trendy restaurants where you can sample the true gastronomic wonders of this city. Get a sense of authentic French life while mingling with the locals. Listen to stories about the city's history and culinary culture. Start by soaking in the Marseille atmosphere in one of the historic brasseries of the old port with typical dishes and aioli.  Try some tapas Marseillaise near the old port, in a typical restaurant with Panisse and sardines. Taste roasted Camembert with croutons and pastis, anise-flavored alcohol. End the meal with sweets, crunchy pastries, and tea.

Marseille: E-bike Virtual Guided Tour

8. 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: Calanques National Park E-Mountain Bike Tour

9. From Marseille: Calanques National Park E-Mountain Bike Tour

Familiarize yourself with the modern electric mountain bikes before you depart Marseille and head towards the rugged terrain of Calanques National Park. Pedal through the beautiful park of the Château Pastré. Then, cycle the mountain trails of Montagne de l’Aigle. Arrive at Parc de la Fontaine d’Ivoire and marvel at the beautiful scenery as you bike up and down the hills. Get a stunning view of the Calanque de Sormiou from the Col de Cortiou mountain pass, and then ascend a steep road with the help of your electric bike before you make your way back towards civilization. Ride along the Crête des Escampons between Marseille and the stunning Massif des Calanques. Continue through the southern suburb of Roy d’Espagne to arrive back at Pointe Rouge harbor in Marseille city center.

Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

10. Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Board the boat at Vieux-Port, in front of Marseille’s city hall. Enjoy fruit juice and coffee served by the crew. Then set sail for the Bay of Marseille. Hear about the area's history and local culture from the crew on board. Anchor near a rocky inlet called a calanque, and go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. Around midday break for an aperitif, and an exquisite lunch buffet made from organic, seasonal local produce. Enjoy two glasses of rosé with your meal. After lunch, continue to the Riou Archipelago and stop at a second scenic spot to swim and take in the scenery. You will then start heading back to the Vieux-Port. If you are interested, the friendly crew will be happy to give you an introduction to sailing.

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What people are saying about Marseille

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,283 reviews

The 48-hr city pass has made my stay in Marseille easy. I took bus or tram, and the boat Le Bateau Frioul-If. After paying over 5 EUR, I visited 2 islands, that was a good choice. Lunch at Frioul Island was authentic and delicious. I also took the little train to the Basilique Notre-Dame. The hill was stiff, so it definitely saved some energy by taking the train.

This was definitely the highlight of our visit. It’s great for teenagers and so interesting to walk around and see the art. I will look for tours like this again when I visit Euro cities.

Was a great tour! Even though we took a bit longer to purchase some great wines to take home, our guide was very patient and understanding. Magnificent way to spend a morning.

This audio tour was fantastic. Very accurate location, interesting facts and clear audio.

We enjoyed the trip and learned a lot about the places we visited! Great experience!!