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Marseille: Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour

1. 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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Marseille: Old Town Exploration Game

2. Marseille: Old Town Exploration Game

Discover Marseille’s Old Town district full of vibrant street art, cozy boutiques, and overflowing with history as you play a game around the city. Untangle the past of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Marseille. See some of the most fascinating urban gems like the Fort Saint-Jean and the MUCEM Museum. Play the game by solving each piece of the puzzle on your smartphone, guess the answer to unlock the story of each secret place. Be lead through the streets of the oldest city in France, brimming with architectural magic. Explore the city and be given exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Play offline as you don't need an internet connection to play the game. Go at your own pace as there is no time limit, the game however can be completed in 1.5 hours. Play without a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

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Marseille Private Walking Tour

3. Marseille Private Walking Tour

Discover the second largest city in France on a private walking tour of the historic port city of Marseilles. Perfect for first-time visitors and those who seek to discover a new side of the city, the tour explores Marseille’s history and culture based around your wishes, schedule, and rhythm. Begin with a visit to the vibrant Old Port with its Phare de Sainte Marie limestone lighthouse. Next, head to the Vieille Charité, a historic former almshouse in the heart of the old Panier quarter, and now used as a famous museum and cultural center. Admire the coast road of the Corniche and the Canabiere, the historic high street in the old quarter of Marseille, where King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was assassinated in 1934. Be amazed by the seaside views and get off the beaten path to discover some of Marseille’s more hidden sites. Ask your tour guide at the start of the tour about the possibility of including a visit to the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica (on the 3- or 4-hour tours).

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Marseille: 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour

4. Marseille: 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Whether you're interested in history, culture, art, gourmet food, beautiful beaches, scenic villages, hilltop historic towns, vineyards, etc., you'll find it all around Marseille. Marseille is on the Mediterranean Sea near a rocky, mountainous coastline with limestone cliffs (calanques) around small inlets. The sea cliffs are the highest in Europe. Visit basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde and enjoy a panoramic view of the Phocean city. Admire the Saint Victor Abbey and its 4th century crypt and the famous Cathédrale de la Major and the Vieille Charité 17th century listed building. Finally, relax around the famous new museum of Marseille MuCEM and the Villa Méditerranée just at the edge of the marvelous seaside facing the Frioul Islands and Château d'If.

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What people are saying about La Vieille Charité

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 27 reviews

nice walk around Marseille

Our tour guide was nice and our walk around Marseille OK and informative but not over the top... as I said it was nice. I think that Marseille definetely has potential for more, e.g. it would have been nice to walk at least to one of the 2 cathedrals.. As the tours are highly depending of the attitude and the personality of the tour guide it would may have been nice to have a more talkative/extrovert guide .... All-in all I´d definetely recommend this tour.

What a beautiful experience. I love doing audio walking tours and this one was fantastic. I chose to walk at the end of the day while the streets were still quite lively and the Panier district was bathed in golden light. The facts, curiosities and stories presented in the audito tour were delightful and fun. The commentary was very fun and they even suggest places to eat and shop. Abosulte top activity to do in Marseille!!

Great and Flexible Guide

Our group of six had Paco as our guide for our 4 hour tour of Marseille. He was knowledgeable and flexible in terms of what we wanted to see. We started by walking through the Le Panier section, took the mini-train for a view of the coast and up to the main cathedral in town. He also provided recommendations for restaurants; one of them turned out to be the favorite of our entire trip through southern France.

Some questions have problems. For example, the question asking for French values asked for three words but answer is only one word! But overall not a bad way to spend a few hours in a new city. I will certainly try more in future.

Knowledgable guide

We booked a walking tour for three hours. It was nice, the guide took us to nice places. We had a 1 yr old kid with us and the guide was adapting to the situation well.