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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.

Marseille Private Walking Tour

2. 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).

Marseille: Old Town Exploration Game

3. 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.

Marseille: Le Panier Guided Walking Tour with Cheese & Wine

4. Marseille: Le Panier Guided Walking Tour with Cheese & Wine

Join your guide to discover the historical center of Marseille known as "Le Panier". Le Panier is really an open-air museum and a famous artistic spot. You will admire giant frescoes, amazing artwork and discover local artists. Your guide will explain you all you need to know about this popular district and why it is called "Le Panier" ! You will wander through its narrow streets admiring colorful houses with laundry drying on the balconies! Of course, your guide will show you secret places that will make you appreciate Marseille way of life just as the locals do. You will also discover "la Vielle Charité ": an incredible cultural complex with a peaceful atmosphere, where humble people in the past received good treatments. A delightful experience to indulge your eyes ! After this nice promenade, you will go to a charming local place to enjoy a glass of Rosé wine with a platter of local cheese. A wonderful opportunity to experience the French way of life !

Marseille: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

5. Marseille: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour in St. Vincent de Paul Church! Visit the historic rue Canebière. Photograph the unique Art Deco Opéra de Marseille, the largest and oldest opera house in France and admire the fairytale Daviel Pavilion. Saint Jean Fort will leave you speechless as it combines its grandeur with every boy's or girl's dream of a grand fort. Learn about The Mucem museum and its unique exhibits! Cathédrale La Major will captivate you, you have never seen anything more captivating, it is worth the time and space on your mobile memory. The busy Panier will be your next step, do nothing, leave your mobile and see an area where every part of it is like a museum! While the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Center de la Vieille Charité with its captivating architecture, which was once an inn!

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What people are saying about La Vieille Charité

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 69 reviews

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.

Brilliant way to see the city at your own pace. The tour took me to lots of places I wouldn’t have stumbled across on my own.

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

Perfect hearing. Pleasant. Lots of explanations, very interesting.

Great walk and commentary. Very clear and easy to follow