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Marseille: Mucem Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

1. 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.

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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. 

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Marseille: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Secret Panier Tour

3. Marseille: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Secret Panier 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. 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.

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Marseille City Pass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

4. Marseille City Pass: 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 sessions in partner stores and 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 (does not operate in January 2022)• 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 (does not operate in January 2022)• A free guided tour is included in the CityPass 72 hours and at a discount with the 24 hours and 48 hours options (reservation is required, not included in the offer are La Cité Radieuse - Le Corbusier, guided tours at 10€, and private visits)• Reduced rates for children (7 to 15 years old) The municipal museums are free of charge all year (with reduced prices for temporary exhibitions when you have this pass)

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Marseille: Old Town Exploration Game

5. 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 Tour du Fada: City & Seaside Grand by E-Bike

6. Marseille Tour du Fada: City & Seaside Grand by E-Bike

Enjoy Marseille and the city's main points of interest in only 4 hours, with an electric bike. "Fada" here in Marseille means "touched by the fairies", "crazy" or "mad", it's a well-known expression in Marseille. You will be able to contemplate and even take photos of the following sites: The Panier Neighborhood (the oldest district of Marseille)The Major CathedralThe new MuCem Museum areaThe Old Port (the main place in Marseille)The Pharo (where you have a beautiful view of the Old Port)Malmousque Little PortThe Vallon des AuffesThe Kennedy CornicheNotre Dame de la Garde (the "bonne mère")The Abbaye of Saint Victor There will also be a break of 10 to 20 minutes at Notre Dame de la Garde, allowing you to visit, admire and take panoramic pictures of the city. 

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Marseille Provence City Pass

7. Marseille Provence City Pass

The Marseille City Pass is valid for 72 hours and allows access to a wide variety of activities and discounts across Marseille and the surrounding area. Find out about Marseille and discover the towns of Allauch, Aubagne, La Ciotat, Marignane, and Saint-Victoret. The City Pass includes: • MuCEM (closed on Tuesdays)• Regards de Provence Museum (closed on Mondays)• Tourist train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or the old town in le Panier district• Boat to the Château d'If or the Frioul Islands or sightseeing tour on the Colorbüs bus• Visit to Château d'If • Free access to the metro, tramway, and bus (closed on 1st May) in Marseille • One free guided tour among the ones offered by the Tourist Office of Marseille (except Cité Radieuse-Le Corbusier) at a maximum of 10€ value according to availability. Reservation is required directly at the Metropolitan Tourist Office of Marseille Complimentary Items: • Numerous discounts and tastings in partner shops and service providers Discounts: • 10% reduction in many stores of local products in Marseille and visited cities (for details, please ask us directly at the desk of the tourism office) • Discounted price to the visit of the Stade Velodrome and to the OM shop• Discount for boat excursions in the Calanques with partners: Compagnies Maritimes

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Marseille Shore Excursion: Half-Day Gadjo E-Bike Tour

8. Marseille Shore Excursion: Half-Day Gadjo E-Bike Tour

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.

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From Marseille: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, & Cassis Tour

9. From Marseille: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, & Cassis Tour

Start your day with a guided walking tour of the historical heart of Aix-en-Provence. Visit Aix Cathedral and soak up the atmosphere of the narrow streets, squares, fountains and private mansions of the medieval city. Taste the foods of the region along the way. Then, drive to Cassis, famous for its cliffs and sheltered inlets known as "calanques." Considered by many as the "Little Saint Tropez" of Provence, the picturesque settlement is also famous for its seafood restaurants, small port and tiny town center. Relax on the beach, or take a mini-cruise through the natural canyons (not included), often compared to the fjords of Norway for their turquoise waters and white cliffs. Enjoy some free time at leisure for lunch, and then go on a short hike at the top of Cap Canaille, the highest sea cliff in Europe. Get a panoramic view of the Bay of Cassis and Mediterranean Sea before the journey to Marseille. Upon arrival in Marseille, discover the main monuments of the ancient city, established around 600 BC by colonists coming from Phocaea. Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde and get 360-degree panoramic views. Stroll around the Old Port (Vieux-Port) and go to the 17th-century fortification of Fort Saint-Jean, now part of the new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM).

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What people are saying about Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 780 reviews

I loved both activities. I started with the guided tour of the cart on the phone (a concept that I did not know and which is fun with very interesting stories) then I took the bus which stopped us at many places! Very nice, the two activities are of high quality and match perfectly :) thank you !!

A very interessting and wonderfull tour with my guide Abadou who knows his city very well. Very patient (my first segway tour),he is a good teacher,very considerate and attentive. A real gentleman with a good sense of humor. To recommend! 5 Stars Thank you Abadou!

The walk was great, we visited Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. The bus makes several stops so you can visit and take it back whenever you want, once the ticket has been purchased it is valid until 5 p.m. you can take it at the time you want

Great museum, the exhibitors but also the complex itself, a must do when in Marseille!

Visit of the Basket very interesting, top activity and at our own pace. I recommend