Notre-Dame de la Garde

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Notre-Dame de la Garde: Our most recommended tours and activities

Notre Dame de la Garde: 2-Hour Segway Tour

1. 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

2. 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: Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour

3. 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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From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis and Marseille Full-Day Tour

4. From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis and Marseille Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a drive to Cassis, a charming port town, on this full-day excursion. Take in panoramic views of Cassis Bay and Cape Canaille, Europe's highest cliff. First, you will explore the village at your leisure or take a 45-minute mini-cruise of the main creeks of Cassis (not included in the tour price). Next, travel to Marseille and visit the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica for sweeping views of the city and its main monuments. Drive along the old harbor to the district of Panier, the oldest area of Marseille, a village in the city. On Tuesdays, you can walk around this former fishermen village with your guide to explorer narrow streets and soak up the atmosphere. This tour includes free time to visit the Marseille Cathedral, fort Saint-John and Mucem building at your own pace (except on Tuesdays).

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Marseille: Urban Walking Tour with a Local Guide

5. Marseille: Urban Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Experience Marseille like a local on a guided tour. Walk through the city and learn about its sports, culture, heritage, and history. Meet your guide outside Burger King by the Old Port of Marseille. Head south to reach the sea, then follow the waterfront. Admire the typical small fishing ports and hidden coves along the route. With lungs full of sea air, head inland through quiet parks. Avoid the tourist traps and learn all the best places to go from a local. Climb the narrow alleys to Notre-Dame de la Garde. Admire the incredible views as you contemplate the city from above. Then, return to the Old Port through the beautiful districts of the city center.

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Marseille Cruise Port: Full-Day Trip to Marseille and Cassis

6. Marseille Cruise Port: Full-Day Trip to Marseille and Cassis

The Gineste and the Crests roads will lead you to the outstanding site of Cape Canaille from where you will appreciate the exceptional view on the bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range. Cassis is an ancient fishing port and the harbor is probably the most beautiful part of the village. You will have the possibility to board on a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) to discover 3 Calanques, steep-walled coves with tiny harbors or beaches at the end. Free time for lunch (not included) on your own during the day. Panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the way back, including a photo stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. From this hill, enjoy a breathtaking view on the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands and If Castle. Drive on the Corniche Road, a symbol of holiday and outward sign of wealth for merchants and bourgeois from the 19th century who built magnificent houses with many ostentatious splendid features. You will then reach Saint-Victor abbey (11th century) that keeps the entry of the Vieux-Port (Old Port).

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Marseille to Calanques: Full-Day Electric Bike Trip

7. Marseille to Calanques: Full-Day Electric Bike Trip

Ride from Marseille to Calanques National Park on a full-day electric bike tour. Cycle with little effort for 35 kilometers, enjoying the wild beauty that lies on the outskirts of Marseille. Stop for breaks that include a meal in a local restaurant (at your own expense), some time to swim and a game of pétanque. During the tour you’ll visit the following places: The Pharo The Vallon of Auffes The Corniche du Président John Fitzgérald Kennedy Prado Beach The fishing village of Goudes Maronaise Beach Callelongue Cove The Pastré or Borely Park Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica Stop for breaks en route: Swimming break at Maronnaise wild beach (unsupervised) Restaurant or sandwich break Petanque game in a park Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica visit

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

8. 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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From Marseille: Cassis and Marseille Panoramic Tour

9. From Marseille: Cassis and Marseille Panoramic Tour

Take a drive along the Gineste and the Crests roads to Cape Canaille to marvel at the exceptional view of the Bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range, on this half-day tour from Marseille. The harbor in Cassis is the most beautiful feature of this ancient fishing port. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the return trip, including a stop at the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. From this hill you’ll have breathtaking views of the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands, and If-Castle. Drive along the Corniche Road, a visible indicator of the wealth of the merchants of the 19th century, who also built magnificent, ostentatious homes. See the 11th-century Saint-Victor Abbey that keeps guard over the entry to the old port.

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From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

10. From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

Start this comprehensive full-day tour of Provence with a visit to Aix-en-Provence, known as the city of water and art Located approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille, Aix dates back to Roman times and has a beautiful wide promenade called the “Cours Mirabeau” lined with plane trees. See the amazing fountain of the Rotonde, as well as many cafés that were once frequented by Cezanne, Camus, Zola, and others. The weekly market will give you the opportunity to savor the regional produce, including fresh cheese and olive oil, as well as scented Marseille soap. Then, head to the village of Cassis, driving the Crest road and up to the highest maritime cliff in Europe, Cape Canaillto, for spectacular views of the Bay. Stroll the charming fishing port, where you can try thier famous Pastis (anis flavored liquor), before an optional 45-minute boat cruise through the breathtaking calanques (rocky, limestone inlets).  End your day with a panoramic tour of Marseille, including a stop at the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, with its panoramic view of the city, Frioul Islands, and Château d'If. End at the 11th-century Abbey of Saint-Victor, guarding the entrance to the Vieux Port.

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What people are saying about Notre-Dame de la Garde

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 454 reviews

It was a great tour! I joined the tour with my son, we both had an excellent time! The tour was first in the city and went over the major city sites, then rode with the shore line to the Calanques, stopped there for lunch (not included) and went for a swim. Sindy, our guide was professional, well informed and charming, and we learned so much and got lots of tips for the remain of our trip. Very recommended!

I joined the Marseille tour this morning with Olivier. He was awesome! He showed us lots of very varied and charming neighborhoods, and not very touristy. It really gave an idea of the character of the city, and how it has developed over the years. Olivier was also very knowledgeable. It was a very good morning, thank you! Clara

Cindy was a fun and incredible bike guide for this tour. We saw the most beautiful parts of Marseille and biked along the gorgeous coastline. She offered plenty of helpful advice for us on things to do during the rest of our weekend trip. Must do!

The tour was in two parts, and we had enough time to go around and taste some local food in both cases! In Cassis, there was enough time for either a boat ride or train ride for 45mins. Our guide was also super interesting!

Very connoisseur friendly patient a 4 hours very well used