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

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

2. 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: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

3. 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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Marseille Lou Pitchoun Seaside Tour by Electric Bike

4. Marseille Lou Pitchoun Seaside Tour by Electric Bike

"Lou pitchoun" means "the small one" in Marseille. Explore the seaside and surrounding neighborhood by e-bike on a 1.5-hour tour that includes breaks. Admire and take photos of the Palais du Pharo; the Vallon des Auffes, a small harbor by the sea; the Kennedy Corniche; and the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica, also known as "la bonne mère". Your guide will tell you historic anecdotes as you visit alleys and places that only the locals know.

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Marseille Vieux Port & Wine Tasting - Private Tour

5. Marseille Vieux Port & Wine Tasting - Private Tour

Explore the French countryside and its various cities and town, and enjoy wine tasting and sightseeing on a full-day tour from Marseille. Beginning in Marseille, the oldest city in France, pass by Vieux Port; the city's ancient old harbor. Continue on to the Abbey of St. Victor, named after a local soldier, saint, and martyr. You will then head up to the highest point in the city, Notre Dame de la Garde, which boasts a 360-degree panoramic view of Marseille. Next make your way to Cassis, a commune and fishing port by a scenic road that winds up a mountain for views over the city and coastline. Admire its largest calanque (a steep-walled inlet) and walk on the docks. Keep driving to take in the view from the second highest cliff in Europe, at 1,312 feet (400 meters). Stop for some wine tasting before taking the highway to the medieval hilltop village of Le Castellet. Then enjoy more wine tasting in Bandol. Afterwards, use your free time to enjoy lunch and walk along the seafront promenade. You may also take a ferry across the Bandor's Island before returning back to Marseille.

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From Marseille: Shared Shore Excursion to Aix-en-Provence

6. From Marseille: Shared Shore Excursion to Aix-en-Provence

Meet your driver at the exit of your ship in Marseille seaport. Drive to Aix-en-Provence to discover the Cours Mirabeau lined with 17th and 18th centuries private mansions, where large plane trees give shade on hot summer days. Visit Place d’Albertas and see the fountain whose basin was made by local students. See the Four Dolphins Fountain, an impressive sculpture created in 1667. Other amazing sights in the vibrant city are City Hall and the Cathedral Saint Sauveur, which features 12th-century buildings offering insight into Aix-en-Provence's unique heritage. The old town is packed with shops, architectural and religious sites, bustling squares and refreshing fountains. Take a stroll through one of the numerous markets taking place everyday in the center of the city. Aix is also the birthplace of the painter Paul Cézanne. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Cézanne's studio that was built from his own plans and where time seems to stand still (entrance ticket not included). Free time for lunch (not included) on your own during the day. Take a 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: 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour

7. 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 Saint Victor's Abbey

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 93 reviews

Not knowing Marseille well enough, I dared not venture there without a guide. I found the concept of electric bike and guided tour very pleasant and our guide very friendly, smiling and very patient to tell us all these anecdotes. I will recommend this activity around me by specifying nevertheless not to take children under 12/13 years, we circulate a few times on very busy arteries.

Very well organized, with pick-up from the ship; only small group of 8 people; Very nice tour guide from Munich showed us a lot of "his" Marseille in a varied way. Bicycles weren't the most modern, but they ran like clockwork. The son (15 years) in particular was absolutely delighted with this excursion.

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!

Great way to see Marseilles, and Anthony was an excellent guide! Highly recommended!

Great way to see the city. Only wish there were more dedicated bike lanes.