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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. 

Marseille: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Panier App Walking Tour

2. Marseille: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Panier App Walking 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 with the Rewind app. 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.

Marseille to Calanques: Full-Day Electric Bike Trip

3. 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) and some time to swim. During the tour you’ll visit the following places : The Pharo Palace The Vallon of Auffes Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica The Corniche du Président John Fitzgérald Kennedy Prado Beach The fishing village of Goudes Maronaise Beach Callelongue Cove The Pastré or Borely Park Stop for breaks en route: Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica visit Swimming break at Maronnaise wild beach (unsupervised) Restaurant or sandwich break

Marseille: Urban Walking Tour with a Local Guide

4. Marseille: Urban Walking Tour with a Local Guide

You want to know everything about Marseille and its culture? Come with me, I'll tell you by walking through the heart of the city. In doing sport for visiting, in nourishing body & soul! Follow me for a sunny and sporty 10-kilometer hike and I will make you discover and enjoy Marseille differently: - We will explore the city through History, geography, economy, sociology, heritage, funny stories, true facts... and learn everything about its rich and deep culture. - I'll make you experience the city as if you lived there: integrated in the day by day life and rythm, striding along narrow streets only known by locals, talking to random people on the way and even sometimes visiting a house. - I also want to make you discover the quiet spots, the hidden gems and the greenest parts of the city. - And I'll take the opportunity to show you surprising architectural patterns, artistic creations or funny details in the streets, all revealing the unique culture and temper of the inhabitants. - Then we will find the nicest spots to watch and understand the city, climb stairs to be rewarded by breathtaking points of views, and contemplate this very photogenic city and its landscapes. If you like to contemplate, if you appreciate the beauty of simple things, if you want to exercise body and mind, then you will be delighted by this 5-star sporty guided tour in the heart of our beautiful 2600-year-old city! Don't hesitate to ask me all your questions, I'm here to guide you!

Marseille: Half-Day E-Bike Tour from Cruise Port

5. Marseille: Half-Day E-Bike Tour from Cruise Port

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.

From Marseille: Cassis and Marseille Panoramic Tour

6. 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.

Marseille: Jewish Heritage Tour

7. Marseille: Jewish Heritage Tour

Be picked up from your hotel or cruise ship. First stop is the impressive synagogue Breteuil of Marseilles with its Wall of Names. The journey continues onto the Jewish district to discover religious shops and kosher restaurants. The next stop will be at the highest point in Marseilles, the Notre Dame de la Garde. You will then drive along the coastal road to see the great views of the cliffs and beaches. Finishing the tour, you will discover famous places in the center of Marseilles like the Palais Longchamp, the Old Port and the oldest neighborhood, the Panier.

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

8. 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.

Marseille Private Walking Tour

9. 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 City Tour Half-Day

10. Marseille City Tour Half-Day

Step back into the history and culture of the beautiful city of Marseille, which is in the midst of enjoying a cultural renaissance, which you will see during this 4-hour tour. This city was the European Capital of Culture in 2013. Your guide will pick you up in the morning at Marseille cruise terminal. Your adventure begins with a visit to the city’s historical center. Walk along the Vieux Port dotted with shops and restaurants, while your tour guide reveals the port’s journey from a 6th century trade post to the area’s hub of maritime activity in the 19th century. From there, you will head to the colonnade-lined Palais Longchamp at the terminus of the Durance River. Inaugurated in 1869 as a monument to commemorate the connection of Marseille to a new waterway network, the combination large fountain-waterfall-water tower has two wings housing the city’s natural history museum and Musée des Beaux-Arts. Continue with the stunning Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. Situated on the foundation of an ancient fort, this building rests on the highest elevation in the city overlooking Marseille. Consecrated in 1864 to replace an 11th century church by the same name, the Basilica has a lower crypt built in the Romanesque style and an upper church built in the Neo-Byzantine style using green limestone from Florence. Take some pictures before ending your tour.  When your tour is finished, your guide will drive you back to Marseille port cruise terminal. 

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What people are saying about Notre-Dame de la Garde

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based on 581 reviews

Abdu from Madeline cycles the operator was superb!!! Very friendly, totally in control and a great leader. A few of us may have thought if they could do this but Abdu made it so easy with his instructions and traffic management skills for the group as well as the road traffic not to mention the route which was challenging at times but he managed a difficult incident very well I would give 5 stars but at least 4

Trip was fantastic and riding the segway was definitely easier than I anticipated, it was so much fun and our wonderful guide Abdul was amazing, so helpful and safety conscious. We saw so much of the city and so many interesting places, would highly recommend to anyone

Well worth the experience, Abdul was awesome, very professional and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend this to anyone who’s brave enough to ride a Segway

Wonderful way to see and explore marseille and part of calanques national park. Our guide Lucy was excellent and very friendly

A great tour with a friendly driver and guide who was very accommodating. I highly recommend this tour.