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How to Spend 3 Days in Marseille

How to Spend 3 Days in Marseille

With three days in Marseilles, you’ll have enough time to really soak in the flavor of the Mediterranean port city, visit nearby villages and natural wonders, and spend plenty of time at sea. Check out this itinerary to learn how to make the most of your time. 

 

Day 1: Highlights of Marseilles

Start your first day in Marseille in the center of the action, the Old Port (Vieux Port) area on the edge of the Mediterranean. Many of the city's attractions are clustered in this area, from the Cantini Museum, a showcase of contemporary art in a 17th-century mansion, to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM), which explores life in the Mediterranean from ancient times to the modern day. Grab lunch at one of the many sea-facing cafés—bouillabaisse is the most celebrated local specialty—then get out to sea with a tour to the Château d’If, a 16th-century island fortress that once served as a prison, or a sunset dinner cruise.

 

Day 2: Cassis and the Calanques

On your second day, explore the area around Marseille, starting with the Calanques. For the best views of these beautiful limestone cliffs, which line the coast between Marseilles and Cassis, take a boat trip between the two ports. Spend time in Cassis, people watching at Place Baragnon and learning about local history at the Cassis Museum of Art and Popular Traditions (Musée d'Art et Traditions Populaires de Cassis); also be sure to stop by Cap Canaille, France's highest sea cliff. In the evening, head back to Marseille to check out the Cours Julien area, a trendy neighborhood full of bars, restaurants, street art, and little shops. If you have the energy, stop by Espace Julien, a neighborhood venue that regularly hosts concerts and comedy shows.

Day 3: A Day in Provence

Spend your final day exploring the region of Provence, known for its excellent food and wine and beautiful lavender fields. Joining a tour allows you to experience Provence's famous wines without worry. Start with a visit to Aix-en-Provence, known for its cathedral full of 15th-century art and its atmospheric main drag, Cours Mirabeau. If you're visiting in summer, continue to the Vaucluse area to see the lavender fields in bloom. From here, head to the old papal town of Avignon to explore its historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the city’s medieval ramparts, gorgeous cathedral, and enormous fortress palace.

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Marseille Smalll Group Electric Bike Tour

Marseille Smalll Group Electric Bike Tour

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Discover the beauty and culture of historic Marseille on this family-friendly electric bike tour. Accompany your guide and a small group on a ride through Marseille’s ancient streets. Explore off-the-beaten-path corners of the city, picturesque ports and main attractions like Palais du Pharo and Notre-Dame de la Garde, and cruise along the waterfront for gorgeous Mediterranean views. See more of France’s oldest city with ease.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Provence in a Day Tour from Marseille

Provence in a Day Tour from Marseille

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Soak up the bounty, beauty and history of Provence on a full-day trip from Marseille. In Avignon, the ‘City of Popes,’ you’ll discover ancient and medieval art and architecture on a guided, small-group tour. Pop into the Popes’ Palace (own expense) before continuing to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to sample fine Provençal wines in an elegant château. Finish with a visit to the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
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5-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of the Provence from Marseille in Luxury Car

5-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of the Provence from Marseille in Luxury Car

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Experience the delights of storybook Provence with a half-day tour from Marseille in a luxury car. Your private tour is fully customisable, so you can create the perfect itinerary and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide. Perhaps drive along the Corniche coastal road from Marseille, visit the home of Paul Cezanne in Aix-en-Provence or hop off in beautiful Cassis for a boat cruise around the famous calanques (inlets). Alternatively, stay in Marseille and hit the shops of the Old Port or admire the views from Notre-Dame de la Garde.
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  • 5 hours
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Electric Bike Tour to the Calanques from Marseille

Electric Bike Tour to the Calanques from Marseille

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Discover the remarkable beauty of France’s Mediterranean coast on a full-day electric bike tour! This unique outdoor excursion takes you to lovely ports and fishing villages like Madrague Montredon and Vallon des Auffes and through dramatic calanques-filled coves. Along the way, stop to swim and have lunch.Then head back to Marseille for a tour of great sites such as Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseille

Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseille

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Witness the unimaginable beauty of Provence’s lavender fields on this excursion from Marseille. In a small group, visit the delightful bohemian town of Aix-en-Provence and travel through Valensole Plateau. Marvel at the endless, undulating fields of lavender and soak up the distinct fragrance that perfumes the air, particularly in the middle of summer. Stop in Valensole village to pick up a bouquet and some essential oils to take home!
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  • 9 hours
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Marseille Private Tour

Marseille Private Tour

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Your professional guide will pick you up from anywhere in Marseille or Aix-en-Provence to start your private excursion. This 4-hour tour is a scenic minivan tour. It includes several stops: Palais Longchamp, Corniche Kennedy and Notre Dame de la Garde. You will start your private tour of Marseille passing through the forts of Saint-Nicolas and Saint-Jean, before walking along La Canebière, the main street of Marseille, in the Old Port. Your guide is at your entire disposal during the 4 hour tour. End the tour at the old port and enjoy some free time to do some shopping and taste the local specialties.
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  • 4 hours
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