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Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica (La Bonne Mère) Tours

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Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica (La Bonne Mère)
Perched atop the city’s highest hill, the magnificent Notre-Dame de la Garde, which is visible from all over the Marseille, is one of the city’s most striking landmarks. The Romano-Byzantine basilica dates back to the 19th century and is best known for its grand bell tower, which is capped with a gleaming gold statue of the Virgin Mary. 
 
The Basics
No sightseeing tour is complete without a visit to Notre-Dame de la Garde; in fact, the religious site, nicknamed "La Bonne Mère," is one of Marseille’s most-visited attractions. There are many ways to absorb the highlights of the port city: you can take a half-day shore excursion, zip around by electric bike, or combine a tour with a visit to other Provencal villages, such as Cassis and Aix-en-Provence. Tours and shore excursions also run to Marseille from Toulon, Avignon, and Aix-en-Provence, typically in combination with other towns around Provence. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entrance to the cathedral is free, but there’s a small fee to visit the cathedral’s museum.
  • Visitor facilities include two gift shops, a café, and parking. 
  • Most areas of the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Notre-Dame de la Garde perches on a steep hill. From Vieux Port (Old Port) just to the north, it’s a 20-minute bus ride—bus 60 runs from Cours Jean Ballard—to the basilica. You can also get there on foot (about an hourlong hike from the Old Port) or by taking the Petit Train from Quai des Belges.  

When to Get There
La Bonne Mère is open daily year round, but it can get busy in peak season (July and August), when it’s best to visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the tour groups. Assumption Day (August 15), when a special mass is held at the church, tends to draw large crowds. 

Inside Notre-Dame de la Garde
After admiring the basilica’s elaborate facade and Virgin Mary statue, marvel at the lavish interior, which is adorned with colorful marble, maritime-inspired murals, and intricate mosaics. The cathedral was painstakingly restored in 2006, but bullet marks and shrapnel scars on the northern façade are visible remnants of the fighting that took place during the Battle of Marseille in August 1944. And don’t miss checking out the view from the dome—it’s a dramatic panorama of the terracotta roofs dotting the city below.
Address: Montée de la Bonne Mère, Marseille, France
Admission: Free
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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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Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike

Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike

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Spend your time in port in Marseille exploring with ease by electric bike on this half-day cycling tour. Spin through the city streets with a guide, and discover top attractions such as Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and the Palais du Pharo. Enjoy panoramic French Riviera views along the pretty Corniche Kennedy, and visit traditional ports including the Vallon des Auffes. Along the way, explore the ancient Panier neighborhood and new Joliette district, and gain insight into centuries of rich maritime history.
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Visit Marseille by Segway (Notre Dame de la Garde Tower)

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From MuCEM to the Old Port via Saint Victor Abbey, this circuit will take you to the foot of the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica from where you will enjoy a breathtaking 360 ° view.
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Private Day Tour of Aix en Provence, Marseille & Cassis

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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Departing from Marseille, you will drive your 4x4 Jimny jeep with manual gearbox or automatic Beetle yourself in an exceptional site between sea and mountains, don't forget your driving license. A guide will open the route with his 9-seater shuttle, you will follow him throughout the course. You will be able to contemplate one of the most beautiful bays in the world (La Ciotat) and, via the route des crêtes, the magnificent creeks of blackcurrant seen from above at 350 meters above sea level by the sea. Sublime views . If the ridge route would be closed (strong winds), we could change the route. We will pass on our return, by the highest point of Marseille, Notre Dame De La Garde, where you can take photos. We will adapt our schedules according to your time of departure and arrival of the ship. 3 jeep cabrio and 3 Beetle cabriolet automatic for more user-friendliness. the price shown is per car, from 1 to 4 people. Unique in 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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Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Marseille and Cassis Tour

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Take advantage of your time in port with a private shore excursion through Marseille and Cassis! This 7-hour guided tour crosses the breathtaking Marseille-Cassis calanques for exceptional views of the Côte d’Azur from Cape Canaille. Explore the quaint fishing village of Cassis or take a sightseeing cruise before returning to Marseille to tour the city’s highlights such as Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Marseille City Segway Tour with Views from Notre Dame

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  • 7 to 8 hours
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