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How to Spend 1 Day in Marseille

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How to Spend 1 Day in Marseille
As France’s oldest and second-largest city, seaside Marseille juxtaposes historic structures with innovative new builds. One day in the city gives you chance to tick off several top attractions and spend some time at sea. Here’s how. 

Morning: MuCEM and Fort Saint-Jean
Start your day with a walking tour of Marseille's Vieux Port, the sea-facing home of many top Marseille attractions Don't miss a trip to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM); you certainly won't be able to miss the building, with its latticed cube facade. Inside, admire hundreds of artefacts from across the Mediterranean region, which showcase past and present. From here, it's just a short stroll across a bridge to Fort Saint-Jean, a series of old buildings that now serve as an extension of the museum.

Afternoon: Château d’If
Stick around the Vieux Port area for lunch as there are plenty of sea-facing spots that serve up fresh seafood—for the ultimate local specialty, try the bouillabaisse. Then, take a tour out to Château d'If, a 16th-century fortress on a tiny offshore islet. It was made famous by its appearance in Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo, but it’s worth visiting even if classic French literature isn’t your thing, as it served as a prison for centuries. The best way to visit is either by hopping aboard the Frioul If Express from the Vieux Port or, if you want a more in-depth experience, join a tour from the mainland.

Evening: Sunset at Sea
There are plenty of ways to wrap up your day. You could go out for dinner and drinks back in town, or catch a show at the Marseille Opera or—if you can understand French—at La Criée Theatre. However, as Marseille is a city of seafarers, it's worth considering spending your final night at sea, on a catamaran cruise out into the Mediterranean. Cruises depart from the Vieux Port and typically combine drinks and dinner with unobstructed sunset views; some often include onboard DJs.
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Great Marseille Food Tour ExperienceHalf-day Tours

Great Marseille Food Tour Experience

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Get to know the culinary culture of Marseilles on a small-group walking tour with a guide. Traverse different neighborhoods, with local insights and history from your guide. Taste chocolates and traditional patisserie on La Canebière, visit a fish market on the old port, and sample plenty of wines, oils and more at a range of shopfronts and restaurants. Also enjoy a full lunch overlooking the water complete with wine and local specialties.
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Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille and Cassis TourFull-day Tours

Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille and Cassis Tour

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See the highlights of the French Riviera on this 7-hour shore excursion through Marseille and Cassis! This guided excursion takes you from Marseille port through the beautiful Marseille-Cassis calanques for panoramic views of the Côte d’Azur from Cape Canaille. Explore the ancient seaside village of Cassis or enjoy a cruise to view the ‘fjords of the French Riviera’ before returning to Marseille to tour the city’s main sights like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.
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Marseille Smalll Group Electric Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

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

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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Sunset Dinner Cruise in MarseilleDinner Cruises

Sunset Dinner Cruise in Marseille

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Take in the beauty of Marseille on this sunset dinner cruise. Sail along the coast and enjoy a drink on the deck of a catamaran. Dine on board in a scenic cove behind the Frioul archipelago. Admire stunning views of Marseille illuminated and dance the night away to music by a professional DJ.
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