City Orientation Walk I, Marseille

Located on the Mediterranean coast of France, Marseille is the largest commercial port and the second most populous city in France. Being also the country's oldest, the city is known for its ancient heritage, distinctive culture, ethnic diversity and strong identity, all of which secures for Marseille the status of a major tourist destination. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the top attractions of Marseille.
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City Orientation Walk I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk I
Guide Location: France » Marseille (See other walking tours in Marseille)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: dana
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La Cathedrale de la Nouvelle Major

1) La Cathedrale de la Nouvelle Major (must see)

Marseille Cathedral, or Cathédrale de la Major, is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and a national monument of France. It has been a basilica minor since 1896. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Marseille (formerly the Diocese of Marseille until its elevation in 1948).

The present cathedral, the "Nouvelle Major", was built on an enormous scale in Byzantine-Roman style from 1852 to 1896 on the site used for the cathedrals of Marseille since the fifth century, principally by the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM)

2) Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) (must see)

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM) (French: Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée) is a national museum located in Marseille, France. The museum is devoted to European and Mediterranean civilizations. With a permanent collection charting historical and cultural cross-fertilization in the Mediterranean basin, it takes an interdisciplinary approach to society through the ages up to modern times.

A cube of 15,000 square metres (160,000 sq...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fort Saint-Jean

3) Fort Saint-Jean

Fort Saint-Jean is a fortification in Marseille, built in 1660 by Louis XIV at the entrance to the Old Port. Fort Saint-Nicolas was constructed at the same time on the opposite side of the harbor. Two earlier buildings were incorporated into the structure of the fort: the twelfth century Commandry of the Knights Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem, which served as a monastic hospice during the crusades; and the fifteenth century tower of René I, King of Provence.

In April 1790 Fort...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hotel de Ville (City Hall)

4) Hotel de Ville (City Hall)

Located along the riverside, the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) is a baroque building dating from the 17th century. It stands as the only buildingon the harbor that survived after World War 2. The center of Marseille has several pedestrianized zones, most notably rue St Ferréol, Cours Julien near the Music Conservatory, the Cours Honoré-d'Estienne-d'Orves off the Old Port and the area around the Hôtel de...   view more
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Le Panier - Old Marseille

5) Le Panier - Old Marseille (must see)

Marseille's old town Le Panier sits on a hill to the right of the Vieux Port. If you ever wish to experience first-hand the "real" Mediterranean feel of Marseille – winding narrow streets, quirky shops, abundance of eateries with delicious al fresco food and, often, live music, – this old neighborhood is ideal. It gets particularly interesting in spring/summer when most of the places are open. In recent years the area underwent renovation and is now growing more and more...   view more
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La Vieille Charité

6) La Vieille Charité (must see)

La Vieille Charité is a former almshouse, now functioning as a museum and cultural center, situated in the heart of the old Panier quarter of Marseille. Constructed between 1671 and 1749 in the Baroque style to the designs of the architect Pierre Puget, it comprises four ranges of arcaded galleries in three storeys surrounding a space with a central chapel surmounted by an ovoid dome. The main body of the structure is a rectangle, 112m by 96m, composed of four walls in pink and yellow-tinted...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne

7) Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne (must see)

This museum offers visitors an extensive overview of the Mediterranean civilizations of antiquity. It has a notable Egyptian department and pottery, bronzes and glass dating from Etruscan, Greek and Roman times, as well as a collection of regional archeology. Established in 1863, the museum is one of the oldest in Marseille and the second oldest in France. Today, this invaluable collection can be seen in the Vieille Charité...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Arc de Triomphe de la Porte d'Aix

8) Arc de Triomphe de la Porte d'Aix (must see)

Porte d'Aix, or Porte Royal, is a triumphal arch marking the old entry point to the city on the road from Aix-en-Provence. The classical design by Michel-Robert Penchaud was inspired by the triumphal arches of the Roman Empire. The main facades depict the battles of Fleurus, Héliopolis, Marengo and Austerlitz.

The Porte d’Aix was initially conceived in 1784 to honor Louis XIV and to commemorate the Peace of Paris that ended the American war of independence. Following the restoration...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jardin des Vestiges

9) Jardin des Vestiges (must see)

The garden known as Jardin des Vestiges in Marseille is loaded with history and symbolic plants. It contains Greek and Roman relics, as well as sections of Marseille's old city walls and monuments. The ruins are an historical area where many visitors are intrigued by the museum at Jardin des Vestiges, along with the port, Greek fortifications, fresh water basin, streets and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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La Canebiere

10) La Canebiere

Close to the Vieux Port and Le Panier, La Canèbiere is another of Marseille’s most important areas. It is the city’s biggest avenue, and it represents the wealth that Marseille once possessed and gladly displayed. The huge, ornate buildings and elegant hotels that once stood on each side of the street have now mostly been converted into restaurants, shops or offices, but they still conserve some of their previous grandeur. The avenue stretches almost one kilometer from the Vieux Port, and...   view more

Walking Tours in Marseille, France

Create Your Own Walk in Marseille

Create Your Own Walk in Marseille

Creating your own self-guided walk in Marseille is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Marseille

Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Marseille

Marseille, as a main trading center, has a huge number of specialty shops. They range from olive oil, coffee and tea to old-fashioned toys, famous Marseille soap and carved wooden creche figurines (santons). Take this tour and discover yet another side of this wonderful city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Located on the Mediterranean coast of France, Marseille is the largest commercial port and the second most populous city in France. Being also the country's oldest, the city is known for its ancient heritage, distinctive culture, ethnic diversity and strong identity, all of which secures for Marseille the status of a major tourist destination. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the top attractions of Marseille.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Historical Walking Tour in Marseille

Historical Walking Tour in Marseille

As Marseilles is the oldest city in France, it has a lot to offer visitors interested in history. It has many ancient buildings and churches of historical interest. All of these ancient buildings are very popular among tourists and have a rich history. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most interesting constructions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Daily Life in Marseille

Daily Life in Marseille

When you take this route, you'll have the opportunity to visit spots of locals' everyday life and get a glimpse of what it is like to live in Marseille. Come early at the harbor to see fishermen departing into the sea, do some shopping at a local market, enjoy a cup of coffee in the café around the corner. You will have a lot of fun on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Art Gallery Walk in Marseille

Art Gallery Walk in Marseille

As the oldest city in France, Marseille has rich history and traditions that led to the development of the city as the main cultural center of the region. Here visitors can enjoy galleries of science and technology, photography, general and local history and culture, architecture and design. This tour will take you through the best of them.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Sweet Tooth Tour in Marseille

Sweet Tooth Tour in Marseille

Marseille boasts a number of wonderful little shops catering to the sweet tooth, offering chocolates, truffles, cookies and other pastries. Take this tour to sample a few select shops within a pleasant walk of the city center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km