Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde Tours

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Perched atop the city’s highest hill, the magnificent Basilique 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 the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde; in fact, the religious site 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
The Basilica 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
The cathedral 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 the Basilique 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.
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Address: Montée de la Bonne Mère, Marseille, France
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Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike

Spend your time in port in Marseille exploring with ease by electric bike on this 4-hour 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 centuries of rich maritime history.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Marseille Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Small Group Tour of Marseille

Spend the morning exploring Marseilles’ historical neighborhoods on a small-group tour with a guide. Perfect for visitors looking to maximize their time in the city, the tour covers many of the city’s main sights in half a day. Peruse shops and restaurants in the along the water in the old port, and take in panoramic views along the Cape Croisette.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Marseille Shore Excursion: Full Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike

Spend your time in port in Marseille exploring the city with ease on this 6-hour electric bike tour. Hop into the saddle at the port and head to top city attractions including the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica and Pharo Palace. Ride from the Vallon des Auffes to quiet coves along the Corniche Kennedy, and perhaps stop for a swim along the way. Capture sweeping coastal views on camera, and delve into the bustling Joliette district — now a popular hot spot of culture and the Arts.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Marseille Shore Excursion: City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Marseille

With just one day in port in Marseille, this half-day shore excursion ensures that you make the most of your time. Walk around the atmospheric Vieux Port, visit the magnificent Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, and admire landmarks such as the Palais Longchamp, then drive out to Cap Croisette to enjoy views across the Mediterranean.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Provence Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

Immerse yourself in the distinctive beauty of Provence with a full-day tour of the Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille! With your small group, view elegant mansions along Aix’s Cours Mirabeau and tour Paul Cézanne’s art studio (additional expense) before heading to Cassis to view breathtaking calanques from the village’s charming harbor. End in Marseille with a historic tour of main attractions such as the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Colorbus Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Cruise the history-filled streets of Marseille during this fun and informative bus ride. If a sight catches your eye, then hop down and explore—you'll have unlimited opportunities to hop back on. Perfect for first-time visitors, the tour covers 14 different stops, from the Old Port to the castle that inspired The Count of Monte Cristo. Learn about each attraction with an onboard audio guide, available in 8 different languages.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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Provence Sightseeing Tour: Marseille and Cassis Calanques Cruise

Discover highlights of the French Riviera on this 6-hour small-group tour Marseille and Cassis! Journey along the rugged yet beautiful Route de Crêtes, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the Gulf de Cassis from Cape Canaille. Cruise from Cassis (option) to view the region’s three famous calanques, then head back to Marseille to tour the city’s main attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Day Tour from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille

Spend a delightful day in southern Provence on a small-group tour exploring highlights of this romantic region. Stroll through the famous market in charming Aix-en-Provence, enjoy the UNESCO-listed inlets and beaches of Cassis and take a guided tour through more than 2,500 years of French history in seaside Marseille. Travel aboard a comfortable minivan with a small group for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Cassis and Marseille Small-Group Tour from Aix-en-Provence

Combine a visit to the scenic fishing village of Cassis with the bustling port city of Marseille on this full-day small-group tour from Aix-en-Provence. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed coastline of Cassis, past the dramatic calanques, then look out over the bay from the Cape Canaille, Europe’s highest sea cliff. After lunch (own expense), head to Marseille to take in highlights like Le Panier, Saint Victor Abbey, Notre Dame de la Garde basilica and Fort Saint-Jean.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Electric Bike Tour to the Calanques from Marseille

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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Marseille Electric Bike Tour

Discover the beauty and culture of historic Marseille on this family-friendly electric bike tour! Over two hours and a half or three hours and a half, accompany your guide and 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!
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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5-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of the Provence from Marseille in Luxury Car

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Tour: Marseille and Cassis Day Trip

Embark on a private day trip encompassing two French Riviera favorites: Marseille and the ancient fishing port of Cassis. Marvel at the incredible coastal scenery of the Corniche des Crêtes as you make your way toward Cassis. Once there, peruse the charming streets or set out on a relaxing cruise (own expense) for close-up views of the 'fjords of the French Rivera.' Return to Marseille for a city sightseeing tour that includes Notre-Dame de la Garde, a stunning Neo-Byzantine church that's also a popular pilgrimage site.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Excursion Cassis and Marseille City Tour

Experience the highlights of Provence all in one day on this private, seamless shore excursion. Meet your guide at the Marseille port and head first to the seaside city of Cassis. You’ll have time at your leisure to stroll its streets, relax on the beach, or even go on a short cruise of the coastline (own expense). Then, continue to Cap Canaille, renowned for its panoramic views overlooking the Mediterranean. Finally, return to Marseille, where you’ll visit the hilltop Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica and more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Marseille Shore excursion : Urban Electric Bike Tour of Marseille

With a limited time in port in Marseille, this electric bike tour lets you explore much further than a walking tour. Climb up to the hilltop Notre Dame de La Garde and ride along the coast to the Malmousque and Maldormé Calanques; cycle around the Old Port, Corniche Kennedy, and the Panier district; and see landmarks such as Borely Parc, the MuCEM Museum, and the Pharo Palace.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Marseille and Aix-en-Provence Day Trip from Avignon

Discover charming southern Provence with a private full-day tour of Marseille and Aix-en-Provence from Avignon. Wander Aix’s Cours Mirabeau, an elegant boulevard laced with 17- and 18th-century mansions, cafés and boutiques, and tour Paul Cézanne’s final art studio (additional expense). Continue to bustling Marseille for a sightseeing expedition to Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Abbey of St Victor and Vieux Port (Old Port).
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Marseille Street Art Walking Tour

Marseille has long been the epicenter French street art and this 3-hour walking tour offers a comprehensive introduction to the vibrant art form. Escape the tourist trail and uncover the secrets of Marseille’s colorful street art scene as you visit bohemian Cours Julien and Le Panier; stroll around the Old Port; and explore neighborhoods such as Noailles, Notre-Dame-du-Mont, and La Plaine.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Marseille City Tour from Marseille Cruise Port or Hotel in Private Van

Exploring the Mediterranean’s largest coastal city on your own can be daunting. Make your Marseilles vacation stress-free with a private 3-hour sightseeing tour. All-inclusive private transportation allows you to visit Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, Le Panier, Vieille Charité, and other iconic attractions quickly and comfortably. You’re also free to customize the itinerary to include the attractions that interest you and skip the ones that don’t.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Urban Electric Bike Tour of Marseille

Explore Marseille on an electric bike tour with an experienced guide, who introduces you to sights such as Notre Dame de La Gard, Corniche Kennedy, Roucas Blanc, Borely Parc and the old port along the city waterfront. As you go, learn about the history and culture of one of France’s oldest cities. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people and provides an easy to enjoy the city on two wheels without too much effort—the motorized bike does most of the work!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small Group Half Day Guided Marseille and Cassis with Cruise in Calanques

Discover Marseille and Cassis in half day in a small group Guided Tour by Minibus. You will depart from Marseille at 8.30am to visit one of the Gem of South of France :The Fasinating Cassis admiring the breathtaking  and one of the most beautiful shorelines while having a cruise.You will end having a Panoramic View of the Phocean City:Marseille with some photo stops of some amazing landmarks overlooking the picturesque Mediterranean Coast.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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E-Bike Tour zu den Calanques von Marseille

Spend a day riding along the breathtaking Mediterranean coast on this electric bike tour from Marseille. Pedal with ease to the city’s southern outskirts and down to the region’s famous ‘calanques,’ dubbed the ‘fjords of the French Riviera.’ Pause at picturesque seaside villages to swim, have lunch. Visit Vallon des Auffes, Les Goudes, Callelongue Cove and more, and end back in Marseille to visit Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, overlooking the colorful Old Port.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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Private Provencal Market, Gourmet and Shopping Tour to Aix en Provence from Marseille

Discover the famous flavors and sights of Provence on a private, full day-tour from Marseille. Travel to charming Aix-en-Provence for a walking tour of the historic city center, plus tastings of specialty products and lunch at the town’s legendary market. Back in Marseille, take a sightseeing tour of St Victor Abbey, Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and other highlights, and continue shopping at the city’s popular new mall and market.
  • Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes
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Private Tour: Marseille City Sightseeing and Aix-en-Provence Day Trip from Marseille

Discover the many cultural offerings of Aix-en-Provence and nearby Marseille on a private day trip. Begin with a stroll along Aix's cafe-lined Cours Mirabeau, known for its illustrious mansions, and explore the city's Old Town. Then pay an optional visit to the Cézanne Studio (own expense), highlighting the life of native Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Next it's off to the vibrant waterfront city of Marseille for a sightseeing tour of sights like the Abbey of St Victor, with its stained-glass windows and tiny vineyard.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Multiday Tour South Est of France

In this multi-day Tour Get a full Experience Around South Est of France including Provence and French riviera from Nice to Marseille in this 6 day tours
  • Duration: 5 days
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