Chateau d'If Tours

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Immortalized by Alexandre Dumas' intrepid protagonist Edmond Dantes in 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (Le Comte de Monte Cristo), the 16th-century fortress of Château d'If has allured history and literature buffs since it opened to the public in 1890. Perched on a rocky islet west of Marseille's Port Vieux (Old Port), the fortress-turned-jail incarcerated anyone opposing official authority between 1580 and 1871, endowing it with the status of one of France's most significant historical landmarks.

The Basics
For a holistic introduction to Marseille's rich history, combine your visit to Château d'If with a sightseeing tour or shore excursion of Marseille city, a jewel in the coastal crown of the French Riviera. Tick off Cathedrale de la Major, Notre-Dame de la Garde church, and Fort Saint-Jean before a guided tour of Château d'If. For travelers that prefer to explore independently, a Marseille city pass (valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours) covers your entry and boat ride to Château d'If, in addition to admission to 13 of Marseille's museums and a free walking tour.

If you've got limited time in Provence, a full-day cruise from Marseille to Cassis comes highly recommended — the panoramic views of the Côte d'Azur, the Gulf of Cassis, and the rocky promontories of the Marseille calanques reveal themselves in sun-drenched splendor. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of Château d'If that reveals the fortress' history.
  • A visit to the fortress is ideal for history and literature enthusiasts.
  • Audio guides are available in 11 languages.
  • Take a packed lunch or book a tour with an included meal, as only ice cream and drinks are available to purchase on the island of If.
  • If venturing to If independently, put aside three hours to cover the round-trip journey from Marseille and the fortress and island tour.

How to Get to Château d'If
From Vieux Port in Marseille, the Frioul If Express departs every hour, with the last departure from Marseille running at 4:05pm. The journey only takes 20 minutes and offers beautiful views of the Mediterranean's Frioul archipelago, which, in addition to If island, includes the islands of Pomegues and Ratonneau.

When to Get There
Château d'If is open between 10am and 6pm throughout the year but closed on Mondays. Due to its coastal location, it is more pleasant to visit on a warm and sunny afternoon. The summer months of June through September are prime for their warm climate and balmy coastal breeze.
Location
Address: Chateau d'If, Marseille, France
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Hours: May 15–Sept 20: daily 9:30am–6:15pm; Sept 21–May 14: daily 9am–5:30pm. Closed Mondays from Sept–March.
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Admission: €5
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Skip the Line Ticket: Chateau d'If in Marseille

Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Castle of If in Marseille by pre-booking your tickets in advance. Explore inside the magnificent 16th-century castle on a self-guided tour, learn more about the historic landmark, which featured in ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, and take in spectacular views along the Mediterranean coast.
  • Duration: 45 to 90 mins
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$6.95 USD
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  • Duration: 45 to 90 mins
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Marseille City Pass

Build your own custom (and cost-efficient!) tour of Marseille’s best cultural attractions with the Marseille City Pass!  With your single-day or multi-day pass, visit museums, castles, basilicas and more! With unlimited access to Marseille’s metro transport system and free entry to more than a dozen attractions in and around town, the all-inclusive Marseille City Pass offers something for every visitor.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$30.12 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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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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$150.62 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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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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$81.10 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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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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$608.26 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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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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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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$729.91 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes
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