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Marseille Off The Beaten Path Walking Tour

Marseille, France
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Get a breakdown of Marseille, while visiting places tourists and locals themselves don’t even know about on this walking tour of the port city. See famous spots, such as Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, Prophet's Beach, Planier Lighthouse, and Vallon des Auffes. Along the way, come across secret passages and hidden gems, too.  
  • Walking tour of Marseille's hidden gems
  • Go up to the highest point in the city, La Garde, and see Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
  • Pass through the Roucas Blanc neighborhood, and go down to Prophet's Beach
  • Walk down the seafront road, and catch a glimpse of the Planier Lighthouse
  • Visit the picturesque fisherman port, Vallon des Auffes

What's Included

  • 2 bus tickets per person
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • L'Ombrière de Norman Foster
    Quai de Rive Neuve, 13001 Marseille, France

    I will meet you under Norman Foster's Mirror Canopy (Ombrière) on the central dock of Old-Port, near "Vieux-Port" metro station. I will wear an orange winter jacket or hoodie depending on the season and weather. FOR CRUISE SHIP VISITORS: the cruise ship terminal is 8 kilometers from the Old Port.

Start time

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your walking tour of Marseille departs in the morning from the Old Port central dock of the city. This meeting spot is hard to miss because it’s where the fish market takes place every morning.

Once you get together with your group and guide, hop on a public bus (all public transport tickets needed for this tour are included). Your bus ride takes you up to La Grande, the highest point in the city. Here you can catch a glimpse of the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde before heading off on foot for the Roucas Blanc neighborhood.

As you pass through the neighborhood, enjoy views of the seashore and city. Follow your guide down to Prophet's Beach, one of the most well-known beaches in the area. Continue walking on the seafront road, Corniche, and spot the Planier Lighthouse.

Other places you’ll pass include the Valmer Gardens, Marégraphe, and Maldormé Creek. Your last stop is at Vallon des Auffes, the picturesque fisherman port. Your tour ends with return to the Old Port central dock.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 7 and under
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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A great way to see Marseilles!
Alison_M, Jul 2018
So glad we selected WalkinonMars for our brief time in port in Marseilles! Ugo knows and loves this city and we enjoyed ourselves immensely as he shared the culture and history of everything from churches to gardens to beaches and more! We experienced much more than if we would have been stuck on a tour bus. A lovely day and great to have the local perspective! Not to be missed!
Excellent trip,guide was very...
Marilyn B, Mar 2018
Excellent trip,guide was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful about how best to spend time in Marseille.
My three companions and I could not...
Jim L, Nov 2017
My three companions and I could not have been happier with our Marseille Off The Beaten Path tour. It lived up to its description, and we saw sights that we never would have without the expertise of our guide Ugo.
Ugo was a wonderful guide and very...
David_v, Sep 2017
Ugo was a wonderful guide and very knowledgeable on the history and neighbourhoods in Marseille. We had an enjoyable walking tour with Ugo, who was very accommodating to our family as we were running a little late. Thank you for an amazing visit to Marseille!
It was relaxing, personal and fun...
KA D, Nov 2016
It was relaxing, personal and fun. I learned not only about Marseilles, but insight into French politics, idioms and cooking. The walk was nicely planned to be mostly downhill, in and out of distinctive nooks and crannies, and ending up in the Vieux Port, right where we started. Ugo fielded my questions with open interest and gave me knowledgeable answers. I would enjoy another walk with him again.
Balade marseillaise surprenante
Curiosity, Mar 2020
Une flânerie savante, surprenante. Mille et une choses à prendre le temps de regarder. A faire ! ...
à partir du Vieux Port, à Marseille...
jean joseph L, Jun 2017
à partir du Vieux Port, à Marseille, nous sommes montés en bus , accompagné de notre guide Ugo de, jusqu'à Notre-Dame-de -la -Garde. visite de la Basilique. et découverte panoramique de Marseille Puis,en chemin, notre guide nous a conté l'Histoire et les histoires de Marseille, de Phocée à nos jours nous faisant remarquer des détails architecturaux Et au bout de plus de 3 h de déambulation on n'a pas vu le temps passé,le Vallon des Auffes petit port de pêche caché sous la route de la Corniche. Notre guide a su nous conseiller d'autres visites à faire et où déjeuner ce jour-là. excellent conseil.
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