MARSEILLE TOURS AND MSC SHORE EXCURSIONS
Marseille’s terracotta rooftops, turquoise sea, limestone rocks and vivid street art form a landscape like no other in France. Even as France’s second-largest city, locals liken it to 111 villages. The best way to visit Marseille is with a guide who can further unlock its riches.
MSC shore excursions let you discover tucked-away treasures like the model boats that hang from the ceiling of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Snap photos of the Cathedral of Marseille that sits overlooking the ocean. Amble around Le Vieux-Port, admiring the sea views and lingering over a drink at a cafe terrace. Behold the Palais Longchamp, built to commemorate the arrival of water to Marseille. View the limestone cliffs that beckon nature-lovers to Calanques National Park.
Excursions IN MARSEILLE
Discover Marseille’s many treasures with our Marseille tours. Come ashore to learn why France’s oldest city is a feast for the senses, as local guides bring the city to life and reveal its stories. Better than a guidebook, MSC shore excursions are an unmissable part of any cruise itinerary.
Explore France’s oldest port on a Marseille city tour
Traverse over 2,600 years of history on a Marseille city tour. Reach great heights at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, a show-stopping structure with a 360-degree view. Wander the winding streets of Le Panier, where Provençal pastel facades are peppered with street art.
Follow the seagulls to the fish market on the Vieux-Port, the lively harbour lined with pleasure boats. Hug the shores of the Mediterranean on the famous La Corniche coastal road. Submerge yourself in the story of water’s arrival in Marseille at the ornate Palais Longchamp.
Take a stroll through history in charming Aix-en-Provence
Although only 30 kilometres from Marseille, Aix-en-Provence feels like another world entirely. As Provence’s former capital, the city features a wealth of exquisite Baroque architecture in its centre. Marvel at the soaring naves and organ at Saint-Sauveur Cathedral.
Stroll the tree-lined Cours Mirabeau and stately Mazarin Quarter, whose trickling fountains and golden facades have enchanted Aix’s residents since the 17th century. Like Cézanne, the local artist enchanted by the Provençal vistas, you’re sure to be won over by Aix’s beauty.
Discover the picturesque port and pastel houses of Cassis
Leave Marseille’s lively scenes for the laid-back vibes of Cassis. Once a quaint fishing village, this beloved town is tucked away in a beautiful cove surrounded by beach pines and some of France’s oldest vineyards. Stroll past wooden boats around the port and boutiques, galleries and cafes in the old town’s meandering streets.
Head to the pebbly beaches to bask in the sun and fabulous views, including those of France’s tallest sea cliff, Cap Canaille. Take a walk through nature at Calanques National Park, found just to the west of town.
book your cruise TO MARSEILLE (Provence)
Like the ancient Greek sailors who founded Marseille over 2,600 years ago, you’re sure to be captivated by this Mediterranean port. Discover the heritage, striking contrasts and diversity of France’s oldest city, and after exploring Marseille, your Mediterranean adventure continues. Peruse great Italian ports, such as Sicily and Sardinia, or head west to Barcelona and the Balearic Islands. All these sun-kissed Mediterranean gems and many more can be explored when you book a Marseille cruise.