Free tour: The Great History of Marseille

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Guru: Fabien
Quality Verified Registered on April 17, 2024

Hello, my friends ! Born here, local guide, I've been a guide in Paris for 8 years. Back in my original city with a strong desire to share in fun, entertaining and emotional ways all the beauty, spice and history of this great place. I studied art, history, traditions, cultures, story telling, acting... Curious about many things, I lived in Spain and in the US, I love meeting new people ! It will be a pleasure to have you on tour !

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Welcome on this tour to visit the oldest town of France.

We'll start  from the beautiful old port, a natural cove where the greeks arrived  600 before Christ !
We'll travel 2600 years ago in  Le Jardin Des Vestiges , where the Phoceans founded Massalia.

Entering the oldest neighborhood in France « Le Panier »
retracing the history and anecdotes of its monuments, Hotel de Cabre, Hotel Dieu, Pavillon Daviel, Church of the Accoules.

Up the hill thru the olds beautiful streets, we'll explain the evolution of the place, passing by the original street du Panier and its spicy past, and back down to admire the renaissance architecture of La Vielle Charité.

Arriving to the see sight off the New port we'll discover: Cathedrale of la major, Mucem, Villa mediterranée,Musée Regards de Provence.
A very pleasant and attractive area, highly visited for its view, the modern architecture and a unique cultural proposal...
Finally we'll get to the entrance of the old port, viewing Notre Dame, two fortress St Jean and St Nicolas, Church St Laurent and facing Abbaye St victor.

My goal is to give you a great, pleasant and deep understanding of my city.  Sharing history, stories, customs, and legends that make Marseille so special. I'll answer your questions and give you recommendations. I'll Be glad to have you on board !!!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Marché alimentaire, 13001 Marseille, ...
    Marché alimentaire, 13001 Marseille, France
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    I will be in the middle of the old port entrance, in the center of the place (across from Burger King / water side) white cap, white umbrella, white is correct !

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Old Port of Marseille
  • 2
    Outside visit
    vestige garden
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Hotel de Cabre
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Hotel Dieu Intercontinental Marseille
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Le Panier
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Center de la Vieille Charité
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Cathedrale La Major
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Villa Mediterranée
  • 9
    Outside visit
    fort st jean
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Eglise St Laurent
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Mucem - Musée des civilizations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée
  • 12
    Outside visit
    Notre Dame de la Garde
  • 13
    Outside visit
  • 14
    Outside visit
    Museum of History of the City of Marseille
  • 15
    Outside visit
    Rue de la Republique
  • 16
    Outside visit
    Le Panier
  • 17
    Outside visit
    Montée des Accoules
  • 18
    Outside visit
    Paroisse Notre-Dame-de-la-Major
  • 19
    Outside visit
    Abbey of Saint Victor of Marseille

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Ilse 12 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Great tour with Fabien, who really took his time to explain the history of the city and gave us lots of really great information. I would highly recommend the tour!
Lea 12 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Good tour to dip your toes in the history of marseille
Mafalda 12 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
This guru demands 10€ per person at the beggining of the tour, saying that if you don't want to pay that amount you can leave there. At the end, if you don't agree with that amount for whatever reason, he will bully you into paying more. The tour itself is good and clear, but the attitude of the guide isn't worth it. When we didn't want to pay that much for a group of four (because of some jokes we didn't like about the youth leaving without paying), he was rude and said he didn't want the money and was going to cancel our reservation (after we attended).
Serge 11 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Fabien was great and very knowledgeable.
Paul 11 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Very nice tour you learn a lot about marseille
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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