Experience the Mediterranean on your Cruise to Marseille

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From fine wine to art and history, discover the pillars of France on your trip to Marseille, and enjoy every minute of it.

Marseille is a city rich in culture. With beautiful landmarks, vast history, and breath-taking classic, modern and even street art, this bustling city is begging to be explored.

How to Get to Marseille

Marseille is a central stopover in many cruise itineraries through the Mediterranean, so your options are endless.

MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises offer varied tours that include Marseille, as does Royal Caribbean and Pullmantur.

Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises offer the same wide variety of itineraries, but with the added bonus of a more luxurious on-board experience so that you can be even more comfortable while you cruise through the Mediterranean.

Walking Tour

To truly experience Marseille, you simply must take a walk through the city. What better way to do that than with a well-thought-out tour by WalkinOnMars? Your tour guide will pick out the most significant spots; all you have to do is relax and enjoy the experience. On this tour, you’ll see Fort Saint-Jean, the magnificent Cathedral de la Major. Then, you’ll stop by the MUCEM before making your way to the Old Port.

The Streets

If you’ve had enough of Europe’s ancient monuments and buildings (we don’t judge), you could try the street art walking tour also offered by WalkinOnMars. This tour is much less orthodox than your traditional tour, but it’s just as enjoyable and fun. Discover Marseille’s hidden and less-showcased art pieces while also taking in the buildings and sights of the city.


In Marseille, there are many museums to visit, each catering to different interests.

Le Musée de la Moto, as the name states, showcases various models of motorbikes from different eras and manufacturers, all while explaining and recounting the history of the motorbike. If motorbikes fascinate you, this stop is certainly worth your while.

Le Musée des Beaux-Arts is the oldest museum in the city. This museum has an impressive collection of classics from the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as more modern pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. With its wide selection of paintings and sculptures, it is certain to satisfy those in search of the finer arts.

When in Provence…

France, particularly the Provence region, is famous for its wine. So, what better occasion to enjoy its wineries than during a stopover? Provence Wine Tours offers a unique wine tasting experience, as well as an opportunity to explore the city of Aix-en-Provence.

The tour starts in Marseille, where your tour guides will pick you up in time for a short drive to Aix-en-Provence. Once there, you’ll spend an hour and a half exploring the town and eating lunch. Afterwards, you’ll be brought to the nearby wineries, and you’ll be able to walk down the vineyards as your guides explain the production process. Finally, you’ll be taken into the winery for the tasting.

Let yourself be guided through the fine wines of this region and savour their unique flavours.

If you happen to pass by the old harbour, take a minute to look at L’Ombrière de Norman Foster, a modern infrastructure that was meant to be a bus stop to keep passengers out of the sun and rain. However, it quickly became famous for its reflective ceiling and is now a popular tourist attraction.

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Alice Fogliata Cresswell