Virgin Voyages' guide to Marseille
From France's second-largest city to its countryside, discover medieval villages frozen in time (or Van Gogh's paintings).
The Mediterranean melting pot
As the oldest city in France, the streets of its Vieux Port and Le Panier quarter preserve thousands of years of history while also embracing modernity — with vibrant additions like murals, funky potted plants, and street art displays accenting the city. The Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (affectionately called the La Bonne Mére for short) overlooks the city from the highest hill; giving visitors a bird’s eye view of Marseille. And if you’d really like to make like a local and get to know the city, order a pastis on ice (the official drink of Marseille) and post up at a cafe — taking in the incredible personality of the second-largest city in France.
The musts of Marseille
The near and the far, far away
Tour Two Cities: Marseille and Aix-en-Provence
Hike the Calanques from Cassis
Mousset Estate Wine Tasting & Avignon on Your Own
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Sing-along from the French Revolution
Citizens marched in Paris singing “La Marseillaise” — the national anthem.
Discovered by the Greeks in 600 BCE, Marseille has a past as diverse as its people. MuCEM, a waterfront museum with striking architecture, shares the story of the Mediterranean and its many civilizations. Whether perusing Marseille’s historic streets, admiring the Palais Longchamp, or taking the train up to La Bonne Mére — you’ll get a peek into how France’s very first settlement turned into an essential and can’t-miss city. As Marseille continues to grow, the contrast between the bustling Provençal town and its neighboring quiet villages become more and more clear. And with 300 days of sunshine, Marseille is a must-see destination on the shores of the Mediterranean.
With an extended stay in Marseille, there’s more time to seas the day. Between approximately 8 am to 8 pm, we are offering a complimentary shuttle service to/from the cruise terminal and the Old Port of Marseille. So when you’re finished with your Shore Things adventures (or even if you did not go on one), you’ll have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the local Marseille scene.
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