Free tour – Visit Marseille old town

(71 customer reviews)

Visit Marseille Old Port with us !

 

When ? Every day !

Where ? Look for the light blue umbrella at the metro 1 exit “Vieux Port” under the mirror canopy, across the street from the Burger King.

What time ? At 11am

How long ? About 2 hours

Language ? The tour will be in english

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Description

Our journey starts at the beautiful old port of Marseille, from where we enter the oldest neighbourhood in France, the “Le Panier”. Going through Marseille monuments, you’ll see the new Hotel Dieu, which opened for the “Marseille Provence 2013” event, during which Marseille was labelled as the European capital of culture.

Through the ascent of Accoules, our guide will lead you to the “Place des Moulins” and will tell you about its magnificent history along with answering your questions. The tour finishes at the “Le Panier” district, only a few steps away from the Mucem museum, the new icon of Marseille, which is the most visited place in the city, thanks to the modern architecture linked to the Fort St. Jean. This monument presently offers many beautiful exhibitions and shows. This tour will help you to understand and witness the modernization process that has been taking place in Marseille since the last few years.

It will be our pleasure to tell you everything about other Marseille tours you may enjoy, more Marseille monuments to visit, the Calanques National ParkMarseille nightlife to find the best Marseille bars and pubs and what to see and do during your stay !

71 reviews for Free tour – Visit Marseille old town

  1. Lydia (verified owner)

    Ezekiel was an amazing tour guide. We wandered through the Old Port and the oldest parts of Marseille and he had fascinating knowledge and a passion for the architecture and history that was infectious. We also took in some of the key areas of regeneration from the City of Culture, and Eze had all the attractions in his bank of facts. Would highly recommend this tour!!

  2. Simona (verified owner)

    Great tour! Really recommend 🙂

  3. Raja (verified owner)

    We really enjoyed the tour with Ezekiel and learned al lot about the history, architecture and culuture of the city!! We can truely recommend it to everybody who visits Marseille!!

  4. Debbie does Marseille (verified owner)

    What an amazing walk the highlight of my trip to Marseille and probably the best guide I’ve ever had. This walk gives real insight to the history of Marseille and covers some amazing areas at a good pace, an absolute must do walk. Do also reward the guides, they are so professional and deserve every euro.

  5. Kerpic

    Le tour guidée était très intéressant et instructif le guide était très cool aussi.

  6. onyourmark, . Canada (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this walking tour with Ezekiel. We covered many areas of the downtown neighborhoods going back in history. He was fluent in English and was passionate about his adopted city. An enlightening outing while in port. The massive protests did not diminish our enjoyment.

  7. Martin & Barbara Keating (verified owner)

    Really recommend this tour. Great insight into Marseille packed into two hours.

  8. Joan (verified owner)

    I thought the tour was excellent, the guide made it excellent; she knew lots of details, loved the city, and pointed out prices of purchases to watch out for. She was enthusiastic about the tour and provided lots of good ideas and points of interest, I highly recommend this tour and would take it again.

  9. Simon Kell (verified owner)

    I had a great one day stop in Marseille traveling across the south french shore. The free walking tour team made it actually only better! It was worth spending two hours with their Tourguides, every question could be answered and I got a great overview of the ancient Marseille and how it is nowadays. Thank you very much!

  10. Stephanie (verified owner)

    Do it! It was Amazing! What an INCREDIBLE way to spend our time in Marseille. The tour guide was so informative, teaching us about the growth and change of Marseille, how to figure out good Marseille soap and pricing, how the Nazi invasion literally changed the face of the city, and more. I just absolutely loved it and have been recommending this tour to everyone traveling to Marseille.

  11. Augusta (verified owner)

    The process of booking was really easy and I used WhatsApp to get in touch. Prompt replies and met Ezekiel and other walkers the next day. Eze was humorous, well-informed and gave us a lovely tour around Marseille. He was open to questions and very knowledgeable. I would really recommend this tour. People visiting are quite lucky to have this. I was worried about wandering the streets on my own but with Eze and many other people to walk along with, I felt much safer

  12. Milica Rimanovska (verified owner)

    A must!Not only Ezekiel will give all the historic-social-political-anthropological and gastronomical context about Marseille,he would do it with such humour and grace,you will fall in love!We absolutly enjoyed the tour,all our questions were answered and even more!Thank you Ezekiel and we will be back!

  13. Afef (verified owner)

    The best way to start a solo trip to Marseille! It was so fun and informative.
    Thank you Angie for the wonderful tour
    Totally recommend it !!!

  14. Judy Davidoff (verified owner)

    This was a very nice tour, well done, engaging knowledgeable guide.

  15. Evelyn (verified owner)

    Excellent walking tour. Get to see loads of different areas of Marseille and I learned so much. Friendly and funny tour guide. I have already recommended it to friends.

  16. Emily (verified owner)

    This was a thorough, comprehensive, and very informative tour that covered the history and beauty of Marseille. Mattew was our tour guide, and he did an amazing job of leading our group and answering our questions. I highly recommend this tour!

  17. Sophie

    Awesome Tour. We had much fun and learned a lot about the History of marseille. Would recommend it.

  18. Gerdas (verified owner)

    Was a lovely tour, about 2 or so hours, learned quite a bit about the history of Marseille. Interest way to see some of the highlights of the city and learn recommendations from the guide. Angie was awesome,high energy, had a nice chat with her.

  19. Sofia

    Viki nos dio un tour de maravilla. Estuvo genial!

  20. N Tindall (verified owner)

    Awesome tour!

  21. N Tindall (verified owner)

    Awesome tour! I look forward to recommending this your to others

  22. Kerry (verified owner)

    Angie was a fabulous , friendly guide. Very knowledgeable about Marseille and the Vieux Port but also made the tour fun. It was a lot of information but she got it across in a very engaging way. It lasted just over 2 hours and we went into the back streets with regular stops and talks. My husband and I really enjoyed it and it kick started our 2 day visit to Marseille. I would highly recommend this tour.

  23. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    Ezekiel is amazing! He is so knowledgeable about the city! Highly recommended!

  24. Leslie (verified owner)

    I arrived on a cruise. The walking tour was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. I was wary of being alone in Marseille because of its history. The guide made it clear that significant changes have been made to make things safer. It was a wonderful two hour tour. I would highly recommend it.

  25. Smadar (verified owner)

    Knowledgeable, interesting and up to date. Recomeneded!

  26. Janelle (verified owner)

    What a wonderful tour done by Eze! We learned so much about Marseille and really enjoyed his enthusiasm and knowledge about the city. He gave great recommendations of what more to see. Highly recommended!!

  27. Demir (verified owner)

    The tour was very informative, I was able to see most of the important attractions within only one tour. I strongly suggest anyone who would like to see the best part of the city and who would like to have information about its history as well. By the way, I can’t finish my review without mentioning our tour guide Mathew who made the tour amazing :)). Thank you very much Mathew 🙂

  28. Cara

    Ezequiel was a fantastic tour guide. Spent 2.5 hours giving us all the historic details about the Vieux Port and surrounding areas. Highly recommend! I love a free walking tour when visiting a new city and this was probably the best one I’ve ever had.

  29. Vita from Germany (verified owner)

    Well educated guide – professional anthropologist – brought us to the amazing corners of Marseille and explained the 2600 years history of Marseille in a very exciting manner: with joke, with old historic maps he brought with, with passion for his job.
    My children – 12 and 14 years old enjoyed the guided walking tour very much!
    The guide called himself “easy” and is really the best passionate guide of Marseille.
    Good structure, good histical review of 2600 years history, amazing walking with sightseeing and with lots if interesting facts about Marseille!
    Thanks a lot!
    Best regards
    Vita plus 2 children
    (free walking tour on 21. 07.2023)

  30. Sergio (verified owner)

    With Ezekiel it was really an interesting and funny way to discover Marseille, to walk through the streets and discover stories about the city. Highly recommended!

  31. Heather (verified owner)

    Angie was fantastic. She spoke English well for the English tour, she was passionate about Marseille and she was patient with the large group. She managed the group well and was inclusive of everyone. She also went over the alloted time frame with enthusiasm. Also, the tour route was good to familiarize yourself with areas to revisit.

  32. Cody (verified owner)

    Ezequiel was a fantastic guide! Very knowledgeable about the city. The tour was done at a good pace and we saw a lot. Strongly recommended for visitors to Marseille!

  33. Dylan (verified owner)

    The guide was awesome, he explained so many things in the time frame. Very recommended.

  34. Josh (verified owner)

    Wonderful walking tour! Informative, friendly, and, at times, humorous

  35. Jule Foelckel (verified owner)

    The tour was so amazing and interesting, highly recommended!!

  36. Anja (verified owner)

    Great tour! Highly recommended!

  37. Laurie Nee (verified owner)

    Took the tour with Isabella- her first English speaking tour. Her English was very good and she gave us a lot of great and fun information on marseille. We saw the highlights of the Old port and Le Panier. I would highly recommend this tour.

  38. Mareike Heitmüller (verified owner)

    The tour was just great! Thank you
    I can definitely recommend

  39. Emily (verified owner)

    Tour was fun and very informative, we really wouldn’t have learnt about all the history behind Marseille without going on the tour. Thank you!

  40. Tabea (verified owner)

    We had a lovely tour guided by Ezekiel! Would totally recommend to do it, we learned a lot about Marseille and it’s history and Ezekiel did. the tour with so much passion and fun! Thanks for that! 🙂

  41. Ian (verified owner)

    An excellent tour with a very knowlegeable and friendly guide (Ezekial – anglacised spelling). Would recommendit highly to visitors to Marseille to understand the history of what you will see.

  42. Federico (verified owner)

    Ezekiel was great showing us the old town. He got a great approach give the tour keeping everyone engaged through it. He was clear and well spoken with a funny sense of humor.
    I will totally recomend the tour to anyone who visit old Port in Marseille

  43. Simon (verified owner)

    Very informative

  44. Jasmin (verified owner)

    Nice tour

  45. Kiwi Sue and Brett (verified owner)

    This was a great walking tour! Our (Brazilian) guide spoke very good and clear English and his knowledge and stories were excellent. Although he said it would take 2 hours it was probably closer to 3 hours. He went at a pace that suited everyone and paused in the shady places as it was such a hot day. We learnt heaps and had a good time. My husband and I would thoroughly recommend this walking tour.

  46. Ricardo (verified owner)

    Great tour with Santiago!

  47. Jenessa (verified owner)

    We really enjoyed the Marseille walking tour. Unfortunately, I don’t recall our guide’s name (he was Brazilian) – very funny and very knowledgeable. We learnt a lot and enjoyed the history of Marseille!

  48. Ben F (verified owner)

    We loved our Marseille walking tour. Our tour guide was very funny and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed seeing and learning the history of Marseille!

  49. Ann (verified owner)

    Angie, Oh Aaaaaangie!

    Angie, our walking tour guide, was fabulous. She was full of interesting facts, entertaining and captivating – so much so she managed to keep a group of around 30 of us with her, hanging onto her every word. The tour itself is worth doing early in your time in Marseille as it gives you chance to get your bearings and find key spots. There were also plenty of really helpful tips about where to get buses, where to go for food, how much to pay for certain things.

    The tour is free. YES FREE! However, the guides work on tips, so do take some cash for them – it’s worth it 🙂

  50. Stuart (verified owner)

    Ezekiel was a great tour guide, so knowledgeable about the city that has become his home. I learnt lots, one of the best tours that I have done.

  51. Mudassar Haq

    What a great way to see and learn the cities history! Ezekiel was incredibly knowledgeable and very funny. You will not regret taking this walking tour.

  52. Jane (verified owner)

    fantastic tour very informative guide and spoke excellent English along with many other languages

  53. jiří

    Great tour, very informative. I don’t have anything to complain about.

  54. Richard Gravells (verified owner)

    An excellent walking tour of Marseille. It’s an easy to find meeting point that takes you on an informed view of the city. I recommend for anyone’s visit to Marseille.

  55. Claire (verified owner)

    This tour was a fantastic introduction to Marseille. Our guide, Ezequiel, was so knowledgeable, entertaining and passionate about his adopted city! This was my first visit, but my friends in the group had been before, nevertheless they learned so much. Ezequiel was happy to answer any questions and offered lots of tips about things to do and see, and even which buses you’d need to take to get further afield.
    I’m sad I only had one day in Marseille, I’d now love to see more. Absolutely 5 star tour!

  56. Antonio (verified owner)

    Ezequiel was super friendly, funny and knowlegeable about Marseille’s history. Great tour, thanks!

  57. Diana Francisco (verified owner)

    Ezequiel was an amazing guide! Great humor, knowledge and energy ✨
    The tour is super complete and interesting. I recommend it for anyone who is visiting Marseille!

  58. Isabel (verified owner)

    Great tour of Marseille by Ezekiel! Despite the wind/rain/cold he and the whole group was a trooper! It was a great introduction to Marseille and I learned a lot during it.

  59. Diane (verified owner)

    Really good tour and informative. We enjoyed it!
    The only thing, I’d suggest is to double-check the list of restaurants they recommend at the end of the tour. A good number of the restaurants on the list have closed down.

  60. Abderrahman

    Ezequiel is an amazing guide and is very passionate about what he is doing. I really enjoyed Marseille through his storytelling

  61. Smrita (verified owner)

    It was a great tour. Got to know so much about the city. Our guide was very passionate about Marseille and his story telling was excellent . Would highly recommend.

  62. Mariana Markova (verified owner)

    Ezekiel is an EXCEPTIONAL guide and I feel so lucky that I registered for his tour of Marseille.

  63. Stephen Coverdale (verified owner)

    Ezzy (Ezechiel) was entertaining and informative during this tour of Marseille. Weather was cool and wet but all seemed to enjoy the half day. Would recommend this tour anytime although some sections were too demanding. Not for wheelchairs in old quarter.

  64. Marta (verified owner)

    Ezzy was such a great guide! We learned a lot about Marseille from him. This tour is something I would definitely recommend to anyone who’s coming to visit Marseille!

  65. Kathy (verified owner)

    Ezekiel is a wonderful tour guide and well-versed in Marseille history. We thoroughly enjoyed our very informative and extensive tour. Our 16-year-old granddaughter loved it, too! We highly recommend the Old Town group tour.

  66. Madhuri (verified owner)

    The tour was quite informative and packed with facts. The evolution of the marseille was beautifully explained by Ezi. We covered most of the important spots around downtown and we were very happy by the end of the tour. It was a good combination of information, walking experience, humor and lovely weather 😊

  67. Robyn (verified owner)

    Recommend this tour. Ezekiel loves Marseille (he moved there 13 years ago from Argentina) and very knowledgeable. Good pace and nice balance of detail and humour.

  68. Rob Reeves (verified owner)

    Ezekiel is an excellent guide, we really enjoyed his tour. We had a day in the city arriving on a cruise ship.

    Showing good humour he picked up on the reputation the city has and that we could be taking our life’s in our hands doing the walk.

    We had heard negative things about the city, our perception was completely changed doing this tour, the old town and port are really interesting and felt very safe to walk around.

    Ezekiel provided a good depth of historical content and was fun at the same time.

    He provided some very good tips, we caught the local bus to Notre Dam which saved us a significant sum of money against the small tourist La Petite train.

    Highly recommended (for anyone else arriving via a cruise ship the starting point is really easy to find)

  69. Chris Ayling (verified owner)

    We had a great walking tour with Guam, he was friendly knowable and showed us some places we wouldn’t have found ourselves we would recommend booking a free tour of Marseille from this site. We really enjoyed the tour thank you

  70. Emmalene Fletcher (verified owner)

    We always seek out a free walking tour on a city break as its a perfect way to get an introduction to the city from those that know it best. Our guide was the Brazilian Yam, who clearly loved Marseille so much that he became passionate about sharing its stories with visitors. He interacted and kept everyone engaged, even pitching countries against in each in mini pop quizzes. The group was small enough to manage without it looking like he was trying to herd cats, and he used a radio mic which meant we could always hear his commentary.

    I felt that I understood the much-misunderstood city of Marseille much more at the end of this tour. He certainly didn’t shy away from informing us of the city’s shady past, of its unwanted standing as the second worse city in France for crime rates, its poverty and mafia connections. But since 2013, and its award of European Capital of Culture, the city has significantly cleaned up its act. Yam gives us the lowdown on the areas to avoid if travelling independently, but on this free walking tour we follow a very well-worn tourist path.

    My only suggestion would be to include suggestions of public toilets within the vicinity of the meeting point. It was a fellow tour customer that made a suggestion to us, and my husband dutifully went off for a tour of the city’s bathrooms before finding one that was functioning at Centre Commercial Centre Bourse. This was actually close to the Greek ruins stop on the tour!

    The Marseille Free Walking Tour is an excellent introduction to the city’s history, culture and politics, and the best way to truly appreciate the transformation the city has undergone in the past 10 years. Make sure you tip generously at the end!

  71. JJ (verified owner)

    Eziekel was an amasing tour guide. The time flew by. One of the best Walking Tours I have been on. He is very knowledgeable and you can feel his enthusiasm for the history of Marseille. A very informative tour. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Marseille

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