The second largest city in France, although it has perennial disputes about this with Lyon, Marseille is also the oldest city in the region. Established in 600 B.C. by Greek sailors, who called Massalia, it has always been home to those who travel across the seas and add their own identity to the mix. Today, Marseille represents the proximity of the port metropolis to Algeria and France's historic colonialism in the area, with distinctly North African and Islamic presence in some streets and scenes; tiny glasses of silver sauces with steaming mint tea, the sounds of men from the Maghreb arguing in the corners, a call to prayer in the mistral breeze. For tourists, Marseille now has a growing reputation as an excellent city-breaking destination that stands on its own two feet, rather than just a convenient gateway to Provence. With its comfortable atmosphere created by 300 days of sunshine, a long weekend here is a joy if you know how to do it properly. When you are planning to visit Marseille with a group, then Coach Charter Europe is your bus company partner.
As a bus company with more than 40 years of experience, Coach Charter Europe is your professional and versatile charter partner when it comes to planning your journey. We have a wide fleet of new tour busses in various sizes and amenities. You can take advantage of our services and book an airport shuttle or charter bus for your sightseeing tours, or a high-quality VIP tour bus for your business trips. Our Coach Charter Europe charter Bus Team is always at your disposal and is happy to offer you a customized rental bus service. Only let us know and ask for your personal Coach Charter European charter bus service.
If you're wondering which places you can visit in Marseille, here are some suggestions from the bottom of the list. Keep in mind that our Coach Charter Europe Airport Shuttle and Tour Bus Coaches are the best way to travel around the city easily and safely.
1. Old Port
Marseille's huge rectangular port has been trading for 2,600 years and is more of a city than a single sight. On three sides there are quays with wide promenades surrounded mostly by 18th-century former warehouses. It seems like almost every one of them has a café, a fish restaurant or a bar on the ground floor with outdoor seating so that you can see life unfolding in this enchanting city as you nurse a pastis. Industry has long shifted to new ports to the ports to the north, and most of the boats in the old harbour are built for you.
2. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
It's hard to overlook this statue rising above the skyline south of the Old Harbor. This is a neo-Byzantine church of the 19th century, 150 meters above sea level, with a huge golden statue of the Virgin and Child at the top of its tower to watch over the maritime communities of Marseilles. There have been religious sanctuaries and watchtowers in La Garde for several years, and the basilica incorporates the lower levels of the Renaissance fort, which also had a chapel. Needless to say, the scenery up here is jaw-dropping. A tour bus will be wise partner exploring one of Marseille’s most famous landmarks.
3. Calanques National Park
Marseille's southern and eastern suburbs are brimming with an environment of outstanding natural beauty. The Calanques are craggy white limestone cliffs and creeks hitting the heights of the Garganto and descending quickly to the sea. You can explore these rugged wonders by land or by boat.
4. Les Calanques
Weather permitting, a relaxing boat ride to the beautiful Calanques – a stretch of coast between Marseille and Cassis – is a must for anyone visiting the city, especially during the summer. Stunning views, gorgeous beaches and a refreshing sea breeze are some of the highlights that travelers will enjoy when visiting the Parc National des Calanques. Another option is to cycle around the area and looks at the landscape on your own, or even rides a bike to one of the beaches and then rent a kayak or canoe and paddle out to the cliffs. The chartered bus can take you there.
5. Palais Longchamp
The magnificent Palais Longchamp is the home of the City Museum of Fine Arts, the oldest museum in Marseille. The museum houses an impressive collection of works by Italian and Provençal artists, and much of the paintings and works of art date from the 17th century to the present day. Apart from the stunning artwork, the palace also has a spectacular park that locals flock to when they want to enjoy the good weather, because it is one of the few green areas in the center of town. A bus rental at our bus company will make it easier for your group to get there
6. Le Panier
This part of Marseille, just north of the Old City, has been inhabited since 600 BC and has been the site of the Greek colony of Massalia. The city has grown into a place where Marseilles' waves of refugees have settled, and even today there is a significant population of the Maghreb and Corsica. It's a district with ochre-colored walls, stone stairways and long, corridor-like streets on sun-drenched squares. Until recently, it had also been one of the poorest areas of Marseille, as evidenced by La Vieille Charité, a baroque almshouse in the 17th century with three tiers of arcaded galleries around the chapel. Now it's an increasingly hip neighborhood with its own boutiques and design shops, cafés and a lot of creative street art. Our chartered bus will be wise partner exploring this amazing Old city.
Inaugurated in 2013, MuCEM is a state-of-the-art museum that regenerated part of Marseille's waterfront next to the Fort de Saint-Jean in the 17th century. Architecture is stunning, but what's inside is really very difficult to sum up: it's a kind of summary of Mediterranean culture and civilization, including sculpture, photography and historical objects. Most of the visitors agree that the exhibits are not the most cohesive, the most capricious, from time to time, and theme to theme, but they're so interesting that they're so different. The entrance to the fort, designed by Louis XIV, is included in the ticket and is linked to the museum by two bridges. A tour bus can look after your group transport here
8. Cuisine and bars
While France is widely known for its elegant and sophisticated cuisine, Marseille is especially famous for its pastis – an anise-flavoured aperitif – and its abundance of fresh seafood. Its restaurants and bars are therefore a perfect way to get to know the culture of the city better and to discover what French gastronomy has to offer – from bouillabaisse to wines on sale. Don't drink and drive afterwards, but rely on Coach Charter Europe Bus Company to get you back to your hotel safely.
9. Boulevard Longchamp
Some of Marseille's most edifying walks can be taken along the stunning Boulevard Longchamp with its high-rise 19th-century houses and twin rows of plane trees. The best way to do so is to travel from Canebière station to Palais Longchamp and the crescent-shaped colonnade and fountain of this majestic 19th-century complex can gradually come into view Palais Longchamp and the park and attractions. Our bus company will make sure you arrive safe and sound at this impressive and iconic landmark of Marseille.
10. Musée des Docks Romains
The ancient past of Marseille is so rich that one museum is not enough to show you all there is to see. The Musée des Docks Romains is a few streets on the north side of the Old Port and occupies the site of one of the only known Roman commercial warehouses in the world. They were discovered during the war, during which a number of streets were dynamized by the Nazis. What's going to blow you away here are dolia, huge ceramic jugs as tall as full-grown adults and capable of holding 2,000 liters. Chartered bus by Coach Charter Europe will get you there prompt.
Your Coach Charter Europe’s tour bus driver will pick you up from Marseille Airport (MRS) or any other location in and around Marseille to get you to your destination. With our airport shuttle it will take around 30 minutes to get inside Marseille city center. Hiring an own bus with driver and an Airport shuttle is the best option for group travel. If you intend to visit Marseille, hiring your own coach and driver is a relaxing, safe, flexible, and comfortable way to travel. Whether you need to accommodate a large group or just a small family group, as a charter bus rental bus company with more than 40 years of experience, we have the tour bus fleet, drivers, and knowledge to make your trip to Marseille a full success.
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