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  • Address: Montée de la Bonne Mère, Marseille, France
  • Admission: Free

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Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde Tours

Perched atop the city’s highest hill, the magnificent Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, which is visible from all over the Marseille, is one of the city’s most striking landmarks. The Romano-Byzantine basilica dates back to the 19th century and is best known for its grand bell tower, which is capped with a gleaming gold statue of the Virgin Mary. 
 
The Basics
No sightseeing tour is complete without a visit to the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde; in fact, the religious site is one of Marseille’s most-visited attractions. There are many ways to absorb the highlights of the port city: you can take a half-day shore excursion, zip around by electric bike, or combine a tour with a visit to other Provencal villages, such as Cassis and Aix-en-Provence. Tours and shore excursions also run to Marseille from Toulon, Avignon, and Aix-en-Provence, typically in combination with other towns around Provence. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entrance to the cathedral is free, but there’s a small fee to visit the cathedral’s museum.
  • Visitor facilities include two gift shops, a café, and parking. 
  • Most areas of the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
The Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde perches on a steep hill. From Vieux Port (Old Port) just to the north, it’s a 20-minute bus ride—bus 60 runs from Cours Jean Ballard—to the basilica. You can also get there on foot (about an hourlong hike from the Old Port) or by taking the Petit Train from Quai des Belges.  

When to Get There
The cathedral is open daily year round, but it can get busy in peak season (July and August), when it’s best to visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the tour groups. Assumption Day (August 15), when a special mass is held at the church, tends to draw large crowds. 

Inside the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
After admiring the basilica’s elaborate facade and Virgin Mary statue, marvel at the lavish interior, which is adorned with colorful marble, maritime-inspired murals, and intricate mosaics. The cathedral was painstakingly restored in 2006, but bullet marks and shrapnel scars on the northern façade are visible remnants of the fighting that took place during the Battle of Marseille in August 1944. And don’t miss checking out the view from the dome—it’s a dramatic panorama of the terracotta roofs dotting the city below.

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Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike, Marseille, null
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Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike

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Specially designed for cruise passengers, this tour will show you the best of Marseille with free pick up and drop off from Marseille cruise terminal. You ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Day Tour from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille, Marseille, Ports of ... 
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Small-Group Day Tour from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille

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Explore the highlights of southern Provence during this full day tour to Aix-en-Provence, a medieval town famous for its provençal market; to Cassis, a ...  Read more

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Marseille Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Small Group Tour of Marseille, Marseille, Day Trips
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Marseille Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Small Group Tour of Marseille

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In this half-day small group tour, explore the city of Marseille: its old port and the historical center. Observe the Palais Longchamp (Water Castle), which ...  Read more

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Cassis and Marseille Small-Group Tour from Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Ports of Call Tours
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Cassis and Marseille Small-Group Tour from Aix-en-Provence

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Discover Cassis, the small Saint-Tropez of Provence, famous for its calanques (inlets) and listed by UNESCO, on your small-group tour from Aix-en-Provence. You ...  Read more

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Marseille Shore Excursion: Full Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike, Marseille, Day Trips
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Marseille Shore Excursion: Full Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike

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Specially designed for cruise passengers, in this full day tour, you will see the best of Marseille coast: the Mucem museum area, the old port, the Pharo ...  Read more

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Marseille Shore Excursion: City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Marseille, Marseille, Ports of Call ... 
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Toulon Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Le Castellet, Cassis and Marseille, Toulon, Ports of ... 
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Toulon Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Le Castellet, Cassis and Marseille

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Private Tour of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille from Arles, Arles, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Tour of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille from Arles

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Small-Group Marseille Panoramic Tour from Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Custom Private Tours
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Small-Group Marseille Panoramic Tour from Aix-en-Provence

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Toulon Shore Excursion: Full Day Private Tour of Provence Villages Cassis, Marseille and Le ... 
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Toulon Shore Excursion: Full Day Private Tour of Provence Villages Cassis, Marseille and Le Castellet

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