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Culture - Tourism & Handicap

France's oldest city, Marseille overflows with hidden secrets and treasures you will discover as you stroll its ancient streets. Culture takes centre stage for this tour, accessible to all, combining fascinating museums and some of the world's finest architectural feats, such as the now-famous MuCEM museum and Le Corbusier's "Radiant City". Get your fill of Marseille's culture and history with this delightful break, promising plenty of exciting new discoveries!

Day 1 - "Once Upon a Time, 2,600 Years Ago...": Marseille History Museum & Jardin des Vestiges

Musée d'Histoire de Marseille / Voie historique Centre Bourse 2 rue Henri Barbusse 13001 Marseille

This tour kicks off with a visit to the innovative and lively Marseille History Museum, to discover the city's impressive, 2,600-year history, from the first prehistoric settlers to contemporary urban developments, via illustrious inhabitants such as the Greek geographer Pytheas and novelist Alexandre Dumas' imaginary hero Edmond Dantès (The Count of Monte Cristo). Each stage of the tour is not only explained but brought to life with a host of interactive multimedia activities. On leaving the museum, you can visit the Bourse archaeological site, where France's first major urban archaeological digs took place between 1967 and 1983.

Accessibility: All exhibition and rest areas are accessible and all floors are served by a lift. The museum is located above the Centre Bourse car park, offering reduced-mobility parking spaces. All visitors can take advantage of the free mobile audio system, including those with telecoil hearing aids. The tour description is also available in a simplified version. All tour guides are available in large print on request and 4 braille mock-ups are placed in the permanent collections. Accessible toilets with left-hand transfer for women and right-hand transfer for men.

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Day 1 – Lunch at restaurant Le Môle Passedat

Le Môle Passedat - La Cuisine MuCEM Esplanade J4 13002 Marseille

It's time for lunch at "Le Môle Passedat – La Cuisine": a welcoming table d’hôte-style restaurant with 130 covers perched on top of the MuCEM. Headed up by star-rated Chef Gérald Passedat, also at the reins of the restaurant "La Table", this eatery offers contemporary food at affordable prices to delight every palate.

Accessibility: Accessible to all.

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Day 1 - "A City On the Med": MuCEM & Jardin des Migrations

Musée des Civilisations d'Europe et Méditerranée Mucem 7 promenade Robert Laffont 13002 Marseille

After lunch, it's time to head back down a few floors to the MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations). Opened in 2013, this museum is a flagship of Marseille and now one the world's 50 most-visited museums. Built between land and sea on the jetty of Fort Saint-Jean and designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti, its extremely contemporary aspect is as enchanting as its exhibitions! Don't miss the itinerary dedicated to Mediterranean civilisations on the ground floor, together with the two temporary exhibitions per year on show on the second floor focusing on the people and towns of the Mediterranean. You can also visit the museum's "Jardin des Migrations" garden and enjoy an instructive tour combining botany and an insight into the city's evolution and human migrations. Overflowing with scents, colours and textures, the garden is a genuine ode to the senses.

Accessibility: The building is fully accessible to disabled visitors. All exhibitions are open to reduced-mobility guests and the auditorium features 10 spaces for wheelchairs. Tours of the permanent and temporary exhibitions can be booked in French sign language, or adapted to special requirements. The auditorium is also fitted with a telecoil system for visitors with hearing aids.
The museum offers a multimedia audio guide and French sign language guide to the Mediterranean gallery (equipped with braille panels), as well as magnifying glasses, wheelchairs and stick seats for hire at the cloakroom. It also features three 3D braille plans placed in strategic locations.

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Day 1 – Night at Hotel Le Corbusier

Corbusier Immeuble le Corbusier 3e. Rue 280 boulevard Michelet 13008 Marseille

You will enjoy relaxing at Hôtel Le Corbusier: a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the heart of Le Corbusier's unique architectural feat, the "Cité Radieuse" (Radiant City). The site offers an exceptional setting combining urban and natural landscapes, topped with stunning views over the sea and surrounding hills. You will also appreciate the quality cuisine served at the gastronomic restaurant "Le Ventre de l'Architecte", set inside the "Cité Radieuse".

Accessibility: Room with double bed accessible on either side, shower and accessible toilets with left-hand transfer. The nearby public car park offers several disabled parking spaces. The restaurant and hotel are both entirely accessible.

Day 2 - "The Capital of Provence": Musée Regards de Provence

Regards Café Musée Regards de Provence Avenue Vaudoyer 13002 Marseille

Built inside an ancient maritime wastewater treatment plant, this museum hosts regular temporary exhibitions showcasing the finest works of Provencal painters, together with evening events in summer, often held on the rooftop terrace.
Visitors also enjoy a 40-minute digital documentary retracing the history of wastewater treatment in Marseille and the Mediterranean, how the water treatment plant functioned and its architectural project.

Accessibility: The museum is accessible via a left-hand access ramp and lift. It does not possess a private car park, but disabled parking spaces are available at Vieux Port Fort Saint Jean car park (paying). The museum provides tour guides in large print on request and telecoil-compatible headsets for guided tours. Special guided tours are also available for handicapped visitors on request.

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Day 2 - "A City of Today and Yesteryear": Stroll on the Old Port & visit to Musée Cantini

Musée Cantini 19 rue Grignan 13006 Marseille

The adventure continues with the Old Port (Vieux-Port): the emblem of Marseille and city's main cultural and historic hub. You will love visiting the iodine-scented fish market held several times a week, where you can pick up fresh fish straight from the boat or simply take a stroll before relaxing on one of the many café terraces set around the port. After this feast for the palate it's time for a feast for the eyes at the Musée Cantini arts centre, a former mansion house now dedicated to the so-called "modern" period (1900 to 1960), showcasing works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon and many more. The centre also hosts regular temporary exhibitions.

Accessibility: Audio guides and amplifying headsets are available for guided tours of the temporary exhibitions. You will find disabled parking spaces at the nearby car parks (Préfecture and Charles de Gaulle). Ramp available to the left of the main entrance. Accessible toilets with right-hand transfer.

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Day 2 – Night at Hotel Le Terminus Saint-Charles

Terminus Saint Charles 1 place Des Marseillaises 13001 Marseille

Ideal for a restful night before the last day of your tour, Hôtel Terminus Saint Charles is ideally located facing Saint-Charles railway station and offers a drop-off zone. The reception is open 24/24, with breakfast served in the dining room from 6.30 to 10 a.m. The hotel also offers local newspapers and free WiFi.

Accessibility: The hotel features four rooms fitted with visual alarms, colour-contrasted furniture and an amplifying telephone with flash ringer and large buttons. The staff are trained to welcome reduced-mobility guests. All areas of the hotel are accessible and a lift provides access to the upper floors.

Day 3 - "Notre-Dame Basilica, the Emblem of Marseille": Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde Rue Fort du Sanctuaire 13007 Marseille

After learning about the site's history at the museum, you'll appreciate your tour of Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica even more! This ancient monument offers uniquely majestic panoramic views over the city's main quarters, such as the Old Port (Vieux-Port) and Panier quarter, together with the sea, beaches, Frioul island and hills surrounding Marseille.

Accessibility: The monument and its museum are fitted with a lift to the various levels and disabled parking spaces.

  • Theme

    Culture, Tourism & Handicap

  • Duration

    Weekend

  • Transport means

    On foot, By public transport

  • Visited cities

    Marseille

  • Ideal for

    All year round

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