Marseilles, Provence Vacation Sightseeing The South of France

Marseilles tourist trains
The tourist office at the end of the Old Port or Vieux Port provides info on parking and shuttles by both land and water. It is a good place to start a tour of Marseilles.
The view from the Notre Dame de-la-Garde Cathedral can give a good oversight to the city of Marseilles.
Marseilles church
Marseilles Old Port ferry
Marseilles Old Port
Marseilles Old Port
The Michelin guide and the Rick Steves  Provence and the French Riviera are good guides to Marseille.
The view from the Notre Dame de-la-Garde Cathedral.  Reach the top by walking or the tourist train for a good view of Old Port and the city of Marseille.
Marseilles has a large airport north of the city with surface transportation to all areas of Provence.
TGV Trains from Paris reach Marseille
Hiking Information, Maps

The tourist information center at the big
i  will have maps of hikes and city walking trips

A Marseille, Provence Vacation in the South of France offers sightseeing, shopping and museums in the old port and tourist trains to make the sightseeing easier. Marseille Tourist Offices offer train maps, boat schedules and info.
The trains go to the top of the hill at Notre Dame de la Garde Cathedral
A Marseille, Provence Hiking Vacation

Marseilles offers hiking from the city to the outlying coast of the Mediterranean or hikes within the city,  See Touist office for maps. Bus and local train service is available in Marsailles
The city offers sightseeing, shopping and museums in the old port.  Tourist trains make sightseeing loops around the city with stops.   Marseille Tourist Offices offer train maps, hiking maps and boat schedule info.

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Sightseeing, shopping and museums in the Old Port.  (Vieux Port)
Follow the
big i to the Vieux Port for parking and shuttles by both land and water.
When To Go To Provence:  March, April, May, and June or September and October  are good times to go to Marseilles for hiking, biking and the culinary vacation.  The weather near Marseilles is Ideal from March to May  (60-75 F) and the trails will not be too crowded.  July and August are high season and crowded. Accommodations will be scarce.   Hiking trails could close due to fire danger in July,  August, and the first two weeks of September.
Marseilles has a
dry Mediterranean climate with 300 days of sun but showers could come in Sept. Oct.  The Mistral winds can come in Fall and Winter.  These cold, high winds (Hurricane Force) can close the trails.
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Hikers out of Marseille can   make a twelve hour trip (25km, 15 miles, possibly 2-day) along the cliff trails above the coast to the port of Cassis.

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A Marseille, Provence Vacation in the South of France offers hiking in the city and the outlying coast along the Calanques to Cassis.  From Marseilles it is about 12 miles along the coast to Cassis.

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Marseille offers sightseeing trains for shopping and museum visits starting in the Old Port.  

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View Port provides ferry service across the harbor

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