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From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

4.9 / 5

18 reviews

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

From $140.65 per person

Set sail from the old port of Marseille and discover the Calanques National Park in small group aboard a luxurious, eco-friendly boat.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the untouched landscape of the Calanques National Park
  • Enjoy the tranquil silence of nature thanks to a hybrid-electric boat
  • Swim and snorkel at a peaceful inlet
  • Admire Marseille's coastline from the sea
Full description
Start your boat tour from Marseille's old port. Cruise south in a quiet hybrid-electric boat across the beautiful Bay of Marseille. Learn about the city's history and its main monuments on your way to the national park. Arrive at the gates of Calanques, la Baie des Singes (Monkeys Bay). Follow the scenic passage between Maïre Island and the Croisette Cap. Start your boat trip along Calanques's 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of coastline, between the village of Les Goudes and the town of Cassis. Admire the majestic scenery, from the limestone cliffs overlooking untouched inlets to the tiny fishing ports dotted with little cabanons (traditional Provençal cabins). During the boat tour, enjoy free to swim and explore the underwater world, as well as rest and have a pleasant lunch onboard. See why Calanques got its name from the Provençal word, "calanco", for a valley carved by a river before reaching the sea and discover the park's caves. See the paleolithic Cosquer Cave, the Blue Grotto, and the Capelan Cave. Spot the numerous fossils encrusted in the limestone.  Learn about how the fossils were formed one hundred million years ago with the accumulation of sediment in the seabed and then pushed up during the Tertiary Period, when the Alps took shape. Look at how erosion has accentuated rocky rifts and given birth to the rugged landscape you see today.
Includes
  • Hybrid-electric boat
  • Lunch
  • Soft drinks
  • Rosé wine
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Live commentary
  • Swimming lessons
  • Wetsuit
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at 70 Quai du Port, in front of the town hall. Look for a ship called Eco-Calanques. Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • High-heeled shoes

Know before you go

  • Boat cruise is subjected to weather conditions
  • Only the captain is authorized to judge the conditions of navigation, and is empowered to cancel the boat tour
  • The itinerary may be modified according to the wind and the swell
  • If a cruise has to be canceled, passengers will be informed within 48 hours prior to the date of their cruise and will have the choice of a cruise postponement or a refund
  • Passengers must be able to walk
  •  Swimmers will not be supervised while in the water
  • Every passenger going into the water must be able to swim on their own
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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We had a great day! The size of the boat and the small number of people on board make it possible to anchor and swim in the creeks! Which is a plus compared to other boats where there are crowds! Our guide Blaise was very friendly too. Small flat concerning the midday meal which we found mediocre… being restaurateurs, we have serious doubts about the fact that the mixed salads were made by a caterer as we were told! Suddenly the cost seems a little high in relation to what has been proposed. But for the rest it was very good!

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August 11, 2021

An absolute must do experience! Our guide Tibo was fantastic and he told us stories about the history, geography and culture of the Calanques in both French and English. The company is fantastic and offers a delicious vegetarian lunch and plenty of Rosé. I did the full-day tour and highly recommend it.

August 4, 2021

Excellent walk on the creeks with a splendid view. Thank you very much Alexis.

August 20, 2021

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