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Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

1. Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

Explore the charming Cassis and its seaside port on this full-day guided tour. Enjoy a boat ride, awe-inspiring scenery, a visit to a local winery to taste Provence rosé, red, and white wines, and more. Meet your guide in Aix-en-Provence to journey to the seaside port of Cassis. Discover this inviting portside village and the Calanques, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage national park. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the village, stroll through the narrow streets of Cassis, and browse the small shops and stores that sell local Provence goods. The tour continues with a panoramic boat ride to the Calanques, located near Cassis. From the small port, reach the Calanques National Park that stretches from Marseille to Cassis, and admire the beautiful coves of the steep rocky coast. After the boat ride, enjoy some free time for exploring Cassis and have lunch (own expense). No tour to Cassis is complete without a drive along the Route des Crêtes. As you leave Cassis, head up towards the highest sea cliff in Europe, Cap Canaille. Your guide will stop in one of the many areas for taking in the views over the village and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. After the drive to Cap Canaille, enjoy a wine tasting session in the Côtes de Provence – Sainte Victoire. This terroir is ideal for the production of elegant rosé wines and robust and generous red wines. Take in the gorgeous view with the Montagne Sainte Victoire in the back and limestone plateaus, often planted with olive trees. Learn about the winery and its winemaking process. Depending on the winery visited, continue your tasting with reds or whites. After the wine tasting session, you will be dropped off in the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

Cassis: Calanques National Park Standup Paddleboarding Tour

2. Cassis: Calanques National Park Standup Paddleboarding Tour

Departing from Cassis, we will start by crossing the calanque and the wild port of Port-Miou. Its name comes from the Latin "Portus Melhor" meaning best port. Indeed, set in the hollow of the cliffs, its waters are naturally sheltered and calm, which will allow us to start gently! We will follow the coast of the Calanques, to the calanque of Port-Pin to make a stopover there, and sail above its transparent waters. Finally, we will sail to the calanque of En-Vau, thus taking advantage of a break to possibly swim, explore the seabed and meet the marine fauna and flora. Along the way, we will discover the rich heritage offered by the Calanques National Park and its unique geology, strewn with pines clinging to the limestone rock. Come ride!

Calanques Cassis Hike: Port-Miou, Port-Pin & En-Vau

3. Calanques Cassis Hike: Port-Miou, Port-Pin & En-Vau

Embark on a 6 km hike departing from Cassis. Cross the creeks of Port-Miou, Port-Pin, and one of the most famous, En-Vau. Discover sensational landscapes as you trek along the crystalline waters that meander like fjords. Start by exploring the 1400m long Calanque of Port-Miou that houses a marina and conceals a rich heritage. Learn about a former site of exploitation of a limestone quarry and an underground river. Along the coast, continue until you reach the cove of Port-Pin, marking the entrance to Marseille. Discover a winding cove home to a pretty pebble cove with turquoise waters which you can, if you wish, taste the freshness of its waters during a break. Start to gain a little altitude, which will gradually take you up to 90m above sea level, to the En-Vau belvedere, revealing its beach in reverse, low and buried between the high cliffs.

Bandol and Cassis: Full Day Wine Tour from Marseille

4. Bandol and Cassis: Full Day Wine Tour from Marseille

With your wine guide, discover the wines from 'AOP Cassis' and 'AOP Bandol' and the amazing landscapes of this little area of Provence. Between the Calanques and the Cape Canaille, the Cassis confidential vineyard is bordering the Mediterranean Blue Sea. Enjoy tasting the famous white wines of Cassis, widely praised by connoisseurs. Visit the small & charming fishermen town of Cassis during your lunch break, before being driven to the Bandol area to taste the famous Bandol red wines, some of the best reds from Provence.

Marseille, Aix-en-Provence & Cassis 8-Hour Tour

5. Marseille, Aix-en-Provence & Cassis 8-Hour Tour

First you'll be dropped at the highest point in Marseille, Notre Dame de la Garde, where you can enjoy spectacular 360° views of the city, coastline, and mountains. Discover the heart of the city by visiting The Old Port, the fish market which is the oldest district in France, and the Fort St. Jean. Then head to Aix-en-Provence to see its lively morning markets. Take a walking tour of the old town with its beautiful buildings, St. Sauveur Cathedral, and Cézanne's workshop. During the day, you'll have lunch in a typical Provencal restaurant for an optional additional charge.  On the way back, stop in Cassis to enjoy the staggering view from the second highest maritime cliff in Europe, the Cap Canaille. Drive along the Crest Road to join the city center of Cassis with its fishing and pleasure port. Conclude your day, with a boat ride to see the splendid rocky inlets called les Calanques.

From Marseille: Cassis Boat Cruise

6. From Marseille: Cassis Boat Cruise

Cassis France is just a 30-minute drive from Marseille and well worth a day tour. You’ll travel up to Cap Canaille, the highest maritime cliff in France, with a great panoramic view. Then, you'll be dropped off at the vineyards of Cassis, before exploring the mountains, and the ship-building town of La Ciotat via the scenic crest road. Next you can choose to do a bit of shopping or simply relax at a café on the docks with a glass of pastis or wine. You may take a boat from the harbor to the new National Park of the Calanques, considered to be a tourist must-see (optional). The limestone inlets with their clear blue water are extremely popular with visitors.

From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis Tour with Cap Canaille Stop

7. From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis Tour with Cap Canaille Stop

On this 4-hour sightseeing excursion from Aix-en-Provence by air-conditioned minibus, you drive along the coast to the charming village of Cassis, a small fishing port nestled between the famous calanques (inlets) and majestic Cap Canaille. Stop for photos at Cap Canaille. Be introduced to everyday life in Provence as you soak up Mediterranean sea views. Shop like a real local with a stroll through the provincial market on Wednesday and Friday. Have the chance to take a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) to sail to 3 of the calanques, where you will see up-close the limestone cliffs that rise and fall steeply into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Cassis: Calanques National Park Sea Kayaking Tour

8. Cassis: Calanques National Park Sea Kayaking Tour

Discover the exceptional natural beauty of Calanques National Park on this sea kayaking experience from Cassis. With a guide, explore the coastal landscapes of Cassis while practicing a water sport activity suitable for all. Learn about the unique ecosystem of the national park and the history of the local area. Kayak along the coast, past Port Miou, Port Pin, En Vau and Essaïdon, with breathtaking views of the Calanques National Park in the background.

From Marseille: Cassis and Marseille Panoramic Tour

9. From Marseille: Cassis and Marseille Panoramic Tour

Take a drive along the Gineste and the Crests roads to Cape Canaille to marvel at the exceptional view of the Bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range, on this half-day tour from Marseille. The harbor in Cassis is the most beautiful feature of this ancient fishing port. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the return trip, including a stop at the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. From this hill you’ll have breathtaking views of the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands, and If-Castle. Drive along the Corniche Road, a visible indicator of the wealth of the merchants of the 19th century, who also built magnificent, ostentatious homes. See the 11th-century Saint-Victor Abbey that keeps guard over the entry to the old port.

From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis & Luberon

10. From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis & Luberon

Embark on a tour to several villages from Aix-en-Provence. Stop at several picturesque villages and admire the fantastic scenery. Depart from Aix-en-Provence by minivan and first drive to Cassis and Cape Canaille. Spend some free time strolling through the charming fisherman port of Cassis, before stopping to admire the views of the highest seaside cliff in Europe, Cape Canaille. Next, continue north to the Massif du Luberon, known for its many quaint villages. First, discover the village of Lourmarin famous for its Renaissance-style castle. Enjoy a photo stop in Bonnieux, followed by a visit to the colorful village of Roussillon, where the houses are painted with ochre. Stroll in the medieval village of Gordes, a scenic village perched on a steep hilltop. Afterward, be returned to the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

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4.6 / 5

based on 313 reviews

Absolutely brilliant tour, not to be missed. Very interesting to hear about how Marseille, came to be a tourist destination. Practical and comfortable way to see Aix-en-Provence and Cassis. Decent amount of free time dedicated to exploring both towns on your own, with good suggestions of things to see.

Wonderful experience, well organized wine tour which allowed us to get to know Provence a bit better. A special thanks to Eric, our guide, for his professionalism, availability and sympathy. Greetings from Federica and Louis

Amazing! Worth every penny. Eric was an amazing guide, super knowledgeable, engaging, and entertaining. I would do this tour over and over again. Oh! The wine was also amazing and views went on for ever.

The Calanques boat trip was great, it's so beautiful. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and very nice.

We were picked up at our hotel by our guide/driver Roman, and he was excellent.