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Marseille: Calanques 5-Hour Cruise and Lunch

1. Marseille: Calanques 5-Hour Cruise and Lunch

Sail along the coast of the Calanques National Park, one of the most remarkable natural sites in France, aboard either a small or large catamaran. Discover the rocky coastline that stretches for 20 km along the Mediterranean Sea between La Madrague and the town of Cassis, via Les Goudes and Callelongue. Journey to the heart of this natural heritage and discover the creeks of Marseille. During the cruise admire the wonderful landscape of the Calanques National Park whilst sunbathing on the boat and swimming in heavenly coves. Enjoy lunch, comprising Spanish plancha, various side dishes, and dessert. During winter, the menu is different and may include fish and other seafood. Board at 11:00 AM and return to port is at 4:00 PM. Several itineraries are possible: National Park of the Calanques on the maxi catamaran, the Calanques of the Blue Coast, and the Friuli Archipelago on the small catamarans.

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From Marseille: Aix en Provence & Cassis Tour

2. From Marseille: Aix en Provence & Cassis Tour

Discover Aix en Provence, medieval city of art. Start with a walking tour of the historic center with your guide to see the cathedral, town hall, fountains, and Provençal market. Here, you will have a tasting of local specialties and free time at leisure on the famous Corso Mirabeau and the shopping area for an hour. Then drive to Cassis, a charming port considered the little “Saint Tropez” of Provence. Lunch at leisure in the village and have free time again to relax on the beach or board a 45 minute mini cruise on the main creeks of Cassis listed by UNESCO for its white cliff and turquoise waters (not included). Drive along Cassis National Park and stop at the edge to enjoy a panoramic view of Cassis Bay from the Cape Canaille, the highest cliff in Europe.

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From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis and Marseille Full-Day Tour

3. From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis and Marseille Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a drive to Cassis, a charming port town, on this full-day excursion. Take in panoramic views of Cassis Bay and Cape Canaille, Europe's highest cliff. First, you will explore the village at your leisure or take a 45-minute mini-cruise of the main creeks of Cassis (not included in the tour price). Next, travel to Marseille and visit the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica for sweeping views of the city and its main monuments. Drive along the old harbor to the district of Panier, the oldest area of Marseille, a village in the city. On Tuesdays, you can walk around this former fishermen village with your guide to explorer narrow streets and soak up the atmosphere. This tour includes free time to visit the Marseille Cathedral, fort Saint-John and Mucem building at your own pace (except on Tuesdays).

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Marseille Cruise Port: Full-Day Trip to Marseille and Cassis

4. Marseille Cruise Port: Full-Day Trip to Marseille and Cassis

The Gineste and the Crests roads will lead you to the outstanding site of Cape Canaille from where you will appreciate the exceptional view on the bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range. Cassis is an ancient fishing port and the harbor is probably the most beautiful part of the village. You will have the possibility to board on a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) to discover 3 Calanques, steep-walled coves with tiny harbors or beaches at the end. Free time for lunch (not included) on your own during the day. Panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the way back, including a photo stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. From this hill, enjoy a breathtaking view on the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands and If Castle. Drive on the Corniche Road, a symbol of holiday and outward sign of wealth for merchants and bourgeois from the 19th century who built magnificent houses with many ostentatious splendid features. You will then reach Saint-Victor abbey (11th century) that keeps the entry of the Vieux-Port (Old Port).

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From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

5. From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

Start this comprehensive full-day tour of Provence with a visit to Aix-en-Provence, known as the city of water and art Located approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille, Aix dates back to Roman times and has a beautiful wide promenade called the “Cours Mirabeau” lined with plane trees. See the amazing fountain of the Rotonde, as well as many cafés that were once frequented by Cezanne, Camus, Zola, and others. The weekly market will give you the opportunity to savor the regional produce, including fresh cheese and olive oil, as well as scented Marseille soap. Then, head to the village of Cassis, driving the Crest road and up to the highest maritime cliff in Europe, Cape Canaillto, for spectacular views of the Bay. Stroll the charming fishing port, where you can try thier famous Pastis (anis flavored liquor), before an optional 45-minute boat cruise through the breathtaking calanques (rocky, limestone inlets).  End your day with a panoramic tour of Marseille, including a stop at the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, with its panoramic view of the city, Frioul Islands, and Château d'If. End at the 11th-century Abbey of Saint-Victor, guarding the entrance to the Vieux Port.

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From Marseille: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, & Cassis Tour

6. From Marseille: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, & Cassis Tour

Start your day with a guided walking tour of the historical heart of Aix-en-Provence. Visit Aix Cathedral and soak up the atmosphere of the narrow streets, squares, fountains and private mansions of the medieval city. Taste the foods of the region along the way. Then, drive to Cassis, famous for its cliffs and sheltered inlets known as "calanques." Considered by many as the "Little Saint Tropez" of Provence, the picturesque settlement is also famous for its seafood restaurants, small port and tiny town center. Relax on the beach, or take a mini-cruise through the natural canyons (not included), often compared to the fjords of Norway for their turquoise waters and white cliffs. Enjoy some free time at leisure for lunch, and then go on a short hike at the top of Cap Canaille, the highest sea cliff in Europe. Get a panoramic view of the Bay of Cassis and Mediterranean Sea before the journey to Marseille. Upon arrival in Marseille, discover the main monuments of the ancient city, established around 600 BC by colonists coming from Phocaea. Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde and get 360-degree panoramic views. Stroll around the Old Port (Vieux-Port) and go to the 17th-century fortification of Fort Saint-Jean, now part of the new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM).

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From Marseille: Aix en Provence and Cassis Full-Day Tour

7. From Marseille: Aix en Provence and Cassis Full-Day Tour

Begin your 5-hour tour with a guided walking tour of the historic center of Aix en Provence. Explore its narrow streets and markets, the town hall square, fountains and cathedral. Taste some local delicacies and take a walk with your guide in the steps of Cezanne, one of the area’s most celebrated artists. Discover his college, the café where he used to meet the writers Cocteau and Cendrars and other famous 19th-century artists. Next is a drive to Cassis, a town known as the little Saint Tropez, with its small and charming harbor. Cassis is famous for its white wines and is home to the most ancient winery in Provence. You'll have the opportunity to admire the famous Calanques of Cassis, which are on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for their white cliffs and turquoise waters. There will be some free time for you to walk around the village, relax on the small sandy beach or hop on a motor boat for a 45-minute mini-cruise along the main creeks of the Calanques Natural Park (not included).  To finish off this special tour, you’ll drive along the top of the Cape Canaille, the highest sea cliff in Europe, for panoramic views of the village, the calanques and the natural park.

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From Toulon: Aix en Provence & Cassis Day Tour

8. From Toulon: Aix en Provence & Cassis Day Tour

Discover Aix en Provence, a medieval city of art, on a walking tour of the historic center with your guide to see the cathedral, town hall, fountains, and Provençal market. Enjoy a tasting of local specialties and explore the famous Corso Mirabeau. Afterwards, drive to Cassis, a charming port considered the little “Saint Tropez” of Provence. Lunch in the village at your leisure and have free time to relax on the beach or board a 45 minute cruise on the main creeks of Cassis listed by UNESCO for its white cliffs and turquoise waters (not included). Enjoy panoramic views of Cassis Bay and the national park from Cape Canaille, the highest cliff in Europe. Then, return to Toulon pier.

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Marseille: Calanques Sea Kayaking Guided Tour

9. Marseille: Calanques Sea Kayaking Guided Tour

Explore Calanques National Park on a guided kayaking tour from Marseille. Learn more about the natural history of the area with your expert guide. Admire the beautiful landscapes of a protected environment. Kayak along the coastline and admire stunning natural landmarks such as Ile Maïre, Tiboulen de Maïre, the peninsula of Cap Croisette, or the islands of Archipel de Riou. From the ocean, admire the spectacular views of the coastline.

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From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Tour of Cassis

10. From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Tour of Cassis

On this 4-hour sightseeing excursion from Aix-en-Provence by air-conditioned minibus, you will drive along the coast to the little village of Cassis, a small fishing port nestled between the famous calanques (inlets) and majestic Cap Canaille. Stop for photos at Cap Canaille. Get a great introduction to everyday life in Provence and the Mediterranean away from the busy tourist resorts as you explore the Riviera town and admire the bluffs, cliffs and sheltered inlets (calanques) that have made the area so famous. Grab the chance to take a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) out to sea 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.

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What people are saying about Marseille

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 442 reviews

Upon arrival we were welcomed aboard and offered coffee and croissants while we were given a review of the boat. We then cruised over to a beautiful bay where we set anchor and could swim or enjoy a delicious lunch of salmon and several fresh salads and a tart au pomme for dessert. After relaxing, jumping in or putting our feet in the water we set sail for another beautiful bay from where we saw the island from which The Count of Monte Cristo escaped. Alexader Dumas loved and was inspired by Marseille as am I.

The tour was in two parts, and we had enough time to go around and taste some local food in both cases! In Cassis, there was enough time for either a boat ride or train ride for 45mins. Our guide was also super interesting!

Had a wonderful time in Marseille on the catamaran on October 1. The water was warm for a Canadian :) the crew was kind and interesting to talk to. The food was great and the atmosphere was relaxing. Would recommend!

The captain was great. The boat nice and clean. The food of good quality. Unfortunately the temperature didn’t cooperate so we couldn’t swim in the creek where we stopped. We loved it and would do it again.

It was a great day, we don't speak French but that didn't stop us from having a great day out. Hosts were amazing and everyone was very kind. It was exactly what they described. Loved it!