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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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Truffle Hunting in Provence

2. Truffle Hunting in Provence

Go on a black truffle hunt on the gorgeous property of a Provençal truffle plantation in the Luberon, just 40 minutes from Aix en Provence TGV train station and 1 hour from Marseille Airport. Meet a real truffle hunter and learn how this elusive, edible “black gold” is cultivated and how the truffle dogs are trained. With the help of your guide, you will soon find some truffles to try. Learn about the art of growing truffle trees, training truffle dogs, and finding truffles. Then celebrate your find with a glass of champagne while your hosts teach you how to clean, store, and cook with truffles. Sample some truffle hors d'oeuvres and be sure to ask your hosts to taste the olive and truffle oil produced on the farm. Many delicious products are also available for you to take back home as a unique souvenir. Take a tour of the vineyards, olive tree plantation and bees hives, and fully immerse yourself in the gourmet paradise of the Luberon.

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Marseille: Street Art Walking Tour

3. Marseille: Street Art Walking Tour

Experience an incredible walking tour with a passionate guide and explore a new face of Marseille that is more cosmopolitan and artistic.  Explore Noailles, a district known as "the belly of Marseille", is a fascinating and lively place with its daily colorful market and its many legendary shops like the oldest drugstore in France, created in 1827. Savor tea mint with a delicious pastry included in the tour to enjoy the good vibes of Noailles and better understand the challenges this district is facing now. Go to Cours Julien were an urban art movement started in the 1980' s. See the old market garden warehouses that were located there and replaced by music stores, art studios, theaters, second-hand boutiques, bars, and cafés. Enjoy the atmosphere that made the place today a cool district dedicated to alternative culture and street art.  Admire giant frescoes, amazing artworks, and discover an architectural heritage typically from Marseille: small buildings, colorful shutters, and clothes drying in the sun. Learn about the different techniques that each creator uses and discover French and local artists. Meet a very diverse crowd from hipsters, punks, students, families, children to hippies that enjoy relaxing on Cours Julien.

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From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting

4. From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting

Explore some of the historic sites of Provence on a full-day minibus tour from Marseille, starting with the medieval city of Avignon. Drive along the docks between the Rhône River and historic city walls, looking at the Saint-Benezet Bridge made famous by the children's song, “Sur le Pont d'Avignon.” Go to the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. The largest Gothic palace in Europe, the austere Palais dominates the city (entrance tickets not included). Sample the wines of the Rhône River valley in the legendary village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, boasting a castle ruin that overlooks the vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. You will visit the cellar of a winery for a complimentary wine-tasting session. Next, drive to the Pont du Gard to see the remains of the Roman aqueduct that supplied water to the city of Nîmes. The tour then continues towards the Alpilles Mountains to the lofty village of Les Baux de Provence, located on a rocky spur overlooking the valley. Take an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux, before your return journey to Marseille.

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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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Marseille: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Walking Food Tour

8. Marseille: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Walking Food Tour

Experience Marseille and its city center by exploring the district of Noailles. Taste all of the unique food specialties from the region including the local's favorite snack, the panisse, and the mandatory aperitif, the famous pastis. Discover and taste food from many countries: Greek, Arab, Italian, Lebanese and French food, of course. Smell the delightful odors of all these little restaurants as you stroll through the streets. Listen to the different languages and accents of all these people from everywhere and appreciate the true melting pot of cultures in Marseille.  Along the way, learn about the rich history and traditions of this colorful, gastronomic city.

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Bandol and Cassis: Full Day Wine Tour from Marseille

9. 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.

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Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit

10. Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit

First of all, you will be picked up at your hotel or cruise ship and taken to the first vineyard area close to Aix-en-Provence. Then you'll go to the vineyards of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and visit two wineries. You'll also have a 3 wine color tasting. After that, you'll discover the mill of the painter Paul Cézanne, The museum of the Mount Ste Victoire to learn about its climate, fauna, flora and more... There will be a lunch stop in a selected restaurant (optional).

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What people are saying about Marseille

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!