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Marseille: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

1. Marseille: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

Embark on a boating adventure from Marseille's Old Port. Glide along turquoise waters as you sail around the Frioul Islands and break for an hour of exploration on land. See Château d'If, the fortress that inspired Alexandre Dumas' famous novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. Begin your tour by setting sail from the Old Port of Marseille. Admire the pristine waters as you approach the Frioul Islands and the tributary creeks along the coastline. As you reach the main island, you'll disembark for an hour to discover the port and break for refreshments. Continue your tour back on board with a pass by the Château d'If. This historic fortress was built by François I between 1528 and 1531 and was immortalized in the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Next, admire the beauty of Degaby Island, a gift from a wealthy industrialist to his wife, Liane Degaby, who was a great artist of the Belle Epoque. Finally, soak up the serene surroundings of Malmousque Cove.

Marseille: Frioul Islands Sunset Speedboat Cruise

2. Marseille: Frioul Islands Sunset Speedboat Cruise

Explore the Frioul archipelago as the sun sets on this cruise from Marseille. Stop for some free time on the island Frioul and visit the cove of Malmousque. Enjoy views of the Medieval architecture of the Château d'If fortress as you cruise along. Hop aboard the comfortable speedboat and settle in for your Mediterranean adventure. Depart from Marseille Old Port and admire the elegance of the city as you head out to open water.  Take in views of the dynamic coastlines and turquoise waters as you reach the Frioul archipelago. Disembark on the island of Frioul where you can stretch your legs or visit a cafe for an hour. Continue on past the seaside Château d'If fortress which was built by François I in the 16th century. See the Fort de Tourville as you pass Degaby Island on the way to the picturesque cove of Malmousque where the boat will pause on the edge of the corniche Kennedy. Sail back to Marseille Old Port and see the city as it is lit for the night from the water. 

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What people are saying about Palace of If

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

It was a wonderful and amazing time in marseille! It would be one of the best experience in my life! The weather was perfect and we were riding and sea view was absolutely astonishing! The host Erik was knowledgeable as he knows very well about the city. Erik also cares about ours needs and experience! He offered little bean bags to sit and watch the great view and he offered us towels after we came unprepared for a little swim! We were talking like friends at the front of the boat and it was one of my best time in France! Definitely spend one evening of marseille for this amazing experience!

A wonderful excursion. Completely enjoyed ourselves. We had the whole boat to ourselves! Erick was very friendly and knowledgeable. He took his time to explain everything we needed to know. Will definitely do this again !

Lovely boat trip with a nice view of Marseille. Guide was very friendly and knowledgeable! He offered to stop the boat if we wanted to swim.

Eric was a very knowledgeable guide. Lots of good recommendations for beaches, restaurants in the surrounding area.

Great way to find out more about Marseille. Eric was very friendly and knowledgable.