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Round-Trip Ferry Ticket: Cannes to Ste. Marguerite Island

1. Round-Trip Ferry Ticket: Cannes to Ste. Marguerite Island

Book your round-trip ferry tickets in advance for a visit to Ste. Marguerite Island from Cannes. As soon as you disembark on the island, you’ll be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus. Follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the island. The walk takes you by Batéguier Pond, where numerous species of migratory birds can be seen, and to the Point de la Convention, where you’ll find unique plant species. Continue on to Fort Royal, the former residence of the legendary Man in the Iron Mask. The Maritime Museum, sheltered within a fortified enclosure, also offers an invaluable insight into the area's history. Dogs are welcome on board the ferry, and on Sainte Marguerite Island, provided they are on leash.

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From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud

2. From Nice: Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud

You will be picked up from your hotel or at your private address in Nice at 8:30 AM, before leaving by minibus for Port Grimaud and Saint-Tropez. Start your tour with a free boat trip from the delightful lake city, Port-Grimaud, known as the "Little Venice" to Saint-Tropez. This legendary village has attracted numerous international stars from the world of fashion and literature as far back as the 1920's and became the favorite playground to jet setters, models and millionaires. You will have free time in the picturesque old city for some shopping at the provincial market and to get lunch on a sunny terrace. You will be taken back to your hotel along the marvelous and picturesque coast road, the Littoral. Benefiting from some of the best views in all of France, you will have time to stop and admire these fantastic views.

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Marseille: Calanques 5-Hour Cruise and Lunch

3. 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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Nice: Coastline Boat Cruise to Monaco

4. Nice: Coastline Boat Cruise to Monaco

Embark with the skipper on a semi-rigid boat for a two and a half hour trip to discover the coastline from Nice to Monaco where you’ll admire various villas overhanging swells. See the peninsula of millionaires, the coves and limestone cliffs, which bind the coastline with lush vegetation, volcanic rock and rare Mediterranean flora. Enjoy the natural magnificence of the coastline and the cultural heritage richness. Its luminosity and striking beauty had always inspired the greatest masters various fields as architecture, painting, music or even cinema. The preserved shore offers coves, beaches, and a seabed.  Take a swim and snorkel stop with some refreshments served on board. Come take advantage of a half-day relaxation and discover a paradisiac coastline worthy of the most beautiful postcards. Experience the secret coves that can only be reached by boat.

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Nice to Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

5. Nice to Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Tour

Depart Nice in the morning and journey to the seaside resort of Sainte-Maxime. Then, climb aboard a boat and travel along the beautiful coastline of the French Riviera to the internationally renowned town of Saint-Tropez.  Get some time to explore the town center and soak up its elegant atmosphere. Join the locals at the market and marvel at its world-famous beaches. Keep a look out for its legendary jet set residents, including the French actress Brigitte Bardot! Then, visit the beautiful village of Port Grimaud, known as the Little Venice of France due to its scenic waterways and fishermen's houses. Journey back to Nice along the Côte d'Azur. Stop to take photos of the Massif de l'Esterel mountain range as they plunge into the Mediterranean Sea.

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From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

6. From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

Embark on a discovery of the Esterel, its hidden caves, and typical Mediterranean scenery. Join your professional skipper aboard a semi-rigid boat for your trip to the Esterel. The trip lasts 2.5 hours, including a stop for swimming, with refreshments served on board. Enjoy half a day of relaxation as you explore this extraordinary coastline, with its stunning panoramas and secret coves accessible only by local boats. Discover all the secrets of this coastline with the skipper sharing their extensive knowledge about the Corniche d'Or.

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Nice to Saint Tropez: Round-Trip Transportation by Boat

7. Nice to Saint Tropez: Round-Trip Transportation by Boat

Reach the charming city of St. Tropez by boat in just 2.5 hours from Nice. Enjoy the views of the French Riviera along the way, and spend the afternoon exploring the city that is emblematic of Provence. Admire the harbor and visit the many boutiques and the well-known market at the Place des Lices. See the Citadelle, Quartier de la Ponche, Annonciade Museum and more during your visit. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase on board. The ticket provides round-trip transportation between Nice and St. Tropez. The boat departs Nice at 09:00 AM and arrives in St. Tropez at 11:30 AM. The return trip departs St. Tropez at 04:30 PM, arriving in Nice at 07:00 PM.

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Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

8. Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

Experience the French Riviera on a 1-hour cruise from Nice, and get carried away by the natural splendor of the Côte d'Azur on a charming nautical excursion. Depart from the port of Nice and head towards the famous deep water bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.  Listen to an informative commentary provided by the crew (either in French or English) as you pass the luxurious villas of the rich and famous. Admire the hilltop villages in the distance, and the beautiful coastline of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, known as a favorite place to vacation among the European aristocracy and international millionaires. Continue to the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer to get a look at its colorful fishing port. The bay is one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large ships. Conclude your sightseeing cruise with a tour of the Baie des Anges in Nice. Cast your eyes on the famous Promenade des Anglais and see its stunning shore from the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

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From Marseille: Aix en Provence & Cassis Tour

9. 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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Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

10. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

Climb aboard a fully equipped catamaran in the old port of Cannes at Quai Laubeuf, and set sail across the shimmering waters of the Bay of Cannes while relaxing on the sun deck. Departing at 2:00 PM, benefit from the best of the sun. Have free time to cool down in the water. Head towards the Île Sainte-Marguerite and to islands of the Lérins Islands group, or make your way over to the Corniche d'Or to moor either between the islands or in a cove along the Esterel Massif. Get some time to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea (masks and snorkels provided), or simply relax aboard the catamaran - the choice is yours! Return to the port of Cannes at 5:15 PM, where your cruising adventure comes to an end.

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What people are saying about Provence

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 543 reviews

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!

Nathan was an excellent guide. Jovial and friendly. The company kept their commitment and gave us adequate time at both places.

Change of scenery on this beautiful island that Sté Marguerite I advise to spend a picnic day there, hiking and swimming

Walk on the island It is widely possible to go around the entire island

A happiness this crossing with this sky And the sea of a royal blue