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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.

Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

2. Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

The City Pass Marseille is valid for 24 hours, 48 hours, or 72 hours and allows access to many attractions, museums, trains, boats, guided tours, public transport tickets, and more. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to discover Marseille with an all-inclusive package. The visitor presents the pass at the museum entrance or at the start of a tour and gets the keys to the city. Enjoy discounts at certified shops and activity partners as well. • Unlimited access to public transports for the duration of the pass• Numerous discounts and tasting in partner stores • Numerous discounts for tourist and cultural activities of providers • Access to MUCEM (closed on Tuesdays) • Access to Regards de Provence museum (closed on Mondays)• Crossing to the If (subject to weather) or Frioul Islands OR one tour with the hop-on hop-off Colorbüs tour • Visit to If Castle (closed on Mondays during winter months)• A tour in the Touristic Train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or through the Old Marseille • A free guided tour of the Metropolitan Tourist Office is included in the CityPass 72 hours and with a 30% discount for the 24 hours and 48 hours CityPass, valid only for visits at 10€ (reservation is required, subject to avaibility and not included in the offer are La Cité Radieuse / Le Corbusier and private visits)• Reduced rates for children (6 to 12 years old) The municipal museums are free of charge all year (with reduced prices for temporary exhibitions when you have this pass)

Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

3. Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Board the boat at Vieux-Port, in front of Marseille’s city hall. Enjoy fruit juice and coffee served by the crew. Then set sail for the Bay of Marseille. Hear about the area's history and local culture from the crew on board. Anchor near a rocky inlet called a calanque, and go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. Around midday break for an aperitif, and an exquisite lunch buffet made from organic, seasonal local produce. Enjoy two glasses of rosé with your meal. After lunch, continue to the Riou Archipelago and stop at a second scenic spot to swim and take in the scenery. You will then start heading back to the Vieux-Port. If you are interested, the friendly crew will be happy to give you an introduction to sailing.

From Marseille: E-Bike Ride to Calanque de Sormiou

4. From Marseille: E-Bike Ride to Calanque de Sormiou

Meet your guide in the morning near Pointe Rouge Beach for the start of a small group (maximum 10 people) e-bike ride towards Calanque de Sormiou in the beautiful Calanques National Park. Get outfitted with a helmet and a modern electric mountain bike equipped for smooth riding that allows you to pedal, cruise or try a combination of both. Then, set off along the small roads of Calanques National Park and discover an area of high ecological importance restricted to general traffic. Head towards the paradise location of Calanque de Sormiou, known for its trails with views of the majestic limestone mountains and Mediterranean Sea. Learn the history of the strategic location, and look at the natural curiosities of the area, such as wild flowers of radiant beauty. Benefit from an itinerary that takes full advantage of the unique natural environment. Between May and October, get the chance to swim or rest on the beach. Then, return to Pointe Rouge Beach through the stunning coves of the massif.

Marseille: Afternoon Boat Trip in Marseille's Calanques

5. Marseille: Afternoon Boat Trip in Marseille's Calanques

At 1 PM, you'll arrive at the meeting point Quai d’honneur in front of Marseille’s main city hall. Then, you'll depart, crossing the Bay of Marseille in the local partner's comfortable hybrid electric boat. Hear about the cultural aspects of the area from your captain, who is also your tour guide. You'll soon reach the gates of the Calanques, la 'Baie des Singes' (The Monkey's Bay). This amazing passage between Maïre Island and the Croisette Cap is the start of the National Parc des Calanques, a national park since 2012. The Calanques covers a 20-kilometer stretch of coastline between the village of Les Goudes and the town of Cassis. It's one of the most remarkable sites in France and an important area for natural heritage and sporting activities. Once you reach a nice spot, anchor and go for a swim in the heart of the Calanques. The setting is truly majestic with limestone cliffs, untouched inlets, and tiny fishing ports dotted with 'cabanons' (typical provençal cabins). Afterwards you'll return to the port, arriving around 6 PM.

Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

6. Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Board the boat at Vieux-Port, in front of Marseille’s city hall. Sail past Château d’If and admire a perfect view of Notre-Dame de la Garde on your way to the Bay of Marseille. Hear about the area's history and local culture from the crew on board. Anchor in a nice secluded cove within the Frioul archipelago, and go swimming in the crystal clear waters. Climb back on board to enjoy a light dinner buffet made from organic, seasonal local produce. Enjoy two glasses of rosé with your meal. After dinner, relax on board and admire the sunset with music playing in the background. You will then start heading back to the Vieux-Port.

From Marseille: Cassis Boat Cruise

7. 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 Marseille: Calanques National Park Guided Hike

8. From Marseille: Calanques National Park Guided Hike

Step away from the city of Marseille and dive deep into the wilderness with a guided hike through the Calanques National Park. Make your way through verdant trees and bushes, reaching the rocky coastline with deep blue waters. Admire the famous coves, swim, and enjoy a lunch break. Begin your journey with a leisurely trek in the company of your guide. Walk through pine woods and rosemary bushes, and come across an impressive cove. Take in the Frioul and Riou archipelagos, and the highest sea cliff in Europe, the Falaises Soubeyrannes. Take short breaks to learn about the exceptional flora and fauna of the national park and hear how its landscape is connected to Marseille's history. Arrive at the beach for the chance to swim in the crystalline waters of the Calanque and taste a picnic lunch before the walk back.

Marseille: Old Schooner Sunset Sailing Cruise

9. Marseille: Old Schooner Sunset Sailing Cruise

See Marseille from an entirely new perspective on the deck of a towering vintage schooner sailboat. Discover the landscapes of the Mediterranean coast and the beauty of the Frioul Islands and the Bay of Marseille. Start your evening with a glass of rosé and some snacks while taking in the views of the French coast from the impressive historical sailboat. Start the sailing excursion and stop for a refreshing swim near Frioul Island. Sit back and relax on the sail back to the port as you listen to music.

Marseille: Calanques E-Bike Tour

10. Marseille: Calanques E-Bike Tour

Meet your small-group and guide near Pointe Rouge Beach to begin your morning or afternoon tour. Get outfitted with a helmet and a comfortable 2016 electric bike — equipped for comfortable, effortless riding, letting you pedal, cruise or a combination of both and set off towards Callelongue. Ride along the sea from Pointe Rouge to Callelongue through the small harbors of the Madrague of Montredon and Les Goudes. Follow your experienced guide along the small roads of Callelongue, a remote area of Calanques National Park. This area of high ecological importance and historical significance can be difficult to access by car in summer, but e-bikes allow you to explore the scenery. Explore the natural beauty of Calanques de Callelongue, without effort, under the shade of pine trees where the air is clean and time seems to be suspended. Discover the natural curiosities of the area, including flowers and wildlife. Between May and October, you may have the possibility to swim or rest on the beach. Conclude your 6-hour e-bike ride by returning to Pointe Rouge Beach.

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4.6 / 5

based on 131 reviews

The 48-hr city pass has made my stay in Marseille easy. I took bus or tram, and the boat Le Bateau Frioul-If. After paying over 5 EUR, I visited 2 islands, that was a good choice. Lunch at Frioul Island was authentic and delicious. I also took the little train to the Basilique Notre-Dame. The hill was stiff, so it definitely saved some energy by taking the train.

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.

This was definitely the highlight of our visit. It’s great for teenagers and so interesting to walk around and see the art. I will look for tours like this again when I visit Euro cities.

Great pass, visited 6 museums with it and rides metro e bus and got discount on ride to Notre-Dame and entrance

This audio tour was fantastic. Very accurate location, interesting facts and clear audio.