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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.

From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

2. From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

Join a half-day sailing excursion from Marseilles to a calanque in the Frioul Islands and the island of Friuli. Learn the basics from the skipper, go for a swim, snorkel, and take in views of the impressive scenery and calanque rock formations before you return to the mainland. Sail towards the island of Friuli where you can admire the many stunning coves and the coast of Marseilles. Make the most of the opportunity to take a refreshing swim, go snorkeling and admire the seabed, or simply relax on board. Your state-qualified skipper will teach you the basics of sailing and be able to give the more experienced seafarers some tips. Return to land after a relaxing afternoon seeing some of the best coastal scenery that the south of France has to offer.

From Marseille: Boat Tour to a Frioul Island Calanque

3. From Marseille: Boat Tour to a Frioul Island Calanque

Enjoy a boat trip to one of the calanques of the Frioul Islands. Admire the beautiful surroundings and take a swim in one of the unique and picturesque bays before you return to Marseille Meet in Marseille's old port near the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean and board the activity provider's boat. Then head to one of the Frioule Islands on a relaxing boat trip. Dive into the refreshing waters in the middle of one of the calanques and soak up the idyllic atmosphere of this picturesque area. After that, return to the pickup point in Marseille. On the way back, be sure to take in the beautiful views of the surroundings from the water.

Marseille: Sunset Boat Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

4. Marseille: Sunset Boat Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Sit back and relax as you cruise along the beautiful Marseille coastline and take in the stunning views. Stop for a swim in a lovely cove in the Frioul Archipelago. As the sun sets, enjoy your dinner with drinks aboard, catching views of Marseille illuminated at night. Enjoy a magical evening on board an environmentally-friendly hybrid/electric boat, the quiet boat allows for a more peaceful and relaxing cruise. Set sail for the Frioul Archipelago and see the famous If island, on which the story of the Count of Monte Cristo takes place. Anchor in a beautiful cove around here for a refreshing swimming stop. Get back on board and enjoy unforgettable sunset views of the seascape and the Marseille skyline as you sit down to enjoy your dinner with drinks. As you get closer to the Old Port in Marseille, see the sparkling city lit up at night.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

5. From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

Start your boat tour from Marseille's old port. Cruise south in a quiet hybrid-electric boat across the beautiful Bay of Marseille. Learn about the city's history and its main monuments on your way to the national park. Arrive at the gates of Calanques, la Baie des Singes (Monkeys Bay). Follow the scenic passage between Maïre Island and the Croisette Cap. Start your boat trip along Calanques's 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of coastline, between the village of Les Goudes and the town of Cassis. Admire the majestic scenery, from the limestone cliffs overlooking untouched inlets to the tiny fishing ports dotted with little cabanons (traditional Provençal cabins). During the boat tour, enjoy free to swim and explore the underwater world, as well as rest and have a pleasant lunch onboard. See why Calanques got its name from the Provençal word, "calanco", for a valley carved by a river before reaching the sea and discover the park's caves. See the paleolithic Cosquer Cave, the Blue Grotto, and the Capelan Cave. Spot the numerous fossils encrusted in the limestone.  Learn about how the fossils were formed one hundred million years ago with the accumulation of sediment in the seabed and then pushed up during the Tertiary Period, when the Alps took shape. Look at how erosion has accentuated rocky rifts and given birth to the rugged landscape you see today.

Marseille: Frioul Calanques National Park Sailing Tour

6. Marseille: Frioul Calanques National Park Sailing Tour

Set sail on a sailing yacht and discover the magnificent Calanques National Park from the water. This sailing experience is for beginners without prior experience and for those with some experience. Take part in a sailing initiation course and then sail along Marseille's gorgeous coast. Dive in for snorkeling along the way. Meet your guide on the dock and set off for a fun and sporty day in the sun and sea. With this initiation course, you will learn the basic principles of sailing and then you'll have the chance to put these theories into practice. Get your adrenalin pumping aboard the sailboat as you cruise along the coast of Marseille.

Calanques National Park Snorkel and Scuba Dive

7. Calanques National Park Snorkel and Scuba Dive

Meet at 09:00 am at the dive center in Marseille's Port de la Pointe Rouge. Get kitted out with your diving suit and select a mask, fins and snorkel for your activity.  At 09:45, board a large inflatable boat for a 20 to 30-minute ride to the snorkeling and scuba diving site. Get a briefing about safety and other information you will need. Hear about any security concerns and get explanations about the marine life you may see.  Then, enjoy a 30 to 60 minute snorkel on your own in a secure area close to one of the island's of Calanques National Park. Discover the aquatic world of Marseille from the surface at your leisure. Now that you are comfortable in the water, take a guided scuba dive with a personal instructor. Dive to a maximum of 18 feet to encounter rock fish, zebra bream, cow bream, striped mullet, rainbow wrasse, sea stars and other creatures of the sea, depending on the conditions of the day. At around 16:00 or 17:00, journey back to the dive center to rinse your diving gear and have a shower before you collect your Discover Scuba certificate!

Marseille: Day Boat Ride in the Calanques with Wine Tasting

8. Marseille: Day Boat Ride in the Calanques with Wine Tasting

Step aboard a beautiful boat and begin your full day tour. Pass the Frioul Islands and see the Château d'If in Marseilles from the perspective of the water. Then, drop anchor in a calm cove and stop for a mini wine tasting course with Provencal wines and typical tapas from the south of France. Swim, if you like, in a very safe area and snorkeling gear will be provided aboard the boat. Take the option to reserve a table in a seaside restaurant. Next, discover the Calanques National Park. Learn about the secrets of this magical, protected region of rocky inlets.

Frioul Islands & Monte Cristo Snorkeling Private Tour

9. Frioul Islands & Monte Cristo Snorkeling Private Tour

After choosing your skin diving equipment, the boat will leave. You'll be in the inflatable boat (7.50 meters length, 250 HP engine, 18 passengers capacity).  After 20 minutes of Cruise you will have the chance to take pictures, from the boat, of the Monte Cristo jail around the island. Thirtyminutes later, after a visit to some Calanques n’y boat you will start your snorkeling experience with your instructor. You can bring your own snack or lunch (without plastic) to eat on the boat. Then we go back to the Dive Center

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What people are saying about Marseille

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Very cool trip, nice guides who teach you the basics of sailing. You will also learn something about the city and the surrounding area. The stop for swimming and snorkeling was also very good, in a nice place.

really very nice trip, breathtaking landscapes, beautiful bathroom, the only flaw the lunch, it was not good at all

Very good activity at sea. Very friendly team and good breakfast and lunch included.

Marc was a wonderful host. we met friendly people and had a great ride!

Absolutely recommended. Really nice vibes as well. Young people :-)