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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: Côte Bleue Calanques Half-Day Kayak Tour

2. Marseille: Côte Bleue Calanques Half-Day Kayak Tour

Discover the postcard-worthy Côte Bleue calanque as you ride a kayak past beautiful bays, striking cliffs, and quaint little homes. Follow your guide from Estaque in Marseille, all the way to Carry-le-Rouet, for a comprehensive overview of this gorgeous natural area. After a short briefing, route presentation, and weather report, head out with all the necessary knowledge to have a fun and safe ride. Explore the creeks of Establon and Aragnols with a beautiful beach. Depending on the group's pace, you might even be able to reach the magnificent Figuerolles creek. Learn about each little hidden corner from your certified guide and admire the mindblowing rocky sceneries as you float along. Additionally, you can do your part to take care of the local sea life by picking up floating waste and loading it into the bag your kayak comes equipped with. Beginners are advised to choose the morning tour, as the sea is generally calmer than in the afternoon.

Marseille: E-bike Virtual Guided Tour

3. Marseille: E-bike Virtual Guided Tour

Departing from Vieux Port, Marseille and its hills will no longer be a feat, but instead a new amazing experience on your E-Bike. The Virtual Guided Pack will direct you from your handlebars, powered by an app on your phone for this tour. Drive to the Pharo Palace to enjoy a breathtaking seaside view. Continue along the Corniche to Prado Beach, or have a swim break at the Catalans beach. You can ascend Notre Dame de la Garde basilica and enjoy a memorable view of Marseille and the Mediterranean sea. While pedaling, the bike will boost you along to the National Park and its marvelous inlets. Take your time and stop for a coffee in the famous basket district, swim on a sublime and secret beach, or admire a sunset over the sea.

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.

Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

5. 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: Boat Tour to a Frioul Island Calanque

6. 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.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

7. 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: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

8. 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.

Marseille to Calanques: Full-Day Electric Bike Trip

9. Marseille to Calanques: Full-Day Electric Bike Trip

Ride from Marseille to Calanques National Park on a full-day electric bike tour. Cycle with little effort for 35 kilometers, enjoying the wild beauty that lies on the outskirts of Marseille. Stop for breaks that include a meal in a local restaurant (at your own expense) and some time to swim. During the tour you’ll visit the following places : The Pharo Palace The Vallon of Auffes Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica The Corniche du Président John Fitzgérald Kennedy Prado Beach The fishing village of Goudes Maronaise Beach Callelongue Cove The Pastré or Borely Park Stop for breaks en route: Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica visit Swimming break at Maronnaise wild beach (unsupervised) Restaurant or sandwich break

Calanques National Park Snorkel and Scuba Dive

10. 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!

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What people are saying about Marseille

A great experience! Our guide was so friendly and made sure everyone was ok throughout the trip. They also rented out water shoes for those of us who didn’t bring appropriate footwear. We kayaked over waves which was so much fun and we had the most beautiful views of the cliffs, train tracks and Marseilles. Would definitely recommend this company!

It's hard work, but really fun and interesting. Our guide was very accommodating and helpful, and had a wealth of information to share. Things not mentioned in the description : you will enter the water with your shoes. If you're not comfortable doing that with your own shoes, you can rent a pair of water shoes onsite for a small fee.

The boat was very nice and experience was a great value. I recommend taking the smaller tour option with 18 people. We went to 3 different swimming locations and enjoyed the great weather. Food and drinks are included.

Wonderful way to see and explore marseille and part of calanques national park. Our guide Lucy was excellent and very friendly

It was a nice experience, the environment in the catamaran and also the team was very kind.