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From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

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

Join a half-day sailing excursion from Marseilles to a calanque in the Frioul Islands. Learn the basics from the skipper, go for a swim, snorkel, and take in views of the impressive scenery and cove rock formations before you return to the mainland. Sail towards the islands of Frioul 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: Calanques National Park Guided Hike

2. 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 picnic 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. It is a 4 and half to 5 hour trip in the Calanques divided in several step, 30 minutes in transport to get to the National Park, 2 hour of walking in the Calanques, you have 1 hour and half to take your lunch break then you have 1 hour of swimming and the last hour is your return to the drop off point. If possible please, try to book this activity before 24 hours from the start.

Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

3. 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.

Marseille: Calanques National Park Guided Hike with Picnic

4. Marseille: Calanques National Park Guided Hike with Picnic

Discover one of Marseille's natural beauties in the renowned Calanques National Park in a hike of the most beautiful landscapes in southern France. Experience the authenticity of the Mediterranean coast with a local guide well-versed in everything related to your expedition into this national park. Leave from Luminy, near the Aix-Marseille University campus, at the gates of the Calanques National Park. Be stunned by the creeks of Saint Jean de Dieu and Sugiton. A breathtaking panoramic view will be the backdrop to your hike, where you can expect to take pictures and make the most of this magical moment with a picnic. Enjoy free time to swim in the clean water before heading back.

Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

5. 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: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

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

Embark on a boat tour from Marseille's Old Port. Glide along turquoise waters as you sail around the Frioul Islands. 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, disembark for 1 hour and 45 minutes to discover the port and break for refreshments. Continue your tour back on board with a pass by the Château d'If, a historic fortress built by François I between 1528 and 1531 and 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: Calanques Sailing Day Trip with Lunch and Wine

7. Marseille: Calanques Sailing Day Trip with Lunch and Wine

Experience a boat trip from Marseille to the local treasure that is the Calanques National Park. Stop to swim and snorkel while exploring the French Riviera on an elegant and authentic sailing yacht called the Le Don du Vent (The Gift of the Wind). Unwind with a chef-prepared lunch and wine. Hop on board and venture to the most secret corners of the Calanques of Sormiou, Morgiou, or Sugiton. Start your day with a welcome coffee and navettes (local biscuits from Marseille). In between stopping to swim and snorkel in the turquoise sea, enjoy a fresh lunch made by the onboard chef paired with organic white wine and rosé. Spend an unforgettable time in paradise and enjoy a day of pure bliss with your friends or family.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

8. 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.

Cassis: Calanques National Park Guided Hiking Half-Day Trip

9. Cassis: Calanques National Park Guided Hiking Half-Day Trip

Embark on a 6 km hike departing from Cassis. Cross the Calanques of Port-Miou, Port-Pin, and one of the most famous, En-Vau. Discover sensational landscapes as you trek along the crystalline waters that meander like fjords. Start by exploring the 1400m long Calanque of Port-Miou that houses a marina and conceals a rich heritage. Learn about a former site of exploitation of a limestone quarry and an underground river. Along the coast, continue until you reach the cove of Port-Pin, marking the entrance to Marseille. Discover a winding cove home to a pretty pebble cove with turquoise waters which you can, if you wish, swim in its waters during a break. Start to gain a little altitude, which will gradually take you up to 90m above sea level, to the En-Vau belvedere, revealing its beach in reverse, low and buried between the high cliffs.

Marseille: Ride to the Calanque de Sormiou on an E-Bike Tour

10. Marseille: Ride to the Calanque de Sormiou on an E-Bike Tour

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. We also operate self guided tours and bike rental if you prefer to do the tour on your own. With phone gps navigation.

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From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

Join a half-day sailing excursion from Marseilles to a calanque in the Frioul Islands. Learn the basics from the skipper, go for a swim, snorkel, and take in views of the impressive scenery and cove rock formations before you return to the mainland. Sail towards the islands of Frioul 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: Calanques National Park Guided Hike

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 picnic 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. It is a 4 and half to 5 hour trip in the Calanques divided in several step, 30 minutes in transport to get to the National Park, 2 hour of walking in the Calanques, you have 1 hour and half to take your lunch break then you have 1 hour of swimming and the last hour is your return to the drop off point. If possible please, try to book this activity before 24 hours from the start.

Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

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.

Marseille: Calanques National Park Guided Hike with Picnic

Marseille: Calanques National Park Guided Hike with Picnic

Discover one of Marseille's natural beauties in the renowned Calanques National Park in a hike of the most beautiful landscapes in southern France. Experience the authenticity of the Mediterranean coast with a local guide well-versed in everything related to your expedition into this national park. Leave from Luminy, near the Aix-Marseille University campus, at the gates of the Calanques National Park. Be stunned by the creeks of Saint Jean de Dieu and Sugiton. A breathtaking panoramic view will be the backdrop to your hike, where you can expect to take pictures and make the most of this magical moment with a picnic. Enjoy free time to swim in the clean water before heading back.

Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

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: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

Marseille: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

Embark on a boat tour from Marseille's Old Port. Glide along turquoise waters as you sail around the Frioul Islands. 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, disembark for 1 hour and 45 minutes to discover the port and break for refreshments. Continue your tour back on board with a pass by the Château d'If, a historic fortress built by François I between 1528 and 1531 and 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: Calanques Sailing Day Trip with Lunch and Wine

Marseille: Calanques Sailing Day Trip with Lunch and Wine

Experience a boat trip from Marseille to the local treasure that is the Calanques National Park. Stop to swim and snorkel while exploring the French Riviera on an elegant and authentic sailing yacht called the Le Don du Vent (The Gift of the Wind). Unwind with a chef-prepared lunch and wine. Hop on board and venture to the most secret corners of the Calanques of Sormiou, Morgiou, or Sugiton. Start your day with a welcome coffee and navettes (local biscuits from Marseille). In between stopping to swim and snorkel in the turquoise sea, enjoy a fresh lunch made by the onboard chef paired with organic white wine and rosé. Spend an unforgettable time in paradise and enjoy a day of pure bliss with your friends or family.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

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.

Cassis: Calanques National Park Guided Hiking Half-Day Trip

Cassis: Calanques National Park Guided Hiking Half-Day Trip

Embark on a 6 km hike departing from Cassis. Cross the Calanques of Port-Miou, Port-Pin, and one of the most famous, En-Vau. Discover sensational landscapes as you trek along the crystalline waters that meander like fjords. Start by exploring the 1400m long Calanque of Port-Miou that houses a marina and conceals a rich heritage. Learn about a former site of exploitation of a limestone quarry and an underground river. Along the coast, continue until you reach the cove of Port-Pin, marking the entrance to Marseille. Discover a winding cove home to a pretty pebble cove with turquoise waters which you can, if you wish, swim in its waters during a break. Start to gain a little altitude, which will gradually take you up to 90m above sea level, to the En-Vau belvedere, revealing its beach in reverse, low and buried between the high cliffs.

Marseille: Ride to the Calanque de Sormiou on an E-Bike Tour

Marseille: Ride to the Calanque de Sormiou on an E-Bike Tour

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. We also operate self guided tours and bike rental if you prefer to do the tour on your own. With phone gps navigation.

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4.4
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David's profound love and connection with nature, especially the Calanques, becomes contagious as he generously shares his vast knowledge and many interesting anecdotes. His genuine involvement with the group makes time seem to fly. A really great and unique experience.

Unique experience, a beautiful natural park just a stone's throw from Marseille, with excellent e-Bikes. Highly recommended!

Guide David turned the hike into an incredible experience. He greatly enriched the tour with his knowledge

The trip was amazing - wineries were excellent and the tour guide Eric was knowledgeable!

Arthur was very friendly and knowledgeable. Enjoyed very much the hike.