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Calanques Cassis Hike: Port-Miou, Port-Pin & En-Vau

1. Calanques Cassis Hike: Port-Miou, Port-Pin & En-Vau

Embark on a 6 km hike departing from Cassis. Cross the creeks 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, taste the freshness of 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: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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: Calanques Shore Excursion Electric Bike Day Tour

5. Marseille: Calanques Shore Excursion Electric Bike Day Tour

Start with pickup and a drop-off from your ship. Travel across 35 km (27 miles) and enjoy the wild beauty that lies on the outskirts of the city and which seems to be at the end of the world. The bike ride is punctuated by a meal in a local restaurant (not included) and a swimming break. See Marseille old port, the Pharo Palace, the Vallon of Auffes, the Corniche Kennedy, the beaches of Prado, wearing Madrague Montredon, the fishing village Goudes, Maronaise beach, Callelongue Cove, the Pastré or Borely park, and Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Lunch : Your guide will give you the choice between 2 options : Buy sandwiches or snacks and stop to eat on the beach (or the rocks) Eat at a nice restaurant (from 40€ per person) in the little port of Les Goudes (please indicate your choice at booking time) Breaks Swimming break at Maronnaise wild beach (unsupervised) Restaurant or sandwich break Visit of nice natural park  Visit of Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica Additional notice : The most beautiful creeks of the National Park are not accessible by bike, this is why it is recommended that you complete the tour with a boat tour (Sugiton, En Vau, Port Pin). Difficulty is easy to medium, a normal/good health is requiered but you don't need to be a very good rider to join this tour. (If you are older than 60, you should be a regular rider and have very good health).

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based on 3 reviews

This was a beautiful hike. We were part of a group of 12 (excluding the guide), which I think is the maximum for this activity. The guide was very friendly and shared some information in both French and English. We mostly cared about having someone who could show us exactly where to go. You could probably replicate the experience for free but would need to do some research first and risk taking a worse trail or getting lost, which we wanted to avoid. In terms of difficulty, it should be OK for anyone who doesn’t have mobility issues but be prepared for a moderate to intense workout. Also, I imagine it would be a thousand times harder on a very hot day — the max temp was 81F when we went, which helped a lot. We also took lots of breaks. There was a stop early on at a rocky beach where you could swim, just be careful with the jellyfish if you go in the water. I would also say bring at least 2L of water per person. Overall very happy we did this!

This was so much fun!! We had a great time up and down hills with beautiful views….traffic was a little crazy on some spots but part of the fun!! We were picked up at the cruise terminal on time and brought back after we were done. Recommend 100%

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

Getting to see the views, the callanques and the emerald, clear water was fascinating.

Beautiful ride very pleasant Friendly crew and good advice Good meal