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From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

1. 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: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

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

Embark on a boating adventure from Marseille's Old Port. Glide along turquoise waters as you sail around the Frioul Islands and break for an hour of exploration on land. 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, you'll disembark for an hour to discover the port and break for refreshments. Continue your tour back on board with a pass by the Château d'If. This historic fortress was built by François I between 1528 and 1531 and was 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.

Calanques of La Ciotat: Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

3. Calanques of La Ciotat: Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

Located a few hundred meters from the coast, you'll head for the Green Island, the only wooded island in the Calanques National Park. Whether you're a beginner or accustomed to the practice of stand-up paddleboarding, this trip is a unique opportunity to discover the jewels of the Ciotaden coast. Discover a unique wild site, where you can take the time to discover its coastline with coves and curiosities, as well as its history. Return via the splendid Calanque of the Mugel and its azure waters. Afterward, take a refreshing swim and observe the rich marine fauna in this little corner of paradise before making your way back to the starting point.

Marseille: Private City Center Walking Tour with Cruise

4. Marseille: Private City Center Walking Tour with Cruise

Enjoy a cruise from Marseille to the Côte Bleue coast where you can snorkel in the crystal clear water. Explore the city center of Marseille on a guided walking tour. Admire stunning city and sea views from the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde.  Choose a tour option where you are picked up from your accommodation in Marseille, or from an option where you meet your guide at the Old Port of Marseille. Embark on your cruise from the Old Port and take in views of the city from the water as you depart. Head to the Frioul Islands and pass by the fortress and former prison Château d’If. Put down the anchor in les Calanques of la Côte Bleue. Relax in the boat or or go snorkeling to see colorful fish and corals.  After 2 hours, head back to the Old Port of Marseille. Begin your guided walking tour of Marseille. Marvel at the panoramic views of Marseilles from the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. Visit the Saint Charles train station, the iconic Vélodrome station, and the Cité Radieuse district. Finally, follow your guide to the oldest bakery in Marseille and a santon figurine factory. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Calanques National Park

This is a great way to see the Calanques and I would say a must do, especially if you want to jump out and go swimming. The captain was very nice and accommodating. Lunch is relatively light with one glass of rosé. It might be a good idea to bring and extra snack and some water. However, you’re going for the scenery and the water which you can’t beat.

Simply disorienting. Seeing Marseille from the water is worth the detour. Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Whether you are with family, friends, or alone, go there! A little advice on the way back avoid the left rear seat if you don't want to end up a bit wet (nothing too bad, just refreshing)

This was a brilliant way to spend a few hours. Our tour guide, Eric, was so friendly and gave us lots of interesting facts about Marseilles. The island is beautiful. Very enjoyable, highly recommended!

Captain was friendly and knowledgeable, and spoke both French and English. I’m inspired to read the “Count of Monte Christo”!

Beautiful cruise From the boat you see Marseille in a different way. Explanation also in English