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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: E-Bike Ride to Calanque de Sormiou

2. From Marseille: E-Bike Ride to Calanque de Sormiou

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.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

3. 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

4. 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.

Cassis: Calanques and Viewpoints Tour by Mountain E-Bike

5. Cassis: Calanques and Viewpoints Tour by Mountain E-Bike

During this 2-hour tour, you’ll explore the Calanques National Park, starting from Cassis village. Ride an electric mountain bike on large tracks, accompanied by an experienced guide, and take in the natural beauty of the park along the route. After you're able to handle the electric mountain bike, you’ll be ready to begin the tour. Ride along a secret vineyard and reach Calanques National Park. Discover viewpoints on little frequented paths. Next, ride up to the ridges, where you’ll be rewarded with views of Cassis Bay. As you cycle to the creeks, enjoy views of Canaille Cape, one of the highest Maritime cliffs in Europe. On the return to the starting point, cross the village of Cassis and admire the lovely beaches along the way.

Marseille to Calanques: Full-Day Electric Bike Trip

6. 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: Guided Kayak Tour

7. Calanques National Park: Guided Kayak Tour

Visit the Calanques National Park and spend the day kayaking. Follow your guide as you explore the national park by the water and discover its unique heritage. Your guide will take you through the creeks of La Ciotat, Cap Canaille, L'Ile-Verte, Figuerolles, and Mugel depending of the weather. As you kayak through Calanques National Park, you’ll learn about the protected environment. You’ll have the chance to see the breathtaking views of the park all while participating in a sporting activity that is suitable for all.

Calanques National Park Snorkel and Scuba Dive

8. 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!

La Ciotat: Calanques National Park Guided Hike

9. La Ciotat: Calanques National Park Guided Hike

Meet your guide at the parking lot on the route of Calanques de La Ciotat. Enjoy a hike through an area of stunning natural beauty and learn more about the flora and fauna of the region with your expert guide. Discover fantastic scenery along the trail, including the Bau Rous mountain peak and the foothills of Cap Canaille. Hike to the majestic Cliffs of Soubeyranes which tower over the Mediterranean Sea. Admire the scenic views over the town of La Ciotat along a circular hiking route.

Marseille: Calanques Sea Kayaking Guided Tour

10. Marseille: Calanques Sea Kayaking Guided Tour

Explore Calanques National Park on a guided kayaking tour from Marseille. Learn more about the natural history of the area with your expert guide. Admire the beautiful landscapes of a protected environment. Kayak along the coastline and admire stunning natural landmarks such as Ile Maïre, Tiboulen de Maïre, the peninsula of Cap Croisette, or the islands of Archipel de Riou. From the ocean, admire the spectacular views of the coastline.

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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.

This ride is incredibly beautiful and I really recommend it. The crew on board is super nice. There was a small breakfast and a really delicious lunch. Then there was cheese and cake. The stop to swim in the sea was incredibly beautiful. I would book the trip again at any time. Absolutely great value for money.

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.