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Our most recommended Calanques National Park Sailing Trips & Tours

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: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

2. 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.

Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

3. Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

Explore the charming Cassis and its seaside port on this full-day guided tour. Enjoy a boat ride, awe-inspiring scenery, a visit to a local winery to taste Provence rosé, red, and white wines, and more. Meet your guide in Aix-en-Provence to journey to the seaside port of Cassis. Discover this inviting portside village and the Calanques, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage national park. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the village, stroll through the narrow streets of Cassis, and browse the small shops and stores that sell local Provence goods. The tour continues with a panoramic boat ride to the Calanques, located near Cassis. From the small port, reach the Calanques National Park that stretches from Marseille to Cassis, and admire the beautiful coves of the steep rocky coast. After the boat ride, enjoy some free time for exploring Cassis and have lunch (own expense). No tour to Cassis is complete without a drive along the Route des Crêtes. As you leave Cassis, head up towards the highest sea cliff in Europe, Cap Canaille. Your guide will stop in one of the many areas for taking in the views over the village and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. After the drive to Cap Canaille, enjoy a wine tasting session in the Côtes de Provence – Sainte Victoire. This terroir is ideal for the production of elegant rosé wines and robust and generous red wines. Take in the gorgeous view with the Montagne Sainte Victoire in the back and limestone plateaus, often planted with olive trees. Learn about the winery and its winemaking process. Depending on the winery visited, continue your tasting with reds or whites. After the wine tasting session, you will be dropped off in the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

4. 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

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 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.

From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Tour of Cassis

7. From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Tour of Cassis

On this 4-hour sightseeing excursion from Aix-en-Provence by air-conditioned minibus, you will drive along the coast to the little village of Cassis, a small fishing port nestled between the famous calanques (inlets) and majestic Cap Canaille. Stop for photos at Cap Canaille. Get a great introduction to everyday life in Provence and the Mediterranean away from the busy tourist resorts as you explore the Riviera town and admire the bluffs, cliffs and sheltered inlets (calanques) that have made the area so famous. Grab the chance to take a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) out to sea to sail to 3 of the calanques, where you will see up-close the limestone cliffs that rise and fall steeply into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Marseille: Frioul Islands Sunset Speedboat Cruise

8. Marseille: Frioul Islands Sunset Speedboat Cruise

Explore the Frioul archipelago as the sun sets on this cruise from Marseille. Stop for some free time on the island Frioul and visit the cove of Malmousque. Enjoy views of the Medieval architecture of the Château d'If fortress as you cruise along. Hop aboard the comfortable speedboat and settle in for your Mediterranean adventure. Depart from Marseille Old Port and admire the elegance of the city as you head out to open water.  Take in views of the dynamic coastlines and turquoise waters as you reach the Frioul archipelago. Disembark on the island of Frioul where you can stretch your legs or visit a cafe for an hour. Continue on past the seaside Château d'If fortress which was built by François I in the 16th century. See the Fort de Tourville as you pass Degaby Island on the way to the picturesque cove of Malmousque where the boat will pause on the edge of the corniche Kennedy. Sail back to Marseille Old Port and see the city as it is lit for the night from the water. 

From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

9. From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

Start this comprehensive full-day tour of Provence with a visit to Aix-en-Provence, known as the city of water and art Located approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille, Aix dates back to Roman times and has a beautiful wide promenade called the “Cours Mirabeau” lined with plane trees. See the amazing fountain of the Rotonde, as well as many cafés that were once frequented by Cezanne, Camus, Zola, and others. The weekly market will give you the opportunity to savor the regional produce, including fresh cheese and olive oil, as well as scented Marseille soap. Then, head to the village of Cassis, driving the Crest road and up to the highest maritime cliff in Europe, Cape Canaillto, for spectacular views of the Bay. Stroll the charming fishing port, where you can try thier famous Pastis (anis flavored liquor), before an optional 45-minute boat cruise through the breathtaking calanques (rocky, limestone inlets).  End your day with a panoramic tour of Marseille, including a stop at the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, with its panoramic view of the city, Frioul Islands, and Château d'If. End at the 11th-century Abbey of Saint-Victor, guarding the entrance to the Vieux Port.

Calanques of Cassis, Aix-en-Provence & Wine Tasting Day Tour

10. Calanques of Cassis, Aix-en-Provence & Wine Tasting Day Tour

Join this tour of Aix-en-Provence, a town filled with elegance to be seen and savored in its lively streets and squares. It is known as the City of a Thousand Fountains, a reminder of its origins as a Roman spa town. History is the backdrop of everyday life here. Combine the fun of shopping and the nobility of the town's heritage. Enjoy terrace cafés and architectural charm. Take a stroll through the town and admire the wonders of the Baroque era. The bastides are enhanced by gardens. Each fountain has its secrets, each private mansion has its stories, waiting to be discovered. Move onward to Cassis, one of Provence’s prettiest coastal villages. Explore its calanques, small fishing port, colorful houses, wine, and sea urchins. Cassis is a shining diamond on the shores of the Mediterranean. Take a small-boat cruise around Massif des Calanques made up of limestone cliffs that plunge into the Mediterranean. Explore the beauty of this magical and enchanting spot. Discover the ancestral history of the French wine of this magnificent region.

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What people are saying about Calanques National Park

We had a wonderful experience. Lucille was a terrific guide. Since she is a local, she knew just where to take us and she answered all our questions thoughtfully. This trip seems very reasonably priced for a full day and had just the right balance of experiences. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a bit of everything in the Cassis area.

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.

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!

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