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Our most recommended Calanques National Park Shore Excursions

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.

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

4. 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.

From Marseille: Cassis and Marseille Panoramic Tour

5. From Marseille: Cassis and Marseille Panoramic Tour

Take a drive along the Gineste and the Crests roads to Cape Canaille to marvel at the exceptional view of the Bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range, on this half-day tour from Marseille. The harbor in Cassis is the most beautiful feature of this ancient fishing port. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the return trip, including a stop at the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. From this hill you’ll have breathtaking views of the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands, and If-Castle. Drive along the Corniche Road, a visible indicator of the wealth of the merchants of the 19th century, who also built magnificent, ostentatious homes. See the 11th-century Saint-Victor Abbey that keeps guard over the entry to the old port.

Marseille Cruise Port: Full-Day Trip to Marseille and Cassis

6. Marseille Cruise Port: Full-Day Trip to Marseille and Cassis

The Gineste and the Crests roads will lead you to the outstanding site of Cape Canaille from where you will appreciate the exceptional view on the bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range. Cassis is an ancient fishing port and the harbor is probably the most beautiful part of the village. You will have the possibility to board on a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) to discover 3 Calanques, steep-walled coves with tiny harbors or beaches at the end. Free time for lunch (not included) on your own during the day. Panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the way back, including a photo stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. From this hill, enjoy a breathtaking view on the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands and If Castle. Drive on the Corniche Road, a symbol of holiday and outward sign of wealth for merchants and bourgeois from the 19th century who built magnificent houses with many ostentatious splendid features. You will then reach Saint-Victor abbey (11th century) that keeps the entry of the Vieux-Port (Old Port).

Discover Cassis: Half Day Tour from Marseille

7. Discover Cassis: Half Day Tour from Marseille

Cassis France is just a 30-minute drive from Marseille and well worth a day tour. You’ll travel up to Cap Canaille, the highest maritime cliff in France, with a great panoramic view. Then, you'll be dropped off at the vineyards of Cassis, before exploring the mountains, and the ship-building town of La Ciotat via the scenic crest road. Next you can choose to do a bit of shopping or simply relax at a café on the docks with a glass of pastis or wine. You may take a boat from the harbor to the new National Park of the Calanques, considered to be a tourist must-see (optional). The limestone inlets with their clear blue water are extremely popular with visitors.

Marseille: Calanques Shore Excursion Electric Bike Day Tour

8. 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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What people are saying about Calanques National Park

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 489 reviews

Had the most amazing time on this boat!! My two friends and I purchased tickets the night before as we were worried about the weather affecting the cruise, but luckily it was sunny and warm the entire day. The captain and crew were very helpful and friendly. We were able to swim off the boat to a beach at the anchorage spot in the calanques. There is plenty of food they serve you and lots of space for everyone on the boat. The trip is definitely worth the price!

It was a great adventure, quite friendly organizers, fun group, nice variety of food and drinks, pleasant weather, relaxing and beautiful viewings.

So much fun! And the guides were always there to make sure everyone was safe & enjoying themselves!!

Amazing views and amazing people. This was my favorite experience in Marseille!

We were waiting above 1 hour but overall tour was great. Beautiful views.