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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: Boat Tour to a Frioul Island Calanque

2. From Marseille: Boat Tour to a Frioul Island Calanque

Enjoy a boat trip to one of the calanques of the Frioul Islands. Admire the beautiful surroundings and take a swim in one of the unique and picturesque bays before you return to Marseille Meet in Marseille's old port near the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean and board the activity provider's boat. Then head to one of the Frioule Islands on a relaxing boat trip. Dive into the refreshing waters in the middle of one of the calanques and soak up the idyllic atmosphere of this picturesque area. After that, return to the pickup point in Marseille. On the way back, be sure to take in the beautiful views of the surroundings from the water.

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.

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: Day Boat Ride in the Calanques with Wine Tasting

5. Marseille: Day Boat Ride in the Calanques with Wine Tasting

Step aboard a beautiful boat and begin your full day tour. Pass the Frioul Islands and see the Château d'If in Marseilles from the perspective of the water. Then, drop anchor in a calm cove and stop for a mini wine tasting course with Provencal wines and typical tapas from the south of France. Swim, if you like, in a very safe area and snorkeling gear will be provided aboard the boat. Take the option to reserve a table in a seaside restaurant. Next, discover the Calanques National Park. Learn about the secrets of this magical, protected region of rocky inlets.

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What people are saying about Calanques National Park

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 9 reviews

It's a nice cruise, too short for my taste because we don't do all the creeks. I would have liked explanations on the history: why are they called so, date of formation, why do they have different names, etc. During this crossing we saw a seaside restaurant "la baie des singes ", we would have liked someone to explain to us how to access it. Small details that would have animated this excursion because we were not able to swim much because the water was freezing because of the mistral. Nice walk to improve.

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.

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