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

1. 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.

Calanques Cassis Hike: Port-Miou, Port-Pin & En-Vau

2. Calanques Cassis Hike: Port-Miou, Port-Pin & En-Vau

Embark on a 6 km hike departing from Cassis. Cross the creeks of Port-Miou, Port-Pin, and one of the most famous, En-Vau. Discover sensational landscapes as you trek along the crystalline waters that meander like fjords. Start by exploring the 1400m long Calanque of Port-Miou that houses a marina and conceals a rich heritage. Learn about a former site of exploitation of a limestone quarry and an underground river. Along the coast, continue until you reach the cove of Port-Pin, marking the entrance to Marseille. Discover a winding cove home to a pretty pebble cove with turquoise waters which you can, if you wish, taste the freshness of its waters during a break. Start to gain a little altitude, which will gradually take you up to 90m above sea level, to the En-Vau belvedere, revealing its beach in reverse, low and buried between the high cliffs.

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

3. 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.

Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Wine Tour in Bandol and Cassis

4. Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Wine Tour in Bandol and Cassis

Discover the delicious wines of Bandol and Cassis, and the stunning landscapes that surround this little area of Provence that borders the Mediterranean Sea. With your wine guide, learn about the French wine classification system, and the local grape varieties of the region. Next, enjoy a private visit to the vat and aging rooms, followed by a tasting of the refreshing rosés and deep reds from the wine region of Bandol. On your way to the second winery, marvel at the stunning scenic views of vines and olive trees that line the coast. Then, taste the elegant white and delicate rosé wines from the region of Cassis, widely praised by connoisseurs across the globe. Afterwards, enjoy a quick stop in the charming little port of Cassis and pick up a souvenir of your trip.

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.

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

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis & Massif du Luberon Tour

8. From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis & Massif du Luberon Tour

Embark on a tour to several villages from Aix-en-Provence. Stop at several picturesque villages and admire the fantastic scenery. Depart from Aix-en-Provence by minivan and first drive to Cassis and Cape Canaille. Spend some free time strolling through the charming fisherman port of Cassis, before stopping to admire the views of the highest seaside cliff in Europe, Cape Canaille. Next, continue north to the Massif du Luberon, known for its many quaint villages. First, discover the village of Lourmarin famous for its Renaissance-style castle. Enjoy a photo stop in Bonnieux, followed by a visit to the colorful village of Roussillon, where the houses are painted with ochre. Stroll in the medieval village of Gordes, a scenic village perched on a steep hilltop. Afterward, be returned to the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

Cassis: Full-Day Calanques & Amazing Vistas Guided Tour

9. Cassis: Full-Day Calanques & Amazing Vistas Guided Tour

This guided tour will take you to the fishermen village of Cassis and the 2500-year-old city of La Ciotat with its charming views of the Golfe d'Amour, the Calanque of Figuerolles, and the botanical garden. You will also visit the oldest movie theater in the world established in 1895 here. Afterwards, an amazing mountaintop road with its highest European coastal cliff will bring you to the famous fishermen port of Cassis for a walk through the village or for some time on the beach. Finally, the highlight of the tour will be the guided walking tour of Calanque of Port Miou.

Marseille Vieux Port & Wine Tasting - Private Tour

10. Marseille Vieux Port & Wine Tasting - Private Tour

Explore the French countryside and its various cities and town, and enjoy wine tasting and sightseeing on a full-day tour from Marseille. Beginning in Marseille, the oldest city in France, pass by Vieux Port; the city's ancient old harbor. Continue on to the Abbey of St. Victor, named after a local soldier, saint, and martyr. You will then head up to the highest point in the city, Notre Dame de la Garde, which boasts a 360-degree panoramic view of Marseille. Next make your way to Cassis, a commune and fishing port by a scenic road that winds up a mountain for views over the city and coastline. Admire its largest calanque (a steep-walled inlet) and walk on the docks. Keep driving to take in the view from the second highest cliff in Europe, at 1,312 feet (400 meters). Stop for some wine tasting before taking the highway to the medieval hilltop village of Le Castellet. Then enjoy more wine tasting in Bandol. Afterwards, use your free time to enjoy lunch and walk along the seafront promenade. You may also take a ferry across the Bandor's Island before returning back to Marseille.

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What people are saying about Cassis

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Had a great day out with our guide Thomas. He gave information on all little things of the area that made us appreciate the things we saw a lot more. Very passionate about the things he liked to talk about, with Thomas our day went by just like that. The boat tour was a bit boring, just sat there looking at places from a far. Also, could have spent a bit more time at the wine tasting, but no complaints.

It was a wonderful experience. We toured Aix-en-provence, parts of Marseille and the beautiful beach town of Cassis. Our guide, Emanuel, was excellent and very knowledgeable of just about everything. I strongly recommend the day trip and the guide.

Our tour guide Florence was amazing. She was extremely personable and informative. We squeezed in a lot of activity into a day.

Our guide Remy was great! Personable, knowledgeable and able to personalize our experience.

A very pleasant tour. More time in Aix En Provence would be better.