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From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

1. From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

Join a sailing excursion from Marseilles suitable for both beginners and more experienced sailors. Learn the basics from the skipper, go for a swim, and take in views of the impressive scenery and calanque rock formations from the water. Sail towards the island of Friuli where you can admire the many stunning coves and the coast of Marseilles. Go for a swim, go snorkeling and admire the seabed, or simply relax on board. Your state-qualified skipper will teach you the basics of sailing and be able to give the more experienced seafarers some tips. Return to land after a relaxing afternoon seeing some of the best coastal scenery that the south of France has to offer.

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.

Marseille: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

3. 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 Marseille: Boat Tour to a Frioul Island Calanque

4. 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.

Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

5. Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

The City Pass Marseille is valid for 24 hours, 48 hours, or 72 hours and allows access to many attractions, museums, trains, boats, guided tours, public transport tickets, and more. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to discover Marseille with an all-inclusive package. The visitor presents the pass at the museum entrance or at the start of a tour and gets the keys to the city. Enjoy discounts at certified shops and activity partners as well. • Unlimited access to public transports for the duration of the pass• Numerous discounts and tasting in partner stores • Numerous discounts for tourist and cultural activities of providers • Access to MUCEM (closed on Tuesdays) • Access to Regards de Provence museum (closed on Mondays)• Crossing to the If or Frioul Islands OR one tour with the hop-on hop-off Colorbüs tour • Visit to If Castle (subject to weather – closed on Mondays during winter months)• A tour in the Touristic Train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or through the Old Marseille • A free guided tour of the Metropolitan Tourist Office is included in the CityPass 72 hours and with a 30% discount for the 24 hours and 48 hours CityPass, valid only for visits at 10€ (reservation is required, subject to avaibility and not included in the offer are La Cité Radieuse / Le Corbusier and private visits)• Reduced rates for children (6 to 12 years old) The municipal museums are free of charge all year (with reduced prices for temporary exhibitions when you have this pass)

From Marseille : Frioul Islands Boat Tour with Guide

6. From Marseille : Frioul Islands Boat Tour with Guide

Catch a boat in Marseille and sail the Mediterranean on your way to Frioul Island. Take some time to explore the island before sailing past Château d'If and Degaby Island. Meet your guide at the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean and board your boat. Enjoy the sea and coastal views on the way to Frioul Island. See the islands of Pomegues, Ratonneau, and Tiboulen as you sail past them. Spot the coves of Frioul as you get closer to the island. Next, spend about an hour on Frioul Island. Enjoy some ice cream or have some food at one of the local restaurants (not included). After exploring the island, get back on board the boat for your return journey. Enjoy views of Château d'If, a 16th-century fortress. Finally, take in the picturesque scenery of Degaby Island and stop at the Cove of Masmousque. If the sea conditions allow for it, let the captain thrill you with a mini speed raid on the way back to Marseilles. .

Marseille Frioul Calanques National Park Sailing tour

7. Marseille Frioul Calanques National Park Sailing tour

Set sail on a sailing yacht and discover the magnificent Calanques National Park from the water. This sailing experience is for beginners without prior experience and for those with some experience. Take part in a sailing initiation course and then sail along Marseille's gorgeous coast. Dive in for snorkeling along the way. Meet your guide on the dock and set off for a fun and sporty day in the sun and sea. With this initiation course, you will learn the basic principles of sailing and then you'll have the chance to put these theories into practice. Get your adrenalin pumping aboard the sailboat as you cruise along the coast of Marseille.

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. 

Marseille: Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour

9. Marseille: Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour

Discover Le Panier, the historic district of Marseille with a village feel. The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends. During this 1h audio-guided walking tour, go to the Old Port, just in front of the City Hall. Learn how the little Massalia was born, a town that became a city and then Marseille in Roman times. Discover the must-see Saint Nicolas and Saint Jean forts, and the "Bonne Mère" Basilica, loved by locals. Walk along the Old Port before reaching the oldest house of Marseille, one of the only survivors of the sad second world war. Enter the heart of the Panier district and notice a change in scenery. The houses are old, narrow, and colorful, and there’s a village feeling right here in the heart of the city. You will learn the local culinary specialties such as the famous "bouillabesse", and the recipe for Marseille soap. As you stroll through the neighborhood, you can admire a lot of street art. This includes charming frescoes painted on walls and storefronts, as well as collages, sculptures, mosaics on building façades, and all kinds of graffiti.

From Marseille: Sunset Sailing Trip to Frioul Islands

10. From Marseille: Sunset Sailing Trip to Frioul Islands

There’s nothing better than taking to the sea to enjoy a peaceful sunset. To the rhythm of the waves, the light fades and the sea is adorned with pretty colored reflections. Enjoy this moment in total tranquility with a small group excursion in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. If you are with friends or family, book one of our boats to share this unique moment. One of our skippers will pick you up from the dock and take you back in the evening, all you have to do is sit back and admire the nature around you.

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What people are saying about Frioul Islands

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 431 reviews

Un voilier super beau, le capitaine est vraiment agréable et nous partage sa passion avec fierté. Que dire des repas froid et le rosé, ils étaient excellent :)). Même le dessert en plus était très bon. Ensuite le coucher du soleil était tout juste magnifique. L'emplacement parfait à côté des rochers avec un super belle vue. Je recommande cet expérience à tout le monde. Rapport qualité prix est vraiment juste. On à aimé ce voyage et pensons vraiment à le refaire dans mes prochaines années. A faire! Je vous le conseille! :)

Very cool trip, nice guides who teach you the basics of sailing. You will also learn something about the city and the surrounding area. The stop for swimming and snorkeling was also very good, in a nice place.

An absolute dream! Sailing through the wind during the sunset and dreamy music is totally worth it❤️

Great skipper! Great sailing tour. Highly recommended.

It was a great day ! Super good fun & well organised