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Palace d'If, Marseille

Palace d'If, Marseille: Our most recommended tours and activities

Marseille: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

1. 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.

Marseille: Frioul Islands Sunset Speedboat Cruise

2. 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: Day Boat Ride in the Calanques with Wine Tasting

3. 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 Palace d'If, Marseille

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 57 reviews

Simply disorienting. Seeing Marseille from the water is worth the detour. Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Whether you are with family, friends, or alone, go there! A little advice on the way back avoid the left rear seat if you don't want to end up a bit wet (nothing too bad, just refreshing)

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!

Captain was friendly and knowledgeable, and spoke both French and English. I’m inspired to read the “Count of Monte Christo”!

Erik is Helpful and kind and a great guide. Short but very interesting and very beautiful activity. It was very easy to find.

Beautiful cruise From the boat you see Marseille in a different way. Explanation also in English