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Marseille: Côte Bleue Calanques Half-Day Kayak Tour

1. Marseille: Côte Bleue Calanques Half-Day Kayak Tour

Discover the postcard-worthy Côte Bleue calanque as you ride a kayak past beautiful bays, striking cliffs, and quaint little homes. Follow your guide from Estaque in Marseille, all the way to Carry-le-Rouet, for a comprehensive overview of this gorgeous natural area. After a short briefing, route presentation, and weather report, head out with all the necessary knowledge to have a fun and safe experience. Explore the creeks of Establon and Aragnols with a beautiful little beach. Depending on the group's pace, you might even be able to reach the magnificent Figuerolles creek. Learn about each little hidden corner from your certified guide and admire the mindblowing rocky sceneries as you float along. Additionally, you can do your part to take care of the local sea life by picking up floating waste and loading it into the bag your kayak comes equipped with. Beginners are advised to choose the morning tour, as the sea is generally calmer than in the afternoon. Various options are available on site. On rental (5€) : - water shoes - comfort backrests - snorkling kit On sale : - 1.5L water (3€) - Waterproof pockets for cell phones (10€)

Colorbüs Marseille: City Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Colorbüs Marseille: City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Due to the Rugby World Cup France 2023 (8 September to 28 October 2023) and the visit of Pope Francis (22 and 23 September 2023), our Ligne Bleue will unfortunately be closed from Saturday 2 September until 31 October 2023. For safety reasons, the City of Marseille will be introducing major changes to traffic conditions in the vicinity of the Marseille stadium, preventing us from carrying out our route properly. This temporary closure is beyond our control. Over 1 day, admire the city of Marseille on panoramic double-decker buses and convertible minibuses. Discover the heart of Marseille with an audio guide tour. Experience the many treasures of this Phocaean city, such as the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, the Cathedral of La Major, and more. With 2 bus circuits, experience the most beautiful things Marseille has to offer. With 14 stops on the red circuit, discover the Old Port, the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, the Vallon des Auffes, the Corniche Kennedy, and many other spots. Hop on convertible minibuses to discover the city's newer emblematic places. With its 11 stops on the blue circuit, experience the calm seaside and village atmosphere. Discover the city as the people of Marseille know it, full of richness and charm.

Marseille: Calanques Cruise with Lunch

3. Marseille: Calanques Cruise with Lunch

Sail along the coast of the Calanques National Park, one of the most remarkable natural sites in France, on-board a maxi-catamaran. Discover the rocky coastline that stretches for 20 km along the Mediterranean between La Madrague and the town of Cassis, passing through Les Goudes and Callelongue. Travel to the heart of this natural heritage and discover the Calanques of Marseille Calanques National Park, or the Calanques of the Côte Bleue, or the Frioul Archipelago. During the cruise, admire the wonderful landscape of the Calanques National Park while sunbathing on the boat and swimming in heavenly coves.. Enjoy lunch, consisting of a plancha, various side dishes and a dessert. In winter, the menu is different and may include fish and other seafood.. Boarding is at 11:00 AM and return to port is at 4:00 PM. Several itineraries are possible: the Calanques National Park on the maxi catamaran, the Calanques of the Côte Bleue, and the Frioul Archipelago on the small catamarans.

Marseille: Calanques Sailing Day Trip with Lunch and Wine

4. Marseille: Calanques Sailing Day Trip with Lunch and Wine

Experience a boat trip from Marseille to the local treasure that is the Calanques National Park. Stop to swim and snorkel while exploring the French Riviera on an elegant and authentic sailing yacht called the Le Don du Vent (The Gift of the Wind). Unwind with a chef-prepared lunch and wine. Hop on board and venture to the most secret corners of the Calanques of Sormiou, Morgiou, or Sugiton. Start your day with a welcome coffee and navettes (local biscuits from Marseille). In between stopping to swim and snorkel in the turquoise sea, enjoy a fresh lunch made by the onboard chef paired with organic white wine and rosé. Spend an unforgettable time in paradise and enjoy a day of pure bliss with your friends or family.

Marseille: Sunset Cruise with Dinner

5. Marseille: Sunset Cruise with Dinner

Watch the sun go down on a sunset cruise departing from the port of Marseille. Enjoy a delicious meal as you take in the tranquil atmosphere sailing on the Mediterranean Sea. Set sail from the port in Marseille in the early evening. During the cruise you'll have the chance to watch the colors of the sky change to shades of deeper orange, purple and red. Savor a delicious dinner on the open-air deck, enjoying the wonderful surrounding landscape as you cruise along the coast of Marseille. Let yourself be transported by a feeling of freedom. Head for the Frioul archipelago and its magnificent coves, the ideal setting for a meal at sea... Come and live an extraordinary experience, with family or friends. On board our maxi catamaran, a meal will await you and the DJ will lure you on to the dance floor! For more intimate version, one of our exclusive catamarans with a maximum capacity of 28 passengers will welcome you in small groups for a privileged sunset. As the sun goes down, anchor in a secluded cove and enjoy dinner in the cool night air. Afterward, you'll be back at the port in the late evening. 

From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

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

Join a half-day sailing excursion from Marseilles to a calanque in the Frioul Islands. Learn the basics from the skipper, go for a swim, snorkel, and take in views of the impressive scenery and cove rock formations before you return to the mainland. Sail towards the islands of Frioul where you can admire the many stunning coves and the coast of Marseilles. Make the most of the opportunity to take a refreshing 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: Frioul Archipelago Boat Cruise

7. Marseille: Frioul Archipelago Boat Cruise

Delve into the history of Marseille and explore the Frioul archipelago. Learn interesting facts about Kennedy Corniche and go for a swim in the water at Calanque des Cambrettes. Visit the island of Pomègues and go snorkeling if you want. Watch the sun go down and sail back to Marseille at night. Meet the activity provider at the Old Port in the evening. Then, board your boat and listen to interesting commentary about the monuments of the area on the way out to sea. Next, sail along the Kennedy Corniche, a coastal street named after former President Kennedy. Then, visit Vallon des Auffes. Admire this traditional fishing port with a fascinating history. After this, sail to the Frioul Archipelago, a group of 4 islands that sit inside a protected area. See the Caroline Hospital, which served as a quarantine building for sailors. Swim in the natural pools of the Calanque des Cambrettes. Following this, go to the Calanque de Pomègues fish farm. Stop off on the island and enjoy some free time to visit the cafe or ice cream parlor. Check out the monuments and the beach. Then, sail around the archipelago. Stop off at a creek to enjoy the beautiful sunset, and go snorkeling. Return to the old port at night, and see all the brightly lit buildings which dot the coast. Then, get off the boat to conclude your experience.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Guided Hike

8. From Marseille: Calanques National Park Guided Hike

Step away from the city of Marseille and dive deep into the wilderness with a guided hike through the Calanques National Park. Make your way through verdant trees and bushes, reaching the rocky coastline with deep blue waters. Admire the famous coves, swim, and enjoy a lunch break. Begin your journey with a leisurely trek in the company of your guide. Walk through pine woods and rosemary bushes, and come across an impressive cove. Take in the Frioul and Riou archipelagos, and the highest sea cliff in Europe, the Falaises Soubeyrannes. Take short breaks to learn about the exceptional flora and fauna of the national park and hear how its landscape is connected to Marseille's history. Arrive at the beach for the chance to swim in the crystalline waters of the Calanque and taste a picnic lunch before the walk back. It is a 4 and half to 5 hour trip in the Calanques divided in several step, 30 minutes in transport to get to the National Park, 2 hour of walking in the Calanques, you have 1 hour and half to take your lunch break then you have 1 hour of swimming and the last hour is your return to the drop off point. If possible please, try to book this activity before 24 hours from the start.

Marseille: Côte Bleue Marine Park Boat Cruise

9. Marseille: Côte Bleue Marine Park Boat Cruise

Explore the famous Côte Bleue Marine Park and check out the sea reserve of Carry-le-Rouet. Relax on a comfortable boat with music and shower facilities, then dive into the sea for a swim. Visit hidden caves and small villages, and admire the spectacular coastal scenery in this beautiful area. Board a comfortable boat in L'Estaque to begin your tour. Learn the history of the villages surrounding the area and appreciate the beauty of the creeks, caves, and other natural wonders of the Côte Bleue Marine Park. Listen to music, sunbathe, or rest in the shade aboard the ship. Continue your adventure to the protected marine reserve at Carry-le-Rouet. Marvel at the blue waters, submerged reefs, and pine trees decorating the rocky coast. Also, stop off at fishing ports along the way, and go snorkeling. Finally, return to the starting point to cap off a wonderful day.

Marseille: 1h30 Frioul Archipelago boat tour and Swim

10. Marseille: 1h30 Frioul Archipelago boat tour and Swim

From the old port of Marseille, you board a comfortable semi-rigid boat. The captain will guarantee your safety and the discovery of the wonderful nature just 15 minutes away. During your excursion you will discover the jewels of the Frioul archipelago, you will learn the history of this heritage, you will appreciate the beauty of a pretty creek and enjoy the many pleasures of a brief boat trip to the Marseille. On board, time stops and unforgettable memories rise. From the view of Marseille from the sea, to the calanque with turquoise waters, you will enjoy all the privileges expected of a professional, personalized and passionate excursion. Looking forward to bringing you the best experience you desire, we will be happy to see you on board! Cedric Boat Marseille Calanques Detailed program : -Departure from the old port of Marseille at the Mucem on the J4 esplanade -Exit from the old port and presentation of the main monuments of the site -15 min of navigation to the Calanque de l'Éoube and presentation of the Chateau d'If as well as the history of the island of Frioul -30 min stop in the cove of the Eoube, enjoy the pleasures of the boat (swimming, tanning, picnicking... and the beauty of the place (turquoise water, wild beach, natural swimming pool) -15 min navigation to the old port (Mucem) -End of this brief moment which is intended to be exotic, refreshing and soothing.

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I travelled with my husband and kids last Christmas. We were fortunate to have Jean Marc as our tour guide. You can tell he’s passionate for Marseille, very knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and flexible. He walk us through truthfully hidden gems while explaining the city in a fascinated way. He gave us a glimpse of Marseille and sure enough made us want to come back!

This is the best tour hands down! Abdu was such an awesome guide! Segways are extremely easy to drive, it becomes second nature in just a few minutes. If you like adventure, personalized guide and visiting most of Maresille’s landmarks in a couple of hours you cannot miss this tour!

This audio tour was fantastic. Very accurate location, interesting facts and clear audio.

We enjoyed the trip and learned a lot about the places we visited! Great experience!!

Really enjoyed the game, fun way to discover the city