Provence Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Provence Sightseeing cruises

Full-Day Catamaran Cruise Departing from Cannes

1. Full-Day Catamaran Cruise Departing from Cannes

Enjoy a welcome drink as you board the catamaran in the old port for a full-day sail on the Bay of Cannes. Before departure you’ll have an introduction to the ship by the crew. Sail to the Pointe Croisette and continue on to the Lérins Islands, where you’ll be able to swim and snorkel between the islands (mask and snorkel provided) or relax on board the catamaran. Around 1:00 PM a cold buffet lunch will be served by the crew. After lunch you’ll continue your cruise to the Massif de l'Esterel (Corniche d'Or), stopping in a cove where you'll have another opportunity to swim and snorkel. At 5:15 PM you'll return to the old port of Cannes, where the tour ends.

Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

2. Nice: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay

Experience the French Riviera on a cruise from Nice, and get carried away by the natural splendor of the Côte d'Azur on a charming nautical excursion. Depart from the port of Nice and head towards the famous deep water bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.  Listen to an informative commentary provided by the crew as you pass the luxurious villas of the rich and famous. Admire the hilltop villages in the distance, and the beautiful coastline of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, known as a favorite place to vacation among the European aristocracy and international millionaires. Continue to the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer to get a look at its colorful fishing port. The bay is one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large ships. Conclude your sightseeing cruise with a tour of the Baie des Anges in Nice. Cast your eyes on the famous Promenade des Anglais and see its stunning shore from the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

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.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

4. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

Climb aboard a fully equipped catamaran in the old port of Cannes at Quai Laubeuf, and set sail across the shimmering waters of the Bay of Cannes while relaxing on the sun deck. Departing at 2:00 PM, benefit from the best of the sun. Have free time to cool down in the water. Head towards the Île Sainte-Marguerite and to islands of the Lérins Islands group, or make your way over to the Corniche d'Or to moor either between the islands or in a cove along the Esterel Massif. Get some time to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea (masks and snorkels provided), or simply relax aboard the catamaran - the choice is yours! Return to the port of Cannes at 5:15 PM, where your cruising adventure comes to an end.

Marseille: Old Schooner Sunset Sailing Cruise

5. Marseille: Old Schooner Sunset Sailing Cruise

See Marseille from an entirely new perspective on the deck of a towering vintage schooner sailboat. Discover the landscapes of the Mediterranean coast and the beauty of the Frioul Islands and the Bay of Marseille. Start your evening with a glass of rosé and some snacks while taking in the views of the French coast from the impressive historical sailboat. Start the sailing excursion and stop for a refreshing swim near Frioul Island. Sit back and relax on the sail back to the port as you listen to music.

Nice: Private French Riviera Solar Boat Cruise

6. Nice: Private French Riviera Solar Boat Cruise

Enjoy a private and custom cruise from Beaulieu-sur-Mer that's perfect for friends, families, and couples. Discover from the sea the most picturesque perspectives of the Côte d'Azur, such as Pointe-Sainte-Hospice, the Mont-Alban, and Eze village and Villa Leopolda. Start from Beaulieu's marina (Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis), between the city center of Monaco and Nice. Hop on an electric boat that's 100% solar-powered, silent, and odorless with the ability to cruise at a close distance to points of interest. Accompanied by a private guide, glide quietly over the crystal-clear waters. Soak up the spectacular coastline of the Riviera Heartland while passing near memorable yachts, villas, and other sights. As an added perk, the boat is also license-free, so you can take the opportunity to drive as well under the guidance of your private skipper guide. At the end of the tour, return to Beaulieu-sur-Mer's marina.

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

7. 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.

Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

8. Marseille: Calanques National Park Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Board the boat at Vieux-Port, in front of Marseille’s city hall. Enjoy fruit juice and coffee served by the crew. Then set sail for the Bay of Marseille. Hear about the area's history and local culture from the crew on board. Anchor near a rocky inlet called a calanque, and go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. Around midday break for an aperitif, and an exquisite lunch buffet made from organic, seasonal local produce. Enjoy two glasses of rosé with your meal. After lunch, continue to the Riou Archipelago and stop at a second scenic spot to swim and take in the scenery. You will then start heading back to the Vieux-Port. If you are interested, the friendly crew will be happy to give you an introduction to sailing.

Nice: Private Evening Tour on Solar Powered Boat

9. Nice: Private Evening Tour on Solar Powered Boat

Start from Beaulieu-sur-Mer's marina, in the famous bay of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, between Nice city center and Monaco. Enjoy a cruise on a private boat accompanied by a guide that will show you the famous spots along the coastline. Admire the famous villas of Kerylos and Ephrussi Rothschild, and the iconic hotels of La Reserve and Royal Riviera. Discover the mooring in front of Villa David Niven above crystal-clear waters or sail between the yachts in evening. At the end of the tour, return to Beaulieu-sur-Mer's Marina. The ship is a 100% solar-powered, silent and odorless electric boat with the ability to cruise at a close distance to points of interest. The boat is license-free so you can take the opportunity to drive as well under the guidance of your private skipper guide.

Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit

10. Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit

First of all, you will be picked up at your hotel or cruise ship and taken to the first vineyard area close to Aix-en-Provence. Then you'll go to the vineyards of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and visit two wineries. You'll also have a 3 wine color tasting. After that, you'll discover the mill of the painter Paul Cézanne, The museum of the Mount Ste Victoire to learn about its climate, fauna, flora and more... There will be a lunch stop in a selected restaurant (optional).

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Guillaume gave us an amazing experience this evening in the French Riviera! Our tour began with him asking how we would like to spend our time, emphasizing that the “boat was ours”. We felt like VIPs as we set sail in the backyards of some of the world’s wealthiest. The boat was 100% solar powered which was great for the environment and resulted in a very quiet ride for us. Guillaume pointed out famous residences and buildings as we passed by, which was very interesting! If you are in Nice, I would highly recommend coming down to Port de Beaulieu-sur-Mer and taking this lovely excursion.

Excellent guide, tour a bit rushed I would have loved to spend more time in Eze, but sadly.. for the rest quite informative and leaves you wanting more

This was a really nice, different type of activity to do in Nice. Very relaxing way to start the day.

We had a great time on our ride and saw beautiful homes along the way.

It is amazing trip so relaxing and soul healing and great sightseeing