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Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques) Tours

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Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques)
As Europe's only protected park to contain land, water, and semi-urban areas, Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques) is a mecca for outdoor adventurers. Whether you want to snorkel and sail, kayak and climb, or hike and watch out for wildlife, France's answer to the Garden of Eden has it all.

The Basics
Snorkelers and scuba divers are rewarded with a kaleidoscope of marine life during underwater excursions to Monte Cristo, home of the prison that inspired Alexander Dumas' work of classic literature. Travelers without the desire to go underwater can explore the park with ease on an electric bike tour or fishing trip. Keep your eyes peeled for daredevils abseiling or diving from the colossal cliffs. 

If you're short on time in the treasured French Riviera, consider combining sightseeing tours of Marseille and Cassis with a visit to Calanques National Park. Alternatively, opt to spend more time in the park's crystal-clear waters with a two-day scuba diving course.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most tours provide round-trip transport from your accommodation in Marseille, Cassis, or the Aix-en-Provence area.
  • Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen to the park.
  • It's best to wear comfortable shoes fit for outdoor exploration.
  • Note that camping and motorized water sports are not allowed in the protected area.

How To Get to Calanques National Park
Although nestled between popular Marseille and Cassis, Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques) is not easy to access by public transport or without a guide. The best way to visit the national park is by boat from Port de Cassis (cruises depart every 90 minutes daily) or on a day trip from central Marseille. If arriving by car, be aware that the closest beach is about a one-hour hike from available parking lots.

When To Get There
The most popular time to visit the French Riviera is during the summer months of June to September, when temperatures sit comfortably in the 70s F (20s C) and rain is nowhere to be found. However, if you prefer cooler climates and want to miss the crowds, May and June are the ideal months to head to the park.

What's in a Name? 
The French word "calanque" translates as a narrow, rocky inlet with steep walls found on the Mediterranean coast. Calanques National Park is made up of a series of these inlets, known separately as Calanque de Sormiou, Calanque de Morgiou, Calanque d'En-Vau, Calanque de Port-Pin, and Calanque de Sugiton. Showcasing marbled-blue waters and dramatic, craggy cliffs, the rocky promontories are best discovered on a long hike or by kayak.  
Address: Marseille 9, Marseille, France
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18 Tours and Activities to Experience Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques)

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Calanques Trilogy Electric Bike Tour from Marseille

Calanques Trilogy Electric Bike Tour from Marseille

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Explore France’s magnificent Calanques on this 3-hour electronic bike tour from Marseille. See three of the impressive rock formations in Calanques National Park, with historic and geological context from your guide. Pedal through Marseille’s diverse neighborhoods and stop for a swim in the Mediterranean. This tour is great for visitors with a sense of adventure looking to get under the surface of the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.95
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$64.95
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Calanques National Park Guided Hiking Tour

Calanques National Park Guided Hiking Tour

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Get ready to reach one of the most beautiful places you will ever go. There are all kinds of ways to go off the beaten path here. We will altern hike and breaks to relax, bath, jump in the sea, have lunch or exchange.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.52
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$55.52
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Sormiou Calanques National Park Electric Bike Tour from Marseille

Sormiou Calanques National Park Electric Bike Tour from Marseille

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Pedal your way to paradise on this 3-hour e-bike tour from Pointe Rouge beach in Marseille to the Calanques de Sormiou, located in the Calanques National Park. After getting some safety tips, rev up your e-bike for an adventure. Pedal or cruise (or little bit of both) along along the route between the limestone-clad mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and learn about the history and flora and fauna of the area from the local guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$65.33
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$65.33
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Marseille Shore Excursion: Calanques National Park by Electric Mountain Bike

Marseille Shore Excursion: Calanques National Park by Electric Mountain Bike

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When your cruise ship docks in Marseille, spend time ashore on this electric bike tour to Sormiou Calanque in Calanques National Park. Suitable for those in good physical condition, this bike tour explores the limestone mountains fronting the Mediterranean Sea. Listen to a guide's engaging commentary and enjoy the pedal-assist features of the electric bike, which lets you cover more ground. Use of all equipment included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.20
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$84.20

Calanques National Park Kayak Day Tour

Calanques National Park Kayak Day Tour

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Discover the Green Island (Ile Verte), the Eagle Beak (Bec de l'Aigle), and the Mugel Creek (Calanque du Mugel), which are part of the Calanques National Park, on this all-day kayaking tour. The best way to see these sites is by boat and you’ll have a special vantage point from the kayak. Before heading out, receive instructions on how to operate the kayak.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.02
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Small-Group 3-Hour Scuba Diving Trip in the Calanques National Park from Marseille

Small-Group 3-Hour Scuba Diving Trip in the Calanques National Park from Marseille

Explore the world beneath the waves during this 3-hour, small-group, scuba diving trip in Calanques National Park. Check out the diverse marine like anemones, fish and starfish during a 15-minute dive before strapping on a snorkel and flippers for a 15-minute snorkeling session.
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  • 3 hours
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$143.14
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2-Day Supervised Scuba Diver Training in the Calanques National Park from Marseille

2-Day Supervised Scuba Diver Training in the Calanques National Park from Marseille

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Discover the beauty of Calanques National Park in a unique way with this 2-day Supervised Diver scuba training. Supervised Diver certification allows you to build your skills before committing to the complete Open Water training. If you wish to expand to full certification after this course, you can do so by adding 2 more open water dives.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$599.01
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Cross country E-Bike Tour of Marseille Calanques

Cross country E-Bike Tour of Marseille Calanques

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Explore the rugged landscape of Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques) just outside of Marseille on an electric bike tour. Soak up the coastal beauty of southern France as you traverse small paths and off-road trails that take you along the calanques, steep-walled inlets of limestone on the Mediterranean. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people and is suited for active people who can handle going off road on a bike, but with the motorized assistance, you won’t have to work too hard to make it to the top of the hills.
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  • 3 hours
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$64.95
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$64.95
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Marseille City and Calanques Electric Bike Tour

Marseille City and Calanques Electric Bike Tour

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Discover the beauty of Calanque de Callelongue, part of Calanques National Park, by electric bike on this easygoing full-day tour from Marseille. From Pointe Rouge beach, follow a guide along the sea through quaint harbors to picturesque paths. Admire the Mediterranean Sea and limestone mountains as you pedal or cruise along on your e-bike. Suitable for riders over 57 inches tall, this small-group experience is limited to just 8 cyclists, ensuring personalized attention.
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  • 8 hours
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$113.07
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$113.07
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Panoramic hike on Marseille from Les Calanques

Panoramic hike on Marseille from Les Calanques

We will cross the southern districts of Marseille and talk about its most remarkable symbols. From the Pastré park, natural areas spread over several hectares where are present Aleppo pines, oaks, laurels, thyme, a variety of juniper and the Marseille canal. We go up through the park to the goat neck at the top of the cross, nothing very difficult even if you have to use your hands. At the top, it's time to have a picnic and enjoy the panorama. This hike presents one of the best views of the Phocaean city. Then we will start the descent going through flaws. Initially, some exposed passages will require all your vigilance. After a few minutes we will find caves and vegetation will begin to change. We will go to Callelongue which will be appreciated from above. Once there, we will walk to the Goudes to relax.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$42.10
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$42.10

Aix en Provence & Cassis Tour

Aix en Provence & Cassis Tour

Explore Aix en Provence and discover the port of Cassis with its National Park. Spend your day between the most beautiful city of Provence and the Calanques National Park in Cassis. Enjoy a private guided tour in Aix en Provence to see the best of the old town and its palaces from the 17th century. Visit the Saint Sauveur Cathedral, explore the Mazarin neighborhood and discover where Paul Cézanne was born. Drive across Provence to the National Park of Cassis. Visit the lovely port of Cassis, enjoy its pristine beaches and take a boat tour inside the fjords of the National Park. We provide the best professional tour guides in the south of France.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,004.97
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Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Electric Bike Tour to the Calanques

Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Electric Bike Tour to the Calanques

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Get more out of your time in port with a full-day electric bike tour of the Mediterranean coast from Marseille. On this private shore excursion, pedal with ease to lovely ports and fishing villages like Madrague Montredon and Vallon des Auffes and through wild calanques-filled inlets. Along the way, stop to swim and play a traditional game of pétanque on the beach. End with spin through Marseille to visit attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica.
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  • 7 hours
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$168.72
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$168.72
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Sailing day in the heart of the Calanques

Sailing day in the heart of the Calanques

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One of your fondest memories in Marseille: traditional sailing on the ALLIANCE schooner built in 1949. Visit the Calanques National Park, stopover in a magnificent cove between Marseille and Cassis to enjoy the meal, swimming and lazing around. The crew will be happy to introduce you to navigation on an old rig.
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  • 7 hours
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$158.77
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$158.77

Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton: the essentials!

Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton: the essentials!

Easy hike to discover the 3 most beautiful Calanques between Marseille and Cassis. An unforgettable show accessible to all! Specialist in the massif, we will share with you our knowledge of the fauna, flora and history of the Calanques.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$390.92
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$390.92
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Marseille and Cassis Tour

Marseille and Cassis Tour

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Explore Marseille and discover the port of Cassis with its National Park. Spend your day by the sea and get some opportunities for a swim in the Calanques National Park in Cassis. Enjoy a private guided tour in Marseille to see the best of the Capital city of Provence. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and see the Château d'If in the middle of the bay. Stop by the Old Port and the Longchamp palace for pictures. Drive across the National Park to reach Cassis. On the road you can stop for pictures as much as you want. Visit the lovely port of Cassis, enjoy its pristine beaches or take a boat tour inside the fjords of the National Park. We provide the best professional tour guides in the south of France.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,004.97
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$1,004.97
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Boat and snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea - 3 days tour

Boat and snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea - 3 days tour

Discover the Mediterranean Sea while sailing Great opportunity to see marine life Snorkeling in the most beautiful waters of the Mediterranean French Riviera Sun and sea
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  • 3 days
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$288.68
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$288.68

Aix en Provence and Cassis full day private tour

Aix en Provence and Cassis full day private tour

On this tour we will take you to see the medieval city of Aix en Provence and the small fishing village of Cassis, which listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You will explore one of the most beautiful bays of the Mediterranean, Aix en Provence, medieval city of art, a little Saint Tropez of Provence and the picturesque fishing town of Cassis. Your guide will pick you up in your hotel or your cruise ship. First you will have a drive to to Aix en Provence historical center, where you will explore all the corners with your guide. Drive from Aix en Provence to Cassis, where you will have time to have lunch and to be amazed by view from one of the highest maritime cliffs in Europe. Optional you can take a boat ride (45 minutes) in the main creeks of Cassis listed by UNESCO for their white cliff and turquoise water. You will be dropped of in the seaport or in your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,867.00
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$1,867.00
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Discover Aix, Cassis & Marseille

Discover Aix, Cassis & Marseille

Experience the highlights of Provence in just one day on a private 8-hour tour.  Private transportation takes you from the Marseille port and into the city. Visit the Notre Dame de la Garde and more.  Relax as your air-conditioned vehicle takes you through the iconic Provence countryside to Calanques National Park and Cassis. Your private guide also shows you around Aix-en-Provence, the inspiration for Cezanne and other artists.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$915.97
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$915.97
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