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Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille and Cassis Tour

Cassis, France

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


See the highlights of the French Riviera on this 7-hour shore excursion through Marseille and Cassis! This guided excursion takes you from Marseille port through the beautiful Marseille-Cassis calanques for panoramic views of the Côte d’Azur from Cape Canaille. Explore the ancient seaside village of Cassis or enjoy a cruise to view the ‘fjords of the French Riviera’ before returning to Marseille to tour the city’s main sights like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.
  • Marseille and Cassis full-day shore excursion from the Marseille cruise port
  • Travel along the beautiful Route des Crêtes for panoramic views over the Côte d'Azur
  • Tour the coastal village of Cassis, famous for its cliffs and inlets
  • Take an optional sightseeing cruise to see France's version of fjords
  • Visit top Marseille attractions including Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, looming over the Vieux Port
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Professional guide
Port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Sightseeing cruise in Cassis (optional; 16 EUR)
Food and drinks
Hotel pick up / drop off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Marseille

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Your exciting full-day shore excursion to Marseille and Cassis begins with morning pickup from your cruise terminal. Meet your guide and board the luxury minivan for the scenic 45-minute ride along the Route des Crêtes towards Cassis. Marvel at the rugged beauty of the mountainous terrain en route to Cape Canaille. Here, take in unbeatable views of the Côte d’Azur, the Gardiole mountain range and the Gulf of Cassis. 

Next head down into Cassis, a charming Provençal fishing town with roots stretching back to 600 BC. Wander around the lovely harbor, delighting in the iconic Provençal houses and visiting artisan shops, or take a 45-minute cruise (additional expense) to view the region’s three famous calanques, wild limestone rock formations that line the Mediterranean shoreline.

Hop back in the van for the return trip to Marseille and a historic sightseeing tour. Wind through the colorful streets of France’s oldest city and witness the bustle of the country’s largest port. You’ll stop at the gorgeous Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine Catholic church that sits atop Marseille’s highest point. From this vantage point, catch sweeping views of the Vieux Port (Old Port), the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and the grand Chateau d’If, a central setting in The Count of Monte Cristo. Stop by the 11th-century Abbey of St Victor, a monastery built upon an ancient Roman necropolis. Hear some of the site’s history and significance to the early Christian population in Marseille. 

Your 7-hour excursion ends with return to your cruise terminal. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Marseille port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Free time in the village
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cap Canaille
Photo stop
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Panoramic tour of the city : Saint-Victor's Abbey, Corniche Road, Notre-Dame de la Garde
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
Photo stop
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If your ship has to leave at 4pm or earlier the departure time of the tour might need to be amended. You will be emailed by the local supplier to inform you of any changes if necessary
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • Please wait at the exit of the ship/cruise terminal, do not start to walk on the port area.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Provence Tours

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille and Cassis Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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  • "Our trip to Cassis was great, we did do the boat tour to view the fjords however they did not speak English, so we had to read from a paper pamphlet - recommend checking the language before boarding a boat!" See review
  • "I didn't think this was good value for money compared to other tours we did which were cheaper and some included lunch." See review
  • "We would highly recommend you take this tour instead of the big bus group." See review


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Marseille and Cassis
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide arrived on time and drove us to the Notre Dam de la Garde and around the Marseille Port area. He was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the area. I’m only rating the excursion as a 3 because we were dropped off in Cassis for 3 hours. It’s a pretty town but very small and three hours is too much time there. I don’t feel this excursion is a good value compared to others we have taken.
Day trip to Marseille and Cassis
, Oct 2019
We had a great trip in a mini van however our driver was somewhat hard to understand, he could have shared a bit more on the drive, we had to ask questions to get him to share. The trip up to the church on the hill was crazy with the big buses navigating the switchbacks - but our minivan had no trouble! The views at the top are magnificent! Our trip to Cassis was great, we did do the boat tour to view the fjords however they did not speak English, so we had to read from a paper pamphlet - recommend checking the language before boarding a boat! A tasty lunch at a street-side cafe was a perfect ending to the day.
Lovely Day trip
, Sep 2019
Our tour guide Rene was a pleasure to be with. He was punctual, informative, and extremely helpful . We visited several wonderful sights including the charming town of Cassis. I would highly recommend this tour
Marseille and Casis
Karen S
, Aug 2019
I didn't think this was good value for money compared to other tours we did which were cheaper and some included lunch. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable because she was Chinese and it was difficult to understand what she was saying as we couldn't understand her accent.
Not What Advertised
, Jun 2019
You will not see what is shown in the picture. You will not get a guided tour of Marseille or Cassis. You will see 2 churches with no historical significance. You will have the opportunity to eat at an overpriced bistro in Cassis. This is the most overpriced and under delivered tour I have ever taken.
Nicely Paced and Informative
, May 2019
The tour guide took us to some very interesting sites, the oldest church and we were able to stop shoreside for a very good lunch. The mountains and church provide very picturesque scenery in which you are able to take wonderful photos. After lunch, we were able to have time for shopping and dessert. We were with relatives, four adults. It was extremely windy at the church site, however, not at the lunch and shopping sites.
Beautiful Cassis
Kevin K
, May 2019
Lauren was our tour guide and was fantastic. Small Mercedes van, very comfortable. Seats six or seven. We only had three. The highlight is the drive to Cassis ( spectacular views) and the gorgeous town of Cassis. You get three hours of free time there. Which is perfect. Overall 10 out of ten. Beats spending a day in Marseille, which is not a very pretty city.
Julien rocks as a tour guide
, Nov 2018
Excellent, very scenic tour. The guide, Julien was friendly, informative, and easy to talk yo. He explained the tour and answered questions. highly recomend
Ok tour. Van not great, cramped, hard...
, May 2018
Ok tour. Van not great, cramped, hard to hear. Did not take the boat tour. Dick c
This was on of my favorite tours...
, May 2018
This was on of my favorite tours ever. Remi picked us up very easily, and we were in a small group in a comfortable van. We went to a catherdral, a few other city sites, and the Notre-Dame de la Garda which was beautiful. We then went through the hills/mountains which I had no idea they had in France and went to a beautiful cliff top on our way to Cassis. Cassis was lovely where we had some awesome seafood. Our group decided to pay the extra amount for the boat ride, with Remi helped us set up. The boat ride was awesome and I highly recommend. It was a nice boat sailing past all the cliffs and amazing coastal views. This was a perfect day!

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