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Provence, Marseille and Cassis Sightseeing Tour

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Marseille, France

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover highlights of the French Riviera on this small-group tour of Marseille and Cassis. Journey along the rugged yet beautiful Route de Crêtes, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the Gulf de Cassis from Cape Canaille. Cruise from Cassis (option) to view the region’s three famous calanques, then head back to Marseille to tour the city’s main attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.
  • Half-day tour of Marseille and Cassis with an expert local guide
  • Travel along the scenic Corniche des Crêtes, soaking up coastal views of the Côte d'Azur
  • Admire panoramic views of the Gulf of Cassis from Cape Canailles
  • Enjoy a boat tour to see the Cassis calanques, known as the 'fjords of the French Riviera'
  • See top Marseille attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde on a city sightseeing tour
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a more personalized experience
Begin your half-day sightseeing tour of coastal Provence in Marseille Vieux Port (Old Port). In the afternoon, meet your friendly guide and grab a seat in the comfortable minivan for the scenic 45-minute ride along the Route des Crêtes towards Cassis. En route, you’ll stop at Cape Canaille, situated on one of France’s highest sea bluffs, where you can soak up the splendor the Côte d’Azur, the Gardiole mountain range and the Gulf of Cassis. 

Next head down into Cassis, an ancient Provençal fishing village and a highlight of the Côte d’Azur. Wander around the lovely harbor, delighting in Cassis’ classic Provençal architecture, and take a cruise (optional) to view the region’s three famous calanques. Often called the ‘fjords of the French Riviera,' these wild and beautiful limestone rock formations distinguish this stretch of Mediterranean shoreline.

Then return to Marseille for a historic sightseeing tour. From your seat, take in scenes of Provençal city life as you make your way to the magnificent Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine Catholic church that towers above the city. From here, you’ll glimpse panoramic views of the cerulean Mediterranean Sea and the Chateau d’If, famous as the island fortress in The Count of Monte Cristo. Stop by the 11th-century Abbey of St Victor before heading back to your departure point in the Old Port. Your tour ends here in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Marseille
Panoramic tour of the city by the Corniche road
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Abbaye Saint Victor
Photo stop
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
Photo stop
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cape Canaille
Photo stop
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cassis
Free time to discover the village. Possibility to embark on a 45 minutes cruise to see the calanques
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
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What is the maximum group size during Provence, Marseille and Cassis Sightseeing Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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  • "Many of the boats can take disabled passengers and it is easy to get on." See review
  • "If you've got limited time on your trip, it's an ideal tour to go on." See review
  • "This was worth taking a train ride from Paris to Marseilles." See review

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olimpiaionescu
, Sep 2019
The trip was started with a short history and a panorama view of this splendid city, than we have stopped in the top of the hill to visit Notre Dame de la Garde ( was such a good surprise) than we traveled to Chassis up to the top as the weather was perfect ( 2nd surprise). The guide was very knowledgeable and funny!
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Jeremy was great!
Mestizo_beats
, Sep 2019
This private tour was very nice. We saw many sites in marseille including the Notre dame de la garde. Jeremy has lots of information to give and was a safe driver. The best part was the small quaint town of Cassis. Jeremy took us to the top of the mountain to oversee the town, which was beautiful! The boat tour was optional (~18 euros per person) but definitely worth it! Would highly recommend!
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Joe & Denise
PirhanaJoe
, Sep 2019
It was rainy but tour guide was helpful. But not so with giving a lot of info of areas as we passed thru them, rode through parts of Marseille for 20-30 mins without very much comments. Otherwise OK.
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Not as good as it could be
bri28082019
, Sep 2019
This tour was a great way to see Marseille and Cassis. Florence was superb with her knowledge and very friendly, conducting the tour in both French and English. The small minibus however was not the greatest way to travel and we were squashed in the rear with others reluctant to change around and although there was A/C it wasn’t great. The other negative was the time given in Cassis. The trip is advertised as tour and boat trip but you MUST read the small print because otherwise you will be conned and have to pay an extra 24 euros. Apparently it was discounted but I am not so sure. The boat trip sadly though was all in French again with no taking into account tourists. Then to have to hang around in Cassis wasn’t great as we could have done a longer boat trip. So only 3 stars from us but it is something we would consider again if we revisited if only for Florence’s knowledge hence the 3 stars
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Cassis...a hidden gem.
SmileNYC67
, Jul 2018
This was worth taking a train ride from Paris to Marseilles. Wonderful views, our tour guide was amazing. Cassis. The Calanques and Calsnques National Park...the views...amazin!
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Our guide Matt was great very...
Catherine A W
, Jun 2018
Our guide Matt was great very knowledgeable about Marseilles. The trip was interesting and there were plenty of stops for photographs. The Basilica and the view of Cassis from the top of the mountain were the best. The boats from Cassis to see the Calanques were very busy so we had to wait for a while but it was worth the wait. Many of the boats can take disabled passengers and it is easy to get on. The boats are quite large so that you can take lots of photos and walk around with care whilst in motion. The geology and the limestone cliffs are fantastic.
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Gale was such a great tour guide...
abrown3289
, Oct 2017
Gale was such a great tour guide! She took us around all the best parts of Marseille before leaving to go to Cassis. She was so full of knowledge about Marseille! Luckily the winds did not affect our boat ride, but she had several other options lined up in case it was cancelled. The boat ride into the calanques was amazing! Unlike anything we've ever seen before. There was a good amount of driving time on this tour but Gale filled it all in with stories and history. Well worth the money!
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This was a really nice tour with a...
Nadia G
, Oct 2017
This was a really nice tour with a very friendly guide. The boat trip was the highlight of the tour. I would just improve it by allowing costumers to stay for a bit longer in the city of Cassis, but anyways I would highly recommend it!
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I was staying in Marseille for two...
Lynette O
, Oct 2017
I was staying in Marseille for two nights and decided in this tour. The best thing about these Viator tours is the small group numbers. Only 8 of us in a minivan with our guide, so it was so much better than being amongst a bus load of tourists trying to follow a guide. We drove to Notre- Dame De la Garde, which is the Basilica on the hill overlooking Marseille and a good photo stop. Drove through Marseille and out to Cassis stopping at another ocean site along the way. The highlight for me was the drive up to Cap Caneill. It's a headland between the towns of Cassis and La Ciotat and is the highest sea cliff of France. It's a wow spot , excellent for photos and the road is sometimes shut if the winds are too strong. Fantastic view overlooking Cassis. Be aware there are no guard rails anywhere and some tourists were getting pretty close to the edge, but it's not to be missed. We went down to Cassis, where we had a couple of hours to wander. There was an option to go on a 45 min cruise to Les Calanques, but I opted to explore the streets of Cassis and enjoy an ice cream sundae. If you've got limited time on your trip, it's an ideal tour to go on.
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This was a wonderful tour -- it took...
Eileen C
, Sep 2017
This was a wonderful tour -- it took us through Marseille, including a stop at the impressive Notre Dame de la Gard, and then to Cassis. From Cassis, we took a delightful boat tour of three impressive calanaques. When we returned to the dock, we had 45 minutes to walk through Cassis and enjoy its ambiance as well as its thriving art scene. We also vanned up a windy road to a national park where we had an incredible vantage point allowed us to look out over the shimmering Mediterranean. Our tour giuide, Ben, was personalable and knowledgeable -- in a couple of languages! Great day.

Product code: 3547MARSEILLECASSIS

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