Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille and Cassis Tour
Head 45 minutes south along the picturesque Route des Crêtes toward the seaside town of Cassis. Pull over at Cape Canaille, an imposing headland perched atop high cliffs, to take in panoramic views over the Gulf of Cassis.
Arriving in Cassis, follow your guide on a stroll around the charming harbor, gazing upon the colorful, traditional Provençal houses that line the waterfront. Continue exploring by foot at your leisure, or take a 45-minute sightseeing cruise (own expense) along the Mediterranean coastline lined with calanques — stunning limestone rock formations known locally as the 'fjords of the French Riviera.'
Drive back to Marseille for a sightseeing tour with your guide. France's second-largest city and the country's largest commercial port, Marseille has a wealth of historical and architectural treasures. Perhaps most notable is Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. Marvel at this church's impressive Neo-Byzantine architecture and gaze out over the Vieux Port (Old Port) to Château d’If — the famous fortress in Alexander Dumas’ novel, The Count of Monte Cristo.
Your guide will also take you to the 11th-century Abbey of St Victor, on the site of an ancient monastery. Learn about the abbey's religious significance as you tour the fortified stone interior. After your time here, drive back to the cruise port to conclude your shore excursion.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Ok tour. Van not great, cramped, hard to hear. Did not take the boat tour. Dick c
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!
The Palanques National Park by Cassis has incredible views and walking the harbor front in Cassis with a delicious seafood lunch is a marvelous experience. Our guide, Nicholas, has superb English skills and is personable, knowledgeable and flexible.
The driver of our shuttle was excellent. Was unable to go to Cassis, but they substitute Aux Providence was excellent as well. Marseille is beautiful.