When your cruise ship docks at the Marseille port, your guide will meet you to take you on your shore excursion: a private tour of Marseille and Cassis. Traveling by luxury minivan, head south along the scenic Route des Crêtes to the nearby seaside town of Cassis. Stop along the way to admire sweeping coastal views of the Gulf of Cassis from Cape Canaille, the spectacular headland that sits atop France’s highest sea cliffs.
Walk around Cassis' pretty harbor, lined with colorful houses typical of the fishing villages of Provence. You can choose to spend time exploring the village or taking a 45-minute sightseeing boat cruise (own expense). This cruise takes you along the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean to three of the area’s magnificent calanques – the striking limestone rock formations that comprise the so-called ‘fjords of the French Riviera’ along the coastline.
After your time in Cassis, make your way back to Marseille and finish your day with a sightseeing tour. Admire the Neo-Byzantine architecture of Marseille’s Notre-Dame de la Garde church, and enjoy incredible views across the sea of Château d’If – the fortress featured in Alexander Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo. You'll also see the 11th-century Abbey of St Victor before heading back to the cruise port to board your ship.
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.