Calanque d’En-Vau Tours

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Calanque d’En-Vau is one of the many fjord-like inlets along the coastline between Cassis and Marseilles. It’s hard to believe that this wild, untamed nature is right outside a major city, but once there, the hustle and bustle of Marseilles might as well be on the other side of the world. The calanques are a Mediterranean paradise, where the sea has carved its way and created shining white cliffs towering thousands of feet above the azure water. The landscape looks stony and brittle, but all over one can see it come to live. There are gnarled pine trees, dark blue pistachio, wild asparagus and juniper, as well as rare birds nesting high up in the limestone cliffs. 

Of course, getting to Calanque d’En-Vau involves hiking along the adventurous hiking trails that follow the coastline to the hidden bays. It is one of the more difficult inlets to get to and requires hiking down the extremely steep inclines. Unsurprisingly, Calanque d’En-Vau is very popular with rock climbers and on a nice day, you can see a huge number of them braving the cliffs. At the bottom, a pretty pebble beach rewards visitors for the effort. 

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There are regular sailing trips from Cassis as well as Marseilles that take visitors to the calanques with the alternative being a hike through the rocky landscape. You can either hike all the way from Cassis, the closest city to Calanque d’En-Vau, which takes roughly two hours, or take the car to the de la Fontasse car park and walk the remaining 3 kilometers.
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Address: Cassis, France
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Provence Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

Immerse yourself in the distinctive beauty of Provence with a full-day tour of the Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille! With your small group, view elegant mansions along Aix’s Cours Mirabeau and tour Paul Cézanne’s art studio (additional expense) before heading to Cassis to view breathtaking calanques from the village’s charming harbor. End in Marseille with a historic tour of main attractions such as the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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$150.80 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Half-day Small Group Tour to Aix-en-Provence and Cassis from Marseille

Explore the quintessential Provencal town of Aix-en-Provence and the UNESCO-listed calanques (inlets) of Cassis on this 5-hour tour from Marseille. Enjoy a taste of Provence on a guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence and sample local specialties at a typical Provençal market. Then, set sail for a 45-minute cruise along the dramatic coast of Cassis, before drinking in the views from Cape Canaille, Europe’s highest sea cliff.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$90.48 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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