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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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What You Can Expect

Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille and Cassis Tour

Explore the beautiful port of Cassis on your shore excursion from Marseille

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.

Customer Reviews

Larisa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent experience!

Eillene R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great excursion, wonderful tour guide. Loved going up into the surrounding mountains and end up in the small quaint village of Cassis. Charming and delightful with many great resturants.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Remi was a wonderful tour guide. He was very sweet and sincere, extremely knowledgeable, and gave us a great recommendation of where to have lunch. He answered all of our questions and was focused on our enjoyment of the tour.

Cassis is a lovely seafront town with nice restaurants and beautiful walkways. We enjoyed going up to the top of the Basilique Notre Dame... the views were amazing. This is a small group tour which made it even more appealing. Wish we had more time for the Picasso Museum in Marseilles, which we did not get to see due to the time restrictions of the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was excellent thanks to the brilliant knowledge of our driver, Leonardo, who expertly explained to us the many things he showed us around, besides being a very careful driver. His knowledge of the places he showed us is impeccable and besides this he can speak more than one language very well. If we ever return to Marseilles, we will surely ask to have him as our driver again !! Thank you Leonardo! You are a great asset to your company. This tour is highly recommended by us!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide Natalie was great. Being on a small group gives us enough time to go around, eat and shop. I will do it again in a heart beat.

FP7020 Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was even better than I imagined!
We were the only ones on this tour making it a private tour, yes we had a private tour guide in France!!
Our guide Frederic was very nice and gave us lots of information.
The tour was altered to accommodate our return back to the ship time which was fantastic!
We did a few stops before we reached Cassis.
We had some free time in Cassis where we enjoyed a boat tour of the Calanques and then a drink of wine along the harbourfront.
Definitely recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide Julian was wonderful and our favorite part of this tour was Cassis and the boat ride in Cassis. Our guide went above and beyond. We loved the picturesque Cassis.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

mat our tour guide was amazing. we enjoyed everything Marseille has to offer. we ended up in a small tour only of 7 people, which was great more personalized. Matt was very professional and we felt we got to see everything of Marseille and cassis.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Take this tour!!! Frederic with Provence Tours showed us how beautiful Marseille and Cassis are. We were safe and never felt uncomfortable. Get ready to be surprised with Cassis! We chose to stay in the town and eat at a restaurant right there on the water. Just gorgeous! Walked the town which was quaint and lovely. Frederic then took us to the top of Cassis for a view that cannot be described except.....AWESOME! Great job Frederic!

Christy Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved Remi our driver. He was polite and very informative. He picked us up from our cruise and drove us to beautiful sights of Cassis and was great taking our pictures! I highly recommend!

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