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Take advantage of your time in port with a private shore excursion through Marseille and Cassis! This 7-hour guided tour crosses the breathtaking Marseille-Cassis calanques for exceptional views of the Côte d’Azur from Cape Canaille. Explore the quaint fishing village of Cassis or take a sightseeing cruise before returning to Marseille to tour the city’s highlights such as Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.


  • Take a private tour of Marseille and Cassis on this Marseille shore excursion
  • Venture along the breathtaking Route des Crêtes while enjoying views of the Côte d'Azur
  • Stop at Cape Canailles to look out over the Gulf of Cassis
  • Explore the village of Cassis or take a sightseeing cruise if you wish to see the 'fjords of the French Riviera'
  • See top Marseille attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St. Victor on a narrated sightseeing tour
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Marseille and Cassis Tour

Explore Marseille on your private shore excursion

Your private 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 ride through the Marseille-Cassis calanques region. Admire the rugged beauty of this route as it crosses rocky mountain terrain en route to the seaside town of Cassis.

Your first stop is Cape Canaille, perched atop France’s highest sea cliffs. Here, you’ll get stunning views of the Côte d’Azur, the Gardiole mountain range and the Gulf of Cassis. Next head down into Cassis village, an ancient Provençal fishing town that once served as a Roman maritime route. Wander the colorful, sun-baked streets, explore artisan shops and squares, or take a 45-minute cruise (additional expense) to view the region’s three famous calanques, wild limestone cliffs that line the Mediterranean shoreline.

Afterwards, return to Marseille for an exciting city tour. From your seat, admire the gorgeous Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine Catholic basilica that rises from Marseille’s highest point. Catch sweeping views of Marseille’s cityscape, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and the gorgeous Chateau d’If, the island fortress featured in The Count of Monte Cristo. Stop by the centuries-old Abbey of St Victor before returning to port.

Your 7-hour tour ends with drop-off at 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

Sara C V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a great tour of Marselle and Cassis. The guide was friendly and helpful. Private tours with Viator are the way to go for shore excursions.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour guide! Great spacious van for a family of 8! Accomodated our need for a fast paced visit since it was a very short time at port for this stop in our Mediterranean cruise vacation.
Still felt like we were able to get the true vibe of both Marseille and Cassis... Made us want to plan a longer land tour next time....

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our driver, Leonardo, took us to the hilltop church for incredible Marseille views, then along the coast road to picturesque Cassis.

Judith A C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Lovely day tour led by the delightful Emilie. Enjoyed every part of the tour. The views, having free time in Cassis and the optional boat trip of the callanques

Calvin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had Manuel for our driver for the day and he was very good, friendly, helpful and a good driver that got us to lots of lovely sights. We enjoyed our tour very much!

Barbara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We were fortunate to have Victorine as our tour guide/driver. She was the best. Her English and knowledge of the area was fantastic. I would highly recommend her for future tours. Very professional.

Ron S

Leslie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide Reno was excellent. Really enjoyed our visit and tour.

Andrew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our driver Mathew was superb from start to finish and we thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. Throughout the trip he had a wealth of knowledge about the places we were visiting and nothing was too much trouble. Marseille and Cassis are stunning places to visit and I highly recommend this private relaxed tour.

Jan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Violet, our tour guide was lovely. We did a private tour with a group of 6. Cassis was beautiful and we really enjoyed the boat tour of the Calanques. Would highly recommend this trip.

Krista W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great guide and a wonderful, relaxing day. We had a lovely tour of Marseille and then had about 2.5 hours of free time to wander around Cassis for lunch and shopping. Cassis was picture perfect! It was fantastic having our own guide and van so we could do what we wanted rather than what a large group wanted. Highly recommend!

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