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Embark on a private day trip encompassing two French Riviera favorites: Marseille and the ancient fishing port of Cassis. Marvel at the incredible coastal scenery of the Corniche des Crêtes as you make your way toward Cassis. Once there, peruse the charming streets or set out on a relaxing cruise (own expense) for close-up views of the 'fjords of the French Rivera.' Return to Marseille for a city sightseeing tour that includes Notre-Dame de la Garde, a stunning Neo-Byzantine church that's also a popular pilgrimage site. 


  • Half-day private tour of Marseille and Cassis with an expert guide
  • Travel along the stunning Corniche des Crêtes, admiring coastal views of the Côte d'Azur
  • Look out over the Gulf of Cassis from Cape Canailles
  • Take a sightseeing cruise if you wish, and see the Cassis calanques, known as the 'fjords of the French Riviera'
  • See top Marseille attractions like the Abbey of St Victor and Notre-Dame de la Garde on a city sightseeing tour

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Marseille and Cassis Day Trip

View from Notre Dame de la Garde

Set off from your centrally located Marseille hotel by luxury minivan, traveling south to the seaside town of Cassis -- only a short drive away. After passing along the scenic Corniche des Crêtes road, stop to admire sweeping coastal views of the Gulf of Cassis from Cape Canaille, the magnificent headland that sits atop France’s highest sea cliffs.

Head down to the town of Cassis and walk around its pretty harbor, lined with colorful houses that typify the fishing villages of Provence. Either spend time here exploring the village or alternatively, hop aboard a sightseeing boat (own expense) and visit 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 spending roughly 45 minutes on the water, head back to Marseille by minivan and finish your day with a relaxing sightseeing tour. Stop to admire the Neo-Byzantine architecture of Marseille’s Notre-Dame de la Garde church, and enjoy unforgettable views across the sea toward Château d’If – the fortress featured in Alexander Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Pass the 11th-century Abbey of St Victor and then end your tour back at your Marseille hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Claudia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This tour was absolutely fastastic! We were picked up at our hotel by our lovely guide Vanessa around 9 am. It was a private tour so my family and I were the only ones on the tour...It was perfect! We started off the day going to St. Nicholas Abbey and to the oldest bakery in Marseille. Then, our guide took to us to tthe Basilica of Notre-Dame of the Garde on top of the hill with spectacular view of all of Marseille and the nearby islands of Frioul and Chateau d'If. Then, we were off for a ride along the Corniche...Sea-side road on Marseille with beautiful ocean views as we made out way to Cassis. We made our way to Cap Canaille...The highest sea-side cliffs in Europe for amazing views. It was incredible! Then, off to Cassis, where we had roughly two and a half hours...We had an incredible lunch by the port and then hopped on a boat for a tour of the calanques. We did the 45 minute tour and visited 3of them...The calanques were one of the most beautful things I've ever seen...Don't skip this part. Then back to Marseille around 4 pm to enjoy the rest of the afternoon, sunset drinks and dinner. It was one of my favorite tours I've ever done! The only I wish for was more time...Cassis is an incredible place that merits more than 2 hours...But, if you want to see and do a lot with the comfort of a private tour, this is the way to go. Recommend it 100%!!

Gaylord H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Our Guide, Marina, did an outstanding job of orienting us along the way to Cassis from Marseille. Our boat ride to 3 of the magnificent Clanaques (coves) was breathtaking. The view of the harbor from the top of the cliff was unbelievable. I'd do it again.

Debbie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Our tour of Calanques and Cassis was wonderful. The driver picked us up promptly at the agreed upon time and made us feel welcomed. She was pleasant and was a wealth of information. The Calanques are so beautiful and Cassis was delightful. I highly recommend this tour.

Craig C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

it was great


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

We got to Cassis, had a fantastic lunch, by recommendation by our guide. Went on the boat ride around the bay. And got to see the back way around the port back to the ship. She was remarkable. Thanks for a fantastic day!

Penelope S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

It is a must. The views are breathtaking. Our guide was very good.

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