Cassis Village, Boat Ride & Provence Wines Day Trip from Aix en Provence (shared)

Highlights

  • Discover the fishing port of Cassis with your guide

  • Enjoy a Boat Tour to admire the Calanques

  • Wine tasting of Provence wines in a carefully selected winery

  • English speaking local Guide

Summary

Journey To The Seaside Port Of Cassis to visit the village, enjoy a boat ride to the Calanques & taste delicious Provence Rosé, red and white wines on this full day tour from Aix en Provence.

Tour info

Duration
8 hours
Group Size
8
Pricing (From)
Adult: (18-64 years)
€130.00
Child: (5-11 years)
€65.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point
Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

8.15am - Meeting point at Aix en Provence Tourism Office

8.30am Depart from Aix en Provence
09.15am Arrive at Cassis
10.30am Boat Ride in the Calanques National Park
11.45am Free time for Lunch (at own expense) & personal discovery
1.30pm Depart from Cassis to Cap Canaille
3.00pm Wine Tasting of Provence Wines
4.30pm  Return to Aix en Provence 

Pick up at a centrally meeting point in Aix en Provence
This morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office. The tourist office is located in the heart of the city, close to all the hotels located in the city center, usually a maximum 10 minutes walking distance. 

Meet your English speaking local guide
Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them. There, your guide will go over the itinerary and program of the day. Board your premium, comfortable A/C vehicle and begin your tour from Aix en Provence towards the lovely seaside village of Cassis.

Cassis village visit
Arrive in the fishing village of Cassis and discover this cute portside village as well as the calanques listed by Unesco as a world heritage national park. The land & sea area is known for its white cliffs and turquoise water. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the village so as to get your bearings. As you stroll through the narrow streets of Cassis, browse small shops and stores that sell local goods of Provence, far from the chain stores that you would find in larger cities. If you are in the village on a Wednesday or Friday morning, your guide will certainly take you to the local market where it is possible to taste local delicacies.

Boat Ride in the Calanques National Park
This full day tour from Aix en Provence also includes a panoramic boat ride of the Calanques that are located near Cassis. From the small port, reach the Calanques National Park that stretches from Marseille to Cassis to admire some of the most beautiful coves part of the steep rocky coast that developed in limestone due to erosion. The result is a breathtaking landscape that mixes turquoise waters with impressive limestone cliffs and inlets.

Enjoy some free time for personal discovery & lunch (at own expense)
The great thing about this tour is that the program has been designed to leave you enough time to thoroughly enjoy your time in Cassis. After your visit & 45 minute boat ride, you will have sufficient time to take in some of that "Provence atmosphere" and lose yourself in the small quiet backstreets compared to the bustling harbor. It will also be time for you to taste some of the local delicacies in one of the many restaurants or bistros of the village. Ask your guide for recommendations as there are a number of restaurants that serve fine meals. As you can imagine, fish & seafood are among the most popular dishes to be found in the village. 

Reach Cape Canaille, the highest cliff in Europe
No tour to Cassis will be complete without a drive along the Route des Crêtes. As you leave Cassis, your drive will begin to head up towards the highest sea cliff in all of Europe. Of course, your driver/guide will stop in one of the many areas dedicated to take in the views over the village and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. The views are stunning and make for a great opportunity for astounding photos. 

Provence Rosé, red & white Wines
After the drive to Cap Canaille, it will be time for you to experience a wine tasting session in the Côtes de Provence - Sainte Victoire, an appellation that was created in 2005. The soil here is quite poor and is mainly formed of limestone and clay/sandstone. This 'terroir' is ideal for the production of elegant rosé wines and robust and generous red wines. For the Provence Sainte Victoire Rosé and red wines, the main grape varieties used are Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. Occasionally, other varietals can include Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan or Mourvèdre.

After a short drive, arrive at a carefully selected winery of the Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire wine producing area. Here, the view is stunning with the Montagne Sainte Victoire in the back and limestone plateaus that are often planted with Olive trees. Upon arrival, taste local Rosé wine and find out about the winery and the wine making process of this very popular wine. Depending on the winery visited, continue your tasting with reds and/or whites of the Appellation. 

Return to Aix en Provence
After your wine tasting session, it will be time to make our way back to Aix en Provence. We will drop you off in the city center and that will be the end of our services.

What’s included?

  • Visit of Cassis Village

  • Ticket for Boat Ride to see Calanques

  • Stop at Cap Canaille for stunning view

  • Wine tasting session & tasting fees

  • English-speaking driver/guide

  • Travel in premium A/C vehicle

  • Bottled water in the minivan

  • Free WiFi access on board

  • Entrance fees unless mentioned

  • Personal insurance & expenses

  • Meals & drinks

  • Gratuities for the guide

Things to know

Before you book

  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies.

  • Prices are per person.

  • Hotel pick up available only for private tours.

  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Before you go

  • Please be ready 10 minutes before arrival time

  • You must wear good walking shoes for this tour.

  • Remember to bring hat, sunglasses and sun cream for Boat Ride

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Cancellation Policy

    Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule: Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Mastercard. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%. For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund: Up to 24 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except for the booking fees. 24 hours prior to departure and less > no refund Important information: All semi private tours depart on time. Clients should present themselves at the allocated meeting point at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Driver/guide will not wait unless Ophorus has been previously informed that the client will be late with a maximum waiting time of 10 minutes. Beyond that waiting time, tours will depart and Ophorus cannot be held responsible for clients missing their tour.

Redemption information

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time of 8:30 am in front of Aix en Provence Tourism Office


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Ophorus Tours is both a licensed Tour Operator, member of Atout France and ETOA, and a Transportation company with headquarters in Bordeaux. We operate since 2005 and conduct Walking Tours, Day Trips, Private Tours, Shore Excursions and multi-regional Tours throughout France. 

Our multilingual office staff is made up of France Travel Experts that design unique itineraries for both individuals and groups. Their perfect knowledge of the destination allows them to suggest carefully crafted programs to professionals of the Travel Trade all over the world. 

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