walking tour in the calanques

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france self-guided walking tour
in the calanques

self-guided walking tour in Calanques from Marseille to Cassis and La Ciotat
along the coastal path to discover outstanding scenery and islands off Marseille.

The Calanques spread across a 20 kilometers stretch of shoreland between Marseille and Cassis. This limestone mountain, which culminates at 565 meters (Mont Puget), glistens dazzlingly and bristles with ruinous and decayed ridges. Renowned for their beauty and their secluded atmosphere, the Calanques are made of narrow valleys between abrupt rocky edges. On the other side of Cassis, the cliffs of the Canaille mountain plunge into the ocean from a height of 300 meters! Heaven in the middle of this rocky environment, the small fishing port of Cassis, is a wonderful place to have drinks or dinner at one of the inviting terrace.

Independent walking holidays.

DATES: April to October.
DEPARTURE: any day of the week.
No walks from end of June to mid September due to maximum fire risks
DIFFICULTY: Grade 4 - 6 to 9 hours walking a day with long ascents and descents more than 1000 m. You walk high mountains as the Alps or Massif Central, on rough and stony paths. On occasion route-finding may be tricky and we request some walking experience. A reasonably high standard of fitness and stamina are essential for enjoyment of this hike.

The Calanques from Marseille

Day 1 - Arrival at MARSEILLE

We invite you to spend somre time to visit the historic city around your hotel located in the Vieux Port, and to ascend to The church Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde that overlooks the bay of Marseille, great view of the town.
Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel by the Vieux Port or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


These islands are only at 20 minutes away by boat from the Vieux Port. You will visit the chateau d’If, a fortress built by François I and made famous by Alexandre Dumas' novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. Then you return to the boat to reach Pomègues and Ratonneau islands. During the 17th Century, the islands were used as quarantine for people affected by plague, yellow fever and other contagious diseases. The Caroline hospital built on Ratonneau Island was used to treat yellow fever patients. Plenty of hidden attractive bays with swimming beaches. Return to Marseille at the end-of-day.
Lodging and breakfast in the same hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Your day will begin with an escort by taxi to the Calanque de Morgiou. The taxi ride will bring you across the limestone mountain – dry and arid, but of extreme beauty – and will leave you at the sea’s edge. This calanque is home to a charming port and several little huts. You will leave this small paradise and climb up to the Crête de Morgiou, then walk down the opposite slope to the calanque of Sormiou. You will climb to the summit of Sormiou and then down again into the next calanque, or will make your way along the rocks that jut out towards the sea, and will continue in this pattern. You will discover the Cirque des Walkyries, will look down upon the Escu, Podestat and Marseilleveyre calanques, and will then reach the Mounine beach. You will climb again a little ways to reach the Callelongue calanque, the destination point of this day’s journey. The most courageous among you may choose to continue along the sea front or take the Esterel massif to the ancient neighborhoods of Marseille, and the hotel. For those who have had enough for the day, you will find your way back to comfort by means of the city’s public transportation or by taxi.
Lodging and breakfast in the same 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 4 - CALANQUE DE MORGIOU – CASSIS (7 hour walk – ascent: 950 meters)

Transfer by taxi to the Calanque of Morgiou. You will begin your trek to Cassis, walking around the Crêt de Saint Michel to reach the Calanque of Sugiton and rocks named Le torpilleur or Le Crocodile. You will continue along the foot of the cliffs - Les Falaises des toits - and reach the first ridges with breathtaking panoramas of the calanques. Walking from one calanque to the next (Saint Jean de Dieu, Oule, En-vau, Port Pin and others) or making your way along the Devenson cliffs, you will pass through landscape of striking beauty. You could decide to go for a swim in each calanque before tackling the next climb, each defeated summit bringing you closer to Cassis. Now time for a cool drink on the veranda as the sun sets, illuminating the Soubeyrane cliffs.
Lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel in Cassisl or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 5 - LA CIOTAT – CASSIS (5 hour walk)

Today’s walk will be different and less challenging, giving you the opportunity to recover. A taxi will pick you up in Cassis and take you to La Ciotat, close to the Calanque of Mugel. After descending into the Figuerolles bay – an oppotunity to wet your feet – you will head towrds the ruins of the Sainte Croix chapel sitting above the Soubeyranes cliffs, altitude 300 meters. The path continues through sparse vegetation and along the cliff’s edge, offering breath-taking views of the ocean, the Cap Canaille and the magnificent bay of Cassis. Cassis is tucked between the calanques on the east side, the Cap Canaille on the western side, and situated at the foot of the Etoile chain. Covered with vineyards the area produces one of the greatest white wines of Provence. After the walk, you wil be happy to seat and relax at a café or on the beach.
Lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel in Cassis or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 6 - CASSIS

The tour ends after breakfast.

  • 2020 walking tour
    Calanques of Marseille

    price per person / twin-share

    single supplement

    solo traveller

  • walks for
    discerning travellers

    980 Euros / person

    320 Euros

    1500 Euros

  • walks for
    budget travellers

    690 Euros

    225 Euros

    1000 Euros

Price includes:

5 nights accommodation in selected 2 & 3-star hotels.
5 breakfasts.
Taxi transfers: Marseille-the Morgiou calanque (x2), Marseille-La Ciotat

These rates do not include:

Lunches, dinners, drinks, and sundries , Insurance for cancellation

To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.

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