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  • CASSIS OR BANDOL WINE TASTING FEES FOR 1 WINERY

    € 15.00

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    Adult tasting fees for the visit & tasting in 1 winery of the Cassis or Bandol appellation.
  • CASSIS & BANDOL WINE TASTING FEES FOR 2 WINERIES

    € 30.00

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    Wine Tasting fees for your Provence Wine Tour Shore Excursion. Includes the tasting fees in 2 carefully selected wineries. Price is per person
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Ophorus Tours - Marseille & Provence Wine Tasting Tour Private Shore Excursion From Toulon

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Marseille & Provence Wine Tasting Tour Private Shore Excursion From Toulon

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Visit Marseille & taste local Provence wine in Cassis

Highlights

  • Pick up and drop off at Toulon Cruise Port
  • Admire the architectural highlights of Marseille
  • Reach Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica for a stunning view
  • Visit the Panier District of Marseille
  • Enjoy a Provence wine tasting session in 1 or 2 wineries
  • English speaking guides, local experts
  • Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Toulon Port of Call to Visit the City of Marseille!Today, your meeting point will be directly at your ship in Toulon Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking private guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private full-day provence tour with you.Then board your premium A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to the town of Marseille. After a ...

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Toulon Port of Call to Visit the City of Marseille!

Meet your English speaking local guide

Today, your meeting point will be directly at your ship in Toulon Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking private guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private full-day provence tour with you.

Then board your premium A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to the town of Marseille. After a short drive composed of breathtaking panoramic views, arrive in the town of Marseille for a panoramic tour followed by a short walking tour. Your private tour will continue towards the Cassis wine region where you will partake in a wine tasting session of Provencal wines.

Panoramic Tour of Marseille

Upon arrival in Marseille, listen to your tour guide who will begin with a panoramic tour of the city including the Old Port of Marseille. Stop and visit the iconic Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde symbol of the town and from where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Phocéen city as this is the highest point of the Historic city.

Walking Tour in the Historical Town

After the panoramic tour of Marseille, begin your small group walking tour around the port and the Panier district. The Old port of Marseille was completely renovated in 2013 and the district is without a doubt the heart of the City. This is where all the major events of Marseille take place and where the crowds meet when they celebrate their football team’s achievements. In the morning, one should not miss the very lively fish market.

Your guided tour continues in the Panier district is another area that one should not miss when visiting Marseille. This popular neighborhood is topped by the Old Charity and is composed of small but steep streets, crossed by multiple stairways and lined with elevated buildings and their colorful façades. Here, spend time to stroll through the narrow streets and reach Moulin’s square where numerous art galleries, restaurants, cafés and designer boutiques have settled.

Your local guide is flexible, so if you wish to see some other highlights of the City such as the Corniche, the stunning MUCEM museum or the Football stadium then you will need to inform your guide who will adapt the tour to your requirements as long as the timing is not an issue.

Reach the seaside village of Cassis

Well known for its Calanques national park (small limestone inlets) beaches, and beautiful port overlooked by a medieval chateau. Enjoy some free time in the village to have lunch, and stroll around the colorful narrow streets. If time permits, it is possible to take a boat tour to admire the fascinating Calanques.

Cassis was one of the first in the region established as an Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) in 1936. The village is one of the few local appellations comprising a single, tiny commune. While most nearby appellations were originally cultivated by Greek outposts, Cassis is based on Ligurian origins.

Blessed by 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, cool maritime winds and the freshening effects of the Mistral, the wine region is truly a spot set aside for gorgeous Cassis Whites. This is the only region in Provence to produce a majority of white wines, regulated to contain at least 80% Marsanne. This varietal adds beautiful aromatics and finesse, an elegant profile for the refreshing, high-quality white wines of Cassis.

Clairette is also a common component, adding fresh acidity to balance the body of Marsanne. A touch of red wines and a strong showing of rosé wines are also cultivated in Cassis – blends of Cinsault, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Enjoy visiting a domain with the tasting of local wines.

Arrive in Bandol and taste more wines

After your exploration of Cassis, your shore trip will continue heading to Bandol. If time permits, your driver guide might make a stop in Le Castellet just for the view. The village of Bandol is a popular coastal town and wine growing region in the western part of the Cote d'Azur. Your visit to Bandol will start by a local wine tasting. 

The Bandol vineyard lies in a natural amphitheatre where the vines are planted on terraces over approximately 1,600 hectares. Sheltered by the massif of Sainte Baume to the North culminating at 1,147 metres, the Bandol vineyard descends in terraces towards the sea in a magnificent amphitheatre of wooded hills.

Bold red wines

The expression of the terroir comes together in the range of wines produced in the area: red wines, white wines and rosé wines. Bandol is a resolutely red wine, mainly produced from the Mourvèdre variety, known as the king of the appellation. Mourvèdre is the chief grape variety in the blend (50% to 95%). It is harmoniously combined with Grenache and Cinsault, the former bringing generosity to the wine, the latter giving it refinement.

Elegant white wines of Bandol

To penetrate the secret of Bandol, one must also taste its white wines. The wine-growers take delight in surprising wine lovers with this type of wine, produced in very low quantities. Clairette, Ugni Blanc and Bourboulenc are the base of the varietal mix.

Gourmand rosé wines

Bandol rosés are enchanting. Their roundness and generosity make them different from other rosé wines. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault combine to give, by direct pressing, a well-structured, refined, pale-coloured wine with delicate salmon hues.

After your tour, you will be driven back to your cruise ship and that will be then end of your Toulon shore excursion and the end of our services.

Our other Shore Excursions from Toulon

We organize a number of shore excursions from Toulon or La Seyne sur Mer to discover Provence but not only. We can pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Marseille Cruise Port, Saint Tropez and in fact in all the major Cruise Ship Terminals of the South of France including the French Riviera. All our day trips are conducted by expert tour guides with impeccable English.

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  • Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Toulon

  • Drive to Marseille

  • Panoramic tour of Marseille

  • Walking tour in Marseille

  • Drive to Cassis village

  • Free time for lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense)

  • Visit & Wine tasting at 1st Winery

  • Visit & Wine tasting at 2nd Winery (if time permits)

  • Return to Cruise Ship in Toulon

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Ophorus Tours - Marseille & Provence Wine Tasting Tour Private Shore Excursion From Toulon
Ophorus Tours - Marseille & Provence Wine Tasting Tour Private Shore Excursion From Toulon

Know before you book

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  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 7 persons - Larger groups, contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Toulon Cruise Ship Terminal

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Toulon Cruise Ship Terminal.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

Drop off at Cruise Ship – Toulon Cruise Ship Terminal

Included / excluded

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship in Toulon
  • Visit of Marseille
  • Free time for lunch in Marseille
  • Visit Cassis Village
  • Wine tasting session in Cassis wine region
  • English speaking driver or driver/guide
  • Premium A/C vehicle

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • What type of vehicles are used during your private day tours from Toulon?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private shore trips from Toulon Cruise Terminal?

    All our tours are conducted by English speaking drivers or driver/guides. For a more personalized experience, we can also organize any private tour with both a driver and a guide. On this particular tour, you will enjoy the services of an English speaking driver/guide, expert in Provence.
  • How long is the drive from Toulon Cruise Port to Marseille?

    The driving time from Toulon Port of Call to Marseille, in normal traffic conditions, is of approximately 1 hour. From Marseille to Cassis & Bandol, driving time is just over half an hour. From the Cassis & Bandol back to Toulon the drive will be of about half an hour.
  • What can we expect on this private shore trip from Toulon?

    This private shore excursion is mainly dedicated to the visit of Marseille followed by wine tasting session in Cassis & Bandol wine region. In Marseille you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the town followed by a walking tour. You will then have some free time for lunch (at own expense). Your tour will then move on to the Cassis & Bandol wine regions for an afternoon of Provence wine tours.
  • Is lunch included on this private shore trip from Toulon?

    No, we never include lunch on our private shore excursions. However, let us know if you would like us to suggest and pre-book a local restaurant reservation. Our team will be happy to organize this for you at no extra cost. For this particular shore excursion we suggest that you opt for lunch in Marseille as there is a lot of choice and different options.

    You can also talk with your guide directly in the morning. Let him know your wishes and she/he will adapt the tour accordingly and suggest the best possible options.
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