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Ophorus Tours - Cassis Village, Boat Ride & Provence Wines Day Trip from Aix en Provence

Aix-en-Provence

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

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  • 08 hours

  • Small Groups ( 2~8 )

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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.

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 Driver Guide

Program & Itinerary

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. Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who ...

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.

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  • 08:15 am

    Meet your Guide in front of the Tourism Office in Aix en Provence

  • 08:30 am

    Depart for Cassis Village & Provence wine tour from Aix en Provence

  • 09:15 am

    Arrive in the village of Cassis, walking tour with your guide

  • 10:30 am

    Boat ride in the Calanques Natural Park, ticket included

  • 11:45 am

    Free time in Cassis for personal discovery & lunch (at own expense)

  • 01:30 pm

    Depart from Cassis to Cap Canaille cliff including photo stop

  • 03:00 pm

    Wine tasting in a Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Winery, tasting fees included

  • 04:30 pm

    Return to Aix en Provence, end of our services

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Ophorus Tours - Cassis Village, Boat Ride & Provence Wines Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Cassis Village, Boat Ride & Provence Wines Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Cassis Village, Boat Ride & Provence Wines Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Cassis Village, Boat Ride & Provence Wines Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Cassis Village, Boat Ride & Provence Wines Day Trip from Aix en Provence

Know before you book

  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • If minimum numbers are not reached we will reschedule or refund your tour
  • Tour involves some walking, good walking shoes recommended
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group option, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Children aged 4 - 12 years get half price 
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
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

300 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi, 13100 Aix en Provence

Departure

Pick up in front of the Tourism Office in Aix en Provence, 300 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi
Please be ready 10 minutes before tour departure time. All tours leave on time!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

7 reviews
  • Jacob Bunch

    08, May 2022

    Great tour of Cassis with stops along the way to a family owned winery! Merci Beaucoup pour l'expérience!
  • N/A

    09, May 2022

    Had a great day out with our guide Thomas. He gave information on all little things of the area that made us appreciate the things we saw a lot more....
  • Brooke M.

    30, May 2022

    Had an excellent day tour of Cassis, boat ride of Calanques and wine tasting in Saint Victoire. Beautiful views all day and a friendly guide! Time to...
  • Joshua H.

    06, Jun 2022

    Really amazing tour - highly recommend for anyone with a day to spare. Small trip to Cassis by van, great boat trip to the nearby calanques and to finish...
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Included / excluded

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

Excluded

  • Entrance fees unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • What happens if we do not find the meeting point for our Shared Tour from Aix en Provence?

    You have to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure. If you are having difficulties finding the meeting point you must call us on our office number +33 556 152 609 so that we may help you find the exact area. Please note that tours leave on time and if you are not there at the designated area and indicated time the driver/guide will leave. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a day tour from Aix en Provence?

    Our company uses only premium minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space and on board P/A system for commentaries by the guide.
  • Who conducts your Shared Day Trips from Aix en Provence?

    We only employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments and so on. In some regions, where wine tours prevail (Bordeaux, Alsace) the tours are conducted by professional local guides, that are experts in Wines.
  • Will we have time to take a boat ride in the Calanques?

    Yes, absolutely. The boat ride in the Calanques is included on this full day tour. If boat ride is unable to take place due to bad weather conditions we will replace this by another visit such as Perfume Museum or additional winery.
  • Is lunch included on this full day trip from Aix en Provence?

    No, lunch is not included on our shared tours from Aix en Provence. However, the itinerary has been designed so that you can have some free time for lunch in a location where there are multiple options. On this particular tour, you will have some time for lunch in the charming village of Cassis. Here you have the possibility to purchase snack, eat at local restaurants or brasseries. Don't hesitate to ask your guide for suggestions or recommendations.
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