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Frioul Islands: Our most recommended tours and activities

Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

1. Marseille CityPass: 24 Hours, 48 Hours or 72 Hours

The City Pass Marseille is valid for 24 hours, 48 hours, or 72 hours and allows access to many attractions, museums, trains, boats, guided tours, public transport tickets, and more. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to discover Marseille with an all-inclusive package. The visitor presents the pass at the museum entrance or at the start of a tour and gets the keys to the city. Enjoy discounts at certified shops and activity partners as well. • Unlimited access to public transports for the duration of the pass• Numerous discounts and tasting in partner stores • Numerous discounts for tourist and cultural activities of providers • Access to MUCEM (closed on Tuesdays) • Access to Regards de Provence museum (closed on Mondays)• Crossing to the If or Frioul Islands OR one tour with the hop-on hop-off Colorbüs tour • Visit to If Castle (subject to weather – closed on Mondays during winter months)• A tour in the Touristic Train to Notre-Dame de la Garde or through the Old Marseille • A free guided tour of the Metropolitan Tourist Office is included in the CityPass 72 hours and with a 30% discount for the 24 hours and 48 hours CityPass, valid only for visits at 10€ (reservation is required, subject to avaibility and not included in the offer are La Cité Radieuse / Le Corbusier and private visits)• Reduced rates for children (6 to 12 years old) The municipal museums are free of charge all year (with reduced prices for temporary exhibitions when you have this pass)

From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

2. From Marseille: Half-Day Sailing Trip in Frioul Calanques

Join a half-day sailing excursion from Marseilles to a calanque in the Frioul Islands and the island of Friuli. Learn the basics from the skipper, go for a swim, snorkel, and take in views of the impressive scenery and calanque rock formations before you return to the mainland. Sail towards the island of Friuli where you can admire the many stunning coves and the coast of Marseilles. Make the most of the opportunity to take a refreshing swim, go snorkeling and admire the seabed, or simply relax on board. Your state-qualified skipper will teach you the basics of sailing and be able to give the more experienced seafarers some tips. Return to land after a relaxing afternoon seeing some of the best coastal scenery that the south of France has to offer.

Marseille: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

3. Marseille: Boat Tour with Stop on the Frioul Islands

Embark on a boating adventure from Marseille's Old Port. Glide along turquoise waters as you sail around the Frioul Islands and break for an hour of exploration on land. See Château d'If, the fortress that inspired Alexandre Dumas' famous novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. Begin your tour by setting sail from the Old Port of Marseille. Admire the pristine waters as you approach the Frioul Islands and the tributary creeks along the coastline. As you reach the main island, you'll disembark for an hour to discover the port and break for refreshments. Continue your tour back on board with a pass by the Château d'If. This historic fortress was built by François I between 1528 and 1531 and was immortalized in the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Next, admire the beauty of Degaby Island, a gift from a wealthy industrialist to his wife, Liane Degaby, who was a great artist of the Belle Epoque. Finally, soak up the serene surroundings of Malmousque Cove.

Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

4. Marseille: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Board the boat at Vieux-Port, in front of Marseille’s city hall. Sail past Château d’If and admire a perfect view of Notre-Dame de la Garde on your way to the Bay of Marseille. Hear about the area's history and local culture from the crew on board. Anchor in a nice secluded cove within the Frioul archipelago, and go swimming in the crystal clear waters. Climb back on board to enjoy a light dinner buffet made from organic, seasonal local produce. Enjoy two glasses of rosé with your meal. After dinner, relax on board and admire the sunset with music playing in the background. You will then start heading back to the Vieux-Port.

Marseille: Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour

5. Marseille: Panier District Audio-Guided Walking Tour

Discover Le Panier, the historic district of Marseille with a village feel. The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends. During this 1h audio-guided walking tour, go to the Old Port, just in front of the City Hall. Learn how the little Massalia was born, a town that became a city and then Marseille in Roman times. Discover the must-see Saint Nicolas and Saint Jean forts, and the "Bonne Mère" Basilica, loved by locals. Walk along the Old Port before reaching the oldest house of Marseille, one of the only survivors of the sad second world war. Enter the heart of the Panier district and notice a change in scenery. The houses are old, narrow, and colorful, and there’s a village feeling right here in the heart of the city. You will learn the local culinary specialties such as the famous "bouillabesse", and the recipe for Marseille soap. As you stroll through the neighborhood, you can admire a lot of street art. This includes charming frescoes painted on walls and storefronts, as well as collages, sculptures, mosaics on building façades, and all kinds of graffiti.

From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

6. From Marseille: A Taste of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour

Start this comprehensive full-day tour of Provence with a visit to Aix-en-Provence, known as the city of water and art Located approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille, Aix dates back to Roman times and has a beautiful wide promenade called the “Cours Mirabeau” lined with plane trees. See the amazing fountain of the Rotonde, as well as many cafés that were once frequented by Cezanne, Camus, Zola, and others. The weekly market will give you the opportunity to savor the regional produce, including fresh cheese and olive oil, as well as scented Marseille soap. Then, head to the village of Cassis, driving the Crest road and up to the highest maritime cliff in Europe, Cape Canaillto, for spectacular views of the Bay. Stroll the charming fishing port, where you can try thier famous Pastis (anis flavored liquor), before an optional 45-minute boat cruise through the breathtaking calanques (rocky, limestone inlets).  End your day with a panoramic tour of Marseille, including a stop at the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, with its panoramic view of the city, Frioul Islands, and Château d'If. End at the 11th-century Abbey of Saint-Victor, guarding the entrance to the Vieux Port.

Marseille: Day Boat Ride in the Calanques with Wine Tasting

7. Marseille: Day Boat Ride in the Calanques with Wine Tasting

Step aboard a beautiful boat and begin your full day tour. Pass the Frioul Islands and see the Château d'If in Marseilles from the perspective of the water. Then, drop anchor in a calm cove and stop for a mini wine tasting course with Provencal wines and typical tapas from the south of France. Swim, if you like, in a very safe area and snorkeling gear will be provided aboard the boat. Take the option to reserve a table in a seaside restaurant. Next, discover the Calanques National Park. Learn about the secrets of this magical, protected region of rocky inlets.

Marseille: Private City Center Walking Tour with Cruise

8. Marseille: Private City Center Walking Tour with Cruise

Enjoy a cruise from Marseille to the Côte Bleue coast where you can snorkel in the crystal clear water. Explore the city center of Marseille on a guided walking tour. Admire stunning city and sea views from the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde.  Choose a tour option where you are picked up from your accommodation in Marseille, or from an option where you meet your guide at the Old Port of Marseille. Embark on your cruise from the Old Port and take in views of the city from the water as you depart. Head to the Frioul Islands and pass by the fortress and former prison Château d’If. Put down the anchor in les Calanques of la Côte Bleue. Relax in the boat or or go snorkeling to see colorful fish and corals.  After 2 hours, head back to the Old Port of Marseille. Begin your guided walking tour of Marseille. Marvel at the panoramic views of Marseilles from the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. Visit the Saint Charles train station, the iconic Vélodrome station, and the Cité Radieuse district. Finally, follow your guide to the oldest bakery in Marseille and a santon figurine factory. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Frioul Islands & Monte Cristo Snorkeling Private Tour

9. Frioul Islands & Monte Cristo Snorkeling Private Tour

After choosing your skin diving equipment, the boat will leave. You'll be in the inflatable boat (7.50 meters length, 250 HP engine, 18 passengers capacity).  After 20 minutes of Cruise you will have the chance to take pictures, from the boat, of the Monte Cristo jail around the island. Thirtyminutes later, after a visit to some Calanques n’y boat you will start your snorkeling experience with your instructor. You can bring your own snack or lunch (without plastic) to eat on the boat. Then we go back to the Dive Center

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What people are saying about Frioul Islands

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4.4 / 5

based on 431 reviews

The purchase of the 48-hour city pass proved to be a very convenient and advantageous choice. We visited all the attractions without the stress of the ticket, as the use of the transport was quick and easy. Excellent solution

This was a brilliant way to spend a few hours. Our tour guide, Eric, was so friendly and gave us lots of interesting facts about Marseilles. The island is beautiful. Very enjoyable, highly recommended!

The best solution to explore the city. Many discounts and free offers. The only downside: you have to go to the tourist center to get the pass. The QR code is only for collecting the pass.

We had an outstanding day sailing on the Mediterranean sea in Marseille! That said, budget extra time to find the meeting location as we had trouble finding it.

Great walk and commentary. Very clear and easy to follow