- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Price 4 nights||
|Price 5 nights||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Locality & Walks
This French walking holiday explores the Calanques National Park in southern Provence where gleaming white limestone forms a stark contrast with the deep blue sky and the turquoise Mediterranean.
Les Calanques on the Mediterranean coast offers a truly unique landscape of fjords where deep valleys have been drowned by the clear blue sea. The rugged and tormented cliffs gleam white rising high above the sea between Marseille and Cassis forming a stunning and dramatic coastline. The calanques or Mediterranean fjords are narrowest near Cassis, with the calanque d'En-Vau being the most spectacular, with vertical cliffs encircling a beautiful narrow inlet. Port Pin and Port-Miou are also amazing places where you can bathe in the clear waters providing wonderful moments of relaxation and the chance to gaze at the wonderful coastline.
During your self guided walking holiday you'll stay in a wonderful guest house in the pretty Mediterranean resort of Cassis. You can choose which walks you do on different days of your walking holiday. Some walks leave from your guest house, whilst most require a short bus, boat or taxi journey.
This independent walking holiday is suitable for experienced walkers of an average fitness (with a minimum of preparation). You should be used to walking on a variety of paths and be comfortable on rocky and steep ground. The paths are variable in their quality and nature. The paths are sometimes mountainous and challenging but the distances involved are moderate. A choice of walks allows you to vary the difficulty. Walking days average about 5 hours and the amount of ascent in the day varies between 200m and 700m. The walks allow for time to rest and take advantage of some of the interesting sites en route.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome at Marseille train station or airport (supplement for transfer from airport) and transfer to your delightful guest house in Cassis
Day 2: La Ciotat - Cassis
Your day starts with a short trip to La Ciotat. Taxi transfer or shuttle buses and train. From here, you'll follow the cliff top all the way to Cassis with superb views and enjoyable walking. The walking trail rises to reach “La Grande Tête”, with amazing views of the cliffs of the Bec de l’Aigle. The high point of the cliffs rise to an amazing 399m above sea level. After a small descent the path rises over Cap Canaille, before descending back down to the lovely port of Cassis. Superb! The arrival in Cassis is spectacular. Overnight in Cassis. 5hrs walk +/- 580 m
Day 3: Tour of Mont Puget & Sugiton Calanques
After a short bus trip to Gineste your walking trail takes you on a round circuit overlooking Les Calanques to reach the ridgeline of the Cret de Saint Michel. Glorious views over the calanque or fjord de Morgiou. A choice of trails depending on the difficulty you wish, bringing you down to superb coves. After, climb to the Col de la Candelle for amazing views. Short bus trip back to Cassis. 6hrs, 15km, +/- 750m
Day 4: Calanques de Cassis
Walk direct from your guest house. You'll stay close to the water's edge as you explore the two beautiful inlets of Port Miou and Port Pin. Incredibly beautiful places and amazing to think that such a wild and stunning coastline is only a few miles from the heart of Marseille, France's second city. Your route will then climb the picturesque valley d'En-Vau. Afterwards you'll return to Cassis via the plateau du Mussuguieres and the Pas des Marmots. 4 hrs 30 walk +/-450m
Day 5: Mont de Luminy
After a short bus trip to Luminy you’ll climb onto the Escampons ridge for stunning panoramas before descending into the Sormiou Calanques. Pass through a wonderful secluded port before another wonderful ridge walk with great and unique views of the coastline. Descend to the small port and cove of Morigou across the coastline. Climb to Mont Luminy summit. 14km, +/-700m
Choice of further walks
Your walking guide will include other choices of walks, including a traverse from Morigou back to Cassis. This walk can be accessed (part of the year) by boat from Cassis. Alternatively from Gineste you can climb to the summit of Mont Carpiagne which at 646m in altitude has exceptional views across the Calanques National Park. There is also a longer superb circuit from Cassis which takes in the Estret ridge which dominates the eastern Calanques and the enormous Devenson cliffs.
Day 6: Departure
Holiday ends after breakfast. Transfer to Marseille train station.
Take a look at other independent coastal walking holidays in France - Pyrenees Coastal Trail
Accommodation & Meals
Your accommodation is a delightful guest house in a central location in the coastal resort of Cassis with double or twin rooms (or individual room with supplement depending on availability) with ensuite bathrooms. Your guest house provides an excellent quality of service and warm welcome. Our first choice guest house is l'Avila guest house which has charming rooms and a swimming pool. This is a sought after, small guest house and resort, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Your evening meals will be taken at your guest house and in restaurants in Cassis.
Lunches, drinks and evening meals are to be provided at your own expense. You can buy provisions in Cassis which has a number of shops, bakers and cafes.
Below is our first choice guest house in Cassis.
|Villa Astoria||B&B||This is a beautiful bed and breakfast located on the edge of Cassis with great views over the coast from its sumptuous garden with swimming pool and some rooms.|
|L'Avila||B&B||This delightful guest house offers a warm welcome and beautiful rooms in a small villa in the pretty resort of Cassis. There is a swimming pool to relax after your walks.|
Arriving at Cassis
Transfers between Marseille train station and your guest house in Cassis included in your holiday price.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a fast and relaxing journey from London to Marseille changing at Lille or Paris. There is also now one direct train per day. The train journey from Paris to Marseille takes just 3 hours. Transfer provided from the train station Marseille St Charles.
Fly to Marseille Marignane. There are regular flights from Bristol, Edniburgh, London Stansted and London Gatwick. Shuttle bus every 20 minutes between 6.30am and 8.50pm for the station SNCF Marseille Saint-Charles. Journey time: about 25 minutes.
Transfer provided from Marseille Saint Charles to Cassis. Supplement of about £25 per journey if you wish a transfer from and to Marseille airport.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets.
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. We would be happy to book travel arrangements on your behalf.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel. Once in France, the journey from Calais to Marseille takes about 10-11 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 60 euros each way.
On-street parking outside your guest house in a quiet area.
Leaving from Cassis
Transfer to Marseille Saint-Charles included in holiday price (supplement for airport).