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Cassis & Bandol

Cassis & Bandol

9 hours From
AU$251 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Minivan TourMinivan Tour
  • France Region
    Provence
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    PPR-19-2359
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Thu
9 hours From
AU$251 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Minivan TourMinivan Tour
  • France Region
    Provence
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    PPR-19-2359
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Thu
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    InclusionInclusion Calanques de Cassis cruise (according to the weather)InclusionInclusion English speaking escort guideActivityActivity Wine tastingTransportationTransportation Transportation by minibus/van

Summary

The day tour starts with a ride to Cassis, a Mediterranean fishing port in southern France, via an 8-passenger minivan. Witness the breathtaking landscape views along the way as you listen to some of the amazing facts about Provence.

A boat awaits you on the ancient port for a cruise to the famous Calanques, a series of narrow, steep-walled inlet developed in limestone. After discovering the narrow bays, bright cliffs, and coves along the creeks of Cassis, proceed to the village for a walking tour around the medieval streets.

Enjoy lunch at your leisure and a wine tasting session before travelling to the wine region that overlooks the sea, Bandol.  Explore its lovely vineyards and then savour an exquisite selection of wines at a Provencal domaine.

Meeting point: Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office at 9:00 AM

Available from April 1 to October 31

Itinerary

Aix-en-Provence to Cassis
At 9:00AM, meet your guide at the tourist office in Aix-en-Provence. The 8-passenger minivan has air conditioning and comfortable seats. It takes barely 1h to arrive in Cassis. A nice occasion for you to hear more about Provence and taking time to admire the magnificent landscape around: sharp hills, exuberant vineyards, colourful villages, olive groves and the typical Provencal garrigue.

Welcome on board for a cruise to the famous Calanques. They represent a long stretch of coastline indented by a series of narrow inlets walled by limestone cliffs. You will be fascinated by the narrow bays of fine white sand meeting warm cobalt shallows, surrounded by towering pale bright cliffs bearing sparse precariously sited trees. Magical and enchanting coves are a paradise for scuba diving, climbing, hiking, discovery of the fauna and flora.

Enjoy a guided tour of Cassis. The harbor of Cassis snuggles at the bottom of a steep bowl of land surrounded by lush vines and pine trees. The town is dominated by the Cap Canaille, 400 m high. Cassis is a very ancient fishing port, as well as a coral trade counter. In the 18th century, the village was rebuilt on the old ruins, resulting in a more regular layout than most other medieval villages. A walk through the old village streets will reveal old fountains, open-air artists market and some nice old buildings, some dating back to the 16th century, and some restored with the colorful pastels of Provence. Cassis is also famous today for its local wine, mainly whites, but also rosé and red.

Delight in a wine tasting session. Laid in the heart of the Provencal vineyard, Cassis offers several possibilities to taste the best of local terroir. The village is famous to be the first AOC (controlled area appellation) created in Provence in 1936. 200 hectares are producing red, rosé and white wines, based on mourvèdre, grenache, cinsault, marsanne and clairette grapes. The perfect occasion the have a break before lunch.

Lunch at your leisure.

Cassis to Bandol
The wine region of Bandol overlooks the sea. This sightseeing is the best occasion to see mourvèdre, cinsault and grenache, but also carignan and syrah grapes as far as your eyes can see. The Bandol AOC covers 8 villages representing around 1500 hectares on silicon & limestone soils. Thanks to warm weather and wind, intensity of red colours and density of tannins are the keywords to characterize red Bandol wines as well as spicy flavor and little red fruits note can define rosé Bandol wines. Clairette, ugni blanc and bourboulenc grapes offer delightful white wines.

Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans introduced and developed wine production, making Provence worldwide known for it. Still today, this trade activity is very flourishing. Selected for you is a splendid Provencal Domaine, totally favorable to discover two of the main taste ambassadors of southern France.  Enjoy this last step before turning back home.

Return to Aix-en-Provence
At 06:00 PM, your guide will drop you off at Aix-en-Provence tourist office.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan for the day
  • English speaking escort guide
  • Boat excursion in Cassis (according to the weather) to discover 3 Calanques (45 min)
  • Guided tour of the city of Cassis
  • Guided tour and wine tasting at a local domaine
  • Sightseeing in Bandol vineyard
  • Tour and winemaker's tasting at a local domaine

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses
  • Other drinks and meals
  • Hotel pick-up at additional cost (hotels located in Aix en Provence surroundings)

Important Notes

Child price is available. Contact us for more information. 

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