Marseille Cassis Walking Tour Excursion Reviews
Much was closed in Cassis because it was late in the season so although we found it to be a charming little town there was very little to do.
We took RCIs Cassis Tour. The trip up the coast was beautiful, but could not get great pictures out the bus windows. The trip to the top of the cliff over the town was cancelled due to winds (not the fault of the tour guide, but disappointing). Since we did not go to the cliff, we had more time to spend in Cassis. The problem was that we arrived a little after ten thirty in the morning and most stores and restaurants did not begin opening up until closer to noon. So it was a picturesque town, but not much to do there in the morning. We spent time as a family, which was nice, but would have taken a different tour to a different city, if I was to do this again. Once again, we did not care for this tour guide as well.
Cassis is about 32 miles SE of AIX, just about mid-way back to Toulon, and both are in the region called Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, and part of an area called Bouches-du-Rhone. Cassis is on the southern coast of France, just east of Marseilles. It's in the Bandol (?) wine region and is famous for its white and rose wines, some of which we tried while we were there. It's an absolutely gorgeous town, tucked in between two notable sites, the Calanques and the Cap Canaille Mountain, the highest sea-cliff in Europe. The best I can describe what a "Calanque" is would be that it's an inlet or a bay of the Mediterranean flanked by the local chalk-white cliffs.
Cassis was a picturesque and scenic town and well worth the effort to go there. If it weren't for the ever present crowds it would be like a step back in time. Very clean and just brimming with interesting restaurants, bakeries and candy shops just waiting for you to try their wares. It's on the Bay of Cassis, quite compact in area, and snuggled right up to the shore line of the Bay. It appeared to us that nearly every square inch of space is taken up by some kind of a shop, Patisserie or restaurant. Originally we were going to book a boat tour from the harbor, which would have taken us out on the bay to view the white cliffs and the town of Cassis. However, although it was an absolutely spectacular day, warm and crystal clear, the wind was blowing in from the Mediterranean, with enough force to play havoc with a couple of the restaurants by blowing down some of the signage and cleaning off the tops of the outdoor tables. It's the "Mistral", we were told. It comes and goes depending upon the temperature of the Mediterranean, but when it comes its winds can reach 60 to 70 miles an hour. I don't think we saw anything like that during our stay there, but it was strong enough to keep us off the boats
huge disappointment. Lengthy bus ride through unattractive neighborhood and ended up with just 45 minutes to walk through Cassis! Excursion guide was unfriendly and defensive. Would not recommend the Carnival tour. Biggest disappointment of our port excursions.