1-Day Sans Retour Climbing Traverse in the Calanques

Join IFMGA-certified mountain guide Maxence on the Sans Retour Traverse in the Calanques of France and experience the beauty of Mediterranean cliffs.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range

Massif des Calanques

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip



  • Follow a experienced guide and enhance your climbing skills.

  • Enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean and the cliffs of the Calanques.

  • Traverse some unbelievable walls with heart-pumping pitches and climbs.

Visit the Calanques and take on the daunting Sans Retour Traverse! This exciting one-day climb will leave a lasting impression and offer you some of the most amazing views of the Mediterranean!

The Massif des Calanques (or Calanques) are a range of coastal limestone in the south of France. Loaded with crevices and surrounded by some of the world´s most gorgeous scenery, they have become a popular destination for rock climbers from all across the globe.

And within this rocky coast are epic locations for challenging climbs, highlighted by the Sans Retour traverse. Set above the crashing waves of the Mediterranean Sea, there are few places as evocative as this for travelers and tourists. Tucked between Marseille and Cassis, this is the perfect combination of excitement and fitness.

Sans Retour and its suspenseful vantage points looks out to the nearby islands and the land jutting into the blue of the sea. It can be accessed through the Traverse Ramond, which features a doorway-shaped entrance in the rock. You can also reach Sans Retour via the Castelvieil Plateu.

It is easily accessible, and offers a variety of climbs for those daring enough to cross above the Mediterranean. The additional traverses that can be combined to Sans Retour give you the option of adding complexity and duration to your climb.

Sans Retour is a special program for me, and I hope to instill that passion in you. I can guide you on a safe climb that will keep you excited every step of the way. My expertise in the region and in the rocks of the Calanques will make your experience personal. It will truly be an unforgettable trip.

The traverse has challenging moments, so you should be in good shape and prepared both physically and mentally for a rock climbing program of this nature.

Book this unbelievable day climbing program and gain some rock experience dangling above the Mediterranean!

 We can also spend the night on a Calanque portaledge! Or head to Calenque de Sormiou and partake in a day program of climbing!

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Price per person

Group of 1
400 EUR

Group of 2
200 EUR


Price includes

  • Guiding fee

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Contact me upon booking to establish a meeting point.


About the Guide


Even as a kid, I knew I wanted to become a mountain guide. Growing up in Aix-en-Provence, in southern France, the Alps have been my playground since a very young age. Amazing climbing spots like the Calanques and Gorges du Verdon were just a stone throw's away from my hometown.

Eventually, I also became an architect, another long-time passion. As an architect, I lived in New York, Barcelona and Rotterdam and learned to speak fluent English and Spanish. I also met great people and had an amazing time while doing it!

I'm now back home in France and spend most of my time guiding in the Alps. I'll be happy to take you rock climbing, skiing or mountaineering to some of my favorite spots.



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What People are Saying about Maxence Horvath


Maxence was absolutely great! Super friendly and knowledgeable. With very little back and forth he was able to plan a perfect climbing day trip for us, including our first multi-pitch climb (and all of this was actually a backup plan, since the area we were going climbing was closed due to high winds). I look forward to going climbing again in Calanque and would not hesitate to book him again!!
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XinChi Yang
We had a fantastic climbing day with Max. He was fun to hang out with. He set up lots of climbs that were fun for all the abilities of our group. He made us feel safe and confident. Max’s English is perfect which meant a lot to some of us.
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Virginia Steuber
The trip was extraordinary! Challenging yet very rewarding. Maxence was a great guide and a perfect companion.
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Ali Najeeb
Max was an AMAZING guide! He was super knowledgeable and was willing to teach us new climbing techniques. Not only did I have fun climbing outdoors, but I learned how to climb better outside. I highly recommend this trip! You won´t be disappointed!
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Kelly Materna

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