Discover the stunning sea landscape of the Calanques National Park, near Marseille, along with UIMLA Mountain Leader Fabrice. Enjoy the view of the beautiful En Vau, Port Pin and Port Miou calanques.
Jan - May, Sep - Dec
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Join me on this easy 1-day hike in the Calanques National Park and discover one of the most impressive sea landscapes you can ever find. This beautiful park is located near Marseille, in the south of France. The National Park was created recently, in 2012.
Calanques are like very deep fjords, but all composed of white limestone cliffs diving in crystal clear blue water. The En Vau Calanque is a very deep calanque and one of the most famous to discover. Actually we will hike to Port Pin and Port Miou on our way to En Vau. So, you will enjoy the view of three calanques on the same day!
Colors and views are stunning here. There is a very special flora and geology, and many local stories of the local human history about fishermen, climbers and people living in the tiny houses right on the beach.
The Calanques is a whole world with its own special climate, landscapes, and unique way of life. You can also enjoy the charming city of Cassis and its little port after the hike.
This is the easiest way to hike to get to the En Vau Calanque. It will take us between 3 to 4 hours, with an ascent of about 200 meters. If you want to reach both En Vau viewpoints, then choose the sportier hiking option that I also guide.
The Calanques National Park is always closed in summer, because it’s too hot. So you can hike in the Calanques on fall, winter and spring, until june.
So if you want to join me and discover the beautiful Calanques National Park, just send me a request. I will be happy to guide you around this beautiful area in France.
You could also take a look my profile page and check out other great hikes that I guide in France, like the Verdon gorges hike, the Calanques, in Sainte Baume, in the beautiful French Riviera or in the amazing Mercantour National Park!
- Guiding fee
The price includes guiding fee, a little snack and parking in Cassis, if necessary, depending on the date you come, usually free from October to April. Picnic (optional) is not included in the price.
Secure your spot with just 25% payment
48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking
PRICE PER PERSON Group of 8 to 11: 30 EUR Group 12: 28 EUR
Check List: Light walking boots. Micro fleece mountain t-shirts, if possible avoid cotton t-shirts. Cap. Water bottle (1 liter/pers). Sun protection, eye protection.
For bigger groups, please contact me for conditions and prices.
I am a hiking guide (International Mountain Leader) who has been working all over France (including Provence and the Alps), Italy and Portugal since 2001. I speak fluent English due to my frequent trips to Taos Ski Valley (in New Mexico, USA where my family runs a great hotel and ski school), and my hiking trips in the American Southwest.
I live mainly in Nice (French Riviera), but I also move all over the Alps working in different alpine valleys. I often visit Martinique (French Caribbean island), where I enjoy rainforest and tropical hikes.
When I´m not guiding, I also work as a photographer, and like to climb, ski, play tennis, or kitesurf in my spare time. Additionally, I really enjoy botany and history.
I can guide you for a half day or for as many days as you like. I´ll take you to discover my favourite French Riviera alpine region, and the wild and large Mercantour National Park (counting 8 different valleys) near Nice, Monte Carlo and Cannes.
In my region we can enjoy the Mediterranean landscape at sea level. As we move into higher altitudes, we will discover alpine lakes, larch or pine forests, orchids and alpine flowers, open meadows, spectacular medieval perched villages and old baroque chapels and churches, with great historic value.
We can also discover the hiking hotspots in Provence such as Calanques National Park, Verdon gorges, Sainte Victoire and the Var region, with Saint Tropez a particular highlight.
I also love to hike in Italy in the very famous world heritage Cinque Terre (the amazing national park of the "Five Lands"), or in Liguria near San Remo.
And finally, I always enjoy taking my guests to the northern Alps: to Chamonix and Mont Blanc´s amazingly large panoramas or to the great Vanoise National Park, the largest in the heart of French Alps.
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Highly recommend hiring Fabrice as your guide for exploring southern France. As someone unfamiliar with the region, I wasn't up to the task of planning a hike on my own. Particularly a hike in the winter. Fabrice made it all easy. He is incredibly knowledgeable of the region's geography and weather and so was able to tailor a hike just based on the next day's weather forecast. A critical skill for hiking in December. I learned about the natural landscape, vegetation and even how to hike with less stress on my knees. He also taught me about Nordic hiking which is something I definitely want to try again. For sure, I'll be hiring Fabrice again on my next trip to France.
Fabrice is a first-class guide! Taking into account last-minute weather changes and after assessing our fitness, he quickly customised an exciting itinerary that led us from the Préalpes to the beautiful hilltop villages of Gourdon, Tourettes-sur-Loup and Saint-Paul-de-Vence. He pointed out great photo opportunities, so we managed to take plenty of nicely-framed photos on our smartphones. Fabrice also introduced us to the game of pétanque and thanks to him, we were able to understand and appreciate the games as they were being played by the locals during our trip.
Fabrice was a wonderful guide with a wide knowledge of not only the history of the area but the flora and fauna of the French Mediterranean coast. The hike provided beautiful views of the cities along the coast as well as the mountains behind them. Highly recommend both the hike and the guide.
Fabrice is an adept guide. He took us on some amazing hikes. We were happy to have him guide us to get the most out of our 3 days in Chamonix.
Had a wonderful hike with Fabrice as our hiking guide. Highly recommend! If you are from the East Coast of the U.S., recommend going one skill level down from what you think is the right fit for you, since the elevation/altitude of the Alps makes the hike harder than you are likely used to (less oxygen in the air). I did the "moderate plus" thinking it would be easy for me--it was a serious workout! :)
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