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, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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.
If you prefer to arrive the day before, we can recommend you a hotel or lodging options in Cassis.
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.
We will meet in Cassis, located about 30 min from Marseille. It can be reached by train. Transportation may be proposed from Nice, Monte Carlo or any other French Riviera cities Please contact me for more information and pick-up rates, starting from 60 €.
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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Fabrice goes out of his way to make your experience as interesting and meaningful as possible. It is clear that he puts a lot of energy and time into these experiences, and genuinely cares that his guests have a good time. I ended up adding another hike with Fabrice because it was such a good experience. He provides a lot of insight I couldn't have gotten anywhere else. Highly recommended.
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This is a stunning hike with magnificent scenery and views throughout. Fabrice was a wonderful guide. He had expert knowledge about the area and throughout the hike pointed out numerous different types of wildlife, plants, rocks as well as explaining the history of the area. He was passionate and engaging. This was a great experience and one of the highlights of our holiday.
Amazing hike with Fabrice and I learned so much from him! He’s very knowledgeable. As a solo traveler I’m grateful for explore share and Fabrice for taking me hiking, as I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to go alone.
It was a great adventure in a very nice and professional company:)
Fabrice is an amazing guide! We would definitely recommend Fabrice for any hiking in the area. He was very knowledgeable and fun to talk with. We had such a good time, we hired him for a second hike while we were in the region.
Wonderful adventure and camaraderie. Merci !
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Fabrice was a wonderful guide who was very knowledgable about the area - from geography, history to the animals and plants we saw on our hike, he had a story to tell for all of them! He was incredibly nice to drive us to the mountains and back our Airbnb (only around 1.5 hours into the mountain) and the hike that we settled on was perfect - we saw multiple groups of ibexes and chamois, took in the wonderful Alps scenery and ended our hike at a beautiful alpine lake. I can’t recommend the experience more since it added so much to our trip in the Riviera, it was a truly differentiated experience. Would definitely be back again.
Sue Ann Ho
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.
We loved our hike with Fabrice! My family and I had the best time and he was so knowledgeable on the area we were hiking with regards to the history and flora/fauna. Afterwards he even took us through a beautiful town and local winery. This experience was the highlight of our trip in France!
Fabrice is an amazing guide. We ended up hiking in the Esterel Mountains with him and enjoyed it so much, we signed up for another day of hiking near Gourdon with him later that week. He is easy going, smart, interesting, encouraging and fun to be with. Loves nature and photography. I am looking forward to trying one of his Nordic Walking group sessions next. We feel like we make a great friend in Fabrice. Recommend him 100%!
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.
This was our second hike with Fabric who is a great guide. He was born and raised in the area and is completely knowledgeable about the nature and history of the coastal cities and the park. The day that we hiked, was cloudy and cool at the higher elevations so he selected alternate routes that provided us with spectacular views of the mountain valleys that make up the park as well as a tour of Sospel a fascinating village that was part of the salt trade. The scenery is definitely worth the hike and Fabrice is a great guide and a pleasure to be with.
Magnificent hike in and around the Verdon gorges with Fabrice. An experienced guide, who shares his experience and is full of information during an exceptional safe hike. A little effort (it goes up a bit), good times, beautiful pictures, great conversations and great memories. Thank you # Explore_share
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