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Electric Bike Tour to the Calanques from Marseille

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icon6 to 7 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Discover the remarkable beauty of France’s Mediterranean coast on a full-day electric bike tour! This unique outdoor excursion takes you to lovely ports and fishing villages like Madrague Montredon and Vallon des Auffes and through dramatic calanques-filled coves. Along the way, stop to swim and have lunch.Then head back to Marseille for a tour of great sites such as Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica.
  • Pedal with ease down the stunning Mediterranean coast
  • Discover the beauty of southern Marseille and its famous fjord-like coves
  • Swim in turquoise waters and play a game of pétanque on the beach
  • Visit Vallon des Auffes, Prado Beach, Les Goudes, Callelongue Cove and more
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Local guide
Use of an electric bicycle
Use of helmet and yellow jacket
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel or port pickup and drop-off (€10 each)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
40 Rue Plan Fourmiguier , 40 Rue Plan Fourmiguier, 13007 Marseille, France

Meeting point is a parking box in front of restaurant "l'alimentation générale" Important notice : If you choosed Pick/Drop from cruise port, someone will wait for you at Marseille cruise terminal just down your ship (please do NOT walk away) (see bellow "Tour option description")

Marseille Fos Port , Hangar J1, 13002 Marseille, France
This activity will end right where it started.Important notice : If you choosed Pick/Drop from cruise port, someone will wait for you at Marseille cruise terminal just down your ship (please do NOT walk away) (see bellow "Tour option description") If not, stay next to 40 rue plan fourmiguier, 13007 Marseille and someone will meet you there
Your full-day electric bike tour departs in the morning from Vieux Port (Old Port). Before taking off, your local guide will offer a safety introduction to the intuitive and easy electric bike. Fit with pedals and a small motor to propel you forward, this modern ride allows you to see more of Marseille and the surrounding region in less time.

First, head south out of Marseille along Corniche Kennedy, catching scenic views of the village of Vallon des Auffes, Prado Beach and Madrague Montredon. You’ll disembark in the quaint town of Les Goudes for some independent exploring. Wander the secluded village and watch fishing boats drift through the cove. Enjoy a lunch (payable directly to restaurant; see sample menu below) or grab some food of your own.

Hop back on your bike and wind farther south through the wild and dramatic Calanques region. Admire the distinctive limestone rock formations – called the ‘fjords of the French Riviera’ – that wrap around pools of crystal-clear water to make dramatic inlets. Stop at La Plage de la Maronaise (Maronnaise Beach) for an invigorating swim, before heading on to the stunning Calanque de Callelonque (Callelongue Cove). Here, watch small boats drift in and out of the cove and locals lounge on the beach.

To end, you’ll return to Marseille to explore some of city highlights including green spaces like Parc Borély or Campagne Pastré – two lovely public parks – and the magnificent Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine Catholic church perched atop Marseille’s highest peak. Enjoy panoramic views of the Marseille’s labyrinthine streets below, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and the bustling Old Port.

Follow your guide back down the hill to the starting point, where your tour ends by late-afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palais du Pharo
Incredible view of the old port
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vallon des Auffes
Tiny harbour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
Nice view
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
La corniche
The most beautiful cycle path in the world
Pass By:  
Parc Balneaire du Prado
Longest beaches of Marseille city
Pass By:  
Avenue de la Madrague de Montredon
A tiny harbour
Stop At:  
Cap Croisette
A scenery view of Maïre island
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Calanque de Callelongue
National park of Calanques where you can swim
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
L'Auberge du Corsaire " Chez Paul "
Nice and good restaurant : pizza, fresh fish (not mandatory) if you prefer, we can eat sandwiches on the beach.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Parc Borely
Big nice park
Pass By:  
Orange Velodrome
If you want, we can have a look at this "temple" of Marseillan soccer.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The cycle is approximately 22 miles long (35km)
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Children aged 10 can ride in a trailer attached to an adult's bike
  • Children aged 12 years and over can ride their own bike
  • Please bring your own towel and sunscreen
  • There are no lifeguards present on the beaches
  • There are no cabins to change clothes on the beaches
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY EBTM Tours Marseille
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "The ride was a bit of a challenge but so worth it!" See review
  • "The stop off at the Notre Dame on the way back was tough getting up the steep hill, made much easier with the e-bike, but the view once up there was breathtaking." See review

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star-5
Iris was super...
Alex_A
, Jul 2022
Iris was super knowledgeable and friendly. While the ride has a lot of highlights and postcard picture opportunities, I don’t encourage this excursion for folks who are shy about navigating high traffic areas.
star-5
Great day out
Cathy_B
, Jul 2022
Very enjoyable day out seeing the sights of Marseilles & Calleneques. Our guide Stefan was very helpful, informative and kind. The e-bikes were very easy to use and we covered a lot of ground in the heat with ease. Wouid recommend.
star-4
Amazing Amazing Tour! Would do again!
Anita_W
, Jul 2022
My first time on a bike tour and on an electric bike was simply amazing! I was on a solo trip and booked this tour to try something new. I was a bit anxious because I'd never been on a bike tour... couldn't even remember the last time I rode a bicycle but it was so worth it! Unfortunately our ship docked late but thankfully our tour guide waited for the cruise guests. Because we were so late, we were unable to get into Marseille proper. I wish there were more opportunities to stop for photo ops and information about some interesting things we rode past. I wasn't too keen with the hour-long wait for our food order (also I would have preferred more of a local dish than what seemed like Italian fare. The food was good, but I was hoping to try different cuisines during my trip. The ride to the Calanques was breathtaking and worth the time and money spent. The guides took care to make sure everyone in the group followed along and didn't get left behind.
star-5
Had never done a bike...
Ty_L
, Jul 2022
Had never done a bike tour before and we all really enjoyed the experience. So much better than being in a bus and it is nice having a smaller group as well. It is also great to be able to experience the city in a different way on bike.
star-5
Stunning Views
Donna_B
, Jun 2022
Cindy was an amazing guide and so fun to spend a day with. Our group was a group of adult siblings on a trip in Europe. We loved seeing Marisielle !
star-5
Lots of fun!
Jacy_K
, Jun 2022
We had a fantastic time with our guide, Iris. The bikes are super easy to ride and driving them around so much of Marseille was a ton of fun. We had no idea how vast and full of history Marseille was until this tour. The restaurant was absolutely delicious, highly recommend. If you’re visiting Marseille, this trip is definitely a must-do!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
You were fanstastic too ! Thank you
star-5
Fun trip to thé Calanques and Notre Dame
Mary_M
, Jun 2022
I highly recommend this tour. It is a really fun way to go to Notre Dame and thé Calanques and other places. Easy because of the electric bikes. The swim was beautiful. You do need to ride in traffic but I felt fine with it. If you are scared of riding in traffic this may not be for you. The guide Iris was great!
star-2
Must be young a daredevil
Maureen_M
, Jun 2022
Too much traffic.. Scary.. It was a Sunday and going thru traffic was taking your life in your hands
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello i agree there was a lot of traffic on that day (much more than usualy), but our activity is clearly for people who can ride on roads with cars. The way on this tour is 60% on cycles path and 40% on roads open to traffic. When your guide told me you were scared by traffic, i went immediately to take you in charge and we cycled slowly on back roads and bike lanes to come back safely. Your guide continued with others guest the tour. I would have appreciated you tell all we did for you on that special crazy traffic day.
star-5
Fun tour highly recommend
Alan_E
, May 2022
Excellent tour, fun and interesting. Cindy was a great guide, even found us shelter from a rain shower! Hope she has recovered from looking after us former rugby players!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Una_N
, May 2022
Guide with enthusiasm and knowledge about his home town. Nothing better. Calanques looks a great walking and hiking place. Will be back for more hopefully.
star-5
Great Tour - Wonderful Sights
Michael_K
, May 2022
Great tour, wonderful sights! Watch out for traffic! Cindy was fantastic and Emmanuel was very attentive!
star-5
Our tour guide Cindy was...
Alexis_M
, May 2022
Our tour guide Cindy was incredible! Very kind, accommodating, and showed us all the beauty of Marseille. 10/10 recommend this tour. Also the bikes are awesome, full power boost ftw
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Cindy is our gem !! But we give you 10/10 too !
star-3
Not the best not the worst
Katelyn_M
, Apr 2022
I would say it was less of a tour and more of someone showing you the way to the park. There was a few good stops along the way, but it was missing something. Also, fair warning, the restaurant you stop at at the park (aka the only restaurant) is quite pricey, so bring a lunch if you’re not looking to spend a lot. We got to the park and had 2 hours to explore, which was nice.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi, thank you for your review. About stops , there are 10 stops on the way, every 30 minutes, i think it is more than a few. Restaurant is not mandatory, our guests have always the choice between restaurant, and sandwiche picked on the way. The restaurant we choose is not the only, but we think it is the best in the area : we do not take any benefit to stop at this one, except the guide can get a discount on his/her lunch.
star-5
Great tour, some more professonalism needed
saksiannamaaria
, Apr 2022
Good tour and great experience. Some feedback to our guide: -she never told her name -her English was not that good -safety should have been taking better care of: she drove too fast and several times she needed to turn back in order to find the rest of the group. She could have given her phone number in case of accident or like. -keeping up the time was not that good, the trip was supposed to last 6-7 hours but ended up 7,5 hours. -the tour could have beeb described better beforehand. But all in all great trip. Hope this feedback will find Marseille e-bike tour.
star-5
Great way to see Marseille and get to the Calanques
Kevin_B
, Sep 2021
The electric bikes are a fun and easy way to get around. You have a great view of the neighbourhoods. The tour stops in intriguing and beautiful places, some of them off the beaten path. Cindy, our guide, was knowelegable and helpful. She seemed to really love Marseille.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great day at Calanques
Aviva_A
, Sep 2021
The guida, Yam, was really nice with us. He explained everything and took us to great places. Loved the Calanques!! The bike trip was really great!
star-5
Great experience!
Llivane_L
, Sep 2021
My partner and I visited Marseille for the first time and booking this tour is a great way to explore the city. Our tour guide was helpful, friendly and took us along a breathtaking route by the sea to reach the Calanques. It was our first time using e-bikes and we both enjoyed it (they're super easy to ride and are a real treat, especially when cycling uphill). We recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect Day!
denelle_w
, Sep 2021
It was a great day seeing some City sights and the great diversity of the City. Enjoyed the national parc and along the coast
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent day in Marseille
Alex_D
, Aug 2021
Great ebike trip around Marseille! Easy to find the meetup spot and learn the ebike features then off we went to a lot of cool spots. We had the option of a restaurant or sandwiches for lunch, the sandwich was great and gave us more time at the beach spot which was nice. Saw everything we wanted to. Will be recommending it to others that visit the area. There is some riding bikes on streets and close to cars, but it’s not very stressful and pretty easy to follow the guide. Drivers are nicer to bikers here than NYC at least.
star-5
Stunning coastline view
Vikas_B
, Aug 2021
One of the most amazing Viator tours ever! This tour will make you see the best side of Marseille. We loved every single part. Cindy was great...she took us to parts of Marseille known only to locals. We had a great seafood lunch that really highlighted Marseille.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Waw, thanks for your great feedback. Cindy will be happy to read your message.

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