Discover the Calanques National Park: A 5-Day Sea Kayaking Expedition from Marseille to La Ciotat
Embark on a captivating 5-day sea kayak journey that unfolds the breathtaking beauty of the Calanques National Park, stretching from Marseille to La Ciotat. Immerse yourself in the enchanting landscapes that weave between the Old Port and the Calanques, venturing through deserted islands and along rugged headlands.
This expedition offers a unique perspective of Marseille,
exploring hidden treasures such as the Sugiton and En’Vau creeks, the mesmerizing archipelago of Riou, the tranquil islands of Friuli, and the iconic Chateau d’If. Marvel at the majestic white limestone cliffs plunging into the deep blue waters, leaving an indelible impression on your senses.
Throughout this 5-day (4-night) sea kayaking experience, you’ll enjoy accommodations aboard a 42″ catamaran
The catamaran Venezia 42, our floating base, provides all the comfort needed for a pleasant onboard life in an exceptional setting: 4 double cabins, 2 single cabins, 2 bathrooms, and a spacious deck where you can not only store the kayaks but also relax while sunbathing, enjoy sunsets, gaze at the stars, or simply listen to the gentle lapping of the sea against the boat’s hull.
Each night, you’ll stay in the same room but in a different location. At each stop, you’ll have the opportunity to swim before enjoying a delicious meal made from local and organic produce.
In case of unfavorable sea kayaking conditions, our experienced skipper will guide you through the basics of sailing navigation. Seize the opportunity to take the helm and participate in maneuvers for a complete and enriching maritime experience.
This maritime adventure is not just a journey; it’s an opportunity to connect with nature, explore hidden corners, and witness the wonders of the Calanques. As you paddle through crystal-clear waters, the catamaran becomes your home, offering a sanctuary of comfort and flexibility.
For more details or to obtain our comprehensive road book of trips, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Join us on this unforgettable expedition, where the sea, the cliffs, and the Mediterranean sun come together to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
5-Day Sea Kayaking Expedition: Discovering the Calanques and Beyond
Day 1: La Pointe Rouge, Marseille
Commence your adventure with a morning rendezvous at La Pointe Rouge port in Marseille. Embark on a thrilling sea kayaking journey, navigating towards Vieux Port and undertaking a captivating sea crossing to the historic Chateau d’If and the enchanting Frioul archipelago. As evening sets in, find yourself aboard with an incredible view of the Marseille skyline.
Day 2: Riou Archipelago Exploration
At breakfast, transition to the catamaran and set sail for a day of kayaking amidst the deserted islands of the Riou archipelago. The night unfolds aboard the catamaran, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the open sea.
Day 3: Heart of the Calanques
Today’s paddle takes you into the heart of the Calanques—Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton, each revealing its unique charm. As the day unfolds, reach the stunning enclave of En Vau, where a night on board awaits, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the cliffs.
Day 4: Towards La Ciotat
Set your course eastward as you paddle towards La Ciotat. Marvel at the majestic Cape Canaille, paddling at its base, and explore the inviting creeks of the Green Island, standing sentinel at the entrance to the port of La Ciotat. Another night aboard the catamaran offers a serene culmination to your coastal exploration.
Day 5: Return to Marseille
Embark on the catamaran for a homeward journey to Marseille, granting you one last panoramic view of the picturesque landscapes. Conclude this remarkable expedition in the afternoon, enriched with memories of the azure sea, towering cliffs, and the coastal wonders of the Calanques.
This itinerary is provided as a guide. The guide reserves the right to modify it based on weather conditions, group fitness, or any unforeseen events. Participant safety and well-being are our priorities, and any necessary adaptations will be made to ensure an optimal and secure experience. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this adventure.
As part of our journey, we provide our carefully selected fleet of kayaks to ensure an exceptional experience. Single-seat polyethylene (PE) models include Ysak from Dag Kayak and Reval (LV and HV) from Zegul, offering diversity to cater to different preferences and body types. For performance enthusiasts, we also offer high-quality carbon kayaks from Zegul and skin-on-frame Trak 2.0 from Trak Kayaks. The Biwok model from Dag Kayak represents our tandem kayaks, renowned for their comfort and stability.
Regarding paddles, we have selected models from Werner Paddles, featuring carbon handles available in ergonomic or straight versions. For an alternative approach, we also provide carbon Greenland paddles, adding authenticity to your kayaking experience. Our commitment to the quality and diversity of our fleet aims to meet the needs of each participant and ensure total immersion in the joy of kayaking.
Price: 1100 euros/person
– All-Inclusive – Departure from Marseille
New regulations in the National Park
In the process of planning for 2024
- Specific equipment: sea kayak, paddle, life jacket, safety equipment compliant with Div 240, etc.
- Guidance by a State-certified sea kayak instructor
- Accommodation in a double cabin on a catamaran for 4 nights with the assistance of a State-certified skipper
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5
The journey starts upon your arrival in Marseille on Day 1 and concludes upon your arrival in Marseille on Day 7.
If you make up your own group (2 people or more), this holiday qualifies as a tailor-made private trip, where the duration and dates are modifiable. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.