Provence Wine Tour Shore Excursion From Sanary Sur Mer
Discover the cute small fishing port of Cassis an its calanques listed by Unesco as a world heritage national park
Taste local wines in a carefully selected winery of Cassis
Discover the Bandol Wine Region
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
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700€ Per Group 2 – 7 persons
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From March to November
8 Hours (approx.)
Full Day Shore Excursion from Sanary Sur Mer or Bandol
Minimum 2, Maximum 7.
Larger groups please contact us.
Pick up and drop off at your Cruise Ship located in Sanary Sur Mer or Bandol
- Pick up and drop off at Ship – Sanary Sur Mer or Bandol Port of Call
- Services of English speaking driver/guide
- Small-Group Private tour limited to 7 persons
- Visit a Winery near Cassis & Bandol
- Itinerary can be customized
- Transportation in A/C vehicle
- Wine Tasting fees
- Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
- Meals, drinks unless mentioned in the program
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Gratuities for the driver/guide
* Please note that it will be possible for you to book entrance fees to museums or attractions adapted to this tour during the booking process.
Today, we will come and pick you up directly at your ship in Sanary Sur Mer or Bandol Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private Provence tour with you.
Then board your A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to the Provence Vineyards located around Cassis & Bandol. After a short drive composed of breathtaking panoramic views, arrive near the typical fishing port of Cassis. The village is well known for its Calanques national park, beaches, and beautiful port overlooked by a medieval chateau.
Reach the Cassis Wine Producing region
Established as a Protected Appellation (AOP) in 1936, Cassis was one of the first in the region to obtain this qualification for the wines produced. The village is one of the few local appellations of the south of France comprised of a single, tiny commune.
While most nearby appellations were originally cultivated by Greek outposts, Cassis is of Ligurian origins. The village of Cassis is Blessed by 3,000 hours of annual sunshine. The cool maritime winds make it truly a spot set aside for gorgeous wines.
Taste local Wines
Cassis is the only region in Provence to produce a majority of white wine, regulated to contain at least 80% Marsanne. This varietal adds beautiful aromatics and finesse, an elegant profile for the refreshing, high-quality white wines of Cassis. Clairette is also a common component, adding fresh acidity to balance the body of Marsanne. A touch of red wines and a strong showing of rosé wines are also cultivated in Cassis – blends of Cinsault, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.
After your wine tasting, discover the cute small fishing port of Cassis its Calanques listed by Unesco as a world heritage national park. The land & sea area is known for its white cliffs and turquoise water. Enjoy a picture stop at the highest sea cliff in Europe that is named Cape Canaille where you will enjoy a stunning view over the bay. Enjoy some free time for lunch, personal discovery, relax on the beach or if time permits, board a motorboat for a 45-minute cruise (tickets not included) to admire the natural beauty of the local creeks (Calanques).
After your exploration of Cassis, you will continue heading to Bandol. It is a popular coastal town and wine-growing region in the western part of the Cote d’Azur. Your visit to Bandol will start with a local wine tasting.
Then, enjoy some free time for a walk around the harbour with some lovely pastel-painted houses. The center of the traditional village of Bandol is around a square called the Place de l’Europe immediately behind the promenade. This square is actually a series of three squares separated by raised terraces where a large fountain, shady plane trees, and lively cafes combine with the view across the harbor to make a very attractive traditional Provencal square. At the top of the square is one of the most important historic monuments in Bandol, the Church Saint-Francois de Sales. The streets around the square are also interesting to explore with a surprise around every corner, for example, an ancient fountain, a tiny ancient house, and flower boxes or a grand Belle Epoque villa…
Your guide will let you choose if you prefer to have your lunch either in Bandol or Cassis, depending also on the schedule of the tour. Please note that the order of the visits may be reversed depending on wineries schedules and locations.
This private tour will give you an opportunity to taste the local wines and visit 2 domains. You will also have some free time in both villages of Cassis & Bandol. Your private guide will point out the main attractions that can be found in the villages. After your tour, we will drive back to your cruise ship.
Our other Shore Excursions from Sanary Sur Mer or Bandol
From these ports of call, we offer a large number of day tours departing from Sanary that will take you to all the major sites of the area such as Aix en Provence, Marseille, Cassis or Le Castellet. Please contact us directly for any further information.
Good to Know
- Tour is in English, other languages on request
- This activity is subject to availability at time of booking
- Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
- Price is for small groups of 2 to 7 persons
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.
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