Taking the train to Cassis for a few days post trip in late September. Any suggestions for the boat in The Calanques, various lengths are offered, or other ideas? Seems like a lovely place to relax and reflect on our tour before heading back to the US.
When we took the Eastern France tour in September 2014 (my first RS tour), it ended in Marseilles and we stayed an extra nite before heading home. We took a day trip to Cassis via public bus and did one of the short boat trips to see the calanques, maybe 90 min long. The scenery was breathtaking. There were lots of boats in the harbor offering the rides, so you can pick the length of ride you like. Definitely worth doing! Enjoy!
I love Cassis, I first encountered it as a day trip from Marseilles, and on another trip went directly there for a couple nights. We stayed in the most amazing hostel in a private room. It didn't feel like a hostel, but like staying at a well-heeled friend's Provencial villa. Just a lovely property, amazing views, and a pool! Or you can go downhill to the beach quite easily (getting back up is a little more work).
I would definitely recommend one of the longer boat trips to the Calanques if you want to swim in the beuatiful water, if not, 90 minutes is probably sufficient. Most of the harbor front restaurants are good, but there's a supermarket up the hill near the hostel that has a deli counter with phenomenal Provencial food as well.
We also took the public bus to Cassis from Marseilles - it was a day trip from Arles. The boat ride to see the calanques was amazing, and my husband still talks about the delicious Mediterranean fish he got in a restaurant on the harbor: a whole fish (forget the kind) stuffed with herbs. The black current (cassis) ice cream sundae with the liqueur was pretty wonderful too! Have a great time!