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Provence to the French Riviera Bike Tour

Exquisite Provence & the French Riviera

From $4,698 - $5,398 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,240 to $1,440 for sgl. occ.)

You don't need to speak French to appreciate the earthy allure of Provence or the glamorous seduction of the French Riviera. Exquisite wines. Spectacular rides. Shimmering beaches. Glowing sunsets. You needn't be fluent, but learn one word: ralentissez. Slow down. Take your time. Southern France is for savoring.

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Start Aix-en-Provence / End Cannes

Provence to the French Riviera Map

Highlights

  • Experience the relaxed Provençal lifestyle as you journey from picturesque Provence to the sparkling Mediterranean
  • Enjoy stunning rides through rolling vineyards, rustic valleys, limestone formations and perched villages
  • Sail from St-Tropez to Cannes along the pure white sands of the alluring and chic French Riviera
  • Unwind at luxury hotels and do as the locals do—enjoy a glass of chilled rosé or try your hand at a game of pétanque
France

Start Aix-en-Provence / End Cannes

Provence to the French Riviera Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 From Mont Ste-Baume, cycle along the remote limestone ridge of Ste-Victoire Mountain, immortalized by Paul Cézanne | Ride past Pablo Picasso's château in beautiful Vauvenargues | Wander the historic town of Aix-en-Provence, with its leafy cobblestone streets and 17th-century mansions | Take in panoramic views of the Mediterranean landscape while dining on Michelin-starred cuisine.

Day 3 A morning spin through rustic valleys leads deep into picturesque Provence Verte (Green Provence) | Pedal past olive trees and colorful French towns | Explore enchanting perched villages and centuries-old troglodyte cave dwellings | Sip crisp rosé in the vineyards of the Côtes de Provence wine region.

Day 4 Discover the hidden gems of Provence on a ride through Haut Var | Stroll the village of Entrecasteaux and its castle, overlooking gardens designed by Le Nôtre, landscape architect of Versailles | In Tourtour, savor views from Provence all the way to the French Riviera.

Days 5-6 Views of the Mediterranean accompany you to Ste-Maxime | Sun and surf await in St-Tropez, where you can relax like Bardot with the jet set on the glamorous beaches of the Côte d'Azur | Journey by private boat to Cannes, famous for its star-studded film festival | Enjoy leisure time and a farewell dinner at our elegant hotel, a favorite of celebrities.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,098 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,698 - $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,240 to $1,440 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Les Lodges
Les Lodges

 Aix-en-Provence (2 nights)

Chateau de Berne
Château de Berne

Lorgues (2 nights)

Hotel Barriere Le Majestic
Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic

Cannes (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Provence and the French Riviera

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Les Lodges

Les Lodges

 Aix-en-Provence (2 nights)

Nestled within a lovely park and watched over by the Ste-Victoire Mountain, this hotel offers impressive views of the Aix countryside and a Michelin-starred restaurant. (pool, spa)

Chateau de Berne

Château de Berne

Lorgues (2 nights)

A Backroads favorite—experience unpretentious luxury in this charming château, located at the end of a winding lane in the heart of Provence. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa) 

Hotel Barriere Le Majestic

Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic

Cannes (1 night)

Splendid in décor and location, this seaside property is a celebrity favorite and features chic rooms with balconies overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 13* 900 26 1500
2 18* 1400 27* 2700 40 3200
3 9* 400 17* 900 25 1500 37 2100
4 20* 1600 30 1800 41 2500
5 28* 1700
Boat Ride to Cannes (1 Hour)
6 Walking Tour of Cannes (1 Hour)
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Provence and the French Riviera

Starting from the Sea

The ideal first encounter with the Riviera is from the water, so we arrange for you to arrive at Saint-Tropez aboard a private boat, taking in great views of the Mediterranean coast and gaining extra time to explore the chic seaside resort.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Provence and the French Riviera trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Navigate Your Way in Provence and the French Riviera

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Provence and the French Riviera. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Provence and the French Riviera live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

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