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.
1-2 Start out riding beneath Mont Sainte-Baume, believed to have been the home of Mary Magdalene Gear up for outstanding cycling along the remote limestone ridge of Sainte-Victoire Mountain, famously painted by French postimpressionist artist Paul Cézanne Visit Pablo Picasso's extraordinary château and burial site in beautiful Vauvenargues Wander through the historic town of Aix-en-Provence, with its leafy cobblestone streets, magnificent 17th-century mansions and chic cafés Take in panoramic views of the Mediterranean landscape while dining on Michelin-starred cuisine.
3 A morning spin through rustic valleys leads deep into Provence Verte (Green Provence) and an undiscovered picturesque landscape Pedal past silvery olive trees and colorful French towns Explore enchanting perched villages and centuries-old troglodyte cave dwellings carved into soft stone Ready for a rest? Sip crisp rosé in the vineyards of the Côtes de Provence wine region.
4 Discover the hidden gems of Provence on a spectacular ride through Haut Var Stroll the village of Entrecasteaux and its castle, which overlooks gardens designed by Le Nôtre, the landscape architect of Versailles In Tourtour, one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, savor views from Provence all the way to the French Riviera.
5-6 The Massif des Maures' hills and striking views of the Mediterranean set the stage for a fun ride among oaks and pines to Sainte-Maxime Sun and surf in sizzling Saint-Tropez, where you can rub shoulders with the jet set on the glamorous beaches of the French Riviera Journey by private boat to Cannes, famous for its star-studded film festival Enjoy leisure time and a farewell dinner at the elegant Hotel Barriére Le Majestic, a favorite of visiting celebrities.