Region Overviews: France Travel Guide: Overview
Long considered a global center of art, science, philosophy and sophistication, France boasts incredible diversity in its offerings to travelers.
The South of France is a feast for the senses. The earthy allure of Provence and the glamorous seduction of the French Riviera. Exquisite wines. Spectacular rides. Shimmering beaches. Glowing sunsets. You needn’t be fluent in French, but learn one word: ralentissez. Slow down. Take your time. Southern France is for savoring.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Aix-en-Provence / End Cannes or Nice
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Bike along the remote limestone ridge of Ste-Victoire Mountain | Ride past Pablo Picasso’s château in pretty Vauvenargues | Wander the historic town of Aix-en-Provence, birthplace of Paul Cézanne, with its leafy cobblestone streets and 17th-century mansions | Take in panoramic views while dining on Michelin-starred cuisine at our sublime wellness retreat.
Nestled within a lovely park and watched over by the Sainte-Victoire Mountain, this hotel offers impressive views of the Aix countryside and a Michelin-starred restaurant. (pool, spa)
A morning bike ride through rustic valleys leads deep into picturesque Provence Verte (Green Provence) | Cycle past olive trees and colorful French towns | Admire the ancient ramparts and ornate fountains of Cotignac, a sweet little village tucked away at the foot of a cliff | Stroll the village of Entrecasteaux and its castle, overlooking gardens designed by Le Nôtre, landscape architect of Versailles | Sip crisp rosé in the vineyards of the Côtes de Provence wine region | Discover the hidden gems of Provence on a ride through Haut Var | Explore enchanting perched villages and centuries-old troglodyte cave dwellings | In Tourtour, one of France’s designated Most Beautiful Villages, delight in vistas from Provence all the way to the French Riviera | Unwind at our incomparable castle-hotel.
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)
Ride through pine forests en route to the Côte d'Azur | Views of the Mediterranean await as we near the seaside town of Ste-Maxime | Take in the scene over lunch in legendary St-Tropez | Journey by private boat to Cannes | Learn more about this sensational town, famous for its star-studded film festival, during a guided walking tour | Enjoy a farewell dinner at our stylish hotel, a favorite of celebrities.
Splendid in décor and location, this seaside property is a celebrity favorite and features chic rooms with balconies overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. (pool, spa)
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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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. LEARN MORE.
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.