Provence to the French Riviera Walking & Hiking Tour

Aix-en-Provence to St-Tropez & Cannes

From $6,099 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

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Inspiration may strike at any moment. As you hike on majestic Mont Ste-Victoire. As you stroll from one picturesque village to the next. As you lounge in luxury by the Mediterranean Sea. Picasso and Cézanne felt it. So did Matisse and Renoir. Even Bardot met her match as a muse. Maybe it's the sun-kissed palette, the soft light or the coastal joie de vivre. There's just something about the French Riviera.

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Start Aix-en-Provence / End Cannes or Nice

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Provence to the French Riviera Map


  • Linger in bustling cafés along the grand tree-lined streets of old-town Aix-en-Provence, birthplace of Paul Cézanne
  • Gaze at the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and chic sunny beach scenes in iconic St-Tropez and Cannes
  • Hike quiet trails through perched villages and varied landscapes, including vineyards, woodlands and coastal wilds
  • Cruise on a private charter boat to Cannes, whose streets brim with stars during its world-famous annual film festival

Start Aix-en-Provence / End Cannes or Nice

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Provence to the French Riviera Map


Days 1-2 Start your journey in the south of France in Aix-en-Provence, an artists' paradise and classic Provençal town | Walk through the softly hued landscape that inspired Paul Cézanne | Admire vistas of sparkling Zola Lake and grand Mont Ste-Victoire | Hike along the legendary mountain for panoramic views of the verdant valley below | Relax at our elegant hotel while taking in the sunset—aperitif in hand, mais oui!

Day 3 Welcome to the incomparable French Riviera! | Follow a gently rolling route above the coastline through lush vineyards and green forests | Visit picturesque villages perchés (perched villages) on a sun-washed balcony trail | Walk from charming Gassin, a member of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, to medieval Ramatuelle.

Day 4 Hike along Le Sentier du Littoral, one of the world's most scenic footpaths | Admire the sea's azure color from trails along Cap Lardier and Cap Taillat | Explore rocky outcroppings with unique flora and fauna, including nearly 80 different bird species | Experience the charms of an evening in luxurious St-Tropez.

Days 5-6 Be captivated by classic scenes of St-Tropez—brightly colored parasols, luxury yachts, chic beachgoers and sensational natural wonders | Stroll through the many art galleries in this enchanting former fishing village | Take a private charter boat ride along the coast to Cannes, the Côte d'Azur's glamorous and star-studded town | Learn about Cannes's history on a walking tour or spend a final morning on a private beach à la Brigitte Bardot.

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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Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more Guests: from $4,999 pp dbl occ
  • 9 Guests: from $5,499 pp dbl occ
  • 8 Guests: from $5,699 pp dbl occ
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From $6,099 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

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Premiere Hotels

Les Lodges
Les Lodges

Le Tholonet (2 nights)

Hotel Villa Belrose
Althoff Hôtel Villa Belrose

Gassin (2 nights)

Hotel Barriere Le Majestic
Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic

Cannes (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

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

Le Tholonet (2 nights)

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)

Hotel Villa Belrose

Althoff Hôtel Villa Belrose

Gassin (2 nights)

Airy and elegant, this gorgeous property features a terraced patio and overlooks St-Tropez and the Mediterranean coastline. (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 1-3

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
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 3* 800 7 900
2 3* 700 5* 1400 8* 2100
3 3* 700 5* 900 9 1200
4 6* 500 7* 600 10 1200
5 5* 200 7 300
Boat Ride to Cannes (1 Hour)
6 2 100

Note: Our routes follow rocky mountain trails, village walkways, country and seaside paths with some stone steps.

* 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.


All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

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

The Best Leaders in Provence and the French Riviera

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Provence and the French Riviera, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Provence and the French Riviera you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

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.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Provence and the French Riviera has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Provence and the French Riviera, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.