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.
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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.
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!
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)
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 | 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.
Airy and elegant, this gorgeous property features a terraced patio and overlooks St-Tropez and the Mediterranean coastline. (pool, spa)
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.
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.
Note: Our routes follow rocky mountain trails, village walkways, country and seaside paths with some stone steps.