Saint-Tropez, France
Toasting with champagne in the French Riviera
Hiking along the coast of the French Riviera
Streets of Aix-en-Provence, France
Cassis calanques, France
View of Mont Sainte-Victoire, France
Dining with a view of a blue sea on the French Riviera
Fountain in Aix-en-Provence, France
Backroads guests playing the traditional game of pétanque in Saint-Tropez
Provence to the French Riviera Pastries
Aerial view of Althoff Hôtel Villa Belrose, France
Hiking along the coast of the French Riviera
The village of Ramatuelle, France
View of St. Tropeiz, France
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Provence to the French Riviera Walking & Hiking Tour

Provençal Splendor & Exquisite Seascapes from Aix to St-Tropez

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $6,999 - $7,499 pp dbl occ

($1,250 for sgl occ)

Beauty may be what first brought pleasure-seekers to this rocky shore, but southern France is something you indulge in with all your senses. The song of the cicadas. The scent of lavender farms. The beating sun of the trail, broken by a plunge into a sea cove. Or maybe by the first juicy bite of a cool apricot. Wild Provence. The chic Riviera. From beginning to end, it’s a feast.

France Provence to the French Riviera Walking and Hiking Tour
France Provence to the French Riviera Walking and Hiking Tour

France

Start Aix-en-Provence / End Nice

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

Highlights

  • Experience the full palette of southern France, from Provence’s rocky sage-covered hillsides to the Riviera’s pristine waters and glitzy beaches
  • Bask in the warm Provençale light that has inspired artists from Matisse to van Gogh and hike on the pastoral slopes of Cézanne's Mont Sainte-Victoire
  • Stroll the romantic alleyways and shady avenues of Aix-en-Provence, whose ancient stones set the stage for a bright, inviting city buzzing with artistic energy
  • Luxuriate in three uniquely fabulous hotels, from the exclusive hideaway of a Provençal villa to a cliffside perch above the Mediterranean and an in-house restaurant with Michelin stars
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1
Description

Kick off your trip in dreamy Aix-en-Provence, a magical city where the sounds of cicadas and church bells echo from façades of carved yellow stone and drift between the plane trees | Hike old shepherds’ paths through the rugged hills and catch views over a tranquil reservoir | Beat the heat poolside in the sumptuous luxury of Villa Gallici, which Condé Nast Traveler has named the best hotel in France | Marvel at the imposing massif of Mont Sainte-Victoire, which has been painted by the likes of Cézanne and Picasso.

Accommodations
Villa Gallici Hotel
Villa Gallici
Aix-en-Provence
| Premiere Hotel

Situated just steps from the town center of Aix-en-Provence, this elegant 18th-century former residence is beautifully adorned with period antiques and objets d'art. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Days 2-3
Description

The charming town of Cassis welcomes us to the coast with its unique calanques, narrow coves where crystalline water laps at the cliffs | Steep hillside vineyards are bathed by sea breezes, framing the views on a coastal hike | Get up close and personal with the calanques on a boat ride to secluded swimming spots | Dine on the catch of the day paired with delicious local wines.

Accommodations
Les Roches Blanches
Les Roches Blanches
Cassis
| Premiere Hotel

This glamorous villa perches above the Mediterranean, with grounds shaded by Roman pines and a swimming pool carved into the rocks just above the spray of the waves. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6
Description

Hike from one hilltop village to the next as we head east into the heart of the Riviera | Grab a bite to eat in the hidden lanes of Ramatuelle, one of the Plus Beaux (Most Beautiful) Villages of France | Watch old-timers play pétanque in Saint-Tropez, where ancient traditions coexist with the glitz of the modern jet set | Lighthouses and sandy beaches await as we explore the stunning Tropézienne coast on foot | We celebrate our week together with a scrumptious meal and one last morning stroll by the sea.

Accommodations
Hotel Villa Belrose
Althoff Hôtel Villa Belrose
Gassin
| Premiere Hotel

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

Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain

What's 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

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