Cycling the FRENCH RIVIERA from Saint-Tropez to CASSIS creeks

 

You won’t find a bike tour that takes you from the azure blue of the Golf of Saint-Tropez to the turquoise blue of the Calanques (creeks) of Cassis anywhere else than at Veymont Travel. You will embark on the most beautiful scenic roads of the French Riviera, whether coastal or ridge roads, and the most beautiful detours connecting these two pearls of the Mediterranean.

 

There are many similarities between Saint-Tropez and Cassis: mild climate, natural environment, charm of their historic heart, beauty of their beaches… Nevertheless, Cassis has always wanted to be a peaceful village without exuberance, in contrast to the more “people” and trendy side of Saint-Tropez.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Beautiful villages of the French Riviera: Saint-Tropez, Ramatuelle, Gassin, Bormes-les-Mimosas, Grimaud, La Ciotat, Cassis
  • Marseille
  • Panoramic rides with views over the Mediterranean
  • Wine tasting at Chateau Minuty
  • Visit of the Rayol Mediterranean garden
  • E-mountain bike in the Calanques


Dates 2020

PRICE/PERSON IN
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
(2 persons per room)

PRICE/PERSON IN
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
(1 person per room)

May 10 – 17

from 3890€

from 4790€

June 20 – 27

from 3890€

from 4790€

Sept 27 – 4 Oct

from 3890€

from 4790€

PriCE / person

from 3890€

BIKe itinerary

Welcome to THE FRENCH RIVIERA

We will meet you at Marseille Airport at 2 pm before taking you to your hotel in Saint-Tropez. We take advantage of this first day to adjust our bikes, discuss the stay and explore the village, its picturesque fishing port, its old town, its fish market and its regattas. The city reveals all its off-season charms, when deserted by the crowds, an exceptional luminosity, which seduced Matisse and many other painters, seizes the colourful facades of the old village. On the quays of the old port rival some of the most beautiful yachts on the planet.

Loop around Saint-Tropez (via Ramatuelle)

This morning we set off on a short journey towards the old Provencal villages of Ramatuelle and Gassin (classified as one of the most beautiful Villages in France) isolated on their hills of scrubland and vineyards and offering a unique panoramic view over the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, before enjoying a wine tasting at Chateau Minuty. This afternoon let’s enjoy a slice of Tropézienne in the old town or by the beach.

SAINT-TROPEZ to RAYOL (VIA GRIMAUD)

Today we are riding on the very winding ridge roads of the wild Maures. Under the thick forest mantle of this massif, chestnut trees and hundred-year-old cork oaks reign as masters and in its heart, a few villages live peacefully. We will ride through the beautiful marina of Port-Grimaud and a few kilometer after we will be in Grimaud, a perched Provencal village overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. With its charming squares and alleys, Grimaud invites you to stroll.

At the end, the road of the peaks of the Maures massif, offers us a little further away breathtaking panoramas. Picturesque and on a mountainside, riding to the Canadel Pass and then back down to the sea by a winding road is a pure joy.

LOOP AROUND RAYOL (via BORMES-LES-MIMOSAS)

We ride along the Corniche des Maures for about fifteen kilometres and then join the Route des Vins de La Londe and the famous Fort de Bregançon before getting to the old village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, which lies on a hillside between the sea and the forest. Its alleys, which smell of plants from diverse and distant origins, are hidden by the pink tiled roofs of the old houses.

The Domaine du Rayol, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in France, located on the foothills of the Massif des Maures, is waiting for you this afternoon to discover its superb layered gardens.

SAINTE-BAUME to CASSIS (via THE ROUTE DES CrêTES) 

We start the ride biking the grandiose Massif de la Sainte-Baume, a steep massif that shelters a millenary forest in which we evolve up to the Col de l’Espigoulier. From here, a breathtaking view reveals Marseille. After crossing Gémenos, the road rises a few more kilometres before diving into La Ciotat where we climb the Route des Crêtes on the 13 km that separate La Ciotat from Cassis. It is undeniably one of the most beautiful roads in France.

We finally reach Cassis where it is around the port, on which narrow shopping streets open, that life is concentrated. Many beaches are easily accessible and should not leave you insensitive, as the setting is so enchanting.

CALANQUES LOOP (with E-MOUNTAIN BIKE)

We have prepared a special program for you today. This morning we leave aside our traditional bikes to ride electric mountain bikes and go explore the Calanque d’En Vau under the best conditions. En-Vau is the most beautiful and remote of the Calanques . It takes us about 1h15 to find this paradisiacal place. In the heart of a deep and narrow cove, steep limestone cliffs plunge into a small pebble beach nestled at the bottom of the cove, offering a sea with clear and turquoise waters. we take our time and enjoy these wonderful moments.

Day off in Marseille

This morning we will take you to Marseille where we will spend the day and evening. Let’s explore this exceptional city which would have enough to keep us on our toes for several days. Its seafront and monumental heritage bear witness to a 2600-year history. More than ever, this immense city is an essential cultural place for anyone interested in Provence and the Mediterranean.

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you back to Marseille-Provence airport after breakfast to end this French Riviera bike tour, unless you want to extend your stay in Marseille and continue your biking holidays in Provence with Veymont Travel.

ACCOMODATIONS / HOTELS

Veymont Travel retains the right to change the hotels if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

SAINT-Tropez – 2 nights

Le Mouillage 4*

From the Vieux Port where the world’s finest yachts and sailboats are docked to the Place des Lices, from the citadel to Pampelonne beach, glamorous Saint-Tropez will always fascinate.

Rayol-Canadel – 2 nights

Le Bailli de Suffren 4*

Crystal clear sea, lush vegetation, nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, welcome to the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, France. Sheltered from prying eyes, from the four-star Hotel Le Bailli de Suffren, enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean.

Cassis – 2 nights

Les Roches Blanches 5*

Built in 1877 by the sea, this former mansion owes its name to the limestone rocks that line the Cassis coast in Marseille. Located adrift of the marina, it enjoys a unique location, between the village and the famous Calanques.

Marseille – 1 night

Intercontinental Hotel Dieu 5*

The epitome of luxury, this grand hotel occupies a striking building adjacent to Marseille’s historic Panier district. You can enjoy a pastis aperitif on the terrace with views of Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica.

equipment / bikes

Included

Hybrid Bike

Trek Zektor 3 Disc or equivalent
Size: 47 (XS) – 51 (S) – 54 (M) – 57 (L) – 61 (XL)
Crank : 48-32Cassette: 11-34
Tyres: 700x32c

Supplement + 30 €

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105 Compact
Trek Emonda SL5 or Specialized Tarmac Sport
Size: 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62
Crank : 50-34Cassette: 11-28

Supplement + 45 €

Hybrid E-bike
Trek Dual Sport + or equivalent
Size: 16″(S) – 18″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)
Tyres: 700x38c

Supplement + 90 €

Road E-bike
Pinarello Nytro or equivalent
Size: 46,5 – 50 -53 – 55 – 58

Supplement + 160 €

Carbon road bike – Ultegra DI2 Compact
Pinarello Prince or Domane SL7 or equivalent
Size: 46,5 – 50 -51,5 -53 – 54 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5- 62
Crank: 50-34
Cassette: 11-32

Supplement + 550 €

Carbon road bike – Dura Ace DI2 Disk Compact
Pinarello F12
Size: 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57,5
Crank: 50-34
Cassette: 11-32

Equipment / dEtails

You can choose to travel with your own bike and/or bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet. The guide will set up your equipment upon arrival.

Equipment provided with the rental of a Road Bike
Equipment provided with the rental of an Hybrid Bike
  • Pedals to choose from the following:
    • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
    • flat with cages
    • flat
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet

Equipment Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following:
    • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
    • flat with cages
    • flat
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 handlebar bag 
  • 2 rear panniers

WHAT’s INCLUDED / WHAT’S NOT incluDED ?

Included
Not Included

Accomodation

  • 7 nights in 4* and 5* hotels in double occupancy 

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Snacks and refreshments

Equipment

  • Hybrid bike rental with bike equipment (see above)

Guiding

  • Certified and experienced guides
  • 1 cycling guide
  • 1 driving guide

Activities

  • 5 road/hybrid bike rides
  • 1 E-mountain bike ride in the Calanques
  • Wine tasting at Chateau Minuty
  • Visit of the Rayol Mediterranean garden
  • Visit of Marseille

Support & Transfer

  • 1 support van following the group and offering to the guests:
  • Transfer of people
  • Transfer of luggage
  • Transfer of bikes
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Refreshments
  • Pick up and drop off at predeterminated places
Non Inclus
  • Travel and repatriation insurance
  • Plane/train tickets and transportation to/from predetermined pick up/drop off locations 
  • Accomodation before and after the stay
  • Personnal effetcs purchased during the stay
  • Activities not planned by Veymont Travel
  • Meals not mentionned in the “meals” section 
  • Wine and dinks in bars, hotels and restaurants