Biking the FRENCH RIVIERA FROM saint-TROPEZ TO CASSIS

You won’t find a bike trip that takes you from the azure blue of the Golf of Saint-Tropez to the turquoise blue of the Calanques of Cassis anywhere else than at Veymont.

You will embark on the most beautiful scenic roads, 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. A singular event, with a background of jet-set and glamour, gave rise to a very singular rivalry between these two fishing villages at the turn of the 1960s. A rivalry that has become today a popular pride on both sides and that only asks to be verified.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Come and get lost in the alleys of Saint-Tropez, Gassin and Ramatuelle, on the heights of Bormes-les-Mimosas and on the secret beaches of Cassis, at the foothills of the Cap Canaille
  • Stay between turquoise waters and lush vegetation in accommodation that is as close to nature as possible
  • Admire the view of Marseille and the winding road from the Col de l’Espigouliers
  • Get on your bike for a ride on the Route des Crêtes between La Ciotat and Cassis, one of the most beautiful road in France
  • From Cassis, discover the splendour of the turquoise waters of the Calanques with e-mountain bike
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Veymont retains the right to change the itinerary if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

DAY 1 - Arrival in Saint-Tropez

We will meet you at Marseille airport 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.

Night in : Saint-Tropez

Meals included:  Lunch – Dinner

DAY 2 - Saint-Tropez Loop

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 of the Bay of Pampelonne, the peninsula and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez before cycling back to the hotel and enjoying a slice of Tropézienne in  the old town or by the beach.

Route  : 35 km / 500 m D+

Night in Saint-Tropez

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 3 - Saint-Tropez - Rayol

Today we are riding on the very winding ridge roads of the wild Maures. Under the thick forest mantle of this massif, one of the jewels of the Var department, 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.

 

Route 1 : 69 km / 1100 m D+

Route 2 : 82 km /  1270 m D+

Night in Rayol

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 4 - Bormes-les-Mimosas Loop

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. 

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.

Night in Rayol

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 5 - Sainte-Baume - Cassis

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. Just after, it is with a smile on our faces that we start the descent where natural environment and hairpin bends make us live a magical moment.

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. Very steep in places, the road climbs up to Cap Canaille and offers us vertiginous panoramic views overlooking the Mediterranean and the bay of Cassis with the Calanques in the background.

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.

 

Route 1 : 61 km / 900 m D+

Route 1 : 82 km / 1400 m D+

Night in Cassis

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 6 - Calanques loop

We have prepared a special program for you today. This morning we leave aside our traditional bikes to ride electric mountain bikes and go exploring 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

 

Night in Cassis

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 - DEPARTURE

Unless you want to continue your adventure a few more days in Marseille or Provence with Veymont, it is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you back to Marseille-Provence airport to close this bike trip between Saint-Tropez and Cassis on the French Riviera!

Meals included: Breakfast

French Riviera

Veymont 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.
To experience this stylish coastal town, stay at Le Mouillage 4-star hotel in Saint-Tropez with its charming, nautical atmosphere. Opening up onto the bay, enjoy a horizon of endless blue, a marvellous garden with hundreds of flowers, a swimming pool surrounded by fabulous deckchairs, and elegant spaces.

 

Rayol – 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.  At the foot of the hotel, you can dive into the Mediterranean’s turquoise waters and then bathe in the hotel’s heated swimming pool. In the late afternoon, you can discover the relaxation area of Le Domaine du Bailli and pamper yourself alone or with a partner in one of our zen cabins overlooking 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, with breathtaking views of the majestic cliff of Cap Canaille. It wasn’t until the early 1920s that the property was turned into a hotel and open to the public. Early visitors to the hotel include Winston Churchill, and later Edith Piaf.

BIKES

Included

Hybrid Bike

Trek Zektor 3 Disc or equivalent

Size: 47 (XS) – 51 (S) – 54 (M) – 57 (L) – 61 (XL)

Crank : 48-32

Cassette: 11-34

Tyres: 700x32c

 

 

Supplement + 45 €

Hybrid E-bike

Trek Dual Sport + or equivalent

Size: 16″(S) – 18″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)

Tyres: 700x38c

 

 

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 : 50-34

Cassette: 11-28

 

 

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

 

 

GEARS

For a more comfortable travel experience, you can choose to bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet with you on the trip. Your guides will install your equipment on the first day when you adjust your bike.

Included with a road bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL

 

Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL
  • 1 handlebar bag with a map holder
  • 2 rear panniers

Dates

Price / Person*

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy supplement

 

 

 

 

 

   from 4290€* 

 

 

 

+ 780 €

 

*Price may vary according to supplement(s) chosen 

Departures are guaranteed from 4 participants.

Less than 4 participants ? A supplement will be requested to guarantee departure.

Are you a group of more than 7 people? Do you want to privatize or customize the stay ? Please contact us so that we can adjust our offer to your needs.

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