Saint-Tropez – Cassis

The Blue Escape

Even if Saint Tropez and Cassis are world-renowned destinations, 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

 

Included

Not included

Airfare and transport to the place of departure and arrival of the stay

Accommodation before and after the stay

Personal effects purchased during the stay

Activities not planned by Veymont

Meals not mentioned in the “Included>Meal” section

Beverages at bars, hotels and restaurants

Travel protection

 

Map

Saint-Tropez – Cassis

Itinerary

Day 1

French Riviera – Wild Coast

We drive you to your hotel ideally located between Saint-Tropez and Bormes-les-Mimosas, a stone’s throw from the Domaine du Rayol, at the foothills of the Corniche des Maures, where the rocky coast, bordered by pines, alternates between coves and beaches of fine sand. It is from here that we will travel around during the next three days, to discover the panoramic roads overlooking the Mediterranean and the villages renowned for the charm of their narrow streets and the exuberance of their flora.

But for now, let’s enjoy the beach, secretly nestled in the heart of lush vegetation.

Night in Rayol-Canadel 

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2

Destination Saint-Tropez

This morning we set off on a journey along the wild coast of the Massif des Maures. Further on, the old Provencal villages of Ramatuelle and Gassin (classified as one of the most beautiful Villages in France) stand on our way, 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.

We reach Saint-Tropez at the end of the morning, leaving us all the time to discover this picturesque fishing port, its old village, 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.

After a part of Tropézienne, it is up to you to choose whether you want to join the hotel on your bike or with the help of the support vehicle.

Route 1: 39 km / D+ 600 m

Route 2: 64 km / D+ 850m

Night in Rayol-Canadel

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3

Ridge & Wine Roads around Bormes-les-Mimosas

For these first pedalling strokes, we take the Corniche des Maures for about fifteen kilometres. This leads us 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 road of the peaks of the Maures massif, linking Bormes to Rayol-Canadel, 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.

The bravest among us will choose the options that will take them along the Route des Vins de La Londe.

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.

Route 1: 44 km / D+ 720 m

Route 2: 67 km / D+ 920 m

Route 3: 94 km / D+ 1370 m

Night in Rayol-Canadel

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4

Grimaud by the wild Maures

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.

After 70 km, we reach Grimaud, a perched Provencal village overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. With its charming squares and alleys, Grimaud invites you to stroll and could well be the end of the day unless, in a final effort, we decide to pedal the 25 km that still separates us from our hotel.

Route 1: 68 km / D+ 1200 m

Route 2: 93 km / D+ 1520 m

Night in Rayol-Canadel

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5

Cassis by the Sainte-Baume and the Col de l’Espigoulier

Today we cross the Massif de la Sainte-Baume from Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume and its monumental basilica. This grandiose steep massif 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 the large olive groves and vineyards that surround the slopes of Cassis. Dominated by the impressive Cap Canaille, the highest sea cliff in France, in Cassis 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: 44 km / D+ 400 m

Route 2: 73 km / D+ 970 m

Night in Cassis 

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6

Routes des Crêtes

This last road bike ride is certainly not long, but it is nevertheless very sporty and has the advantage of following 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.

Route: 42 km / D+ 870 m

Night in Cassis

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7

Calanques d’En Vau

We have prepared a special program for you today. This morning we leave aside our traditional road 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 8

Marseille ! 

We head towards Marseille where we spend the whole day exploring the city. We will also be your guides in 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 and tourist place for anyone interested in Provence and the Mediterranean.

Night in Marseille

Meals included: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 9

“It’s because it all has to end that everything is so beautiful”

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 on the French Riviera!

Meals included: Breakfast