Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis

Trip codeCyclo 36
Trip activity :Self guided bike tour
Location :Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille - France
Duration :8 days
Departure :Every day from April to October
Trip grading :
Capacity :Minimum 2 people
Price per person :
From 1180 €
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  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis
  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis
  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis
  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis
  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis
  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis
  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis
  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis
  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis
  • Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis

Tour description

Provence and French riviera bike tour from Avignon to Cassis.

During this Provence and French riviera bike tour, you will start from Avignon, the papal city and go for an extraordinary trip in the South of Provence to reach Mediterranean sea (Côte d’Azur) and the famous fishing port of Cassis near Marseille.During this route, you will cross the Alpilles montain, an enchanting natural site which from the top of its 500m altitude offers a 360 ° panorama : from Mont Ventoux to the Cévennes, from the Sainte Victoire mountain to the Camargue ! At the heart of these limestone hills, discover the citadel of Baux de Provence and the “Carrière de Lumières”. Then head east through the olive groves to reach, by small roads and typical villages, Salon de Provence then Aix en Provence, the cultural capital of Provence. City of water, city of Art, Aix en Provence perfectly embodies this Provençal art of living so praised around the world. It is also the city of the painter Cézanne, whose Aix countryside inspired some of the greatest Impressionist masterpieces.It is in the heart of this exceptional landscape that you will continue your cycling holiday along the steep cliffs of Sainte-Victoire mountain (a must!) towards Saint-Maximin and its Gothic basilica. You will endly cycle through the Regional Natural Park of Sainte-Beaume and along the Mediterranean coast to reach the village of Cassis, a charming traditional fishing port with typical small boats and surrounded by the famous creeks offering idyllic places for swimming in turquoise waters. You will have enough time to stroll in this postcard !

  • Crossing of the Massif des Alpilles, between white limestone rocks and olive groves
  • The city of water, art and history of Aix en Provence.
  • Cézanne’s paintings (Saint-Victoire and many others) in the open sky!
  • The adorable fishing port of Cassis and its creeks with steep limestone cliffs
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Day 1Avignon

Arrive in Avignon at the time of your choice. After checking in, take advantage of the central location of your hotel to stroll through this magnificent  city and discover some of its treasures. If time allows, visit the Palace of the Popes, which also houses temporary exhibits and events, and Pont  Saint-Bénézet, the “Pont d’Avignon” featured in a popular song.

Day 2From Avignon to Maussane les Alpilles 51 km - 340 m

Set out southwards through orchards and farmlands, before reaching the awe-inspiring Alpilles mountain range. The Alpilles have been enticing people since Roman times, and the many ancient remnants in this part of Provence are a testament to its longstanding draw. Maussane is a typical commune with warm-weather vegetation and architecture that spans the ages. Provençal-style blue shutters and red-tiled roofs are more modern” additions to the scene.

Day 3From Maussane to Aix-en-Provence 65 km - 550 m

Olive trees and cicadas?! Yes, no doubt about it, you’re in Provence! Don’t expect to keep to your average speed as you are bound to stop again and again and again for picture taking. Of course, you can spend the day as you wish, and the possibilities are endless! For example, you could choose to visit a Marseille soapmaker today, one whose family business started back in 1900 and hasn’t stopped since. Your ride will then take you to one of Provence’s liveliest and most beautiful cities, Aix-en-Provence. The elegant avenue lined with sunshine-colored homes is straight out of a dream. No need to rush to see ‘everything’ as you’ll be here for two nights.

Day 4Rest day in Aix-en-Provence, or optional loop ride 73 km - 960 m

Today is yours to organize the way you want. Whatever your interests are, you’ll have a wide choice of things to do, taste, smell, and explore! Just walking around through the winding side streets and beautiful squares of Aix is a treat. You’re bound to run into one of the colorful neighborhood markets — even those who hate shopping can’t resist perusing. Art lovers can visit Cézanne’s workshop or spend time searching for a ‘masterpiece’ of a scene to capture for your photo album.

Day 5From Aix-en-Provence to Saint Maximin 44 km - 590 m

Following the “Cézanne road” — so named since the painter could often be found here painting “Sainte-Victoire” mountain – you’ll soon discover the beauty that drew him and many others to this fascinating region. The white of the limestone, the red of the clay, the blue of the sky, and the green of the pines all play off each other, creating a festival of colors for the eyes. Your destination is Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, a very special place in Christianity — the impressive gothic basilica was built where Mary Magdalene’s relics were found.

Day 6From Saint Maximin to Cassis 56 km - 550 m

If you’ve read Marcel Pagnol’s delectable stories like My Father’s Glory and My Mother’s Castle, you’re already familiar with the scenery you’re about to encounter today. Pagnol succeeded in describing what this short description fails to convey — the true spirit of Provence. Stress is a  naughty word in this part of France, so let all your worries go as you exhale. A nice downhill ride will bring you at last to Cassis and the  Mediterranean Sea.

Day 7Rest day in Cassis

After 5 days of cycling in Provence, you should be totally relaxed – in the right state of mind to experience Cassis! Hiking along the coast, canoeing around the calanques, or taking boat rides are some of the activities you can partake in today. Even after an unforgettable cycling itinerary, this day  in Cassis is one that will stand out in your memory.

DepartureDay 8

Departure from Cassis. Regular trains from Cassis to Marseille

Practical details

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We take care of transporting your luggage at each change of accommodation so that you travel light and take full advantage of your daily hike.

You leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation before your departure .

At the end of the afternoon, you will find them at the reception of your new accommodation or directly in your room.

Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum) + 1 piece of hand luggage.

We remind you that rental bicycles are equipped with saddlebags to be used to transport the things you deem useful for the day

Your travel record corresponds to the documents or files you receive before your trip (usually a month before) and upon arrival at the first accommodation.

It includes:

  • A welcome letter with the main practical information:
  • The time slot for baggage transport
  • Details of the delivery and collection of bikes from rental if necessary
  • Your local contact and telephone number (s) in case of emergency
  • Any additional information
  • The logbook travel package including map with the route (to the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications
  • The necessary voucher (s) to be given to the service provider (s) (only if necessary!)

On request and depending on the circuits:

  • The “Evazio” application to download from smartphone for “GPS” navigation with visual guidance (reading of the track on the your smartphone) and / or oral.
  • The application also contains practical and tourist information. Once the trip has been downloaded, no internet connection is necessary
  • The loan of a GPS device with the pre-recorded tracks
  • Sends GPX tracks of each stage to be used with your own navigation support

On this circuit, we suggest that you provide you with the choice and by reservation:

  • A hybrid bike suitable for hiking and for the route
  • An electric bike adapted to the route

With its equipment:

  • 1 rear bag
  • 1 handlebar bag
  • 1 set of repair
  • 1 anti-theft device
  • 1 charger (for the electric bike)

For the youngest, we can offer depending on age and size

  • A child’s bike
  • A baby seat
  • A trailer
  • A follow-up bike

The bike is delivered to the first accommodation and is adjusted to your size.

At the end of the tour, the bike must be left at the last accommodation with its equipment. We will take care of their recovery.

This tour is available in a “comfort” and “superior” version :

The type of accommodation is classified into 3 ranges:

Comfort : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and rooms of host.

Superior : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guest rooms.

Luxury : The circuit mainly presents 4 and 5 star hotels or equivalent

Our support team remains available for the duration of your trip.