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GUIDED ORIGINAL BICYCLE TOUR FRANCE
The French Riviera
Cycling and Sailing
The French Riviera Cycling and Sailing
Picture the Cote d'Azur, the gilded shore of France... soft sand beaches edged with gay cabanas... exoticly beautiful scenery on corniche roads through pretty resorts and past secluded beaches, flowers perfuming the air... white limestone cliffs rising abruptly from the sea. Cycle leisurely along this spectacle, then inland to medieval towns perfectly preserved. Visit the casinos, the cozy ports and St.Tropez, the jewel of the Riviera. Explore France's first Roman coliseum, swim at Tahiti and Pampelonne, and return each night to your elegant sailing yacht manned by an internationally qualified crew. Dinner each evening, fresh from the sea, is prepared by your on-board chef.
Tour Profile: Cycling on quiet roads along the sea. Constantly rolling countryside with occasional difficult uphill climbs. Expect some traffic when entering and leaving towns.
Highlights: Sailing along the coast of the French Riviera with most water sports available on board, Roman ruins of Frejus, an evening in St. Tropez, the beaches of Tahiti and Pampelonne, the port of Cassis, the casinos along the way.
Day 1 - Cannes - St Raphael
Board our private yacht at Cannes and settle into your stateroom. Then join the group on deck for a toast as the crew lifts the sails and we head for the sea. Sail down this glorious coast stopping along the way for a swim, or windsurfing, dropping anchor in some secluded cove for a picnic followed by snorkeling or water skiing and arriving in St Raphael early for a good look around, or, you can choose to cycle following the corniche road winding along the sea. A spectacularly beautiful ride. Cyclists and sailors will meet in the port at St Raphael and dine on board. The dinner prepared by your on-board chef
Day 2 - St Raphael - St Tropez
Cycle through Frejus with its Roman ruins and through fishing villages to Ste Maxime, a good place for a swim. Follow the palm-lined rim of the Golf of St Tropez to the jewel of the French Riviera, St Tropez. The port, filled with magnificent yachts, is one of the liveliest on the Mediterranean. Meet your ship at the port and join your shipmates for a fabulous dinner on board. Then get ready for an evening of music, artists and street performers.
Day 3 - St Tropez - Cavalaire-sur-Mer
Enjoy breakfast on deck and watch this famous harbor come to life. Cycle past the beaches of Pampelonne and Tahiti and over the Colep pass with sweeping panoramas of the south French coast. Then follow the corniche road to your yacht moored in the port of Cavalaire-sur-Mer and another evening of portside adventure.
Day 4 - Cavalaire-sur-Mer - Hyreres
Pedal out of Cavalaire along a beautiful coastline to Hyreres with its elaborate villas and 12th c. churches. After a fine dinner on deck, you may want to try your luck at the casino.
Day 5 - Hyreres - Bandol
Cycle inland past great fields of cultivated flowers to Toulon, the French naval port. Then on to Bandol, a small village whose sheltered bay has transformed it into an elegant, quiet resort.
Day 6 - Bandol - Cassis
The cycling today is a treat. The road curves along the coast lined with palm trees, flowers, and oleander all the way to Cassis, a charming fisherman's' village famous for its white wine and its seafood. Tonight well enjoy a festive farewell dinner followed by an evening in one of the most charming little ports in the world.
Day 7 - Cassis
We'll enjoy our last breakfast together on the deck of our floating palace.
Overnight Itinerary: Cannes - St Raphael - St Tropez - Cavalaire-sur-Mer - Hyreres - Bandol - Cassis
Average dally miles = 30
GUIDED ORIGINAL TOUR - 7 DAYS
CHATEAU TOUR - TOUR # FRB-10043 - $13,900
Single Supplement $2825
Includes all breakfasts and dinners
Tour Dates: May 18
Breakfast every day.
Breakfast every day.
At least five dinners.
One gourmet picnic lunch.
Free WorldVentures T-shirt
Roomy, fully equipped, nine-passenger van with bicycle roof
All rail, bus and ferry tickets during the tour.
Walking tours of selected cities guided by a local host.
Experienced, supportive tour leaders.
Detailed maps and directions for each day's ride.
Cultural information packet.
"Bon Voyage" kit telling you what to bring and other travel
All tips and gratuities.
What's Not Included:Airfare is not included in the price of the tour. Other expenses not included in our land tour rate include, but are not limited to, telephone, dinner beverages, entrance fees, unspecified transfers and items of a personal nature such as laundry, insurance, and food and beverages other than those specified.
Free Use of Bicycle:
WorldVentures bicycles are 21-speed, good quality, lightweight and well-maintained. You are welcome to use one at no charge on tours.
Upon confirming your reservation, we will send you our "Bon voyage" kit. It contains many useful bits of travel information, including what to expect on the tour, how to get and keep in shape, bicycle touring techniques, passport and visa requirements, a suggested list of clothing and things to pack, hints from previous tour members, a guide to road signs, and other information. About 30 days prior to departure, you will receive a cultural information packet and an itinerary of hotels, complete with their addresses and phone and fax numbers, so the folks back home can keep in touch
EarthVentures plans its trips based on double occupancy of rooms. If you are traveling alone, we will make every effort to provide a roommate if you request it. If a roommate is not available, one-half of the single supplement will be charged. It you request a single room, the full single supplement will be charged.
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