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Bike to the Sea and See Cassis
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Provence Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 25th, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 44 km (27 miles) to 72 km (45 miles) on gentle terrain
Trip starts from Avignon and ends in Cassis. Avignon is serviced by train from Paris and Lyon. Train service is available from Cassis.
Accommodation in 2-, 3- and 4-star properties (Option A) or in 3- and 4-star properties (Option A+)
Level: 3/4 (Moderate/Difficult)
From 915 euros per person sharing a double room

Bike to the Sea and See Cassis — 7 nights/8 days

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This cycling Provence tour will take you from Avignon to Cassis via the Sainte-Baume mountain
 
This cycling tour ends in the small coastal town of Cassis by the Mediterranean
  While larger Mediterranean cities and celebrity hot spots may get lots of hype, the glistening azure coastline and rainbow-hued houses of Cassis are no less eye-popping. This quiet seaside town remains a working fishing port, which makes it all the more appealing to us as the highlight of our tour — we like quiet, character-filled places that haven’t surrendered to time or progress or the pressure of hectic modern lives!

The route to Cassis is truly as blissful as the destination. Imagine riding by a mountain cloaked in holy legend (Sainte Baume), past the sunny yellow buildings of Aix-en-Provence, through scenes captured so beautifully by Cézanne (Mont Saint-Victoire), and Van Gogh during his most productive years (the Alpilles).

Consider this our official warning: many unsuspecting cyclists and would-be artists have come to explore this glorious region and wound up quitting their day jobs, packing up their lives, and buying a fixer-upper farmhouse or seaside cottage. After a week of riding here, you may be compelled to follow suit!
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Avignon

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 2: Avignon — Mouries (or Maussane) (50 km/32 miles, 315 meters/1,035 ft of climbing)

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. Mouriès and Maussane are two typical communes 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 3: Maussane (or Mouries) — Aix-en-Provence (68 km/42 miles, 515 meters/1,695 ft of climbing)

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 soap-maker 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 4: Rest day in Aix-en-Provence or optional ride (72 km/45 miles, 1,000 meters/3,280 ft of climbing)

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 5: Aix-en-Provence — Saint-Maximin (44 km/27 miles, 625 meters/2,045 ft of climbing)

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 6: Saint-Maximin — Cassis (57 km/35 miles, 610 meters/1,990 ft of climbing)

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 7: Rest day in Cassis

After 5 days of cycling in Provence, you should be totally relaxed (you followed the instructions on Day 6, right?) — 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.
Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, depart at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 915 euros per person sharing a double room

Two options are available for this trip:

Option A: 1 night in a 4-star property, 1 night in a 3-star property, 5 nights in 2-star properties (1 night with a swimming pool, 2 nights by the sea)

  • 915 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 360 euros
  • 940 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 370 euros
  • 990 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 390 euros

Option A+: 2 nights in a 4-star property, 5 nights in 3-star properties (2 nights with a swimming pool, 2 nights seaside & with a swimming pool)

  • 1,255 euros per person in March, April and October. Single supplement is 495 euros
  • 1,295 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 515 euros
  • 1,330 euros per person in July and August . Single supplement is 540 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative in Avignon
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 115 euros. This price includes the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Avignon. Road bikes are available on request.
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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