- 'Back on a bike after many years away - your encouragement and simple cycling tips really boosted my confidence. Thank you so much. 'Moriah, Steyning,
- 'We just loved Le Lavandou and the easy cycling along the coast towards St Tropez was such a surprise.'Janet and Ron, Cheshire,
- 'What a fantastic ride to Paris. It's hard to put into words the euphoria I felt when we were cycling down the Champs-Élysées.'Ian, West Sussex,
- 'You were just wonderful guides on our first ever trip to Provence . . . we will definitely be back - in fact we’ve just booked!'The Crane Family, Warwickshire,
Ride the Race Circuit
In a little corner of Provence, this great cycling tour holds a huge variety of experiences and, lets you explore the delights of the Côte d’Azur in a gentle and relaxing way. Often just tucked behind the glitz and the glamour, you will have plenty of opportunities to dip into the Riviera lifestyle or you can choose to glide by along its lesser known trails.
This part of the Riviera eschews some of the international spotlight that can bear down on Cannes, Nice and Monaco but it has some beautiful coastal towns and villages offering a quieter and slightly more gentle pace of life.
Start your tour in Provence and ride the Riviera as the glamour and excitement builds en route to the Monaco Grand Prix.
A great tour along a beautiful stretch of the Provencal coast; from the Massif des Maures, passed the Esterel and along the French Riviera to Monaco. Relatively moderate riding days allowing some time to explore the landscape, its flora and fauna, and the small towns and villages along your route. There are some gentle hills along the way but all give access to some fantastic locations - we even help you start the tour from a wonderful vantage point high above the sea and, that means more downhill riding for you. You can book this tour as a 7 or 5 Day package; the 7 Day Tour includes some truly spectacular cycling in Provence's Massif des Maures and along its coastline and, gives you the option of a non-cycling day to add some relaxation to the tour - the 5 Day package has your Provence arrival on Day 3 of the tour programme, with the cycling starting with the Sainte Maxime to Cannes stage.
Day 1 Arrive in Provence (7 Day Tour)
Arrive in Provence and book into your hotel in a delightful riviera town on the Golfe de Saint Tropez, a great location to begin your tour of the Provence coast.
On your first cycling day, we will meet you at your hotel and take you up onto the Massif des Maures for your Fellow Velo holiday briefing. Your tour starts high above the coast in cork-oak hills with spectacular views out over the Mediterranean and, takes a fantastic undulating route along the crest of the massif. As you ride the ridge, views alternate between sea and a wooded heartland. The end of the day’s ride will surely put a smile on your face as you descend to the coast for your second bed by the med.
A day of holiday choices, Sainte Maxime is one of the slightly quieter resort towns of the Riviera, a popular holiday retreat for the wealthy in the 1930s and relatively unspoilt since then, there are choices of beaches and a lovely evening atmosphere. Of course, if you want just a little more glamour and some more serious people watching then, you can always hop onto the little ferryboat back over to St Tropez. Alternatively, we can offer an optional ride further into the Massif des Maures if you want to keep your pedalling legs turning.
Today's ride passes beyond the eastern end of the Massif des Maures and skirts the Esterel coast as you leave Provence for the Cote d'Azur. The route becomes slightly busier with traffic but it has spectacular views along this stretch of the French Riviera. The Cannes Film Festival will just have finished as we cycle the famous Croisette at the close of the day.
Today’s ride spans most of the Cote d'Azur's Riviera, including Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, the Port of Nice and Beaulieu-sur-Mer. It is a mainly level ride but with some undulating coastline along the way and, one more significant climb out of Nice. More spectacular views along the route will bring you to within touching distance of Monaco as F1 Practice starts during the day.
Just a tiny final ride into Monaco but, the benefit is that when the circuit is opened up in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to ride it and soak up even more of the special atmosphere that Monaco generates for this event. During the day there is free access to the grandstands where you can watch the qualifying sessions of the supporting Formula races. You should also have an opportunity to get close to some of the F1 Drivers as they are interviewed in the Place des Armes.
After your final bed by the med, leave for the big race; will it be Lewis Hamilton repeating his 2016 win, Daniel Ricciardo capturing the one that got away, Max Verstappen hitting his very top form or an Olivier Panis type surprise - you'll just have to wait and see but, it'll be a fantastic experience.
Eat Sleep Drink
set you off with plenty of water onboard. As we are in the south of France, it will be of no surprise that, when it comes to more profitable liquid refreshments from the land, wine is at the fore. Provence is renowned for its Rosé but it also produces some high quality red wine too. There is also a great tradition of co-operative wine producing by smaller producers often centred around small towns and villages. This tour takes you through that landscape with easy options to try before you buy.
Monaco F1 Grand Prix Ride Dates
We offer this guided tour as either a 7 Day/Night package or a 5 Day/Night package, both leading straight into the Grand Prix Weekend with your intitial arrival in Monaco on the morning of Friday 26th May 2017.
Monaco 7 Day Guided Tour from £1100.00/person - Starts Sunday 21st May 2017
Monaco 5 Day Guided Tour from £795.00/person - Starts Tuesday 23rd May 2017
The deposit for this tour is £300.00/person as accommodation prices closer to Monaco are a little higher during the period of the Grand Prix.
More than any of our other tours, our standard prices for this tour are best achieved when we have as much advance booking time as possible (we would still try to match the price even on last minute bookings but, accommodation is normally the largest component in a tour price and, the one which can vary the most). The later bookings are made, the higher the final price is likely to be - solely based on the accommodation market around this most popular of motor-racing events.
The tour price is based on 2 people sharing rooms but, we can also quote for single room occupancy if that is what a customer wants (there is nearly always a supplement to be paid with such a booking but we would advise on the details before you committed to your holiday). Grand Prix Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday are not included in the package price but, we can help you with advice on ticket purchase and locations for watching the race - our own favourite approach is the cheapest option, standing on Le Rocher.
Most holiday accommodation in France is charged on a room basis rather than a per person price and, there is often very limited or no discount on the price for children. However, for any booking where a group is happy to share family or multi-bed rooms, we may even be able to quote a lower price per person for the tour (if you advise us that you would be happy with such an accommodation arrangement).
We do not add margins to the accommodation we book for our tours so, if we can book accommodation at a lower price, we will pass these savings on to our customers.
Travel to and from your Tour
This Tour starts on the Golfe de Saint Tropez, which is easily accessible by train, plane and automobile. Because there are so many options we do not book this part of your trip for you, however we can guide you through the multitude of options.
For anyone joining by car we can provide a location to leave your car for the duration of your Tour. Eurostar and TGV trains offer excellent services from the UK to Saint-Raphaël and can be seen on:
Travelling by train can be a fascinating way to travel and competes very favourably time wise with travelling by plane. The nearest main line stations to the start of this tour are Les Arcs-Draguignan if you are making your journey by train from outside of the region or, Saint-Raphaël if you are connecting from Nice Airport. (We can provide final local transfers from these stations to your starting accommodation.)
Both budget and scheduled airlines fly into Nice and we can supply information for onward travel to Saint-Raphaël by train.
There also flights to Toulon, via Flybe and again, we can assist with onward travel information.
The international popularity of the Monaco Grand Prix does mean that, especially around the race weekend, travel prices can be above average so, booking early is advised and, extending your trip by a couple of days may be a very worthwhile option too.
If you are bringing your own bike
• For those of you bringing your own bicycle, again we can help you with this, however it is worth considering at this point the cost of putting your bike on a plane or train against using one of our special Fellow Velo bikes.
Fancy a longer holiday
• For anyone who wants to extend their holiday with us, we can book additional hotels for you at the start or end of your Tour, just call us on 07811 285021.
• If you like a longer holiday you can combine our Monaco Tour with parts of the Hidden Provence Tour for an extended trip. You can see the character of such a ride on our Hilltop to Harbours Tour. The linking of these 2 Tours would raise the level to adventurous, however if you wish to avoid the steeper hills we can offer you a taxi/van transfer to avoid this. Please call to discuss further the options.
Families, and/or non cycling companions
• We think the Monaco Tour could be a real adventure for a motor-racing mad family. We are happy to be guided by your own confidence in your children's cycling ability and, are happy to talk through aspects of the route should you have any particular concerns (particularly about cycling on the higher traffic roads). On the 7 Day package in particular, you get to stay more than one night in 2 different locations, by fabulous beaches, and most of our selected accommodation stops have swimming pools (opening periods will vary).
• A partner, spouse or friend who doesn’t share your love of cycling. On any of our Fully Guided Tours, a non-cycling person can get a lift with the support vehicle from location to location. Again the Monaco Tour is a good one as there are days where you can choose not to cycle so you can further explore the delights of Provence together with your non-cycling companion.
• Your personally tailored travel pack will be with you approx 3 weeks prior to your Tour start date. There will be oodles of information for you in this pack.
Any queries at all before you book
• We don’t want to bombard you with masses of text to read, so anything at all that needs clarification please call us on 07811 285021, 01788 568371 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org