Hiking Tour of Provence & the French Riviera CME

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Hiking Tour of Provence & the French Riviera CME

Hike from Provence to the Mediterranean!

This exciting Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference takes place in fabulous Provence!

Provence is synonymous with colorful landscapes, the French Riviera, wonderful wines, and aromatic plants and perfumes. This is a land that boasts thousands of years of history: ancient chapels, walled villages, hidden ruins and lively towns.

Walking is a wonderful way to explore the small villages, towns, and countryside of this fabulous part of France. Van support allows us light day-packs and customized hikes.

Our colorful, bilingual, knowledgeable guides will take us off the beaten path to hidden gems and treat us to a truly “authentic” Provence experience.

We’ll enjoy fabulous French cuisine and charming accommodations. We’ll also do some wine tasting in this mecca’ of French wine areas.

The Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference lectures will take place in the evening each day.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The South of France is a Mecca for wonderful walking. Whether it is in the hills and limestone escarpments, the fields of lavender and vineyards or the rocky paths and pebbly beaches of the South Coast, you will fall in love with this colorful region.

We will be walking trails along the South coast west from the St. Tropez area towards Marseilles and visiting small villages inland typical of the Provence region. We will see flora and fauna typical to this region – Bonelli’s Eagles soaring majestically above the high rocky cliffs or walking amongst the Garrigue’.

The accommodation is chosen for its comfort and charm as well as its position in the areas we will be visiting to make it easier to discover the trails and small medieval villages dotted around.

We start with a transfer from the pick-up point to the St.Tropez area and over the trip walk West finishing in the beautiful Calanques’ area just east of Marseille.

Day 1 – Pick-up

Our guides will meet you at the Marseille airport at one o’clock. We transfer to our hotel la Garbine’. For those who wish, it is possible to have a couple of hours visiting St. Tropez.

In the evening your knowledgeable and colorful guides who will explain the workings’ of the trip followed by a group dinner.

Hotel La Garbine. D.

Day 2 – St Tropez peninsula
We will hike along the coast passing many of the famous beaches such as the Pampelone Beach where we may see some famous celebrites. The trail takes in some of the most beautiful coastline of the area. The hike continues around the peninsula finishing directly at the hotel.

3 – 4hrs. 6 miles.
Hotel La Garbine
B,L, & D

Day 3 – Cap Lardier
We start our hike visiting the medieval village of Ramatuelle. This consists of tiny little streets, no traffic, viewing old buildings and fine views on the vineyards of St, Tropez. Continuing the “sentier du littoral” sometimes called the Coastguard Path we are in a nature conservation area with colourful shrubs and flowers, umbrella shaped pine trees (pin parasol), and views of tiny islands like “Crocodile Island.” This is a National Marine park where the hundreds of species of flora and the fauna are protected. Especially the rare land and marine birds we will see.

Transfer to hotel. Dinner is on your own at Borne Les Mimosa,’ the village cited as the most flowery village in all of France.

8 – 9 miles, sea level, 5 hours hiking)
Hostellerie du Cigalou B & L

Day 4 – L’ile de Porquerolle
After a transfer to the small port we board a ferry. Approximately, a 1 hr. boat ride takes us to the historic island of Porquerolle, also part of the National Park, protecting flora et fauna since 1971. We will visit the Agatte fort, walk to the windmill, and see the vineyards, beaches and cliffs of this small beautiful island which has been a military post for centuries. We finish the afternoon back on the ferry to take us back to the mainland.

5 hrs. 5 – 6 miles
Hostellerie du Cigalou B,L & D

Day 5 – Nation Bay
A one hour drive takes us to Bandol, capital of Ros de Provence’. It is reputed as having the best Ros wine in all of France. Bandol is a seaside town with quaint sandy beaches and inlets that are surrounded by hills of pine and willow trees and also the famous Bandol vineyards.

The path we take was made by the customs men as a way of controlling the smuggling of goods that was rife in this region.

You’ll have enough time to visit and enjoy your lunch near the sea before the afternoon hike to finish at Les Lecques . Short ride( 20 min) to La Cadire. La Cadire-d’Azur is a small, old, medieval hilltop village.

4hrs. 10 miles
B ,L, D, Hotel Brard & Spa, la Cadire.

Day 6 – La Montagne St. Baume
Today we abandon the coast for the mountain of St. Baume, 1,048m. in height. Along the way we will discover the Meditteranean Glacier! This consists of buildings which take advantage of the cool air from the hillside for making ice. Our beautiful trail takes us above the limestone cliffs which rise up above the garrigues with views of the sea and Provence interior. We descend into the Virgin Forest of beech, oak, ash, and hornbeam- untouched by man for centuries. Transfer 40 mins to hotel.

9 miles, 6hrs, 2,500ft
Dinner in Le Castellet – 5mins
B ,L, D, Hotel Brard & Spa, la Cadire.

Day 7 – The Cap Canaille
An easy day with superb scenery. We hike along the trail to the summit of Cap Canaille – one of the highest cliffs in Europe giving stunning views of the coastline. Waves crash against the foot of the cliff 400m below. We descend this cliff by a trail that takes us to the port of Cassis. A very pretty trail along the coast.

8 miles, 1,310′, 3 hour). Dinner on your own.
B, L Hotel Le Mahogany, Cassis

Day 8 – The “Calanques”
The Calanques are a succession of narrow canyons with white limestone cliffs jutting into the azur blue sea. Probably the highlight of the trip as far as beauty is concerned. A photographers paradise.

Our trail takes us along the coast meandering in and out of these little fjords’ with breathtaking views.

This is a well-known region for hikers and climbers of the South of France and will be classed as the tenth National Park of France in 2012.

6 hrs. walking. 10 miles, 2,000′ combined ascents
B, L, D Hotel Le Mahogany, Cassis

Day 9 – Transfer to Marseille airport
There will be a morning transfer to the airport for mid-day flights. If you wish to use the group transfer try to arrange your departure to suit this time. If your flight is very early then you will have to arrange a taxi separately. It takes less than 1 hour.

Changes of itinerary
Changes of the proposed itinerary may become necessary for reasons beyond our control. Weather/sea conditions particularly, may affect the hike on the island of Porquerelle in which alternative plans will be made.

La Garbine Hotel –Information

Hostellerie du Cigalou – Information

Hotel Brard & Spa – La Cadire – Information

Hotel Le Mahogany – Information

Departure Dates:

September 19-27

Trip Length: 9 Days
Trip Price:

$6950 per person, based on double occupance

Single supplement, based on availability: $700

Additional CME cost: $695 (16 Hours AMA PRA Category I CME)

Deposit: $600

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3 reviews for Hiking Tour of Provence & the French Riviera CME

  1. Superlatives fail me. This was a trip that exceeded my expectations in every way. The guides were brilliant, and my admiration for them is boundless. The hikes were terrific. Laurent took us to places that were areas we might have never discovered without him, and he made the hikes fabulous with his knowledge and general charming personality and humor. We saw lovely medieval towns and ate incredibly well.
    What did you think about the quality and the knowledge of your guide staff?
    Off the charts- fantastic!
    Please share with us any improvements you would suggest for future trips.

  2. Please comment on your overall impression of the trip. Did it meet your expectations?
    This trip gave me a wonderful taste of Provence. Beautiful hikes with delicious picnic lunches followed by incredible dinners in picturesque villages.
    What did you think about the quality and the knowledge of your guide staff?
    Off the charts- fantastic!
    Please share with us any improvements you would suggest for future trips.
    Can’t think of a thing.
    Would you consider traveling with Bio Bio Expeditions again? If so, which trips interest you most?
    Yes! The hiking/trekking trips.

  3. The trip exceeded my expectations. I had an incredible experience. What made this trip so wonderful is that I got to enjoy the many of the facets that make Provence so remarkable. Each of the hikes revealed a different section of the stunning beauty that is Provence. Each bend in the trail revealed a more stunning vista than before. But, what made the trip exceptional is that our guides introduced us to the culture and cuisine of the area. The dining selections were fabulous, the little villages we visited were sublime in their beauty and character. The wonderful people we met along the way only enhanced the experience.
    What did you think about the quality and the knowledge of your guide staff?
    Off the charts- fantastic!

    I wouldn’t change a thing. But, if there would be a way to include a hike along the Cap Canaille and spend an extra day in Cassis.
    Would you consider traveling with Bio Bio Expeditions again? If so, which trips interest you most?
    Absolutely. Torres del Paine and many others.