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With its varied landscapes, its tumultuous rivers, its peaceful lakes, its mountains, its hiking and discovery trails, its thick forests, not to mention its coastline and its 300 days of sunshine a year, Var represents the ideal place for a whole range of outdoor activities.

Sailing trip round the Iles d’Or [Golden Islands]

Sailing trip round the Iles d’Or [Golden Islands]

Step aboard a 36-foot sailboat and let a professional skipper take you on a trip along the Varois coast (from Bormes les Mimosas to the Giens peninsular) and around the Iles d’Or. The daytrip is punctuated with swimming stops in the turquoise water of creeks, as well as lunch on the boat.

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Canoe trip on the Argens river

Canoe trip on the Argens river

Come and explore the countryside around Roquebrune sur Argens by travelling down the Argens. And what better way to discover this wild and exceptionally well-preserved natural landscape than by canoe. A friendly and experienced local guide will show you the way and explain the fauna and flora of the Argens, a 116 kilometre long coastal river that crosses an area awarded the special Natura 2000 label for its rare biodiversity. The waterway flows between wet and cultivated zones, taking you on a journey that you will never forget. This canoe trip is accessible to everyone.

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Bike trek along the end of a Tour de France stage.

Bike trek along the end of a Tour de France stage.

Climb Mount Faron, the highest point in the region with the best view of the coast, and get a stunning view of one of the most beautiful bays in Europe. The Tour de France often ends a stage here and on nearby Mount Ventoux. You’ll appreciate our cycling guide’s professionalism and his knowledge of the region. After the climb, relax and enjoy a Provencal aperitif on an outdoor terrace or in another exceptional setting.

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Walking – the best way to discover one of France’s most beautiful coastlines on the sentier des douaniers [custom officers'] trail.

Walking – the best way to discover one of France’s most beautiful coastlines on the sentier des douaniers [custom officers'] trail.

A walk of 5 to 20 km (3-12 miles) depending on what you’re up to on the trail that runs along the coves on the coast by Bandol. A licensed hiking guide who is also a region specialist on the region will lead the way through this beautiful setting. After all that effort, you can relax with a Provencal aperitif on an outdoor terrace or in another exceptional setting.

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Play golf!

Play golf!

After a quick introduction and the expert advice of a professional, you’ll feel just like Tiger Woods! After all that effort, relax and enjoy lunch in an idyllic, friendly setting by the green at the restaurant “le Z”. You may also choose to end the day with a wine tasting of Côtes de Provence wines from the Château Vaudois domain, wines that are served in the best restaurants of the region.

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Explore the Ile de Porquerolles [Porquerolles Island]

Explore the Ile de Porquerolles [Porquerolles Island]

Ile de Porquerolles [Porquerolles Island] is the largest of the Iles d’Or [Golden Islands]. Visitors to this protected site can enjoy wonderful walking and cycling trails, beautiful sandy beaches and superb views over the sparkling sea. The rich soil supports several vineyards, whose owners will be happy to share their passion for wine with you through tastings. Why not grab a bottle and find a spot for a nice picnic?

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Trip to Port Cros and the Iles d’Or [Golden Islands]

Trip to Port Cros and the Iles d’Or [Golden Islands]

L’ile de Port Cros, situated between Porquerolles and the Ile du Levant, is the smallest of the three Iles d'Or [Golden Islands]. The Port-Cros National Park was established in 1963 as the first national marine park in Europe. This protected area is home to a wide collection of both terrestrial and marine species that are characteristic of the western Mediterranean. Whether on land or in the sea, nature lovers will be delighted to discover the fauna and flora of this preserved corner of paradise.

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Bravades de Saint-Tropez historic military parades

Bravades de Saint-Tropez historic military parades

For this unique event the town of Saint-Tropez becomes a theatre at the heart of a traditional Provencal festival; you will see parades of full military dress, sailors and musketeers. You’ll be as excited as the locals to watch the ever-popular water jousting. A guide specialising in regional history and Provencal traditions will explain the history behind all these special events. After this tour of the heart of the old town, enjoy a Provencal aperitif on an outdoor terrace or in another exceptional setting.

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Horseback foray

Horseback foray

The "horseback foray" itineraries opened up in the Massif des Maures comprise a selction of marked trails specially laid out for horse trekking and extending over more than 130 km. They are designed with riders of all abilities in mind, so everyone has the opportunity to admire, from the vantage point afforded by their saddle or carriage, unspoilt landscapes and sites of unique artistic and historical interest, such as Notre Dame des Anges and La Verne Charterhouse, while roaming the trails and pathways.

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Explore Esterel by mehari

Explore Esterel by mehari

Penetrate the Estérel National Forest at the wheel of a méhari to explore its mysteries. You will explore the magnificent Estérel massif and be given information on its fauna and flora, its legends and its history. An opportunity to try some local Var produce is also on the programme.

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