Provence – Lavender, wild horses and French Gothic
The hinterland of the Côte d’Azur towards the Rhône basin, the Luberon wine region and the limestone rocks of the Alpilles, medieval Avignon and roman Arles: all this seems created on purpose for an exciting classic car tour. Add to this mighty Premonstratensian and Cistercian Abbeys in the midst of oak forests or blooming lavender fields, impressive military roads dating back to Napoleon and carved into the rock, the Camargue wild horses and the Verdon canyon. This is pure Provence, or France at its best!
Classic Car tour through Provence
Mercedes-Benz SL tour – France at it`s best
Day 1 Maussane-les-Alpilles
You will get to know your fellow travelers over welcome drinks at your hotel. There, a fine selection of chrome-flashing Mercedes-Benz SLs will be awaiting you for the first drive. Our easy to follow road book will accompany you through the Alpilles (French for ‘small Alps’). On winding country roads, through pine forests and along white sandstone you will make it to the picturesque village of Maussane-les-Alpilles, where settlements dating back to Ancient Rome have been unearthed. Vincent van Gogh spent several years of his life in nearby Saint-Remy-de-Provence, where famous astrologer Nostradamus was born in 1503.
Day 2 Avignon and Gordes
Pure Provence is the theme today on an itinerary which seems taken off a photo book. Crossing the Alpilles past the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Frigolet, we reach the Rhône and head north towards Avignon. Few medieval towns have reached modern age similarly well conserved with a surrounding intact wall, an amazing legacy of buildings and history. Avignon is known for hosting the Pope during the great Western Schism of 1309 to 1423, and we will explore the town at the hand of a knowledgeable guide. After lunch, the route leads north-east into high Provence with its small canyons, hills and blossoming lavender fields. Tiny little villages on the way offer plenty of coffee stop and shopping opportunities, before arriving at the village of Gordes. The latter is perched up on a rock overlooking the Luberon almost like a watchman, a perfect scenery.
Day 3 Arles and Camargue
Today’s drive is much about nature and the perfume of the land rather than the thrill of speed. The delta of the river Rhône marks the extension of the Camargue marsh land, which has long been a nature reserve for flamingos, provencal bulls and most famous, the white Camargue horses. Did you know that they are the only horse breed able to graze under water? You will be able to watch them closely before visiting Arles and its majestic arena and some more Roman remains during your guided walk through town.
Day 4 Luberon
Departure day’s highlight will be the extensive lavender fields southeast of Gordes and the itinerary ‘castles of the Luberon’ including Château de Lourmarin. Today, you will be crossing the notorious Durance river several times, which in the old days has been referred to as one of the three scourges of Provence (the other two being the Mistral and the Aix-en-Provence parliament). You will return the cars back at the hotel during early afternoon, just in time for your airport transfer.
* sharing a double room/ sharing a car
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27/06/19 – 30/06/19 (fully booked), 04/07/19 – 07/07/19
- Transfers from/to Marseille Airport (MRS) to the hotel, as well as on location
- Nostalgic Mercedes-Benz SL (W113 and R107) for you to self-drive, including fully comprehensive insurance (Euro 500 deductible), fuel
- 3 nights accommodation incl. breakfast at “Moulin de Vernegues” ****, Mallemort
- 1 dinner and 1 lunch
- Admission fees and guided sightseeing according to itinerary
- English-speaking guide and service team during the entire trip
- Road book
Not included in the arrangement:
Meals, unless otherwise indicated; journey to Marseille (MRS)