Every bend a photograph: breathtaking coastal roads, lonely mountain routes into the interior, fields of lavender, and noble marinas. The French Riviera at its best – with very little traffic.
Provence & Côte d′Azur
Provence & Côte d’Azur
Day 1 Hidden gems
It is not just your classic car, in which you will be spending the next four days cruising, that is legendary. Begin your journey at the Relais & Chateaux Hotel “Le Mas de Pierre”*****, located in the gently rolling hills of Saint-Paul de Vence, which have themselves enchanted famous artists such as Chagall. A lunch together overlooking the azure blue sea will really help getting you in the mood for your trip. Before long, the stunning natural vistas will be taking your breath away as you drive your open-top roadster along idyllic roads. From the wild and romantic Gorges de Loup, the roads wind their way to Gourdon, one of the most beautiful villages throughout France. Perched atop a rocky outcrop like an eagle’s nest, it provides stunning views over the Côte d’Azur.
Day 2 Fashionable hot spots in the world of the rich and famous
Antibes, Nice, Eze-Village: A unique showcase drive along the jet-set coast of the rich and beautiful, and you will be right in the middle of it all. Your will take your roadster along the famous Croisette in the direction of Antibes, driving along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice before finally reaching the Grande Corniche. This magnificent panoramic road has been world famous ever since it was featured in “To Catch a Thief” with Grace Kelly. Accompanied by spectacular views, you will arrive in the center of Eze-Village with its artist and gift shops, small cobble-stoned paths and its impressive remains of a 12th century fortified tower you will enjoy breathtaking views. This is the perfect location for a lunch break before following the downhill drive to the blue sea, with art deco villas and stately mansions at your fingertips. Your road book takes you to Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat. Baroness de Rothschild, is one of the most beautiful historic buildings on the Côte d’Azur, boasting magnificent gardens and fountains.
Day 3 The Verdon Gorge
Getting up early today will certainly pay off: your most varied stage is ahead of you. On the historic Route Napoléon, the road gradually winds upwards into the massif of the French Maritime Alps, into which the Verdon river has carved out deep gorges. Time and again your gaze will be drawn to the Mediterranean Sea glistening in the distance, framed by blooming gorse bushes. The six cylinders are completely in their element here, where the road winds through the lime and sandstone mountains, showing off one of the most famous areas in Provence from its best side. The spectacular road through the Verdon Gorge, France’s “Grand Canyon”, follows the turquoise-coloured river at a dizzying elevation before reaching the impressive Lac de Sainte-Croix with its unique appearance.
Day 4 The scent of Grasse
The scent of mimosa, lavender and jasmine lingers over the Provencal town of Grasse – a beguiling mix, from which around 1,000 ‘noses’ from all over the world create their fragrances. For that reason, this stage is not about “speed”. You will be spellbound by the charming scent of the countryside before watching a perfumer at work in Grasse. After this, the alleyways of the old town invite you to take a stroll. And perhaps on your way to the airport in Nice you will already be dreaming about your next drive?
* sharing a double room/ sharing a car
12/10/17 – 15/10/17, 19/10/17 – 22/10/17, 19/04/18 – 22/04/18, 26/04/18 – 29/04/18, 11/1018 – 14/10/18, 18/10/18 – 21/10/18
- Transfers from/to Nice Airport (NCE) 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 Relais & Châteux “Le Mas de Pierre”*****, Saint-Paul de Vence (spring dates)/ Relais & Châteaux “La Bastide de Saint-Antoine”*****, Grasse (fall dates)
- 1 dinner
- 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 Nice (NCE)
Côte d’ Azur & Provence
The dry, mild climate of the French Riviera was already drawing European royalty to Nice and Cannes in the 19th century. This exclusive clientele was the reason why the Côte d’Azur was called ‘’the coast of the rich and famous.’’ Given its popularity, still enjoyed today, this French coastal paradise hasn’t lost any of its flair and ability to attract visitors. With over 300 days of sunshine per year, the region is in a league of its own in Europe and its special light has attracted generations of artists. Every year in May, the town is transformed into a promenade for the stars at the Canne Film Festival. Founded in 1945, the festival, and its rendezvous with movie stars, turns the town into a world-renowned city. You can enjoy this trip through the south of France behind the wheel of a classic 1960s and 1970s Mercedes Benz SL. With a hint of Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, we’ll take you along the winding coast and pass modern yacht harbours and palm-lined promenades.
Grasse, the perfume capital in the Côte d’Azur vicinity and home to about 30 perfume factories, became world famous since the film version of Patrick Süskind’s bestseller Das Parfüm (Perfume). First referenced as far back as 1040, the town was the centre of the perfume industry in the middle ages. Since the 17th century, perfumeries have specialised in flower sap extraction, particularly from orange blossoms and jasmine. Nowadays, flowers are mainly imported, so seeing a dazzling flower plantation is rare.
Neighbouring Provence presents itself in a completely different light with its lonely plateaus, romantic gorges and dreamy little villages. With the wind in your hair and the sun in your heart, you’ll pass through lavender fields and calcareous sandstone mountains. Saint Remy de Provence, Avignon, Arles, the abbeys of Senanque and Montmajour are all stations on your journey. The landscape alternates from the river valleys of Verdon and Durance to the small mountain ranges of Luberon and The Alpilles. You can also take a detour to Camargue at the end of your journey.