Maritime Alps - savoir vivre in the high mountains
Day 1: The "little Alps" give you a foretaste
We will wait for you at Marseille airport and escort you to the hotel "Moulin de Vernegues". After the explanation of the road book and the introduction to the Mercedes-Benz classics, you start a short first drive in the direction of Salon-de-Provence: You enjoy the animated shadows in the venerable plane tree avenues, the scent of rosemary, lavender and wild caraway and watch as cork oak forests and sandstone formations slide past you. Back at the hotel, you will have time to relax by the pool and sample the hotel's fine cuisine in the elegant courtyard.
Day 2: The gateway to the Hautes Alpes - the Lac de Serre-Ponçon
Today's stage takes you through the Luberon, always following the course of the infamous Durance river, to Lac de Serre-Ponçon. The second largest reservoir in Europe with 3,000 hectares is reminiscent of Lake Mead in the USA. Azure blue water, surrounded by the mountains of the French Western Alps and kilometers of banks that are only accessible by water make the lake an Eldorado for water sports enthusiasts. East of Guillestre, the road book takes you uphill through the Combe du Queyras canyon to the Queyras National Park. The mighty Queyras Castle towers over the valley like an eagle's nest. In the rugged high mountains of the Alps, a luxurious domicile awaits you for the next few days.
Day 3: The Col d`Izoard
This morning you will master the first pass of the Route des Grandes Alpes. Every year the “Tour de France” has to conquer these 2,360 meters in altitude while competing with each other. Fortunately, you will just let the Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder engines take care of this and experience a spectacularly rugged, partly moon-like high mountain landscape. The picturesque Briançon is the highest city in France, the starting point of five valleys and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the first choice for an extended lunch break.
Day 4: Hussar Ride to the Côte d´Azur
Today we start early on a grandiose tour peppered with many meters of altitude and switchbacks. The finest landscape and panoramic views, from the first to the last kilometer, with two of the most beautiful passes on the Route des Grandes Alpes: You can now add the Col du Var (2,111 m) and the Col de la Bonette (2,715 m) to your collection. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at Nice Airport or return to the hotel for a personal extension.