French Riviera & Monte Carlo - 5 Days
European Driving Holiday in the Cote d'Azur and Provence
Day 1 - Arrive Cannes
Transfer from Nice airport to Cannes. Later in the afternoon stroll along Route d`Antibes, the main shopping drag, then down to the delightful promenade, where we suggest you dine. Alternatively, walk further along the promenade and around to Cannes harbor where there are several delightful fish restaurants to choose from.
Overnight: 5* Hotel Carlton, Cannes, France Room type: Classic Room
Day 2 - Tour through the Alps Maritimes to Provence
Your first scenic tour starts with a run along the coast from Cannes, through the fashionable seaside town of Juan Les Pains, then round to the Port of Antibes, where you will stop for morning coffees. Next, head up up into the Alps Maritimes, crossing the beautiful Col de Vence, and driving along Route Gentelly, the up to Chauteux Tulane, the highest golfcourse in the south of France for lunch. After, continue through the National Parc Verdon, and along the northern side of Gorge Verdon (the French Grand Canyon), then into Provence and the beautiful village of Forcalquier for the evening.
Overnight: 4* Superior Hôtel La Bastide Saint Georges, Mane Room type: Deluxe Room
Day 3 - Route Napoleon and Parc Verdon The second tour starts with a run to the famous windmill Mont Furon in Provence, before heading to the region of Vanasole, famous for the lavender fields of Provence. The drive then continues up to the hilltop town of Moustairs Saint Marie, stopping for lunch at the Alan Ducase restaurant La Bastide. You will now head back along the Gorge Verdon, this time following the southern route. Lunch is then taken where the gorge intersects Route Napoleon. The tour is continues with a run along the sweeping Route Napoleon, possibly the greatest “drivers” road in France, before heading back up to the village of Gourdon, reognised as one of the Top 5 most beautiful villages in France, where you can wander around the old cobbled streets - visit over, continue to the small village of Saint Paul de Vence for your third evening.
Overnight: 4* Superior Hôtel Alain Llorca, Saint Paul, France Room type: Deluxe Room
Day 4 - Alps Maritimes and Col Turini
The last drive takes you north and east along the beautiful Vesubie Valley. Stop for lunch at the Les Trois Vallees before you`ll start off the Col de Turini stage, a high mountain pass (1607m) also referred to as one of the great driving roads in the world. It`s a stage of Monte Carlo Rally with 34 harpins and of course, breathtaking scenery. Afterwards, you`ll continue down to the Mediterranean Coast, stop for your afternoon coffee at Cap Ferrat before heading to your hotel in Monte Carlo for your glamorous evening.
Overnight: 4* Le Meridien, Monte Carlo, Monaco Room type: Classic Room
Day 5 – At Leisure in Monte Carlo Spend a final day in Monte Carlo, before departing for your onward flights
NOTE: It is also possible to extend the tour, for example to spend further time in the Provence region, making additional tours around the Luberon valley, with it's vineyards and hilltop villages This tour includes a visit to the beautiful village of Gordes, the famous Senanque Abbey, the vineyards of Bonnieux, and the hill top village of Roussillon. Please ask for more details when contacting one of our team.