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 Rue 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* Superior Five Seas Hotel, 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-Pins, 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 de Gentelly, then up to Chateau de Taulane, the highest golfcourse in the south of France for lunch. After, continue through the National Parc Verdon, and along the northern side of Gorges 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 Montfuron in Provence, before heading to the region of Valensole, famous for the lavender fields of Provence. The drive then continues up to the hilltop town of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, stopping for lunch at the Alain Ducasse restaurant La Bastide de Moustiers. You will now head back along the Gorges Verdon, this time following the southern route. The tour 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, recognised 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 Gourmet, 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 Les Trois Vallees restaurant 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 hairpins 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 Sénanque Abbey, the vineyards of Bonnieux, and the hill top village of Roussillon. Please ask for more details when contacting one of our team.