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A 9 day tour, ( with a 5 day tour option) to Monaco on the Cote d'Azur to visit the 2014 Monaco Historic GP weekend.Our route goes through some of France's most stunning areas including the Loire Valley, the Dordogne, the Gorges des Tarn and Provence through scenic gorges and visiting, along the route, a dozen of France's most beautiful villages,( les plus beaux villages). Following an overnight ferry crossing from Porsmouth to St. Malo, our scenic route takes us south east to our first hotel, a 4* sumptuous chateau hotel in the Loire Valley where we spend a night in this beautiful region which is a UNESCO world heritage site.We then leave the Loire Valley and drive south to the Dordogne our next overnight stop, this time staying in a 17th century converted moulin.We then continue south east to Millau where we drive over the stunningly beautiful Millau bridge, the world's highest and most beautiful suspension bridge spanning the Millau gorge.We then drive into the scenic Gorges des Tarn where our hotel is a 16th century fortified chateau on the banks of the river Tarn.The next day we drive east into Provence through the Luberon area made famous by Peter Mayle in his best selling book "A year in Provence"then through some more of France's most beautiful villages to our hotel near Aups which is a few miles south of the Gorges du Verdon, France's Grand Canyon, ( participants on our 5 day tour join us tonight in our hotel). On our 5th day we enjoy a scenic route via gorges and pretty villages eventually arriving on the Cote d'Azur, near Nice from where we drive along the "Promenade des Anglais" to Villefranche sur Mer where our hotel for the next 5 nights is located.The following day we enjoy a relaxing morning visiting the nearby Eprussi Rothschild Villa and gardens in Cap Ferrat followed by a trip to St Tropez.Alternatively, in the afternoon you can drive into Monaco where the weekend festivities are already in evidence. Over the next 3 days we visit Monaco by train and enjoy the 2014 Monaco Historic weekend.
Click here to visit the official Monaco Historic Grand Prix site
We arrive in St Malo on overnight ferry from Portsmouth. Our route takes the pretty coastal road around Pointe du Grouin to Port Mer an idyllic, secluded bay just north of Cancale where we enjoy breakfast, see photos below:
Our scenic route continues eastwards along the bay of Mont St Michel to Pontorson where we turn south and head down to Vitre a charming medieval town and our lunch stop, (see photo below).
In the afternoon we head east to Le Mans for coffee and a visit to the famous Auto Museum next to the main entrance of the Le Mans 24 hours circuit, Musée des 24 Heures. (see photos below)
We then leave Le Mans and head south on scenic backroads and a great driving road to our sumptuous 4* chateau hotel, Chateau de Rochecotte (click here to visit their website), in St. Patrice in the Loire valley (see photos below).
Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant.
We drive to Langeais and cross the scenic bridge, (see photos below).
After leaving our chateau hotel we continue south , through Descartres, to La Roche Posay our coffee stop.We then continue south to Angles-sur-l'Anglin, one of France's most beautiful villages, "les plus beaux villages" where we stop for lunch at an auberge nestling under the ruins of an ancient chateau.From here there is a panoramic view of the river, (see photos below).
After lunch we continue across the river, stopping for photos with the chateau as a backdrop, see photos below.
We then drive south to Chauvigny and continue south through the picturesque Vienne valley on minor roads into the Charente department through Confolens to Chabanais where, just south, we stop to visit the amazing Chassenon Roman Baths. Located at Longeas, a small hamlet just south of Chassenon. These are amongst the best preserved buildings of their type in the territory of ancient Gaul and, possibly in the whole of what was once the Roman Empire. The site also includes three temples, a theatre and an aqueduct, all once part of the ancient Roman city of Cassinomagus. We then continue south into the Dordogne to the charming town of Brantôme, our afternoon coffee stop, described as "the Venice of the Perigord" due to the river Dronne completely encircling the town effectively making Brantome an island, (see photos below).
We then drive 5 miles along a scenic road, to nearby Bourdeilles where our hotel, Les Griffons, is located on a 16th century bridge in the shadow of a medieval chateau, see photos below:
Our scenic route takes us east along the autoroute through Dordogne to Brives and then we leave the autoroute and head south east across country to Rodez and then join the autoroute for a few miles south to the Millau gorge where, at the observation area, we have the opportunity to view the Millau bridge, arguably, the world's most beautiful modern suspension bridge, (see photo below).
We then drive over the bridge and then underneath it when you really appreciate its beauty and scale.
From Millau we drive into the stunning Gorges de Tarn, see photos below:
Our hotel, the Chateau de la Caze, located between La Malene and St Enimie, is a stunning 16th-century fortified chateau on the banks of the river Tarn in the gorge itself, (see photos below ).
We continue along the stunning Gorges du Tarn to Florac and continue on scenic roads drive through Uzes to Pont du Gard, our coffee stop, where we visit the stunning Roman bridge which, in contrast to the Millau bridge, is almost 2,000 years old,( see photo below).
We then continue east into Provence where we drive through the Luberon, an area made famous by Peter Mayle in his best seller "A year in Provence" (see photos below)
We then continue east through the Luberon into Provence's Var region to our hotel in Moissac Bellevue, a charming hilltop village near Aups a few miles south of the Gorges du Verdon, France's grand canyon.
( participants on our 5 day tour join us tonight in our hotel)
After lunch we descend into the Gorges du Loup, a dramatic gorge with views of the Cascades de Demoiselles a 40m, (130 ft) waterfall. We then drive along the gorge to Tourettes-sur-Loup, an art and craft centre on a high plateau continuing on to St-Paul-de-Vence our afternoon coffee stop. This classic medieval perched village was first "discovered" by Modigliani and other artists of the 1920s. Since that time many of the rich and famous literati and gliterrati have flocked to St.Paul.
After a walk round the medieval streets we drop down to the coast to Cagnes-sur-Mer and then drive to nearby Nice along the famous Promenade des Anglais.
From here we continue east to the port of Nice and on to nearby Villefranche-sur-Mer, our hotel base for the next 5 nights, see photos below:
Our stylish 4* hotel, Le Versailles, is family owned and we have used it for the last 8 years. It overlooks the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer see photos below:
The hotel's swimming pool ovelooks the bay too and is the perfect place to relax:
All the hotel bedrooms have a private terrace with stunning views of the bay and Cap Ferrat, see photos below:
After 5 days of travelling we enjoy a local excursion visiting, in the morning, the beautiful Ephrussi Rothschild villa and gardens in nearby Cap Ferrat, see photos below:
In the afternoon there is an option to drive along the pretty coastal road via Cannes and Antibes to St Tropez.
We take the train from Villefranche to Monaco, a scenic journey of 20 minutes and spend the day in Monaco watching the build up to the 2014 Monaco Historic GP
Click here to visit the official Monaco Historic GP site: http://www.acm.mc/lecircuit-histo.php?id_menu=3&id_sousmenu=20
Casino square is one of the best viewpoints, see below:
Alternatively a favourite spot is "Piscine" which overlooks both the pits/paddock and the amazing jet set harbour, see photos below:
The circuit itself did not undergo any major changes until 1952 when adjustments were made to the Sainte-Devote corner. It was not until 1973 that it was altered again, with the addition of 135 metres of track round the new swimming pool and ending in the hairpin at the La Rascasse restaurant. Ever since this change, the Grand Prix distance has been 78 laps.
In 1976, two additional chicanes, one at Sainte Devote, the other at the exit of La Rascasse were added, then, in 1986, the track was widened from the entrance to Quai des Etats-Unis to the bottom of the downhill Boulevard Louis II, which allowed a new chicane to be incorporated. In 1997, the first part of the swimming pool complex was redesigned and named 'Louis Chiron'. Between the Grands Prix of 2002 and 2003, some 5,000 square metres of land was reclaimed from the sea by a 150-metre long harbour wall which was offset from its original position by 30 metres.
The harbour wall was achieved by stacking about 400 concrete blocks of 10 tonnes each. It also serves as a retaining wall to 25,000 cubic metres of embankment thereby creating a new platform of approximately 5,000 square metres, 1.2 metres above sea level. Nearly three kilometres of trenches were dug for the installation of utilities. These networks provide services to the area for electricity, telephone, television, drinking water and sanitation, for both the Grand Prix and other events.
On the surface of this platform, a new section of Formula 1 track was constructed offset about ten metres towards the port. Thirty-six concrete supports permit the assembly of metal structures which incorporate hospitality units 13 metres above ground level over the new three-tiered stands which have overlooked the new pit area since the 2004 Grand Prix.
We take the train from Villefranche to Monaco and enjoy watching the day's practicing and qualifying for the 2014 Monaco Historic GP
2014 Monaco Historic Program
Here is the 2014 programme:
Within two and a half days, from Friday 9th afternoon to Sunday, May 11th, 2014, the Principality of Monaco is going to be transformed into a real temple to turn back the clock.It is indeed about 50 years of motor racing will be commemorated, through 7 exceptional series:
The changes from the previous edition are as follows:
The Sports Cars’ race is open to models that participated in international competitions from1952 to 1955 included (and not only for 1953 and before Sports Cars).
The famous jewellery and watch manufacturer "Chopard" and the bank "Credit Suisse"involved in major international events such as “Historic” races and “Concours d'Elégance” will be the partners of the Automobile Club de Monaco on the occasion of this ninth edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.
We take an early morning train from Villefranche to Monaco and enjoy the day's racing.
At the end of the day's racing we return to our hotel for the final night of our tour with dinner overlooking the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, see photo below:
Click here to see details of our 2014 Mille Miglia Tour which starts today in Villefranche-sur-Mer
Click here to download our 2014 brochure
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