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Moustiers Sainte Marie.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

 

2018 WINTER WEEKEND IN PROVENCE TOUR 

FLYING TO NICE FROM THE UK AND HIRING CARS FOR THE 4 DAYS OF THE TOUR

 

4 DAY TOUR: DECEMBER 7th-10th  ( 4 days/ 3 nights )                                                                                                                        

COST:  £tbc per person flying from Liverpool to Nice return  

COST:  £tbc per person flying from Gatwick to Nice return  

 

 

The hotel rooms are Confort Rooms which are 16-21 sq metres and on the second floor and south facing.

Room upgrades are available as follows:

To Romantique room  ( 23-30 sq metres )    + 35 euros per night

To Junior Suite ( 30-50 sq metres )  + 80 euros per night

 

The costs, per person, are based on two people per car sharing a hotel bedroom and include the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                           

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

A "fly and drive" 4 day escorted car tour to Provence" in the south of France driving hire cars through some of the most stunning gorges and canyons in France and visiting, along the route, several of France's most beautiful villages,( les plus beaux villages)

Our hotel for the three nights is in Moissac Bellevue, a hillside village just outside Aups.We spend the second day day driving around Europe's largest gorge,the Gorge du Verdon, France's "Grand Canyon" and then, the following day, visit more pretty villages including Aups, Sillans la Cascade, where we visit its impressive waterfall, Cotignac our lunch stop and Thoronet's cistercian abbey hidden away in the woods.Finally we visit Tourtour another of France's most beautiful villages.

On Monday the 4th day of our tour, we return to Nice to catch the return flight to the UK

 

 

Les Plus Beaux Villages de france   For more information on Les Plus Beaux Villages de France visit http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/
 

PROVISIONAL ITINERARY

 

Day 1 - Friday 9th December Nice to Moissac Bellevue, Aups, Provence

We fly early Friday morning from either Liverpool or Gatwick into Nice arriving late morning and after picking up our hire cars head into the hills behind Nice driving through the dramatic Gorge de Loup in the Alpes Maritimes to Gourdon, one of France's most beautiful villages "beau village" and our lunch stop.

Gourdon is perched precipitously with a spectacular view of the Loup valley and the Mediterranean with Antibes and Cap Roux in the distance, (see photos below).

St Paul de Vence.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tourGourdon, our lunch stop.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

After lunch we descend to Grasse, the world famous perfume town, where we drive Route Napolean to Bargemon our afternoon coffee stop

 

We then drive through the Chateaudouble gorge into Provence's Var region to our hotel for the next three nights, La Bastide de Calalou, at Moissac Bellevue, near Aups, (see photos below).

Bastide de Calalou our hotel.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour Bastide de Calalou our hotel.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

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Bastide de Calalou our hotel.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour : Bastide de Calalou our hotel.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

 

Moissac Bellevue is a hilltop charming village, see photos below:

 

Moissac de Bellevue where our hotel, the Bastide du Calalou, is based.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

Moissac de Bellevue where our hotel, the Bastide du Calalou, is based.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

Dinner tonight is in the hotel

 

Day 2- Saturday, 10th December Aups to Gorges des Verdon to Aups, ( 90 miles)

Today we visit the magnificent Gorges du Verdon, France's "Grand Canyon," a breathtaking chasm and one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in France. Our route takes us via the scenic Lac de Sainte Croix to Moustiers-Ste-Marie another "beau village" in a stunning setting high on the edge of a ravine beneath craggy rocks. Above the village is the 12th century chapel of Notre-Dame de- Beauvoir. The narrow streets of Moustiers are full of shops selling the local ceramics, (see photo below left).

Moustiers Sainte Maire,Provence.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tourCastellane, Provence.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

After coffee we continue in a clockwise direction alongside the Gorges du Verdon canyon, (see photos below).

Gorges du Verdon.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tourThe Gorges du Verdon.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour Gorges du Verdon.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

and then drive up to Castellane our lunch stop, (see photos below).

Church overlooking Castelanne.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

We then proceed back to the canyon, this time taking the Route Napoleon road to the south to Bargeme, another "beau village",(see photo below)

Bargeme, one of France's most beautiful villages.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

 

From here we head back to the dramatic gorges stopping en-route to marvel at the stunning views, until we arrive back at the Lac de Sainte Croix, (see photos below), returning to our hotel.

Lac de Sainte Croix.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tourLac de Sainte Croix.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

Dinner tonight is in the hotel

Day 3- Sunday, 11th December Local excursion to Sillans, Cotignac, Thoronet and Tourtour (60 miles)

Today we explore the local area visiting charming villages including Aups, and then Sillans-la-Cascade, our morning coffee stop where we can enjoy a country walk to see the magnificent waterfall, (see photo below right).We then drive on to Cotignac nestling under dramatic cave-pocked cliffs and our lunch stop, (see photo below  left).

Cotignac.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tourSillans la Cascade.Join us on our 2017  "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

After lunch we head south to Carces and then head into the forest to visit the Abbaye du Thoronet, founded in 1146 and the first Cistercian building in Provence.Lost in woodland it occupies a typically remote site.We then drive up to Villecroze a town set against a natural backdrop of caves on two levels which local lords in the 16th century turned into dwellings known as the Grottes Troglodytes.

We then drive to Tourtour, our afternoon coffee stop and another beau village, after which we return to our hotel.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel

Day 4- Monday, 12th December Aups to Nice (60 miles)

Participants drive back to Nice in the morning and return hire cars.

Liverpool flight 10.45am back to the UK .

Gatwick flight 16.30pm back to the UK so participants can explore Nice after dropping the hire car off.


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CLASSIC CAR TOURS INTERNATIONAL LTD
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Tel: 01253 884361 (UK) / (0033) 553 9109 46 (FRANCE) | Email : info@ccti.co.uk
Registered in England and Wales.Registered Number: 04836747
Directors : Brian Thorley BSc MA FCA, David Thorley BSc MA