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TOAD'S PROVENCE TOUR 2018

DATES:  August 30th - September 9th ( 11 DAYS/ 12 NIGHTS)

COSTS: £2,750 per person ( based on two people per car sharing a room)
COSTS: £3,900 per person ( based on two people per car with two single rooms)
 

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

NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :

Tour summary

11 day tour to Provence in the south of France. The tour starts with an overnight ferry from Portsmouth-St.Malo and then we spend 4 days travelling to Provence with overnight stays in the Loire Valley, the Dordogne and the Tarn Gorge before arriving in Provence where we spend 3 nights in our hotel. Whilst in Provence we visit the Verdon Gorge and several of France's most beautiful villages. We then leave Provence and drive north along the Route de Napolean to Grenoble and on to Lake Annecy where our hotel for the next two nights is located. We then leave Lake Annecy and  drive north-west to Vezelay where our next hotel is located. Our final hotel is Chateau de Rochecotte in St.Patrice in the Loire Valley.On our final day we drive up to Cherbourg to catch a late afternoon ferry to Portsmouth. 

DRAFT ITINERARY

Wednesday, 29th August  Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo

Our afternoon ferry leaves Portsmouth at 8.30pm and arrives in St. Malo the following morning at 8.30am. 

 

Day 1 - Thursday, 30th August St.Malo to Montbazon, Loire Valley, ( 220 miles including 100 miles on motorways)

Our route takes us 15 mileswest along the coastline to Port Mer our morning coffee stop.

We then continue south to our lunch stop Vitre

After lunch we continue west on the motorway to Le Mans where we head south on scenic backroads and a great driving road to Montbazon to our sumptuous 4* chateau hotel, Chateau D'Artigny in the Loire Valley

 

Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant.

 

Day 2  Friday, 31st August  Montbazon to Champagnac de Belair, Brantome, Dordogne ( 185 miles, no motorways)

We drive south via Descartres, to La Roche Posay our morning 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).

Angles sur L'Anglin our lunch stop.Join us on our 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix tourAngles sur L'Anglin our lunch stop.Join us on our 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix tour

After lunch we continue across the river, stopping for photos with the chateau as a backdrop, see photos below.

 

Angles-sur-l'Anglin,  our lunch stop on day 2.Join us on our 2018 Monaco Historic car tour. Angles-sur-l'Anglin,  our lunch stop on day 2.Join us on our 2018 Monaco Historic  car tour.

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,

We then drive 5 miles along a scenic road, to nearby Champagnac de Belair where our hotel, Le Moulin du Roc, a 17th century converted walnut mill, is located see photo below:

 

Moulin du Roc.Join us on our 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix car tour
Dinner tonight is in the hotel's Michelin * restaurant

 

 

 

Day 3 Saturday, September 1st Brantome to Ste Enime, Tarn Gorge,via the Millau Bridge, (275 miles, including 85 miles on motorways)

Our morning route takes us east  via Perigueux along the autoroute to Brives. We  then leave the autoroute and head south east across country towards Rodez stopping for morning coffee in Martel followed by lunch in Figeac. In the afternoon we join the autoroute south towards the Millau Bridge then turn off the motorway and drop down to the stunning Tarn Gorge, see photos below:

Gorges du Tarn,  Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 tour Driving under the Millau bridge,  Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 tour

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 ).

Chateau de la Caze, Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018  tourChateau hotel, Gorges des Tarn,  Monaco Historic grand prix 2018 tour Chateau de la Caze.Join us on our 2018 Monaco Historic grand prix tour

Dinner, tonight, is in the hotel's restaurant.


 

Day 4- Sunday, 2nd September  Ste. Enimie to  Provence, (225 miles,)

 

We continue along the stunning Gorges du Tarn to Florac where we take a great driving road, the Corniche Cevennes, to Anduze

 

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)

Les Baux-de-Provence,  Monaco  Historic Grand Prix 2018 tour

Ménerbes, Provence, Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 tourGordes, Provence, Monaco Historic grand prix 2018 tour

Roussillon, Monaco Historic grand prix 2018 tour

 

 

We then continue east into Provence's Var region to our hotel 



 

Dinner, tonight, is in the hotel's restaurant.

 

Day 5 - Monday, September 3rd Verdon Gorge, local excursion ( 100 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 photos below ).

Moustiers Ste Marie .Join us on our 2018 Toad's TourCastellane, Provence .Join us on our 2018 Toad's Tour

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

Gorges du Verdon.Join us on our 2018 Toad's TourThe Gorges du Verdon.Join us on our 2018 Toad's Tour Gorges du Verdon.Join us on our 2018 Toad's Tour

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

Church overlooking Castelanne.Join us on our 2018 Toad's 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 2018 Toad's 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 2018 Toad's TourLac de Sainte Croix.Join us on our 2018 Toad's Tour

Dinner, tonight, is in the hotel's restaurant

Day 6 - Tuesday, September 4th Local excursion, Aups, Sillans la Cascade, Cotignac, Thoronet Abbey, Tourtour

A comparatively relaxed day as 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 2018 Toad's TourSillans la Cascade.Join us on our 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.

Our afternoon coffee stop is Tourtour a charming hilltop village, see photos below:

Tourtour.Join us on our 2018 Toad's Tour Tourtour.Join us on our 2018 Toad's TourTourtour.Join us on our 2018 Toad's Tour

We then return to our hotel for dinner

Day 7- Wednesday, September 5th Provence to Talloire, Lake Annecy

Our scenic route north follows the Route Napolean via Digne, Sisteron, Gap, Corps, La Mure, Laffrey and Vizille  to Grenoble and then on to Talloire, on Lake Annecy, where our hotel for the next two nights is located.
Our hotel is the Abbey de Talloire and in 2018 it is celebrating its 1,000 birthday !





The interior of the hotel maintains many of its original features



 

 

Dinner tonight is in the hotel

 

Day 8 Thursday, September 6th Local excursion: Lake Annecy

A day relaxing on Lake Annecy'
Dinner, tonight, is in the hotel's restaurant










 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 9 - Friday, September 7th Talloire to Vezelay

 

 

 

Dinner tonight is in the hotel

Day 10 - Saturday, September 8th Vezelay to St.Patrice, Loire Valley

Our hotel on the last night of the tour is Chateau de Rochecotte in St.Patrice in the Loire valley




Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant

 

Day 11 - Sunday, September 9th St.Patrice to Cherbourg

We leave the Loire Valley and drive north west to Cherbourg where we catch the afternoon ferry back to Portsmouth

 

 


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