2025 WINTER WEEKEND IN PROVENCE TOUR

 

Moustiers Sainte Marie.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

FLYING TO NICE FROM LIVERPOOL OR GATWICK IN THE UK AND HIRING CARS FOR THE 5 DAYS OF THE TOUR

4 DAY TOUR: DECEMBER TBC  ( 4 days/ 3 nights )

COST:  £tbc per person flying from Liverpool to Nice return, based on 2 people sharing a car and hotel room

COST:  £tbc per person flying from Gatwick to Nice return,   based on 2 people sharing a car and hotel room

 

Our hotel is the 4* Bastide du Calalou and 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

 

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

    • Accommodation in a 4-star stylish hotel ( 3 nights )
    • Breakfast daily
    • 3 course dinners, ( 3 nights )
    • Comprehensive road book with daily itineraries and detailed route notes
    • Highlighted  Michelin maps of Provence
    • Services of a Tour Director throughout the tour
    • Return flights from Liverpool to Nice or from Gatwick and Stansted to Nice
    • Car hire for Friday- Monday morning ( 3 days )

NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :

    • Lunches, snacks, coffees, etc.
    • Drinks with dinner including bottled water and coffee
    • Entry to places of interest eg. museums, gardens, chateaux, etc.
    • Autoroute tolls
    • Fuel for hire cars

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 the 4* Bastide du Calalou in Moissac Bellevue, a hillside village just outside Aups in the Var region of Provence.
Arriving mid-morning at the Nice airport we collect our hire cars then leave the coast and head for the world-famous artists' town of St.Paul de Vence our morning coffee stop. After coffee, we drive through the stunning Loup gorge and climb up to Gourdon, one of France's most beautiful villages and our lunch stop. In the afternoon we drive part of the Napolean Way skirting around Grasse stopping in Tourtour for afternoon coffee. Our hotel for the next 3 nights is 10 miles west in the village of Moissac Bellevue. We spend the second day visiting the Ste. Croix lake our morning coffee stop then drive to Moustiers St.Marie, another of France's most beautiful villages, our lunch stop. After lunch, we drive around one of Europe's largest gorges, the Gorge du Verdon, France's "Grand Canyon" before returning to our hotel. The following day is spent visiting local villages with coffee in Aups followed by Sillans la Cascade, where we visit the impressive waterfall, Cotignac is our lunch stop and  in the afternoon we visit Thoronet's Cistercian abbey hidden away in the woods before returning to our hotel for the last night of our tour. On Monday the 4th day of our tour, we return to Nice to catch the return flights 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 2nd December Nice to Moissac Bellevue, Aups, Provence

We fly early Friday morning from either Liverpool or Gatwick or Stansted into Nice arriving late morning and after picking up our hire cars head into the hills behind Nice stopping in St.Paul de Vence for coffee. We then drive 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 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tourGourdon, our lunch stop.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

After lunch we descend to Grasse, the world-famous perfume town, where we drive part of the Route Napolean to Bargemon, then drive through the Chateaudouble gorge into Provence's Var region to Tourtour our afternoon coffee stop.

We then drive 10 miles west 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 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour Bastide de Calalou our hotel.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

Click here to visit the hotel's website: http://www.bastide-du-calalou.com/en/welcome.html

Click here to see a video of the hotel

Bastide de Calalou our hotel.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour Bastide de Calalou our hotel.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

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

Moissac de Bellevue where our hotel is based.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

Dinner tonight is in the hotel

Day 2- Saturday, 3rd December Local excursion, Gorges des Verdon  ( 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, where our coffee stop is the pretty village of Ste. Croix, see photo below:

Lac de Sainte Croix.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

to Moustiers-Ste-Marie another "beau village"  and our lunch stop. Moustiers is 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 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tourCastellane, Provence.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

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

The Gorges du Verdon.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour The Gorges du Verdon.Join us on our 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tour

The Gorges du Verdon.Join us on our 2018 "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.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel

Day 3- Sunday, 4th December Local excursion, Sillans la Cascade, Cotignac, Thoronet Abbey (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 2018 "Winter weekend in Provence" tourSillans la Cascade.Join us on our 2018 "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 return to our hotel.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel

Day 4- Monday, 5th December Moissac-Bellevue to Nice (60 miles)

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

Liverpool flight 10.45 am back to the UK.

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