|Region:||Provence and the Côte d’Azur|
|Type of Tour:||Self Drive|
|Guide Price:||From £3669 to £5401 per person|
|Number of Meals:||10 breakfasts + 3 dinners|
|Number of Winery Visits:||6 wineries|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 30|
|Tour Transport:||2 full day guided and transported tours + a visit on foot (on-site winery)|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends from April to October|
France driving holiday
In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on tourism, we have introduced a flexible range of self-drive breaks, with our clients’ maximum comfort and safety in mind. Our self-drive Luxury Provence package offers the perfect opportunity to discover the stunning French Riviera and the relaxing Provençal art de vivre, with luxury accommodation in 5* hotels, located in peaceful settings, away from the busy towns and cities.
On day one of your trip, drive from the UK to Champagne, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. We have included Flexiplus crossings, which means that you can board any train on your travel day with a dedicated check in lane and fast track security clearance. FlexiPlus customers also have access to a dedicated lounge with complimentary refreshments and newspapers and snacks to take with you on board. The drive from Calais to Champagne, your stop en route to Provence, is just under three hours.
Upon arrival in Champillon, check into your Champagne Junior Suite at the breath-taking 5* Royal Champagne hotel and spa. The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to enjoy the beautiful views from the hotel’s spa or if the weather is pleasant, from the infinity pool. In the evening, we would be pleased to reserve you a table at the hotel’s on-site gourmet brasserie or Michelin-starred restaurant if required.
After breakfast on day two, check out of the hotel and drive to Les Baux-de-Provence. The drive is just over seven hours and we would be pleased to suggest a stop en-route if you would prefer to break up the journey. Upon arrival in the charming town of Les Baux-de-Provence, check into your Deluxe room at the 5* luxury farmhouse Domaine de Manville. The evening will be free for you to relax and do as you please. We would be delighted to suggest a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.
After breakfast on day three, you will be met at your hotel by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. You will be transported in a spacious Mercedes Viano-style vehicle and your guide will follow the necessary safety procedures.
During the course of the day, your guide will regale you with fascinating facts and anecdotes about the region and its history and culture. The stunning landscape of Les Baux-de-Provence exhibits a raw beauty, and the multi-faceted character of its soils produces characterful wines, as well as renowned AOP olive oils. You will be taken to two local wineries for tours of their estates and cellars, with extensive tastings as well as at an olive oil mill to sample some local olive oil. You will have free time for lunch today, and your guide will be more than happy to recommend a suitable restaurant depending on how hungry you are feeling on the day. You will be taken back to the hotel at the end of the day.
In the evening, a six course gourmet dinner paired with wine will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
After a leisurely breakfast on day four, check out of the hotel and drive to Le Castellet. The drive is approximately one and a half hours. Upon arrival, check into your Prestige room at the luxury 5* Hotel & Spa du Castellet. The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to do as you please. You may wish to make the most of your hotel’s superb facilities such as the beautiful spa, the impressive golf course or the comfortable bar. We would be pleased to suggest a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.
After breakfast on day five, your private chauffeur / guide will return and accompany you on a second day of tours and tastings. Today will be spent visiting three wineries of the Bandol appellation to learn all about these famous wines. You will be given some free time for lunch in the lovely, medieval village of Le Castellet and your guide will be more than happy to recommend a suitable restaurant depending on how hungry you are feeling on the day. You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour.
In the evening, a six course mouth-watering gourmet dinner expertly paired with wine will be served in the hotel’s triple Michelin-starred restaurant.
After a leisurely breakfast on day six, check out of the hotel and drive to Flayosc. The drive is approximately one and a half hours. Upon arrival, check into your Deluxe room at the stunning 18th Century Château de Berne. The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to do as you please. You may wish to relax at the hotel’s top facilities including the 800m2 spa and wellness centre and the large infinity-edge pool. Alternatively, you may wish to explore your lovely surroundings independently, the hotel is surrounded by footpaths and hiking trails taking you at the heart of the Provençal countryside. We would be pleased to suggest a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.
On day seven, a private VIP tour of the on-site winery of the Château de Berne will be arranged for you. You will discover the full wine-making process from vine to bottle. As well as exploring the picturesque vineyards and learning about the work that takes place here, you will also have the chance to explore the cellars and barrel rooms. Following the tour, an extensive commented tasting session of no less than eight wines will take place paired with local cheeses and cold cuts. The remainder of the day will be free for you to do as you please.
In the evening, a delicious seven course gastronomic dinner including cheese board and paired with wine will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
After a leisurely breakfast on day eight, check out of the hotel and drive to Saint-Raphaël. The drive is just under an hour. Upon arrival, check into your Superior room at the luxurious Villa Mauresque. The hotel offers two outdoor pools, two Jacuzzis, a sauna, a fitness centre as well as a boathouse and a private port with an extensive range of water sport equipment’s at guests’ disposal. Alternatively, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful creeks and beaches and only a short walk from Boulouris village and port with its good range of cafes and restaurants. La Villa Mauresque has a charming seafront gourmet restaurant on site and we would be pleased to reserve you a table for dinner if required.
Day nine will be free for you to make the most of the lovely Provençal weather and of course, your picturesque surroundings. Why not take a thirty minute boat trip to Saint Tropez or drive to Cannes for the day? As always, we would be delighted to suggest a restaurant for dinner.
On day ten, after breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Gilly-lès-Cîteaux in Burgundy. The drive is just under six hours. Upon arrival at the Château de Gilly, check into your Superior room. The remainder of the day will be free for you to do as you please. The Château de Gilly boasts a lovely gastronomic restaurant located in the former cellar of the Cistercian monks of Gilly. We would be pleased to reserve you a table for dinner if required.
After breakfast on day eleven, check out of the hotel and drive to Calais. The drive is approximately five and a half hours. Make your way back to the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone at your convenience. If you would like to extend your trip to France and visit other regions (for more wine or just to relax), we would be delighted to provide inspiration.
France Driving Holiday – Day One
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France Driving Holiday – Day Eleven
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
Utterly fantastic. Great advice, superb hotels and wonderful people. A real immersive experience.
Richard - Essex, UK
BRING FRIENDS AND SPEND LESS!
A £500 per person discount applies for four or more people travelling together (and sharing a vehicle on the Eurotunnel) on this break.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
The price of this package includes Flexiplus Folkestone to Calais Eurotunnel crossings. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information about travelling to France.
For more information on our Self-Drive breaks please see our Self-Drive page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or email email@example.com to request a booking form.
Fantastic, relaxing, amazing.
Renee - Pennsylvania, USA
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