Day 1: Provence
The tour begins in a picturesque former mill and stagecoach station in the heart of Provence. Our Mercedes-Benz classics await you for your first trip through an avenue of thick leafy old trees from Napoleon’s time. On the drive towards Salon-de-Provence, enjoy the scent of rosemary, lavender, and wild caraway seeds while cork oak forests and pine trees slide past you. Time will seem to be at a standstill during a coffee stop in the village square of Pelissanne, where the architecture reflects the history of this quaint area. Locals playing boules, which is called “petanque” in this country, the village youth on skateboards, relaxed mothers chatting between shopping and childcare. You will find an abundance of happy faces enjoying their time in the sun. We will then take a drive back to the hotel, where you will have time to relax by the pool and sample the hotel’s fine cuisine in the elegant courtyard before resting for the next day’s festivities.
Day 2: The path to the Hautes Alpes – the Lac de Serre-Ponçon
We leave shortly after breakfast; you will have an immersive dreamlike drive across the Luberon into the high mountain landscape of the French Maritime Alps. For the first few kilometres, the typical landscape of Provence dominates with its charming light limestone and sandstone cliffs, oak forests, and impressive lavender fields. However, once the Lac de Serre-Ponçon appears on the horizon, the first elevations of the French Western Alps give a beautiful impression of how vast the high alpine landscape of the Maritime Alps really is. Azure blue water surrounded by the mountains of the French Western Alps, and kilometres of shores that are only accessible by water make the lake an Eldorado for water sports enthusiasts. Behind Guillestre, the valley narrows, and the route is reminiscent of the Gorges du Verdon. Narrow gorges alternate with mountain streams, tunnels and routes are carved out of the rock, worthy of each gaze. The Combe du Queyras canyon takes you into the high mountains of the Queyras National Park, where visitors are quickly greeted by the image of the mighty Queyras Castle. At 2,000 metres above sea level, your domicile awaits you for the next few days: a uniquely selected boutique hotel right at the heart of your trip.