French Connection 2017.
Vehicle: GLS, GLE, GLC, GLA or G-Class (participants’ own or provided)
Price: upon request
This tour into the Ardèche and Rhône valley in France offers savoir-vivre in abundance and memorable drives along winding mountain routes and quiet country roads.
Variety is everything here, with fine-dining restaurants alternating with rustic country inns and accommodation ranging from secluded auberges high up on the pass to converted château hotels. Although the route sometimes uses motorways or major roads to cover ground quickly, it mainly follows smaller winding mountain roads as well as the occasional track through landscapes of the most breathtaking beauty.
And there’s no getting away from the mountain pass here. The Col de la Machine, Col de la Chau, Col de Saint-Alexis and Col de Rousset are among the standout features of the drive, not to mention the Mont Ventoux of Tour de France fame. Other points of interest along the way include the Grotte du Brudour and the pretty little town of Die, home to the Roman gate of Saint-Marcel, a cathedral and the Chapelle de Saint-Nicolas.
The route passes through the Gorges des Gâts to the villages of Glandage and Grimone, before continuing to places such as Serres on the banks of the Buëch, with its beautiful old town, and the historical mountain village of Orpierre.
Other waypoints include Saint-Montant with its castle ruins, the breathtaking Gorges de l'Ardèche and the 25-arch Pont-Saint-Esprit bridge. Then there is Rochegude, the mountain village of Simiane-la-Rotonde and Lacoste, home to the ruins of a château in which the Marquis de Sade, that most famous of hedonists, once lived. The end point of the tour is Ménerbes, where the Musée du Tire-Bouchon features a collection of corkscrews from the 17th century.
The daily distances on this motoring “Tour de France” are between around 230 and 350 kilometres. A group evening meal has been booked for each day, as well as overnight accommodation with breakfast. During the day, the participants can follow the detailed road book at their leisure, visit the points of interest that it features and stop for lunch at a wayside restaurant. Alternatively they can let the support vehicle take the lead and simply focus on enjoying the scenery. Participants can either drive their own vehicle or use one of the G, GLS, GLE, GLC or GLA vehicles provided for the tour.
Organiser: Tufa GmbH, Gewerbestraße 10a, 78345 Moos
Vehicles: G, GLS, GLE, GLC or GLA (participants’ own or provided)
Requirements: Valid driving licence (class B/3)
Duration: Five days
Dates: 24 to 30 June 2017
Closing date for registration: 15 March 2017
Number of participants: Eight to ten vehicles
Start/finish points: France, if vehicles are being provided they will be handed over/ returned in Germany.
Tour price: upon request
* The dates, routes, hotels or items on the itinerary may change depending on when your tour takes place. Equivalents will be provided if this is the case. We regret that no refunds can be provided for unused components of the tour.
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