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The south of France - from the coast of the rich and beautiful to Provence

Sparkling chrome jewels, the deep blue sea, winding coastal roads, uninhibited driving pleasure – experience Provence at its most attractive.

Travel through the south of France in a classic Mercedes-Benz SL

You’ll be rubbing shoulders with the stars during your stay in the glamorous Grand Hotel Carlton, where our legendary classic cars will be awaiting you. In the Mercedes-Benz SL, you’ll cruise along the palm-fringed Croisette Promenade in Cannes and enjoy the sensation of the sea breeze in your hair. Taking remote country roads through cork oak forests and avenues of plane trees, past lavender fields, you’ll reach Grasse, the perfume capital of the world. You’ll get to experience the fragrance of mimosa, rose, jasmine and lavender first-hand. During a visit to the amphitheatre in Arles and some sightseeing in Avignon, the city of the popes, you can experience European history up close. If you get hungry from all that open-top driving and visiting attractions, you can build up your strength again by sampling the exquisite French cuisine.

 

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Your travel highlights

  • Scenery aside – you stay at the Relais & Chateaux Hotel Le Mas De Pierre
  • The most impressive and famous costal roads in the Côte d‘Azur
  • Gourdon, one of the most beautiful villages throughout France
  • The majestic Verdon Gorge and the Lac de Sainte Croix
  • A guided tour at the Belle Époque Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
  • A glimpse behind the scenes at a perfume makers in Grasse

Your travel highlights

  • Scenery aside – you stay at the Relais & Chateaux Hotel Le Mas De Pierre
  • The most impressive and famous costal roads in the Côte d‘Azur
  • Gourdon, one of the most beautiful villages throughout France
  • The majestic Verdon Gorge and the Lac de Sainte Croix
  • A guided tour at the Belle Époque Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
  • A glimpse behind the scenes at a perfume makers in Grasse

The trip at a glance

Day 1: Hidden Gems

It is not just the classic cars that you will be cruising around with for the next four days that are legendary. Start your tour at the Relais et Chateaux Hotel Le Mas de Pierre, located in the rolling hills of Saint-Paul-de-Vence – hills that inspired and enchanted famous artists like Chagall. Before long, you will find yourself in the midst of natural wonders that will take your breath away as you are revying your roadster around the picturesque countryside – with the open top, of course. The winding roads lead up to Gourdon, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Like an eagle’snest, the village is perched on a ledge and offers spectacular panoramic views over the Cote d’Azur. A laid-back dinner with the group while gazing out over the azure blue sea is the perfect way to end your first day.

Day 2: Fashionable hot spots on the world of the rich and famous

A unique showcase of the rich and beautiful along the jetset coast, with you taking center stage. You will direct your roadsters to Antibes and onto the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, before reaching the Route de la Grande Corniche. This magnificent scenic road has been world famous since the days of “To Catch a Thief”, starring Grace Kelly. Driving past art nouveau villas and the impressive homes of millionaires, accompanied by stunning views over the typically blue ocean, you reach Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat. The Baroness de Rothschild’s Villa Ephrussi, which dates back to the Belle Epoque, is one of the most beautiful monuments on the Cote d’Azur with its splendid fountains in its magnificent gardens.

Day 3: The Verdon Gorge

Getting up early today will certainly pay off: you have your most varied stage ahead of you. On the historic Route Napoléon, the road gradually winds upwards into the massif of the French Maritime Alps, into which the Verdon river has carved out deep gorges. Time and again your gaze will be drawn to the Mediterranean Sea glistening in the distance, framed by blooming gorse bushes. The six cylinders are completely in their element here, where the road winds through the lime and sandstone mountains, showing off one of the most famous areas in Provence from its best side. The spectacular road through the Verdon Gorge, France’s “Grand Canyon”, follows the turquoise-colored river at a dizzying height before reaching the impressive Lac de Sainte Croix with its unique appearance.

Day 4: The Scent of Grasse

The scent of mimosa, lavender and jasmine floats over Grasse – an enticing mixture; the perfect essence for more than 1,000 perfumers from all over the world to use as a basis for their new fragrances. Allow the delightful perfume of the landscape to enchant you before taking a peek over the shoulder of a perfume specialist in Grasse. The spectacular drive back will lead you through the wild and romantic Gorges du Loup. You will be raving about the rock faces that suddenly tower in front of you. We hope to catch you dreaming of your next tour as you make your way back to Nice airport.

Trip details

The south of France - from the coast of the rich and beautiful to Provence

  • Provence
  • 4 Days
  • April, October

Overview of dates

We can offer you the following dates for Provence:

Time Price Number of guests
19―22 April, 2018 1.995 € p. p.* max. 18**
26―29 April, 2018 1.995 € p. p.* max. 18**
11―14 October, 2018 1.995 € p. p.* max. 18**
18―21 October, 2018 1.995 € p. p.* max. 18**

Other dates and individual groups from 12 people on request.

*Single room supplement on request.

**Two people always travel in one vehicle. Models will be swapped.

The General Terms and Conditions of Nostalgic GmbH and Co. KG, which you can view here shall apply.

Services

Included in the price:

  • Nostalgic classic Mercedes-Benz SL (W 113 and R 107) for you to drive, including fully comprehensive insurance (excess of EUR 500), petrol
  • Three nights with breakfast in the hotel Le Mas De Pierre ***** in Saint-Paul-de-Vence
  • One dinner
  • Admission and guided tours in accordance with the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transfer from/to Nice airport
  • Roadbook and vehicle service throughout the entire journey

Not included in the price:

  • Meals, unless otherwise indicated
  • Travel to Nice

The legendary Mercedes-Benz

For over 125 years, unique innovations and timeless elegance have ensured that the three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz is pointing towards the future. In the first half of the 19th century, the lifetime achievements of two personalities – Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz – revolutionised the history of the car, laying the foundations for individual mobility. Ever since, ingenious engineers have been coming up with revolutionary inventions time and time again. Take the SL sports car for example, a fascinating success story from Mercedes-Benz, which, since its introduction, has become legendary. With its own special character and charm, it’s the number one dream car and luxury roadster of all time, even after more than 60 years. Two letters have rarely gained such charisma. The abbreviation SL, synonymous with “sporty and light”, could, thanks to the roadster’s sophisticated design, pioneering technology and how pleasurable it is to drive, equally refer to “superior living”. With its classic car trips, Classic Car Travel brings the legendary Mercedes-Benz SL to life with maximum pleasure behind the wheel and a passion for tradition.

Our models

MERCEDES-BENZ 280 SL (W 113) THE SPORTY, LIGHT PAGODA

How do you get highly accomplished power deployment and impressive elegance under one roof? Engineers and designers solved this problem with flying colours in the spring of 1963. The Mercedes-Benz SL W 113, successor to the legendary 190 SL and 300 SL super sports car, was introduced and was, from then onwards, known to its fans as the “Pagoda”. It effortlessly balances the comfort of a touring saloon with the liveliness of a sports car, and is, to this day, the most elegant and desirable convertible for anyone who appreciates the simple elegance and spirit of the sixties. Hollywood stars such as Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra loved this classy car.

MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL (R 107) THE STAR AMONGST STARS

In April 1971, a new Mercedes-Benz SL finds its way to people's hearts: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (R 107). The roadster presents itself as powerful and prestigious, having been given a removable roof by its creators. Under its long bonnet, an eight-cylinder engine roars into life for the first time. In fact, the R 107 really belongs to the German movement of 1968, as the ultimate decision to create it was made on 18 June 1968. In Hollywood, Dallas and the Königsallee in Düsseldorf, stars, celebrities and nobility sauntered around the streets in this elegant car. Plenty of chrome and distinctive bumpers and window frames give the vehicle a self-confident, sovereign look. The R 107 quickly became a bestseller. In addition to the comfort typical of a Mercedes-Benz, a number of small details make life with this car a real pleasure. Charming detail: the rechargeable torch built into the glove compartment.

Your routes in Provence