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.
  • Classic Car Travel | Vintage car tour to Provence with Mercedes-Benz SL

  • 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
    • Driving on the original F1 Race Circuit in Monaco
    • 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
    • Driving on the original F1 Race Circuit in Monaco
    • 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 your classic car, in which you will be spending the next four days cruising that is legendary. Begin your journey at the Relais and Chateaux Hotel Le Mas de Pierre, located in the gently rolling hills of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, which have themselves enchanted famous artists such as Chagall. A lunch together overlooking the azure blue sea will really help get you in the mood for your trip. Before long, the stunning natural vistas will be taking your breath away as you drive your open-top roadster along idyllic roads. From the wild and romantic Gorges de Loup, the roads wind their way to Gourdon, one of the most beautiful villages in the whole of France. Perched atop a rocky outcrop like an eagle’s nest, it provides stunning views over the Côte d’Azur.

     

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

    Cannes, Nice, Monaco: A unique showcase drive along the jet-set coast of the rich and beautiful, and you will be right in the middle of it all. You will take your roadster along the famous Croisette in the direction of Antibes, driving along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice before finally reaching the Grande Corniche. This magnificent panoramic road has been world famous ever since it was featured in the classic film “To Catch a Thief” with Grace Kelly. Accompanied by spectacular views, you will arrive in the Principality of Monaco. Here, where Formula 1 drivers pursue one another through the street canyons, you can take a relaxed drive and experience the sophisticated glamour. Azure blue sea to your left and art nouveau mansions and imposing properties belonging to millionaires to your right: Your road book will guide you to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. The Belle Époque Villa Ephrussi, which belonged to the Baroness de Rothschild is one of the most beautiful historic buildings on the Côte dʼAzur, boasting magnificent gardens and fountains.

     

    Day 3: The Verdon Gorge

    Getting up early today will certainly payoff: 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 lingers over the Provencal town of Grasse – a beguiling mix, from which around 1,000 “noses” from all over the world create their fragrances. For that reason, this stage is not about “speed”. You will be spellbound by the charming scent of the countryside before watching a perfumer at work in Grasse. After this, the alleyways of the old town invite you to take a stroll. And perhaps on your way to the airport in Nice you will already be dreaming about your next drive?

    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
    20. – 23. April 2017 1.995 € p. p.* max. 18**
    27. – 30. April 2017 1.995 € p. p.* max. 18**
    12. – 15. October 2017 1.995 € p. p.* max. 18**
    19. – 22. October 2017 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:

    • Mercedes-Benz SL (W 113 and R 107) classic car to drive yourself, including fully comprehensive insurance (EUR 500 excess), petrol
    • Three nights with bed & breakfast at the Hotel Le Mas De Pierre *****, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
    • One lunch
    • Transfer from/to Nice Airport
    • Entrance and tours with German speaking guide
    • Roadbook and vehicle service during the entire trip

    Not included in the price:

    • Meals, unless specifically mentioned.
    • 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 Karl 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.

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    Drive classic cars – a special driving experience

    The charm of the classic car doesn’t only start once you’re behind the wheel. When almost a dozen Mercedes-Benz SLs are lined up, shining in the sun, your eyes will already light up. Spring 1963: return to the era when the W 113 was introduced. Its hardtop, which curves inwards slightly, is reminiscent of the type of roof that pagodas have in the far east, and is what gives this Mercedes SL series its characteristic name “Pagoda”. With both the W 113 and its successor, the R 107, it’s impossible not to be transported back to the golden seventies, when luxury class was a term used in the automotive industry to describe people who had “made it”. Feelings of nostalgia are conjured up as soon as you hold the ignition key to one of these legendary Mercedes-Benz SLs in your hand. But don’t get in just yet. First of all, transform your roadster into an open-top convertible. The handy stowage space for the roof under the bonnet, painted the same colour as the body of the car, will get you warmed up.

    Now it's time: it won't start at the push of a button: you turn the ignition key – a magical moment – the engine starts up slowly, and is soon screaming out for you to take it out for a spin. Wonderful: you take in the round, analogue elements. Be it the chrome jewel gear shifting gate with its delicate Bakelite knobs in the Pagoda or the cherished root wood inlay in the cockpit of the R 107, the chrome-plated ventilation elements or the snappy wipers on the headlights: as a driver behind the wheel of this Mercedes-Benz SL, there's one thing that will really strike you: absolute control. This feeling will stay with you whilst you drive, when the six-cylinder engine powers up. These vehicles continue to impress not only their passengers, but also passers-by. After just a few miles, you'll notice how people like you and 'your' Mercedes-Benz. Strangers will wave at you. Other vehicles on the road will forget the hustle and bustle around them for a moment and greet you by flashing their lights; other drivers will even give way to you. And suddenly you'll remember how bends used to feel, that ascending and descending take some concentration when driving. By now you've enjoyed an original driving experience that you'd previously deemed lost. Welcome to the world of classic cars. With Classic Car Travel, you'll manage to square the circle: to slow down whilst driving. You won't need to worry about anything, thanks to the Mediterranean sun at your destinations, the wind in your hair, carefully selected picture-postcard routes an all-inclusive package with Classic Car Travel.

    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.

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