10 Day – French Winelands Selfdrive Itinerary


DAY 1 – Arrive in Paris at Charles De Gaulle airport (time TBC)
Collect vehicle at airport at travel to Reims
Visiting Reims, the Champagne and Coronation city, means discovering an important part of France’s history as well as the vineyards of Champagne. With numerous points of interest and a total of 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites, it’s a town you shouldn’t miss during your travel in France. Champagne is synonymous with celebration and the good life, and a trip to Champagne is a non-stop celebration of great wine and food. Only 1 1/2 hours from Paris, Champagne is a fabulous
destination for a long weekend, or it can be combined easily with Burgundy for a superb and varied wine touring experience in France.
Overnight at Hotel Continental -Reims 4* BB

DAY 2 – Travel from Reims via Troyes to Beaune
Troyes is a town in the Grand Est region of north eastern France. Its medieval old town features narrow, cobbled streets lined with colourful, half-timbered houses, mostly dating from the 16th century. The town is home to several Gothic churches with striking stained-glass windows. These include the Troyes Cathedral, the Église Sainte-Madeleine and the Basilique Saint-Urbain.
Overnight at Hotel L’Hôtel de Beaune 5* BB

DAY 3 – Beaune is a walled town at the centre of the Burgundy winemaking region in France. Surrounded by the Côte d’Or vineyards, the cobbled town is renowned for an annual wine auction held at the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune). Recognized by its colourful, geometric-patterned tile roof, this 15th-century former hospital is now the Hôtel-Dieu Museum, showcasing works like “The Last Judgement” altarpiece by Van der Weyde
Overnight at Hotel L’Hôtel de Beaune 5* BB

DAY 4 Travel from Beaune to Avignon
Avignon is a beautiful city located on the left bank of the Rhône River, which has preserved its medieval character. Completely surrounded by almost intact 14th C walls, Avignon is frequently referred to as the “City of Popes”. The historic centre,the Palace of the Popes, Rocher des Doms and the bridge of Avignon are well preserved and were classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Overnight at Chateau de Varenne 4* BB

Day 5 – Avignon – Excursion To Saint Remy De Provence – Arles
Visit the market in Saint Remy, then Les Baux de Provence for wine and olive oil tasting.
Saint Rémy de Provence is a traditional village of Provence amidst the olive orchards and the vineyards, where you can truly enjoy the ‘Art de vivre’ in Provence. Sit at a café discussing the world, shopping at the famous market and meet the locals as they buy their weekly cheese and fruits. Do not forget to taste the local olive oil and all the other local products Located near the classified Alpilles National Park, the landscapes are traditional. They are still like Van Gogh drafted them in its paintings during his stay at Hospice St Paul de Maussole in 1889-1890.
Overnight at Chateau de Varenne 4* BB

Day 6 – Travel from Avignon to Luberon
AVIGNON – LUBERON VALLEY & BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES: MENERBES – GORDES Travel to the Luberon Mountains and enjoy the typical Provencal landscape of rolling hills with beautiful valleys and villages where you also find some superb estates owned by famous celebrities. Pass the town of Roussillon and its surprising ocre quarries and visit the lovely Abbaye de Sénanque. Stop in Ménerbes at the house of the Truffles for a wine and olive oil tasting.
Continue to the perched village of Gordes, where the medieval houses are grouped around
the massive castle. Here you will experience the Provencal ambiance at its best.
Overnight at Hotel La Moulin de Lourmarin 4* BB

Day 7 – Travel From Luberon Via Aix En Provence To St Tropez
Aix en Provence is one of Europe’s finest examples of Renaissance architecture and has kept a great deal of its character dating back to the XVIIth and XVIIIth century. The sober elegance of its mansions, the graceful charm of its squares, the majesty of its avenues and the loveliness of its numerous fountains are impressive. A stroll through Aix is also a great opportunity to discover the unique market atmosphere of Provence. Aix is also well known for its specialties made of processed almonds like the small almond bonbon “calisson” and also visit a typical local bakery.
Overnight at La Mas Bellevue 4* BB

Day 8 – Travel from St Tropez to Nice
The Côte d’Azur, known in English as the French Riviera, is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, also including the sovereign state of Monaco. There is no official boundary, but it is usually considered to extend from the Italian border in the east to Saint-Tropez, Toulon, or Cassis in the west
Overnight at Albert 1ér Hotel Nice BB

Day 9 – Nice is France’s sixth city, as well as being the biggest resort on the French Riviera.
Nice is a city that has masses to offer, including historic quarters, a beautiful long seafront (from the Promenade des Anglais and westwards), a famous flower market, some interesting sites and sights, including the Matisse museum, the Chagall museum, and the famous Russian Orthodox basilica . Nice’s Russian Orthodox cathedral, which is now the property of the Russian Federation, is one of the city’s fine buildings, and the largest Russian orthodox cathedral in W.Europe
Overnight at Albert 1ér Hotel Nice BB

Day 10 – Return vehicle to Nice Cote dÁzur Airport (time TBC)
Return flight (own arrangements)

COST : EUR1,985.00 PP SHARING (±ZAR33,888 PP)

Accommodation as per itinerary (or similar)
Transfers as mentioned in the above itinerary
Vehicle hire as mentioned in itinerary


Additional Information
• Unlimited Kilometers.
• C.D.W. Deductible: EUR 1,500.00, VAT included.
• Theft Insurance Deductible: EUR 1,300.00, VAT included.
• Liability Insurance: Included in rates. Provides unlimited coverage for persons and property outside the rental vehicle.
• Refueling Charge: Vehicles are rented with a full tank of fuel and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. If not a locally determined refueling fee will apply
• Mandatory Deposit Information
• Mandatory Deposit Information: A deposit will be held for estimated rental charges plus EUR 110.00, VAT included EXCLUDES:
• Local toll, highway fees, or travel stickers required by local authorities.
• Insurance for personal injuries / damages to drivers and passengers, optional coverage may be offered locally for an additional fee.
• Traffic Violation fee of approximately EUR 20 per fine.
• Damage administration fee of approximately EUR 66.00 in the event of damage or theft of the vehicle, in addition to the excess.
• Cross Border Fee of EUR 16 per rental when traveling abroad. Intention to travel abroad must be disclosed and noted at time of booking.
• All International and local Flights
• Transfers not mentioned in above itinerary
• Meals, drinks, refreshments and attractions not mentioned in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature such as telephone, laundry, etc
• Tips for drivers
• City Taxes

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