Tailormade tour Provence countryside self-drive holiday France

11 nights/12 days

Burgundy • Rhone Valley • Ventoux • Provence countryside • Champagne

Your destination on this self-drive holiday to the countryside of Provence is a landscape of pine forests, olive groves, vineyards, gorges that stretches from the red peaks of the Esterel Massif to the foothills of the Alps in the north. You will be at the heart of the Pays de Fayence, a string of nine hilltop villages of cobbled lanes, houses of stone or pale pastel colours with shuttered windows, shady squares and cool fountains. Your route takes you through Burgundy, along the Rhone valley to near Mont Ventoux north of Avignon, and back through Burgundy and Champagne.
Holiday price guide

Available year-round subject to the opening period of the hotels, from £2,090 per person.

Luxury self-drive holiday to the Provence countryside with overnight stops in Burgundy and Champagne

Highlights

Eurotunnel crossing from Folkestone to Calais • Burgundy • Rhone Valley • Mont Ventoux • Drive through the Luberon • Visit the Gorges du Verdon • Visit Lac de St Cassien • Visit Fayence and Seillans • Discover the rural history along marked walking trails • Champagne

Day by day

You start this self-drive touring holiday of France with the crossing on Eurotunnel for your car and passengers. From Calais to it’s a drive of about six hours through the Pas-de-Calais, around the cathedral city of Reims in the Champagne and then south-east passing Dijon to reach your overnight stop in Burgundy.

It’s worth making an early start today as there are many places of interest between here and Vienne where you’ll stop for the night. The driving time is only about three hours so make the most of stops along the route. Initially, on your doorstep you have some of the most famous vineyards of the Cote de Nuits such as those in Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-Saint-Georges and just a little further south is the picturesque town of Beaune, at the heart of Burgundy with its famous Hotel de Dieu. From Beaune, reject the A6 motorway for a while and take the route through the Cote de Beaune vineyards, visiting the villages of Pommard and Meursault. You return to this area for an overnight at the end of your holiday so you might want to join the motorway at this point and continue south. Tournus is worthy of a visit or even a lunch stop, and nearby, just off to the west is the Abbey at Cluny. South of Macon you enter the Beaujolais region, where you will be struck by the golden ochre of the village buildings, attributed to a local type of limestone. Continue your journey south along the Rhone valley as both the landscape and the architecture changes. Near Orange you leave the motorway to cross through the vineyards of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaume-de-Venise to reach your overnight stop in the village of Crillon-le-Brave, within sight of the mighty Mont Ventoux.

Today’s drive should be a delightful journey through the Provence countryside visiting some of the most beautiful landscapes and villages. We suggest you drive across country, south to the Lubéron, renowned for its pretty villages, lavender beds, olive groves and vines, and a landscape immortalised by the works of Van Gogh and Cézanne. From the Lubéron head towards the Gorges du Verdon before driving south through the wooded countryside and hill villages such as Tourtour and Bargemon before reaching your hotel.

You have six whole days to relax and explore both at your hotel and in the immediate area. Your base on this self-drive holiday to the Provence countryside affords you opportunities to rest alongside activities, both within the grounds and further afield. There are walking tracks, water sports on the Lac de St Cassien and at the Gorges du Verdon, there are markets to explores and hill-top villages of pale stone houses with shuttered windows and shady squares to wander in, and there are all sorts of local products to taste and purchase. The vibrancy of the Riviera is within easy driving distance if you want a change of tempo and scenery.

This is the longest day’s drive so it’s probably a motorway route through Provence, passing Aix-en-Provence and Avignon before tracking northwards along the Rhone valley until you reach Burgundy once more, and this time the famous village of Puligny-Montrachet, at the heart of the Cote de Beaune.

It’s a drive of under four hours today, so depending upon your interests, you can linger in Puligny-Montrachet, perhaps visiting renowned wine cellars or you can make your way straight to Epernay and visit the Champagne houses here before checking in to your hotel for the night.

Holiday price guide Prices from £2,090 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

Holiday Code FRSD19

Luxury self-drive holiday to the Provence countryside with overnight stops in Burgundy and Champagne

Holiday price guide Prices from £2,090 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

Holiday Code FRSD19

Our prices include ● Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais return for car and passengers
● 1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Tradition room at the Chateau de Gilly, Burgundy
● 1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Superior room at Hotel de Crillon le Brave, Crillon le Brave
● 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Deluxe suite at the Terre Blanche Resort, near Fayence
● 1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Classic room at Le Montrachet, Burgundy
● 1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Classic room at Hostellerie La Briqueterie in Epernay, Champagne
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Our prices do not include ● Early check-in or late check-out at any hotels (although we can arrange this on request at additional cost)
● Any other services not mentioned above, such as transfers and meals except breakfast at hotels
● Personal holiday insurance. This is essential and cover should be in place from when you book the holiday.
● Local tourist tax, usually between Euros 1 and 3 per person per night, and payable locally to the hotel

Additional information Driving times for this self-drive holiday
Calais to Gilly-les-Citeaux 6 hours
Gilly-les-Citeaux to Crillon le Brave 4 hours
Crillon le Brave to Fayence 3 hours
Fayence to Montrachet 6 hrs
Montrachet to Epernay 3 hrs 20 mins
Epernay to Calais 3 hours

Luxury self-drive holiday to the Provence countryside with overnight stops in Burgundy and Champagne

Hotels included in this tour
Gilly-les-Citeaux
Chateau de Gilly

Château de Gilly is a 5-star hotel a former Benedictine Priory in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. The hotel retains many of its original features and serves excellent cuisine for a luxurious experience.

Tradition room

Crillon le Brave
Hotel Crillon le Brave

Hôtel Crillon le Brave is a 4-star boutique property nestled in the Provence countryside, excellent for exploring the Rhône wine country. Gourmet local cuisine and excellent spa facilities and secluded location afford guests a relaxing, indulgent experience.

Superior room

Fayence
Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa Resort

Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa Resort is a 5-star country resort set on a magnificent Provençal estate. Internationally renowned golf courses, Michelin-star cuisine and excellent spa facilities alongside luxurious accommodation afford guests a magnificently relaxing and indulgent experience.

Deluxe suite

Puligny-Montrachet
Le Montrachet

Le Montrachet is a boutique 4-star French auberge in a beautiful natural location. Excellent cuisine and comfortable accommodation make this property a relaxing haven and an excellent spot to explore the Burgundy wine region.

Classic room

Epernay
Hostellerie La Briqueterie

Hostellerie La Briqueterie is a 5-star boutique hotel, perfectly situated for exploring the wineries of the Champagne region, including some of the most prestigious champagne houses. Delicious cuisine and excellent spa facilities afford guests a truly tranquil experience.

Classic room

Holiday price guide Prices from £2,090 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

Holiday Code FRSD19

Holiday prices

Holiday prices
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room
Date
26 Feb 2021-1 Apr 2021 £2,090
2 Apr 2021-29 Apr 2021 £2,580
30 Apr 2021-1 Jul 2021 £2,980
2 Jul 2021-28 Aug 2021 £3,780
29 Aug 2021-30 Sep 2021 £2,980
1 Oct 2021-14 Oct 2021 £2,580
15 Oct 2021-13 Nov 2021 £2,090



Room upgrade supplements
Supplements are per person per hotel stay in total based on two people sharing a double or twin room
Hotel Description Date Price
Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa Resort Premier Suite 27 Sep 2020-29 Apr 2021 £280
Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa Resort Premier Suite 30 Apr 2021-30 Sep 2021 £490
Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa Resort Premier Suite 1 Oct 2021-13 Nov 2021 £280

Holiday price guide Prices from £2,090 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

From about

Holiday Code FRSD19

Our prices include • Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais return for car and passengers
• 1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Tradition room at the Chateau de Gilly, Burgundy
• 1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Superior room at Hotel de Crillon le Brave, Crillon le Brave
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Deluxe suite at the Terre Blanche Resort, near Fayence
• 1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Classic room at Le Montrachet, Burgundy
• 1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Classic room at Hostellerie La Briqueterie in Epernay, Champagne
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Additional information Driving times for this self-drive holiday
Calais to Gilly-les-Citeaux 6 hours
Gilly-les-Citeaux to Crillon le Brave 4 hours
Crillon le Brave to Fayence 3 hours
Fayence to Montrachet 6 hrs
Montrachet to Epernay 3 hrs 20 mins
Epernay to Calais 3 hours

Luxury self-drive holiday to the Provence countryside with overnight stops in Burgundy and Champagne

Highlights of Burgundy

Cultural highlights include Burgundy wines and marcs, local wine festivals, the Beaujolais vineyards, and the Romanesque architecture.

Climate of Burgundy

Average air temperatures in centigrade: Jan: 6.1, Feb: 5.9, Mar: 10.3, Apr: 15.3, May: 15.8, Jun: 23.8, Jul: 25.8, Aug: 26.1, Sep: 21.2, Oct: 15.5, Nov: 9.1, Dec: 6.2. Source: Direction de la Meteorologique de France.

Luxury self-drive holiday to the Provence countryside with overnight stops in Burgundy and Champagne

Highlights of Champagne

Champagne cellar visits in Reims, Epernay and in vineyards along the Aube; the old town of Charleville Mezieres, capital of the Ardennes department; Charles de Gaulle's country residence and burial site, Colombey les Deux Eglises; Reims, with one of the finest medieval cathedrals in France, once the coronation place of French kings, now with one of the best son-et-lumieres in France; Reims' magnificent Roman triumphal arch; Lac du Der, the biggest reservoir in Europe, one of the most important migration routes for Europe's waterfowl, sheltering vast flocks of cranes, passing through in their thousands in spring and autumn; the fortified hill town of Langres, ‘Carcassonne of the North’ - minus the crowds; la foret d'Orient near Troyes and Montagne de Reims, both Regional Natural Parks; river trips along the Seine, the Marne, and the Aube; the 13th century gothic cathedral of Troyes, with its spectacular stained glass windows; autumn wine festivals.

Travel around the Champagne region

The Champagne region is reached very easily from the UK by air and rail. With the most extensive rail network in Western Europe, France is a great country to explore by train. The nationally owned SNCF (Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer) runs fast, efficient services between the main towns. Buses cover the rural areas, but services can be rather sporadic, with departures often at awkward times. To visit Champagne's cellars - the main reason for being here - by far the best option is to rent a car.

Luxury self-drive holiday to the Provence countryside with overnight stops in Burgundy and Champagne

Highlights of Provence

Cultural highlights include santons, Souleiado Provençal fabrics, herbs and lavender, wine and olive oil, melons and pastis, boules and berets.

Provence Climate

Average air temperatures in Centigrade: January: 12.2, February: 11.9, March: 14.2, April: 18.5, May: 20.8, June: 26.6, July: 28.1, August: 28.4, September: 25.2, October: 22.1, November: 16.8, December: 14.1. Source: Direction de la Meteorologique de France.

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