- Two and a half days driving the finest roads in Provence
Enjoy one of the greatest yachting events in the world, Les Voiles de St Tropez
Luxurious stays in 5-star accommodation and gourmet dining
Superb cuisine and fine wines
- Limited to just 20 cars
|30th Sep- 4th Oct 2020||5 Days/ 4 Nights||Antibes||St Tropez|
|30th Sep- 4th Oct 2020||5 Days/ 4 Nights|
In the final week of September and the first week of October, St Tropez hosts one of the greatest yachting events in the world, the classic regatta Les Voiles de St Tropez. Viva Les Voiles is a spectacular motoring tour through Provence that culminates in two days in St Tropez for Les Voiles, combining the finest hotels, superb cuisine and the very best of Provence. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an unforgettable event.
Viva Les Voiles will begin when you meet your fellow guests at a beach-side restaurant on Cap d’Antibes (if you have requested us to transport your car from home to the event, it will be waiting here when you arrive).
After lunch the flag will drop and the driving begins as we head north-west up into the Alpes-Maritimes on the Route Napoleon and an afternoon of spectacular driving. The meticulously researched routes are made up of smooth ribbons of tarmac that snake their way through spectacular scenery and medieval hilltop villages with plenty of cafés at which to stop for refreshments on the way.
Turn-by-turn directions will ensure the navigation is reliable and stress-free. By around 5pm we will arrive at tonight’s hotel, the magical Bastide de Tourtour, that will be exclusively ours for the night.
Pre-dinner cocktails will be by the pool, with views that stretch south across a vast expanse of forests towards the Mediterranean, before dinner on the terrace beneath a canopy of dwarf plane trees.
Today’s route takes us west, first through the Verdon National Park with its aquamarine lakes and vast lavender plains and into the Luberon Valley, and lunch on the sunny terrace overlooking a vineyard.
The roads around Provence at this time of year are largely deserted, but with the weather generally still sunny and warm, this is the perfect time of year for a motoring adventure.
This is the perfect way to explore the hidden gems of Provence as we meander through this timeless landscape; it’s easy to see why it is a magnet for artists.
Our hotel tonight is widely regarded as one of the finest in Provence, the Bastide de Gordes, perched on medieval ramparts in one of the most picturesque of all of the villages in this corner of France.
The rooms and terraces here look out across the Luberon valley, the perfect setting to unwind with a glass or two of local rosé, perhaps before a pre-dinner dip or a massage. The food here is simply sublime.
Wrenching ourselves away from the Bastide de Gordes would be tougher without the knowledge of today’s destination. But before we arrive in St Tropez, there is a spectacular day of driving ahead of us, taking in villages and landscapes made famous thirty years ago by Peter Mayle and ‘A Year in Provence’.
After a three hour drive we will arrive for a relaxed lunch at a restaurant in the grounds of a leading rosé producer, where we will enjoy a feast of the finest local cuisine (and no doubt a glass of their rosé).
It will be a 90-minute blast to St Tropez from here, and our hotel for the next two nights (arguably the finest in St Tropez) is Château de la Messardière, perfectly positioned on a hill equidistant between the town of St Tropez and the beach. As a result, the duel-aspect views are unrivalled – all our rooms will have a sea view, which will be filled with the unmistakable silhouettes of J-Class and other classic yachts as they battle for honours out in the Baie de Pampelonne.
With the driving now over, the itinerary becomes decidedly relaxed and this evening’s drinks and dinner will be at La Messardière, before the weekend’s fun begins tomorrow.
This morning you can choose between relaxing at the hotel or taking the shuttle 5-minutes into St Tropez for a stroll. Our first engagement of the day is lunch in the old port, which for Les Voiles is taken over by the magnificent competing yachts.
The atmosphere in St Tropez during Les Voiles is quite unlike the usual chaos of July and August, as a more discerning crowd arrive to enjoy the authentic side of St Tropez and the village’s last hurrah of the season.
There are a variety of options after lunch, including taking a rib out to watch the racing at close quarters. Alternatively you can watch the yachts return to port from the balcony of the famous Bar Sube, or head to the beach for a stroll and a sundowner.
We will reconvene for dinner at La Messardière, and the option of returning to town later for a drink and a dance.
Today we will be focusing activities at the beach, with the backdrop of the yachts just a few hundred metres out to sea. Lunch will be a relaxed affair at Club 55, where a warm welcome awaits from Patrice and his team.
For those heading for home, this will be our farewell lunch, but there is the option to extend your stay at La Messardière, or we can recommend and reserve other hotels in St Tropez or elsewhere in the south of France.
We can also transport your car home after the event.
A Antibes > Tourtour
Afternoon of spectacular driving on the Route Napoleon.
B Tourtour > Gordes
Drive through the Verdon National Park with its aquamarine lakes and vast lavender plains and into the Luberon Valley.
C Gordes > Saint Tropez
Spectacular day of driving ahead of us, taking in villages and landscapes made famous thirty years ago by Peter Mayle and ‘A Year in Provence’.
Join Us for VIVA LES VOILES
All classic and sports cars, old and new, are eligible for entry to Viva Les Voiles.
Tour is limited to just 20 cars.
The price to take part in Viva Les Voiles is £5,980 per person based on 2 people sharing a car and a room.
- 4 nights 5-star accommodation in upgraded superior or deluxe rooms
- Breakfast, lunch and gourmet dinner with wine each day, along with pre-dinner cocktails
- Fully researched route with turn-by-turn directions
- Support crew and luggage van to take your cases between hotels
- Leather event handbook detailing the full itinerary and history of Les Voiles
- Professional tour photography, video and tour photo book Meticulous event planning by award-winning specialists V Management
- Rooms for single occupancy – 4 nights for £1,440 per person
- Your car transported from your home to Cap d’Antibes and back from St Tropez – please enquire