Winter driving tour in the South of France – escape the cold
Let us share with you our local expertise and passion for this region on the most breathtaking winter driving tour in a supercar – the Côte d’Azur Winter Escape. For over a hundred years the French Riviera has been the favourite winter destination for those searching for sunshine, elegance and excitement. With some of the most scenic driving roads in Europe on our doorstep we have enjoyed designing the perfect road trip getaway for the winter season – a luxury driving holiday that features top class hotels, picturesque pauses, memorable dining experiences and best of all, driving the supercar of your dreams. The French Riviera and Provencal regions are both known for treating locals and tourists to exceptional weather all year round – and out of season the roads become much less busy.
Start your winter driving tour in the world famous Principality of Monaco – a mecca for car lovers due to its Formula 1 connection and preponderance of supercars. Check in to the glamorous 5* Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo on the legendary Casino Square – a place where you can treat yourself to relaxing spa treatments, or dine in 3 Star Michelin restaurant Le Louis XV as the guest of the world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse, holder of 22 Michelin stars throughout his career.
Your supercar of choice will be delivered to you the following morning by your personal tour advisor, who will brief you about your winter driving tour itinerary for the next few days.
During your three days on the road you’ll be able to spend most of your time on scenic country roads or mountain passes – we have done our best to keep motorway driving to a minimum. You’re certain to recognize some of the legendary road names in our itinerary – roads that have earned their place in the hall of fame – such as the famous Route Napoleon through the Alps. Our team of road trip connoisseurs have done their utmost to make sure that the roads you drive on this winter driving tour, from start to finish, are the most thrilling and picture perfect to be experienced throughout the whole region.
On this winter driving tour you will spend the second night in the 5* Relais & Châteaux Château de Berne, in the heart of the wine region of Provence, followed by a night in 5* Relais & Châteaux La Villa Galici Hôtel & Spa close to Aix-en-Provence, before finally concluding your holiday in the fabulous 5* Hotel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes in Cannes.
Extend the road trip season and escape for a wintertime supercar driving experience on the French Riviera!
For your night out in Monte Carlo you might want to embark on a splendid culinary voyage in one of the world’s most famous restaurants located inside your hotel – Le Louis XV. Le Louis XV is the flagship restaurant of chef Alain Ducasse. Alain Ducasse opened the restaurant in May 1987, having been challenged by Prince Rainier III of Monaco and the Société des bains de mer de Monaco to win three Michelin stars there within four years, becoming the first hotel-based restaurant to win that level of the award. Ducasse won the three stars for the restaurant 33 months later.
Hotel: 5* Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Monaco – 41 m² deluxe city view room with breakfast
The landscape changes from twisting mountain passes and dramatic balcony roads carved into the rocks, with exceptional panoramic views to the Mediterranean coastline and glistening sea, onto open tree-lined Provencal country roads, passing through picturesque ancient villages and magical countryside en route to your hotel.
Surrounded by 120-hectares of vineyards sits the Château de Berne, a five star hideaway in the Var hinterlands. The hotel’s Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant Le Jardin de Benjamin – named the garden of Benjamin after head chef Benjamin Collombat – lets you discover the seasons of Provence on your plate. The domain is also a producer of Côtes de Provence reds, rosés and whites – a wine tasting should not be missed!
Hotel: 5* Château de Berne, Lorgues – 30 m² classic room with breakfast
Driving time: 4½ hours without stops
Even during the winter we are able to recommend some Michelin-starred lunch stops on your journey – or if you prefer to eat classic Provencal food with the locals we can also recommend some of our personal favourite places that serve traditional regional specialities.
Your next hotel stop, Villa Gallici & Spa by Aix-en-Provence, treats you to everything you could possibly need during your stay – a 200 sqm spa with sauna and jacuzzi, a wine cellar in an 18th century pavilion – perfect for a tasting, and a first-class gourmet restaurant where you can embark on a culinary journey.
Hotel: 5* Villa Gallici Hôtel & Spa, Aix-en-Provence – 25 m² classic room with breakfast
Driving time: 4½ hours without stops
Your journey continues towards the town of Saint-Tropez – world famous as a jet set destination in the summer season, while in winter season the character changes to a charming local atmosphere – where you can make a brief stop for lunch or for a stroll around the Old Town. From Saint-Tropez you will head north to Cannes on some of our favourite back roads avoiding the traffic along the coastline.
In Cannes we have selected for you our favourite hotel in the city – the grand Hotel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes. The hotel is situated in the middle of La Croisette, the world famous Boulevard, with amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea, and within a walking distance to the best shopping places and restaurants in the city. The outdoor heated pool is open all year – on Côte d’Azur the swimwear season never ends…
Hotel: 5* Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic, Cannes – 25 m² city view deluxe room with breakfast
Driving time: 5 hours without stops
Check-out is at 12:00, or if you prefer you can extend your stay on the French Riviera. Please let us know if you would like to have an extended break on the Côte d’Azur or Provence, our local team will be happy to arrange accommodation, and recommend restaurants or excursions in the area.
Included in the Côte d’Azur Winter Escape tour price – the price is for two people:
- 3 days car rental with insurance (all 725 free kms included for the tour)
- 4 nights accommodation for two in a shared room, including breakfast
- Preprogrammed GPS with a route for each day of touring, bespoke roadbook & map
- Personal meet + tour & car briefing with a member of our team
- Full tour support by phone / WhatsApp & email
Select the car of your choice for your dream Côte d’Azur Winter Escape driving tour, and submit the brief form below to receive a bespoke tour quotation. We’ll check availability for the car and hotels for your requested dates, and reply to you by email or phone.