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APRIL 24th - May 2nd 2017

CANNES, FRENCH ALPS,
MILLAU BRIDGE, MONACO
& 2 GORGES!

8 Nights / 9 Days


Nick Whale Sports Cars

NICK WHALE SPORTS CARS - www.nickwhale.com
Cannes, Millau Bridge, Monaco, French Gorges, French Alps.

A 'Guided Adventure' through the many varied terrains of France including crossing the breathtaking Millau Viaduct, carving our way through two incredible gorges and winding through the Alps with three nights in one of Europe’s most glamorous destinations, Cannes. 

The Trip
Our 2017 spring trip will be the twelfth anniversary year that we've run tours to the French Riviera.

This tour is a unique combination of hotels used in the past with some new routes so returning customers have something new to look forward to as well as some amazing routes to revisit.

It utilises 4* and two premium character 3* hotels. 

Please note ALL CUSTOMERS new and old, are welcome on this tour!


Exclusive Guided Tour System

GPS - SAT NAV 
To ensure you enjoy the ultimate in stress free touring all cars on this tour will use our premium GPS Satellite Navigation units.
Our detailed and pre driven routes are loaded onto the units, you just have to select which day you are on and let the system guide you while enjoying the open road at YOUR pace. Even the petrol stops are pre loaded! 

RADIOS
All customers on this tour will enjoy the use of powerful licensed two way radios – these units are 8 times more powerful than the usual high street walkie-talkies and provide a method for the group to communicate with each other during the day.

TRAVEL PACK
Each car has a travel pack which includes – itinerary - summery route for each day – suggested lunch stop – petrol stops – hotel and local information including emergency numbers. 

SUPPORT CAR
Staff from Driving Adventures will be on this tour to provide support throughout the duration of the trip. 


The trip in more detail:

DAY 1
Monday 24th April, 2017 Calais to near Paris, France (175 miles)  

We’ll catch a late morning Eurotunnel crossing from Folkestone to Calais then set off along the French coastline before heading towards our Chateau near Paris.

Our 4* Chateau, is a magnificent building set within stunning grounds. This really is a superb choice to rest up and meet old and new faces and share in the anticipation of the adventure ahead.

We’ve taken the liberty of booking our first night on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2
Tuesday 25th April, 2017 Near Paris to near Clermont Ferrand, France (270 miles)

The object of today is to clear some mileage to place us in the southern region of France but still arrive in good time at our wonderful 4* chateau.

The majority of the route is rural enjoying the wide expanse of the French countryside. Although there are no headline roads associated with the gorge and alpine driving later in this tour, these very quiet rural routes offer a unique blend of driving experience very different from UK driving. 

For lunch we’ll detour to the banks of the River Loire. 

Our magnificent 4* chateau set in the Auverge region of France, is remotely located hence we’ve booked it on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and has all the facilities one would expect to allow you to rest up and recharge the batteries.

Those facilities include a bar, panoramic terrace as well indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Day 3
Wednesday 26th April, 2017 Near Clermont Ferrand to Gorge near Millau, France (220 miles)

The day starts with a wonderful 60 mile drive snaking through the undulating terrain of the Auverge region. By design we then use an unusually enjoyable section of Autoroute to take us south. 

The prequel to lunch you’re sure to not forget as it’s one of worlds most awe inspiring design and engineering feats - the Millau Bridge. Stretching over the Gorge Du Tarn in the Massif Central, reaching up to 300 metres (984 ft), it’s taller than the Eiffel Tower! 

Not even the picture on this tour page can prepare you for the real life experience of seeing this engineering marvel for yourself. 

Then it’s a short journey into the mouth of the nearby gorge to arrive at our hotel. This superb 3* hotel enjoys a premium position in the mouth of the gorge. 

It has modern Zen styled amenities, which complement the intriguing period building and historic surroundings while also benefiting from an outdoor swimming pool and private parking. Due to its very remote location, we’ve again booked tonight’s stay on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. 

Day 4
Thursday 27th April, 2017 Gorge to Cannes (270 miles)

Today starts with an epic drive demanding maximum concentration from the driver while the passenger can enjoy the inspiring views of our morning gorge run. 

Some of the roads may look familiar if you are a Top Gear viewer, as they used some of them to put 3 supercars (Pagini Zonda, Ferrari F430, Ford GT) through their paces. If they’re good enough for Top Gear……

Later, we embark on an entirely different kind of route enjoying wide open roads of a national park area which one client previously described as the “drive of my life”.

After a morning enjoying some of the most incredible terrain the Massif Central has to offer we’ll stop off for lunch before using the Autoroute to clear some mileage and lead us to our hotel on the beachfront of Cannes. 

We are using an ocean facing hotel utilising ocean view rooms for our group. It is conveniently located near the heart of Cannes infamous shops and restaurants. With so many culinary options available we’ve booked both nights on a B&B basis.

Day 5
Friday 28th April, 2017 Rest day

We expect most people will choose to leave the car in the garage, enjoy our hotel's facilities and location and head into Cannes on foot.

For those who want to get in the car, then there are plenty of options including Nice, Monaco and the Col De Turini, the infamous Monte Carlo rally route located a short drive north of the principality. 

Day 6
Saturday 29th, April, 2017 Optional Monaco Drive (95 miles)

For our second day in Cannes we’ll run an optional morning drive which will take us on a tunnel run west into Italy before dropping down into Monaco to run the F1 route then park up for lunch. You can then choose to head back to Cannes after spending however much time suits you in Monaco.

Day 7
Sunday 30th April, 2017 Cannes to near Briancon, France (200 miles)  

We can confidently say that today will provide you with some of the most memorable driving you’ve ever experienced
.

Not only are great roads on today’s agenda such as the Route Napoleon, but you’ll also experience awe inspiring sites in the form of the Gorges Du Verdon. 

Often compared to the mighty Grand Canyon, it certainly isn’t on the same scale but actually has better roads to drive on and that’s the most important aspect to us. Once again if you’re a Top Gear viewer you’ll see some familiar scenery if you remember when Jeremy Clarkson lost a race in an Audi RS4 against 2 rock climbers! 

We use a little known restaurant for our lunch stop which enjoys wonderful panoramic views across the gorge. After lunch we’ll continue our exploration of the gorges finest roads then head back onto the Route Napoleon to guide us north. 

By late afternoon we’ll delight in taking you away from the expected route and into no mans land to drive one of our favourite roads – all 50 miles of it!

It’s one of those special finds that proves that often the most enjoyable roads to drive are actually not the main headlining routes that most people know of.

For the evening, we’ll be returning to a character 3* hotel we’ve used in the past which has been the subject of a major refurbishment. It’s style offers a new dimension of accommodation than experienced so far on the tour and enjoys surrounding Alpine views. 

This is another remotely located hotel so we’ve booked it on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis. 

Day 8
Monday 1st May, 2017 Near Briancon to near Dijon, France (290 miles)

The morning route enjoys quiet sections of ribboned tarmac with snow capped alpine mountains as a stunning backdrop demonstrating just how varied the roads and terrain are on this Spring French Riviera tour. 

We’ll stop at a lake side town for lunch before getting back into high gear to cover some mileage utilising the efficient Autoroute network to guide us to our overnight stop located near Dijon, the capital of Burgundy.

We’ll certainly see off the tour in style as we enjoy our last night in one of our favourite chateau. Set within very impressive grounds this is the perfect venue to rest up and reflect on this truly incredible tour.

Owing to its remote location and to enjoy the last night of the tour together, we have booked this hotel on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.


Day 9
Tuesday 2nd May, 2017 Dijon to Calais, France (360 miles)

Our last day but don’t think that means its just mile eating motorways to endure. 

We’ll start with a wonderful 70 mile cross country route to guide us through rural France before using the Autoroute to take us to our lunch stop on the outskirts of Reims. For those who haven’t visited it, the old Grand Prix pits are just around the corner. After lunch we’ll head north to catch our afternoon Eurotunnel crossing back to Folkestone. 

Upon arriving back in the England we’ll bid farewell as we all slip back into the grim reality of driving on our less than inspiring motorway network to lead us all home.

Until next time…… 
 

 APRIL 24th - May 2nd 2017
CANNES, FRENCH ALPS,
MILLAU BRIDGE, MONACO
& 2 GORGES

8 Nights / 9 Days

Nick Whale Sports Cars

DAY DATE TYPE MILES TUNNEL DEPART ARRIVAL LOCATION
HOTEL
1 MON
24 APR
DRIVE
175
10:50
 N/A
17:30
Near Paris, FR
4* CH
2 TUE
25 APR
DRIVE
270
09:00
17:00
Nr Clermont Ferrand, FR
4* CH
3 WED
26
APR
DRIVE
220
09:00

15:30

Gorge near Millau, FR
3*+ H
4 THU
27 APR
DRIVE
270
09:00
17:00
Cannes, FR
4* H
5 FRI
28 APR
REST
N/A
N/A

N/A

Cannes, FR
4* H
6 SAT
29 APR
Optional
DRIVE
95
TBC TBC
Cannes, FR
4* H
7 SUN
30 MAY
DRIVE
200
09:00 17:00 Nr Briancon, FR 
 3* H
8 MON

01 MAY

DRIVE

290

09:00 17:00 Near Dijon, FR

4* CH

9 TUE

02 MAY

DRIVE 360 17:20 09:00

N/A

N/A N/A
    Total

1880

         
8 nights | 9 days 

A Guided Adventure
Hotels - 6 x 4*| 2 x 3* Return Eurotunnel
3 Nights B&B | 5 Night D,B&B No flights  
Free Sat Nav & Radio hire No ferries
KEY  B&B = Bed & Breakfast | D,B&B = Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
C = Castle | CH = Chateau | H = Hotel | M = Manor House 

Country Codes
AT = Austria | BE = Belgium | FR = France | DE = Germany | IT = Italy | LU = Luxembourg
MC = Monaco | CH = Switzerland | GB = United Kingdom | US = United States of America
All times of arrival are estimated on normal road and traffic conditions and include assumed lunch stops of 1 1/2 hours and 30 minute breaks at the petrol stops. 

 

 INCLUSIVE  EXCLUSIVE
  *8 nights of accommodation
   (6 x 4* / 2 x 3*)

   *D,B&B 5 nights, B&B 3 nights

   *Return Folkestone to Calais 
   Eurotunnel crossing

   *Driving Adventures lead vehicle

   *Pre Programmed Sat Nav system 
   (powered by in car cigarette
    lighter)  T&C’s apply

   *Information packs

   *Powerful two way radios


   *Hotel parking charges
    (If applicable)

   *Dropbox facility for photo sharing 

   *Petrol

   *Tolls

   *Lunch,

   *Dinner (on days 4, 5, and 6) 

   *Drinks etc

 
 ADVENTURE PRICES  (per person)  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

   *£1,645 per person - based on 2
   people in 1 car sharing a twin/double
   room.

   *£1,480 per person - based on 2
   people in 1 car sharing a twin/double
   room if you’ve booked on a previous
   week long tour with Driving
   Adventures.


   *£2,790 per person – based on 1
   person in 1 car in a single room.

   *£2,490 per person if you’ve booked
   on a previous week long tour with
   Driving Adventures.


   Please contact us for any variation
   on the above.

How To Pay 

FIRST PAYMENT DUE WITH
14 DAYS OF BOOKING

  * Option 1
Standing order payments with final balance by 24th February, 2017.  

* Option 2
50% balance deposit when booking, 
   50% final balance due by the
   24th February, 2017.


   * Option 3
* Full payment at the time of booking.

*Total Mileage:- 
   Approx. 1,880 - round trip starting 
   from Calais
 

 *Pre Tour Inspection:- 
   (Not included in the package price) 
   We strongly recommend that your 
   car be subjected to a pre tour 
   inspection by your local service 
   centre so that you (and everyone 
   else) can travel in the comfort that 
   your car is in good shape for the 
   journey.

 *Cars:-
   Minimum – 8
   Maximum – 15

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