Grand Tourist Offers Ultimate Driving Tour in Europe Alps
The mountain passes and gorges of the French Alps offer perhaps the most spectacular & challenging driving experience in Europe. Dramatic climbs and descents through breathtaking Alpine scenery, the only sounds the music of your engine and the wind in your hair. Roads winding through ancient villages and farmland take you back to the halcyon days of motoring.
Grand Tourist has developed the following itinerary, featuring some of the most dramatic mountain driving in Europe and a selection of first class hotels including the renowned Albert Premier in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and the wonderful Georges Blanc Gourmet village and spa at Vonnas.
Our route takes in the Champagne District where we stay in a magical French Chateau and the wine-producing region of Burgundy, where wine tasting and gourmet dining is ‘de rigeur’. On leaving Burgundy we head into the Alps for a day of Alpine motoring. We cross the mighty River Rhone, drive along the shores of the magnificent Lac du Bourget to Aix-les-Bains. Here we start the ascent to the first Alpine pass of our journey the Col du Glandon, and then a spectacular climb, beloved by Alpine cyclists, up the astonishing hairpins of the D211 to L’Alpe d’Huez, high in the French Alps.
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We include the highest pass in Europe in our Alpine Adventure the dramatic drive up the D64 to Col-de-la-Bonette. A truly spectacular road taking you through the tree-line to the narrow windy summit of the pass where you can park and enjoy the astonishing views.From the summit of Col-de-la-Bonette it is tempting to head on over the pass and down towards Nice and Monaco, to enjoy a few days on the French Riviera.
Alternatively we recommend more fun in the Alps – traversing the most spectacular Alpine passes between France & Italy including Col-de-l’Isere to Val-d’Isere and the Col-St-Bernard back into Italy. A couple of nights at the famous Albert Premier Hotel, Chamonix will really recharge the batteries! Here you can relax by the pool and enjoy the fine dining and hospitality of this most luxurious of Alpine retreats. Our recommended route northwards is via Macon and the banks of the River Saone to over-night in the beautiful town of Beaune. Wine-tasting, fine dining and medieval splendour are impossible to avoid in this delightful little town.
The ultimate Alpine adventure includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in first class hotels & chateaux
- Buffet style breakfast daily
- Dinner at the Albert Premier Hotel, Chamonix
- Dinner in the Village of Vonnas at L’Ancienne Auberge
- Wine-tasting in Burgundy, Macon and Beaune
- Spectacular driving and detailed itinerary
- Tailor-made travel arrangements
- Ferry/Euro-tunnel bookings as required
- Maps, guides and general regional information
Prices for this amazing adventure from £1495 pp sharing a twin or double room
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