Just a stone’s throw from the French Riviera coastline is a canyon thought to be Europe’s most beautiful. If you love spectacular panoramas, breathtaking natural beauty and generally getting off the beaten track, this may well be the day trip for you.
Although we usually recommend itineraries with minimum driving time when preparing outings for our clients, this is one of the exceptions to that rule.
This day trip involves a lot of driving along windy mountain roads, however, the surrounding natural beauty makes it well worth the drive.
THE ITINERARY :
1st STOP – Castellane
From your French Riviera accommodation, your Friend in France guide will drive you up through the hinterland of Cannes and Grasse westwards to Castellane. A sleepy little town with one foot in Provence and the other in the Alpes. A great place for a coffee break before hitting the canyon road.
2nd STOP – Route des Cretes (the canyon road)
The next leg of the road trip will take you along the canyon road from Castellane to the beautiful village of Moustiers Saint Marie.
Although the villages are only about 50kms apart, along the way there will be plenty of photo stops, canyon gazing and bird watching to slow things down to a very leisurely pace.
Half way between Castellane and Moustiers Saint Marie you’ll take a little detour through the Route des Cretes which runs right along the very top of the canyon with sheer 700m drops in certain places and 14 fantastic panoramic stops to choose from.
From there, you’ll continue on your journey towards Moustiers Sainte Marie passing the beautiful turquoise waters of Saint Croix lake, which stands out like a jewel.
Your lunch stop can either be a picnic on the banks of Lake Saint Croix or a little restaurant in the village of Moustiers Saint Marie. The choice is completely yours to make and both are equally charming.
3rd STOP – Moustiers Saint Marie
Moustiers is a picture perfect Provencal village that has charmed every visitor we’ve ever taken there, to the point that most simply don’t want to leave.
The village has a dramatic mountainous backdrop and it overlooks romantic Provencal countryside. Its pretty streets will lead you along a river to a waterfall and up to an ancient chapel or into traditional arts & craft boutiques. Every turn you take offers a new and interesting perspective.
On the way back to Nice, you’ll hop onto the motorway to cruise back to your Riviera accommodation.
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Panoramas, panoramas, panoramas!
Swooping buzzards, rushing waters...
Lake St Croix...like a turquoise gem
The village of Moustiers Sainte Marie
You'll enjoy this tour if you...
Love breathtaking natural beauty
Want to get away from the crowds
Like road trips
Estimated duration: 9 hours
Recommended start time: 09:00
Seasonal availability: All year round
- Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
- Comfortable, fully air conditioned minivans with capacity of 8 passengers
- Your very own English-speaking driver/guide
- Freedom to adjust the itinerary to suit your pace and interests
- Onboard refreshment
- Your additional activities or purchases
- Meals and refreshments
Your holiday time is precious.
Our team is here to help you get the very best out of your sightseeing time on the French Riviera.
We believe that one size CANNOT fit all, all of our itineraries can be adapted to your specific interests and pace.
We have a wealth of knowledge about French Riviera at our fingertips as well as extensive on the ground experience which enables us to create and adjust daytrip itineraries that will take you straight to the places you’ll love the most. No disappointment or time wasted.
NOTE : This price tour packages included tax & max 8 persons in a group.