Paris – Beaune – Luberon – Grand Canyon du Verdon – Vence – Milan – Venice – Florence – Rome
After travelling by rental car through some of the most scenic regions of France, you will switch to the rails for a trip around the Riviera to Milan, then continue on to Venice, Florence and Rome.
This enchanting little hotel is situated in the heart of Paris, in the shadow of the Louvre. It is so close to St. Germain l'Auxerrois that you can hear the hymns from the former "King's Church" and see the Gothic windows from your bedroom. In the cellar there is an old printing press that was used to print illegal leaflets during the French Revolution. It is said that the reception area was once the Café Momus (a debating club of the revolutionaries) and it was here that Puccini allowed parts of his opera "La Boheme" to be played. Breakfast, true to Parisian custom, is served in your suite. The hotel is air conditioned. Sophie Aulnette has managed the hotel for the past 10 years and personally attends to her guests' comfort. Tickets to local museums and other attractions can be purchased at a shop near the hotel.
Rental car pick-up
Broker: Sunny Cars
Vehicle: Mietwagen Sunnycars
Rate: Sunnycars (Stand: 29.04.2019): DR – Peugeot 2008 /AC/4dr oder ähnlich, All-in/FF
Location: Paris Railway – Gare de Lyon
The manor house has served as an inn since the 16th century and many famous people have stayed there – including Ludwig XIV. The property was fully renovated in 1986 and turned into a modern hotel. One of the towers contains a glass elevator which offers nice views of the old town. The rooms are decorated with priceless antiques. The hotel has a first-class restaurant with an excellent wine cellar. The old wine cellar, a cosy room with a low, arched stone ceiling, is used as a breakfast room when the courtyard cannot be used due to inclement weather.
This country inn is located in the regional park of Luberon in the heart of Provence. The 200-year-old building, which is typical of Provence, has been meticulously restored. It exudes joie de vivre and comfort. Each of the 14 rooms has unique furnishings with traditional furniture, colorful tiles, local fabrics and warm colors. Most of the rooms are large enough for families. The sizable park shaded by sycamores offers a refreshing pool for hot days. The food is a daily highlight here. An ample breakfast is served with homemade jams, fresh fruit from the market and figs from the inn's own garden. In the evenings, your host, Thierry, will conjure up a tasty seasonal meal made with local ingredients. If you are interested, you can even take a cooking course delving into the secrets of Mediterranean cuisine.
The auberge is situated in a huge garden just one kilometre from Moustiers, a charming little village on the backdrop of high mountains. Breakfast is excellent – and not just compared to the standard French breakfast. The host is a passionate collector of antiques, old watches, and historic home appliances, so you will find such items all around the premises. The tranquil atmosphere is remarkable at this hotel, which is an ideal starting point for excursions to the Grand Canyon.
Attractions:Grand Canyon du Verdon
This guesthouse in downtown Vence was a pharmacy in the 18th century – the oldest pharmacy in the French Riviera. The building subsequently served as the residence of a wealthy family and was later used as a small hotel before being acquired by its current owners, who converted it into the elegant guesthouse it is today. The inninterior reflects Venceimportance as a city of artists: the reception area is decorated with modern sculptures and original paintings, while the living room contains a large library. The guest rooms are all air conditioned. A garden with a swimming pool is available to guests.
Rental car drop-off
Location: Nice, Railway Station
The number 5 is important to this B&B: The little inn with the house number 5 boasts five delightful guestrooms decorated in traditional Milan style with meticulous attention to detail. All rooms have air-conditioning and an Internet connection. Yet what guests cherish most is the simple, sincere hospitality of hosts Michaela and Sandro, who go out of their way to make travellers feel welcome. From the location just northwest of the city centre, public transportation can easily be taken to all important sites.
The 15th century palazzo, former residence of a wealthy Venetian family, is located in the maze of narrow streets in the heart of Venice near the Rialto Bridge. Today it houses a B&B. Each room is tastefully decorated in an individual design and partly furnished with antiques. The idyllic, green inner courtyard with the ancient well was once open and led to the canal. Here you can enjoy breakfast in the morning or the peace and quiet, reviewing the impressions gained after a strenuous day of sightseeing. All major sites are within easy walking distance.
The sixteenth century villa with a beautiful garden is surrounded by olive groves, vines, rows of cypress trees and ochre-coloured farmhouses – all this just twenty minutes from Florence and a little more than thirty from Siena. It is more like a private house than a hotel: a Tuscan villa with its family antiques, an elegant but very warm ambiance, spacious and quiet bedrooms, lavish breakfasts. The latter feature a large buffet that includes Tuscan specialities such as fresh ricotta cheese, the local focaccia bread, prosciutto and home-made brioche. Whereas the loggia looks out onto a formal garden, the swimming pool is located in an olive grove. All the bedrooms are spacious – most are even enormous – some have frescoed walls and ceilings, and a couple of them have a fireplace. Each room has its own refrigerator, computer outlet, safe, air conditioning, an electric kettle and a tea and coffee tray. The view is of the garden, the olive grove or the central courtyard with the old well and fragrant creeping vines. The bathrooms have been decorated with thorough attention to detail, each with handmade tiles and some with original frescoes. Read more→
Getting to Florence from the hotel is quite easy: guests can drive into the city and park at the train station, drive to a large park & ride parking lot just outside of Florence and take the tram into town, or take the bus to Florence from a stop two miles from the hotel. A visit to a working winery, including wine tastings and a light buffet of local products, can be booked upon request.
This centuries-old building is located in the city centre, between the Spanish steps and the Via Veneto. Marco and Giulia, the enterprising proprietors who have roots in the hotel business, have completely restored the property and now offer modern, comfortable accommodation in a historical building. Marco can suggest the best sites to see – he is an accredited Rome tour guide. The building offers many practical conveniences. An elevator takes guests to the air-conditioned rooms on the three upper stories. The upstairs suites have a view extending over the roofs of the old city to the dome of St Peters. You're guaranteed a good night's rest here (a valuable commodity in Rome), as the guesthouse is next door to a convent!