The scenic roads of the French Riviera have long been immortalised in countless hit movies, selected for their breathtaking views that captivate with every corner. These roads have inspired legendary films such as How to Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, Grace of Monaco with Nicole Kidman and several James Bond movies.
The gorgeous Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel has partnered with car rental company Joey Rent to offer guests tailored driving itineraries that follow the steps of these illustrious movie stars. Guests can spend a day in these celebrities’ shoes and enjoy discovering the Côte d’Azur’s most emblematic roads in style. Guests can choose from an impressive selection of super and classic cars including a Maserati Gran Turismo, a Lamborghini Huracan, an Aston Martin, a Ferrari 488 GTB, a Rolls Royce Wmith and an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, just to name a few.
Each experience is tailor-made by Joey Rent’s team, with roadside assistance also on offer to ensure that your adventure is as enjoyable as is possible, allowing you to revel in the region’s enchanting landscapes without sweating the small stuff. Concierges can customise each itinerary according to guest’s interests and provide recommendations on where to stop, where to eat and where to park.
Some of the suggested itineraries include:
The Corniche roads from Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat to Monaco – 60 kilometres / 37.29 miles
This tour has been especially designed to allow guests to explore the famous Corniche roads that join Nice to Monaco along the Mediterranean coast. On this awe-inspiring route, you will drive through the magnificent Eze, a medieval perched village, followed by a visit to La Turbie village and its Trophy of Augustus, which was built in 6 BC in honour of Octavius, Caesar’s nephew and future Emperor Augustus. Your journey will come to a glamorous end in in Monaco, only 20 minutes from the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.
When scenic roads meet French Riviera’s art and culture – 75 kilometres / 46.60 miles
Curated for guests to experience the main cultural highlights along the beautiful scenic roads between Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat and Vence, this adventure begins at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, former home of the Rothschild Baroness, an architectural Belle Epoque jewel with the Côte d’Azur’s most captivating garden. Guests will then continue to Cagnes sur mer and stop at the Grimaldi castle, former residence of the Monaco Princely family, followed by a visit to Saint Paul de Vence. Stop off at the famous Maeght foundation to admire its unique modern art collection before arriving at the famous village which was highly frequented in the 60s by French and international actors like Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. A 10-minute drive from Saint Paul de Vence, the charms of the provençal village of Vence and its Rosary Chapel entirely conceived and decorated by Henri Matisse are not to be missed.
The French Riviera viewed from the coastal roads – 100 kilometres / 62.13 miles
This sojourn highlights the Côte d’Azur’s coastal delights, following the Mediterranean Sea and experiencing the authentic French Riviera way of life in charming villages along the way. The journey kicks off in the fisherman’s village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, with its graceful bay and Vauban fortress.
The iconic Promenade des Anglais in Nice is next, following towards Antibes and passing by the cities of Cagnes sur mer and Villeneuve Loubet which offer different panoramas of the sea. The Fort Carré, another renowned work of Vauban dated from the second half of the sixteenth century will welcome you to the old city of Antibes, a perfect stop for lunch and a walk through its rambling pedestrian streets, home to a Picasso museum and a beautiful daily local market. Do not miss a ride through the Cap d’Antibes with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
To find out more, visit the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel’s here.
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