SAINT TROPEZ Peninsula Tours

SAINT TROPEZ and the WINE COUNTRY

The mention of Saint Tropez and the Mediterranean coast evokes images of glamour, beaches and celebrity. There’ s all of this and much more we will show you.

Discover St. Tropez which is not only a famous seaside resort but also a genuine Provencal village with a rich cultural heritage. Your experted driver/guide will lead you for an unforgettable discovery of the architectural and traditional beauties of St. Tropez. Join the "scene" at the Place des Lices where there are countless popular cafés and twice a week a lively market.

Drive on the “Route du Vins de Provence” to Ramatuelle one of the charming medieval villages and to Gassin. After a short walk uphill, you will arrive at the center of the village and its remarkable medieval church.

Enjoy your private tour by a wine maker at two family owned wineries and learn about our Rosé Wine, the grape varieties, how the soil influents the taste and why we make this wine: it was Brigitte Bardot who put it on the map! You will also taste “Côte de Provence” white and red wine served with olives and snacks or with anchoïade, saussages, fresh vegetables and home made bread.

This is the perfect contrast to your last stop which is at Port Grimaud Harbor, a village with a unique charm,  designed by the famous French architect François Spoerry. Resembling a Mediterranean fishing village, it is a modern complex of luxury housing with a fully equipped marina. Along the way you will pass colored houses covered with Roman tiles. They are linked by canals, alleys, tiny squares, and bridges.

Full Day Tour ( full program  with 3 wineries ) 6 1/2 hour ( including free time for lunch)              or         Half Day Tour 3 1/2 hours   2 wineries and 1 village ( morning or after-noon )

 

WINE APPRECIATION Rosé and Red Wines

We are proud about our Rosé and Red wines.

On the Road of Provence's Rosé Wine

This dry and fresh wine was «invented» in Provence (some people say by Brigitte Bardot) and we produce 8% of the world's production.

Our wine expert guide-driver will introduce you to local producers and you will savor this quality wine with its fruity «legs » and its light colors. Learn how to make this wine, how the climate and the Mediterranean influence the product, talk to the “vigneron”, visit de cellar and the vineyard before tasting several samples of Rosé, but also white and red wine

This 3 1/2 hour tours gives you the opportunity to explore 2 wineries and a Medieval village.

CÔTE DE PROVENCE Wine Route

A Full Day tour in gently undulating countryside with several stops in the Wine Country

Wine was introduced to France 600 BC by the Phoenicians. The Romans later divided the region into large domains and, being experienced producers, introduced new grape varieties and improved wine-making methods.
The wines of Provence became well-known outside France during the Middle Ages. They were taken to the London court by Eleanore of Provence who became Queen of England. They were the favorite wines of French Kings in the 17th/18th Century.
The vineyard has been called “Côtes de Provence” since the 19th Century . The end of the 20th Century marks their rebirth as quality wines linked to the region’s geography, its climate and the growers’ “SAVOIR FAIRE” (KNOW-HOW)
From the early 20th century, excessive production had harmful effects on the quality of wine and measures had to be taken to protect it. Trade associations were founded to improve the quality of the products and the new trade requirements led to the certification of wines. The AOC (« Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée »- certified origin wine) became the main reference for wine production, with strict rules for its application defined by a decree in 1935 and the motto is: “Quality – not Quantity”.
We will visit the vineyards and the wine cellar and then organise a wine tasting of several varieties, labeled « Côtes de Provence » which is nowadays more and more valuable. An “Oënologue” will tell you all the secrets about wine and you can discover the quality and the wine variety and learn how to evaluate a « Côte de Provence »  wine, its colour, its bouquet and its aromas. We will serve you special Provençal Appetizers and/or Lunch according to your wishes

FOOD & WINE Walking Tour

Before that Saint Tropez was put on the map by Brigitte Bardot the Impressionist painters as Signac, Vuillard, Bonnard etc...settled in this charming fishermen village. Their paintings are displayed in the « Musée de l'Annonciade » ( a guided visit is optional ).

During this walk we offer you the opportunity to meet local painters either in their studios or galleries, established painters as well as upcoming artists.

You love French food and wine ?

Enjoy a cheese tasting with French bread and a glass of Rosé Côte de Provence Wine in a local Bistro and taste the famous «Tarte Tropezienne» invented for Brigitte Bardot.

An other stop will be hold in the studio of a handicraft man creating the finest leather sandals « Les Tropeziennes », a family business for generations

During the summer season all Fashion shops are here !

Our guide will introduce you to Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior which are located in former private homes. All other French and Italians designers are represented and « Kiwi » and « Bleu » are two local designers for beach and sport wear and you discover what is « trendy » this year !

Other possibilities for Shopping : trendy huts and sandals, art work, food and wine........just ask your private guide

CANNES & GRASSE Perfume Tour

FULL DAY 8 hours

Cannes is Côte d’Azur’s most famous resort and home to the international renowned Film Festival, hold in May.
Take the opportunity to walk on the famous ‘Red Carpet" and stroll the palm-lined Croisette Boulevard with the Carlton Palace which separate the town from sandy beaches.

Cannes is one of the best places to do some serious shopping on the French Riviera: Window shop at Chanel and then head over one block to "Rue d’ Antibes" for an endless selection of boutiques.

Relax at one of the street café’s watching people before walking around the Old Town " Le Suquet" from where you can enjoy a nice view overlooking the Mediterranean. We suggest you have lunch there before driving to the world capital of the Perfume industry.

 Grasse is famous for its perfume factories and you can enjoy a stroll around the old town. The essences produced in Grasse are the basic materials of the French and international perfume industries. A visit to a Perfume factory gives you a general idea of the manufacturing process, one of the world's oldest, which started in the 16th century with the Medici Family and developed under Louis XIV.

Additional: A Perfum Seminar might be organized to   CREATE YOUR OWN PERFUM !