Motor from Paris to the renowned Champagne region – the first port of call on this exciting 13-day tour. After entering the picturesque Champillon commune, pull into the Royal Champagne hotel and spa. Your home for the next few nights, this luxury property overlooks the rolling hills of Épernay and lies at the edge of the Marne Valley. After arrival, you’ll be treated to a two-hour massage to help you unwind after your long drive.
Rise and shine at the Royal Champagne, ready to explore this bucolic corner of northeast France. After breakfast, it’s time for a leisurely cruise down the Marne river. The Marne – a tributary of the Seine – has proved a source of inspiration for a number of notable French artists, including Cézanne and Corot. As you admire the same riverside scenery they famously captured on canvas, enjoy a glass or two of Champagne – naturellement – paired with a terroir plate.
This morning is your chance to visit a place of pilgrimage for Champagne aficionados: the historic Hautvillers commune, which is situated just a few kilometres from your hotel. It was here in the 1700s that Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon helped refine the production of the region’s famous white wine. Enjoy a guided electric-bike tour of Hautvillers, followed by a picnic. Then it’s onward to Leclerc Briant, a 19th-century maison de négoce (wine merchants), for an exclusive afternoon of Champagne tasting. As F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: "too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right."
Bid adieu to Champillon; it’s back behind the wheel of your supercar, today, for the long cross-country journey to Massignac in southwest France. As you navigate through ever-changing scenery, your luxury vehicle’s high level of performance guarantees a thrilling drive. Once in Massignac, continue on to a château The Telegraph described as “a secret French paradise” – Domaine des Etangs. This romantic estate offers resplendent respite in the country. Take your feet off the pedals and put them up somewhere magical.
Domain des Etangs is just the place to take things easy. Begin your morning with a private wellness session guided by the in-house naturopath; salute the sunrise during a yoga session, or find a quiet spot in which to meditate (with over 1,000 hectares of Charente countryside surrounding you, there are plenty to choose from). After a scenic picnic, enjoy a rejuvenating Japanese facial massage in the afternoon, performed by a local Kobido specialist.
After a refreshing couple of nights in Massignac, it’s time once again to hit the road in your supercar. Continue the journey southwest to the beautiful Bordeaux region, perhaps most famous for the quality and quantity of wine it produces. Arrive at Source de Caudalie, a five-star hotel tucked amidst vineyards and the perfect base for oenophiles. Recuperate after your drive, ready for a day of activities tomorrow.
Be whisked off to Château de Ferrand wine estate for an exclusive day of touring and tasting. This 300-year-old castle in Saint-Hippolyte belongs to the Bich family of Moët and Chandon. Upon arrival, you will be served by the Château’s sommelier in the tasting lounge, surrounded by beautiful frescoes. Afterwards, ‘taste the stars’ in the Grand Salon; enjoy vintage Champagne ahead of a lunch-and-wine pairing devised by Michelin-starred chef Serge Labrosse. Following your meal, imbibe the fresh air and scenery with a stroll around the beautiful grounds and the mysterious Grottes de Ferrand.
From France’s largest wine region to its oldest: today, drive east from beautiful Bordeaux all the way to pretty Provence. At the end of your long journey, you’ll arrive at Villa La Coste in time for a wine-tasting tour. Sample some of the celebrated Provençal bottles stored in the hotel’s private cellar, before a good night’s sleep in one of its 28 luxurious villa suites.
Provence and art are a pairing as classic as cheese and wine. This rustic region provided Van Gogh with the warm light he valued so highly, and proved a beacon to many more luminaries of the French art world, from Renoir to Cézanne (himself a Provençal). Villa La Coste proudly continues this relationship, but with a focus more firmly on the contemporary. Embark on an A&K-exclusive tour of the hotel’s sprawling outdoor art exhibition, discovering the motivation and inspiration behind works by Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, to name but a few.
Swap the rolling Provençal hills for the soaring Alpine mountains, as you journey north on the scenic drive to Megève. Looking out to Mont Blanc, this popular ski resort town affords visitors easy access to hundreds of kilometres of powder-soft slopes. Enjoy a three-night stay here, wrapped up in the five-star luxuries of Les Fermes de Marie. Relax in the hotel’s Pure Altitude Spa, take the cable car to the top of Mont d’Arbois for the ultimate coffee with a view, or experience lesser-travelled trails with a private mountain guide.
On your penultimate day, descend from the giddy heights of the French Alps on a return journey to the Champagne region. Spend the last night of your grande supercar tour in the familiar luxury of the Royal Champagne hotel and spa, in charming Champillon.
Wish a fond farewell to vivacious Champagne; it’s time to head home. Make the journey back to Paris in the driver’s seat of your supercar – a final opportunity to enjoy rolling along French roads in this luxury vehicle.