Provence – Verdon Tour
We could have called this tour “The Lavender Tour” as this is the predominant colour that will accompany us for the next two weeks of our journey as we experience one of the most beautiful regions of France, that is Provence.
Lavender is the colour given by this plant, with its lavender flowers and aromatic fragrance with accompanying roads that pass through the mountains of the Alps to the sea. The Provence region of south-eastern France between the Alps, the Rhone River and the Mediterranean Sea is rich in history, stunning scenery and beautiful roads. We will visit the cities of Avignon, Marseille, Aix en Provence, Cannes, Monaco and many others. We will cross numerous alpine passes, including the Col de Restefond (2678 m), the Col de la Bonette (2802 m) and the Col de l’Iseran (2770 m). We will go through to the French Riviera, one of the busier tourist areas of France and cross the spectacular canyons of the National Park of the Verdon.
This is a journey starting from the south of Germany along the streets of Romantik Strasse, (the Romantic Road), from Fussen to Wurzburg travelling via a series of roads taking us through small villages, castles, ancient towns which are surrounded by medieval walls, Baroque and Gothic churches and monasteries.
We then travel southwest in the region of Baden-Wurttemberg and find ourselves in the famous Black Forest. The Black Forest is so called because of its composition of dense fir trees, full of hills, woods, valleys with small lakes and waterfalls.
From here we move along Lake Constance, whose shores bathe Switzerland, Germany and Austria, and spend time in its beautiful city. We will travel along beautiful roads in Switzerland where we will ride our bikes across beautiful mountain passes until we get to Andermatt, a famous ski resort, where we spend the night before returning to Milan.
Only sea, sun, islands: this is the real Croatia. A country that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea with a myriad of enchanting islands and crystal clear sea. No scenery could be more perfect, and certainly the coastal area of this country is a treasured tourist destination. However, we must not forget continental Croatia, a wonderful world of high plateaus and mountain ranges crossed by scenic rivers which fall into fresh waterfalls such as those of the Krka River, dotted with lakes and marshes, protected by numerous national parks such as Plivitcka or Kormiti Islands. A succession of historic towns and ancient villages, churches, monuments and castles. A country that suffered, up to a few years ago, the ravage of war but is now just waiting to be re-discovered.