ORGANIZING A STAY ALONG ROUTE NAPOLÉON

ORGANIZING A STAY ALONG ROUTE NAPOLÉON

TREKKING ON FOOT OR ON HORSEBACK

NEW STRETCH OF GR406
For the Bicentenary, the “Voie Impériale” (Imperial Way) listed GR406 is growing. The itinerary offers a chance to follow in the Emperor’s footsteps and those of his troops from Grasse to Castellane along 55km of secure marked (PdiPR) trails, which can be taken in both directions).
This can be done on foot or on horseback, itinerant over its entire length over a period of several days or along one section in a day.
NB: In spring 2015 – 2 publications planned:
– National Topoguide on the GR406 from Grasse to Sisteron
– Trekking map on Route Napoléon (on foot and on horseback) from Grasse to Castellane

Route Napoleon Plaque - © Guillaume Piolle / , via Wikimedia Commons

Route Napoleon Plaque – © Guillaume Piolle / , via Wikimedia Commons

LAUNCH OF THE GRAND ITINÉRAIRE DE TOURISME ÉQUESTRE – MAY 2015
The Trail Riding Itinerary named Route Napoléon à Cheval relies on signage and is made up of 26 legs between Grasse and Laffrey. The Carto-guide available in Tourist Bureaux or from the following address (Route Napoléon à Cheval – 15, Les Horizons Bleus – 13620 Carry-le-Rouet, France) lists nearly 70 accommodation units and some fifty tourist sights.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

NB : Over the entire itinerary, bike-friendly accommodation is available to customers with tools and services for their bikes.

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE VICINITY OF DIGNE
The FFC mountain-biking site of Digne-les-Bains has 300km of marked trails, 17 circuits and 2 itinerant routes.
Map of tours on sale at the Tourist Bureau. www.ot-dignelesbains.fr

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE VAL DE DURANCE
The Mountain-Biking Base of Val de Durance, recognized as one of France’s mountain-biking spots has over 600km of trails for all levels of skill. Equipment is available for rental from the Tourist Bureau in Château-Arnoux.
Suggested stay
• 3 days of mountain biking in Upper Provence starting from Château-Arnoux, 120km of trails on the Mountain-Biking Base of Val de Durance,
accommodation in gîtes d’étape, full board including baggage transfer: €100 per person. Valid year round, 1 to 15 pax: www.valdedurance-tourisme.com

MOUNTAIN BIKING NEAR GAP
L’Espace VTT FFC des Vallées du Gapençais offers 900km of varied itineraries, between 500m and 2,000m above sea level. These different routes make it possible to discover the treasures and landscapes of this territory, between mountains, forests, alpages, lakes and torrents.
Suggested stay:
A tour of Pays des Vallées du Gapençais, 4 to 7 days according to experience. The stages can be dissociated for shorter stays. 200km in the Valleys around Gap and 6 stages of 30km per day on average. Specific red marking. Partner accommodation transfers baggage to the following stage. Participants book their accommodation with the partner of the tour: www.valleesdugapencais.info

Monument to commemorate the route Napoleon at  Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur - By Fr.Latreille (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Monument to commemorate the route Napoleon at Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur – By Fr.Latreille (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF ROUTE NAPOLÉON

FROM THE GAP-TALLARD AIRFIELD
Located precisely on Route Napoléon, the world-famous Gap-Tallard airfield is the top European platform for leisure flying with nearly 80,000 flights a year.
Exceptional atmospheric conditions enable the practice of all light air sports side by side: first flights on a glider, paragliding, ultralight or autogyro, hot-air balloon, tandem freefall and helicopter rides, pilot training. The choice is great.
Information:
La Maison de l’Air – open year round 7 days a week: www.gap-tallard.com

FROM THE FREE-FLYING SITE OF SAINT-ANDRÉ-LESALPES
This paragliding site, world famous for its truly exceptional atmospheric conditions, regularly hosts world-class events.
Information:
La Maison de l’Air – open year round 7 days a week: www.ot-st-andre-les-alpes.fr

FROM THE CHÂTEAU-ARNOUX SAINT-AUBAN AIRFIELD
The National Gliding Centre offers ideal conditions to enjoy gliding: flights from €100 from March to October to discover the remarkable landscapes of Upper Provence, lavender fields in bloom in June and July, lakes and gorges of the Verdon River…
Reservations at the Tourist Bureau of Château-Arnoux: www.valdedurance-tourisme.com

MOTORCYCLING

Between vertiginous downhill rides, steep cliffs and gorges cut in the mountains, streams, peaceful little towns, upland passes, roads overlooking the sea or outing along the beach, this route is perfect for bikers. Loyal to the Emperor who gave it its name, it features many establishments to Napoleon’s glory, and can be explored either from North to South or from South to North.
More at: www.mototourismepaca.fr

ORGANIZED TOURS FOR GROUPS

TOUR OF GRASSE – 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT
From 20 participants; valid in May – June – September – October 2015
Agenda:
• Road trip by car
• Accommodation at Château de Taulane
• Creation of a perfume by Galimard
• Saint-Cézaire Cave
• Hike in the Monts d’Azur Biological Reserve (bison)
• Guided tour on the theme of Napoleon in Grasse.
On the basis of 20 participants, double rooms From € 1 055 per person for 10 2CV vehicles, known as Deudeuches
From € 980 per person for 10 “prestige” vehicles
Contact: Voyages en Aparté – Club Med Voyages +33 (0)4 92 38 34 40 agence.antibes@clubmed.com

ROAD TRIP ALONG ROUTE NAPOLÉON IN A VINTAGE CAR
Rent-a-Classic-Car offers a chance to drive along Route Napoléon in legendary convertibles. The collection covers the “chrome years”, from the “chic fifties” and “swinging sixties” to the “psychedelic seventies”.
More at: www.rentaclassiccar.com

ROUTE NAPOLÉON IN A “DEUDEUCHE”
From 20 participants; valid in April – May – June 2015 Starting from Mandelieu, a road through Mougins, Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey and Grasse
Agenda:
• Day-long road trip and sampling of syrup made from flowers
• Tour of the Fragonard Perfumery and olfactory test
• Guided tour of Grasse on the theme “Napoleon and Grasse” From €425 per person
Contact: Voyages en Aparté – Club Med Voyages +33 (0)4 92 38 34 40 agence.antibes@clubmed.com

TOURS ORGANIZED FOR INDIVIDUALS

ROAD TRIP ALONG ROUTE NAPOLÉON IN A VINTAGE CAR
Rent-a-Classic-Car offers a chance to drive along Route Napoléon in legendary convertibles. The collection covers the “chrome years”, from the “chic fifties” and “swinging sixties” to the “psychedelic seventies”.
More at: www.rentaclassiccar.com

IN NAPOLEON’S FOOTSTEPS IN HAUTES-ALPES DÉPARTEMENT

Includes a visit of the Museum, the neighbouring Napoléon refuges and exhibitions held for the Bicentenary From € 216 on the basis of two days in half-board for two.

Contact: Pavillon Carina +33 (0)4 92 52 02 73 www.carina-hotel.com

GUIDED TOURS IN NAPOLEON’S FOOTSTEPS

IN GRASSE
The tour recounts daily life in the Provençal town: tour of Espace Napoléon evoking the great man’s rise to power, the circumstances and anecdotes concerning his passage in Grasse on 2 March 1815. No reservation required; 30 participants maximum
Saturdays, 1, 8 & 15 March – 3pm from the Tourist Bureau of Grasse – Full price: €4
Year round for groups by reservation: patrimoine@ville-grasse.fr

IN UPAIX
In 2015, the “Castrum de Upaysio” Association organizes guided tours of the village on the theme of Napoleon (reservation required), to be amazed by the beauty of its heritage from the mediaeval tower with its breathtaking view on Route Napoléon.
Tourist Bureau: +33 (0)44 92 65 09 38 info@ot-laragne.fr

IN BARRÊME
Sunday 26 July: Guided tour of Barrême on the theme of Napoleon for the Lavender Festival.

IN GRENOBLE
7 March to 7 October 2015, on the 7th day of each month: the Tourist Bureau of Grenoble organizes guided tours of the city in Napoleon’s day
NB: In the summer of 2015, outings will be theatricalized on the theme of Napoleon

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