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ROAD TRIP WITH A VINTAGE VW CAMPER THROUGH PROVENCE

Who hasn’t been dreaming of going on a road trip with a vintage VW “Bulli”? Well good news for you, because your dreams are about to get real with 69campers in France!

They offer four vintage VW Campers: called Margot, Gigi, Amélie and Estée. They’re all in amazing shape, with all amenities you can wish for. Matt the owner is also very helpful when it comes to choosing your route. We decided to take pretty turquoise Amélie for a ride and will now tell you about the most fantastic road trip experience we had in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

GORGES DU VERDON

We started off in Fréjus. That’s where the rental company 69 Campers is located. And from here the fun began! Because the cars drive at a rather relaxed speed, you’re bound to take the smaller roads into the backcountry. We picked our first destination to be the national park “Parc naturel régional du Verdon”, without really knowing anything about it. Our first stop was the lake Lac de Sainte-Croix, where we arrived when it was almost dark. You can imagine to what a beautiful surprise we woke up the next morning!

Afterwards we took the D71 heading towards to Castellane, a town at the end of the 21 km long river canyon Gorges Du Verdon. A small pit stop at the local market to buy a pick-nick and we headed back the D952 on the other side of the canyon to enjoy some of the most spectacular views I’ve seen since visiting Arizona and the Grand Canyon. The most impressive part lies here, between Castellane and Moustiers Sainte-Marie, where the Verdon river cut though the limestone mountains and formed some spectacular cliff drops, up to 700 meters deep.

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Road Trip Essentials.
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Lac Sainte-Croix at the end of the Verdon Gorge. Yes it’s really this blue!

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Gorges Du Verdon is a river canyon with 700 meter drops!
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Our awesome rental: Amélie by 69Campers, it was love at first sight!

Moutiers Sainte-Marie

Truth be told, during my research I should have heard or read about this town before. But somehow, I didn’t really get to do my research in my usual manner before our trip so the wow-effect of this little town was even bigger. In fact, it’s so beautiful it seems unreal so I definitely recommend you to make a stop here!

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We spontaneously planned the route every morning on the go…
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Moutiers Sainte-Marie, the cutest little town.
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Dramatic mountain backdrop on the cutest little village houses in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Sillans-la-Cascade, Aups and Tourtour

I can also recommend you visit these three towns, but to be honest we were so keen to get to see the mediterranean sea we decided to head down to the coast and visit Grimaud, Gassin and Ramatuelle before spending the last night of our trip in Saint-Tropez.

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Grimaud, Gassin, Ramatuelle and Saint-Tropez

Of course everyone knows or has heard of Saint-Tropez. But either of the other towns are just as charming! From Gassin you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Golfe de Saint-Tropez. But what would a trip to the south of France be without visiting Saint-Tropez. We recommend you take off your shoes, have light lunch and one or two bottles of rosé wine to give you a break from all the driving!

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Beachbabe Amélie parked at Indie Beach for lunch at Pampelonne Beach.

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Avoid the crowds of Pampelonne beach and head over to the rougher side on l’Escalet!

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Rent your fantastic VW “Bulli” here: www.69campers.com

All pictures: Jessie Schoeller

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