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Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences.

 

A bit of history
In the mid 1950s the so-called ‘Blue’ train from Paris’ Gare de Lyon lead passengers along the route from Paris to the Côte d’Azur. A road was built in parallel to the train, and outposts of fine French taste started to flourish along this route. As the owners of one of these establishments, Marcel and Nelly Tilloy saw an opportunity to band together with other locales sharing the same unflagging passion for hospitality and excellent cuisine. They offered an enticing culinary itinerary, encouraging travellers to explore all the spots. Soon this itinerary acquired the moniker “La Route du Bonheur” or “Road of Happiness” .

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Jean-André Charial
The beauty of Provence along the Baux de Provence route to Marseille
Jean-André Charial
L’Oustau de Baumanière was founded by my grandfather Raymond Thuilier in 1945. At the time, the best restaurants were located along a main road, the National 7, while the top hotels we...
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Provence
Provence

Jacques Chibois
Best picks itinerary between Provence & Côte d’Azur
Jacques Chibois
These are my “best picks”, which take us on a journey through charming lanes and stunning countryside to the heart of Provence, to discover the region just as you’d always imagine...
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French Riviera / Corsica
French Riviera / Corsica

Carole Bouquet
Tuscany land of grace beetween vinyards and old stones
Carole Bouquet
Tuscany is the embodiment of the sort of sophistication that has always appealed to me - the sophistication of palaces, fine dining and landscapes, inspired by a region which, through its history,...
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Italy
Italy

Cadel Evans
The ’bike’ tour in Provence
Cadel Evans
I discovered Provence thanks to my bike, as you might imagine. When I was in Australia, I used to dream about the Tour de France and when I had the opportunity to take part in it, I was bowled over...
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Provence
Provence

Gilles Ozello
Wine and vineyards tour through Provence
Gilles Ozello
Welcome to Provence, that land of wellbeing and AOC wines! I designed this Wine Route to give the best possible introduction to these terroirs, which stretch from the rolling hills of Rochegude, in...
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Provence
Provence

Jean-Paul Passédat
The ‘major sites’ of Provence from Avignon to Marseille
Jean-Paul Passédat
Why did the greatest artists come to Provence? For the light, of course! So it gives me the greatest pleasure to invite you to come with me on a route of ‘major sites’, where, under cle...
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Provence
Provence

Stéphane Raimbault
Prestige tour of the Côte d’Azur
Stéphane Raimbault
I am from the Vendée and the Atlantic coast of France and have been running L’Oasis with my brothers Antoine and François for twenty years, yet I can assure you that I do not kn...
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French Riviera / Corsica
French Riviera / Corsica

Thomas Keller
Wine country, the Napa Valley
Thomas Keller
For me a visit to California’s famous wine country is much more than just an opportunity to explore premium wines. The lifestyle and rolling, vine-clad hills of Sonoma and Napa Valley - home...
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United States (West)
United States (West)

Sacha Sosno
Culture itinerary from Cap d'Antibes to Monaco
Sacha Sosno
The Côte d’Azur is an amazing region. I settled here for family reasons as my mother is from Nice but what is incredible about the place is its sheer number of artists! Chagall, Matisse...
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French Riviera / Corsica
French Riviera / Corsica

Patrick O'Connell
From Washington DC to the plantations of South Carolina
Patrick O'Connell
More than 50 years ago Relais & Châteaux was first conceived as a travel itinerary from Paris to the South of France with stops at charming and unique properties along the way. This trave...
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United States (East)
United States (East)