The hilltop village of Le Castellet plays host to this trip, which gives you a snapshot of traditional French country life. Everything about this slowed-down settlement is charming, from the Provençal-style cottages to the Medieval stone church. As you weave through the narrow streets, you’ll get the lowdown of the village’s history from a clued-up guide. The route curves all the way to Le Castellet’s most iconic feature, an 11th-century castle perched on the hillside. The views from here stretch right across the countryside, and the sharpest eyes will spot the Circuit Paul Ricard – a bright blue race track where F1 legend Nigel Mansell has held the lap record for more than 25 years. After you’ve poked around the craft workshops and pottery stalls, you’ll take a short drive to an authentic Provençal vineyard. There’s a pretty little chapel in the grounds, and nearly 80 acres of grape-laden vines. You’ll get the full line-up of red, white and rosé to try, before boarding the coach back to Toulon.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.