RAID du SUD - the 29th RAID
Pine trees, palm trees and the blue sea. A completely different RAID feeling!
RAID du SUD: it goes south, on beautiful roads to the Mediterranean Sea.
We start in Gstaad, in front of the famous Hotel Gstaad Palace – the final destination is Cannes-Mandelieu.
Expect an adventurous, sporty-touristic drive through picturesque landscapes, with the southern sun and the blue of the Mediterranean Sea awaiting you at the rally's destination.
This is what awaits you at the RAID du SUD:
Saturday, 14th September 2019
Gstaad - Chamonix - Region Grenoble (approx 280 km)
Welcome, administration, briefing, lunch bag distribution, deployment of the vehicles.
Arrival the day before (Friday, 14th September) on demand.
Hotels of all categories in and around Gstaad with special rates you will find here.
12:30 pm: The RAID du SUD starts in the heart of the village of Gstaad. Unique atmosphere before a picturesque backdrop!
Drive over the Col du Pillon, through the Valais to Chamonix, the traditional Alpine village at the foot of Mont Blanc, then on through the Savoy to the Grenoble region.
Here two renovated hotels await the participants: Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe and Mercure Meylan. Dinner at the hotels.
Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe
Sunday, 15th September 2019:
Region Grenoble – Avignon (approx 260 km)
You will leave the mountainous regions of Savoy on beautiful routes and continue southwards through the already southern landscapes of the Drôme.
Small towns line the route. Lunch at a particularly beautiful place. In the Orange area you can already feel the warm air of the southern regions - and then the city of Avignon, surrounded by imposing medieval walls, comes into sight!
Three excellent hotels in the old town: Novotel Avignon Centre, Mercure Avignon Centre Pont d’Avignon et Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes. Dinner à la provençale at the hotels.
Novotel Avignon Centre
Mercure Avignon Centre Pont d'Avignon
|Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes
Monday, 16th September 2019:
Avignon – Cannes-Mandelieu (approx 210 km)
You will experience Provence, the pine groves, the cedars. The names of the places that line this stage sound promising: Tarascon, St. Rémy-de-Provence, les Baux-de-Provence... On the way: the traditional RAID lunch buffet.
The actual finish of the 29th RAID is a winery close to the sea. And then follows the Free Drive along the coast with the impressive red rocks of the Côte de l‘Esterel on one side and the blue sea on the other side serving as a great backdrop.
Check-in at the hotel in Cannes Mandelieu (Hotel Pullman Royal Casino****). The very comfortable hotel in a unique location directly by the sea already featured as a highlight at last years’ RAID. Gala dinner and award presentation on the large terrace, with the sea and the chain of lights of Cannes as a beautiful backdrop.
|Hotel Pullman Royal Casino
Tuesday, 17th September 2019
Breakfast at the hotel. Farewell, au revoir – until next summer and a new RAID!