Broadcaster and car enthusiast, Dan O’Connell and travel writer, Diana Millos take you on a weekend tour of the French Riviera and reveal the fascinating history of the La Turbie Hill Climb.
If you love great driving roads, the historic hill climb from Nice to La Turbie – one of the earliest motor races – is something very special. With the beautiful French Riviera as your backdrop, the short 20km route begins in Nice where you can enjoy the delights of the old town, and travels close to one of the most beautiful villages in France - Èze, before ending in the small commune of La Turbie with its Roman remains and spectacular views overlooking Monaco. For connoisseurs of travel, motorsport, or both, this journey has it all.
The La Turbie hill climb was instrumental not only in the birth of the modern motor car, but in the birth of the first ‘Mercedes’ cars. So what better way to experience this most beautiful of routes than in a Mercedes-Benz from Avis. Whether it’s a saloon, 4x4, cabriolet or a red-blooded AMG model, a Mercedes is the best way to enjoy this Riviera adventure, or any special weekend you’re planning.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet delivers a smooth, responsive ride. Enjoy the calm of the wood and leather-finished cabin, complete with advanced safety and entertainment technology. Even with the roof the down, the AIRCAP® feature ensures that you only feel a light breeze in your hair. So you can focus on the road ahead, and the view all around.
With sophisticated design and technology to match, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet turns heads for all the right reasons. Inside the well-appointed interior, there’s space for everyone – and at the touch of a button, up to speeds of 30mph, the roof retracts and the stunning interior becomes one with the outside world.
Discover the places we visited in the Street Circuit Weekender film and experience the magic of the French Riviera for yourself.
Nice old town is a great starting point if you're following the La Turbie route. Explore the little shops in and around the market before sitting down for a coffee and bite to eat in the Place Rossetti.Find out more
Set in the heart of Èze, this spectacular 5-star hotel offers truly incredible views over the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and features four restaurants, along with a tennis club and wellness centre.Find out more
Built by the Romans to celebrate emperor Augustus' victory over the Gauls, the ancient monument is one of many delights on offer in the beautiful hill-top town of La Turbie.Find out more
For one of the most impressive sunsets across the Riviera, the Tête De Chien is the pace to view it.Find out more