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Welcome to the Cȏte d’Azur
We are excited that we will have our European Migration at the French Riviera in Southern France from May 29 to June 1, 2020. Be invited to join us at a spectacular stretch of blue waters and magnificent coastline with famed cities from Marseille to St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Monaco. Experience a backcountry filled with medieval villages, wineries and unspoiled scenery.
Our host airport LFMQ (Aéroport International Du Castellet) sits right next to the French Formula 1 racetrack and is an international VIP airport with premier facilities. It has 5,069 feet (1545 meters) by 98 feet (30 meters) runway and as the racetrack it is privately owned by the Paul Ricard Group. If you need to refuel, you can take advantage of a more than 10 percent discount on the regular fuel price during the Migration. We have also secured 2,500 sqm (27,000 sqft) of hangar space for the event, that is available for you to rent, keeping your precious Cirrus safe and sound during the Migration.
Upon arrival you can recharge with food and drinks right on the hangar. Then the door on the back side of the hangar will open and the bus is right there, ready to take you to the hotel. Our Hotel, the Dolce Frégate Provence is embedded in rolling hills with the deep blue Mediterranean Sea in the background.
After reuniting with old and new friends, a relaxed dinner with some wine, and a good night’s sleep, the beautiful French Riviera is waiting for you to be explored. The bus with English and German speaking guides will take you to scenic Cassis harbor where our privately chartered boat is waiting. On the cruise you will enjoy the coast from the sea and discover the famous “Calanques de Cassis”, spectacular limestone cliff-edged inlets, from the deck of your private boat. After the cruise and all the fresh sea air you will be hungry for the three-course lunch including wine, water, and coffee at the Grand Large Restaurant. This restaurant is located in the heart of Cassis close to the port. From its terrace you can overlook the Mediterranean Sea and the beach. After lunch you can either rest or join us for a tour of Cassis. Needless to say, that you will also have time to shop for that little special thing to bring home.
Back in the hotel it is almost time to get dressed for our gala evening. We will start the evening with a reception on the red-carpet terrace of our hotel. Enjoy chatting with friends, think about the next European Migration location and simply enjoy the view over the hotel premises and of course the Mediterranean Sea. Then, there is our famous our gala dinner. If you want to get rid of some of the calories just gained, the dance floor and our private open bar will be waiting for you.
Of course, it is not all entertainment. The next day will start with education sessions for the pilots and for non-pilots. Timm Preusser will again teach the pilots how to fly safer and Gerda Preusser will give her famous Partner in Command class. Cirrus representatives will round out the morning with a presentation about the latest developments at Cirrus. After another Mediterranean lunch it is time for the second tour. We will start with the winery next door to the hotel. Here you will learn everything about wine making, and will conclude with a tasting of their white, rosé, and red wines. Then you will hop on a bus again and explore Le Castellet. This beautiful little medieval village perched on top of a hill will charm you with its picturesque Provencal atmosphere and carefully restored old streets and houses.
After another Mediterranean dinner at the hotel it is already time to rest and get ready for your flight home and to say goodbye to your friends until next year. Unless you decide to stay a bit longer at this beautiful place.
If you do not want to participate in our excursions, come early or stay a bit longer, our host hotel’s spa and pools are also open for you. Our hotel’s golf courses are amongst the most beautiful in Europe. From two thirds of the 18- and 9-holes golf courses you can see the Mediterranean Sea. Maybe it is a good idea to stay a bit longer after all. The hotel is happy to arrange that for you. On top, as of now (Mid November) we are working on a pre-migration in Avignon.
If you decide to fly-in commercially, you have several options. Marseille, Nice and Toulon airports are all within easy reach. Consider some extra days in Cannes or Nice, visit Grasse, the world capital of perfume, maybe even create your own perfume, enjoy Monaco with its palace and superyachts and gamble in Monte Carlo’s famous casino, or, or, or…the options are endless.
Please note that our hotel has limited capacity and that our migration weekend due to the holiday on Monday, Pentecôte as the French speaking people say, is a very popular travel time. So please book early. Rooms reserved for our Migration that are not booked by March 2nd, 2020 will get back on the general market and will likely be gone quickly. Moreover, will have an early bird special rate for the migration, which ends at the end of January 2020.
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