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Where to spend the night along the Route Napoleon?

At the end of our upcoming France trip, we're driving from Chambery toward Nice along the Route Napoleon with an overnight stop along the way. To find a place to spend the night, I've been looking at some of the towns along the Route, and Vallier de Thiey looks appealing, as it's small and quaint, but not too small, so I think there would be a few lodging and dining options. Has anyone stayed in a town along the Route? Any suggestions? Ideally, we'd like to stay more toward the southern end, as we'll be able to get quite a bit of driving in the first day and the next day will be our final full day in France and we'd like to dedicate some time to Nice. Thanks!

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Hi, No, I haven't yet stayed in any towns along the Route? Towards the southern end what about Grasse? Any particular site(s) you're after along the Route?

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We've stayed in Digne-les-Bains and found it a nice town, up in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Sisteron, which is probably not close enough to the end for you to want to stay the night, is set against the side of a mountain with a huge drop off. Be sure to stop and look. For an overnight, would you be willing to go off the Route to Moustiers-Ste-Marie, which in itself is a must-see due to having one of most spectacular settings of any village in France. You'd have to drive along the edge of the Gorges du Verdon to get there, but the drive along the Gorge is another breathtaking experience. The next morning you could drive on into either Cannes, if you follow the route to the end, or directly into Nice.