Where: Italy and France
How Long: 11 Days
An eleven day Tour driving to Italy’s “Motor Valley” via some of the most spectacular alpine passes in Europe, visiting the Ferrari, Lamborghini & Pagani headquarters.
Tour Operator: DrivingforPleasure and European Driving Tours
Available: 9th September - 19th September 2018
Day 1 – Calais to Mulhouse – 390 miles
After the short trip across the channel we travel through three different countries, stopping for lunch in Luxembourg, before reaching our hotel in Mulhouse, near the Swiss border. Although we use the motorways during the day, we have a lovely cross-country section through the northen Vosges mountains. Once you have checked-in you can visit the historic centre of Mulhouse where there are some lovely bars and restaurants.
Day 2 – Mulhouse to Livigno – 270 miles
Three countries in one day again today, as we leave France and cross into Switzerland at Basel. From here we drive to Lucerne where the fun really begins. We head south before reaching the first of today’s passes, the Brunig Pass. Next we climb the Grimsel Pass before reaching the famous Furka Pass (from the James Bond film “Goldfinger”) and making the most of the refreshment and photo opportunities at the summit. From here we follow stunning Swiss roads through the winter resorts of Davos, Chur & Klosters, crossing the Fluela Pass and passing through the Munt La Schera tunnel before arriving in Livigno.
Day 3 – Livigno to Brescia – 170 miles
An early breakfast is in order, after which we will be some of the first cars to the top of the Stelvio Pass today. This will give us the opportunity to tackle the Pass in both directions before the roads get too busy. Having had a coffee at the summit we continue south through little used alpine roads before following the shoreline of Lago d’Iseo and onto Brescia in time for lunch.
We will spend the early part of the afternoon at the excellent Mille Miglia museum just outside of the town. We have negotiated for you to take your cars into the central courtyard of the museum next to the famous Mille Miglia Tavern for a stunning photo opportunity.
Tonight’s hotel is in walking distance of the city centre and although it has a great restaurant there are some superb bars and restaurants in the city.
Day 4 –Brescia – Free day
Today you can chose from a number of options. Brescia is a wonderful town to relax in and for those wanting to stroll into town and visit the boutiques and enjoy Italy’s cafe society there is plenty to keep you busy. Alternatively a drive to Lake Garda is very rewarding. You can drive around the lake or perhaps park in Desenzano or Sirmione and spend the day using the water taxis. Many of our tourists enjoy hiring their own boat on the lake and spending the day on the water. Venice, Padua & Mantova are all within reach. For those with an interest in Motorsport, the town and circuit at Monza make an excellent excursion. Finally for something completely different, the famous prehistoric rock carvings at Val Camonica are well worth seeing.
Day 5 – Brescia to Modena via Imola– 210 miles
Today is one of three full days that we will spend in “Motor Valley”. Based at a superb 4*Superior Hotel near Bologna, over the course of these three days you will have the opportunity to visit all of the main sites in the area. We start today with a brief visit to the Ferrari Mausoleum in Modena before driving into the city to visit the old race circuit. From here we visit the simply stunning Enzo Ferrari museum housed at Enzo’s childhood home. After the visit we will head to our nearby hotel passing by the Maserati factory.
Over these three days we will be leading visits to all of the places you see listed here. You may not wish to visit all of the sites but you do have the flexibility to choose which sites you want to visit and also to visit these sites independently of the main group if you would prefer.
Day 6 – Modena
Today the main group will visit the Lamborghini factory followed by a visit to the Lamborghini museum. Then we travel the short distance to Pagani for a factory tour and a visit to their museum. We then head off to the exceptional Ferruccio Lamborghini museum before rounding the day off with a visit to the Ayrton Senna Memorial at Imola. The Ducati factory and museum is also close by if you would like to visit.
Day 7 – Modena
The main group will spend today visiting Maranello with visits to the Fiorano circuit, the Ferrari Galleria and photo opportunities by the old and the new Ferrari factories. We hope to take lunch in the Cavallino Restaurant used by Enzo himself. After lunch we will visit Hombre Farm for a tour and tasting of the famous Parmigiano cheese. We will also visit the wonderful Maserati Museum.
Our hotel is a wonderful “country club” style hotel with plenty of outdoor space and a swimming pool if you just want to spend the day relaxing. Nearby Bologna offers visitors a wonderful historic centre and the same is true of Modena and Florence.
Day 8 – Modena to Monte Carlo – 260 miles
Another day to savour as we travel down to the Italian Riviera on one of the most spectacular motorways in the world. We follow the coast to our hotel in the heart of Monaco via a lap of the F1 circuit. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore Monaco. The hotel is less than 10 minutes walk from Casino Square and the Cafe de Paris.
Day 9 – Free dayin Monte Carlo
Today is free for you to explore Monaco on foot. You can visit the Casino, the Hotel de Paris, walk the F1 circuit, visit the castle, the cathedral, the Prince’s car collection or the oceanopgraphy museum. If you want to go for a drive you will have waymarkers that will take you to the Col de Turini or the Cime de la Bonette, the highest paved through road in Europe.
Day 10 – Monte Carlo to Beaune – 380 miles
Today is all about driving, but via some stunning routes, beginning with the Route Napoleon all the way from Grasse to Grenoble and then joining the motorway to take us to our hotel in the Burgundy wine region.
Day 11 – Beaune to Calais – 380 miles
The final day takes us through Burgundy and Champagne before arriving back at Calais for our afternoon Eurotunnel crossing back to the UK via a detour to the old race circuit at Gueux, just outside of Reims.