Mille Miglia 11th May - 22nd May 2019From £2,499.00 per person
Mille Miglia, Italy
11th – 22nd May 2019
Just take in some of these numbers: 450 of the finest vintage and classic cars in the world entered, 200 towns visited and 1000 miles covered on the route. The Mille Miglia has to be one of the ‘must see’ events on the historic motoring calendar.
The city of Brescia is a magical place to be during the build up to the race. Every street is lined with some of the most desirable cars on the planet, all set to do battle on the roads of Italy. Expect to see professional and celebrity drivers, as many Gullwing Mercedes as you are ever likely to see in one place!
Our driving tour takes you through the Champagne and Burgundy regions of France before ascending in to the hills of the Jura. We have a stay in Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva before dropping down in to Italy for a three-night stay on Lake Garda. From here we enjoy the lake and start of the Mille Miglia. We then cross back to Lake Iseo, for two nights. We will head back into Brescia for the finish of the race and experience the elation with each team as they cross the line after 1000 hard fought miles on the road.
From Iseo we head towards home with three overnight stops before reaching the terminal of Calais. The first being in the Tamina valley famous for its hot springs. We then cross back through Switzerland for an overnight in Alsace, where a few more cols can be enjoyed. Our final overnight is spent in the centre of Reims.
Saturday 11th May
The first rendezvous point for the Mille Miglia tour is at the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone. The first part of the journey in France will be covered by Autoroute. Your roadbook will then lead you off the autoroute and into the heart of Champagne country. We will have a visit to a Champagne house before arriving at our overnight hotel in Matouges. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Sunday 12th May
We have a superb D-road route planned for you today as you drive out of Champagne and into Burgundy. We pass the Dijon-Prenois circuit, home of the French Grand Prix for many years. Our overnight stay is in a four-star chateau south of Dijon. Dinner is at our hotel this evening.
Monday 13th May
After breakfast we continue on the picturesque back roads of France as we start our ascent into the Jura region. Take in the wild flowers and listen out for the cow bells, so reminiscent with this area of France. As we arrive into Switzerland we’ll take a mixture of flowing Swiss motorways as well as enjoyable local roads. We arrive at the four-star Hotel Victoria, Glion overlooking Lake Geneva. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
Tuesday 14th May
The scenery just gets better today as we pass over the Simplon pass in to Italy. There is plenty of time for a coffee stop to soak up the views at the summit. We cross the border into Italy and have a stop at the first of the three Italian lakes we visit, Lake Maggiore. We arrive at our hotel on Lake Garda at the end of the afternoon, where we are based for three nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Wednesday 15th May
This morning we head down to Brescia by coach to take in the scrutineering and the opening of the Mille Miglia village in the piazza della Vittoria. During the afternoon you have time to explore further before the cars set off on the race. We have a reserved a bar so that you can enjoy the cars as they set off around the city and then again as they pass by leaving Brescia. We will return to the hotel in the early evening.
Thursday 16th May
Today is a car free day! After a relaxed breakfast our private boat will pick us up from the from the hotel for a two hour cruise of Lake Garda before dropping us off at our lunch stop. After lunch our boat will take us to the southern tip of the Lake where we have time to explore before we are dropped back at our hotel. This evening is at leisure.
Friday 17th May
Having checked out of our Garda hotel we drive to Mantua for sightseeing around this historic city. Mantua (or Mantova in Italian) also is home to the Nuvolari museum. From Mantua we will drive to the outskirts of Brescia to visit the Mille Miglia museum. It is then a short drive to our hotel in Iseo. Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.
Saturday 18th May
After breakfast there will be time to enjoy Iseo before we head back down to Brescia to see the competing cars come back into the city and cross the finish line.
Sunday 19th May
This morning we head north through the Sud Tirol to the Timina valley, our hotel is situated a short distance from the natural hot springs in Bad Ragaz.
Monday 20th May
We cross Switzerland today passing the stunning lakes and mountainous scenery. There are plenty more fantastic roads to enjoy as we pass through the Alsace for our overnight in Gerardmer. We will have dinner at the hotel this evening.
Tuesday 21st May
Our penultimate days takes us back up to Reims for our final night in the centre of the city. The finale dinner will be at the hotel this evening.
Wednesday 22nd May
Make your way back to Calais for the Eurotunnel crossing of your choosing.