The Italian Rally
8 days – Starting 6th September 2020 | £8,299 per team of two
With style, stunning scenery, superb food and 5 star hotels. We have selected the finest roads, cuisine and spa accommodation in Europe for you. Travelling by deluxe ferry to Spain we then enjoy the delights of the Pyrenees and Southern France before our finale in Italy.
We take the ferry over to Santander and stay locally before we drive along the coast towards the Pyrenees. We pass Andorra, aiming for the Côte d’Azur and St Tropez to enjoy a two night stay. Then continuing through Monaco to Rapallo, our final destination is Modena, where we will enjoy our grand finale dinner in the Ferrari Museum.
Day One and Two
Starting from Plymouth on the flagship vessel of Brittany Ferries the Pont-Aven, we dine together on board then overnight (private luxury cabins) to Santander. On arrival we have a short hop to Eurostar Real Hotel for the first night in Spain before setting of eastwards.
We then head along the Spanish coast heading for France and the Pyrenees with some lovely driving roads before our next delightful stop in France at The Eugenie Meadows Maison Guérard.
A graceful country Estate, a haven for the senses, with a Michelin starred restaurant, this aristocratic dwelling is a delightfully tranquil retreat for body and soul amidst enchanted herb gardens and ancient roses. Michel Guérard composes the most delectable morsels, whilst Christine, Adeline and Eléonore have instilled a sense of beauty. Enjoy the piano bar, the spa area, the restaurant and the gardens.
Heading through the Pyrenees we aim for Carcassone. Hôtel de la Cité is an integral part of the heritage of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the heart of the medieval city, built on the site of the former episcopal palace, our 5-star hotel adjoins the Basilica of St. Nazaire and overlooks the lower town from the ramparts, offering an enchanting view of the city, its gardens, its walls and its stones which crossed the centuries. The reception area and the lounges impress you with a mix of NeoGothic decor and the Art Deco spirit of the 1920s.
Day Five & Six
Heading towards the Cote d’Azur for our two nights stay on the outskirts of St Tropez. Built in the 19th century and fully restored since, the 5-star Château de la Messardière, regarded as a genuine institution in Saint Tropez has maintained all its extraordinary original character. This exclusive property is Saint Tropez’s largest hotel featuring a Spa, gourmet restaurant, poolside restaurant, bars, an art gallery and magnificent 25-acre grounds .
We now aim towards the Italian Riviera coast and Rapallo. The Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa is one of the most prestigious properties on the eastern Ligurian Riviera – overlooking the Portofino Promontory with a breath-taking view of the Gulf of Tigullio is housed in an elegant Art Nouveau style residence that dates from 1908.
We head inland towards Modena and Hotel Rua Frati 48 in Modena Rua Frati is part of the historic Italian mansions and combines the old with a modern elegant feel.
In the evening we have the final Gala dinner, in the Ferrari Museum hall of Champions where will also have some Ferrari simulators for you to try.
Time to say farewell to friends old and new and make your way home, we can help with booking accommodation for the return journey. If you wish to get the ferry or Eurostar back to the UK We can also arrange car transporters at preferable rates on request if you wish to fly home.
- Welcome drinks at all hotels upon arrival
- Luxurious Spa Hotel accommodation, including breakfast
- Seated three or four course gourmet dinners – private dining
- Pre-dinner drinks
- Selected wines with dinner
- Route folder with map, plus a Sat Nav programmed for the route
- 2 support vehicles
- Luggage transportation
- Event managers will accompany the trip
- Professional group photographer
- Presentations, prizes and awards
- Car decals
- Outward ferry with deluxe cabin
- Gala dinner with trophy presentations
- RAC European Cover