After numerous European trips, we have, this year, stretched the boundaries with the tour   traveling through France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

A true driving experience on a researched route, enjoy driving your car on traffic free roads, with fantastic scenery, mountain passes, great company and luxury hotels, selected in most part  from the  Relais & Chateau and the Leading Hotels of the World.

On day one we arrive at Ashford  for the train - a short 35 minute journey to Calais.
On arrival we  drive towards Reims for our first night’s stay at the Hotel Hostellerie La Briqeterie in the Champagne region.        
The following morning we are heading to Baden Baden in the Black Forest, staying at the Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, the hotel which has been host to many of the world’s leading dignitaries - President Obama included.

Next day we will be driving along some stunning roads in the beautiful Black Forest to Zurich, where are staying overnight at the five star Dolder Grand Hotel. Its restaurant has 2 Michelin stars and the hotel, which dates back to 1899, has an elevated location providing magnificent views of Zurich, the lake and the Alps.

Day three we continue our journey through Switzerland, down to Lugano on the north side of the lake for two nights at  Villa Principe Leopoldo Hotel & Spa, situated on what’s known as the Golden Hill due to its position overlooking the city of Lugano and lake.

We next move on into  Italy, driving across country in the direction of the South of France staying at the only independent Hotel on the trip, Hotel Castello di Sino, a converted castle  in the heart of the Barolo wine country.

The final outward leg of the trip takes us back into France through the Provence region to the Cote d Azur, situated slightly inland between Nice and Cannes, an ideal location for sightseeing. We will stay for two nights at Les Mas De Pierre – St Paul De Venice situated in 3 hectares of gardens, rooms decorated in in romantic , provincial or colonial style.  Surrounded by greenery, this hotel offers the provincial way of life in a fine setting of a family home, the restaurant has this year been awarded 2 Michelin stars.

As this is holiday season we envisaged some people may like to take the opportunity and stay on in the area.
Return channel train tickets included; you may have to change the return date on them.

Revised dates in latest post below 2/01/2012

There is a route planned 3 nights back to Calais, optional and an extra cost.

What is included.

  • Train crossing on le Shuttle from Ashford  Kent to Calais.

  • Return crossing from Calais, date and time of your choice.

  • Hotel accommodation, three course dinner, breakfast and run of hotel

  • Maps

  • Directions issued daily along with Sat Nav information, towns and post codes.

  • Rally stickers etc

Price  £4534.00 per couple per car or £3494.00 should you wish to make your own arrangements for dinner.  Based on an exchange rate of 1.11.

Payment a 20% deposit to confirm the rooms by 20th January 2012

Balance payable by end April.

Bookings and enquiries.

Richard Barber  Area 22 membership No F25984

rpb26 @ hotmail.com  Tel 01453 861367

This is non profit making, none of the costs associated with preparing the tour, driving the route etc are being recovered, I will present to any participant requesting them copies of all invoices and proof of payment .
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Hi Richard- tour looks good. Have you any timings estimated for the days driving?
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Fay & George good morning,thank you for your message

From previous experience our timings have been very close, on the French D roads we actually improved on the timings as Michelin calculate.

We also  like to stop for coffee, cake and take photos. based on leaving the hotel in the morning at 9-30 gives 2hrs plus for stops to arrive at 4-30.

Two of us will drive the route prior to the date to make sure it all goes as to the plan.

Routes will be issued daily, with an alternative option jumping at some point onto a motorway should there be a desire to get to the hotel earlier.

Day One 4hrs 32min

Day Two 5hrs 33min could be reduced if did half route on motorway, most of theses roads are 50mph so envisage that the time would be less as Astons do not like travelling at 50mph for to long, nor do the drivers.

Day Three 4hr 20min

Day Four4hrs 10min

Day Five at leisure

Day Six 3hrs 30min

Day Seven 4hrs 10min

Day Eight at leisure


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Following a number of enquires we have amended the dates to accommodate people.

17th July Depart Ashford Kent Channel Tunnel 10am arrive 11.30am in Calais drive to Hostellerie la Briqueterie Vinay France 193 miles)

18th July Drive to Germany, Black forest, to Baden Baden to the Benners Park Hotel & Spa (192 miles)

19th Drive through Black Forest into Zurich staying at the 5 star Dolder Grand (159 miles)

20th Continue the drive through Switzerland to Lugano on the border with Italy staying for two nights at the Villa Principe Leopolodo Hotel & Spa (194 miles )

21st A leisure day, may be a scenic drive along the shore line of the lake to Menaggio where there are boat trips to Bellagio and Como. Or just relax at the hotel and pamper yourself at the Spa.

22nd Today we drive into Italy to stay at the Castello di Sino ( 138 miles )

23rd July Drive to the South of France for a two night stay at the Le Mas De Pierre (133 miles)

24th July A leisure day.

25th Depart for the remainder of your holiday
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Hey guys is this already filled up?

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