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Great Escapes for Discerning Drivers

Apres Monaco Tour

11 May 2020 - 16 May 2020

For Bentley Drivers Club Members

A lovely short tour to bring drivers, passengers and cars back to the UK in a leisurely, relaxed manner from Monaco after the Historique Grand Prix. This tour will travel along the edge of the Alps, to Lake Annecy, and then through the wine regions of Burgundy and Champagne, finishing with a visit to Vimy Ridge before finishing in Calais. Stay in some wonderful hotels and chateaux along the way.

See our Pyrenees to Monaco Tour if you wish to join us on a driving adventure to Monaco as well.

THESE TOURS ARE PRIMARILY FOR MEMBERS OF THE BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB

Highlights

• Sensational alpine scenery in the French Savoie region
• Drive the fabulous Route Napoleon
• Enjoy thrilling alpine passes & roads
• Stay on the shores of Lake Annecy in a gorgeous hotel
• Visit the wine-producing regions of Burgundy & Champagne
• An exclusive visit & tour to Pol-Roger Champagne (not open to the public)
• See Vimy Ridge, a famed WWII battlefield site and memorial
• Cultural delights such as historic castles & churches, ancient towns & villages, & fascinating museums

Route map
Price: from £1,595 per person
Starts: 11 May 2020
Duration: 5 nights / 6 days
Mileage: 886 miles

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What's Included?

  • Comprehensive tour book with detailed direction, route maps, hotel information, and details on everything there is to do, see and visit each day
  • Five nights luxury hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Three-course dinners each evening, with wine (1/2 bottle per person)
  • Ferry crossing from Calais to Dover (also Zeebrugge-Hull route or Eurotunnel available at extra cost)
  • Exclusive tour of Pol Roger Champagne
  • France road atlas, rally plates, luggage tag, and regalia
  • Experienced and friendly tour guide, Sarah Dowding, and assistant, Melanie Bacon

Itinerary

May be subject to change.

Day 1: 11 May 2020 158 miles

After a leisurely breakfast depart from Monaco. It’s a fabulous drive north, through the mountains, and along parts of the Route Napoleon, to the town of Gap. Stay overnight in a lovely little hotel, full of charm and character. Enjoy dinner in the excellent restaurant.

Day 2: 12 May 2020 172 miles

Head into the Alps via Briançon then over some fabulous alpine passes and roads to the beautiful Lake Annecy. Stay overnight in a beautiful, historic building in a magical setting on the lake edge. The restaurant is highly acclaimed and the setting beautiful for dinner.

Day 3: 13 May 2020 161 miles

Leave Lake Annecy then north across the Jura mountains and into the Burgundy region. Stay in a gorgeous hotel in the beautiful little village of Puligny Montrachet, famed for its white wines, just to the south of Beaune. The restaurant has a Michelin-star so tonight’s dinner will be a treat.

Day 4: 14 May 2020 195 miles

Leave Beaune and head north across the lovely open countryside and along the River Seine valley to Chatillon sur Seine. The route then takes you through the delightful Foret d’Orient, near Troyes, before heading into the vineyards of the Champagne region. Stay in a fabulous five-star hotel, part of the Relais Chateaux group, near Epernay, which is also renowned for its food.

Day 5: 15 May 2020 184 miles

Leave the chateau and drive to the epicentre of Champagne production at Epernay.  There will be a private tour of the exclusive Pol Roger Champagne House this morning. Continue to Hautvillers, where Dom Perignon is buried. It’s then a leisurely route through the vineyards and rolling countryside to the historic hilltop town of Laon, which is an ideal place for coffee. Drive on to the lovely town of Arras, where the main square is a great place to stop for lunch. From Arras drive to Vimy Ridge, where there is the amazing Canadian Memorial from WW1. There is also an excellent museum and the trench lines and shell craters from a century ago are still very visible. Continue on to the final hotel, a beautifully restored 18th-century chateau and indulge in superb French cuisine for the final dinner in the excellent restaurant.

Day 6: 16 May 2020 16 miles

After a delicious breakfast, leave the chateau and drive the short distance to Calais.  There is also an option to take the ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull.

Accommodation

We have carefully hand-picked five charming, delightful and top-class hotels, renowned for their character and service, as well as their fine cuisine. All the hotels have suitable parking for your car.

What’s Excluded

  • There is no mechanical support on this tour
  • Lunches
  • Entry into any attractions

Requirements

  • Each person must have a passport (and any necessary visas for non-EU passport holders) valid for France and any other countries you may visit (Italy is an option) to participate on the tour. All passports must be valid for six months after the end of the tour
  • You will also need your vehicle registration documents, driving licence (a photo-card licence or international permit is best), and international insurance cover.
  • Please check your travel and motor insurance that you are covered for travel in the required countries.
  • You are also required to safety equipment: carry a warning triangle, first-aid kit, fluorescent jackets, set of replacement bulbs and a national identification sticker.
  • The most important requirement is that you take pleasure in motoring through fabulous scenery, relish individual, character, beautiful  hotels and enjoy the company of like-minded travellers.

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Tour Price

Tour price from £1,595 per person

Based on two people sharing a twin or double room

Single Supplement is £675

Room upgrades are available - please enquire