COSTS: 7 DAY TOUR £tbc per person
COSTS: 5 DAY TOUR £tbc per person
We will be organising our 10th tour to watch the Mille Miglia in 2018 with a 7 day tour that will start in Monaco, (following the Monaco Historic Grand Prix), or on Lake Orta, Italy and a 5 day tour starting on Lake Garda
The costs, per person, are based on two people per car sharing a hotel bedroom and include the following:
NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :
A 7 day escorted car tour starting in either Villefranche-Sur Mer, near Monaco, or Italy's Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta next to Lake Maggiore and a 5 day tour where participants make their own way to Lake Garda.
Following the end of the 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix there is an opportunity to join our 7 day tour to watch the 2018 Mille Miglia either, direct fromVillefranche-Sur Mer, or by joining our tour on Lake Orta next to Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.
On Monday, the first day of our tour we leave Villefranche-Sur Mer and drive through Monaco and Menton then take the autoroute up to Lake Orta to our stylish hotel, a converted monastery on the lake side in the charming Orta san Giulio. In the late afternoon we relax on the lake and explore the charming medieval town.
Other participants not participating on our Monaco Historic tour make their own way to Lake Orta and join the tour on Monday afternoon on Lake Orta.
On Tuesday, the 2nd day of our tour, we travel on a scenic route around Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano before arriving on Lake Como where we spend the evening in a stylish hotel in Moltrasio on the western shore.This evening there is a welcome pre-dinner drinks reception on the hotel's terrace overlooking Lake Como.
On Wednesday, the 3rd day of our tour we drive a scenic mountain route over the Aprica Pass and then to Lake Iseo.After this we continue to Brescia, home of the Mille Miglia, where we visit the Mille Miglia museum before arriving in Desenzano del Garda on Lake Garda.This is where our stylish hotel is located overlooking the lake and this will be our base for the next 5 nights.This evening there is a welcome pre- dinner drinks reception on the hotel's terrace roof terrace overlooking Lake Garda. Participants on the 5 day tour join the main tour today.
On Thursday, the 4th day of the tour, we either drive or take a taxi into Bresica to watch the build up to the 2018 Mille Miglia classic rally "re-run" which starts and finishes in Brescia. Early afternoon we return to our hotel to watch the Mille Miglia cars arriving in Desenzano at the first checkpoint on their 1,000 mile rally from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia.
On Friday the 5th day of the tour there is an option to visit either Venice for the day by train or a driving tour of Lake Garda with lunch in and afternoon coffee in Sirmione often described as the "jewel in Lake Garda's crown.
drive to Maranello, home of Ferrari, to visit the Ferrari museum in Maranello and the Lamborghini museum in Sant Agata Bolognese as well as the new "Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum" in Modena which opened for the first time in March 2012.
On Saturday, the 6th day of our tour we drive to Maranello, home of Ferrari, to visit the Ferrari museums in Maranello and Modena and the Lamborghini museum in Sant Agata..In the evening we watch the Mille Miglia cars arrive at their check-point on their way to Parma.
On Sunday, the 7th day of the tour in the morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we drive into Brescia where the Mille Miglia cars arrive after 1.30pm at the end of their 1,000 mile adventure.
On Monday morning our tour ends and clients make their own way home.
DRAFT ITINERARY 7 DAY TOUR TO WATCH THE 2018 MILLE MIGLIA
Participants join the tour in either Villefranche-sur-Mer near Monaco on Monday morning or in Orta san Giulio on Lake Orta on Monday afternoon
We leave Villefranche-sur-Mer and drive through Monaco and Menton and then take the autoroute into Italy towards Genova where we turn north via Alessandria to Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta where our stylish hotel, the 4 * San Rocco, a converted monastery, is located on the lake in the centre of this beautiful medieval town, see photos below:
Orta St Giulio is absolutely captivating with its cobbled streets and historic buildings with frescoes with a charming square on the lakeside, see photos below:
The town overlooks Isola San Giulio, a mysterious island where an order of nuns, sworn to silence, still live in a medieval convent.
Once we have checked into our hotel in the afternoon there is an opportunity to visit the island via a ten minute boat ride, (see photos below).
Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant.
The 2nd day of our 2018 Mille Miglia car tour. We leave the captivating Lake Orta then drive 20 miles east to Lake Maggiore where our morning coffee stop is the stylish Stresa overlooking the Borromeean islands where we can stroll along the promenade and admire the grand hotels which look out towards the Borromean islands, see photos below:
We then continue north up the western lake shore road to Cannobio our charming lunch stop, see photos below:
After lunch we continue around Lake Maggiore crossing into nearby Switzerland through Brissago and Ascona to Locarno at the top of Lake Maggiore.Continuing around the lake we head down the eastern shore back into Italy to Luino on the north eastern shoreline.From here we leave Lake Maggiore and drive east to Ponte Tresa where we drive around the southern shore of Lake Lugano on a charming, picturesque, minor road to Morcote.We then drive through Lugano town up the western shore of Lake Lugano leaving Switzerland.At the top of Lake Lugano at Porlezza we leave the lake and drive east over the mountain pass by Lake Piano to Menaggio on Lake Como then down to our hotel in Moltrasio on the west lake shore, see photo below.
Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant overlooking Lake Como.
Day 3 Wednesday, May 14th, Moltrasio, Lake Como to Desenzano del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
The 3rd day of our 2018 Mille Miglia car tour. Upon leaving Moltrasio we head back up the western lake shore to the top of the lake where we leave Lake Como and head east into the hills via Sondrio and the Aprica pass to Aprica our lunch stop. After lunch we drive south west to Lake Iseo see photo below:
Lake Iseo is also the home of Riva boats, see photos below
We then drive to nearby Brescia where we visit the Mille Miglia museum, our afternoon coffee stop in the former Sant' Eufemia monastery in Brescia, see photos below:
Click here to visit the official museum website: http://www.museomillemiglia.it/en/where-we-are.aspx
It is then only half an hour to our hotel, for the next four nights, in Desenzano on Lake Garda, at the bottom left hand corner of the lake.
Our stylish hotel is a 5 minute walk from the town centre and overlooks Lake Garda, see photos below:
Desenzano town centre with its restaurants, bars and cafes is a 10 minute walk along the lake, see photos below:
Tonight there will be a pre-dinner welcome drinks reception on the hotel's roof terrace,with stunning views of the town and Lake Garda,see photos below:
Today is the start of the 2018 Mille Miglia so we drive into nearby Brescia. The atmosphere is amazing and we spend the day absorbing the ambiance in this historic city with its rich artistic heritage including Roman temples and triumphalist architecture, (see photos below).
Early afternoon we return to our hotel. This afternoon the 2018 Mille Miglia cars come through Desenzano where there is the first checkpoint on the 1,000 mile route so we can watch over 350 Mille Miglia cars drive through the centre of the town from 4.00pm to 7.00pm a sight for sore eyes indeed, (see photos below).
We then return to our hotel for dinner.
In the morning you can catch the train at approximately 9.00am from Desenzano to Venice where you can spend all day exploring this fascinating, unique town, (see photos below).
In the evening return back to Desenzano and our hotel. This evening you are free to make your own dinner arrangements.
We take the motorway and drive approximately a hundred miles south east down to Modena and then drive 15 miles south of Modena to Maranello and visit the Ferrari Museum which is just around the corner from the Ferrari factory, (see photos below). We also visit the various Ferrari shops as well as taking a peak over the wall at the Ferrari test track the famous "Pista di Fiorano", ( see photo below right).
There is an option to have lunch in the Cavalino restaurant, a Ferrari themed restaurant just across the road from the Ferrari factory and often frequented by Ferrari managers and directors.
In the afternoon we drive 10 miles to Modena and visit the Ferrari museum devoted to the life of Enzo Ferrari which opened in March 2012, see photos below:
In the evening we to watch the Mille Miglia cars arrive at the checkpoint at the museum.We then return back to Desenzano and our hotel
We drive completely around Lake Garda in a clockwise direction enjoying dramatic scenery further north ending in impressive rocky cliffs, sometimes swathed in pines which hug the shoreline of the northern tip. Our morning coffee stop is at Gardone Riviera just north of Salo where we visit the fascinating Il Vittoriale villa and beautiful botanical gardens.Our route then takes us clockwise up the western shore of Lake Garda .We then drive up the western shoreline to Gargagno after which we turn left onto a narrow winding road which leads to Tignale and then across the plateau and down the valley to Tremosine where we drive back to the main road again.Along this 20 mile deviation there are incomparable views of the lake.Continuing north along the western lake shore we stopto admire Limone Sul Garda before arriving at Riva del Garda our lunchstop at the top of the lake and Lake Garda's most famous holiday resort.In the afternoon we drive down the east shoreline of Lake Garda to our coffee stop Malcesine which, after Sirmione, is arguably the prettiest village on the lake.After this we continue back around the lake to Sirmione on the southern shore our afternoon coffee stop.Sirmione, a charming and atmospheric ,medieval town on a peninsula at the south of the lake less than 10 miles east from Desenzano is often described as "the jewel in Lake Garda's crown. The town can only be accessed on foot by crossing the moat of a 16th-century castle at the town's entrance.
This evening you are free to make your own dinner arrangements.
After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel we drive to Brescia to watch the Mille Miglia cars returning after their 1,000 mile trip
THIS IS WHAT SOME OF OUR CLIENTS SAID ABOUT OUR PREVIOUS MILLE MIGLIA TOURS:
2017 ITALIAN LAKES/MILLE MIGLIA TOUR
"Sheila and I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful time you arranged for us on the Italian/Mille Miglia tour. It was a memorable experience from beginning to end and we will be talking about it and boring our friends with the stories for many months to come."
Andrew and Sheila: Killiney, Ireland: Porsche Boxster S: ( new clients )
"Finally arrived home late afternoon yesterday after what was a really fantastic 18 days away, both Ann & I enjoyed the whole adventure and thanks again to you both for the organisation, the choice of hotels and your company, as last year on the Loire Valley Tour its was thoroughly enjoyable.We met some lovely people, made some new friends and Annie finally got to see how beautiful the Italian Lakes are and I got to see the Mille Miglia again, a real treat for both of us. "
Rob and Ann: Ashton Keynes, Witshire: Porsche 911 Targa S ( repeat clients, 2nd tour )
"Have to say we enjoyed the tour immensely. From our point of view everything worked perfectly and we enjoyed the route you had chosen.We enjoyed the hotels, different in their own ways but all had something to offer. No complaints whatsoever.Many thanks for a great holiday and I am sure we will be back."
Ian : Milford on Sea, Hant's: Jaguar F Type ( repeat client, 4th tour )
"I really wanted to add my personal thanks for a terrific trip. I know that a lot of hard work goes in before hand and it was all much appreciated. I really would not change a thing. Your route was so so interesting and we stayed in some memorable places and every day was fun and interesting. We didn't have one bad meal and the hotels were all lovely."
Jane: Milford on Sea, Hant's: Jaguar F Type ( repeat client, 4th tour )
"We have just returned from our first Classic Car Tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only are Brian and Karen the most loveliest couple, but they also put on a very well organised trip. If you like excellent hotels with fine food, a great choice of daily excursions, driving with the added bonus of stunning scenery and meeting new people, then this is the holiday for you. Thanks Brain and Karen for a most memorable time. We will be definitely be doing another trip next year."
Sammie & Tony: Albury Surrey: Mercedes SL63 AMG ( new clients )
"A quick note to say thank you on behalf of myself Pam John and Tracey for the Mille Miglia tour. Great hotels and food great roads a friendly crowd plus an excellent organisation by yourself. Thanks again and looking forward to details of the tour down under! "
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We are looking forward to the Oz updates !!!! " Nigel and Denise: Sandy, Bed's: Mercedes SL500 (new clients)
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" What a journey it has been. Stunning scenery, great roads, fabulous hotels and food. Eclectic range of cars and people who have been terrific fun to be with. Thanks for organising, thoroughly enjoyed it" David and Jane: Bradford,Yorkshire: Ferrari 550 Maranello (new clients)
"We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and, as I said at the time, we thought the organisation was first class. A brilliant trip and one that we'll remember for a long time-THANK YOU !!! I certainly hope that we'll meet up again on another tour before too long" David and Philip: Hanley Castle,Worcester: Morgan +8 (new clients)
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"Thanks for a great trip your organisation was superb and we really had a great time.I will definitely recommend CCTI to my friends and hope to join on one of your tours again in the near future.I don't think it will be hard to convince Graham to bring the Bentley on another trip !! And to convince Inus to come in a real car ! All the best for the rest of the season" John : Irene, South Africa: Bentley 3.5 (new client)
"Both Kay and I appreciated your efforts to integrate us into the rest of the group and it was also nice to make new friends within the party" Trevor and Kay : Bakewell, Derbyshire (new clients)
"Thank you for the photo gallery, it is very nice . Hope to see you again on another Tour . Keep me posted. Alain and Fadi: London: Mercedes SL420 (new clients)
"We would like to say a big thank you for all your help and support from the start of the Mille Miglia tour.We looked forward to this tour for a long time and it certainly was truly a wonderful experience.We met some realy lovely people and we look forward to booking further tours in the future."
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"Many thanks for all the hard work you put into the Mille Miglia Tour.We have been touring for 20 years, both competitive and touring, never has an organiser worked as hard as you to ensure everyone was looked out for and your attention to detail made for a very happy bunch of participants, we will certainly book with you again" Peter and Sandra: Hert's: Jaguar XKR (new clients)
"Great tour and ,just to confirm that, after 20 years of regularity rallies, this was the most friendly group I have had the pleasure of travelling with.It made the whole of your Mille Miglia tour most enjoyable" David: East Sussex: Ferrari 328 GTB (new clients)
"It was a great week, really nice group of people, good hotels and great fun,so well done on another great tour" Andy and Christine: Hert's: Aston Martin DB9 ( repeat clients)
"My wife and I have been doing motoring tours together for more than forty years and also events with tour organisers since 1998 so we don't use the term "outstanding experience" easily. However, when we compared your Mille Miglia event with other organisations that we have used we found CCTI superior to the competition. So Brian, be very proud of your organisation and please accept our heartfelt thanks" David: Porsche Boxster: ( new clients)
"Just a short note to say how much we enjoyed the Mille Miglia/Italian Lakes tour.Excellent hotels, great company and a well organised trip that was relaxed and informative. The added bonus was that we were blessed with fantastic weather all week.Thank you and, no doubt, you will be seeing us again" Adrian and Claudia: Porsche Boxster :(new clients)
"As expected, the Mille Miglia trip was excellent and most enjoyable, including the fantastic weather and the super company of the other guests and yourself. Whilst the group was large there were some great characters and the trip did you proud.We are very pleased to recommend CCTI to our family and friends" Paul and Joanna: West Sussex: Mercedes SL55 AMG: ( repeat clients)
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"Thank you for a brilliant holiday in Italy, Jeannie and I really enjoyed your Mille Miglia tour We met some lovely people and had a great time.We would definitely come on a CCTI tour again.Thanks ! " Terry and Jeannie: Bath: Porsche 911 (new clients)
"The trip was fantastic, good hotels, good food, good routes, made some great friends.This Mille Miglia holiday is a must of 100 things to do before you die !" Dale and Lynn Errock: Preston: Porsche 911 Carrera (new clients)
"Just wanted to say thanks for an amazing Mille Miglia tour. Despite the rain in the beginning it was an adventure for us and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I am sure this won't be the last time you see us on one of your tours".
Steen and Nicola :Porsche Boxster : Mille Miglia/Italian Lakes Tour 2010 (new clients)
"Just wanted to say to you what a FANTASTIC time we had on your Mille Miglia tour, it was an amazing experience for both of us and we are keen to do another sometime. Also I'm relieved that the old fella will now have plenty of new stories to impart to everyone!"
Pen and Jon :Mercedes SL : Mille Miglia/Italian Lakes Tour 2010 (new clients)
"Just a very quick "Thank you" for a superb Mille Miglia trip. I really enjoyed it.I would be interested in returning again next year "
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"We both had a most enjoyable trip and theMille Miglia tour surpassed expectations, short of entering the Mille Miglia event itself we could not have done better! Your choice of hotels and cuisine was excellent, thank you for ensuring we had a great time !"
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"Thanks for everything on our Mille Miglia tour,I thought everything went very well;all expectations met and exceeded.All in all a great trip and would recommend this to anyone without hesitation"
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