Goodwood, Le Mans, UK & European Cars tour- GLC
Number of Days: 18
The Goodwood Revival is a magical step back in time, a unique chance to revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing in the romantic time capsule of the golden era of motor racing at one of the world’s most authentic circuits. The only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s that relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Add the world famous Le Mans, world renowned car museums and other attractions, to make this the ultimate Petrol heads tour.
The 18 day tour commences in London and concludes in Paris.
18 DAY ITINERARY
Commences LHR (London) Airport Friday
The ideal tour for all “petrol heads”.
Day 1 Friday: LHR, Portsmouth
We arrive in London this morning, where we are met by our coach. We first visit Beaulieu National Motor Museum. Over 250 vehicles tell the story of motoring on the roads and circuits of Britain, from pioneering origins to the present day. The stylish, the elegant, the fast, the famous and the plain functional are all on show at what is the most well renowned motor museum in the UK. We are then transferred to Portsmouth.
Day 2 Saturday: Goodwood Festival of Speed
The first highlight of the tour is the Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world – a unique summer weekend that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’, to create the largest carculture event in the world. Held in the immaculate grounds of Goodwood House, this annual hill-climb event is a true celebration of motor sport and all things automotive.
Day 3 Sunday: Goodwood Festival of Speed
The final day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Later this afternoon we depart the festival and travel to the Cotswolds.
Day 4 Monday: Midlands
Today we travel first to the famed manufacturer Morgan, who still builds their cars by hand with wood and tin. A fascinating trip to the past! We then visit a renowned car company’s factory to see how their luxury vehicles are manufactured. We continue on to our hotel in Cambridge.
Day 5 Tuesday: Norfolk
We begin with a visit to the Sandringham Royal Car Collection before travelling to the town of Hethel where we visit the factory of the renowned manufacturer Lotus. At Lotus precision manufacturing is beautifully combined with innovative engineering. We discover the history and heritage of Lotus as we follow each step in the creation of these magnificent machines, and take a walk through the years that saw the company develop from a shed-based, one-man operation into the automotive thoroughbred it is today. We then transfer to our hotel near Heathrow.
Day 6 Wednesday: Munich
This morning we fly to Munich. We will visit the Audi museum in nearby Ingolstadt before traveling to Munich for the evening.
Day 7 Thursday: Munich
This morning Our tour host will take us to BMW in their centennial year. We visit the museum followed by a visit to the BMW factory. The museum has a collection of over 100 of the historical and most valuable BMWs manufactured.
Day 8 Friday: Stuttgart
This morning we travel to the prosperous city of Stuttgart, home of both Mercedes and Porsche. The Porsche museum at Zuffenhausen, just outside of Stuttgart, is located in a stunning piece of architecture and chronicles the history if this iconic brand, with over 80 examples exhibited. We then take a tour of the Porsche factory see how these iconic sports cars are made.
Day 9 Saturday: Stuttgart
This morning we visit the very extensive modern Mercedes museum. It details the development of the automobile from its invention to the present day. This afternoon our tour host will take us to visit the impressive car collection at the Auto and Technic Museum at Sinsheim. A massive collection of not just cars but armoured vehicles, aircraft and even space craft.
Day 10 Sunday: Mulhouse
This morning we travel into France and the city of Mulhouse. One of the highlights of the tour today is the visit to the famous Schlumpf collection of classic cars. This fabulous collection of 400 vintage cars including some of rarest Bugattis, was assembled by Fritz Schlumpf. The museum highlights over 100 years of automobile history, from the “ancestors” (1895-1918) and “classic cars” (1918-38) to “modern” vehicles of the post-1945 period. A second section is devoted to racing cars and motoring masterpieces. This afternoon we visit the Peugeot museum, a fantastic museum displaying the history of the automobile.
Day 11 Monday: Nurburg
Today we travel north into Germany to the town of Nurburg and the famed Nurburgring. On the way we will visit the Auto and Technical Museum at Speyer. We continue on to the Carl Benz Auto Museum that follows the life of this early automotive pioneer.
Day 12 Tuesday: Nurburg
In one of the highlights of the tour, our tour host will take us on an amazing driving tour around the area on public roads in classic cars. Everyone will be driving! We then visit the Nurburgring museum. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to drive the famous Nurburgring (subject to track availability) at an additional charge. The Nurburgring, nicknamed “The Green Hell” by Jackie Stewart, is widely considered to be one of the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racing circuits in the world. The home of the German Grand Prix until 1939 on the full circuit and until 1977 on the northern circuit, driving this amazing track will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Dinner included tonight.
Breakfast & Dinner Included
Day 13 Wednesday: Paris
We travel from Nurburg to Paris today.
Day 14 Thursday: Paris
This morning we visit the Citroen Conservatoire, located just outside Paris. The largest collection of Citroen’s in the world, it contains over 400 unique concept cars and models produced by the renowned French manufacturer. The afternoon is free to explore Paris. This evening we have an included meal up the Eifel Tower. Enjoy the fantastic views and enjoy your meal as the sun sets.
Day 15 Friday: Laval
This morning we visit the Autodrome de Montlhéry, the world’s first purpose built racetrack which was completed in 1925. The French Grand Prix was heled here in most years in the 1920s and 1930s. It is probably the best preserved early racetrack in the world. We then travel to the city of Le Mans for the amazing Le Mans Historic event – a highlight of the trip. The amazing Le Mans Classic is held only every two years, this event celebrates the famous 24-hour race and the cars that have raced here since 1923. With historic racing, parades, classic car shows, this is perhaps the premier classic automotive event in France.
Day 16 Saturday: Le Mans Classic
Our first full day at the fabulous Le Mans Classic.
Day 17 Sunday: Le Mans Classic
The final day of the event. The 24-hour race continues until 4pm this afternoon. Late this afternoon we are transferred to Paris for one night.
Day 18 Monday: Paris
This morning we transfer to CDG Paris airport for onward travel. Tour concludes on arrival CDG.
Our tour includes:
- Travel in air conditioned coach
- Accommodation in first-class and tourist class hotels, taxes and service charges
- Tour host
- Continental breakfasts in Europe and England. Two dinners
- Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
- Entry to festivals, museums and attractions as detailed in itinerary
- Passport and visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Meals unless specified in the itinerary
- Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
- Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary – these will be quoted for separately
- From $8,695 per person, twin share