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The Monaco Historic Grand Prix & Portofino by Rail Direct
8 days, 4th May 2020, from £1299 per person
This motor racing extravaganza, celebrating its 12th edition in 2020, is run on the famous Formula 1 course with rare and famous Grand Prix cars dating from the 1940s to 1980s. In contrast to its modern day counterpart, held two weeks later, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is far more relaxed, friendlier and accessible. You can get close to cars and drivers on a stroll through the paddock – definitely off limits at the F1 GP, and you’ll have plenty of elbow room in the grandstand too – we include a seated ticket on final race day. Many of our clients have visited both events, but none were interested in going back to the future – the historique event was their overwhelming favourite.
Day 1: UK to Diano Marina
Early morning departure from London St Pancras (from Ashford on request) direct to Marseille where we transfer by coach to Diano Marina and check-in at the Hotel. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 2: Diano Marina
Today is free to explore on your own or your tour manager will be able to assist with local travel by bus to Alassio. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 3: Portofino
After an early breakfast we will travel by coach to Santa Margherita, where we join the ferry to Portofino. The approach to Portofino by boat is spectacular with coastal views not available by other transport. We return to the hotel late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 4: San Remo
Today we have an excursion to The Mediterranean resort of San Remo, said to be the Monte Carlo of Italy due to its famous casino, and also known as the City of Flowers for its colourful summer blooms. On our return to Diano Marina we have a tasting session of local Ligurian snaks with local wine. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 5: Diano Marina
Free day to enjoy Diano Marina. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 6: Dolceacqua
Today we have a half day excursion to Dolceacqua, a medieval village at the foot of the Rebuffao mountains. Here you can meander through the village streets and climb to the 12th century castle, or cross the single arched bridge with a span of 33 metres to the 15th century ‘new’ town. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 7: Monaco Historic Grand Prix
Today is race day for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Travel by coach to Monaco before taking your seat for the race. Return to Diano Marina by coach. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 8: Diano Marina to UK
Depart the hotel after breakfast for the drive to Marseille Station. We board the Eurostar train to St. Pancras (Ashford on request). We expect to arrive late-evening.
Note: Order and times of events/excursions may be subject to change. The direct train to Marseille is based on Eurostar keeping the same schedule as 2018 – if this is unavailable trains will be via Paris or Lille.
Hotel Helios & Raffy, Diano Marina
Set in a quiet location just 50 metres from the sea and close to the centre of Diano Marina, these hotels have an elegant restaurant and a comfortable bar. Guests also have access the swimming pool. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, telephone, and satellite TV. The restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast and dinner served at your table. There’s free drinks between 6pm and 11pm each night including localbrands of beer, wine and spirits.
What Our Customers Say
Fabulous destination with an excellent guide. Read more “French Riviera”
Well organised and well informed. Coach driver was excellent. Tour guide was also excellent and always available. Read more “Monaco Historic GP”
Well organised. Good friendly hotel. Staff very helpful.Good range of trips. very efficient transfer to race stadium. Our tour manager was an excellent guide and very helpful. Read more “Monaco Historic GP”