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The Monaco Historic Grand Prix & Portofino by Rail or Air
8 days, 6th 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 Nice
Morning departure from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet by Eurostar to Lille or Paris, continuing by TGV train to Nice. Flight options direct to Nice from UK regional airports below. On arrival transfer to our overnight hotel in or near Nice.
Day 2: Nice – Diano Marina
This morning we have free time in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera. Perhaps stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais and explore the old town. Early afternoon we continue by private coach to Diano Marina and check-in at the Hotel. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 3: Diano Marina
Free day to enjoy Diano Marina. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 4: 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 5: 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 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: 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. En-route back to Diano Marina we stop for a tasting session of local Ligurian snacks with local wine. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 8: Diano Marina to UK
Depart the hotel after breakfast for the drive to Nice Station and Nice Airport (see flight information). We board the Eurostar train to St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet. We expect to arrive late-evening.
Note: Order and times of events/excursions may be subject to change.
Hotel Helios, Diano Marina
Set in a quiet location just 50 metres from the sea and close to the centre of Diano Marina, the hotel has an elegant restaurant and a comfortable bar. Guests also have access the swimming pool in a sister hotel, the Raffy Hotel (10 meters away). 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 local brands 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”