An entrant heads through one of Brescia's beautiful squares at the start of the Mille Miglia.
722 Tours - The Mille Miglia
PROVISIONAL dates: Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May 2019
The 'Mille Miglia' is one of the greatest classic car 'race' events in the world. Since it's reintroduction back in 1977 it has been a four day regularity race around Italy, starting and finishing in Brescia, taking in Rome and other historical Italian cities.
Why '722 tour'?
'722' refers to the start time allocated to the great Stirling Moss, paired with 'navigator' Dennis Jenkinson, in the 1955 Mille Miglia. Moss and 'Jenks', driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, went on to set the fastest time on the event. Their time of 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds was never beaten - the event lasted only 2 more years before it was stopped as an all out race.
The Mille Miglia now runs as a 4-day 'retrospective' with competitive elements based around matching set finishing times which penalise drivers for being early so as to negate the need for excessive speeds! A handicapping system also allows cars from the 1930's to compete for overall honours against much later machinery. 2017's victory was taken by Andrea Vesco and Andrea Guerini in their 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato beating off the challenge from a wide selection of cars, including the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR driven by Mercedes-AMG boss Toto Wolf.
The dates for the next edition (the 92nd anniversary of the first Mille Miglia) are currently awaited but based on past experience would would expect the event to take place during the week of May 13-19, 2019. The information below is our 2018 package - 2019 details will be confirmed once we have the event dates from the official race event.
Ferrari heading for the 'sealing ceremony' prior to the Mille Miglia start.
Mercedes Benz 300SLR before the start, at the Fiera in Brescia.
The 722 touring experience - the luxury Mille Miglia tour package
Join us from May 13th - 19th 2019 (TBC) on our fabulous 6-night hosted tour of the most famous historic road race in the world. Get up close to the cars and drivers as they depart Brescia on their 4-day Italian motoring adventure. Providing the perfect vantage points from which to take in the sights and sounds of the event, you and your guests will enjoy a superb escorted VIP tour, relaxation and hospitality in the most exclusive of surroundings.
We have lined up a great collection of hotels, authentic Italian restaurants (hand picked by our own Italian event organiser) and guided tours of both the Ferrari Museum in Maranello and a fantastic private Maserati Museum on the outskirts of Modena. On Friday you will get the chance to fulfil that childhood dream of driving a Ferrari through the streets of Maranello, with our inclusive 'Test Drive' opportunity!*. For those less excited by the classic car experience there will be great opportunities to spend a day shopping or sightseeing in Modena on Saturday.
* Ferrari test drive experience subject to licence and insurance criteria
Below is a brief explanation of our itinerary for the 2019 Mille Miglia tour. If you would like any additional details please either call us on 01273 256496 or complete the enquiry form on this page and we'll get in touch with you.
Day One - Monday
Check in to our fantastic boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Iseo on Monday lunchtime and then join our private motor launches for a an early evening lake cruise* to a tour, drinks reception and welcome dinner at a fabulous lakeside venue.
Hotel RivaLago, our base for the first couple of days of our '722 tour'.
Standard rooms are good, but our guests are normally treated to upgraded rooms including lake views.
Looking across Lake Iseo from the hotel terrace.
Day Two - Tuesday
After a superb breakfast and a morning at your leisure we'll transfer you to Brescia town centre after lunch for the 'sealing ceremony' where you'll have time to relax, grab a cappuccino and catch your first glimpse of the classic cars heading through the town centre.
Take in the sights and sounds of Brescia and wander amongst the cars as they park up after the official ceremonies that bring to a close the ‘Scrutineering’ that happens in the central square. As the cars start to return to their pre-race overnight parking we'll get together for an evening at a traditional Italian restaurant in Brescia.
The 'Sealing Ceremony' is a traditional part of scrutineering hold in the heart of Brescia
Cars are scrutineered at the Fiera on the outskirts of Brescia.
Get a close look at the cars as they, and their drivers, prepare for the 1000 miles around Italy.
Day Three - Wednesday - start of the Mille Miglia 2019
After breakfast and check-out, we set off to Fiera near the race start to soak up the atmosphere of the pre-race build up in the collecting area. As start time approaches we will take up position in Brescia town centre to see the cars pass by on leg one of their adventure. We have secured a prime viewing location and will enjoy a late lunch just a few metres away from the route as the 400+ classic cars pass by. In the early evening we depart to our next overnight stop close to Modena. Dinner tonight is a light supper after our substantial, late, lunch.
Day Four - Thursday***
As the race winds it's way South you'll have the choice of a leisurely day of shopping/sight seeing in historical Modena or for the petrol-heads, we have a guided tour of the Lamborghini Factory and museum and the world's finest private Maserati collection. We then head off for dinner in a converted Italian farmhouse (did we mention, no diets?).
Visit Lamborghini's modern museum with a factory tour included.
This stunning private collection features Maserati and a small selection of other cars.
Modern race cars feature too - along with an eclectic selection of motorbikes and memorabilia.
Day Five - Friday***
As the race heads back North from Rome, we have a highlight of your trip, the chance to drive a Ferrari* followed by lunch in the legendary Cavallino restaurant. After visiting the Ferrari Museum in Maranello we'll catch the cars passing through Parma whilst enjoying dinner in a very special VIP location.
*Ferrari 'Test Drive' experience subject to license restrictions and insurance excess
Guests are able to get behind the wheel for a driving experience around the streets of Ferrari's home.
Guests enjoy driving some of the latest Ferrari road cars around the streets of this fascinating town.
Experience a guided tour at the Museo Ferrari in Maranello
Day Six - Saturday***
We check out early and head back towards the historic centre of Bergamo to catch the final leg of the Mille Miglia, passing through the semi-pedestrianised areas en-route to the finish. You'll have time to grab some lunch in a café along the route into town. After a relaxing afternoon we'll transfer to our original hotel and get together one last time for a drinks reception and our farewell dinner.
Day Seven - Sunday
After breakfast, we’ll wave guests on their way to their airport of their choice at the end of the Mille Miglia 2018.
*** The organisers of the Mille Miglia do not release full details of the route until just days before the event, just to keep us on our toes! Whilst all detailed tours/experiences will be included they may not necessarily be in the order shown, for logistical reasons.
What's included in our 722 tour for 2019?
- 6 nights' 4* hotel accommodation in the Brescia area and Modena area**, including breakfast
- Lake cruise and welcome drinks reception on Monday evening
- Daily transfers in our luxury coach
- Plentiful opportunities to catch the cars in action en-route
- Test drive a Ferrari around the streets of Maranello*
- Entry and tour of the Ferrari Museum in Maranello
- Lamborghini Factory Tour & museum visit in Sant'Agata
- Maserati private collection tour OR Modena shopping and sightseeing
- Lunch where indicated in the itinerary (Wednesday in Brescia, Friday at Cavallino, Maranello) - other days, lunch is at your own discretion
- Group dinner on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (light supper), Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings including about a 1/2 bottle of wine per person
- Additional nights are available at the end of our tour should you wish to extend your stay.
** Note that all accommodation subject to final confirmation once the detailed route is confirmed by the race organisers.
How much is the package?
You can now book for our 2019 tour and secure your places for this fabulous event.
The price, per person, is £2795 based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Single supplement, £1200
Additional room nights at Lake Iseo hotel - price on application.
What about flights?
Whilst we don't include flights, here's some advice on where to fly to for our Mille Miglia 6 night tour.
The closest airport to the start and end of our package is Orio al Serio, also known as Bergamo Airport or Milan Bergamo (code BGY). Ryanair operate flights from Stansted to Bergamo. Tranfers are around an hour.
Also consider Verona which is served by BA and EasyJet amongst other airlines. Again transfers are about an hour.
Next up is Milan Linate, which tends to be the more expensive option due to its close proximity to Milan itself. BA fly to Linate from London Heathrow. Transfers available at additional cost - and take around 1hr40.
Alternatively Milan Malpensa offers flights from Gatwick and Luton with EasyJet. Transfers available at additional cost - and again take around 1hr40.
Flights are available from as little as £45 per person, each way, according to Opodo.
For all airport transfers - we can arrange to meet your flight. Note that there will be an additional charge according to your arrival/departure point.
Example costs: Verona/Bergamo arrival departure - private car approx £200 each way.
Milan (Malpensa or Linate), private car approx £300 each way, alternatively we make be able to match you with other guests to share an MPV - approx £100pp each way.
Notes about the event
The final, detailed, route of the 2019 Mille Miglia has not yet been released. Until we receive the final route outline our intermediate hotel remains provisional (The hotel RivaLago on Lake Iseo is booked and confirmed as our start and end point). Nor will our viewing locations be confirmed until we have final sight of the full route.
We've been asked a number of times, so will suggest that you are physically able to walk about a mile at a reasonable pace. There are a number of locations that can be tricky to reach by coach, so some walking is required. 2017's tour included one gentleman recovering from a leg break, who found the distances fairly easy-going. Also be aware that you must be able to climb from a jetty into one of our boats (and out again) to take part in the lake cruise.
Our included accommodation
Our first couple of nights (and the last one) are in a stunning lakeside 'Hotel Rivalago' at Sulzano. On the shores of Lake Iseo, this hotel is about 30 minutes from the centre of Brescia and perfect for the start (and end) of our tour.
If you wish to drive, we can arrange parking for your car during our tour.
The intermediate hotel is currently only provisional until we have sight of the route outline from the Mille Miglia organisers.
Meals - what's included?
Dinner is included on each evening of the tour. In the main this will be at a traditional-style restaurant although a couple of meals will be in our hotels. Note that Wednesday evening will be a lighter 'supper' following the lunch provided for us in Brescia
A couple of lunches are included - in Brescia on Wednesday and at Maranello on Friday. All other lunches are at the clients' discretion. You will find that you are generally spoilt for choice!
We will be 'on site' throughout the event to ensure your needs are catered for throughout.
Brescia is a picturesque city, especially when viewed from the castle.
Our event includes a visit to the Ferrari Museum at Maranello.
We also pay a visit to Sant'Agata for the Lamborghini museum & factory tour.
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