An entrant heads through one of Brescia's beautiful squares at the start of the Mille Miglia.
722 Tours - The Mille Miglia
Monday 14th to Sunday 20th May 2018
*** ONE ROOM LEFT - 1st booking form with payment secures ***
Note - following the announcement of the dates by the organisers of the Mille Miglia, we are revising our programme to fit with the new event timings.
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 91st anniversary of the first Mille Miglia) are have now been confirmed as 16th to 19th May 2018.
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 14th - 20th 2018 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 2018 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 Tuesday lunchtime and then join our *NEW for 2018* private motor launch for a an early evening 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 'Signing 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 2018
After breakfast, 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 in Modena. Dinner tonight is likely to be a light affair after our substantial, late, lunch.
Day Four - Thursday***
As the Mille Miglia cars head south we visit Lamborghini for a factory tour and museum visit. Then comes one of the highlights of your trip, the chance to 'Test Drive' a Ferrari on the roads around the factory* followed by lunch in the legendary Cavallino restaurant. After lunch we'll head across to the Ferrari Museum at Maranello for a guided tour and then make our way back to the hotel. Dinner tonight will be another superb affair (did we mention, no diets?).
*Ferrari 'Test Drive' experience subject to license restrictions and insurance excess
Experience a guided tour at the Museo Ferrari in Maranello
Guests are able to get behind the wheel for a driving experience around the streets of Ferrari's home.
An afternoon visit to Lamborghini's modern museum and a factory tour are included.
Day Five - Friday***
As the race winds it's way back north you'll have the choice of a leisurely day of shopping/sight seeing in historical Bologna. Or, for the petrol-heads, we'll take in the Ducati museum (and factory tour) and private Maserati collection. In the evening we'll head to Parma for the arrival of the Mille Miglia competitors into the historic city centre. **Subject to route changes for 2018.
Friday is a choice - Ducati and a private Maserati museum, or sightseeing/shopping
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 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. After a relaxing afternoon we'll transfer to our final 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.
*** Following recent route updates we are revising our planned schedule - whilst all detailed tours/experiences will be included they may not necessarily be in the order shown, for logistical reasons. We are also aiming to include an additional night-time sighting of the cars.
What's included in our 722 tour for 2018?
- 6 x Nights 4* hotel accommodation in the Brescia area and Bologna**, including breakfast
- 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 & the Lamborghini Factory Tour in Sant'Agata
- Bologna shopping and sightseeing excursion OR Ducati & Maserati Museum tours + Parma for another sighting of the MM
- Lunch where indicated in the itinerary (Wednesday in Brescia, Thursday 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?
The price, per person, is £2595 based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Single supplement, £1200
Additional room nights at Lake Iseo hotel (before or after the tour) @ £199 for mountain view, £249 for a lake view, based on bed & breakfast, for up to two people sharing
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.
Notes about the event
The final, detailed, route of the 2018 Mille Miglia has not yet been released. Until we receive the full routing we will not be finally confirming our hotels - although we have have our start and finish booked and have now confirmed the intermediate hotel. 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 luxury coach, so some walking is required. 2017's tour included one gentleman recovering from a leg break, who found the distances fairly easy-going.
Our included accommodation
Our accommodation for each night has now been largely finalised but we're keeping some details under wraps until we have confirmation of the final route! What you can be sure of is that it is a selection of fine hotels. 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.
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 Thursday evening will be a lighter 'supper' following the lunch provided for us in Brescia
A couple of lunches are included - in Brescia on Thursday 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.
Included package transfers
All of our Mille Miglia experience clients will be looked after throughout with transfers by luxury vehicle once on the tour.
For airport transfers - we can arrange to meet your flight into Bergamo or Verona airports, included in the package price.
If you're flying into one of Milan's airports then let us know - but transfers to/from Milan will attract an additional fee of £100 per couple, per journey.
You can view (and download) our online e-brochure - just click here.
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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