Northern Alps                       Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 September

This road trip through the Alps takes us along some of the most fantastic roads you can experience within driving distance of the UK. Magnificent snow capped mountains, lush green valleys, crystal clear mountain streams and hidden alpine villages. Crossing eighteen passes, negotiating countless hairpins and plenty of tunnels this road trip takes you on a scenic tour through the heart of the alps. Add in fabulous hotels and great dining and you have a trip that is truly memorable.

Day 1 Saturday

Total distance 380m Driving time approximately 5hr 30m

On exiting the Eurotunnel our driving tour begins by taking us along smooth autoroutes toward Reims. Here we pay a visit to the old GP circuit, take a short break to wander around the old pits complex, take a few pictures of the cars and then drive around the circuit. Then it's back onto the autoroute and off to our chateau near Dijon where we can relax, enjoy a stroll through the grounds and then sit down to a wonderful dinner.




Day 2 Sunday

Total distance 180m Driving time approximately 5hr 30m

We drive south on the autoroute for a further 69 miles and then leave to continue on the Route National through Lons Le Saunier and on to our restaurant for lunch which offers panoramic views over Lac de Vouglans. After lunch we leave the Route National and take to the minor roads to meander east and south through the Haute Dura Parc Naturel following part of the route used by the Tour de France, returning to the Route National for the last 60 miles to our hotel on the shore of Lac Annecy.


 

Day 3 Monday

Total distance 130m Driving time approximately 4hr 00m

A more leisurely day. Leaving the hotel we follow the shoreline of the lake south toward Ugine where we turn left and start our ascent into the mountain passes on some fantastic roads. Our morning route takes us south and then east past Lac de Roseland and on to Bourge St. Maurice where we stop for lunch. The next part of the drive takes us along some great roads as we head north east across the Col Du Petit St. Bernard where some of the scenes from the 1969 film "The Italian Job" were shot. We cross the border into Italy (hopefully we will not be stopped by machine gun-toting Mafia!). We continue east and then south into the Grand Paradiso to our hotel for the evening.

  
  

Day 4 Tuesday

Total Distance 160m Driving time approximately 4hr 45m

Today we head north via Pre Saint Didier and Aosta and across the border into Switzerland driving along the fantastic road that crosses the Col du Grand St. Bernard at 2469m. We stop for lunch before turning right and heading east from Martigny along the Rhone valley. Here we join the motorway for a short while before taking a detour south into the mountains around Unterbach and Burchen for an afternoon coffee. After coffee we drive back down to the valley and head east to our hotel near the foot of the Grimsel and Susten passes.

 
 

Day 5 Wednesday

Total distance 165m Driving time approximately 4hr 15m

Leaving our hotel our road trip starts to climb into the Alps, tracking south-west and then south-east to begin our ascent of the Nufenen pass at 2478m. A right turn then takes us south-east back into Italy prior to our next excursion into the mountains. This time our road trip takes us north across the fabulous San Bernadino pass at 2065m and back into Switzerland. We continue north and then change direction to east through Tiefencastle then south across the Albulapass at 2312m. before turning right towards St. Moritz and our hotel for the next 2 nights

 

Day 6 Thursday

Total Distance 127m Driving time approximately 4hr 30m

Today is the day we drive the Stelvio, a road many have described as one of the best driving roads in Europe. Leaving our hotel we head south west to begin our ascent into the mountains with our first pass of the day, the Passo del Bernina at 2328m. A left turn takes us south along the Valle di Livigno out of Switzerland into Italy and the Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio. Turning right we take the Passo D'Eira at 2209m and the Passo Di Focagno at 2291m. on through Bormio and onto the Stelvio at 2759m. We stop at the top of the Stelvio, and for those with the energy, there will be enough time to take a walk up the path to the small bar and restaurant where the photo opportunities are amazing. Descending the Stelvio, we turn left and north. Passing through the pretty little walled town of Glorenza we head back into Switzerland, cross the Ofenpass at 2149m. take a left at Zernez and head back to our hotel.

 
  

Day 7 Friday

Total Distance 168m Driving time approximately 5hr 15m

On leaving the hotel we head sout-east and then turn right taking us north-west across the Julierpass at 2284m and then over the Albulapass at 2312m. head towards Zernez, our lunch stop for the day. After lunch we head to Davos vias the Fluelapass at 2383m. and then north along the valley, if time permits we can stop and take a cable car ride up the mountain at Lenzerheide and enjoy the stunning views and constant changing light from the top before heading to our hotel for the evening near Disentis.

 

Day 8 Saturday

Total distance 259m Driving time approximately 6hr 15m

Our final four alpine passes, and what a set of passes they are making this an absolutely stunning exit from the alps! Leaving our hotel our road trip takes us west where we climb the Oberalpass at 2044m. continue across the furkapass at 2431m. before turning right and heading north over the Grimselpass at 2165m. Dropping down into Innerkirchen we turn east and cross the Sustenpass at 2224m. to Wassen. Here we turn left and soon join the motorway and head north-west out of Switzerland toward Mulhouse and then onto our hotel in the Parc Naturel Regional des Ballons des Voges for the final night of our Alpine experience.

 


 
 

Day 9 Sunday

Total Distance 360m Driving time approximately 5hr 30m

Our final day. Back to Calais for the Eurotunnel with some wonderful memories of fantastic roads, breathtaking scenery, great food and wonderful wine, all shared with new friends.

Price

£1575.00 per person based upon 2 people sharing a double room.

Please ask for details if single occupancy is required

What is Included

Return tunnel from Folkstone to Calais for 1 car and 2 passengers.

Bed breakfast and 3 course evening meal in each of the carefully selected 3 and 4* hotels

What is not included

Drinks, incidentals, bar cost, spa treatments, lunch, road tolls, fuel and any other miscellaneous costs.

Deposit

A non refundable deposit of £520.00 per person is required

Optional Extras

Lake View Hotel Rooms are available on Sunday 17 and Saturday 23 at an additional cost of £85.00.

Fully flexible eurotunnel ticket allows you to extend your stay and return at a later date. £135.00 

Enjoy a relaxing Friday evening prior to travel in a hotel just a few minutes drive from the tunnel. Contact us for pricing.

To Book

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 cars

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