2022, September 16 – 26, 10 Nights
A short tour taking in some of Europe’s prettiest lakes and alpine passes.
This is a relaxing tour visiting lakes in Switzerland, Italy and France. Two nights at Lake Lucerne, three nights savouring the atmosphere of Lake Garda and two nights on the shore of Lake Annecy. Staying at some wonderful hotels, plenty of fine dining. A generous helping of some of the best driving roads through alpine passes and majestic scenery. The tour ends with an overnight stay in a beautiful chateau near Reims.
Day 1 Friday
Total distance 351 miles. Approximate driving time 5 hours 15 minutes
Our meeting point is the Eurotunnel flexi lounge. Ample time to help ourselves to the coffee and croissants provided as we make introductions, hand out the road books and radios. Once everyone is ready it’s time to get on the next departing shuttle and head across to France. Our first drive of the trip takes us along the autouroutes past the old Grand Prix circuit at Reims where we can stop, take a few pictures and soak up the atmosphere as we wander around the beautifully preserved old pit complex. Then its on to our first hotel of the trip. Take a stroll around the grounds of this wonderful chateau before sitting down to enjoy a superb dinner.
Day 2 Saturday
Total distance 265 miles. Approximate driving time 4 hours 15 minutes
Continuing on the autoroutes we head into the heart of Switzerland for our first lakeside stop of the tour. Staying on the shore of Lake Lucerne. Our hotel, with its restaurant overlooking the lake, is the perfect place to relax as we begin our journey through the lakes.
Day 3 Sunday
Free day to relax by the lake or head out and explore the surrounding area.
Day 4 Monday
Total distance 175 miles. Approximate driving time 4 hours 15 minutes
Leaving Lucerne we head south to drive through some stunning scenery . Depending on which passes are open we will be driving the Susten, Grimsel and Furkas passes or we will take the Saint Gothard, San Bernadino and Splugen passes to our next hotel near St. Moritz. Either route provides us with fantastic driving roads and stunning scenery.
Day 5 Tuesday
Total distance 155 miles. Approximate driving time 4 hours 15 minutes
Today we are heading south through the Bernina Valley and across the Passo del Bernina to enter Italy just before Tirano. A short hop south west, then east and north as we wind our way through the alps toward Breno. Here we take a left as we head over the Passo di Croce Naomi, drive along the shore of Lake D’Idro and descend towards Salo on the shore of Lake Garda. A short scenic drive around the shore of the lake takes us to our lakeside hotel for the next 3 nights.
Day 6 and 7 Wednesday and Thursday
Free days to relax and enjoy the amenities of the hotel and spa. Explore the lake and surrounding area. Take a trip to nearby Verona, visit Cass di Giuletta and see Juliet’s house and the balcony she is said to have stood upon as she gazed out looking for Romeo. Plenty to see and do in this beautiful region of Italy.
Day 8 Friday
Total distance 344 miles. Approximate driving time 6 hours
Today we leave Lake Garda and take the autostrada to Milan, then on to Novara, Aosta, and Courmayer. Through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Chamonix. Drop down through the alps to Lake Annecy and our hotel on the shore for the next 2 nights.
Day 9 Saturday
Free day to enjoy the hotel and lake or head into Annecy. If you want to do a little more driving not too far away is the Col du Petite St. Bernard where some of the opening scenes from the 1969 film “The Italian Job” were shot.
Day 10 Sunday
Total distance 395 miles. Approximate driving time 6 hours
Leaving Annecy we return to the autoroutes for the journey to a chateau near Reims for our final night. Relax in the pool before sitting down to a sumptuous dinner. Time to remind ourselves of the wonderful locations, the food and wine, the fantastic roads and new friendships made.
Day 11 Monday
Total distance 150 miles. Approximate driving time 2 hours 30 minutes
After a leisurely breakfast it’s back onto the autoroute to return to Calais and the eurotunnel back to the UK. Time to say goodbye to our new found friends.
£TBA per person based upon two people sharing a double room.
Please ask for details if single occupancy is required
What is Included
Fully flexible return Eurotunnel ticket from Folkestone for a standard car
Bed breakfast and evening meal in each of the carefully selected 3, 4 and 5* hotels and chateaux.
What is not Included
Drinks, incidental, bar costs, spa treatments, lunch, road tolls, fuel and any other miscellaneous costs.
A non refundable deposit of £TBA is required
Upgrades to Lake view rooms and or suites where appropriate. Please ask for details
To Reserve a Place
Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 cars
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