THE 2012 PISTONHEADS ALPINE TOUR
It's your last chance to book for one of our most popular tours.
For 2012 many of the old favourites from previous years remain, but PN have made a few changes to make the tour even better. So as well as the Black Forest and Stelvio, you'll take in the Grimsel, Susten and Furka passes, visit St Moritz and stay in Val D'Isere. Oh, and drive a special stage of the Monte Carlo Rally and the highest paved pass in the Alps.
On the way home, the legendary Route Napoleon will take you to Annecy before rounding off with visit to the former GP Circuit at Reims. New for 2012 is the free loan of one of PN's TomToms, with all the routes pre-loaded, so getting lost and missing the best roads is not an option.
Day 1, Calais To Offenburg - 404 Miles
We take advantage of the efficient French autoroutes to get as close to the action as possible on the first day. It's an opportunity to use the supplied walkie-talkies to banter with your fellow drivers and get to know the other cars travelling along with you.
Day 2, Offenburg to Davos - 296 Miles
After a good night's sleep we head into the Black Forest, sampling the roads Ducati use as their testing grounds. Then we head south into Switzerland, passing Winterthur and Liechtenstein, through Davos and over the Fluela pass into Austria, before ascending the (in)famous Stelvio Pass - at the top of which we find our hotel for the night.
Day 3, Stelvio to Furka - 265 Miles
This is the first 'passes day', leaving Stelvio via Umbrail, then taking in Lake Livigno and St Moritz on the way to Julier Pass, followed by San Bernardino, Susten, Grimsel, finally arriving at our hotel at the foot of the Furka pass.
Another 'passes day', beginning with Furka, St Gotthard, and Nufenen before heading down the valley past Sion; then up over Grand St Bernard into Italy, and the Petit St Bernard into France, on to Val D'Isere and our traditional ski lodge hotel.
Day 5, Val D'Isere to Col De Turini - 233 Miles
Heading away from Val D'Isere we begin the day climbing the second-highest paved pass in the Alps, the Col De L'Iseran (2,770m), using the magnificent Col Du Galibier (2,645m) as a stepping stone to the Col De La Bonette (2,802m), which is the highest paved pass in the Alps and one of the major challenges in the Tour de France (though it's easier in a car...). We round off the day with the Col De Turini (1,607m). Our hotel for the night sits on the summit of this challenging classic road steeped in the history of the Monte Carlo Rally.
Day 6, Col de Turini to Annecy - 250 Miles
Day 6 is all about the Route Napoleon. A mixture of fast sweeping bends, tight twisty sections and views that will make you gasp. A truly amazing piece of tarmac. We end the day at Annecy, known as the Venice of France, a beautiful town with stunning views
A short dash to Geneva from Annecy, and then a quick trip up the mountain (watch out for bikes - this is a biker paradise) and over the top, dropping down to Auxonne and on to Dijon.
Day 8, Dijon to Calais - 345 Miles
The last day of the tour, but we have saved something special. A trip to the old Grand Prix circuit at Reims. For so long this historic circuit and its outbuildings were in ruins. Now, however, they are being brought back to life. We have time to stop for a photo opportunity and a quick blast down the old straight. Finally, we head to Calais and a sad farewell to your fellow tourers and new-found friends.
- What's included?
Return Eurotunnel crossing.
7 nights accommodation with breakfast included.
Two experienced tour managers in two cars to lead and chase.
Loan of TomTom with all routes pre-loaded.
Loan of powerful licensed walkie-talkies.
Drivers' packs with route notes, maps and useful information.
- What's not included?
Lunch, dinner, drinks, tolls, fuel.
European breakdown cover (this is a requirement on all tours)
The booking deposit is £500 per person.
If you would like to book, or ask any questions, please call the guys at Petrolhead Nirvana on 0845 838 7363.