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722 tour - Mille Miglia 6-night tour
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', rather than '1000 Miglia holiday'?
'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. 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato are frequently seen atop the podium, beating off the challenge from a wide selection of cars, including the fearsome Mercedes-Benz 300SLR - the Mercedes Benz factory museum cars often driven by 'celebrity' guests such as former F1 Driver David Coulthard, team boss Toto Woolf or his more successful wife Susie...
Whilst we could call our tour a Mille Miglia holiday, we feel that rather under-sells what we are offering. Our package includes hotels, most meals and the experiences shown that add up to much more than a luxury holiday.
The 722 touring experience - luxury '1000 miles' tour package
Join us from June 12th - 18th 2023 (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 pair 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 2023 Mille Miglia tour. Note that for logistical reasons some elements are subject to amendment. 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 overlooking 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.
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.
Day Three - Wednesday - start of the Mille Miglia
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 the race start time approaches, we will take our seats at a popular first floor restaurant in Brescia town centre. We have secured a prime viewing location and will enjoy an early-afternoon lunch just a few metres away from the route as the 400+ classic cars pass by on their first leg of the race. In the early evening we depart for dinner at our hotel.
Day Four - Thursday***
As the Mille Miglia cars head south to Rome, we check out of our lakeside hotel this morning and make our way to Sant'Agata Bolognese, near Bologna. Famous as the home of Lamborghini, we have a private tour of the Lamborghini factory and museum, followed by free time for lunch and sightseeing in Enzo Ferrari’s home town, Modena. After lunch it's a short journey to the world's finest private Maserati collection, in a unique location!
It's time to slow the pace down now after all that supercar excitement, an early dinner is booked this evening on the terrace of a converted Italian farmhouse up in the hills above Modena.
After dinner it is time to check-in to our boutique hotel in the centre of Parma's Piazza Duomo. The hotel is situated just a few metres from the Baptistery, one of the city’s most authentic symbols, encompassed in the charming setting of the historic city and within walking distance of elegant shops and boutiques. Parma is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, a centre of gastronomic excellence and a long time patron of the arts and culture, surrounded by hills, ancient castles, nature reserves and protected parkland.
Day Five - Friday***
As the race heads back north from Rome we have one of the highlights of your trip, the chance to drive a Ferrari* in the streets of Maranello, followed by lunch. This afternoon we'll head to Ferrari's superb museum where you'll be guided around the exhibits.
As the evening descends into darkness, we will enjoy a superb 4-course dinner at one of our guests favourite restaurants in the heart of the historical city of Bologna. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ambience as the cars arrive at their check-in for the night, in the town square.
*Ferrari 'Test Drive' experience subject to license restrictions and insurance excess
Day Six - Saturday***
It's an early start today as the Mille Miglia cars set off for the final leg and race finish in Brescia. After breakfast at the hotel you have the choice to either spend the day exploring the historic centre of Parma or take our complimentary excursion to watch the cars as they pass through picture postcard Italian cities, on their way back to Brescia.
After a relaxing afternoon of classic cars (or retail therapy!) we all get back together one last time this evening for our group farewell dinner at a local restaurant, just short walk from the hotel.
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 tour.
*** 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 2023?
Expected dates: 12-18 June 2023
- 6 nights' 4* hotel accommodation in the Brescia area and Parma, 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
- Lunch where indicated in the itinerary (Wednesday in Brescia, Maranello on Friday) - other days, lunch is at your own discretion
- Group dinner on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings including about a 1/2 bottle of wine per person
- Additional nights are available at the beginning or end of our tour should you wish to extend your stay.
PLEASE NOTE : THE DATES AND SCHEDULE FOR THE 2023 MILLE MIGLIA TOUR ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. FROM PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE THESE SHOULD BE THE CORRECT DATES, HOWEVER THEY MAY CHANGE. IN THE MEANTIME PLEASE DO NOT BOOK ANY ASSOCIATED FLIGHTS OR TRANSFERS.
Full flexibility if the tour dates are changed or cancelled. If a tour date is changed or cancelled after your booking has been made, you are entitled to re-book to a revised date at no extra cost, a credit voucher for the full value of the tour or a full refund.
How much is the package?
based on 2 people sharing
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Price is in GB £. Currency prices are approximate and provided just to give a guide. All invoices will be in GB£.
ALL bookings for our Mille Miglia tour are processed by our tour-operator partner.
Additional room nights at Lake Iseo hotel - price on application.
You can pay by BACS or with Visa, MasterCard or American Express, all direct with our tour operator partner.
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.
We advise guests to look at flights into Bergamo, Verona or Milan, with outbound flights from Bologna - this will minimise the time you spend in transfers to the start and from the end of our tour. Trans-Atlantic flights frequently depart very early in the morning from Milan which can prove to be a challenge for some guests with transfer times of between 2 and 3 hours.
Please contact us to discuss arrival and departure transfers.
Notes about the event
The final, detailed, route of the 2023 Mille Miglia will not be released until shortly before the event. Until we receive the final route outline our final itinerary will not be confirmed.
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 three nights 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 of our tour.
The second, and final, hotel is located close to the heart of Parma, which should give us a great opportunity to see the cars of the Mille Miglia on their last evening.
If you wish to drive to the tour, from the Monaco Historic GP for example, we can arrange parking for your car during our tour but note that there may be a charge for this.
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 Thursday. All other lunches are at the clients' discretion. You will find that you are generally spoilt for choice for something snack-like or fine dining!
We will be 'on site' throughout the event to ensure your needs are catered for throughout.