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We welcome you take part in the newest addition to our Special Event tours
MILLE MIGLIA 2020!
Italy’s legendary road race of vintage cars travelling from Brescia to Rome (and back), passing through the cities of Siena and Parma.
Prices & Program Dates
Tour Dates 2020
May 14 – 20
Our select hotels are known for their stylish accommodations and high level of personal services. You will enjoy a daily breakfast and the convenience of their respective locations. The hotels below represent those we will use based on availability.
Relais degli Angeli **** A period residence offers elegantly styled rooms with fresco ceilings. With only a small number of rooms, it provides a boutique 4-star hotel in the historical center. Breakfast, free Wi-Fi; SAT TV included. Our primary rooms are Deluxe Double and subject to availability.
Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati **** Family owned palazzo in the center of Parma. The historic building, located in Piazza Duomo, offers seven exclusive suites, all of them offering charming amenities and views. Each suite features a kitchenette, air conditioning, satellite TV, and Internet service.
- Select Accommodations for 6 nights in Siena and Parma
- Cinquecento (vintage Fiat 500) excursion in Chianti (outside of Siena)
- Full day to witness the cars as they arrive in Siena’s Piazza del Campo
- Visit to “Motor Valley” car production facilities + Ferrari museums
- Visit to regional food production facilities and local winery (outside of Parma)
- Meals: Daily breakfast + Dinner (3x) + Lunch (4x)
- Museum entry fees
- Transportation and Transfers
Tour Does Not Include:
Meals not specifically mentioned
Gratuities and extras of any personal nature
City Taxes (payable directly to the hotel)
For 2020 the tour is offered from May 14 to 20. Below is the program over the 7 day / 6 night itinerary.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, W=Wine Tasting, O=Olive Oil Tasting
Day 1: Arrive to Siena
Your private transfer will take you (from Florence airport) to Siena for hotel check in. Later in the afternoon, after all participants have arrived, we will hold a “meet and greet” to give overview of the program; followed by a short guided introduction to the historic city. The evening offers a welcome dinner at one of Siena’s best restaurants. (W, D)
Day 2: Cinquecento (Fiat 500) – Self Drive Excursion
Morning breakfast and then we are off with each of you in your own vintage Fiat 500 (Cinquecento). We will venture through the Chianti countryside, stopping at the local villages and visiting a local winery for tour and lunch. After this full day, return to Siena and take the evening at your leisure. (B, L, W, O)
Day 3: Mille Miglia
Morning breakfast and then the day provides the opportunity to witness first hand the vintage cars as they arrive to Siena’s famed city center, Piazza del Campo. You will have time to enjoy the arrival, while having a prepared lunch in one of the restaurants in the campo or in one of our private apartments overlooking the square. (B, L, W)
Day 4: Transfer to Parma
Morning breakfast and depart to Parma, famous for it food production (ham and cheese), plus as a base for exploring the nearby auto production facilities and museums. In the evening after a special aperitif, a welcome dinner in a favorite local restaurant. (B, D, W)
Day 5: Motor Valley Tour
Morning breakfast and depart to nearby “Motor Valley“; an area well known for the famous Italian car production factories. A guided tour of a production facility and or related museums, including the Ferrari Museums; afterwards lunch in a well known restaurant in the area that will get us in the right frame of mind for the following day’s food & wine tour. After this special lunch a return to Parma and the evening at your leisure. (B, L, W)
Day 6: Food and Wine Excursion
Morning breakfast and then your day offers a guided tour to the regions famous Parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese production factories. This will be a full day, complete with lunch at a local winery. Afterwards, return to Parma and take the evening at your leisure. (B, L, W)
Day 7: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and check out; your transfer will take you to the Bologna or Florence airports or the respective city centers. (B)
Base price includes accommodations for 6 nights, transportation as needed for excursion activities, meals and activities as indicated, plus arrival transfer from Florence airport and departure transfers to Bologna or Florence airports; (transfers to other locations can be provided, cost may be extra).
The historic race, Mille Miglia was born in 1927 as a brainchild of two young counts, Aymo Maggi and Franco Mazzotti, along with their sports manager Renzo Castagneto and Giovanni Canestrini a motoring journalist. Together with a group of friends, they decided on a race from Brescia to Rome and back that resembled the figure eight, covering roughly 1500 km — or a thousand Roman miles, hence the name Mille Miglia (1000 Miles).
Until 1957, the race was an open road endurance test; then it was reborn in 1977 as a classic and vintage car race. The route stays true to the original path, but there are strict rules and regulations for today’s Mille Miglia. To be eligible for the competitive 450 or so slots, the car needs to be born before 1957 and be an automobile attended, or registered, to the original race. Drivers and co-drivers have to be over 18 and there is a deposit of €8,000 (around $9,000). The cars start every 20 seconds daily– although in Italian style this is less rigid as imagined – and there are strict speed limits to abide to in indicated areas to keep racers on their toes.
Travel Insurance Options
We advise customers to consider insurance needs in relation to travel, accident, medical and personal coverage. You may wish to consider travel insurance, especially a policy with CANCELLATION PROTECTION.
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Most premiums cost very little, but if needed the policy can be very useful for travel to a foreign country or even before departure in case you need to cancel a trip. We do not supply insurance coverage, however, we can suggest companies for your own review.
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After the 30 day initial reservation period, but
Prior to 90 days before Start Date: Refund, less 25% of total cost, net of Tickets;
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Transportation: Group Tours – the Company will provide ground transfers from/to airports or central city train stations as needed to accommodate the travel group. Transportation will also be provided on daily excursions as noted in the respective tour itinerary. All vehicle fees and fuel costs are included in the cost of the tour. The cost of these service may be adjusted or the service eliminated if the group size is not sufficient.
Hotels & Meals: Group Tours – Hotels are selected based on quality and our own personal experience. Our minimum requires that the hotel has been listed for 3 stars as rated by the Italian Government. Air conditioning is standard for all rooms and they are equipped with shower, telephone, and TV and in most cases a mini bar. Breakfast will be served each day, the content variable based on each hotel. Customer is responsible for expenses associated with personal items incurred while staying at the hotel (i.e. mini-bar items, telephone calls). Other than breakfast, additional meals will be provided as noted on each itinerary by “group lunch” or “group dinner”. The combination of dinners and lunches may depend on your tour itinerary and group size.
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Tour Guides: The Company has arranged for expert tour guides to accompany your group on the various city tour segments of the itinerary. Each maintains their official status, Guida Turistica Autorizzata, with the tourist boards and local authorities. They also speak several languages (Italian, German, English, French) should you need help with translation.
Travel Suggestions: So that we can accommodate the transfer of all parties and their luggage, please limit yourself to one piece of luggage, in addition to one carry-on type bag. Reasonable baggage sizes should apply. If this cannot be accomplished, please notify us at the time of your reservation. A nominal surcharge may apply in order to transport your luggage.
Group Tour Members: The tours require each participant to provide their cooperation to unexpected situations that may occur during the tour. Also each member should be prepared for walking during the guided city tours and be mentally alert during such group activities. If you have any physical or other health concerns, we suggest that you speak to your doctor and for him/her to access you ability to partake in the itinerary. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests for wheel-chairs or individuals that require special assistance. The Company reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of a tour, or require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time should such person becomes a risk to the health or safety of himself or other tour members.
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Travel Insurance Protection: To cover costs associated with your reservation, the Company encourages you to consider purchasing a travel insurance policy. The Company does not supply or support any one company in this regard but can make suggestions as to the companies that provide this service – see these options are found in a link at the bottom of this webpage “Insurance”.
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It is recommended that clients arrange travel insurances for medical, personal, property, or cancellation.