The Monaco Historic Grand Prix & Portofino by Rail

8 Days

4th May 2020 - From £1249 pp


Direct train to Med Coast

Free Drinks

Hotel Raffy
Tour GP5-15
Piccolo Hotel - SOLD OUT
Tour GP5-14
All Info


The biennial Monaco Historic Grand Prix is run on the famous Formula 1 circuit with classic Grand Prix cars from the 1940s to 1980s. With a seated grandstand ticket for final race day, access to cars and drivers in the paddock, direct Eurostar travel to the Mediterranean coast, excursions to Portofino, San Remo and Dolceacqua, and free drinks at the hotel every night, you can expect a Grand experience.

The 12th Monaco Historic Grand Prix
This motor racing extravaganza, celebrating its 12th edition in 2020, is run on the famous Formula 1 course with rare and famous Grand Prix cars dating from the 1940s to 1980s. In contrast to its modern day counterpart, held two weeks later, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is far more relaxed, friendlier and accessible. You can get close to cars and drivers on a stroll through the paddock – definitely off limits at the F1 GP, and you’ll have plenty of elbow room in the grandstand too – we include a seated ticket on final race day. Many of our clients have visited both events, but none were interested in going back to the future - the historique event was their overwhelming favourite.

Direct train to the Mediterranean
Escorted travel is by direct Eurostar train from London St Pancras and Ashford to Marseilles (no train changes), continuing east along the French Riviera coast by coach to Diano Marina, just over the Italian border, arriving in time for dinner and free drinks at the hotel.



Day 1:UK to Diano Marina Early morning departure from London St Pancras (from Ashford on request) direct to Marseille where we transfer by coach to Diano Marina and check-in at the Hotel. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 2: Diano Marina Today is free to explore on your own or your tour manager will be able to assist with local travel by bus to Alassio. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 3: PortofinoAfter an early breakfast we will travel by coach to Santa Margherita, where we join the ferry to Portofino. The approach to Portofino by boat is spectacular with coastal views not available by other transport. We return to the hotel late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 4: San RemoToday we have an excursion to The Mediterranean resort of San Remo, said to be the Monte Carlo of Italy due to its famous casino, and also known as the City of Flowers for its colourful summer blooms. On our return to Diano Marina we have a tasting session of local Ligurian snacks with local wine. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 5: Diano Marina Free day to enjoy Diano Marina. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 6: Dolceacqua Today we have a half day excursion to Dolceacqua, a medieval village at the foot of the Rebuffao mountains. Here you can meander through the village streets and climb to the 12th century castle, or cross the single arched bridge with a span of 33 metres to the 15th century ‘new’ town. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 7:Today is race day for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix Travel by coach to Monaco before taking your seat for the race. Return to Diano Marina by coach. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 8: Diano Marina to UK Depart the hotel after breakfast for the drive to Marseille Station. We board the Eurostar train to St. Pancras (Ashford on request). We expect to arrive late-evening.

Note:Order and times of events/excursions may be subject to change. The direct train to Marseille is based on Eurostar keeping the same schedule as 2018 - if this is unavailable trains will be via Paris or Lille.

Monaco Historic Grand Prix circuit map


Hotel Raffy

Hotel Helios

Hotel Helios & Raffy - 3-star - Diano Marina
Set in a quiet location within walking distance of the sea and centre of Diano Marina, the hotel has a panoramic terrace and restaurant and a comfortable bar. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, telephone, and satellite TV. The restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast and dinner served at your table. There’s free drinks between 6pm and 11pm each night including local brands of beer, wine and spirits.


  • Escorted throughout

  • Return Eurostar rail travel London St Pancras to Marseille (Ashford departures on request)

  • 7 nights sharing a twin/double room in 3-star hotels in Diano Marina with buffet breakfasts & dinners and free drinks 6pm to 11pm every night - local brands of beer, wine & spirits

  • Grandstand seated ticket for Historic Grand Prix Race day

  • Excursions as stated

  • All transfers abroad


  • Ticket for stand K in addition to the included tickets in stand T at £55pp

Accommodation Options:

  • Single room supplement at £175pp

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4 star options - call for availability and prices

Rail Travel

Eurostar – London to Marseille
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little around 6 hours to Marseille. On board you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffet car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.
Morning Departure
Departures from London is early morning, the exact train departure time is confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.
Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.
Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.
Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).