Monaco Historic Grand Prix & Menton

8 Days

5th May 2020 - From £1399 pp

GP5-19

4-star seafront hotel

Grandstand seats included

All Info

Overview



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, Eurostar and TGV travel to the Mediterranean coast, excursions to Portofino, San Remo and Dolceacqua, an overnight in Nice and free drinks at the hotel every night in Italy, you can expect a Grand experience.

Monaco Historic Grand Prix poster


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.

Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Menton
Depart from your chosen airport, or choose an escorted early morning departure from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet by Eurostar to Lille or Paris, continuing by TGV train - to Nice. On arrival in Nice board our private coach transfer to the hotel in Menton.

Day 2: Menton
Today is free in menton. You may like to travel the short distance to Monaco by train to watch the afternoon of opening races (this day is free so no tickets are required) alternatively you may like to visit other Côte d‘Azur delights such as Villefranche, Beaulieu or Cap d’Ail, all just a short train ride away.

Day 3 & 4: Monaco Historic GP
Travel the short journey by train to Monaco (ticket will be provided) to enjoy all the action on practice and final days. Return by train this evening.

Day 5: Menton
Today is free to explore on your own or your tour manager will be able to assist with local travel by train to some of the delightful towns along the French and Italian Rivieras.

Day 6: Menton or Optional excursion to San Remo and Dolceacqua with wine tasting
Today is free in Menton or you may like to join the optional 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. From here we travel 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. A we have a tasting session of local Ligurian snacks with local wine is also included (this optional excursion is £35pp and must be reserved in advance of travel.

Day 7: Menton
Today is free in Menton.

Day 8: Menton to UK
Depart the hotel after breakfast for the drive to Nice Station. We board the TGV to Lille or Paris where we transfer to Eurostar for the return to St. Pancras and Ebbsfleet. We expect to arrive mid-evening. For those travelling by air a transfer will be made to Nice Airport.

Note: Order and times of events/excursions may be subject to change.

Monaco Historic Grand Prix circuit map

4-star Hotel Prince de Galles, Menton


Located on Menton’s seafront immediately outside Monaco, the 4-star Hotel Prince de Galles is a hotel rich in history. Since 1865, this former barracks for the carabiniere of the princes of Monaco has welcomed lovers of the French Riviera. Located a mere stone‘s throw from the Palais Carnolès, the former summer residence of Prince Antonio I of Monaco and a short stroll to the train station for trains direct to Monaco and popular coastal towns. The hotel has a restaurant, cocktail lounge, solarium and bar. All rooms include private bathroom, satellite TV, air-conditioning, coffee/tea maker, safe, refrigerator and safe.

Included


  • Escorted throughout abroad

  • Return Eurostar & TGV rail travel London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice OR Return flights - details below

  • 1 night sharing a twin/double room in a 2/3 star hotel in Nice with buffet breakfast.

  • 6 nights sharing a twin/double room in the 4-star Hotel Prince de Galles in Menton

  • Grandstand seated ticket for Historic Grand Prix qualifying and race day

  • Nice airport to hotel transfers

  • Rail tickets to Monaco on days 3 and 4



Extras:

  • San Remo & Dolceacqa wine tasting £35pp

  • Ticket for stand K in addition to the included tickets in stand T at £110pp



Accommodation Options:

  • Single use of a double room supplement at £462pp

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

Rail Travel




Eurostar – London to Lille or Paris
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 1 hour 40 minutes to Lille and around 2 hours 15 minutes to Paris. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer 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.
TGV – Lille or Paris to Nice
Taking the train is easily the most civilised and stress-free way to travel through France. For Nice, on the French Riviera, we hop on the 186mph TGV at Lille Europe station, or Paris Gare de Lyon station. Sit back, relax and let scenic France pass by the train windows. The journey is around 5 to 6 hours. The train has a buffet car which sells drinks and snacks, but there’s nothing to stop you taking your own food and drink (including wine & beer) to enjoy at leisure.
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).

Flight Information & Options

Flights available from Heathrow, Gatwick, Bristol, Liverpool & Edinburgh

  • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person

  • On arrival you will be transferred by car or coach to the hotel

  • On the return transfer everyone will transfer together to Nice. Those with later flights you may like to leave your luggage with the left luggage service centre in Terminal 2 (from €14 per bag) and take a taxi into the centre of Nice (approx 25 minutes)