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2018 Pebble beach concours d elegance Tour The Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance Fully Escorted Self Drive Tour 6th August 2018
2018 Pebble beach concours d   elegance Tour  The Pebble Beach Concours d   Elegance Fully Escorted Self Drive Tour 6th Au...
Join Us On This In 1950 the first Pebble Beach Concours was held in conjunction with the first Pebble Beach Road Race Racing great Phil Hill who went on to become a successful Formula 1 driver won the race in a Jaguar XK120 Best of Show went to a 1950 Edwards R26 Special Sports Roadster owned by its creator Sterling Edwards Since that time the event has grown to become one of the world s most prestigious concours events and entries are now by invitation only This FULLY ESCORTED SELF DRIVE tour will take you from Los Angeles through the California wine country north to Eureka and the amazing redwoods of the Avenue of Giants then south to Napa Valley and on to Monterey for Speed Weed and the Pebble Beach Concours You will join iconic events attractions and motor collections culminating with a drive down the fabled Highway 1 back to Los Angeles and our Gala Farewell Dinner at the Langham Harrington Hotel in Pasadena You will stay in wonderful Four Star accommodation and your travel companions are like minded people with an interest in classic motoring and relaxed touring You can depart and arrive from your hotel each day in your own luxury car and in your own time as every day s itinerary is plotted on our GPS units that will lead you through the days attractions and finally to your hotel each evening If you love touring and Pebble Beach is on your bucket list this is an outstanding opportunity to join us for one of our most popular events
Join Us On This  In 1950 the first Pebble Beach Concours was held in conjunction with the first Pebble Beach Road Race. Ra...
GREAT ADVENTURE This 15 day Pebble Beach Tour combines some of the worlds premier automotive collections and the best driving roads on the western seaboard of the USA culminating with 4 days at Monterey and the Pebble Beach Concours D Elegance We collect our cars in Los Angeles then drive north to Los Olives in the heart of California wine country and our Welcome Dinner at the exclusive Fess Parker Country Inn The following day we overnight at Lafayette just west of San Francisco and enroute tour the extensive Blackhawk Collection at Danville We cross the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate before joining Highway 1 north to overnight at Bodega Bay before we head north to the historic Carter House Inns at Eureka The following day we turn back south amongst the Redwoods on the Avenue of Giants to overnight at Little River then two nights in Napa Valley for a taste of the local product and the next day it s on to Monterey the events of Speed Week and the Concours d Elegance On the Monday after the Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance we drive the iconic Highway 1 to overnight at Mandala Bay then visit the Mullin Collection before our Gala Farewell Dinner at the Langham Huntington at Pasadena ITINERARY August 8th to AUGUST 22ND 2018 Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07 Day 08 Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Los Angeles Arrive at Marriott LAX Los Olives Welcome Dinner Lafayette Blackhawk Collection Bodega Bay San Francisco Hog Bay Eureka Highway 1 North Little River Avenue of the Giants Napa Castello di Amorosa Napa Wine Train Monterey Day 1 Pebble Beach Monterey Day 2 Pebble Beach Monterey Day 3 Pebble Beach Monterey Day 4 Pebble Beach Mandalay Bay Highway i South Pasadena Mullin Farewell Dinner Los Angeles and Tour End 129 Miles 297 Miles 91 Miles 242 Miles 160 Miles 123 Miles 10 Miles 172 Miles 15 Miles 15 Miles 15 Miles 265 Miles 144 Miles 33 Miles
GREAT ADVENTURE This 15-day Pebble Beach Tour combines some of the worlds premier automotive collections and the best driv...
DAY 1 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8th los angeles Our tour starts today with your arrival into Los Angeles If arriving by air take the shuttle from LAX direct to the Marriott Hotel and spend the day relaxing after your flight Check in with your tour escorts upon arrival and later join them for an informal evening to meet your fellow travellers DAY 2 Thursday AUGUST 9th Los Olivos Our tour starts today with a breakfast briefing in the hotel to review tour details and operation of your GPS navigators Mid morning we collect our cars at the hotel then head north on the 405 Freeway then Highway 101 up the coast through Santa Barbara and on to our first night at Los Olivos in the heart of California wine country Our overnight stay is at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and the Welcome Dinner is in the award winning Bear Star
DAY 1 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8th los angeles Our tour starts today with your arrival into Los Angeles. If arriving by air take t...
DAY 4 SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH BODEGA BAY DAY 3 FRIDAY AUGUST 10th Lafayette This morning we continue north through the lush farmlands and vineyards of wine country to Danville an upmarket community west of San Francisco to visit the Blackhawk Museum where over 100 years of automotive genius and design excellence is gathered together in a collection of over 50 vehicles from a 1906 Cadillac to a 1954 Aston Martin Spider to a 1967 Pontiac GTO Vintage and luxury cars from Italy France England and the United States represent an exciting period of history The museum also houses The Spirit of the Old West exhibit tracing the history of the United States and is regarded as the most significant collection outside the Smithsonian Institute in Washington The Museum is located at the end of one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the East Bay the Blackhawk Plaza an assortment of boutiques restaurants galleries and many other shops With a stream running through it s manicured landscaping from the fountain atop the Museum s plaza to the outdoor terrace of the Blackhawk Grille After lunch it s just a 20 minute drive to our hotel for tonight the Lafayette Hotel Spa Dinner tonight is your choice A shorter day today but a little traffic as we cross the Bay Bridge into Downtown San Francisco then across the Golden Gate before turning off towards the coast for the oceanside run up to Bodega Bay After we cross the Golden Gate we will drive through the Mt Tamalpais State Park to Muir Beach then follow Highway 1 north to our lunch stop at the Hog Bay Oyster Farm weather permitting where you can shuck your own or order from the menu For Alfred Hitchcock fans take a short detour to visit the site of the filming of The Birds and see the home and church sans crows After lunch it s just 30 minutes to the luxurious Bodega Bay Lodge and dinner in a private room overlooking the ocean
DAY 4 SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH BODEGA BAY DAY 3 FRIDAY AUGUST 10th Lafayette This morning we continue north through the lush f...
DAY 6 MONDAY august 13th little river We leave the luxury of the Carter House this morning and just south of town turn off the freeway for the Avenue of the Giants the world famous scenic drive that parallels Freeway 101 with over 50 000 acres of redwood groves It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500mile redwood belt so this is definitely a camera ready day There s plenty to see on the way through and just south of Leggett you ll find the Drive Thru Tree before we turn onto the northern section of Highway 1 towards the coast After about 20 miles we turn south and continue to follow Highway 1 along the Pacific Coast through Fort Bragg and Mendocino to Little River and the Heritage House our hotel for tonight DAY 5 SUNDAY august 12th eureka Today we drive north along the coast before heading back inland to connect with the 101 north to Eureka Just before we turn away from the coast we pass through Jenner and one of California s largest seal colonies so it s worth the short detour Our hotel for tonight is the Carter House Inns a collection of historic Victorian era timber houses that have been converted to an interesting inn Dinner is included tonight and the dining room has the reputation of one of the finest wine cellars in northern California
DAY 6 MONDAY august 13th little river We leave the luxury of the Carter House this morning and just south of town turn off...
DAY 8 Wednesday AUGUST 15TH NAPA DAY 7 TUESDAY AUGUST 14TH NAPA This morning we head away from the coast to Napa Valley for the next two nights It s a short run back across the mountains for lunch at Italian Restaurant at Calistoga then off to Castello di Amorosa for a taste of Napa s finest The winery is housed in a recreated Tuscan Castle and is well worth exploring before a tasting in the cellars Leave at your leisure and it s just 30 minutes to our hotel for the next two nights the Embassy Suites at Napa where there is a drinks reception in the hotel from 5 30 until 7 00 Dinner tonight is your choice Mid morning we board the Napa Valley Wine Train for the three hour thirty six mile journey from the historic town of Napa through one of the world s most well known wine valleys to the quaint village of St Helena and back We ll enjoy a freshly prepared lunch and a glass or two of the local product inside the fully restored 1952 Vista Dome car The train begins its journey at the McKinstry Street Station in Napa then travels north to St Helena where the locomotive disconnects from the north facing side of the Train and reconnects to the south side in preparation for the return journey The tracks run through the heart of the world famous wine region and stops at different wineries en route Dinner tonight is included at Bistro Giovani local restaurant consistently rated as one of the Bay Area s top restaurants
DAY 8 Wednesday AUGUST 15TH NAPA DAY 7 TUESDAY AUGUST 14TH NAPA This morning we head away from the coast to Napa Valley fo...
DAY 9 THURSDAY AUGUST 16TH MONTEREY On the way to Monterey we skirt the traffic of San Francisco the hub for Speed Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance arriving with ample time to explore Monterey and Cannery Row The Speed Week spectacular features over 20 events ranging from classic motor racing at Laguna Seca fine arts events and auctions of some of the world s most desirable automobiles Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach the Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance has grown into one of the top ranking collector car shows in the world Dinner tonight is your choice
DAY 9 THURSDAY AUGUST 16TH MONTEREY  On the way to Monterey, we skirt the traffic of San Francisco, the hub for Speed Week...
DAY 10 FRIDAY AUGUST 17TH MONTEREY Today is a free day to explore the events around Monterey and region Nearby is Carmel by the Sea home to an eclectic range of restaurants and shops and a drive down 17 Mile Drive is not to be missed Options today include Mecum Auctions in Monterey RetroAuto Exotics on Cannery Row and The Rolex Monterey at Laguna Seca tickets extra If you prefer to remain with the group we will be leading a drive through the local area to Legends of the Autobahn and arriving back in Monterey mid afternoon Dinner tonight is your choice
DAY 10 FRIDAY AUGUST 17TH MONTEREY Today is a free day to explore the events around Monterey and region. Nearby is Carmel-...
DAY 11 SATURDAY august 18th monterey Today Another free day to explore the events Mecum Auctions are on again as is the Rolex Monterey historic racing or for a change of pace try the Concours d Lemons This afternoon use your passes into Pebble Beach to preview the cars at the Gooding Co Auctions which start tonight about 5 pm Russo Steele auctions are also on tonight in Downtown Monterey Dinner is your choice tonight
DAY 11 SATURDAY august 18th monterey Today Another free day to explore the events. Mecum Auctions are on again as is the R...
DAY 12 SUNDAY AUGUST 19TH MONTEREY Today features what for many fans is the highlight of the tour People from all over the globe come to compete or simply enjoy the event here at Pebble Beach on the third Sunday in August 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf the famed eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach Parking is not allowed close to the event however our Club d Elegance tickets provide for access to the Vip parking area where there is a shuttle to take us to the club for breakfast Your Club d Elegance Tickets include VIP patron badge VIP parking shuttle service to and from the Concours a full breakfast an elegant buffet luncheon a signed poster and other commemorative gifts Club d Elegance is next to the Gooding Company Tent and is within easy walking distance or a short shuttle ride away from the 18th fairway The automobile and manufacturer displays are also nearby At your leisure return to the hotel and dinner this evening is your choice
DAY 12 SUNDAY AUGUST 19TH MONTEREY Today features what, for many fans, is the highlight of the tour. People from all over ...
DAY 13 MONDAY august 20th mandalay bay We follow Highway 1 South hugging the coast for an exhilarating driving experience There are great opportunities to stop for lunch or coffee on this twisting cliff hugging 123mile 198 kilometer route that takes us south along the coast to our beachfront hotel at Mandalay Bay near Oxnard where there is a drinks reception in the hotel from 5 30 until 7 00 En route is Hearst Castle which is well worth the visit if you have time as are State Street and Stearns Wharf at Santa Barbara just a short detour off the route Dinner tonight is your DAY 14 TUEDAY august 21st pasadena We start the day with a private tour of the Mullin Automotive Museum The core of the collection includes 140 masterpieces of French coachwork and craftsmanship by such famous names as Bugatti Delage Delahaye and Voisin Also on display is the US 35 000 000 Lady of The Lake Yes 35 Million US Dollars the Bugatti rescued from a Swiss Lake after being interred since the beginning of WW11 and preserved in a glass case in the same condition as it was recovered There is also an outstanding collection of art and furniture created by Ettorre Bugatti We visit the Nethercutt Collection featuring over 250 automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997 Occupying two large buildings on view are various Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance winners and cars once owned by movie stars royalty and other notable personalities Behind the museum in a specially prepared area are a fully restored steam locomotive and Pullman car custom built for the daughter on pioneer lucky Baldwin Our Hotel for tonight is the Langham Huntington also the venue for our Farewell Dinner DAY 15 Wednesday august 22nd los angeles After breakfast this morning it s time to bid farewell to newfound friends continue touring or head home The cars need to be returned to the Marriott Hotel at LAX who provide a shuttle to the airport however if you can manage one more car collection The Petersen Collection in downtown LA with its streetscape dioramas and rotating exhibit spaces comprises over 300 000 square feet with a recent multi million dollar refurbishment is on the way It s also a great opportunity for lunch some last minute shopping on Wilshire Boulevard and the Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits are just across the road
DAY 13 MONDAY august 20th mandalay bay We follow Highway 1 South hugging the coast for an exhilarating driving experience....
WHAT S INCLUDED STANDARD INCLUSIONS 14 Nights accommodation in Luxury 5 Star hotels 13 Days Luxury Car Hire Options available 5 Dinners including Welcome and Farewell dinners Full breakfast every day Club Elegance VIP Entry to The Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance Legends of The Autobahn Napa Valley Wine Train with Vista Dome lunch Blackhawk Automotive Museum The Mullin Automotive Museum The Nethercutt Collection Catalogue entry to Gooding Co Auctions Comprehensive Road Book with Daily Route Notes GPS Navigator with Full Route Planning Classic Driving Tours Travel Pack THE CARS Enhance the experience from a selection of great American Muscle Cars including Dodge Challenger RT Chevy Camaro SS or Ford Mustang GT Premium or upgrade to a Chevy Camaro SS Convertible Mercedes E Class or an SUV suitable for 4 at additional cost FEATURE DINING EXPERIENCES Welcome Dinner at the Award Winning Bear Star at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn Dinner at Carter House Inns Buffet Breakfast and Luncheon at Club D Elegance Pebble Beach Private Dinner at the Bodega Bay Lodge Grand Farewell Dinner at the Langham Huntington Pasadena TOUR COST A 10 995 Per Person based on two sharing a room and car hire A non refundable deposit of A 2 000 per person is required to be sent with the Booking Form and received by us in clear funds to secure your booking The balance owing for the Tour is due and payable four months prior to Tour departure however you may remit payment of the Tour prior to this date All Tour prices Tour Prices are in Australian Dollars based on the exchange rate for the UK Pound applicable on the 15th of May 2017 include GST and are subject to change and availability Price increases may occur by reason of matters outside our control which include but are not limited to adverse currency fluctuations variations in international shipping and transportation costs fuel surcharges and other taxes fees or charges Please see the Classic Driving Tours Purchase Terms Conditions for more information WHAT S NOT INCLUDED Return airfares to UK and airport transfers Cost of meals and drinks and entry to places of interest other than those specifically included in the final itinerary Personal expenses Fuel and Tolls
WHAT   S INCLUDED STANDARD INCLUSIONS     14 Nights accommodation in Luxury 5 Star hotels     13 Days Luxury Car Hire - Op...
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW Where do the tours start The start and finish city for each tour is detailed on the TOUR section of the website As the actual starting address may change to accommodate local events you will be provided updated information prior to departure and once the tour has started you may start each day as you please especially the fairer sex We visit the tour country s most spectacular locations and attractions from the ocean to the alps and you will drive through some of the most amazing country you will see anywhere Socialising and relaxation are vital to the enjoyment of your holiday and each day we recommend morning and afternoon stops and somewhere interesting for lunch I haven t driven in another country before is it difficult If you are changing from right to left hand drive or vice versa is not as difficult as imagined and you will find that you will settle in to the wrong side of the car within a couple of hours No navigation skills are required and each car is provided with a GPS navigator to be returned at the end of the tour with each day of the tour route loaded so you just need to follow the spoken directions and if you choose to take a detour the GPS will get you back on track Can I go by myself or is it only for couples Yes although you may incur some cost penalties if travelling alone as most hotels charge by the room If you are considering travelling alone contact us for more details and we will do our best to match you up with a compatible partner What kind of hotels do we stay in All tour itineraries has been driven and checked by the tour leader and each hotel personally inspected We endeavour wherever possible to stay in not less than 4 star establishments and most tours are definitely 5 Star so one night you may be in an historic country house and the next in a 5 Star contemporary hotel Your accommodation will include outstanding scenery character and service Fine food is also near the top of the list and all accommodation is chosen to reflect the nature and style of the region through which we are travelling What meals are included Breakfast is included every day and the included dinners are usually on the first night when we are staying more than one night at a hotel or we are in a remote location On other nights dinner is of your choosing and we can provide you with options if you do not wish to dine in the hotel Lunches are usually not included except when we have the opportunity to dine somewhere that offers something rewarding such as the Post Ranch perched high on a cliff overlooking the rugged coast at Big Sur or Blenheim Palace in the UK Do you provide any support If you are renting a car the supplier will provide support but if you are using your own car we strongly recommend that you arrange for reciprocal cover through your local car club or arrange independent breakdown insurance Naturally we will do all we can to assist in the event of a breakdown and you will be provided with a list of contact numbers in your tour pack at the start of the tour What is the daily routine You can leave the overnight accommodation at your leisure If you are following the tour leader we will generally leave around 9 00 am with a view to arriving at the evening accommodation by 5 00pm and the departure time for the next day will be in the Daily Update delivered to your room each evening On days where we are not relocating tours may be included or your tour book will provide you with various options or you can just do your own thing Many tours are orientated towards a motoring holiday but it s not always about cars On Car orientated tours you will see some outstanding auto collections but there is always something for everyone What is the dress code Daywear is as informal as you wish and smart casual is sufficient for evening wear On a few occasions you may choose to be more a little formal such as at Salon Prive or the Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance where attire should be stylish comfortable and convenient for walking On the Goodwood Revival tour we recommend joining in the spirit of the event and dressing in your best 50 s and 60 s attire Styles range from dressy to resort casual Temperatures are often cool in the morning and evening and warm during the day so layering is recommended What types of cars are on the tour If you are renting a car through us cars included in the tour are Luxury Class but we can also offer you a wide range of convertibles and coupes from European to American Muscle cars depending upon location Each tour itinerary nominates the base car included in the tour but don t forget to ask for options or upgrades if the standard car is not to your liking How far will we drive in a day This varies from day to day and we try to limit car time to 3 to 4 hours In some cases this will mean covering a substantial distance on freeways and motorways and on other quite a short distance There are many days on each tour where there is little if no distance to cover and we try to have as many multiple day stops as possible rather than be moving every day We try to avoid motorways and freeways whenever possible and the vast majority of our driving is on quieter back roads What type of people will I meet on the tour The common interest is a love of driving adventure good food fine wine and interesting company Age range is generally in the more mature bracket and you will meet people from many and varied backgrounds We usually limit the number of cars to 15 or 30 people and you will be sure to find other participants that share your interests Some have been touring for years while others are first time tourers How do I book Firstly check with us by email or phone to ensure that there are places still available Once you have decided to join us either download or complete the booking form on line from the Book Now tab and either email it to us or send by post with your deposit Once your booking has been received we will send you confirmation of your acceptance and a receipt for your deposit
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW  Where do the tours start  The start and finish city for each tour is detailed on the TOUR sec...
THE TOUR HOTELS THE MARRIOTT HOTEL LOS ANGELES little river inn FESS PARKER WINE COUNTRY INN LOS OLIVOS embassy suites napa valley 5855 W Century Blvd 2860 Grand Ave Los Olivos CA lafayette hotel spa lafayette 3287 Mt Diablo Blvd Lafayette CA bodega bay inn bodega bay 1588 Eastshore Rd Bodega Bay CA carter house inns eureka 301 L St Eureka CA 7751 CA 1 Little River CA 1075 California Blvd Napa CA casa munras 700 Munras Ave Monterey CA embassy suites mandalay bay 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd Oxnard CA langham huntington pasadena 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave Pasadena CA
THE TOUR HOTELS THE MARRIOTT HOTEL LOS ANGELES  little river inn  FESS PARKER WINE COUNTRY INN LOS OLIVOS  embassy suites ...
Thanks for a great trip well put together well managed and well escorted I m sure everyone felt the same way Jill and I cannot think of a bad day and the whole escapade was faultless You must be very pleased Dr Ross J Gold Coast Qld We can safely say we enjoyed the holiday of a lifetime We know from personal experience just how much effort goes into setting up group tours You achieved a great balance which exactly suited our needs DF Malaysia Classic Driving Tours Pty Ltd P O Box 248 Runaway Bay Qld 4216 Australia 61 0 7 55 774 655 driver drivingtours com au www drivingtours com au
   Thanks for a great trip, well put together, well managed and well escorted. I   m sure everyone felt the same way. Jill...