Algarve Historic Festival 14 – 26 October
- Return sailings with Brittany ferries including comfortable onboard accommodation
- 11 night’s accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- Dinner on 9 of the evenings including wine and water
- Race tickets
- Access to the drivers lounge hospitality on Saturday at the circuit
- Access and parking on the infield of the circuit with your car
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Classic Grand Touring is proud to be the official tour operator for the Algarve Historic Festival. We were present at the inaugural event and are very enthusiastic to return for many years to come. We work closely with the event organiser so that you are looked after and that you get the best possible access throughout the weekend.
Our driving tour incorporates the Brittany ferries route to Santander departing from Plymouth on the way out and arriving back in to Portsmouth on the way home. The routes through Spain and Portugal range from the wonderful Picos de Europa Mountains in the North to the flat empty plains found as you head further South. You will be amazed just how good the Spanish roads are and how little traffic there is at this time of year.
We stay in a mixture of historic Parador hotels in Spain, Pousadas in Portugal and a luxury resort near the Portimao circuit.
Sunday 14 October
Meet at Plymouth for the 1530 cruise ferry to Santander. Comfortable on board accommodation is included and once settled in there is plenty of time to get to know one another before dinner.
Monday 15 October
The ship is set dock at 1200 and from Santander we will head along the Cantabrian coast into Asturias. We will have a suggested tea time stop in a fishing port before arriving at our hotel, a former Palace situated in Soto del Barco. This evening dinner is included in the hotels highly rated restaurant. Watch out for the Spanish free pour in the bar before dinner!
Tuesday 16 October
After breakfast at the hotel we will continue along the coast before heading inland and into Portugal. Today we suggest lunch stops for you to choose as you wish. We will arrive at our spectacular hotel this evening situated on the Douro river. We have organised a Douro wine tasting here before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Wednesday 17 October
This morning we will explore the Douro as we head West towards the Portuguese coast. We have a very relaxed drive to our Pousada this evening a medieval building situated just in from the coast. Dinner is included this evening at the hotel.
Thursday 18 October
Today we have another relaxed drive as our overnight stay is situated just South East of Lisbon, so we can take in the countryside and sights again with a suggested lunch stop. Once again we stay in a Pousada Hotel, this time a former Castle. Dinner is included this evening.
Friday 19 October
After breakfast we head into the Algarve and to our hotel via suggested coffee stops and points of interest before arriving at our coastal resort hotel. We have three nights here to enjoy the relaxing indoor and outdoor swimming pools and its private beach. This evening we will have early evening cocktails before dinner at a local beach side restaurant.
Saturday 20 October
We will take our own cars to the circuit today as there is the opportunity for those that wish to take in some parade laps of the circuit in between the practice sessions taking place. We will have lunch included at the circuit today in the drivers club lounge where we can continue to watch the action from. Your race tickets are included to gain you access to the paddock and grandstands. You can then return to the hotel as you wish which is just a 25 minute drive away. This evening is free to enjoy as you wish.
Sunday 21 October
You can make your way to the circuit as you wish to enjoy the racing. Grids expected to be there are the Motor Racing Legends, Historic Formula One, HGPCA and other support races. If past years are anything to go by the quality and quantity of the grids is something to behold.
Monday 22 October
We will head North East and cross back into Spain, we have a suggested lunch stop before arriving into the Historic town of Merida. There is time to explore this pretty little town where a bull fighting ring can be found as well as interesting Historic ruins. Our hotel is a Parador with good underground parking. Dinner is included this evening in the hotel.
Tuesday 23 October
Today we have an excellent drive across the empty flat plains of Spain heading to the beautiful town of Salamanca. Our modern Parador hotel hotel overlooks the town and there is time to walk in to the town to explore the Cathedrals and perhaps take a drink in the amazing central plaza. Dinner will be taken at the hotel this evening.
Wednesday 24 October
The penultimate day of the tour culminates as we head into the Picos mountains for some dramatic driving. We stay in a National park at a Parador with beautiful surroundings. Dinner is included in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Thursday 25 October
This morning after breakfast we have time to go up the cable car to the top of the mountain to take in the views. Before continuing along our route for the final day of exhilarating driving as we go over the summit of the Picos mountains and then drop down to join the afternoon sailing departing from Santander.
Friday 26 October
Our ferry arrives back into Portsmouth at 1430 today.