It’s going to be epic!
Team Torque are very excited to be offering our Let’s Torque Italia Tour from Friday 5 July – Friday 12 July 2024.
Delivered with the military precision and flair which you would expect from Torque Events, the Tour has involved careful planning and a reconnaissance visit by the Team, to ensure participants will not be disappointed with this Tour.
The Italian Lakes have been a popular holiday destination since Roman times lying on the south side of the Alps, in the basin of the river Po and the Mediterranean Sea. Our carefully selected route firstly visits Reims in France before heading to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, takes in the beauty of Lake Maggiore and then back to the stunning Lake Thunersee in Switzerland, before heading to Mulhouse in Eastern France on the German and Swiss borders.
Mulhouse is home to The Cité de l’Automobile, which has the largest displayed collection of automobiles and contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of Bugatti motor vehicles in the world – definitely one for our petrolhead friends to visit.
Participants then drive back to Reims in France, which is a beautiful historic city on the Vesle River Reims. Together with Epernay, it is the world’s epicentre of champagne production and home to one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in France – “Our Lady of Reims”. Not forgetting it is also home to the legendary Reims ex-Formula 1 Grand Prix Grandstand.
On the Tour, participants will enjoy all of this whilst being hosted by our dedicated and experienced Torque Events Team.
Day 1 – Eurotunnel to the Champagne region
Friday 5 July 2024
Our first day sees us departing the UK via the Channel Tunnel in Calais, turning east in the direction of Epernay and Reims in the heart of the Champagne region. Autoroutes give way to fantastic B roads as we meander our way through vineyards for our first night’s destination at the LOISIUM Wine & Spa Hotel Champagne – a simply stunning hotel at the edge of the forest with a view of the sea of vines. Time to relax in the hotel’s Spa, and pamper yourself, before joining us for a sumptuous dinner with likeminded company. Your experience has finally started.
Day 2 – Lake Lucerne
Saturday 6 July 2024
On Day 2, we start making our way South, leaving the brilliant green of the vineyards of the Champagne region behind us, and head towards the majestic snow-capped mountains of the Alps.
Our next stop over will be the picturesque city of Lucerne, cradling the lake edge of its namesake. You will be accommodated in the stunning Art Deco Hotel Montana Luzern, which first opened at the turn of the last century.
This stunning Art deco hotel has glorious views over the lake, with service to match, having won Swiss city hotel of the year several times. Enjoy an evening aperitif on the lakeside terrace or take a walk into the city centre to enjoy the sights and sounds of Lucerne.
Day 3 and Day 4 – Lake Maggiore
Sunday 7 July and Monday 8 July 2024
On Day 3, we continue our journey South over what can only be described as some of the most exhilarating, but also stunning alpine passes the Alps has to offer.
We have created three levels of route for you to choose from be it a gentle scenic drive to a full-on alpine blast, or something in-between – the choice is ultimately yours. We will be awaiting your arrival at Lake Maggiore.
The Italians love their flamboyancy, and your home for the next 2 days will be The Grand Dino Hotel, which will not disappoint. The Grand Dino with its marble floors and gold guilted decorations of its grand reception never fails to impress, not to mention the stunning lakeside terrace and pools.
The following day is yours to do as you wish, should that be just relaxing next to the pool or taking a short river boat taxi to the nearby Isola Bella to visit the stunning Palazzo Borromeo, there’s plenty to entertain at Lake Maggiore.
Day 5 – Lake Thunersee
Tuesday 9 July 2024
Today we leave behind the opulence of the Italian Lakes and make our way back towards those fantastic mountains that have been framing our lakeside views for the past two days.
Another day of driving nirvana, as we make our way over more exquisite alpine passes to Lake Thunersee, which is an Alpine Lake in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region, for our evening’s accommodation at the fantastic Seepark Thun Hotel.
The 4-star superior Hotel Seepark Thun is an oasis of tranquillity for connoisseurs, located directly on the shore of Lake Thun with views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains – simply stunning!
Day 6 – Mulhouse
Wednesday 10 July 2024
Today, we continue heading North to the city of Mulhouse in eastern France, near the Swiss and German borders.
Mulhouse is home to The Cité de l’Automobile which has the largest displayed collection of automobiles and contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of Bugatti motor vehicles in the world! Definitely one for our petrolhead friends to visit.
Once you have had your fill of priceless Bugattis and other stunning car collections, it’s time to head to our evening’s accommodation in the beautiful Les Violettes Hotel & Spa in Alsace. With its relaxed lifestyle and refined charm, set in a quiet and green setting, the Hotel & Spa enjoys a privileged location in the heart of nature.
Day 7 – Reims
Thursday 11 July 2024
Today sees us departing Mulhouse and make our way to Reims – the world’s epicentre of champagne production and home to one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in France – “Our Lady of Reims”.
Our destination here is the beautiful 5 Star La Caserne Chanzy – this simply stunning Hotel and Spa is the only luxury hotel located in the very heart of Reims, right in front of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Reims.
Its immersive atmosphere is so captivating that you can feel and travel the region without even leaving your room! La Caserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa has been designed to give you a sense of immersion into the world of Champagne, both the region and the famous beverage.
As we arrive late afternoon, you have time to explore the most beautiful spots of this wonderful city, which are only a few steps away. A perfect way to spend our last evening on this Italian Lakes experience.
Day 8 – Return Home
Friday 12 July 2024
Today, we start making our way back to the Euro Tunnel, but enroute there is the option to visit the Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
This memorial bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918, and have no known grave.
A stunning memorial and certainly one worth a visit before heading back to the UK.