June 14 to July 13, 2020




Norway, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. A unique event that explores some of Europe’s most extraordinary and seldom visited places.

No-one has ever travelled Europe in this way as we take the Hurtigruten ferry north from Bergen, driving by day and sleeping on board by night, before entering Russia from its most northerly border with Norway. Taking unspoiled and seldom driven roads we drive south via Murmansk, the home of the Russian fleet, to St Petersburg. Then through the Baltic States into Poland before making our way to Venice and finishing in Portofino Fino on the Ligurian coast.

So, what is so special about the Imperial Rally?
Among the unique aspects of The Imperial Classic Car Rally are entering Russia from its most northerly border in Europe, driving upwards through Norway and using the Hurtigruten ferry as our floating hotel, visiting Murmansk, the home of the Russian Arctic fleet, spending three nights in St Petersburg to enjoy this most exotic and cultured city. We will include visits to the to the Hermitage, the ballet and historic centre of the town.

We then head into the Baltic states visiting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania before spending three days in Poland where we take in some of the most amazing sights including miles of underground tunnels from the last war. Beautiful cities, historic buildings and superb scenery abound.

Budapest in Hungary, one of Europe’s unspoiled cities follows. We have a day off here to check out the highlights including the vast Buda museum, the amazing parliament building, the thermal spa, Heroes Square and a number of amazing churches, all bordered by the Danube river.

Our next rally drive is to one of the great hidden gems of Europe, Slovenia. So many things to do here including riding a train through ancient caves, Lake Bled and extraordinary roads in the mountains.

Our final country is fabulous Italy where we go to Portofino via Venice. Portofinio is one of those places that everyone has to visit at least once. Set on an idyllic cove it also has the Splendido Hotel, one of the most famous and sought after in Europe.

Norway  – The Land of Fjords
Following the ferry north is one of the best ways to see this great country. By night we are on the ship and by day we are out exploring the wonderful fjords, stunning scenery and the midnight sun.

Russia – A unique entry point
No rally has done this before – enter from the North and then travel down to St Petersburg. After Murmansk we stop in Belomorsk and Sortavala – do you know anyone else who has done that? In St Petersburg we make the most of our visit by doing all the major sights as well as the ballet – it’s all included!

Hurtigruten Ferry
We include an outside Arctic Superior cabin, all onboard meals, passage for your car and packed lunches. There are upgrade options to suites. This is the most luxurious way to travel along the coast of Norway as your hotel meets you each evening.

Incredible Italy
We visit two of the best places in Italy. Venice is well known but only the lucky go to Portofino and one of the best hotels in the world.

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Day 1 June 14 Oslo Arrive
Day 2 June 15 Oslo Oslo 0 0 Norway
Day 3 June 16 Bergen Board ship 463 7 Board Ship
Day 4 June 17 Torvik Alesund 244 5 Norway
Day 5 June 18 Stay on board 0 6 Stay on board today
Day 6 June 19 Ornes Bodo 237 4 Norway
Day 7 June 20 Harstad Tromso 349 5 Norway
Day 8 June 21 Havoysund Kjollefjord 385 6 or to Mehamn
Day 9 June 22 Kirkenes  Murmansk 235 5 Russia
Day 10 June 23 Murmansk Belomorsk 638 8 Russia
Day 11 June 24 Belomorsk Belomorsk 0 0 Russia
Day 12 June 25 Belmorsk Sortavala 567 8 Russia
Day 13 June 26 Sortavala St Petersburg 292 5 Russia
Day 14 June 27 St Petersburg St Petersburg 0 0 Russia
Day 15 June 28 St Petersburg St Petersburg 0 0 Russia
Day 16 June 29 St Petersburg Tallin 373 5 Estonia
Day 17 June 30 Tallin Riga 374 5 Latvia
Day 18 July 01 Riga Riga 0 0 Latvia
Day 19 July 02 Riga Kaunas 541 8 Lithuania
Day 20 July 03 Kaunas Bydgoszcz 577 8 Poland
Day 21 July 04 Bydgoszcz Wroclaw 284 4 Poland
Day 22 July 05 Wroclaw Zamek na Skale 130 3 Poland + sightseeing 4
Day 23 July 06 Zamek Budapest 527 8 Hungary
Day 24 July 07 Budapest Budapest 0 0 Hungary
Day 25 July 08 Budapest Ljubljana 479 7 Slovenia
Day 26 July 09 Ljubljana Ljubljana 0 6 Slovenia
Day 27 July 10 Ljubljana Venice 370 6 Italy
Day 28 July 11 Venice  Portofino 417 8 Italy
Day 29 July 12 Portfino Portofino 0 8 Italy
Day 30 July 13 Portfino Depart 0 0 Depart
7482 135

  The ultimate Imperial adventure
  Your berth on the Hurtigruten ship
  The best hotels for our event
  All breakfasts
  Most evening meals
  Packed lunches in Norway
  Tours and excursions in St Petersberg
  The midnight sun
  The magnificent Hermitage Museum
  St Petersburg
  The Beautiful Baltic
  Poland, Hungary and Slovenia
  Belmond Hotel in Portofino
  Mountain roads


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Great roads, fantastic ferry, good company and a thoroughly good time.’