THE IMPERIAL CAR RALLY
June 8 to July 7, 2020
FROM ROMANOFFS TO ROMANS
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!
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.
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.
THE ITINERARY & WHAT’S INCLUDED
|Day 1||June 8||Oslo||Arrive|
|Day 2||June 9||Oslo||Oslo||0||0||Norway|
|Day 3||June 10||Bergen||Board ship||463||7||Board Ship|
|Day 4||June 11||Torvik||Alesund||244||5||Norway|
|Day 5||June 12||Stay on board||0||6||Stay on board today|
|Day 6||June 13||Ornes||Bodo||237||4||Norway|
|Day 7||June 14||Harstad||Tromso||349||5||Norway|
|Day 8||June 15||Havoysund||Kjollefjord||385||6||or to Mehamn|
|Day 9||June 16||Kirkenes||Murmansk||235||5||Russia|
|Day 10||June 17||Murmansk||Belomorsk||638||8||Russia|
|Day 11||June 18||Belomorsk||Belomorsk||0||0||Russia|
|Day 12||June 19||Belmorsk||Sortavala||567||8||Russia|
|Day 13||June 20||Sortavala||St Petersburg||292||5||Russia|
|Day 14||June 21||St Petersburg||St Petersburg||0||0||Russia|
|Day 15||June 22||St Petersburg||St Petersburg||0||0||Russia|
|Day 16||June 23||St Petersburg||Tallin||373||5||Estonia|
|Day 17||June 24||Tallin||Riga||374||5||Latvia|
|Day 18||June 25||Riga||Riga||0||0||Latvia|
|Day 19||June 26||Riga||Kaunas||541||8||Lithuania|
|Day 20||June 27||Kaunas||Bydgoszcz||577||8||Poland|
|Day 21||June 28||Bydgoszcz||Wroclaw||284||4||Poland|
|Day 22||June 29||Wroclaw||Zamek na Skale||130||3||Poland + sightseeing 4|
|Day 23||June 30||Zamek||Budapest||527||8||Hungary|
|Day 24||July 01||Budapest||Budapest||0||0||Hungary|
|Day 25||July 02||Budapest||Ljubljana||479||7||Slovenia|
|Day 26||July 03||Ljubljana||Ljubljana||0||6||Slovenia|
|Day 27||July 04||Ljubljana||Venice||370||6||Italy|
|Day 28||July 05||Venice||Portofino||417||8||Italy|
|Day 29||July 06||Portfino||Portofino||0||8||Italy|
|Day 30||July 07||Portfino||Depart||0||0||Depart|
• 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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