September 15th – 26th, 2015
The first Swiss Swirl in September 2013 was voted a great success by participants so the 2015 event follows the same pattern with very minor modifications, the most major of which is we are staying four nights instead of three in Interlaken as the feedback was that more time was needed in the town.
In keeping with the tradition of all Country Lane Tours it’s designed to be a sightseeing holiday with your car and as usual a service vehicle and mechanic will be in attendance throughout to ensure peace of mind and deal with any mechanical problems that may occur, and an experienced tour director will be present from start to finish.
The itinerary is as follows:
Tuesday, September 15th 2015
The group collects for a first night dinner and overnight halt at a hotel near Bethune. The hotel is in a converted brewery! Dinner will be 8pm which will enable people to arrive from the various channel ports without stress. Mileage from Calais 52.
Wednesday, September 16th 2015
Bethune – Provins. Today’s route takes us through scenic countryside via the war memorial at Vimy Ridge to Provins. Our hotel is on the edge of the main square right in the centre of the walled historic centre of this medieval town.
Mileage for day 175.
Thursday, September 17th 2015
Provins – Beaune. Another leisurely run through the French countryside to the picturesque town of Beaune, in the heart of the Burgandy wine-making area, on route visiting the incredible Vaux-le-Vicomte, reputedly the inspiration for Versailles.
Our hotel is just a few minutes walk from the centre and a visit to the 15th century hospice is an absolute must (above). Mileage for day, 165.
Friday, September 18th 2015
Beaune. A relaxing day to enjoy the town but also perhaps take a trip out to the amazing Chateau de Savigny, a short distance from Beaune.
This fairytale building houses a collection of motorcycles and Abarth cars, whilst a paddock next to it is host to an array of airplanes as well as sheds containing ancient tractors and fire engines!
On your way out you can visit the shop and buy some of their wines! Mileage for day, 0 (10).
Saturday, September 19th 2015
Beaune to Interlaken. The route today takes us through more scenic countryside before crossing the border into Switzerland.
Our main hotel, with its Michelin recommended restaurant, is in the centre of the town with an overspill just around the corner. All evening meals, bar one, will be in the main hotel.
Interlaken is a very pleasant town situated, as the name implies, between two lakes, and you might like to sit and watch the paragliders descend onto the town green. It’s interesting, as you walk around the town, to see a succession of them, like giant butterflies, descend form the cliffs. If you feel adventurous you could take part in a tandem jump as five of our group did last time! Mileage for day, 190.
Sunday, September 20th 2015
Interlaken. If the weather is clear a trip by train up the Jungfrau to the highest station in Europe (11,332 feet) is definitely worthwhile as the views are spectacular. For the less intrepid the mountain can be seen from the hotel!
In the afternoon a trip on the lake by paddle steamer has been arranged.
Monday, September 21st 2015
Interlaken. The run today takes in the four main mountain passes around Interlaken, the Grimsel, Furka, St Gothard and Susten.
Once again the views are stunning and in Airolo, where we start the ascent of the old St. Gothard Pass (still cobbled – see left), we’re only 70 miles from the Italian border. Mileage for day, 175.
Tuesday, September 22nd 2015
A day to chill out in the town, or maybe by the hotel’s indoor pool!
Wednesday,September 23rd 2015
Interlaken – Mulhouse – Epinal. The route today takes us on main roads as far as the French National Motor Museum (previously the Schlumpf brothers Bugatti collection) in Mulhouse before heading off the motorway to our overnight halt in Epinal, a delightful small town on the banks of the Moselle. Our hotel is just a short walk from the main square. Mileage for day, 185.
Thursday, September 24th 2015
Epinal – Reims. Once more we run through the rural French countryside, taking a slight detour to the old Reims Racing Circuit, a motoring version of the Marie Celeste, before arriving at our hotel.
Reims is a fascinating city and the cathedral is well worth a visit, especially if the Son et Lumiere is taking place. Mileage for day, 165.
Friday, September 25th 2015
Reims. In the morning a visit has been arranged to G.H. Mumm Champagne, followed by an optional visit to the Reims Motor Museum which houses an eclectic assortment of cars, motorcycles and toys.
The afternoon is free to further explore the city.
In the evening there will be a farewell dinner.
Saturday, September 26th 2015
Departure for home. Reims is only 170 miles from Calais on an excellent motorway but you may decide to meander through the bac kroads and spend an extra night in France.
If so the Meurice in Calais is owned by a classic car enthusiast (he keeps an E-Type and a Rolls Royce Cloud 3 in the basement) and the restaurant is excellent value. In addition, you can pay in sterling for the room!
Included in the price are the following:
- Ten nights hotel accommodation on a B&B basis
- First night’s dinner in Bethune
- Entry to Chateau Vaux le Vicomte
- Three nights’ dinner in Michelin recommended restaurant Interlaken
- Paddle steamer lake trip (first class)
- Return rail journey from Thun
- Entry to French National Motor Museum, Mulhouse
- Guided tour of G.H. Mumm Champagne
- Entry to Reims Motor Museum
- Service vehicle and mechanic
- View of Jungfrau from our hotel
- Experienced tour director
- Detailed road book and map
- Rally plates
- Windscreen sticker
- Farewell dinner in Reims.
- Sundry extras
Space precludes a detailed description of everything you will see, so the details here are necessarily a synopsis. However, the leisurely daily mileage allows plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery and quiet roads as well as the hotel facilities. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to call me on 01824 790280, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The entry is restricted to just thirty cars and allocation of the twenty-three rooms at the main hotel in Interlaken will be strictly on a first-come-first served basis. Early booking is therefore advisable to avoid disappointment. The approximate route for the 2nd Swiss Swirl is marked in blue