CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE TOUR
AUGUST 12th 2022 - AUGUST 24th
BENZINA MAGAZINE is excited to announce our first exclusive tour. In conjunction with Classic Driving Tours this Luxury Fully Escorted Self Drive 13 Day tour to the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will take us from Los Angeles through the Southern California wine country to Napa Valley then on to Monterey for Speed Week, Concorso Italiano and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. You must be a Benzina Magazine Subscriber to participate in this exclusive tour.
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This exclusive tour is limited to 20 vehicles, please ensure you book early to avoid disappointment. The Benzina Magazine Pebble Beach Tour will be an unforgettable experience shared with a group of motoring enthusiasts from around the world.
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Our tour starts today with your arrival into Los Angeles.
If arriving by air take the shuttle from LAX direct to the Marriott Hotel and spend the remainder of your day relaxing after your flight. Check in with your tour escorts upon arrival and later join them for an informal evening to meet your fellow travellers.
Over breakfast this morning we will have a short briefing to review the tour details and operation of your GPS navigators.
Mid morning, we collect our cars at the hotel then head north on the 405 Freeway then to Highway 101 up the coast through Santa Barbara and on to our first night at Los Olivos in the heart of California wine country.
There's time this afternoon to explore the restaurants, wineries and stores of this fascinating village. The Fess Parker Wine Country Inn our hotel for tonight and we have reserved the exclusive Bear & Star Restaurant for our Welcome Dinner this evening.
We continue north through the lush farmlands and vineyards of wine country to San Jose and this afternoon tour the Winchester Mystery House recently featured in the movie starring Helen Mirren. The Winchester House is an historic San Jose landmark that was once the personal residence of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester the widow of William Wirt Winchester and the heiress to a large portion of the Winchester Repeating Arms Fortune. From 1886 to 1922 construction never ceased as the original 8 roomed farmhouse grew into the world's most unusual and sprawling mansion with over 10,000 windows, 2,000 doors and 47 stairways and fireplaces. Our hotel tonight is the luxurious Hotel Valencia a short walk from the Winchester House. Dinner tonight is your choice.
A shorter day today as we skirt the lower regions of the Sonoma Valley before turning off towards the coast for the oceanside run up to Bodega Bay. The route will take us through the Mt Tamalpais State Park to Muir Beach then along Highway 1 north to our lunch stop at the Hog Bay Oyster Farm (weather permitting) where you can shuck your own or order from the menu. Alfred Hitchcock fans can take a short detour to visit the site of the filming of "The Birds" and see the home and church sans crows. After lunch it’s just 30 minutes to the luxurious Bodega Bay Lodge and dinner in a private room overlooking the ocean.
It's a short run back across the mountains through the southern redwoods to Napa Valley, our home for the next two nights. We'll lunch at Calistoga then off to Castello di Amorosa for a taste of Napa’s finest.
The winery is housed in an authentically-styled, 13th century medieval Tuscan-style castle which took 15 years to construct using medieval designs and construction methods. The castle includes 5 defensive towers with battlements, 1,000 pound hand-hewn doors from Italy, 107 Rooms (95 devoted to winemaking), a Great Hall with a 22ft high coffered ceiling featuring hand-painted frescoes inspired by Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s “Buon Governo” (Good Government) in Siena Italy and a 500 year-old fireplace. All the ironwork was hand-forged by Italian artisans over an open flame and authentic features include a church, drawbridge, torture chamber, even secret passage ways.
Leave at your leisure and it’s just 30 minutes to our hotel for the next two nights, the Andaz Hyatt in Downtown Napa.
Mid morning we board the Napa Valley Wine Train for the three-hour journey from the historic town of Napa, through one of the world's most well known wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back.
We’ll enjoy a freshly prepared lunch and a glass or two of the local product inside the fully restored 1952 Vista Dome car. The train begins its journey at the McKinstry Street Station in Napa then travels north to St. Helena, where the locomotive disconnects from the north facing side of the Train and reconnects to the south side in preparation for the return journey.
The tracks run through the heart of the world famous wine region and stops at different wineries en-route.
On the way to Monterey we take an East Bay route to Danville, an upmarket community west of San Francisco to visit the Blackhawk Museum where over 100 years of automotive genius and design excellence is gathered together in a collection of over 50 vehicles ranging from vintage and luxury cars from Italy, France, England and the United States representing an exciting period of history.
The museum also houses “The Spirit of the Old West” exhibit tracing the history of the United States and is regarded as the most significant collection outside the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. The Museum is located in one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the East Bay, The Blackhawk Plaza, an assortment of boutiques, restaurants and galleries complete with a stream running through it's manicured landscaping from the fountain atop the Museum's plaza. Lunch at your leisure then follow Highway 101 for the run down to Monterey, the home of Speed Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance arriving with ample time to explore Cannery Row as our hotel is in the heart of Downtown Monterey.
Speed Week features over 20 spectacular events ranging from classic motor racing at Laguna Seca to fine arts events and auctions of some of the world’s most desirable automobiles. Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has grown into one of the top-ranking collector car shows in the world.
Today is a free day to explore the events around Monterey and region. Nearby is Carmel-by-the-Sea home to an eclectic range of restaurants and shops and a drive down 17 Mile Drive is not to be missed. Options today include Mecum Auctions in Monterey, RetroAuto, Exotics on Cannery Row and The Rolex Monterey at Laguna Seca (tickets extra). If you prefer to remain with the group, we will be leading a drive through the local area to Legends of the Autobahn and arriving back in Monterey mid afternoon.
CONCORSO ITALIANO is the world’s largest luxury and exotic Italian Car show. This is truly a multi-faceted luxury lifestyle event celebrating all things Italian; fashion, food, wine, art, and products. Famous for the diverse and significant collection of exhibited Italian cars centered on as many as 1,000 Italian & exotic automobiles and Italian motorcycles. Those that attend also enjoy the Concorso Italiano Fashion Show, musical performances, and on-stage interviews with legendary automotive collectors and industry designers.
Exceptional food, high fashion, and high performance vehicles. Start the day off as you get a sneak peak of the gorgeous cars, all while you enjoy a freshly made hot breakfast, prepared for you by Gino’s Fine Italian Restaurant.
The CI Club offers the best VIP experience possible; from VIP parking to all day access to CI Club. Enjoy the premium Esser wine selection, or perhaps a Signature cocktail, by Carbonadi as you dine on a tantalising authentic Italian prepared by Gino’s Fine Italian Restaurant! End the day with a specially prepared a gift bag, which includes special gifts from select sponsors, a premium cigar from Falto Cigar, this year’s Concorso Italiano 2020 magazine, as well as commemorative gifts chosen by our President! This afternoon use your passes into Pebble Beach to preview the cars at the Gooding & Co Auctions which start tonight about 5 pm. Russo & Steele auctions are also on tonight in Downtown Monterey.
Today features what, for many fans, is the highlight of the tour. People from all over the globe come to compete or simply enjoy the event here at Pebble Beach on the third Sunday in August. 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf — the famed eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach.
Parking is not allowed close to the event, however our Club d’Elegance tickets provide for access to the VIP parking area where there is a shuttle to take us to the club for breakfast.
Club d'Elegance Tickets include VIP patron badge, VIP parking, shuttle service to and from the Concours, a full breakfast, an elegant buffet luncheon, a signed poster and other commemorative gifts.
Club d’Elegance is next to the Gooding & Company Tent and is within easy walking distance or a short shuttle ride away from the 18th fairway. The automobile and manufacturer displays are also nearby.
Highway 1 South hugs the coast for an exhilarating driving experience. There are great opportunities to stop for lunch or coffee on this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route that takes us along the coast to our beachfront hotel at Mandalay Bay where there is a drinks reception in the hotel from 5.30. En route is Hearst Castle which is well worth the visit if you have time as are State Street and Stearns Wharf at Santa Barbara just a short detour off the route.
Today starts with a private tour of the Mullin Automotive Museum. The core of the collection includes 140 masterpieces of French coachwork and craftsmanship by such famous names as Bugatti, Delage, Delahaye and Voisin. Also on display is the US$3,500,000 “Lady of The Lake” (Yes 3.5 Million US Dollars) the Bugatti rescued from a Swiss Lake after being interred since the beginning of WW11 and is now preserved in a glass case in the same condition as it was recovered. There is also an outstanding collection of art and furniture created by Ettorre Bugatti.
Later we are treated to a private guided tour of the Nethercutt Collection featuring over 250 automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997. Occupying two large buildings, on view are various Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winners and cars once owned by movie stars, royalty and other notable personalities. Behind the museum in a specially prepared area are a fully restored steam locomotive and Pullman car custom built for the daughter of pioneer “lucky” Baldwin.
Our Hotel for tonight and the venue for our Farewell Dinner is the Langham Huntington in Pasadena.
After breakfast this morning it’s time to bid farewell to newfound friends, continue touring or head home.
The cars need to be returned to the Marriott Hotel at LAX who provide a shuttle to the airport, however if you can manage one more car collection The Petersen Collection in downtown LA with its streetscape dioramas, and rotating exhibit spaces of over 300,000 square feet is on the way.
It’s also a great opportunity for lunch, some last minute shopping on Wilshire Boulevard and the Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits are just across the road.
12 Nights accommodation in Luxury 5 Star hotels
12 Days Luxury Car Hire - Options available
4 Dinners including Welcome and Farewell dinners
Full breakfast every day
Club Elegance VIP Entry to The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Concorso Italiano 2022 VIP Membership
Legends of The Autobahn
Napa Valley Wine Train with Vista Dome lunch
Blackhawk Automotive Museum
The Mullin Automotive Museum
The Nethercutt Collection Private Tour
Catalogue entry to Gooding & Co Auctions
Comprehensive Road Book with Daily Route Notes
GPS Navigator with Full Route Planning
Classic Driving Tours Travel Pack
Standard cars for the tour are BMW 5 Series, Infiniti Q50, Dodge Challenger (or similar) or choose from a range of SUV or exotics at additional cost.
FEATURE DINING EXPERIENCES
Welcome Dinner at the Award Winning Bear & Star at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn
Concorso Italiano VIP Membership Breakfast & Lunch
Buffet Breakfast and Luncheon at Club D’Elegance Pebble Beach
Private Dinner at the Bodega Bay Lodge
Grand Farewell Dinner at the Langham Huntington Pasadena
US$9,995 per peson twin share
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A non-refundable deposit of UK£500 or A$1,500 or US$1,000 per person is required to be sent with the Booking Form and received by us in clear funds to secure your booking. The balance owing for the Tour is due and payable four months prior to Tour departure, however you may remit payment of the Tour prior to this date. All Tour prices (Tour Prices) are based on the exchange rate for the US Dollar applicable on the 1st of April 2021, include taxes, and are subject to change and availability. Price increases may occur by reason of matters outside our control, which include, but are not limited to, adverse currency fluctuations, variations in international shipping and transportation costs, fuel surcharges and other taxes, fees or charges. Please see the Classic Driving Tours Purchase Terms & Conditions for more information.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
• Return airfares to USA and airport transfers
• Cost of meals and drinks and entry to places of interest other than those specifically included in the final itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Fuel and Tolls