Exploring the Alps by 4x4 in the summer is a wonderful trip. High up in the mountains we drive along tracks built hundreds of years ago, such as The Salt Road which originally ran from Nice to Turin. We also visit the 4x4 show in Valloire for an afternoon, where you can explore the wide variety of displays and stay in the town overnight.
This hotel-based trip is a mixture of road and off-track driving through soaring mountains and famous passes including the highest tarmacked road in Europe and other routes that are part of the Tour de France and Monte Carlo rally! Expect truly stunning vistas, historic towns, bridges and churches - we always find time to stop to take in the magnificent scenery. Our expert team leading this adventure will ensure that, no matter what crops up, you and your vehicle will remain safe.
We meet just outside Dover at 6.00am to catch the 7.35am ferry to Calais. Upon arrival, we drive towards Reims for a lunch stop near the disused racing circuit and a good photo op of your vehicle on the start/finish line! Then it's a six-hour drive across the day to Beaune, one of the top wine centres in France where we dine in the old town square.
The journey to Valloire takes 5 hours where we will spend the afternoon/evening at the excellent Valloire 4x4 Show. There are interesting exhibitor stands and excellent bars, shops and restaurants all along the main street, with plenty of opportunities to seek out upgrades for your next overland trip! We overnight just outside Valloire in a ski resort and enjoy a tasty fondue in a nearby restaurant.
A day of spectacular alpine scenery as we cross the Col du Galibie (Tour de France route) and the Col de la Bonette, which is the highest tarmac road in Europe. There is a fabulous track to end the day’s driving before spending the night in the beautiful resort of Valberg.
We leave Valberg driving towards Nice via the spectacular Gorges du Cians where the road clings to the side of the valley. We then drive the Col du Turini, a section of the Monte Carlo Rally, stopping at the famous crossroads to check out the memorabilia. From there it’s some track driving to visit some abandoned forts before we head to our hotel near Breil-s-Roya, where we stay for three nights.
After a superb breakfast we head to Fort Central. Travelling through the mountains, the views expand across the valleys and we stop at a Napoleonic fort where you can see into France and Italy! You'll get to step back in time, explore the ruins and take some stunning photos. You'll experience some incredible views, great tracks and we finish the day inside Italy, travelling back through the Tende Tunnel.
The highlight of the week is travelling the famous Salt Road. This is one of the best tracks you will ever travel and to tell you more would spoil it! Let’s just say its stunning, one of our absolute favourites and something you’ll not want to miss!
We return to Italy, skirting around Torino towards the Col du Mont Cenis the “Hannibal Trail”, a beautiful road taking us north to Dijon for our overnight stop. Dijon is a beautiful old town with a great selection of restaurants and there is much to explore in the evening. The following morning we drive to Calais and our homeward ferry.
“The whole week was a blast, but our absolute favourite was driving the Salt Road.
Great weather, great tracks, nice hotels and some fun evening meals. We didn’t want to come home!”
This adventure is 7 nights, however you will need to allow for 8 nights, 9 days for travel at the beginning and end of the holiday.
Usually good, but take some warm clothes as it can get cold at altitude and prepare for the odd shower in the mountains.
Tracks are a mix of forest, farm and cross-country generally with a rock, shale or gravel solid base. This adventure suits all driving abilities and our expert instructors are on hand to help with trickier sections. Being comfortable with heights will make the adventure more enjoyable!
Low-box, underbody protection and recovery points along with all terrain tyres.
We carry medical kits, our guides are all first-aid trained and we have emergency beacons to hasten location and evacuation in emergency situations. Lead vehicles have full recovery equipment which is tested before departure and we also carry a range of tools and spares.
A detailed requirements check-list will be sent to you six weeks before your departure date.
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