Fly with Vueling from London Gatwick to Florence where you will meet your Club Tour Escorts and transfer to your hotel, located close to the motorhome factory in central Tuscany. Enjoy a welcome group dinner and a drink in the hotel restaurant and start getting to know your fellow tourers. Overnight at Poggibonsi hotel.
Transfer to the motorhome factory after breakfast to collect your vehicle and drive to the first campsite (43 miles). There’s a very good supermarket near the factory and we recommend stopping on the way in San Gimignano, a small but worthwhile detour, only 8 miles from the factory with motorhome parking just outside the town.
2 nights at Figline Valdarno campsite.
A coach trip to Florence with a guided walking tour and a three-course lunch with a drink included at the Borghese Palace restaurant, followed by free time to explore this beautiful city famous for its cultural heritage, art and history.
Drive to the next campsite on Lake Garda (177 miles). En route, you may wish to stop in Bologna, famed for its covered walkways lined by colonnades stretching over 23 miles that link the streets with the tower and the palace. Amazing views can be seen on a clear day from one of its many towers. Alternatively, stop by in Modena, the home of Ferrari, or even Maranello, just 12 miles away, to visit their museums dedicated to the sports car.
3 nights at Lake Garda campsite.
A day coach and boat tour of beautiful Lake Garda, with a chance to explore some of the villages that surround the lake. There will be a lunch stop payable locally.
A day at leisure can be spent by the lake onsite or in another nearby town surrounding the lake. Alternatively, why not catch a train to Verona or Venice?
Leaving Italy behind, travel further north, via Milan and Lake Como, and cross the border to Lugano in Switzerland (126 miles). There will be opportunities aplenty to stop and admire the scenery en route.
3 nights at Lugano campsite.
Enjoy an excursion to nearby Lake Como, famous for its wealthy residents and dramatic scenery, before returning to Lake Lugano for a panoramic cruise. In the evening, the cruise culminates back on dry land with a local specialities and wine tasting experience.
Day at leisure. Stay on the campsite and breathe in your surroundings, or take a train from the local station (about one mile) into Lugano to explore the town itself. Steeped in history (far beyond being the first host city of the Eurovision song contest) and, being so close to Italy, the architecture has an interesting Swiss-Italian influence and is home to a number of historic buildings and museums. Alternatively, hop on board one of the passenger ferries and visit some of the other towns and villages of Lake Lugano.
Travel to Lauterbrunnen in the stunning Bernese Oberland (150 miles), home of many high mountain ranges including the dominating peak of the Eiger (3967m) and the pretty town of Interlaken. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the deepest in the Alps, with high limestone walls rising skyward on either side. The surrounding area is outstandingly beautiful with numerous waterfalls, glaciers and mountain meadows adding to the dramatic backdrop. Enjoy an evening meal of local specialities and a drink in the campsite restaurant.
3 nights at Lauterbrunnen campsite.
Days 11 – 12
Days at leisure to visit the region and make the most of local transport connections, which can be organised at the campsite reception (payable locally). Take some time to explore the delights of the old town and castle in Interlaken or, for the more intrepid, take the train service up the Jungfrau to the ‘Top of Europe’ at 3454m above sea level, affording some magnificent views over the mountains and the Aletch glacier. There are also a number of shops, restaurants and an experience devoted to Swiss chocolate to complement the sublime views.
Winding further through the mountains, travel to the Vosges and the sleepy French town of Corcieux (181 miles). The route clips many interesting towns and cities such as Bern, Basel, and Mulhouse, all which offer an abundance of attractions. 2 nights at Corcieux campsite
A day coach excursion to nearby Colmar. With a history of many a territorial conflict with neighbouring Germany, today the city is a feast of architectural landmarks and museums. Take a guided walk around the well-preserved old town to admire the colourful half-timbered buildings followed by some free time to explore under your own steam. Perhaps head to Little Venice and enjoy a ride on a traditional flat-bottomed boat or hop on the little tourist train to see another perspective of the city. Plenty of time will be given for any last-minute shopping, and of course to have lunch (payable locally) before enjoying an Alsace wine tasting.
Continuing further west, leave the hills of the Vosges behind and head just north of Reims to Guignicourt (201 miles). As we near the end of our adventure, what better location to stop and celebrate one of France’s finest exports - this is Champagne country. 2 nights at Guignicourt campsite
A coach excursion to Reims where there will be a visit to a local biscuit factory and free time for shopping and lunch (payable locally). A visit to the Cathedral is highly recommended, before leaving for a guided visit and tasting at a famous Champagne producer.
Drive to the coast for the final night of the tour at a campsite conveniently located near Calais port (152 miles). Take the time to explore the beautiful coastline along the way and stock up on French produce at a hypermarket. For some Second World War history, make a slight detour towards Saint-Omer to visit La Coupole History Centre and 3D planetarium located on a former V2 launch site built in 1943-1944 with plans to hit London. Also recommended is a visit to the Atlantic Wall museum at Audinghen, which houses a Second World War coastal battery. In the evening there will be a farewell three-course meal and a drink at the onsite restaurant. Overnight at campsite near Calais
Leave the campsite early to make the short drive (15 miles) to catch the ferry from Calais port to Dover and return your motorhome to the depot in Toddington near Luton by 1400 (125 miles). This ends the tour arrangements.
Approximate tour mileage: 1170
Driving rating: RED as this tour includes some long drives.
Mobility rating: MODERATE, which involves some walking on uneven terrain, areas with hills or inclines, generally longer walks, and getting on and off coaches and boats.