Porsche Owners Tour
4-15 Sept 2024
It is a number of years since Drive Espana hosted a Porsche tour so in our twentieth anniversary year we are putting that right. All Porsches are welcome and we have a brilliant route which combines great routes with great gastronomy, super stops and hotels and what Drive Espana is famous for—great driving!
We start with the shorter crossing from Plymouth before landing at Santander and heading for the Ducal Palace at Lerma. A superb spot and a good stopping off point for our next day crossing the Gredos Mountains to Toledo. It’s a world heritage city so we are staying there for two nights. Worried about taking the car in? Don’t bother—it’s a few euros in a cab. After Toledo we plunge south into the Sierra de Guadalupe to stop at the
Parador in the town. Guadalupe is a major place of pilgrimage to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe and there is a huge monastery dominating the little town.
Next we head north over some amazing mountain passes – a stunning days driving – and come to rest at
Segovia. Here there is a Roman Aqueduct, Cathedral and a castle or Alcazar which the locals claim inspired Walt Disney. We are here for two nights to allow a thorough exploration. After Segovia we’re off to ultra stylish San Sebastian for two nights. Our hotel is the old casino overlooking the bay and here we’re booked in bed and breakfast so people can explore the amazing Pinxto (tapas) bars in town just a short cab ride away. Finally we go along the coast to Limipias which was a royal palace and is just 40 miles from Santander where we take the overnight ferry to Portsmouth
|Wed 4 Sept||Late afternoon departure from Portsmouth on Brittany Ferries flagship Pont Aven|
|Thurs 5 Sept||Arrive in Santander and drive through the Picos de Europa on great roads to the Parador at Lerma where we have secure underground parking—160 miles|
|Friday 6 Sept||A great drive to Toledo—past the walled city of Avila and then over the Gredos Mountains on a super mountain pass. Two nights in Toledo so you can visit the Cathedral (which has the first South American Gold), the Alcazar, the El Greco museum, Santo Tome or just explore the medieval streets and shops. 225 miles to get here and two nights at the Parador which has an outstanding view and remote from anywhere parking|
|Sun 8 Sept||It’s 110 miles to Guadalupe and the driving keeps getting better. The Hotel has an inner quadrangle with orange trees, a great place for a late lunch and just over the road is the huge cathedral. Car parking in the inner keep here|
|Mon 9 Sept||Today’s drive includes arguably the greatest driving road in Iberia, and then another just as good as we go through the Sierra de Guadalupe and back over the Gredos Mountains on a different pass. This brings us to Segovia; our hotel gives great views over the town. It’s 180 miles, with varying scenery and roads, mountains, plains, forests, fields. There is a secure parking garage|
|Wed 11 Sept||Just over 200 miles to San Sebastian – but much of it easy driving on the motorway if you wish. Stop off in Logrona, the capital of the Rioja, to get some wine or visit the amazing Marques de Riscal hotel and winery. The Hotel Monte Igueldo in San Sebastian will be our home for two nights. Bed and breakfast here so you can enjoy the gastronomy|
|Fri 13 Sept||Time for a gentle drive -100 miles to Limpias on the North coast for a night in a C19th Palace – We park right outside and it’s a great spot for a last night party|
|Sat 14 Sept||Drive 30 miles to Santander for lunchtime departure on Brittany Ferries’ Salamanca|
|Sun 15 Sept||Arrive Portsmouth late afternoon|
- return ferry with outside cabin,
- dinner, bed and breakfast at all hotels except San Sebastian.
- services of Jasper Gilder as tour leader, comprehensive roadbook and route directions and map
To book contact Jasper
Tel:+44 (0) 1442 842542
Mob: 07831 327727