Sunset on road

An Alternative to Awful British Roads

Apologies in advance if you’re looking to get some F1 insight, you won’t find any. This post is a gratuitous, stomach churning, plug for the mighty Grand Prix Grand Tours. You simply have to book yourself a driving holiday with us.

Whilst navigating the Paddington-to-Wimbledon traffic this weekend, it became obvious to me. Even my 3-month old buckled into the back was screaming in objection. British roads are just horrendous! An F10 M5 may be a pleasant place to be, but a super king-size bed is a pleasant place to be. Plonk it on Putney Bridge on a Sunday at 1pm and it becomes unbearable. How is it possible to see so many Porsche 911s, Aston Vantages, M3s and M4s, scattered around the place with nowhere to go. Does everyone seriously just pootle around in these incredible machines?

Last summer I had the thankless task of driving from Nice Airport to Regents Park in a single day. I didn’t sleep the night before. I knew it would be awful. I felt like I was booked in for heart surgery. But you know what, in 11 hours of driving the only time I dropped below (cough) 70mph was when I stopped for a wee or fuel. France has a population almost the exact same size as the UK, yet it is 2.6 times the size. The maths is simple, the roads therefore have about a third of the cars on them. It’s the same deal in Italy, Germany, and Spain. Take a driving holiday across Europe and you soon realise that if you enjoy driving, then it’s the only place you can drive.

That’s the motorways taken care of, what about the driving you’ll really enjoy? When we discover a new road that’s fun to drive we add it to our Google Maps account and share this with our guests. This gives them the option to pick and choose the routes they want, especially if it’s a Saturday in August and they’d prefer to avoid the Stelvio Pass. We have 68 routes spread across France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Austria, Portugal, Hungary and Romania. Sixty-Eight routes! Some of these are fast and sweeping, others are perfect for a scenic car tour. The Grossglockner High Alpine Pass is one notable example. It may be a toll road, and it may have a fair few tourists, but its also the highest point in the alps. The scenery is just staggering!

One of the nicest things about the Grand Prix Grand Tours road trip is that every day is an mini-adventure. A new road, café, restaurant, or mountain pass is always discovered. And at the end of each days adventure you don’t have to hunker down in a one man tent, you get to stay in some of Europe’s finest hotels.

We hope that this has motivated you to take a peek around the sight, and if the mood takes you then you won’t be disappointed.