Porsche tours 2019

Are you ready to tackle the finest roads in your Ne­unelfer? To­tal 911 presents four of the best road trips you need to en­rol on for 2019

Total 911 - - Contents - Writ­ten by Chris Ran­dall

Get plan­ning your sum­mer driv­ing ex­cur­sions with our com­pen­dium of rec­om­mended tours

It shouldn’t re­ally come as any sur­prise that last year’s driv­ing tour fea­ture (is­sue 160) gar­nered plenty of in­ter­est, not least be­cause few cars are as suited to long-dis­tance en­joy­ment as the 911. From cross­ing coun­tries to tack­ling the most chal­leng­ing roads on the planet, it never fails to en­ter­tain, which is why we’re sure you’ll be ready to plan some ex­cit­ing ad­ven­tures for 2019. Noth­ing beats a mem­o­rable road trip and a chance to en­joy fine lo­ca­tions, and do­ing so in the com­pany of like-minded en­thu­si­asts makes it all the more spe­cial. So, if you’re look­ing to get out and drive in 2019, let To­tal 911 point you in the di­rec­tion of some truly crack­ing trips. In fact, we’ve found four that you will ab­so­lutely love, each of­fer­ing a very spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence, and we can’t rec­om­mend them highly enough. From a re­lax­ing tour through some of the finest scenery that Europe has to of­fer to en­joy­ing epic mo­tor­sport events in VIP lux­ury, each of the tours here will prove un­for­get­table, and a re­minder of why we love the Ne­unelfer so much. So dig out your pass­port, start pack­ing, and get ready for some bril­liant drives in 2019.

Taste of Tus­cany 6 to 19 May $14,995p/p

If you pre­fer more re­lax­ation and less high-oc­tane thrills then this is for you. You col­lect a 911 Car­rera at your lux­ury ho­tel in Mu­nich and then it’s time to en­joy some fine ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing a pri­vate boat trip on Lake Garda. Even ar­dent Porsche fans like us will find the ex­clu­sive tour of the Fer­rari Mu­seum and le­gendary Fio­rano track a real high­light, and while the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy great roads is guar­an­teed this trip is an al­to­gether more re­lax­ing af­fair. When it comes to lux­ury, six nights at the beau­ti­ful Castello di Ca­sole villa in Siena will recharge even the wea­ri­est of bat­ter­ies. The tour is de­lib­er­ately de­signed to al­low plenty of time to un­wind and take in the sur­round­ings, ex­plor­ing the likes of Florence and the me­dieval walled town of San Gimignano, a UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site. “Its spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes, artis­tic her­itage, his­toric cities and su­perb cui­sine make Tus­cany a must-see des­ti­na­tion,” says Autobahn’s Mark Tre­wartha. And if after all the cul­ture you’re itch­ing to get back be­hind the wheel then head­ing into the Aus­trian Ty­rol is per­fect, the or­gan­is­ers ar­rang­ing a spe­cial drive on the Hah­n­ten­njoch Pass to stretch that 911 a bit harder. Is there a finer way to en­joy the Ne­unelfer’s tal­ents? www.au­to­bah­nad­ven­tures.com

Nor­we­gian Nav­i­ga­tion 1 to 9 June £1,999p/p based on two shar­ing

We hold the roads and scenery of Nor­way in the high­est re­gard, and the Troll­sti­gen, or Trolls Road, made our list of Top 100 driv­ing roads. You’ll ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self on this amaz­ing trip, but there’s plenty more to en­joy be­fore you reach this breath­tak­ing bit of Tar­mac. As tour man­ager Pete Os­borne ex­plains: “Nor­way is stun­ning and the per­fect place for en­joy­ing a 911, and we planned this tour to high­light ev­ery­thing it has to of­fer.” After a driver brief­ing in Kent you’ll take the Euro­tun­nel in your own car and head through France, Bel­gium and Hol­land. Stretch­ing your 911 on the Ger­man Autobahn is al­ways a treat, and then it’s Den­mark and the ferry across to Nor­way. After leav­ing Kris­tiansand you’ll head in­land for the dra­matic driv­ing roads around Ly­se­botn, then head down to Øye and to the Geiranger­fjord and Troll­sti­gen. Around 60 miles in length and hug­ging the moun­tains, the scenery is amaz­ing, and no mat­ter what 911 you own it’s a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. The next cou­ple of days pro­vides more stun­ning roads and vis­tas be­fore the ferry and a re­turn to Den­mark. Use of a pre-loaded sat-nav and walkie-talkie are in­cluded and tour man­agers are on hand, so you can just re­lax and en­joy ev­ery­thing Nor­way has to of­fer. www.petrol­head.tours

Alps and Pyre­nees 22 to 30 June £1,999p/p based on two shar­ing

The or­gan­is­ers have made some ma­jor changes to this tour for 2019, and it sounds bet­ter than ever. Us­ing your own car, after a trip through the Euro­tun­nel you’ll head south around Geneva and onto the moun­tain roads west of Mont Blanc. That night’s halt is near Val-d’isère, and you’ll want a good rest be­cause stun­ning Alpine roads beckon; a chance to re­ally test your­self and your 911’s han­dling. A high­light is the Col de l’lseran – the high­est pass in Europe – but the whole day is a driv­ing en­thu­si­ast’s dream, and one you won’t for­get. The or­gan­is­ers then have a real treat in store: a crack-of-dawn drive to the top of Mont Ven­toux to watch the sun rise be­fore head­ing back to the ho­tel for break­fast. “We wanted to make the tour even bet­ter for 2019, and we’re re­ally pleased with this ad­di­tion,” says tour man­ager Pete Os­borne. The rest of the day takes you across the pic­turesque French coun­try­side to the awe­some Mil­lau Viaduct, then to Car­cas­sonne. By Thurs­day you’re head­ing for the Span­ish bor­der and more ter­rific roads in the north of the coun­try. Head­ing home you can take the ferry from Spain, or there’s a dis­count if you pre­fer to drive back across Europe; we know which we’d choose! www.petrol­head.tours

Ul­ti­mate Rac­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence 12 to 25 June $19,995p/p

Spend­ing al­most 900 miles driv­ing the 911 Car­rera sup­plied as part of this epic pack­age is a proper treat and, as Mark Tre­wartha puts it, this is a “once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence two of the world’s most iconic mo­tor races back-to-back”. Porsche is syn­ony­mous with the Le Mans 24-hour race, and ar­riv­ing in Frank­furt you’ll be whisked to the cir­cuit by pri­vate jet. What fol­lows is a chance to watch the drama un­fold with VIP hospi­tal­ity, not to men­tion a he­li­copter ride over the his­toric track. Sound thrilling? There’s more, as after the race has ended it’s back on the jet to Frank­furt where you col­lect the 911 and head into the stun­ning Eifel Moun­tains for hours of driv­ing plea­sure, and a date with an­other great race – the Nür­bur­gring 24 hours. Once again you’ll en­joy the full VIP treat­ment, along with a chance to drive the Nord­schleife and en­joy a din­ner at the Pis­ten­klause res­tau­rant owned by the fam­ily of ‘Ring ex­pert and racer, Sabine Sch­mitz. Also in­cluded in the itin­er­ary is a tour of the Spa-fran­cor­champs cir­cuit, and there’s plenty of time to re­lax and ex­plore cities and the Rhine Val­ley. Okay, so this isn’t a cheap jaunt, but few tours are packed with ex­pe­ri­ences quite like this one. www.au­to­bah­nad­ven­tures.com

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