The Grand Tour, an exclusive car grand tour across two continents in seven days. Aimed to recreate the motoring legacy of the pre-world war II long distance, high-speed journeys in both luxury and style. The Grand Tour turns the clock back to a more refined era where motoring across the world was an elegant and dignified leisure time and the enjoyment came from the adventure and not from the speed. West will meet East taking the drivers through pit stops such as Paris, Maranello, Rome, Jeddah, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
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Why London to Abu Dhabi?
London and Abu Dhabi are two great cities and have long enjoyed a solid relationship between each other. This relationship covers many aspects but both Cities currently excel in areas of business including finance, film, architecture building and construction. Both cities also excel in tourism housing some of the world’s finest hotels, numerous natural and manmade sights and extensive leisure activities. The Grand Tour will provide a unique networking platform for the entrants to meet and discuss opportunities and form long term business relationships and friendships.
By the nature of the event, and the type of cars that will be entered, those taking part are likely to be complete petrol heads so numerous driving challenges will culminate in the entrants enjoying a first class experience at the Yas Island race weekend. This race was seen as the most stunning addition to the F1 calendar last year and is the venue for the crowning of the World Champion and numerous end of season parties.
London to Paris – following a pre-tour ice breaking party at London’s May Fair Hotel the cars will leave the next day from St James’s where they will have been on show to the public. The cars will then be escorted by motorbike outriders through the crowds and onto the open road heading south for the channel tunnel. Outside of Paris the contestants will sample the splendour of a grand chateaux where a Three Michelin Star chef will produce the first great meal of the tour.
Paris to the South of France and Monaco – Stopping at the famous Paul Ricard racing circuit to enjoy the track in their own cars and in racing cars as the passengers of former Formula One racing drivers. Then on to Monaco where the caravan of supercars will drive the famous road/race circuit leading onto a hosted evening that will include visiting the very best the Principality has to offer.
Monaco to Italy – Here they will travel to Maranello the home of Ferrari where there will be a full viewing of the factory and museum as the special guest of the Ferrari management. The Tour will then continue on to Rome. A special event will be held in one of Rome’s great venues where a stunning and unique show will unfold.
Rome to Jeddah – Whilst enjoying the hospitality of Rome the entrants cars will have been places on aircraft and flown to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to await being reunited with the drivers the following day. The entrants themselves will leave Rome the next day by private jet.
Jeddah to Riyhad – At this time The Grand Tour team are working with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Royal Family to finalise the actual route and adventures that will be available in this great country, however it will certainly involve the enjoyment of driving fast on top grade unrestricted highways through the desert.
Riyhad to Abu Dhabi – Again the enjoyment of fast driving will be experienced with set rendezvous points set in places of interest or in the middle of the desert where entrants will experience powerful 4×4 vehicles as they beat up the sand dunes in various challenges. On arrival at the centre of Abu Dhabi the cars will parade to the Yas Island Marina Hotel.
Abu Dhabi to Dubai to Abu Dhabi – There is so much to do and see in Abu Dhabi and various activities will be enjoyed from driving the stunning —- mountain road, the spectacular Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque and experiencing the worlds latest, longest and newest rollercoaster rides inside of the enormous new Ferrari World. With Dubai just over an hour away The Tour will visit this intriguing Emirate and visit Burj Dubai the world’s tallest building. That evening a hosted Awards Dinner where all contestants will be receiving commemorative prizes will take place in the beautiful seven star Emirates Palace Hotel.
The next day the contestants will be guests of the F1 Paddock Club where they will enjoy the Ethiad Airways Formula One Grand Prix from some of the best viewing points available. The evening will see the entrants invited to end of season parties thrown by the race teams and there sponsors, some of whom will also have sponsored The Grand Tour.
Yas Marina Circuit Race Experience – The day after the event finishes The Grand Tour has been offered the keys to the Yas Island marina circuit itself to allow the Grand Tourer’s that want to stay on to try their own cars on the track along with experiencing single seater racing cars and the opportunity to sit behind a racing driver in specially converted F1 race cars.