Travel around some of the most beautiful destinations in Europe from the comfort of your Bentley, with the Bentley Extraordinary Drives Series. With a total of 6 drives taking place throughout 2016, we are delighted to announce our top 3 chosen drives.
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21-27 June ~ £12,995 per couple
Fine dining, fine wines and a fabulous route made famous by the Bentley Boys themselves, will take us on an Extraordinary Drive across France in June, finishing with VIP access at the Paul Ricard GT3 race.
Day One: Kings of the Castle
This once-in-a-lifetime journey begins at Leeds Castle, Kent. The incredible venue is exclusively yours for dinner and an overnight stay, just as it was for the Bentley Boys before their extraordinary trips.
Day Two: Bienvenue
After breakfast you will take part in a guided drive through the Eurotunnel, to the northern shores of France. Arriving at Domaine des Hautes de Loire – an ivy-clad 19th-century hunting lodge – you will have the chance to freshen up before heading to dinner at the Chateau de Chenonceau – a former royal residence spanning the River Cher and the Loire Valley. This stunning residence is privately owned by Madame Menier and not usually open to the public, but due to her late husband’s love of our marque, she has invited you for dinner and to view some of his vintage Bentleys. You’ll then be transferred back to Domaine des Hautes de Loire for the night.
Day Three: Exploring Beaujolais
Waking refreshed, you will be taken on a guided drive along stunning French roads to Lyon, enjoying lunch en route. Your next stop will be Chateau Les Creusettes, where you will taste wine with the region’s best sommeliers. They will guide you and your palate around 12 wines from the 12 villages of Beaujolais – taking you on a tour of the region without even leaving the restaurant.
Day Four: Al Fresco
After a divine breakfast you will be taken on a guided drive to the south coast. This section of the trip includes the Route Napoleon – a breathtaking highway often used for road tests by manufacturers and race teams. This picturesque route will take you to Le Couvent des Minimes – a L’Occitane owned hotel. Here you can indulge in spa treatments and yet more wine tasting, followed by Michelin-Starred food overlooking the lavender fields for which the province is famed.
Day Five: A day at the races
Suitably pampered you will depart for the Circuit Paul Ricard, one of the most beautiful racetracks in the world. Once there, you will relish a full VIP race experience. This includes a parade lap in your Bentley, followed by pit garage tours, a chance to meet the Bentley GT3 drivers and a seat in a pre-race technical briefing. From there, you will make your way to the hospitality suite directly above the pits and finish line, to marvel at the six-hour race – one that continues through sunset and into the evening. You will enjoy a barbecue on the terrace overlooking the circuit, with drivers popping up periodically to socialise and give you a professional opinion of the race. After an exhilarating night you will be transferred back to the hotel in Sanary-sur-Mer to rest.
Day Six: R&R
To make sure you have fully recouped your energy after such an exciting trip, Sunday is dedicated to relaxation. Whether you feel visiting local vineyards to sample the region’s famous rosé is your way to peace or simply sitting at the hotel spa, watching waves lap the shore, the choice is yours. This day of respite will be rounded off with a delicious farewell dinner.
Day Seven: Bon Voyage
Following breakfast, you will be taken to Nice Airport to board your flight and return home.
28 July- 1st August ~ £6,995 per couple
Created for the most passionate of motorsport fans, the Extraordinary Drive to Spa-Francorchamps is quite possibly the ultimate racing trip for Bentley owners. However with exquisite dining en route and stays in Le Manoir de Léboiles – regarded by many as the best hotel in Belgium – this trip is not just for racing enthusiasts.
Day One: over the water
Our journey starts with dinner at The Pier Restaurant – a quintessentially British seaside restaurant and hotel, with its incredible views over the water to Shotley, Felixstowe and the River Stour. After dinner, we reconvene on the ferry for champagne and dessert before retiring to the best suites and cabins available for the overnight trip to the Hook of Holland.
Day Two: The Country Manor
The following morning sees the start of a leisurely drive through the beautiful Belgian countryside to Spa. After brunch en route, you will drive to Le Manoir de Lébioles – your base for the next few days. This romantic hotel has been sympathetically created in a 100-year old Manor and is home to an acclaimed restaurant run by Two Michelin Starred Chef, Olivier Tucki. Nestling majestically amongst the woods of the Ardennes, Manoir de Lébioles offers discreet luxury, a private atmosphere and first-class service. During the afternoon, you will have the chance to try your hand at off-road driving. Or relax in the beautiful surroundings and unwind in the hotel’s wellappointed spa. In the evening you’ll get the chance to soak up the local atmosphere with drinks and dinner in a traditional bierkeller.
Day Three: rubber on tarmac
After a leisurely breakfast, we will head to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit – set in some of the most breathtaking countryside in the world. As the excitement mounts in the build up to the race, you will be at the heart of this unique event. Starting with a walking grid tour and Bentley pit visit, you will discover what it’s like behind the scenes of a Blancpain race. You will have the chance to meet the drivers and sit in on a technical briefing before the race. Then join an exclusive group of drivers on a parade lap around one of the most revered and challenging racetracks on earth in your own Bentley. You will then witness the thrilling start of the spectacular race, featuring the cream of the Blancpain GT teams and drivers. Getting close up to the action of this 24-hour endurance race – the ultimate challenge for cars and drivers – is an unforgettable experience for any motorsports enthusiast. You can take a break for refreshments and dinner at the Bentley Hospitality suite, or if you need a break from the action, you can return to the hotel to enjoy fine dining in the restaurant.
Day Four: The Victory Lap
On Sunday, you can start the day with breakfast at the hotel or at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. (Perfect if you decide stay at the track to watch the action through the night.) Once the race has reached its thrilling conclusion, you can spend a few hours relaxing back at the hotel. An informal barbecue dinner will help you wind down from an exciting day at the track – but perhaps with one more breathtaking moment when the Team Bentley drivers join the proceedings.
Day Five: bon retour
Following breakfast at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a quiet drive back to the Hook of Holland to catch the ferry, ending your Belgian Odyssey back in the UK in the late afternoon/early evening.
16-19 September ~ £6,995 per couple
In September, 20 Bentley Boys and girls will embark on a unique trip to celebrate the Blancpain Endurance Series season finale in Germany at the iconic Nürburgring. This Extraordinary Drive is a chance to sample some of Bentley’s unrivalled hospitality – not to mention experiencing the performance of these incredible cars, both from behind the wheel and circuit-side.
Day One: start your engines
Your adventure starts at The Pier restaurant, where you will gather for dinner. Recently refurbished, The Pier is a quintessentially British seaside restaurant that overlooks the River Orwell – especially beautiful at sunset. You will embarkon the ferry, where dessert and champagne will be served before retiring to the best suites and cabins available for the overnight crossing to the Hook of Holland.
Day Two: increase the revs
Saturday morning involves a quiet drive to Spa, stopping for a coffee en route. Lunch has been arranged at the famous Hotel de la Source, nestled on the slopes above the La Source corner of the breathtaking Spa-Francorschamps racetrack. While you enjoy lunch, you will also be able to savour the Spa Six Hours historic racing event as it roars past below. Hundreds of historic classic racing cars will battle it out in a challenging endurance race. Later in the afternoon, you’ll continue your journey, turning your Bentley away from Spa towards the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg. This impressive hotel overlooks the bay of Cologne and the city, with Cologne Cathedral centre stage. The day will be rounded off with dinner at a traditional Bierkeller.
Day Three: The Grand Finale
The following morning, you’ll want to be up early to enjoy the highlight of the trip. Bentley has arranged VIP hospitality for the final race of the Blancpain Endurance Series at the Nürburgring. This challenging and thrilling circuit is worldrenowned – indeed, many of motorsport’s legends were born here. At the circuit, you will be invited to sit in on a technical briefing with the motorsport team, followed by a close-up look at the cars in the pits and on the grid. You will also have the chance to drive your own Bentley in a pre-race parade lap around the Nürburgring. Even at the sedate speed of the parade, you will get a good idea of the challenges this feared and revered circuit has to offer. Then take your seats for the best views of the action on the circuit and in the pits directly below. The Blancpain Endurance Series race promises a thrilling end to the season. For the drivers, the three-hour race is one of the greatest challenges of the year. And for these new Bentley Boys, it’s a chance to prove themselves on this challenging circuit, so make sure you cheer them on. When the race is over, you’ll head off to a different hotel – Park Hotel Euskirchen. From there, you will attend a formal dinner at Burg Satzvey, a private castle.
Day Four: an exhilarating return
After breakfast, you’ll start the return leg of the journey. On the way to the Hook of Holland, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a long stretch of autobahn, where you can see what your Bentley is capable of when it is given its head. Once on board the ferry, lunch will be served, after which you can retire to your cabin to rest and refresh yourself for your return to Harwich.