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AROC Goes To Italy
June 4-14, 2025 

Please Note: This tour is produced for the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC). You are required to be a Club Member. You can join by contacting AROC.

Welcome to our 2025 and seventh fabulous visit to Italy. Following our six previous and very successful programs, we are gearing up for 2025. We’ll be including most of the highlights from past trips and have added some new additions. Again, we’ll experience car manufacturers, museums, designers and, of course, incredible food. Highlighted are extraordinary days, including the new Alfa Romeo Museum and the ‘send off’ day at the Mille Miglia in Brescia. Sandwiched in between are visits to manufacturers and showrooms like Pagani, Ferrari, Ducati, Maserati and naturally, Alfa Romeo. We are including some outstanding visits to private collections. The hotels and locations mirror the quality of this program. We’ll be repeating visits to a couple of superb wineries and enjoying some of the finest lunches and dinners Italy has to offer.

The tour was originally conceived and formulated by AROC President, Cindy Banzer. “We wanted our members to have a real Italian experience, one that will introduce the history of the country’s amazing car industry, but also one surrounded with
private visits and cloaked with great fun and camaraderie.” Once again, the tour has been carefully planned and scheduled in collaboration with Steve Austin’s Great Vacations. Steve is well known  for his Classic Car Tours to Monaco, the Mille Miglia, Le Mans, the Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed.


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TOUR DATE: June 4-14, 2025  (Air not included.)
TOUR PRICE: $5,875 per person based on two to a room. (Single Room Supplement - $1,680)
DEPOSIT: $2,000 per person ( refundable up to January 15, 2025 (minus $200 cancellation fee )
BALANCE DUE: February 15, 2025


Itinerary

June 4   You will be met at Malpensa International Airport at 11:00 a.m. and transferred by private coach to our waterfront hotel in Como.  This afternoon, relax at the hotel or explore the bustling waterfront.  This evening, welcome drinks and dinner at our hotel, the Excelsior Barchetta Hotel, 4 star, 2 nights.


June 5  A day around Lake Como.  A ferry takes us to the popular village of Bellagio.  A beautifully located restaurant offers one of the finest lunches on all of the lake.  There will be plenty of time to explore the little hamlet of Bellagio, so be sure to take your camera and flat shoes, it’s hilly!  Later this afternoon, we take the ferry back across the lake to Como.   The late afternoon and evening is at your leisure in Como. 

June 6  Today we depart Lake Como and the start of a busy day. First, an important visit to the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese.  You can choose to join a museum guide or visit at your own pace.  Also available is a guided tour of the “private” collection.  Here, are many vehicles, long held by Alfa Romeo, which have not been exhibited to the general public.  A café in the museum gives you plenty of time to take a break, as the combined public museum and private showing can take up to four hours.  Mid afternoon, we depart for Turin and our hotel, the NH Lingotto, housed in a section of the old Fiat factory.  Later this afternoon, we travel to a winery in the beautiful Alba region.  As this tour prides itself on the great food of Italy, we can safely predict you are to be amazed.  The effort and presentation of our appetizers, meal and accompanying prize winning wines is consistent with the finest restaurants of Europe. Lingotto Hotel   4 star, 2 nights

June 7  A morning visit to the Museo dell’Automobile Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia, one of the finest auto museums in all of Europe.  It houses the largest collection of historic cars in Italy.  We also have the opportunity to go up onto the roof of the Lingotto, which was originally the test track for Fiat.  Here is also the fine art display of the Agnelli Art Gallery.  This afternoon is left for personal touring and relaxing.  The metro to the city center is next to our hotel.  It is easy to use, inexpensive and safe.  This evening, we dine at our hotel in a relaxed atmosphere. 

June 8  Today we depart Turin and head east to the center of the Italian sportscars, Modena.  Our first visit is to the Enzo Ferrari Museum.  The museum always has stunning displays with great tributes to Enzo.  When the greatest collection of Maserati cars were to be auctioned off by the local government of Modena, Umbert Panini stepped in and offered a “free to the public” museum built on his farm and maintained by him.  His proviso being none of the cars would be sold, but stayed in Italy.  This afternoon, we visit this awesome collection with it’s remarkable story.  Next two nights at the Maranello Palace Hotel 4 star.  Dinner this evening at a local ristorante.

June 9  A factory visit today.  Pagani, the embodiment of “supercars”.  The factory is small, clean and exudes class.  Horatio Pagani still has his office at the factory and is often seen walking around and welcoming visitors.  Today’s lunch is always a highlight.  In a small village just outside of Modena is a wonderful Trattoria run by Fabrizio & Cristina Menubie.  This award winning restaurant has been on our “super” list for the last twenty-five years.  Following lunch, we are met by the owner of one of the finest private car collections in Italy.  All set in a stunning Medieval Palace. 

 June 10 Today we make an early start for Brescia, and our first glimpse of the Mille Miglia.  First we visit the town center where all the cars are registering and preparing for the afternoon “off”.  At lunchtime, we head for the Mille Museum.  All the entrants’ journey from the center and are staged here before the official start this afternoon.  We’ll be able to watch the cars as they head out on the Mille course amid enthusiastic support from the crowds lining the route.  Later this afternoon, we travel to Lake Garda.  This evening dinner is at our hotel.  Next four nights, the Park Hotel Casimiro.

 June 11  A nice journey to the eastside of Lake Garda finds us in the Valpolicella wine region.  We are guests of the famous “del Torre” vineyards for both wine tasting and a gourmet lunch.  Set in another medieval castle, this is definitive “photo” opportunities.  We make our way back to our hotel via the ferry system with a leisurely crossing.  Dinner this evening is at your leisure.

 June 12  Today we have ferry tickets across to Gardone Riviera on the western shore.  Gardone is a popular lakeside village and has a famous garden you can visit by way of a small jitney.  There are a number of restaurants alongside the lake.  A very pleasant way to enjoy the peaceful surrounds.  You also have the opportunity to continue on to Toscolano, another lakeside village and enjoy walking around the traditional open market.

June 13  Our final day is left for your relaxation.  Our hotel has all the amenities expected of a top resort.  Nearby is a very small marina adjacent to the ferry landing with some eating spots and a shaded park to enjoy the movements on the lake.  The ferry service can also get you to a number of lovely landings and lake villages.  This evening we eat at the Hotel Terrace, always a happy evening with reflections on the past days.  A champagne toast ends our final day. 

 June 14  Today is departure day.  We have two departures for Milan’s Malpensa airport.  Be sure to check with us on your airport departure times.  We make sure that everyone makes their flights on time, but we need to know your schedule, as it’s a two hour transfer to Malpensa.  We generally suggest making your flight out around 1:00 p.m.  

 

 

 


Booking

Booking Information

$2,000 deposit is due upon booking. Deposit refundable up to 
January 12, 2025 minus a $200 cancellation fee. 
Final balance is due February 15, 2025

Cancellation/Insurance Information

A $2,000 per person deposit is due with booking, refundable up to January 12, 2025, minus a $200 cancellation fee. Refund of monies paid will be made if written cancellation is received 144 days prior to departure. Cancellations between 143-120 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee of 30% of the tour cost. Cancellations received within 119-90 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost. Cancellations within 89 days of departure, there will be no refund.

Cancellation insurance is available and suggested. Steve Austin's Great Vacations does not provide cancellation insurance. We recommend you use a company you've used in the past, or you could contact an independent provider, Stephanie Warrington, at World Travel via email stephanie@wtpdx.com

If you are not paying by check and prefer to use a credit card, we will contact you for your credit card information once we've received your booking.
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Please Note: This tour is produced for the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC). You are required to be a Club Member. You can join by contacting AROC.

INTERNATIONAL AIR
When making your air arrangements into Malpensa (MSP), please note the tour departs the airport at 11:00 A.M. on June 4. Your flight should arrive into MSP no less than two hours prior. When departing MSP, your flight departure time should not be before 1:00 P.M.