Autobahn Tour of Germany with John Heinricy

A Memorable Hard Driving Tour of Germany, its Fabled Highways and Formidable Circuits – Thursday 27 September → Sunday 7 October, 2018

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Friends of John Heinricy will depart from the US on Wednesday 26 September, 2018 and arrive in Berlin, Germany on Thursday 27 September. Departure will be from Amsterdam, The Netherlands on Sunday 7 October, 2018 except for those who have decided, anticipatorily, to extend their grand touring.

The Premium Tour Package includes ten nights in 5-star deluxe hotels and a few 4-star hotels where the deluxe versions are not available in Germany, Belgium and The Nertherlands.

Our drivers will pick you up at Berlin Airport and take you to your hotel and on the return in Amsterdam will pick you up from The Grand Amsterdam Hotel and drop you off at Schiphol Airport.

All breakfasts and group lunches and dinners are included.  For dinner fine wines, premium beers and spirits of your choice will accompany the great food. Six months after your return to the USA we will deliver to your home a coffee-table sized sleeved book with hundreds of photos that were taken by our automotive photographer.

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Day I

We land at Berlin Airport after an overnight flight the USA. Our Corvettes will be transported from Bremerhaven to our hotel and be waiting for us upon our arrival. On Day 1 there will be some sightseeing and a group dinner before retiring for the evening

Day II

Day 2, Friday 28 September, will be our first full day in Germany and we will have two options: A day of sightseeing in Berlin or a drive to Stettin on the Baltic Sea in Poland with John Heinricy. For those who want to take their cars out for a spin but want a shorter drive they can drive to 3 cities made famous by WWI and WWII – Orianenburg, Potsdam or Rzepin (Poland). In the evening we will meet back at the hotel for dinner. As this is Northern Europe you will be pleasantly surprised that the sun sets at 7pm in late September

Day III

Day 3, Saturday 29 September, we will be leaving Berlin for one of the longest drives of the trip: 540 km to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the picture postcard perfect breadbox town that was featured as the lair of the Child Catcher in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie. It will take approximately 5-6 hours to drive to Rothenburg but we will have time for a good exploratory walk before dinner

Day IV

Day 4, Sunday 30 October, will see us leave Rothenburg for Sinsheim, the location of the famous Auto & Technik Museum. We will also be having dinner with the two famous owners of CallawayCars’ European concessionaire – Ernst and Giovanni. Thereafter we will retire for the night at our hotel in Heilbronn-am-Neckar before our big day at the circuit

Day V

Day 5, Monday 1 October, we will drive the Hockenheim Circuit [subject to availability at the time of our visit] with John Heinricy. We will enjoy a group lunch with John regaling us with his circuit stories before another afternoon drive. In the evening we will leave one circuit and arrive at the ‘Green Hell’ and a lovely modern hotel called Lindner Motorsport Nürburgring nestled up against the circuit

Day VI

Day 6, Tuesday 2 October, we will get the opportunity to drive the infamous and renowned Nürburgring Circuit with John Heinricy [subject to availability at the time of our visit]. Everyone will get to drive their own cars around the Circuit. For those that have rented cars then they will be able to take either a ring-taxi or rent a car at the Circuit. We will enjoy a group lunch and then in the evening an excellent dinner at a nearby restaurant

Day VII

Day 7, Wednesday 3 October, we drive from Nürburg to Stavelot in Belgium. We go from driving on roads with no limits to roads with limits of 130 km/h. Today is a national holiday in Germany so everything will be closed. We will use this day to tour the area around the ‘Ring and then head to Belgium where it is not a national holiday and discover the Bastogne Museum before our dinner. Belgian cuisine is a close cousin of French cuisine only tastier and so we will eat well tonight. We will be staying at the 4* Hotel de la Source in Stavelot for two nights

Day VIII

Day 8, Thursday 4 October, we will drive the Spa Circuit with John [subject to availability on the day]. We will spend all day at the circuit and enjoy some excellent Belgian cuisines washed down with French wines – the joys of European unity!

Day IX

Day 9, Friday 5 October, is a big day as we leave Stavelot for the drive to Antwerp which is approximately 200 km away to drop off the Corvettes for the return trip. After clearing customs and paperwork our luxury mini-bus will take us to Amsterdam, a few hours up the North Sea coast. We will be spending two nights at the 5-star Sofitel Legend Grand Amsterdam Hotel in the center of the city. We will arrive in time for dinner

Day X

Day 10, Saturday 6 October, we will be spending the day sightseeing. A group lunch and dinner is planned for but many might want to wander off solo

Day XI

Day 11, Sunday 7 October, is departure day. For those who are not extending their trip we have organized a series of limousines to take you to the airport. Your Corvettes are also poised for departure and will join you in about a month’s time

Hotel Regent Berlin

★★★★★

One of the best luxury hotels in the world, Regent Berlin is the epitome of timeless refinement and impeccable service, set in the heart of…

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Hotel Tilman Riemenschneider

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This pleasant hotel lies on a peaceful side street beside one of Rothenburg’s Medieval city gates just a few paces from the market square and…

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Insel-Hotel Heilbronn

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This is a family-run 4* Superior hotel in the heart of Heilbronn. In 1952 the foundation stone for the Insel Hotel was laid on the…

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Hotel Lindner Congress & Motorsport

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Showcasing a spa center and sauna, Lindner Congress & Motorsport Hotel Nürburgring is located in Nürburg in the region of Rheinland-Pfalz, just 45 kilometers from…

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Hotel de la Source

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Ideally located in the heart of the Ardennes in Belgium, The Hotel overlooks the famous La Source corner of the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track. This 4-star…

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Hotel Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam

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You will be visiting one of the most historical venues of Amsterdam. From a 15th-century convent to royal lodgings to Dutch Admiralty headquarters to the…

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What is included

  • Ten nights in 5-star deluxe hotels and a few 4-star hotels where the deluxe versions are not available in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands - INCLUDED
  • Chauffeured pick up from Berlin airport to the 5-star deluxe Regent Hotel in in Berlin – INCLUDED
  • Chauffeured pick up at the 5-star deluxe Hotel The Grand Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport - INCLUDED
  • A luxury coach will take us to Amsterdam for our last 2 nights in Europe - INCLUDED
  • Tom Tom-branded GPS systems with embedded addresses along with Michelin maps – INCLUDED
  • Historical notes, cues and observations on driving Corvettes in Europe - INCLUDED
  • Full breakfasts at hotels – INCLUDED
  • Group lunches – INCLUDED
  • Group dinners with unlimited fine wines, premium beers and spirits – INCLUDED
  • Gratuities and hotel taxes – INCLUDED
  • The 19-21% sales tax (VAT) that is embedded in all goods and services – INCLUDED
  • The circuit fees at the Nürburgring, Hockenheim and Spa – INCLUDED SUBJECT TO CIRCUIT AVAILABILITY at the time of our visit
  • A custom ‘coffee-table’ sleeved book with hundreds of photos taken by our automotive photographer will be delivered within 6 months – INCLUDED
  • There will be a €2,299 supplement for those travelling alone
  • Our non-refundable deposit dates are dictated by our hotels. The first non-refundable deposit of 50%/person is due the week of 2-6 April, 2018. The remaining 50% will be due the week of 11-15 June, 2018
  • Please procure travel insurance if required. We can suggest options

What is not included

  • Airfare to and from Europe
  • Shipment of our Corvettes to and from Europe. This cost is transparent and is not marked up and feel free to ship the car yourself
  • Green Card insurance (3rd party coverage) – This is mandatory in Europe and we will provide it at cost. This will cover us in the event of an accident. It will reimburse for damage done to the other person’s car or property but it will not cover damage to our cars (see below)
  • The National Corvette Museum Insurance Division will provide us with maritime insurance
  • The National Corvette Museum Insurance Division will reimburse for damage done to our Corvettes while in Europe. Green Card will reimburse for damage done to the other party’s car and property (see above)
  • Emergency medical coverage in Europe is free but for additional personal coverage add travel insurance if needed
  • Gasoline and tolls
  • Hotel room incidentals and any extra hotel services beyond those contracted
  • Heinrocket and Veloce Tours reserve the right to make changes when and as needed