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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
This year I have not been doing too many miles in the car and I have decided it is not good enough...
So I now have plans to drive my UK-spec cambiocorsa across Europe to Italy (where I have booked a factory visit followed immediately by the Maserati GT driving course, well why not?)
All being well I will drive it back again!

Question for you guys - do the xenon headlights require adjustment for driving on the "wrong" side of the road (so to speak)? If so what is involved?

Oh and any other advice/comments on the trip welcomed!

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What date are you planning on going?

We are planning a Family trip to Parma for the end of September to do the Weekend driver course.

Taking the QP for its first thrash across Europe, with a stop at the Nurburgring.

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I did the trip in Sept last year. We went through France and stopped in the Champagne region, Alsace region then into Italy to Como and Garda and on to Modena. We had a great time and the factory tour was fab. If you go to Garda I strongly recommend the Hotel Marconi in Sirmione. A truly unique and beautiful place. If you are interested I can email you our itinerary.

Dont worry about the lights - they dont adjust and never caused us a problem.

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for replies so far.

JohnH - course is running Sept 28/29 (factory tour on 27th)
Like the Nurburgring idea, I will look into that option.

SurfNirvana - would appreciate seeing your itinerary, I already have a stop at Sirmione planned but am keen to hear other stopover ideas.

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Here is the plan we used last year. We had a great trip and did a lot in a week! We used the TomTom sat nav on an HP Ipaq with the European maps - this made the drive a doddle and was loads better than the in car nav system as it took us to the door of each place.

Friday 23 September – Day 1
Check in: 07.28 Departure: 07.58 Arrival: 0933
Driving from Calais to Epernay : 2 hours 53 minutes Toll Costs: 17.3 Euro
Epernay, France (Champagne Region)
Chambre D’Hote :
Parva Domus
(no website – need to telephone and fax to confirm)
27 Rue de Champagne, Epernay Tel: 03 26 324074 / Fax: Arrival time around 2.30pm Cost: 70 E including Breakfast
Saturday 24 September – Day 2
Driving from Epernay to Colmar: 4 hours 11 minutes Toll Costs: 0 Euro
Colmar, France (Alsace)
La Maison des Tetes
19 rue des Tetes,
F-6800 Colmar Tel: 00 33 (0) 3 89 24 43 43 1 room, 2 beds, bath, shower, toilets Cost:: 131 E per room plus 14 E per person for Breakfast. Total: 159 E
Sunday 25 September – Day 3
Driving from Colmar to Bellagio: 4 hours 31 mins Toll: 0 (NB will need a Swiss Car tax of 27.5 E per year)
Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy
Hotel du Lac,

Piazza Mazzini, 32
22021 Bellagio Tel: 00 39 031 950320 Double Room with a French bed (?) without lake view, dinner & breakfast included Cost:: 180 E per night.
Parking: 8 E
Monday 26 September – Day 4
Driving from Bellagio to Sirmione: 2 hours 4 minutes Toll: 3.8 Euro
Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy
Hotel Marconi
Via Vittorio EmanueleII
Lago de Garda Tel: 39 030 916007 Double room in annex with private entrance & balcony. Check-in is no later than 4pm otherwise phone them

Cost: 95 E per night including breakfast & parking
Tuesday 27 September – Day 5 & 6
Driving from Sirmione to Castelfranco Emilia: 1 hour 32 minutes Toll: 5.5 Euro
Castelfranco Emilia, Near Modena, Italy
Gaianello Guesthouse
Il Gaidello
Via Gaidello, 22
Castelfranco Emilia (MO),
Italy Tel: (059) 926806 Apartment, double room, kitchen, sitting area and bathroom. Check – in 4pm- 6pm Cost:: 126 per night including breakfast. Dinner also reserved for both nights
Thursday 29 September - Day 7
Driving from Castelfranco Emilia to Stazzano, Allesandrea: 2 hr 19 m Toll 9.5
Stazzano, Italy
La Traversina

(has many cats / dogs) Cascina La Traversina 109, 15060 Stazzano, Allessandria Tel:0039 0143 61377
Mob: 335 494295 Double Room with private bath & Breakfast 45 Euro each. Check in 3-7pm

Friday 30 September – Day 8
Driving from Stazzano to Chenas: 4 hours 51 Mins Toll: 67 Euro
Chenas (near Macon), France
Chateau Lambert
69840 Chenas Tel: +33 4 7406 7774 Le Chambre D’alcove & breakfast. Dinner at local restaurant 98 Euros per night

Saturday 1st October – Day 9
Driving from Chenas to Troyes: 3 hours Toll: 19.3 Euro
Troyes Centre, France
Best Western de la poste

Booked through
35 Rue Emile Zola, troyes, Fr 10000 Tel +33 325 730505 1 Large double room 126 Euros per night

Sunday 2nd October – Day 10
Driving from Troyes To Calais: 3 hours 39 mins Toll: 25.2 Euro
Calais Check-in 19.33 Departure: 20.03 Arrival time: 19.38

Useful web sites: (route planner)
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