Classic Car Vacations in Europe

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Classic Car Vacations in Europe
The Alps are a backdrop to many European driving vacations. (Jorg Greuel/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Driving vacations allow you to explore Europe at your own pace and in your own company. You can arrive in a different city every evening and enjoy days exploring places off the beaten track. You can arrange tours with companies that offer set routes or personalised tours. Drive your own car or hire a classic sports car to transport yourself around in style.

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Spanish Pyrenees

A tour of the Spanish Pyrenees will take you through quieter areas of Northern Spain, taking in mountain and lake views. The route begins in Santander and heads through the Rioja region, touching on the Pilgrims' trail to Santiago de Compestela. You will travel scenic mountain roads, stop at medieval hillside towns and have the chance to enjoy a balloon flight over the Pyrenees from the town of Puigcerda. Towards the end of your drive you will cross briefly into France near Oloron before spending two nights in the Basque coastal town of San Sebastian. Classic Traveling can organise classic or vintage car hire if required and arranges overnight stops in good hotels with suitable parking.

Switzerland and Stelvio Pass

A summer tour of the Swiss Alps and Stelvio Pass offers the opportunity to drive on some of Europe's most scenic and challenging driving routes. Starting with a morning ferry from Dover to Dunkirk, the vacation begins with a drive through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Once into Switzerland you will drive over the 9,045-foot Stelvio Pass with its 60 hairpin bends, stunning scenery and spectacular driving roads. A vacation with Classic Car Tours International includes nine nights accommodation with gourmet three-course dinners, rally plates, highlighted maps and a tour director.

Vintage Car Tour in Italy

A driving tour of Italy takes you through some classic driving terrain. The drive through Northern Italy and the Alps conjures up images of movie, The Italian Job, while the Amalfi Coast route from Sorrento via Positano to Salerno is one of the country's most celebrated routes. You could spend a few days exploring the medieval treasures of Tuscany and Umbria, enjoying mountain scenery and long lunches in Italian trattorias. Vintage Car Tour is a Rome-based company that devises personalised classic car tours with off the beaten track itineraries and stylish dining and accommodations.

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