Tuscan roads of your dreams 2018

Travel through Tuscany in a historic Mercedes-Benz SL. With the Tuscan wind blowing in your face and the sound of the cylinders rejoicing in your ears, enjoy a sporty and elegant driving experience behind the wheel of our legendary classic car. Along remote country roads lined with cypress trees, the routes pass through scenery characterised by clay, fields of grain, charming vineyards and oak forests.

Whenever you stop to explore a medieval village, your Mercedes-Benz SL will be sure to attract admiring glances. Whether visiting a wonderful Chianti winery or admiring the cultural highlights in Siena and Pienza, your senses will be awakened and delighted. The same goes for the elegant castle hotel where you’ll be staying, which affords wonderful views over Siena. Truly immerse yourself in the Tuscan way of life!

Your travel highlights
Stay in stately surroundings, a former noble residence
Wine tasting at the ancestral seat of a noble family, one of the oldest wineries in the world
Cypress trees, olive groves, rolling hills: picture-postcard scenery along secluded roads
Artistic and architectural masterpieces in San Gimignano, Volterra and Siena
Charming Pienza (World Heritage Site), designed by Pope Pius II as an ‘ideal city’.

The trip at a glance

Day 1: Classic car trip through Chianti

Your transfer from the airport to the hotel will give you a good ide a of what to expect in the upcoming days. Your trip will get off to a grand start when you check into boutique hotel Borgo Scopeto, a former aristocratic estate, from where you’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent view over Siena. Your heart will start beating even faster when you start the ignition for the first time and drive off in your Mercedes-Benz SL classic car. The rolling hills of Chianti between Florence and Siena, with their famous wineries, are symbolic of Tuscany. The world-famous cultural landscape of Chianti is characterized by its old castles and palaces, as well as dense woodland and vast forests. And of course, itʼs important to pay a visit to one of the charming wineries. Stop off at one of the world’s oldest wineries, also the ancestral seat of a noble family, and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Roads of your dreams to Pienza

Fantastic scenery that will set your heartalight lies ahead of you today. Follow quietcountry roads through the Crete Senesi,characterized by clay, cypress trees, expansivefields of grain and oak forests.There, where Tuscany is at its most beautiful,you will find the small town of Pienza,designed by Pope Pius II as an ‘ideal cityʼ.Your tour guide will not only show you thecastle and impressive Renaissance palaces,but youʼll also have the chance to stroll through small, winding alleys and alongthe boulevard of the Corso Rossellino.After all that culture, your classic car willbe eager to get going again. On the wayback, you will be impressed by the kraterlikelandscape. In the evening, the oldtown of Siena invites you to enjoy a stroll,and itʼs up to you to decide where to dinetonight.

Day 3: Volterra – the City of Alabaster

The drivers among you can celebrate: todayʼs route is the longest and most varied. Through land cultivated since ancient times, peppered with majestic villas, medieval castles and quiet, remote monasteries, you will drive along this panoramic road to the Etruscan town of Volterra, taking in San Gimignano en route. During your guided tour of Volterra’s picturesque old town, youʼll be amazed by the artistic skills of the Alabaster artists in one of the studios. Vineyards with world-renowned names and the Tuscan “Ore Mountains”, from which the ancient Etruscans gathered their riches, are characteristic of the landscapes that will accompany you on the classic car stage that will take you back to your hotel.

Day 4: Siena – a gothic gem

The beauty of the gently rolling hills surrounding Siena has been attracting artists for many years, providing them with a source of inspiration. Let your gaze wander from your roadster into the spectacular distance, before turning your focus to the cultural heritage of this city (UNESCO World Heritage City) on a tour of Siena. We will transport you to Florence Airport in good time for your return flight, and you will be taking home wonderful memories of days filled with adventure and pure driving pleasure.

Overview of dates
We can offer you the following dates for Tuscany:

Time Price Number of guests
May 31 – June 03, 2018 1.995 € p. P.* max. 18**
13―16 September, 2018 1.995 € p. P.* max. 18**
Other dates and individual groups from 12 people on request.

*Single room supplement on request.

**Two people always travel in one vehicle. Models will be swapped.

Services
Included in the price:

Nostalgic classic Mercedes-Benz SL (W 113 and R 107) for you to drive,
including fully comprehensive insurance (excess of EUR 500), petrol
Three nights with breakfast in the hotel Borgo Scopeto **** in Siena
One Dinner with wine tasting
Admissions and guided tours
English-speaking guide
Transfers from and to Florence Airport, as well as a dinner transfer to Siena
Roadbook and vehicle service throughout the entire journey
Not included in the price:

Meals, unless otherwise indicated
Outward journey to Florence

The legendary Mercedes-Benz
For over 125 years, unique innovations and timeless elegance have ensured that the three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz is pointing towards the future. In the first half of the 19th century, the lifetime achievements of two personalities – Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz – revolutionised the history of the car, laying the foundations for individual mobility. Ever since, ingenious engineers have been coming up with revolutionary inventions time and time again. Take the SL sports car for example, a fascinating success story from Mercedes-Benz, which, since its introduction, has become legendary. With its own special character and charm, it’s the number one dream car and luxury roadster of all time, even after more than 60 years. Two letters have rarely gained such charisma. The abbreviation SL, synonymous with “sporty and light”, could, thanks to the roadster’s sophisticated design, pioneering technology and how pleasurable it is to drive, equally refer to “superior living”. With its classic car trips, Classic Car Travel brings the legendary Mercedes-Benz SL to life with maximum pleasure behind the wheel and a passion for tradition.

Drive classic cars – a special driving experience
The charm of the classic car doesn’t only start once you’re behind the wheel. When almost a dozen Mercedes-Benz SLs are lined up, shining in the sun, your eyes will already light up. Spring 1963: return to the era when the W 113 was introduced. Its hardtop, which curves inwards slightly, is reminiscent of the type of roof that pagodas have in the far east, and is what gives this Mercedes SL series its characteristic name “Pagoda”. With both the W 113 and its successor, the R 107, it’s impossible not to be transported back to the golden seventies, when luxury class was a term used in the automotive industry to describe people who had “made it”. Feelings of nostalgia are conjured up as soon as you hold the ignition key to one of these legendary Mercedes-Benz SLs in your hand. But don’t get in just yet. First of all, transform your roadster into an open-top convertible. The handy stowage space for the roof under the bonnet, painted the same colour as the body of the car, will get you warmed up.

Now it’s time: it won’t start at the push of a button: you turn the ignition key – a magical moment – the engine starts up slowly, and is soon screaming out for you to take it out for a spin. Wonderful: you take in the round, analogue elements. Be it the chrome jewel gear shifting gate with its delicate Bakelite knobs in the Pagoda or the cherished root wood inlay in the cockpit of the R 107, the chrome-plated ventilation elements or the snappy wipers on the headlights: as a driver behind the wheel of this Mercedes-Benz SL, there’s one thing that will really strike you: absolute control.

This feeling will stay with you whilst you drive, when the six-cylinder engine powers up. These vehicles continue to impress not only their passengers, but also passers-by. After just a few miles, you’ll notice how people like you and ‘your’ Mercedes-Benz. Strangers will wave at you. Other vehicles on the road will forget the hustle and bustle around them for a moment and greet you by flashing their lights; other drivers will even give way to you. And suddenly you’ll remember how bends used to feel, that ascending and descending take some concentration when driving. By now you’ve enjoyed an original driving experience that you’d previously deemed lost. Welcome to the world of classic cars. With Classic Car Travel, you’ll manage to square the circle: to slow down whilst driving. You won’t need to worry about anything, thanks to the Mediterranean sun at your destinations, the wind in your hair, carefully selected picture-postcard routes an all-inclusive package with Classic Car Travel.

Our models
MERCEDES-BENZ 280 SL (W 113) THE SPORTY, LIGHT PAGODA

How do you get highly accomplished power deployment and impressive elegance under one roof? Engineers and designers solved this problem with flying colours in the spring of 1963. The Mercedes-Benz SL W 113, successor to the legendary 190 SL and 300 SL super sports car, was introduced and was, from then onwards, known to its fans as the “Pagoda”. It effortlessly balances the comfort of a touring saloon with the liveliness of a sports car, and is, to this day, the most elegant and desirable convertible for anyone who appreciates the simple elegance and spirit of the sixties. Hollywood stars such as Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra loved this classy car.

MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL (R 107) THE STAR AMONGST STARS

In April 1971, a new Mercedes-Benz SL finds its way to people’s hearts: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (R 107). The roadster presents itself as powerful and prestigious, having been given a removable roof by its creators. Under its long bonnet, an eight-cylinder engine roars into life for the first time. In fact, the R 107 really belongs to the German movement of 1968, as the ultimate decision to create it was made on 18 June 1968. In Hollywood, Dallas and the Königsallee in Düsseldorf, stars, celebrities and nobility sauntered around the streets in this elegant car. Plenty of chrome and distinctive bumpers and window frames give the vehicle a self-confident, sovereign look. The R 107 quickly became a bestseller. In addition to the comfort typical of a Mercedes-Benz, a number of small details make life with this car a real pleasure. Charming detail: the rechargeable torch built into the glove compartment.

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Giorno 1 Chiantishire
Il trasferimento dall’aeroporto all’hotel vi darà una buona idea di cosa aspettarsi nei prossimi giorni. Il tuo viaggio sarà un grande inizio quando si effettua il check-in presso l’hotel boutique Borgo Scopeto Relais **** , ex patrimonio aristocratico, da cui potrete godervi la magnifica vista su Siena mentre si mangia il vostro pranzo sulla terrazza . Il cuore comincerà a battere ancora più velocemente quando si avvia l’accensione per la prima volta e si spegne nella vostra Mercedes-Benz SL classica auto . Le colline del Chianti tra Firenze e Siena, con le loro famose cantine, sono simbolo della Toscana. Il famoso paesaggio culturale del Chiantiè caratterizzata dai suoi vecchi castelli e palazzi, così come da fitti boschi e vasti boschi. E, naturalmente, è importante visitare una delle cantine affascinanti. Fermati in una delle più antiche cantine del mondo , anche la sede ancestrale di una famiglia nobile, godetevi una cena di benvenuto insieme.

2 ° giorno Pienza e Crete Senesi
Uno scenario fantastico che ti farà scattare il tuo cuore sta davanti a te oggi. Seguire le tranquille strade di campagna attraverso le Crete Senesi, caratterizzate da argilla, cipressi, campi espansivi di boschi di quercia e di grano . Qui, dove la Toscana è la sua più bella, troverete la piccola cittadina di Pienza, disegnato da Papa Pio II come città ideale “. La sua guida non solo vi mostrerà il castello e gli impressionanti palazzi rinascimentali, ma avrai anche la possibilità di passeggiare attraverso piccoli vicoli tortuosi e lungo il viale di Corso Rossellino. Dopo tutta quella cultura, la tua auto classica sarà ansiosa di tornare. Vigneti affascinanti e la città di Montepulciano forniranno lo sfondo al vostro viaggio di ritorno. La sera, la città vecchia di Siena vi invita a gustare una passeggiata, ed è su di te decidere dove mangiare stanotte.

Giorno 3 Volterra, la città di Alabaster
I conducenti tra di voi possono festeggiare: il percorso di oggi è il più lungo e più vario. Attraverso la terra coltivata fin dai tempi antichi, ricoperta di ville maestose, castelli medievali e tranquilli monasteri remoti, si percorrerà lungo questa strada panoramica verso la città etrusca di Volterra, percorrendo San Gimignano in viaggio. Durante la visita guidata del pittoresco centro storico di Volterra , sarete stupiti dalle abilità artistiche degli artisti Alabasterin uno dei monolocali. I vigneti con nomi rinomati a livello mondiale e le “montagne orarie” toscane, da cui gli antichi etruschi hanno raccolto le loro ricchezze, sono caratteristici dei paesaggi che vi accompagneranno sul classico palcoscenico che vi riporterà al vostro hotel. La sera potrete cenare in una vecchia cantina del vino, il ristorante dell’atmosfera dell’hotel La Tinaia, dove sarete trattati con nuove prelibatezze culinarie basate sulle migliori ricette locali.

4 ° giorno Siena, un gioiello gotico
La bellezza delle dolci colline che circondano Siena ha attirato artisti per molti anni, fornendo loro una fonte d’ispirazione. Lasciate che il tuo sguardo vaghi dal tuo roadster in una distanza spettacolare, prima di rivolgerti l’attenzione al patrimonio culturale di questa città ( UNESCO World Heritage City ) in visita a Siena. Vi trasferiremo in aeroporto di Firenze in tempo utile per il vostro volo di ritorno, e sarete portando a casa ricordi meravigliosi di giorni pieni di avventura e piacere di guida puro.

Source: DAIMLER

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