Alpine Tour 2024

RoaryRati

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So I can challenge you to do as many passes as we did last year - or plan to do this year (except we were/are nobby no mate)
 

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Going up and down the many passes in a Maserati is a treat to behold, I very much enjoyed taking mine to Italy, France, Monaco and Switzerland last year. Next year I plan to go a little further East.
 

cheburator

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Going up and down the many passes in a Maserati is a treat to behold, I very much enjoyed taking mine to Italy, France, Monaco and Switzerland last year. Next year I plan to go a little further East.
This year we are going - London to Reims, Reims to Grimsel via Colmar. Grimsel to Bormio via Furka pass, Oberalp pass, Fluela pass and Stelvio, Bormio to Modena via Passo Di Gavia and Passo del Tonale, Modena to Ancona, Ancona to Igoumenitsa with a ferry, Igoumenitsa to Sofia, Sofia to Belgrade, Belgrade to Ljubljana and then Munchen, Munchen to the Nürburgring and then finally home (hopefully) ‍♂️
 

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There appears to be a New Zealand version of this.

 

philw696

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There appears to be a New Zealand version of this.

One of my favourite parts of NZ especially driving Skippers Canyon in a V8 albeit a Range Rover but you'd get arrested most likely taking anything non 4x4 down there.
 

MarkMas

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One of my favourite parts of NZ especially driving Skippers Canyon in a V8 albeit a Range Rover but you'd get arrested most likely taking anything non 4x4 down there.

My hire car Conditions specifically exclude driving on Skippers Canyon.
 

RoaryRati

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Going up and down the many passes in a Maserati is a treat to behold, I very much enjoyed taking mine to Italy, France, Monaco and Switzerland last year. Next year I plan to go a little further East.
Timmelsjoch and Gross Glockner need to go on your list if you're heading east :)
 

cheburator

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Check out the Gavia - it could be rather narrow (even single track) in parts - I watch them on youtube
I did the French/Swiss/Italian part of the trip in a 928GT 20yrs ago - Gavia is single track on the Southern side indeed. Stunningly beautiful, but also pride denting - the cyclists were way faster on the way down :eek:
 

RoaryRati

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Timmelsjoch last year, well worth the 18 euros or so. Only open about five months of the year.
Check out on youtube - Roof Down Drives in Europe - Timmelsjoch - that's our attempt last year 2nd-ish week of June - it had only been open a week or so
 

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Often quite normal - the number of times I've had to brake for cars :mad:
Yep, in some of my wilder cycling days on the Scottish hills I have overtaken cars on the descents. They were normally OAP shopping cars mind so it was hardly a major achievement. I can't believe the speed the proper cyclists get up to on the Alpine descents.
 

MarkMas

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We drove the Remutaka Hill road, north of Wellington (NZ) today, which was quite a drive. But in a Hyundai Lethargy or something, not a Maserati!

 

philw696

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We drove the Remutaka Hill road, north of Wellington (NZ) today, which was quite a drive. But in a Hyundai Lethargy or something, not a Maserati!

Did that in my 77 Daimler XJC when I picked it up from Wellington a few years ago.
 

BillyBob

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This year we are going - London to Reims, Reims to Grimsel via Colmar. Grimsel to Bormio via Furka pass, Oberalp pass, Fluela pass and Stelvio, Bormio to Modena via Passo Di Gavia and Passo del Tonale, Modena to Ancona, Ancona to Igoumenitsa with a ferry, Igoumenitsa to Sofia, Sofia to Belgrade, Belgrade to Ljubljana and then Munchen, Munchen to the Nürburgring and then finally home (hopefully) ‍♂️
What car are you doing this in?

I'm trying to work out the next road trip in my Gran Cabrio - we've done the Italian Lakes, Tuscany, Corsica and Spain and we've got a complete circumnavigation of the coast of Spain and Portugal booked starting in May this year (6 weeks for that one)

Puglia is definitely one option but I just can't shake the desire to drive to Crete. The other option is Norway / Sweden / Finland, but that seems to be more of an off-roader destination than GT.

We did Timmelsjoch a couple of years ago - personally I wasn't super-impressed - it was fine, but the drive from the end of the toll road to Salo in Lake Garda was really tedious. We had GrossGlocker on the list for last year and even had overnight accommodation booked at the top. It was mid may and it was completely closed so we had to re-plan and went to Venice instead.