Car Guy Tour “FCA Edition” - September 2018SEPT 2018 RESERVATION REQUEST (Sept 16th through Sept 27th)
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Please Note: This Tour is reserved for FCA Members only.
Car Guy Tour
PO Box 1317
Palm Desert CA. 92261 USA
Tel: USA + 206--310--8380
To reserve your seats, please complete this form and send your $1500 per person deposit check made payable to (Car Guy Tour) to the above address.
(Sorry but we cannot accept credit cards)
Double: $12,600 ($6,300 per person, sharing a room).
Airfare not included. Note: Please call for a FedEx Address.
The balance is due by May 1st, 2018.
Should you need to cancel your reservation the following per person fees will apply.
A 10% fee will be charged for cancellations before May 1st 2018
A 25% fee will be charged for cancellations after May 1st 2018 and before August 1st 2018
A 50% fee will be charged for cancellations after August 1st 2018
What are the dates of the 2018 “FCA Edition” Car Guy Tour?
Sunday Sept 16th to Thurs Sept 27th
Check into the Hotel Metropolesuisse in Como on Sun Sept 16th – Check out of the Hotel Canalgrande in Modena on Thur Sept 27th. Tour participants called “Tripmates” should arrive in Como at the Hotel Metropolesuisse no later than Sunday Sept 16th. Sunday night is included in the price of the Tour.
I always encourage Tripmates to arrive a couple days early because Como is a great place to decompress from the jet lag and ease into the Italian lifestyle. You can take the fast boat up to Bellagio for lunch and stop off in little villages along the way back. I have a limited number of rooms reserved on a first come first serve basis so you can be in the same hotel during your stay in Como. Rates are more or less 170Euros for a double and 140 for a single. Remember this is high season and the Monza F1 weekend, so rooms are scarce and expensive.
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Does the Tour include airfare?
No. I tried it once but found that most people have air miles built up that they want to use. People also have very special ideas as to traveling before the Tour and after, so it makes better sense to contact your own travel professional.
What city does the Tour start in and what city does it end in?
The Tour officially starts in Como on Sat at and ends in Modena. There is a 6:59PM Mandatory Meeting on Sunday Sept 16th. for an in-depth briefing and to meet everyone for the first time.
What are the dates of the 2018 car guy tour?
Check into the Hotel Metropolesuisse in Como on Sun Sept 16th – Check out of the Hotel Canalgrande in Modena on Thur Sept 27. Tour participants called “Tripmates” should arrive in Como at the Hotel Metropolesuisse no later than Sunday Sept 16th.. Sunday night is included in the price of the Tour.
I always encourage Tripmates to arrive a couple days early because Como is a great place to decompress from the jet lag and ease into the Italian lifestyle. You can take the fast boat up to Bellagio for lunch and stop off in little villages along the way back. I have a number of rooms reserved at my rate for this on a first come first serve basis so you can be in the same hotel during your stay in Como. Rates are more or less 170Euros for a double and 140 for a single. Remember this is high season and the Monza F1 weekend so rooms are scarce and expensive.
Will my wife or girlfriend enjoy the tour?
YES! Women have traditionally enjoyed the tour as much as the guys, as there are always plenty to do and see. Typically there are 10 to 12 ladies on each tour. We are happy to give you the names of some ladies that have gone on the tour for you to get their perspective.
What should I bring?
Travel light, 1 roller suitcase and one roller carry on bag. Dress for warm weather. A complete check list will be sent to you prior to departure. The tour includes a logo jacket, hat and name tag and for the ladies we have a very nice Logo Vest.
What are the speed limits?
The Tour provides a deluxe Bus during the Tour. Some of you may be renting a car prior to and or after the Tour. Speed limits are posted but rarely enforced. In my 37+ years I have (knock on wood) never been stopped for speeding. Driving in Italy is “the best.” Traffic flows and you go with the flow. They now have Autostrada cameras so be carful.
Is security an issue?
Tourism is Italy’s biggest industry, and therefore taken very seriously. Most importantly Modena and Turin are not so much of a tourist destination as say Florence, Venice or Rome so you don’t have that element of society that preys on tourist. We are in Como for 2 or 3 days but it is very calm with a lot to see. Travel in small groups and use common sense. In short, don’t worry about it. Project confidance.
What day will we be visiting Maranello and Ferrari?
We usually dedicate one full day to Maranello and to all things Ferrari, including meeting for lunch at the famous Cavallino Ristorante, the Ferrari Galleria museum, Ferrari Shopping Super store, Warm Up and Formula 1 Shopping.
As a Ferrari owner I will submit your name and your guest name together with your Ferrari information in the proper format to FNA in order to request a factory Tour.
What’s included in the Tour?
The price of the tour includes excellent well positioned Deluxe Hotels all positioned in the historic center of each city with “first class” breakfast each day (other meals are extra), Deluxe Bus, tour jacket, hat and name tag, access to museums and special places we visit. The price includes the “The Finish Line Supper” on the last night.
The tour includes visits to Como and Milan, including Zagato, TouringSuperleggera, Private Collections, Borrani Wire Wheels, Pininfarina Centro Stile, Ferrari Galleria, Maserati, Lamborghini, Pagani, Ristorantes, Pizzerias, Balsamic Vinegar, Private Collections, Modena, Torino, Autostradas, Autogrills, 4 & 5-star hotels, Purchase parts, See the amazing Autosport restoration shop, Ferraris, Ferrari Restorations, Enjoy Lambrusco, Taste the Worlds best Parmesan cheese, Visit the Maserati Collection, Go shopping, “meet me at the bar”, pasta, meet friendly Italians, shopping, photographs, Get totally blown away “I can’t believe what I just saw!” “out of drool and out of film.”
Where do I fly into and out of?
Book your flight to fly into and out of Milan (Malpensa Airport).
Malpensa is about a 40 minute town car ride (+ – 100Euro) to the Lake Como Hotel. Or you can take a bus or train which takes longer but cost 50% less. There is also town car service for those so inclined. Email me for the town car recommendation.
I always take a town car because I am jet lagged out and just want the trip to end. The Tour ends in Modena so you can return to Malpensa or perhaps fly out of Rome or Florence.
How can I get from Modena back to Malpensa after the Tour?
Plan your return flight in the late afternoon of the 27th. or better yet on the 28th. In that case you will have plenty of time to get back to Milano and Malpensa.
I usually organize a bus or sprinter for people who want to share a ride back to Milano.
It has never been a problem getting folks back to the Airport.
Who is the tour guide and what is his experience?
Francis G. “Frank” Mandarano is the tour guide. Frank is the founder in 1976 of the Maserati Club International/MIE Corp. (worlds largest distributor of new and used Maserati parts) and in 1986 the founder of the Concorso Italiano at Quail Lodge.
Frank has been going to Italy and visiting the places on the tour each year for over 39 years. Frank is a true Italian car guy super enthusiast. Frank has owned and driven literally every Maserati GT car and currently owns a 3 1960 Maserati 3500 GT’s, 2 coupes and 1 Spyder.
In addition to the cars you’ll find a vintage Triumph Bonneville and a Vespa 300 GranTourismo.
I do not speak Italian, how will I get along?
Most of the Italians we come in contact with speak English. You also learn to communicate with hands and numbers.
Do I need an international driver license?