Belgian Grand Prix - August 25-26, 2018

August 2017 saw Spa-Francorchamps host a F1 Grand Prix for the 50th time, the circuit joining Silverstone, Monza and Monaco in a very exclusive club.

Run on public roads, the original Spa track was an amazing 14.9 kilometres long and notoriously dangerous. The lap distance was reduced slightly over the years, with some corners eased, but when the 'old' circuit staged its final Grand Prix in 1970 it still measured just over 14 kilometres and remained staggeringly quick. Spa did not return to the calendar until 1983 and then in drastically revised form, with lap distance cut to just under seven kilometres. Around two thirds of the lap used the original layout and the legendary Eau Rouge corner remained intact.

Even now, Spa remains the longest circuit on the F1 calendar. Its mix of long straights and challenging fast corners, coupled with its stunning location in the Ardennes means that it is one of the favourite F1 venues for drivers and fans.

The weather is still famously variable (it can often be raining on one part of the track and dry on another) and Eau Rouge, with its high speed and sudden elevation change, is really one of the great corners in F1.

It is worth noting that only the truly great drivers can really claim to have mastered Spa. Only seven drivers have won the race three times or more - Lewis Hamilton (three times), Juan Manuel Fangio (three times), Damon Hill (three times), Kimi Raikkonen (four times), Jim Clark (four times), Ayrton Senna (five times) and Michael Schumacher (six times).

We have been looking after corporate clients, VIP guests and small groups for many years and our attention to detail is second to none. We know the Ardennes region superbly well and are therefore able to advise on a seemingly bewildering array of possibilities to provide you with a memorable weekend. Please call us for a bespoke quote.

Our bespoke packages offer a choice of destinations and hotels with the choice of a self drive tour using Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries or travelling by rail on the Eurostar or travel by Air.

 

 

Hotels

Novotel Aachen

The 4 star Novotel Aachen is centrally located in the heart of the imperial city, just a few minutes' walk from the Old Town and Cathedral. The hotel houses 154 rooms; each guest room is air-conditioned, sound-proofed and spacious, with WIFI, a desk, sofa and tea/coffee-making facilities in an innovative design.

The restaurant offers regional and international dishes, along with the bar and large sun terrace. Relax in the steam bath housed within the fitness area, which looks out across the city. Public car parking can be found underneath the hotel. Novotel Aachen guests receive a discounted rate of 14 euros per day. To receive the discount, please contact the hotel reception. The entry to the parking (Q-Park) is in Schumacherstrasse 12. A reservation for a parking place is not possible as it is a public parking area. Aachen train station is 1.2 miles from the Novotel.

It is also very well placed for the Spa-Francorchamps circuit being only 45 minutes away by car. The Novotel Aachen is voted #2 off 44 Aachen hotels by Trip Advisor.

Suggested Local Restaurant: Restaurant One & Only

 

Travel Package / 4 nts & 3 nts

  • P&O Ferries Dover - Calais - Dover crossing of your choice
  • Any standard size car with driver and passenger(s)
  • Novotel Aachen / Thurs-Mon (4 nts) or Fri-Mon (3 nts)
  • Full Breakfast
  • Informal social drinks Friday evening
  • Circuit Car Parking, Saturday
  • Return Coach Transfer, Sunday
  • Hotel brochure & full joining instructions

 

Travel Package / 2 nts

  • P&O Ferries Dover - Calais - Dover crossing of your choice
  • Any standard size car with driver and passenger(s)
  • Novotel Aachen / Fri-Sun (2 nts)
  • Full Breakfast
  • Informal social drinks Friday evening
  • Circuit Car Parking, Saturday & Sunday
  • Hotel brochure & full joining instructions


Price, per person, Twin / Double
Dover - Calais - Dover
Hotel
4 nts, Thu-Mon
3 nts, Fri - Mon
2 nts, Fri - Sun
Novotel Aachen
£610
£505
£315

Prices based on 4 in a car - occupancy supplements apply as below.

 

Occupancy Supplements

 

3 in a Car: £15 per person

2 in a Car: £22 per person

+ Friday Bank Holiday Eurotunnel Departures Supplement: £39 per car

 

Bespoke Rail Travel

Packages by rail depart from London St Pancras to Aachen with a journey time of approximately 3 hours with a change in Brussels.

 

Camping

Circuit Camping

We can offer basic circuit camping in both the Green or Yellow Zones.

Each pitch is 40m2 and includes parking for 1 vehicle. There can be a maximum of 5 guests on each pitch.

The campsite has temporary toilets and showers. There are snack bars selling breakfast, lunch and drinks. The pitches have no dedicated connections to water or electricity.

Guests with a weekend camping pass can arrive on Thursday from 08:00 and leave on Monday by 11:00 without any extra charge. Fire, firecrackers and fireworks are strictly forbidden. Barbecues are authorized.

 

Private Camping Eau Rouge

 

The permanent Eau Rouge campsite is privately owned and run and offers a peaceful and green environment for camping and caravans. This highly regarded campsite includes recently refurbished shower and toilet blocks, optional water and electric supply as well as a bar / restaurant.

There is also a supermarket within walking distance of the campsite. To the Stavelot corner, it is approximately 1.5 km. To La Source (the main entrance), it is approximately another 2.5 km. Alternatively one can drive or cycle. The campsite has a superb F1 atmosphere.

 

Camping Travel Package

  • Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries Dover - Calais - Dover crossing of your choice
  • Any standard size car with driver and passenger(s)
  • Eau Rouge Camping Pitch or Circuit Camping / Thurs-Mon (4 nts) or Fri-Mon (3 nts)
  • Full joining instructions

 

All prices per person. Tour Price based on Eurotunnel / P&O Crossings (Under 5 Days)
Campsite
4 in a Car
3 in a Car
2 in a Car
Eau Rouge
£99
£129
£185
Circuit Camping Yellow
£85
£115
£169
Circuit Camping Green
£85
£115
£169

Weekend General Entrance Tickets mandatory at £139 per person with any camping package.

Eurotunnel Supplements: Thursday: £12 per car; Friday: £39 per car

Note - it is a Bank Holiday...book early for best crossings / prices

 

Sunday Gourmet Post Grand Prix Hospitality & Grandstand

This prestigious gastronomic Restaurant is the choice of many of the F1 teams including Ferrari. Close to the La Source hairpin in the village of Francorchamps, it is approximately a 20 minute walk from the principal Gold Grandstands. We offer this facility post Grand Prix as the traffic can be heavy after the end of the Grand Prix. The restaurant is also offers privileged parking to allow the easiest of exits from the circuit.

Included:

  • Mumm Bar post Grand Prix, 15:00 - 19:00
  • Gourmet Post Grand Prix Meal
  • Fine wines selected to complement the menu
  • Coffee and mineral water
  • Souvenir Race Programme
  • Weekend Gold 2 Covered Grandstand

Guide Price, per person: £685

 

Helicopters

Our helicopter option offers a direct and effortless way to arrive into the centre of the circuit from the Liege area. No individual seats available, only group charter of 6-8 seater Dauphin N3 helicopters.

 

Grandstand Locations

We can offer an array of grandstand places - due to fluctuating costs and exchange rates, we will confirm upon booking. We are also aware of the high prices of grandstand seating; Spa is one of the finer circuits to enjoy a general entrance ticket - Bronze. If you are prepared to walk, you can be rewarded with some excellent viewing as right. A Weekend Bronze ticket is £139 per person - available only until 31-10-17.

Other grandstands available on request.

 

 

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