Where do we start the Tour?
This varies between events but we always send you a bulletin
with the precise arrangements at least two weeks beforehand.
We usually start from a town square (with a bar so that
you can top up with coffee and croissants) close to the
continental ferry terminal. Alternatively, we may try to
meet everyone at the ferry terminal in the UK so that you
get under way immediately you disembark on the continent.
How far do we drive each day?
This depends on the event. Our tours are about leisurely
driving on country roads with plenty of time for stops so
we normally try to keep the daily mileage to between 150
to 200 miles. Occasionally we do more so that we can get
to a preferred hotel, but we then try to follow it with
a short day or a rest day.
Do you provide mechanical back-up?
Yes. We are unique amongst tour organisers in having our
own specialist teams of experienced mechanics following
the route. If you have a problem they can usually fix it
because all our vans carry a range of classic car parts.
All you pay for is the cost of the parts we use. Should
your vehicle need recovering because of a serious problem
we have the vehicles and equipment to get you back to the
ferry terminal or all the way home if necessary.
Can I join a Tour part way through?
Yes. Most of our tours provide an option to do a shorter
version but if this isn’t suitable we can usually
provide a bespoke option. Just give us a call and we’ll
see what we can arrange.
Do we have to follow the exact route?
Of course not. You’re here to enjoy yourself so you
don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.
You can always follow your own route although we try to
offer the most scenic roads in our route book. And although
Brit Assist’s traveling mechanics should be able to
find you if you have a problem when you’re not on
the suggested route, it usually takes longer than if you
follow the route in the Tulip roadbook.
Can I use an alternative ferry crossing?
Yes. However most of our continental tours start immediately
after disembarking from the outbound ferry crossing included
in the entry fee. In some cases we can arrange for you to
join the tour at a later point if you are using a different
ferry. Alternative return crossings can usually be arranged
if you want to spend an extra couple of days abroad, although
there may be some additional costs which we will pass on
Can I do a Tour by myself?
Yes, but most hotels impose a surcharge for single occupancy
and we have to pass that on. It’s also more fun doing
it with someone.
Can I do a Tour if I’m disabled?
Of course. If you have a classic car you’re one of
us and we’ll make you welcome. However, it’s
always best to talk to us because most hotels and ferries
have limited facilities and if you have particular requirements
we need to book these early.
Can I book separate rooms?
Yes, but the same surcharges usually apply and we have to
pass that cost on.
Is the navigation difficult?
No. These are leisurely driving tours, not brain-numbing
navigational rallies. The route instructions are given in
easy to follow 'Tulip' Road Books. Even if you have never
used one before and don’t have an odometer in the
car, you’ll soon see how simple they are to follow.
Plus, our team is always happy to provide help and advice.
Do I need to join a club/organisation or have any form of
No. There is no element of competition involved in any of
our tours so competition licences are not required. Most
car insurance policies will cover you for this type of event
but it may be wise to check.
What is your dress code?
On most of our events we don’t have formal 'black
tie' dinners. 'Smart casual' is acceptable in all our hotels,
What is your definition of a Classic Car?
Do the hotels have secure parking?
On most of our events we define a classic car as one that
is more than 20 years old. However, we are flexible so if
your car is younger than this but is “interesting”
or a “future classic”, please call us.
Most of the hotels we use have private parking facilities
but we cannot guarantee the security of these. Occasionally
we may also pay for additional security staff, but again,
I’m afraid that we cannot be held responsible for the
loss or damage to any vehicle on our events