28 July-1 August 2016
This Extraordinary Drive is the ultimate journey of discovery for Bentley owners. Created with passionate motorsports fans in mind, it will take you on a journey of contrasts, from the serene beauty of the Belgian countryside to the heart of one of the world’s most exhilarating races.
Just 12 couples will join us on this exclusive drive from the UK to Belgium in an impressive convoy of Bentleys. This is just the start of a five-day journey of thrilling experiences which includes fine dining and opportunities for off-road driving, while staying at Le Manoir de Lébioles – known as ‘the little Versailles of the Ardennes’, making this a trip for more than just motorsports enthusiasts.
The inscription on the crest of this renowned hotel reads: ‘Plus Valet Quam Lucet’ – ‘There is more to it than meets the eye.’ The same could be said of this exclusive drive. The highlight of the trip is a unique behind-the-scenes experience at one of the most iconic circuits in the world, Spa-Francorchamps, for the only 24-hour race on the Blancpain calendar.
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A BELGIAN ODYSSEY ITINERARY
Day 1 - A SERENE ROAD TRIP
Our journey starts with dinner at The Pier restaurant – a quintessentially British seaside restaurant and hotel, with its incredible views incredible views over the water to Shotley, Felixstowe and the River Stour. After dinner, we reconvene on the ferry for champagne and dessert before retiring to the best suites and cabins available for the overnight trip to the Hook of Holland.
Day 2 - LE MANOIR DE LÉBIOLES
The following morning sees the start of a leisurely drive through the beautiful Belgian countryside to Spa. After brunch en route, you will drive to Le ManoIr de Lébioles – your base for the next few days. This romantic hotel has been sympathetically created in a 100-year old Manoir and is home to an acclaimed restaurant run by 2 Michelin-starred Chef Olivier Tucki. Nestling majestically amongst the woods of the Ardennes, Manoir de Lébioles offers discreet luxury, a private atmosphere, and first-class service.
During the afternoon, you will have the chance to try your hand at off-road driving. Or relax in the beautiful surroundings and unwind in the hotel’s well-appointed spa. In the evening you’ll get the chance to soak up the local atmosphere with drinks and dinner in a traditional Bierkeller.
Day 3 - 24-HOURS ADRENALINE-FUELLED HOURS
After a leisurely breakfast, we will head to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit – set in some of the most breathtaking countryside in the world. As the excitement mounts in the build up to the race, you will be at the heart of this unique event.
Staring with a track and garage tour, you will discover what it is like behind the scenes of a Blancpain race. You have the chance to sit in on a technical briefing before the race and join an exclusive group of drivers on a parade lap around the circuit in your own Bentley.*
Then you can witness the thrilling start of the spectacular race, featuring the cream of the Blancpain GT teams and drivers. Getting close up to the action of this 24-hour endurance race – the ultimate challenge for cars and drivers – is an unforgettable experience for any motorsports enthusiast. You can take a break for refreshments and dinner at the Bentley Hospitality suite, or if you need a break from the action, you can return to the hotel to enjoy fine dining in the restaurant.
Day 4 - A RELAXING
On Sunday, you can start the day with breakfast at the hotel or at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. (Perfect if you decide stay at the track to watch the action through the night.) Once the race has reached its thrilling conclusion, you can spend a few hours relaxing back at the hotel. An informal barbecue dinner will help you wind down from an exciting day at the track – but perhaps with one more breathtaking moment when the Team Bentley drivers join the proceedings.
Day 5 - DEPARTURE
Following breakfast at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a quiet drive back to the Hook of Holland to catch the ferry, ending your Belgian Odyssey back in the UK in the late afternoon/early evening.
A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY
You can be one of the lucky few to experience the world of Bentley from the inside on unique Belgian Odyssey. With its perfect blend of discovery, excitement, luxury and pampering, it will be a truly Extraordinary Drive.
Due to exclusive nature of the venues you will enjoy en route and in Spa, numbers are limited to just 12 couples, at £6,995 per couple. To secure your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.