Via Hellenica 2017 Classic

The Via Hellenica Classicmap-greece-classic

In 2015 we held the Via Hellenica Pre War. It was a great success, just judge by yourself, have a look here.

For 2017 we will be inviting classic cars up to 1974 for a similar rally.

Without stopping at every excavation, the rally will inevitably visit some of the cultural highlights of Greece’s old history. See the rally route section.

Those who wish so can take the motorail from Düsseldorf to Verona on Friday September 15. It is a beautiful drive of less than 400 km to Ancona. The ferry will be leaving the next Sunday.

The ferry will bring the cars to Patras, where the rally will officially begin on September 18, 2017. The rally will first be going along the coast of the Peloponnese, via Olympia to the south with its medieval fortresses. Via small villages, it will then be going back north over the mountain roads towards Nafplio. We stay two nights in Nafplio so that you have time to visit the incredibly well preserved amphitheatre of Epidaurus or the fortfications of Mycenae, dating back to the 2nd centyry B.C. We cross the strait of Corinth and once on the main land we leave the lovely coastal roads for the mountains. We visit the Oracle of Delphi and proceed over increasingly small mountain roads towards the Meteora Cloisters.

The last day we drive towards Igoumenitsa where we take the night ferry back to Ancona. We will be arriving there on Thursday September 28. On Saturday you can take the motorail back from Verona to Düsseldorf.

Depending on the road conditions the rally will do some 130 to 220 km a day. The accommodations, especially those on the coast are superb. There is a limited availability for 25 participating classic cars.

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Day 0; Sunday September 17, Ancona

superfast-ferry-anconaThe ferry will be leaving Ancona at 16:30 on Sunday.

You are welcome to take the motorail from Düsseldorf to Verona (boarding on Friday afternoon) and drive the remaining 370 km to Ancona on Saturday.
motorail dusseldorf

If you drive all the way to Ancona, then we suggest the lovely B&B Antigo Granaro for your stay near Ancona. They have 6 rooms, but more importantly, they have space for your car and trailer.

We have reserved some spaces on the car train for you. Please see the booking form for more information.

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Day 1; Monday September 18: 120 km

We will disembark the ferry in the early afternoon and without further ceremony take the smaller roads towards our first destionation, Olympia.
The roads are excellent and the scenery is just amazing.

The weather should be excellent, the party can begin at the pool.

 

OLYMPION ASTY
Drouvas Hill
270 65 Olympia

 

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Day 2; Tuesday September 19: 170 km

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We leave our cars at the hotel for a visit to the archaeological site of Olympia.

Olympia is of course one of the “not-to-miss” archaeological sites of Greece. In the course of this rally you will be getting a much better understanding of the social and cultural life of the ancient Greek.

lancia-aurelia-4The games, which where held in Olympia where only open to Greek and during the games the Greek states would not wage war against each other.

After the visit of the site there will be a very early and light lunch before setting off to Kalamata.

 

rally-greece-apollo-templeNow we take a beautiful mountain road, not steep, no sharp bends, just great driving. At the highest point we arrive at the temple of Apollo Epicourios. This is one of the best-preserved temples of Greece, partly because it is so remote from any habitation.

 

We spend the night in a luxurious beach resort along the cost. I let it to your imagination.

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Day 3; Wednesday September 20: 120 km

We drive across on of the three “fingers” of the Peloponnese towards the middle “finger”, the Mani region. Until recent years many Mani villages could be reached only by sea. mani-region

Today a narrow and winding road extends south to our luxury village-hotel.

You can either enjoy the hotel and swim in the sea or drive to the most southern part of continental Europe. An amazing drive. But tomorrow we have even better for you!

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Day 4 Thursday September 21: 213 km

south-peloponnesosWe promised you some extraordinary driving, well that is what you will get. Just amazing views along the cost.sea-view-driving

We leave the southernmost point of our rally and go up north. We take the other side of the peninsula and drive along the accidented coast for some 30 kilometres. We now go into the rugged mountains of the Peloponnese. We pass Sparta and stop for lunch at Mystras. Mystras is an old fortified town reknown for its many orthodox churches.mystras-church-classic-car-rally

From Mystras it is a beautiful drive on the easy road along wine ranks towards our stylish mountain hotel in the centre of the Peloponnese. It is a great family run hotel and the people are very welcoming. Last time we did get invited in the pub by the owner. Another though night,…

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ART MAINALON
Vitina Arkadias
Tel. 0030 27950.22200

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Day 5; Friday September 22: 135 km

vitina-skiOn our way to the coast we first come across a ski-area. Well, one or two ski-lifts. We go down the planes and take another hardly frequented mountain road to the Skouras winery for a light lunch.skouras-wine

We are still in the process of planning a special stage on an abandoned airfield nearby. But we have good hopes.

From there it is only a short drive to our destination for the two upcoming nights: the lovely town of Nafplio. We get the authorization to park the cars at the harbour (guarded) and will be skipping the big hotels in favour for the smaller ones, closer to the terraces.nafplio-harbour

 

 

 

 

IPPOLITI HOTEL
Ilia Miniati
211 00 Nafplio
Tel: +30 275 209 6088

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Day 6; Saturday September 23.

We have a free day in the nice little town of Nafplio.nafplio-terras

You can use it for a visit to the amphitheatre of Epidaurus. The theatre can seat some 14.000 guests and has perfect acoustics, which emphasise speech and song but attenuates other sounds.temple-epidaurus

Alternatively you could visit the ancient fortified city of Mycenae, dating back to the 2nd century B.C.

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Or you can just stay in Nafplio for a relaxed day.

 

IPPOLITI HOTEL
Ilia Miniati
211 00 Nafplio
Tel: +30 275 209 6088

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Day 7, Sunday September 24: 260 km

corinth-canalToday is a long day. We pass the Corinth Canal, not over the bridge high up, everybody knows the pictures, but over a submersible bridge.

For a while we drive along the coast. The view is stunning. Finally we leave the sea for the dry planes of the mainland.

 

We spend the night at a family hotel in the lively small town of Arachova.Arachova

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Day 8, Monday September 25: 210 km

We start with an early visit to the Oracle of Delphi. It is only 18 km from the hotel.

harbor-lunchFrom there we drive to a typical fishers village for a delicious lunch at the harbour.

After the lunch we first take the main road towards Nafpaktos before going into the mountains for what is a truely beautiful drive.

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AVARIS HOTEL
361 00 Karpenissi
Tel. 0030 2237 089 100

 

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Day 9, Wednesday Sebtember 26: 155 km

We continue north over good but sometimes-narrow mountain roads. Still not steep, still just winding without sharp turns. Ideal for motoring. The views are phenomenal.

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We arrive for the night in our luxurious hotel near the Meteora cloisters.

The price awarding ceremony will be held in a restaurant with a beautiful view on the cloisters.

 

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DIVANI METEORA HOTEL
National Road Trikala – Ioannina
42200 Kalambaka
Tel. 0030 2432023330

 

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Day 10, Wednesday September 27: 170 km

In the morning we leave the cars where they are and will be visiting the Meteora Monasteries in different groups. You can either chose for a walking tour or a tour by minibus.

The Meteora Tourism Board will take the lead in the visits.

The ferry will be leaving at midnight so there is no rush for the last 170 km to the port of Igoumenitsa. The roads are good and straighforward.

Depending on the timing we suggest you to have lunch in Ioannina, a nice little lakeside town.

In Igoumenitsa you can bring your classic car behind the safe gates of the harbour as off 21:00 o’clock.

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Day 11; Thursday September 28.

The ferry is due to arrive in Ancona at 16:30 on Thursday.

You have all the time for the 370 highway kilometres to the motorrail, which will leave on Saturday. But we suggest you take the scenic route. Please inquire if you would like some (hotel) suggestions.

 

Number: 26 Year of manufacture: 1972 Car: Porsche RS 2,7
Driver
Thierry Parisot (FR)
Thierry Parisot
Co-driver
Carole Parisot (FR)
Carole Parisot
Porsche RS 2,7 1972
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Number: 25 Year of manufacture: 1974 Car: MGB
Driver
Elisabeth Roesink (NL)
Elisabeth Roesink
Co-driver
Dick Roesink (NL)
Dick Roesink
MGB 1974
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Number: 24 Year of manufacture: 1956 Car: Jaguar 140 XK FHC
Driver
Bart ter Borg (NL)
Bart ter Borg
Co-driver
Anja ter Borg (NL)
Anja ter Borg
Jaguar 140 XK FHC 1956
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Number: 23 Year of manufacture: 1970 Car: Mercedes Benz 280 SE
Driver
Peter Driessen (NL)
Peter Driessen
Co-driver
Nina Driessen (NL)
Nina Driessen
Mercedes Benz 280 SE 1970
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Number: 23 Year of manufacture: 1953 Car: Lincoln Capri Convertible
Driver
Kari Kaukinen (FIN)
Kari Kaukinen
Co-driver
Leena Kaukinen (FIN)
Leena Kaukinen
Lincoln Capri Convertible 1953
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Number: 22 Year of manufacture: 1965 Car: MB 230 SL
Driver
Antti Kiikka (FIN)
Antti Kiikka
Co-driver
Soili Mynttinen (FIN)
Soili Mynttinen
MB 230 SL 1965
Participated in :
Number: 21 Year of manufacture: 1972 Car: Morgan plus 8
Driver
Rolf Aschmann (GG)
Rolf Aschmann
Co-driver
Edda Aschamnn (GG)
Edda Aschamnn
Morgan plus 8 1972
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Number: 20 Year of manufacture: 1968 Car: Mercedes 280SL
Driver
Niek van Helden (NL)
Niek van Helden
Co-driver
Marian van Helden (NL)
Marian van Helden
Mercedes 280SL 1968
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Number: 19 Year of manufacture: 1968 Car: Citroen DS 21 Cabriolet Usine, Chapron
Driver
Marco Brocken (NL)
Marco Brocken
Co-driver
Kitty Kamerbeek (NL)
Kitty Kamerbeek
Citroen DS 21 Cabriolet Usine, Chapron 1968
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Number: 17 Year of manufacture: 1961 Car: Bentley Continental
Driver
Chris Kallis (UK)
Chris Kallis
Co-driver
Elli Kallis (UK)
Elli Kallis
Bentley Continental 1961
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Number: 16 Year of manufacture: 1973 Car: Lancia Fulvia Zagato 1.3S
Driver
Mike Jennings (FR)
Mike Jennings
Co-driver
Denise Jennings (FR)
Denise Jennings
Lancia Fulvia Zagato 1.3S 1973
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Number: 15 Year of manufacture: 1970 Car: Alfa Romeo Spider
Driver
Cees van den Heuvel (NL)
Cees van den Heuvel
Co-driver
Wilma van den Heuvel (NL)
Wilma van den Heuvel
Alfa Romeo Spider 1970
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Number: 14 Year of manufacture: 1968 Car: Datsun Fairlady 2000
Driver
Fons Denissen (NL)
Fons Denissen
Co-driver
Jolijn Denissen (NL)
Jolijn Denissen
Datsun Fairlady 2000 1968
Participated in :
Number: 13 Year of manufacture: 1957 Car: Jaguar XK 140 OTS
Driver
Tony Stevens (B)
Tony Stevens
Co-driver
Emma van de Paer (B)
Emma van de Paer
Jaguar XK 140 OTS 1957
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Number: 12 Year of manufacture: 1964 Car: Lancia Flaminia GTL 3C 2.8
Driver
Nick Heywood-Waddington (UK)
Nick Heywood-Waddington
Co-driver
Peter Heath (UK)
Peter Heath
Lancia Flaminia GTL 3C 2.8 1964
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Number: 11 Year of manufacture: 1974 Car: Porsche 914
Driver
Joop Stolze (NL)
Joop Stolze
Co-driver
Neeltje Stolze (NL)
Neeltje Stolze
Porsche 914 1974
Participated in :
Number: 10 Year of manufacture: 1972 Car: AC Cobra Dax Tojero
Driver
Patrick Mahieu (B)
Patrick Mahieu
Co-driver
Fabienne Dorme (B)
Fabienne Dorme
AC Cobra Dax Tojero 1972
Participated in :
Number: 09 Year of manufacture: 1946 Car: GMC Pick-up
Driver
Jan Wouter Humme (NL)
Jan Wouter Humme
Co-driver
Yvonne Stadt (NL)
Yvonne Stadt
GMC Pick-up 1946
Participated in :
Number: 08 Year of manufacture: 1969 Car: Porsche 911 E
Driver
Dirk Bellekens (B)
Dirk Bellekens
Co-driver
Carine Verbist (B)
Carine Verbist
Porsche 911 E 1969
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Number: 08 Year of manufacture: 1972 Car: Corvette
Driver
Bart van der Kloet (B)
Bart van der Kloet
Co-driver
Miriam van der Kloet (B)
Miriam van der Kloet
Corvette 1972
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Number: 07 Year of manufacture: 1966 Car: Mercedes Benz 280 SL
Driver
Terry Unwin (UK)
Terry Unwin
Co-driver
Wendy Unwin (UK)
Wendy Unwin
Mercedes Benz 280 SL 1966
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Number: 06 Year of manufacture: 1965 Car: Mercedes Benz
Driver
Martti Kiikka (FIN)
Martti Kiikka
Co-driver
Pirkko Kiikka (FIN)
Pirkko Kiikka
Mercedes Benz 1965
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Number: 04 Year of manufacture: 1971 Car: Datsun 240Z
Driver
Tonnie Verbeek (NL)
Tonnie Verbeek
Co-driver
Emiel Verbeek (NL)
Emiel Verbeek
Datsun 240Z 1971
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Number: 03 Year of manufacture: 1972 Car: BMW 2002Tii Touring
Driver
Tom Bakkenist (NL)
Tom Bakkenist
Co-driver
Isabella Bakkenist (NL)
Isabella Bakkenist
BMW 2002Tii Touring 1972
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Number: 02 Year of manufacture: 1984 Car: Bentley Continental
Driver
Walter vd Berg (NL)
Walter vd Berg
Co-driver
Dorine vd Berg (NL)
Dorine vd Berg
Bentley Continental 1984
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Number: 01 Year of manufacture: 1961 Car: Jaguar E-Type
Driver
Cengiz Arsay (TR)
Cengiz Arsay
Co-driver
Rima Arsay (GB)
Rima Arsay
Jaguar E-Type 1961
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Please click to register for the Via Hellenica 2017, September 18 – 27

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Rally Details

Included

Start: Monday September 18

Patras Port

Finish: Wednesday September 27

Igoumenitsa Port

  • A Maximum of 25 crew.
  • Nine nights in excellent hotels
  • Eight dinners
  • Most lunches
  • Technical assistance by Classic Job
  • Raidillon watch for the winners
  • Via Hellenica jacket
  • Roadbooks, rally shields etc.

Entry fee

 

Booking fee

€ 4.400, – for a crew of two.

Update (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 230, –

Total kilometers

Motorail:

Ferry details:

Total rally kilometers: 1650 km

From Verona train terminal to Ancona: 370 km

Düsseldorf – Verona from € 620, –

Verona – Düsseldorf from € 540, –

 

Sunday September 17:

Departure in Ancona: 16:30

Arrival in Patras 15:00 (next day)

Wednesday September 27:

Departure in Igoumenitsa 23:59

Arrival in Ancona 16:30 (next day)

 

 

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