The Via Hellenica 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Now 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.
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.
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!
We promised you some extraordinary driving, well that is what you will get. Just amazing views along the cost.
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.
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,…
|Tel. 0030 27950.22200|
On 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.
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.
We have a free day in the nice little town of Nafplio.
Alternatively you could visit the ancient fortified city of Mycenae, dating back to the 2nd century B.C.
Or you can just stay in Nafplio for a relaxed day.
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.
We start with an early visit to the Oracle of Delphi. It is only 18 km from the hotel.
From 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.
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.
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.
|DIVANI METEORA HOTEL|
|National Road Trikala – Ioannina|
|Tel. 0030 2432023330|
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.
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.
Thierry Parisot (FR)
Carole Parisot (FR)
Elisabeth Roesink (NL)
Dick Roesink (NL)
Bart ter Borg (NL)
Anja ter Borg (NL)
Peter Driessen (NL)
Nina Driessen (NL)
Kari Kaukinen (FIN)
Leena Kaukinen (FIN)
Antti Kiikka (FIN)
Soili Mynttinen (FIN)
Rolf Aschmann (GG)
Edda Aschamnn (GG)
Niek van Helden (NL)
Marian van Helden (NL)
Marco Brocken (NL)
Kitty Kamerbeek (NL)
Chris Kallis (UK)
Elli Kallis (UK)
Mike Jennings (FR)
Denise Jennings (FR)
Cees van den Heuvel (NL)
Wilma van den Heuvel (NL)
Fons Denissen (NL)
Jolijn Denissen (NL)
Tony Stevens (B)
Emma van de Paer (B)
Nick Heywood-Waddington (UK)
Peter Heath (UK)
Joop Stolze (NL)
Neeltje Stolze (NL)
Patrick Mahieu (B)
Fabienne Dorme (B)
Jan Wouter Humme (NL)
Yvonne Stadt (NL)
Dirk Bellekens (B)
Carine Verbist (B)
Bart van der Kloet (B)
Miriam van der Kloet (B)
Terry Unwin (UK)
Wendy Unwin (UK)
Martti Kiikka (FIN)
Pirkko Kiikka (FIN)
Tonnie Verbeek (NL)
Emiel Verbeek (NL)
Tom Bakkenist (NL)
Isabella Bakkenist (NL)
Walter vd Berg (NL)
Dorine vd Berg (NL)
Cengiz Arsay (TR)
Rima Arsay (GB)
|Start: Monday September 18 |
Finish: Wednesday September 27
€ 4.400, – for a crew of two.
Update (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 230, –
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)