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Gran Turismo Adriatica 2019


Author Mathias Haegglund in Cars for Evlear
Published Wed. 2nd of Jan 2019 URL Bookmark

The first Gran Turismo driving event of 2019 will be in the Adriatic coast, with a road trip from Croatia to Albania and back. Welcome to Gran Turismo Adriatica 2019.

A drive on some great roads indeed - amongst them the famous "Magistral" - a coastal masterpiece that stretches all the way from Slovenia to the Albanian border. Following road construction the last three years, the roads we drive are brand new. Furthermore, they are working with a private security contractor for this part of the event.

They have a security detail with armed guards in cars and motorcycles protecting us for the visit. They also close down streets, ramps and intersections for all the cars, letting them pass while the general public is watching.

Event schedule
Meet in hotel Milenij in Opatija (Croatia) on the 4th of May. A beautiful spring day. During the evening we have a drivers briefing and dinner on the hotel terrace facing the sea. We will have some word of advice for this slightly mental road trip with your super car.

The following days we travel. Driving on roads like the famous Adriatic coast road in Croatia and the insanely beautiful mountain roads in Bosnia and Montenegro. They visit exciting places like Zadar, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Podgorica and Tirana. After Tirana they head back north to end the event in Trogir/Split. You do not go to all the way to Greece, as in 2018.

Each day will be between three and four hours of driving. Besides driving we do stops along the road for lunch, historic monuments or just to enjoy the view.

Saturday 4 May - Opatija (Croatia)
14.00 - Check-in opens at Milenij Hotel
20:00 - Dinner with drivers briefing on the hotel terrace

Sunday 5 May - Drive from Opatija to Zadar
10.00 - Leaving Hotel
11.00 - Driving the Magistral road
12.30 - Lunch
14.00 - Driving Magistral continues
17.00 - Arrival to Falkensteiner Iadera in Zadar
19.00 - Aperitivo on the hotel terrace
20.00 - Dinner in BBQ restaurant on the beach

Monday 6 May - Drive from Zadar to Mostar
10.00 - Leaving hotel
10.15 - The fastest highway in the world
12.30 - Lunch in Makarska
14.00 - Driving continues
16.00 - Border crossing in to Bosnia
17.30 - Arrival to Mostar and Hotel Mepas
18:00 - Welcome ceremony in Mostar
20.00 - Dinner in Mostar old town (next to that famous bridge)

Tuesday 7 May - Drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik
10.00 - Leaving hotel
12.00 - Lunch in Mali Ston
14:00 - Driving continues
16:00 - Border crossing back in to Croatia
17:00 - Arrival to Dubrovnik
18:00 - Check in to Hotel Excelsior
19:00 - Aperitivo in the hotel
20.00 - Dinner

Wednesday 8 May - Drive from Dubrovnik to Podgorica, Montenegro
10.00 - Leaving hotel
11.00 - Border crossing to Montenegro
13:00 - Lunch in Budva
16:00 - Arrival to Podgorica and Hilton Hotel
19:00 - Drinks in the hotel skybar
20.00 - Dinner in Podgorica old town

Thursday 9 May - Drive from Podgorica to Tirana (Albania)
10.00 - Leaving hotel
11.00 - Border crossing to Albania
13:00 - Arrival to Tirana and MAK Albania Hotel
13:30 - Buffet lunch in the hotel
19:00 - Drinks in the hotel bar
20.00 - Dinner in Tirana old town

Friday 10 May - Drive from Tirana to Montenegro
10.00 - Leaving hotel
12.00 - Border crossing back to Montenegro
13.00 - Stop for lunch
14.30 - Driving continues
17.00 - Arrival to Regent Porto Montenegro
19.00 - Aperitivo on the pier
20.00 - Dinner in Porto Montenegro

Saturday 11 May - Drive from Porto Montenegro to Split
10.00 - Leaving hotel
11.00 - Border crossing to Croatia
13.00 - Stop for lunch
17.00 - Arrival to Trogir and The Brown Beach House
19.00 - Drinks on the terrace of the hotel
20.00 - Dinner in the Harbour of Trogir

Sunday 12 May - Check out

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