Italian Grand Prix

Barchetta Excelsior-Como

Double or Twin Lake Front

  • Italian Grand Prix September 2, 2018
  • Accommodations at the Barchetta Hotel
  • August 31 - September 3, 2018 (3 nights)
  • Lake view room
  • Breakfast daily
  • Airport transfers (MXP only)
  • Sat/Sun track transfers
  • Race preview party
  • Farewell dinner on Sunday
  • GPT tour gift package
  • On-site GPT representative
  • Taxes/service charges
  • Tour and race itinerary
  • Dining/entertainment
  • Prices are per person, double occupancy

Italian Grand Prix

It is twice the size of Central Park in New York and has a Royal Villa built in 1777. The Royal Villa has had a checkered history of Kings and Royals from nearby countries winning the right to the Royal Villa by conquest. Even Napoleon laid claim to it as his Italian Palace after he conquered Italy. The Royal Villa is now offices for several government departments.

L`Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is within the park and home to the Italian Grand Prix at the moment. There is always an argument with F1 Management about contracts; this year is no different with threat of the Grand Prix going to Mugello near Florence or Imola near Bologna. All the locations are magnificent, but it depends who will pay the biggest fee to have the race.

The race track is a permanent facility built in 1922 similar to Brooklands and Indianapolis. It has a history of tragedy with 27 spectators killed in 1928 causing the track to close for three years. Monza`s banking was dangerous and several drivers were killed over the years. Count Wolfgang von Trips went off the road in 1961 killing himself and 14 spectators. Von Trips was Phil Hills Ferrari team mate and Phil knew nothing about the tragedy until after the race. He became World Championship by winning. Losing a friend and team mate made the championship pale by the tragedy of the accident.

Until the past twenty years Grand Prix Racing has had a very close association with death. It was Ernest Hemingway who said: "There were only three sports, bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games". Now thankfully Formula 1 is closer to a game.

Barchetta Excelsior-Como

The Barchetta Excelsior is a three star hotel located right in the city center of Como`s main square facing the lake. Each guest room is furnished with satellite TV, a mini bar, a personal safe, direct dial telephone and a private balcony overlooking the lake large enough to sit out on and enjoy the scenery. National and International cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotel restaurant and there are many activities to enjoy nearby, including boating, golfing and sightseeing.

Lake Como

Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. Take a boat from Como around the Lake Como and your heart will be full of wonder. There are some thirty villages and towns around the shores of Lake Como all with incredible history and beauty. The history dates back to Roman times and through the centuries creating villages and villas of great beauty. Although we recommend a few extra days in Como you could spend a year around the lake and still not see everything. Stop at the many villages that surround the lake, each with its own special flare. No one could design a naturally formed landscape scattered with beautiful villages that makes Como one of, or maybe the most beautiful place on earth.

The lake has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta built by aristocrats and are now Hotels, Conference Centers, Museums, or owned by foundations for charity Trusts.

Two such Villa`s a little way out of Como is the 19th century Villa Erba built on the shores of Lake Como by the Erba family. The Villa was inherited by Carla Erba who married into the aristocratic Visconti family. Her son Luchino Visconti became the famous Italian writer and film producer. After his death, it was bought by a consortium and became congress center. We have used the Villa for several of our Italian Grand Prix cocktail and dinner parties. Just a few miles further on is the Villa d`Esta built for Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio around 1550 and over the years became the residence of several Counts and Marquis. In 1873 it was converted into a hotel for nobility. For the motor enthusiast, since 1928 it holds the Concorso d`Eleganza Villa d`Esta in April each year for vintage and concept cars. In 2009 Forbes Magazine voted it the best hotel in the world.

Como is a city at the southern tip of Lake Como. It`s known for the Gothic Cathedral, a scenic funicular railway, a waterfront promenade and many family owned restaurants. A traditional dish is the Risotto con Filetti di Pesce Persico which is simply Risotto with Perch filet, a fish from Lake Como, prepared with white wine, onion, butter and wheat.

You could spend a year at Lake Como and enjoy every second.

Race tickets are not included with your hotel package. Please check the "Race Tickets" tab for ticket options.

Friday, August 31:

Upon your arrival into Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), you will be met by a GPT representative and transferred at 11:00 am to your hotel on Lake Como. In the evening join us for our Race Preview Party hosted by a race celebrity.

Saturday, September 01:

Spend the day at Monza circuit for Formula 1 qualifying or take in the many sights in and around Lake Como. Spend the evening at your leisure and sample the fine cuisine Italy has to offer.

Sunday, September 02:

Early morning transfer to Monza circuit for the 2018 Italian Grand Prix. In the evening join Grand Prix Tours for a farewell dinner at the Barchetta Excelsior Hotel.

Monday, September 03:

After breakfast, depart for Malpensa Airport (MXP) for your return flight home or continue your vacation in Italy.b>

Travel Times

Milan Malpensa Airport to Lake Como: 1 hr

Lake Como to Monza: 55 min

Transfer times may vary, due to traffic and weather conditions.

Race Preview Party

On Friday evening, join us for a race preview party hosted by Peter Windsor. Enjoy drinks and hors d`oeuvres and find out the very latest on the F1 teams, drivers and the inside scoop for the upcoming weekend.

About Peter Windsor:
Peter Windsor joined Williams full-time in 1985 as Manager of Sponsorship and Public Affairs but switched to Ferrari in 1989 to manage their UK F1 facility. He then returned to Williams as Team Manager in 1991, winning both the Constructors` and Drivers` World Championships. Peter has hosted Grand Prix Tours events since 1993.

Turning to TV, Peter reported for Sky Sports, and Fox Sports Net as their F1 specialist in 1998. He presented F1 on TV working for Speedvision, SpeedTV, HD1 (Australia) and FOM TV. Peter was Grand Prix Editor of F1 Racing magazine and today is the F1 columnist not only for Japan`s biggest selling motoring weekly magazine, AutoSport, but also for the world`s largest on-line racing magazine, GPWeek. He also hosts of the ground-breaking 60min F1 webcast weekly chat show, The Flying Lap; and is a regular contributor to

Farewell Dinner

Join us Sunday night at the Barchetta Hotel as we dine on fine Italian foods and toast over the magnificent weekend. Dinner and drinks included. A great evening with new friends not to be missed!

The above events are included in tour price.

Thursday Track Transfers $65.00

An optional transfer to the track is available on Thursday if you would like to participate in the pit walk from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm*. The pit walk is free to anyone holding a 3-day grandstand ticket. Our transfer will leave at approximately 2:30 pm. Please call our office for further details at 800.400.1998 or email us at

*Times based on 2017 schedule. Subject to change.
2018 price.

Paddock Club

This season`s must-have accessory is a Formula One Paddock Club TM ticket. Guests of the Formula One Paddock Club TM embark on a first class adventure into the world of F1. Each VIP will experience first-class race viewing facilities, pit lane walkabouts, the finest of food, open bar including champagne, and closed circuit and digital television.

Entrance to the Club Suite, the hospitality area designed for individuals and small groups fully equipped with TV screens, bar and lounge area.

Included in the price of a Formula One Paddock Club TM Ticket are:

  • Access to the circuit and the Formula One Paddock Club
  • Open bar with Champagne
  • Gourmet luncheon with fine wines
  • Pit lane walkabout(s) at specially allotted times
  • Access to Support Race Paddock
  • Official Program and ear plugs
  • Entertainment
  • Prime viewing facilities from the pit building
  • Reserved grandstand
  • Parking pass available upon request

    We look forward to taking care of you and your guests in the exclusive luxury of the Formula One Paddock Club TM. If you would like to order tickets or if you need further information please email us or call us toll free: 800 400 1998.

    Red Bull Racing Paddock Club

    TAG Red Bull Racing Paddock Club Hospitality is available at every Grand Prix, but in Barcelona, Canada, Baku, Silverstone, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, USA, Mexico and Abu Dhabi, guests can experience Red Bull Hospitality at its very best - in their own fabulous Team Suite.

    Situated directly above the Teams` garages, it not only offers the highest standard in sports hospitality but also provides an exceptional viewing platform from one of the best vantage points on the circuits - overlooking the start/ finish straight.

    The Red Bull Racing Paddock Club experience includes the following:

  • A prime view of the race
  • Morning refreshments upon arrival
  • Gourmet dining and fine wines
  • An open bar
  • Exclusive Team Gift Bag
  • Daily driver appearances
  • Your opportunity to explore the pit lane
  • An exclusive tour inside the Team Garage
  • Access to the Support Race Paddock
  • Complimentary copy of the Official Program
  • Entertainment and in-house DJ
  • VIP Parking

    We look forward to taking care of you and your guests in the exciting luxury of the Red Bull Racing Paddock Club. If you would like to order tickets or if you need further information please email us or call us toll free: 800 400 1998.

    Airport Transfer $145.00

    Airport transfers are included in our package if you are flying into and departing out of Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) on our tour dates (arriving Thursday, August 30 or Friday, August 30, and departing on Monday, September 03).

    If you are arriving into Milano Linate airport (LIN) private transfers can be arranged at an additiaonl cost. 2017 price.

  • Price Per Person

    Price Per Person: $2,295.00
    Single Use Supplement: $695.00

    Price is per person, based on two persons sharing a room. Single supplement is an additional cost per room (for the entire tour) if traveling alone. Extra nights subject to hotel availability.

    Hotel Room Types

    Double for Sole Use max 1 person(s)
    Superior Double max 2 person(s)
    Superior Twin max 2 person(s)


    Friday 1-Day
    *F1 Paddock Club Fri [+]   $1,125.00
    Saturday/Sunday 2-Day
    *AstonMartin RedBull [+]   $5,745.00
    *Race Club Lounge [+]   $2,950.00
    *Gen Admission 2 days [+]   $245.00
    *F1 Paddock Club(TM) [+]   $4,500.00
    All Weekend 3-Day
    *Ascari (Weekend) [+]   $625.00
    *AstonMartin RedBull [+]   $6,775.00
    *Ferrari F1 Club [+]   $7,595.00
    Laterale-Weekend [+]   $625.00
    *F1 Paddock Club(TM) [+]   $5,285.00
    *Centrale-Weekend [+]   $840.00
    *Variante Chicane [+]   $475.00
    *Alta Velocita C [+]   $625.00

    * indicates ticket is on request
    - Tickets are not included with your hotel package and are offered separately as there is usually a choice.
    - Additional charges apply if tickets are purchased without accommodations. Please contact our office for details and for race ticket only sales.
    - Additional options that are not listed here may be available.
    - All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.