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2019 Border-Crossing Tour....passports required

Update as of 8/13:

As of today, 22 Milwaukee Region members have ordered tickets for next year’s Canadian Grand Prix, and most plan to participate in all, or much, of the tour beyond to Quebec City, Lake Placid, NY, and Niagara-on-the-Lake.  We continue to receive inquiries and expressions of interest from other members.  The block of hotel rooms set aside for us is almost completely spoken for.  Any members possibly interested in the tour should get on our interest list soon to receive reservation details.  If you tarry too long, you may be  disappointed!"  Attending the Grand Prix is NOT mandatory.  Several people who are planning to participate in the tour will spend race day exploring historic Montreal.  For more information, please contact either Tour Committee Chair, Jim Lindenberg (jimsuanb@wi.rr.com), or Alan Wagner  (alan.wagner@wi.rr.com).  For many of us, attending the Grand Prix will enable us to cross off an item on our bucket lists.

 

Tour details

On the heels of a successful long-distance tour to Asheville, NC, preliminary planning is underway for a similar tour next year. The 2019 tour, unlike Asheville, will require a passport. This trip would be across an international border, to Canada. It would also allow many of us to cross off an item on our respective bucket lists, namely attending a Formula 1 race, in this case, the Canadian Grand Prix, held annually in Montreal. The 2019 date will be Sunday, June 9. The tour duration is expected to be about 10 days (if you do the tour in its entirety, but you’ll have the flexibility to head back home early if your schedule demands).  The entire tour will run between Friday, June 7, and Sunday, June 16. Here are some potential trip highlights:

✓     Caravanning there and back (if you elect to participate in the entire tour) with other PCA members,

✓     Attending the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix (or not). Otherwise, just explore/shop Montreal. Sightseeing for spouses who do not wish to attend the race will be arranged.

✓     Two evenings in Montreal,

✓     Two evenings in Quebec City (arguably the most European-like city in North America), in a charming boutique hotel in the historic district,

✓     Drive Quebec backroads passing through charming French-like small towns (perhaps the closest most will come to driving a Porsche in Europe),

✓     An optional return drive through the Adirondack Mountains in New York State,

✓     An optional 1-night stay in Lake Placid, NY (Host of the 1980 Winter Olympics of “Miracle on the Ice” fame), in the heart of the Adirondacks,

✓     An optional 2-night stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake (on the quiet, less-commercial, Canadian side of Niagara Falls),

✓     Likely a number of shared meals, details to be determined,

✓     Free time to enjoy as you wish, in Montreal, Quebec City, and Niagara-on-the-Lake

✓     Group hotel rates in each city (if there is an adequate number of participants, and favorable rates can be negotiated)

✓     A favorable currency exchange rate (highly likely, but not guaranteed)

The likelihood of this tour coming to fruition will depend on the number of Milwaukee Region members expressing interest in participating. Please note that expressing interest in the tour DOES NOT constitute a commitment to participate.  To get on the interest list, and receive tour updates as planning progresses, please send an email to either current Tour Committee Chairman, Jim Lindenberg, or past Tour Committee Chairman, Alan Wagner, at the following respective addresses: jimsuanb@wi.rr.com or alan.wagner@wi.rr.com. Ordering Formula 1 tickets will have to be done within the next few weeks, because demand is expected to be high.  A personal preference form will be sent to those expressing interest in the tour, so we can learn what YOU would like for the tour to include, and how long you would likely stay with the group.   



Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:00 AM, updated on Monday, August 13, 2018 9:32 AM
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