Fasten your seatbelt as The Grand Tour drives onto your screens!
Fasten your seatbelt as The Grand Tour drives onto your screen
Controversial yet entertaining, our favourite motoring pundits will be back on our screens very shortly under the guise of ‘The Grand Tour’. Hammond, May and Clarkson return via Amazon Prime on November 18th and the infamous trio are set to shock and surprise. As the 12-part series follows the group around the globe, why not take a grand tour yourself?
Booking.com, the world-leader in connecting travellers with awesome accommodation, has looked at the team’s filming destinations and compiled the best places for you to stay so that you can relive their glorious motoring moments.
One of the early shows of the first series has already been filmed in the desert of Southern California. The opening sequence for the new show is reportedly the most expensive on TV and cost the production company a whopping £2.5million. For accommodation on a slightly smaller budget, try the luxurious Westin Desert Willow Villas. This self-catered accommodation in Palm Desert features your own private villa and a shared outdoor pool – it’s the perfect place to relax after some intense desert touring.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Whilst in Johannesburg, make sure to see all that the city has to offer with its rich history, proximity to the Savannah and the multitude of eclectic shops and restaurants. The Rivonia Bed & Breakfast is set in a large garden private garden and offers a tranquil retreat in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg. Why not rent a car Clarkson-style whilst you are out there and drive up to The Cradle of Humankind? Located north-west of Johannesburg, the World Heritage Site is where the soon-to-be-famous Grand Tour Tent was erected.
The first UK stop for The Grand Tour will be in Whitby, North Yorkshire. Fans of the show were invited to “join Jeremy, Richard and James for thrills, spills and fish and chips by the seaside”. The Crescent Garden House is the perfect place to relax after taking a scenic drive of the local area. This modern bed & breakfast offers spacious and elegant bedrooms with a large open-plan guest lounge in which to unwind.
The Netherland’s second city, Rotterdam, is set to become one of Europe’s hottest destinations. This city has everything from modern architecture to a cutting edge modern art scene – and is the backdrop for one of the still-to-be-filmed episodes of The Grand Tour. Due to be filmed at the end of October, why not get there early to explore the area before Clarkson’s roaring engines arrive? Visit the Museum van Boijmans Beuningen, one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands, as well as the Markthal for some delicious, fresh produce, fantastic restaurants and cooking classes. By staying in one of the ultra-modern Urban Residences apartments, with their floor-to-ceiling windows, you will be centrally based. Ideal for exploring and taking in the beautiful sights of the city.
For what one can assume will be a Christmas themed episode of The Grand Tour, Clarkson is taking his motley crew to Lapland towards the end of the year. To make the most of a trip to Lapland, book yourself into the Kotimaailma Apartments Rovaniemi. These modern, self-catering apartments are located only a short 15 minute drive from Santa Claus Village so that you can really get into the Christmas spirit. And who knows, you may even spot the boys filming!
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