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How was Albania? not nearly as backwards as you might think.

How was Albania? not nearly as backwards as you might think.

Published 2018-05-20 by Administrator

Two weeks ago, 35 super cars met in Opatija, Croatia for Gran Turismo Adriatica. The following week, we drove south on the insanely beautiful Adriatic coastal roads visiting countries like Bosnia, Montenegro and Albania on the way. The event ended in Greece, with two days in Thessaloniki.

Albania? You are correct. How was it? One word: amazing. The roads are MUCH better than you think. Following massive construction in recent years, the road network is very good indeed. From the plains in the north at the Montenegrin border, to the dramatic scenery of the south east border to Greece - to much surprise, the roads are brand new and top notch.

It was an almost surreal experience to visit a country that just a few years ago was one of the most closed communist hard core regimes in the world (like North Korea) with a supercar. And, go full speed on brand new mountain roads together with a security detail and the kind help from local police. We got a royal welcome to the country, and we are most definitely going back to Albania in 2019.

As always, we brought our in-house photographer James Holm with us. He made a zillion of pics, not only from Albania, but from all countries along the way - Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece. We have made a small selection for you here. Enjoy!

All the best from Tirana and see you soon

Peter, Bjorn, Michal and Justyna




Complete 2018 Calendar



Gran Turismo Adriatica (5 - 13 May) // Fully booked

We start the season on the Adriatic coast, with a road trip from Croatia all the way to Greece. We start in Opatija and drive south through Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Albania before we finish with a weekend in Thessaloniki in Greece. // Fully booked

>> http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-adriatica-2018/





Gran Turismo Nurburgring (27- 30 May) // Fully booked

The most challenging racing track in world. 21 kilometers of fun. As always, we have two exclusive days on the track and three nights in Nurburg. This event is limited to 144 cars. // Fully booked

>> http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-nurburgring-2018/





Gran Turismo Polonia (27 June - 1 July) // Fully booked

Gran Turismo Polonia. As always we have three days on track, and four nights of fun in Poznan, Poland. With almost 200 cars joining from all over Europe, Gran Turismo Polonia is the most important super car event in the former eastern bloc. // Fully booked

>> http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-polonia-2018/





Gran Turismo Baltica (24 - 29 July) // Fully booked

After six(!) years in Pärnu it is time to try something new. For the 2018 edition of this event we go to Riga and Bikernieku racing track. The track is only 7 km from the city centre, and we stay in the number one hotel in town - Radisson Blu. Three days of driving on the track. The last day (Saturday) we close down four streets in the city for a street show. While Riga has almost the same population as Stockholm you can be sure that we will have a lot of attention. // Fully booked

>> http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-baltica-2018/





Gran Turismo Hungaria (14 - 19 August)

Hungaroring and Budapest are awesome. In 2018 we are coming back. This time we will have three days on track - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The last day, Saturday, we organise a super car road trip through Budapest to Lake Balaton for lunch (and back).

Just like in 2017 we will be staying at a hotel on the Danube, walking distance to all the great night life of Budapest. The days we will spend on the F1 race track hungaroring, and the nights will be in town. Every evening we will have a dinner reservation at new and exciting place.

>> http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-hungaria-2018/



Gran Turismo Europa (25 August - 2 September) // Fully booked

While in 2017 we tried something completely different, in 2018 we are back with the classic Europa road trip. For the 2018 Europa tour we return to Switzerland and the most beautiful mountain passes in the world. Say hello (again) to Stelvio pass, Grimsel- and Furka pass. Fully booked.

>> http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-europa-2018/




Gran Turismo Italia (8-16 September) // Fully booked

Following our Tuscany event in 2017, we are organising a new event in Italy in 2018. Next year we intend to explore the beautiful southern part of Italy. Start is in the Vatican(!) on the 8th of September. Then we drive south towards the Amalfi coast and Positano, Calabria and Puglia. Fully booked.

>> http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-italia-2018/



Gran Turismo Spa (25-28 September)

For many, Spa-Francorchamps is the best racing track in the world. It has become a tradition to finish our seasons on here. As always we will have two full days of driving on the track, and three nights in Hotel de la source, located just by the track.

>> http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-spa-2018/





Gran Turismo Toscana Escape (18-21 October) // Fully booked

Join us for a weekend escape to Tuscany during the famous wine season. Two days of driving on beautiful Tuscan roads, great food and as much red wine you can drink. Supercar included! // Fully booked

>> http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-toscana-2018/

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