I am not quite as keen on Sports Tours International as you @Ved so had discounted the trip tbh.... I know you were the opposite.
My original idea was to hire a big RV for about £300-400 that can sleep 4-6 people in varying degrees of comfort (depending on status).... take it in turns to drive the 12 hours or so there but stop on the way there and back to do some interesting things /climbs... then essentially park it up on the route (RV would have a shower and toilet) and do our own thing like everyone does at the tour. We could pack beers, food and BBQ etc
You could even leave late on the Thursday and route down goes through some pretty interesting places... Lake Como etc
Its a long drive but I reckon it could be a great little adventure... Totally do-able and not that big a deal even for old bastards like us... defo much cheaper too but if people dont want to be in a van together then fair play no drama like fam...
What I learnt from Italy is that's it's really hard to hire a vehicle and take it to Europe. Insurance innit.
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