Frequently Asked Questions:
- How many spaces are there?
We had a limit of 6 vehicles for the 2018 trip, which we expect to retain the same for 2019. This can vary depending on guests traveling without cars, and accommodation availability.
- When are the deadlines?
Deposits are accepted now, until the available places are confirmed as being filled. Full payment must be received by April 12th, 2019. Your car must be ready to go at this time also, with all paperwork submitted.
- Can I bring a Audi / Lamborghini / Porsche / Bentley / Bugatti?
Yes, priority is given to VWs and then Volkswagen Group vehicles. In previous years we have visited Audi and Porsche factories.
And we were once passed by a Bugatti Chiron on the Autobahn near Wolfsburg, and no, we couldn’t catch it.
- Can I bring a Mercedes / Ford / Honda / … ?
Maybe… but probably not. If you’re interested, we might organise a trip for other cars to Europe, that is not focused on the GTI Treffen in Worthersee. Shoot us a message.
- How much is the deposit?
The minimum deposit is $2,500 per vehicle or room, due at the time of acceptance on the Tour.
- I really need to know the exact dates.
We will provide you with the exact dates for your flights and vacations when the tour is confirmed each year. While we would love to have available a year in advance, but due to third party schedules such as the Nurburgring and factory tours etc, we have to wait for their information. We do our utmost to keep you as updated as possible, and to provide the closest ‘window’ of dates that we can.
- Where in the USA or Canada can my car be shipped from?
Rhode Island is our main port. There are no west coast locations sailing to the VW Group port. The Southeast USA and Nova Scotia, Canada may be available, but you must ask us and have written permission, and we still STRONGLY urge your car joins us in Rhode Island.
- My car’s expensive/rare/unique – can I get special insurance above the required liability?
It’s quite likely that you can. We will forward your vehicles information to the company that we use personally, and you may be able to have an agreed value for a higher premium. All insurance policies are in your name, and we do not issue/underwrite/or have any other involvement in the policies other than confirming that they have stated you are legally covered.
- I want to book my flights, where should I fly to/from?
We will provide assistance with dates and booking, and can make recommendations if you want to spend some extra time in Europe before or after.
- Can I bring 4 people in one car?
Nope. 3 people is the maximum per car and hotel room. Our accommodations are hand selected and with limited availability. 4 people either aren’t allowed, or simply don’t really fit, into European rooms.
- I have a food allergy / I’m vegan / I only eat schnitzel / other food things..
We try to make sure everyone is catered for. Some stops are pre-arranged at a restaurant that we’ll help with translations, or with a buffet available, other times we just go out and find a restaurant last minute as a group just for fun. In Wörthersee you may choose to use the excellent kitchens and prepare your own food from the local supermarkets, and then there’s time we’ll grab snacks at a rest area on the Autobahn.
- My husband/wife/friend is worried about it being a total car trip?
It kinda is, so if they hate the idea of visiting a car factory for a tour, and driving 250+ miles in one day on the German Autobahn, they might not like it. But.. Wörthersee is stunningly beautiful, nestled in the Austrian Alps, and there’s plenty of spas, sports, and nature activities around. Last year several members of the group took a day off to get massages in a local village, which also features waterfront restaurants, boutiques, and a casino.
- I’m worried about getting stopped by the police. What will happen?
I best describe it as ‘imagine driving around your home town with foreign plates’. You should be ready to be politely stopped, and to present your car’s documents and your passport. We have NEVER had a ticket in Germany in the USA cars. But then there’s Wörthersee.. Almost everyone from outside of Austria gets tickets. They’re usually under $40, and for some silly reason that the police officer makes up. The officers are normally polite, and most speak English, but it does happen. In 2016 we got 7 sub-$40 tickets. In 2017 we got about 12 tickets. In 2018, 4 cars received no tickets, one got a $50 speeding ticket, and Jamie’s 3.6L Mk1 got a really big ticket. We also made friends with many of the officers, and took a lot of selfies with them. Please note.. we do NOT condone and actively recommend not doing anything illegal. Burnouts, street racing, excessive speeding, any intoxication, etc, would likely not go down well with the Police, and you are subject to the local laws at all times.
- I want to go in 2020/2034/3027 – Can I give you a deposit now?
We can only promise one year at a time, so get in on it if you want to 🙂
- Can you help get my car to the port?
We try to arrange a cruise from the Orchid Euro location in Pottstown, PA so that you can join us in taking the cars to the port. We try to make a small special tour of the facility available for people joining us, so it’s worth trying to do so. We will try to assist with the ground transportation at the port end, but you will need to arrange this if you want to have your car trucked directly to the port.
- What happens if I want to stay longer in Europe?
We can likely arrange that your car will leave on a later sailing, upon request.
- What happens if my car stops working in Europe?
We arrange that every car has breakdown coverage, and Jamie is known for carrying a plethora of tools just in case his own car breaks down. Upgraded breakdown coverage is available for around $200, which includes multiple transports and retrieval from the Nurburgring as well – we recommend buying it! We will help try to transport to that night’s accommodation so that it can be fixed if possible. If it cannot be fixed, you have the choice to have the car stored or returned to the port so that you can ride in the support vehicle and continue the journey. You can also elect to stay with the vehicle while the group and support vehicle goes ahead at which point we cannot assist further until you either rejoin the group or meet back at the port. No one is left behind, unless they chose to and / or are in a safe location to do so.