Mike Horn Pole2Pole. The Pangaea in the Antarctic.

Mike Horn: Around the world in 890 days.

Pole2Pole in numbers: Explorer Mike Horn and his G-Class on the first stages of his new expedition.
Mike Horn Pole2Pole: Infographic.
Credit: Erik Hecht

Thrilling times with Mike Horn.

Mike Horn has been travelling for exactly 275 days on his “Pole2Pole” expedition. His mission: to travel once around the world in 890 days – from Europe to Africa, the Antarctic, Oceania, Asia, the Arctic and North America, and back to Europe. The starting signal for his new adventure was given early this year in front of the legendary Explorers Club in Manhattan. Mike’s trusty companions are the Mercedes-Benz G Class and his sailing ship Pangaea. The Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador has only just made the crossing with his expedition ship from Cape Town to the South Seas, heading for the Antarctic.

Before setting out on his solo crossing of the icy continent alone in the coming months, on foot and with skis, Mike reviewed his voyage to date and recorded some figures. The extreme athlete already has some exciting months behind him – and with New Zealand, Papua-New Guinea, Indonesia, Kamchatka, Greenland and the North Pole still to come, Mike can look forward to equally thrilling times ahead.

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What will the future of mobility look like? Mercedes-Benz and Lufthansa partnered up for an exciting project on the first direct flight to Silicon Valley. Rewatch the best moments of this road trip across Northern California and the legendary Highway 1.

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Dunes and Sea Experience: G-Glass at the beach in Oman.

Dunes and Sea Experience 2017.

Dunes and Sea Experience 2017.

Location: Oman

Days: 6 or 8

Vehicle: G-Class is provided

Price: from 7.985,00 Euro

 

 Conditions for participation (PDF)

Highlights.

  • Muscat
  • Rub’ Al Khali dessert
  • Salma Plateau
  • Kibaykib Al Jaylah Tombs
  • Majlis Al Jinn

Bizarre mountain landscapes, beaches and endless deserts make a tour through the Sultanate of Oman an experience unlike any other. And promises a motoring adventure to remember. Oman is a feast for the senses, its natural beauty a balm for the soul, its roads and tracks a challenge for both driver and vehicle. Participants of the six-day or eight-day tour will discover all this and more on their journey through the Sultanate in November and December 2017. Participants can expect to feel safe and secure and will be given a very warm welcome.

Dunes and Sea Experience: G-Class in the desert.
Dunes and Sea Experience: G-Class in the mountains.

Programme.

The start and end point of this fly-and-drive tour, where the G-Class is provided, is Muscat. Although some 1.5 million people live in Oman’s capital, it does not have the feel of a metropolis. This is partly due to the height restrictions on buildings, which are not allowed to have more than twelve storeys, but also simply because the pace of life just seems to be slower in Oman, which has none of the hustle and bustle typical of big cities. It is quite unlike Dubai and Abu Dhabi in that respect.

To head inland or south from Muscat you need to cross the Al Hajar Mountains. This mountain range is only half as long and half as wide as the Alps, but it still has a 3,000m peak to offer in the shape of Jebel Shams. Instead of the motorway we will be taking the route via the Wadi Bani Awf, where almost 1,500 metres of altitude difference has to be negotiated. The dusty tracks are barely wide enough for one vehicle, let alone two, and feature sheer drops descending hundreds of metres on one side and rock walls ascending just as high on the other. During one of the rare rainfalls, everything starts to move, so it’s better not to be driving here at the time.

Experience has shown that drivers tackling this mountain route for the first time get quieter and quieter the further they get, and their passengers are simply grateful to have arrived safely when it’s over. Full concentration is required at all times, as in some particularly steep sections it is not always clear whether the track goes right or left after the summit. But the effort is rewarded with views across a landscape of incredible beauty. Or rather, with views of many different landscapes of incredible beauty!

In the Rub’ al Khali desert, known as the Empty Quarter, the backdrop takes on an almost spiritual dimension. The Wahiba Sands are the sandbox of Oman, big but not too big, and – depending on the chosen route – passable for all. Provided you have an off-road vehicle at your disposal.

There are two options for travelling across the mountains and back to the coast: the partially completed motorway to Sur or the off-road route via the Salma Plateau. Guess which one the G-Class will be taking. The track here leads through one of the most isolated regions of Oman to destinations such as the Kibaykib Al Jaylah Tombs, which are more than 4,000 years old. Or to the Majlis Al Jinn, one of the biggest caves anywhere in the world. The stunning view of the sea from the plateau is followed by a descent about which one Omani had the following to say: “The sin that does not come to your mind on the way down there is one that you have not committed.” On arrival, the participants can expect three of the most beautiful and verdant wadi valleys with garden oases. But Oman is also a land of castles. Smaller residences, such as Jabreen Castle, and gargantuan Fort Bahla are featured along our route. As is the Falaj irrigation system, which is thousands of years old and which made ancient Oman suitable for human habitation and still makes some areas habitable today.

Benefits.

On offer in November is a six-day tour in which participants stay only in very good hotels. There is also an eight-day version with two additional hotel nights, including the famous Turtle Beach Resort. In the Empty Quarter, where driving is only allowed with a special permit, accommodation is in luxury tents.

The price includes: Three nights in hotels and two nights in the desert resort (six-day tour) or five nights in hotels and two nights in luxury tents (eight-day tour), breakfast, evening meals and lunch along the route every day, soft drinks at mealtimes, the costs for the G-Class* provided including fuel (two drivers per vehicle), transfers to/from the airport, support and assistance from the organisational team, travel insurance with cancellation cover (for participants who reside permanently in Germany).

Dunes and Sea Experience: Sea view.

The price does not include: Flights to and from Muscat, minibar and telephone costs in the hotels, alcoholic drinks at mealtimes (generally available in the hotels during the evening) and any extra costs not listed, including for additional activities.

Because only a limited number of places are available on this tour, we recommend that you register as soon as possible.

Dunes and Sea Experience: Sunset.

Key facts *

Vehicles: G-Class (G 350d) is provided

Requirements: Valid driving licence (class B/3)

Duration: Six or eight days

Dates:
  • 18 to 23 November (fully booked)
  • 26 November to 3 December (eight-day tour)
  • 4 to 9 December (six-day tour)

Closing date for registration: 15 June 2017

Number of participants: Ten people in five vehicles (per tour)

Start/finish points: Muscat / Oman

Tour price* six days:

  • €7,985 for one person sharing a double room
  • €8,850 for one person in a single room

Tour price* eight days:

  • €9,858 for one person sharing a double room
  • €10,995 for one person in a single room

* The dates, routes, hotels or items on the itinerary may change depending on when your tour takes place. Equivalents will be provided if this is the case. We regret that no refunds can be provided for unused components of the tour.

Dates.

Contact.

Any questions regarding travel?

We are always happy to help.

Phone: +49 (0) 7732 970 147

info@mb-offroad.com

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French Connection: G-Class on a wooden bridge.

French Connection 2017.

French Connection 2017.

Location: France

Days: 5

Vehicle: GLS, GLE, GLC, GLA or G-Class (participants’ own or provided)

Price: upon request

Conditions for participation (PDF)

Highlights.

  • Col de Saint-Alexis
  • Col de Rousset
  • Mont Ventoux
  • Gorges de l’Ardèche
  • Saint-Montant

French Connection 2017.

This tour into the Ardèche and Rhône valley in France offers savoir-vivre in abundance and memorable drives along winding mountain routes and quiet country roads.

Variety is everything here, with fine-dining restaurants alternating with rustic country inns and accommodation ranging from secluded auberges high up on the pass to converted château hotels. Although the route sometimes uses motorways or major roads to cover ground quickly, it mainly follows smaller winding mountain roads as well as the occasional track through landscapes of the most breathtaking beauty.

And there’s no getting away from the mountain pass here. The Col de la Machine, Col de la Chau, Col de Saint-Alexis and Col de Rousset are among the standout features of the drive, not to mention the Mont Ventoux of Tour de France fame. Other points of interest along the way include the Grotte du Brudour and the pretty little town of Die, home to the Roman gate of Saint-Marcel, a cathedral and the Chapelle de Saint-Nicolas.

The route passes through the Gorges des Gâts to the villages of Glandage and Grimone, before continuing to places such as Serres on the banks of the Buëch, with its beautiful old town, and the historical mountain village of Orpierre.

Other waypoints include Saint-Montant with its castle ruins, the breathtaking Gorges de l'Ardèche and the 25-arch Pont-Saint-Esprit bridge. Then there is Rochegude, the mountain village of Simiane-la-Rotonde and Lacoste, home to the ruins of a château in which the Marquis de Sade, that most famous of hedonists, once lived. The end point of the tour is Ménerbes, where the Musée du Tire-Bouchon features a collection of corkscrews from the 17th century.

Benefits.

The daily distances on this motoring “Tour de France” are between around 230 and 350 kilometres. A group evening meal has been booked for each day, as well as overnight accommodation with breakfast. During the day, the participants can follow the detailed road book at their leisure, visit the points of interest that it features and stop for lunch at a wayside restaurant. Alternatively they can let the support vehicle take the lead and simply focus on enjoying the scenery. Participants can either drive their own vehicle or use one of the G, GLS, GLE, GLC or GLA vehicles provided for the tour.

French Connection: Coastal road.

Organiser: Tufa GmbH, Gewerbestraße 10a, 78345 Moos

Key facts*

Vehicles: G, GLS, GLE, GLC or GLA (participants’ own or provided)

Requirements: Valid driving licence (class B/3)

Duration: Five days

Dates: 24 to 30 June 2017

Closing date for registration: 15 March 2017

Number of participants: Eight to ten vehicles

Start/finish points: France, if vehicles are being provided they will be handed over/ returned in Germany.

Tour price: upon request

* The dates, routes, hotels or items on the itinerary may change depending on when your tour takes place. Equivalents will be provided if this is the case. We regret that no refunds can be provided for unused components of the tour.

Dates.

Contact.

Any questions regarding travel?

We are always happy to help.

Phone: +49 (0) 7732 970 147

info@mb-offroad.com

Insights.

Newsletter.

For new events, current tips and reports subscribe to the Mercedes-Benz Events Newsletter.

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Catalogue.

Download current catalogue Driving Events and Travel in PDF format.

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Alex Thomson – Vendée Globe.

The British yachtsman Alex Thomson sails the world’s oceans, always striving for victory. Thomson is one of an exclusive selection of less than 100 skippers that have sailed around the world solo, non stop, on a monohull. 2016 is Thomson’s fourth attempt in the grueling Vendée Globe challenge, placing 3rd in the previous edition of the race in 2013.

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