Hotel de France & Le Mans Experience

16th - 19th April 2020

The ‘Le Mans and L’Hotel de France experience’ is a must-do tour for anyone with an interest in the history of racing at Le Mans. The L'hotel de France is perhaps the most iconic motorsport hotel in France.

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What is Included

  • Return sailings with Brittany Ferries
  • Cabin accommodation on the outward sailing
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Hotel de France on a B&B basis
  • Museum visit at the Manoir de l’Automobile with coffee and croissants
  • Track time at the museum’s private circuit
  • Lunch in Loheac
  • Lunch in Le Mans
  • Dinner with wine on three evenings including aboard the outward sailing
  • Parade laps on the Bugatti circuit with photo opportunities  
  • Services of an experienced Classic GT Tour Manager 
  • Detailed Road Book and itinerary

Tour Prices

From £995.00 per person

based on two in a car sharing a twin/double room

From £1,295.00 per person

based on single occupancy accommodation


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Thursday 16th April | Portsmouth to St Malo Overnight Crossing
We will meet at Portsmouth docks to catch the 20:30hrs overnight sailing to St Malo. Your Tour Manager will be there to greet you at check-in where they will direct you to the dedicated loading line specially arranged for Classic Grand Touring to ensure we all board the ship together. Once on board, you can find your cabin accommodation and relax before meeting your tour companions for dinner in the highly respected ‘Les Abers’ restaurant. Having enjoyed a fine dinner and perhaps a nightcap in the bar, you can retire to your comfortable cabins for a good night’s rest.

Friday 17th April | St Malo to Le Chartre-sur-le-Loir
This morning the boat arrives into St Malo at 08:00hrs. Once disembarked, we will make our way to Le Manoir de l’Automobile at Lohéac where coffee and croissants will be served on our arrival. Then onto the private track for some really exciting driving! This is a real treat to have exclusive use of this private racing track and we have booked a good amount of time to make sure everyone can enjoy plenty of laps before lunch. However, you must leave time to see the private collection of 400 stunning cars owned by the same very fortunate man. We will have lunch in a bijou restaurant near Le Manoir and then drive on, via Rennes and Le Mans, to the Hotel de France in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir. Tonight, we will be served a splendid dinner in the hotel restaurant, the ‘Relais de Ronsard’.


Saturday 18th April | Visit Le Mans Circuit and Museum
Following breakfast, we offer a day based on the Le Mans 24-hour Race. Leaving the hotel at 10.30hrs, we will follow the route to the circuit as used by the team cars driving to and from the circuit between 1953 and 1963, including the 1959 winning cars.  At midday, you will enjoy the thrill of driving onto the Bugatti track at the Le Mans circuit. After lining up on the grids, you will drive around the track to then have a once in a lifetime photo opportunity under the famous Dunlop Bridge. Driving around the track, we will get onto the public sections of the circuit,  from Tertre Rouge, via Mulsanne and Indianapolis through Arnage to the White House.

Having enjoyed our time on the circuit, we will then head for lunch in one of our favourite local restaurants 10 minutes from the circuit. This evening will be our Gala Dinner in the hotel restaurant with a specially chosen menu full of French culinary delights and we are very pleased to welcome our guest speaker to talk to us all about the history of this special hotel.


Sunday 19th April | Le Chartre-sur-le-Loir to Caen Ferry Port
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, you can explore the town and stock up on local specialities, and wine, to take home before heading north to Caen for the return ferry home. Check-in for the ferry is at 15:30hrs for a 16:30hrs sailing, which arrives back in Portsmouth at 21:15hrs. Bon voyage!


How to book or reserve your place on any of our events, trips & tours:
Booking your place on this event couldn't be easier. The first step would be to complete the online enquiry form and we'll call you back to get you signed up.

Once we have discussed your individual options, we will send you a booking form which when completed gives us all the necessary information about you, your co-driver and your car as well as other useful extras such as dietary requirements and special requests that you might have.

You can secure a place on any of our tours, road trips or driving adventures with a deposit of just £250 per person. There's no need to worry about paying anything more until the final balance is due (usually around 8 weeks before we travel) and you're welcome to pay your final before that date if preferred. If the event you wish to join is within the next 8 weeks, we will require the full payment to be made at the time of your booking.

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Minimum numbers 
We have a minimum number of participants required for all of our events enabling them to be viable for us to run - this is usually 10 cars unless stated otherwise. In the event that we don't reach the minimum numbers, the tour may be cancelled at which point your booking deposit will be refunded to you, or if preferred, allocated to another event of your choice.


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