22nd – 26th June 2017

Tour itinerary

Enjoy a long weekend in the Loire Valley at the Chinon Classic event. This event had evolved from the Grand Prix de Tours, which has been successfully welcoming enthusiasts to Tours for 15 years. 2017 will be the second year second year in their new base of CHinon, on the banks of the River Loire.

We have selected a hotel in the centre of town; from here the Saturday rally winds around the prettiest parts of the Loire, with a château lunch being a real highlight. On Sunday the demonstrations take place in the centre of Chinon; you are welcome to join in with your car too!

Thursday 22 June

Board the 22.45 hrs sailing at Portsmouth bound for the port of Caen. Your comfortable onboard accommodation is reserved for you.

Friday 23 June

On arrival into France we tackle the Caen ringroad before peeling off onto quite French backroads to a breakfast stop in Putanges. The enjoyable d-roads continue from here as we carry on down to Le Mans. We then pick up the D304 down to la Chartre-sur-le-Loir, this road was used by the Ford GT40 race team travelling to and from the Le Mans 24 hours race circuit. We will have lunch at the famous Hotel de France, where the GT40 team were based over the 24 hour race weekend back in the 60’s. From here we have a beautiful two hour drive to the town of Chinon, where we are based for the next three nights. Dinner this evening is included.

Saturday 25 June

Today we join the official Chinon-Classic rally which takes in the best roads around the Loire with checkpoints along the way. There is a stunning chateau lunch location before meandering back into Chinon. This evening there is a gala dinner in the vaults of a wine producer’s caves.

Sunday 26 June

Today the roads around the town are closed of for the demonstrations. You are in prime position to spectate and even take your car out and show the crowds what it can do. There is plenty to see and do in the town during the day with a large car paddock, exhibitors and stands, not to mention the bars and restaurants. This evening we have a finale dinner in the town.

Monday 27 June

After breakfast you make your way back up to Caen (170 miles) for the 16.30 hrs sailing back to Portsmouth.

Tour prices


  • £895 per person based on two in a car sharing a twin / double room

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What is included?

  • Return sailings with Brittany Ferries including outbound accommodation
  • Lunch at the Hotel de France
  • Three nights’ accommodation in the centre of Chinon on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Entry to the Saturday Rally, including lunch
  • Dinner on two evenings, with wine
  • Tickets to the Sunday parade demonstrations
  • Services of an experienced tour manager

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