Circuit des Remparts – Angoulême

Wednesday 13th – Tuesday 19th September 2017

This event has to be one of our firm favourites, 2017 will be our 24th consecutive year in attendance and we are taking steps to ensure it it’s one of the best. We have seen many changes over the years but the ethos remain the same. A truly classic event which is as much about the social aspect as it is the cars! The whole weekend is packed with events starting with a concours d’Elegance, a rally through the Cognac vineyards, a gala buffet in the impressive covered market and of course the racing on the city’s Remparts.

We are pleased to continue in our capacity as official tour operator for the event. Not only does this give us access to the best tickets but also the possibility of extras such as parade laps of the circuit, our exclusive hospitality tent and high quality rooms at the best hotel in town.

Tour Itinerary

Wednesday 13th September

The tour begins in Portsmouth where we have arranged a special loading line for our cars on the 20:30hrs sailing overnight to St Malo. Aboard get to know your fellow rally companions as we congregate in the private lounge on board. This evening both your on-board accommodation and dinner is included.

Thursday 14th September

On arrival into France follow our carefully selected routes on pretty roads via a coffee and croissant stop overlooking the lake at Combourg. We then continue to the stunning Chateau Le Lude for lunch and a guided tour of the Chateau. We park our cars within the ground for a special photo opportunity before a short drive to our overnight stay at the ex-Aston Martin Team hotel at La Chartre sur le Loir. This evening we have a fabulous French dinner included at the hotel.

Friday 15th September

After a traditional French breakfast at the hotel, we have a very pretty drive down past Tours and through the Vienne valley with a suggested coffee stop in one of the regions prettiest villages. We provide a light lunch just a few miles from the coffee stop before beginning the final part of the journey to Angoulême. Having put the cars to bed for the evening in the secure underground car park and checked into your hotel room we will distribute your rally packs and tickets over a private drinks reception. This evening is free for you to familiarise yourself with the town and visit the Concours d’Elegance.

Saturday 16th September

This morning the scenic rally (for eligible cars) departs on some extremely fine roads surrounding Angoulême. There are checkpoint / refreshment points along the way and an excellent 4 course lunch taken at a surprise location. This evening you have tickets for the competitor’s gala buffet in the covered market. Classic Grand Touring have their own private area in the covered market with a private wine bar and canapes.

Sunday 17th September

Today the racing begins! Practice and qualifying takes place on the circuit during the morning sessions. We have an exclusive hospitality tent for Classic GT guests for you to use at your leisure throughout the day serving light refreshments and an area to relax. Your race tickets will provide access to the paddock and a numbered seat in the Cathedral grandstand on the start finish straight with a big screen so you do not miss any of the action. This evening we have organised a farewell dinner at a top restaurant in town with a surprise prize giving.

Monday 18th September

After our final breakfast in Angoulême we travel back to the port in Caen for our 23:00hrs crossing back to Portsmouth. This evening we include cabin accommodation for the overnight crossing. For those needing to travel back to the UK earlier, a 16:30hrs sailing is available. A cabin can be arranged for this crossing which is an optional extra.

Tour prices

What is included?

  • Return sailings with Brittany Ferries with cabin accommodation included each way
  • Four nights hotel accommodation
  • Dinner on four evenings including aboard the outbound ferry crossing
  • Lunch on three days including the Saturday rally
  • Entry to Saturday Rally and Saturday evening Gala Buffet
  • Sunday race tickets including paddock passes and seated grandstand
  • Race day VIP hospitality
  • Experienced Tour Mangers and Mechanical Support Vehicle

Prices

  • £1,295 per person based on two in a car sharing a room
  • £450 single room supplement

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What is included?

  • Return sailings with Brittany Ferries with cabin accommodation included each way
  • Four nights hotel accommodation
  • Dinner on four evenings including aboard the outbound ferry crossing
  • Lunch on three days including the Saturday rally
  • Entry to Saturday Rally and Saturday evening Gala Buffet
  • Sunday race tickets including paddock passes and seated grandstand
  • Race day VIP hospitality
  • Experienced Tour Mangers and Mechanical Support Vehicle

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Testimonials

This was our first trip to Circuit des Rempats but your organisation shows that you have got everything down to a fine art – the route planning, the overnight stop at the Hotel de France, the Mecure hotel in Angoulême and all the attention to detail. Each of the team did a super job with nothing being too much trouble.

Angoulême 2016

We had a great time in Angoulême and really enjoyed ourselves. The drive down was excellent and we loved the lunch at Chateau de Lude. All the arrangements were great! The team did well throughout the trip, friendly and welcoming. I am already thinking about 2017!

Angoulême 2016