COYS Auctions – Hotel de France tour

13 – 17 April 2016

Join Coys auctioneer and television personality Chris Routledge on an exclusive driving tour with like-minded enthusiasts. Visit the attractive Loir, Loire & la Sarthe regions of France. Stay at the spiritual Le Mans racing home of Aston Martin, Ford GT40, Porsche 917 and Mirage Ford taking. The tour will be accompanied by Maitland Cook, a Le Mans expert and ex member of the John Wyer race team.

Tour itinerary

Wednesday 13th April

Check in at Portsmouth for the 20.15 hrs overnight sailing to St Malo. Benefit from a priority loading line and welcome drinks reception on board. We will then meet for dinner in the ships a la carte restaurant.

Thursday 14th April

We tour down to a fabulous motor museum south of Rennes for a visit and then a chance to take your car out on the museums private race track. We then motor via pleasant d-roads to the Hotel de France to check-in and time to relax on the terrace before dinner.

Friday 15th April

After breakfast at the hotel we tour into the Loire valley for a boat tour down this beautiful river, passing the many Chateaux that line it. There will be a light lunch onboard. In the afternoon we head back to the hotel to relax before a wine tasting at the wine producer in la Chartre.

Saturday 16th April

Today we head up to Le Mans to trace the circuit, explore the museum and have a privileged tour of the Bugatti circuit for some priceless photo opportunities. This evening we have a private black tie dinner at the magnificent Chateau du Lude, the perfect way to round off a special stay in this region.

Sunday 17th April

A relaxed breakfast before the farewells. There is one last photo opportunity call in front of the hotel  before we head North for Caen and our ferry journey home departing at 16.30 hrs arriving back into Portsmouth at 21.30 hrs.

Tour prices

What is included?

  • Return sailing with Brittany Ferries with cabin accommodation on outward crossing
  • Dedicated loading line, welcome drink and dinner outward crossing
  • Track time and museum visit at Loheac
  • Three nights accommodation at the Hotel de France on bed and breakfast basis
  • Dinner at the hotel on two of the evenings including wine and coffee
  • Soirée at Chateau du Lude including visit and dinner.
  • Wine tasting in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir
  • Loire visit
  • Services of an experienced tour manager


  • £1249 per person bases on two in a car sharing a rooms
  • £1495 per person based on 1 person in a car and single occupancy

The hotel

The Hotel de France faces the quiet, small and picturesque square of La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, and represents all the old traditions and values of French hospitality, cooking and comfort that used to be the norm. The hotel has an attractive garden and heated swimming pool which face onto the Loir itself. The bedrooms have been recently renovated to a sophisticated and high standard.

For lovers of motor racing and period cars, it is perhaps the most famous motoring hotel in France. Soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the breath taking Le Mans 24 Hour race history and personalities displayed throughout the hotel and illustrating the racing heritage that includes four outright winners at the 24 Hour Race.

Those who appreciate good wine will be pleased to know that the hotel is in the centre of the Vallée du Loir region, with such well known wines as Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir, both of which will be sampled!

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