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Chinon-Classic

21st - 25th June 2018

Enjoy a long weekend in the Loire Valley at the Chinon Classic event. This event has evolved from the Grand Prix de Tours, which has been successfully welcoming enthusiasts to Tours for 15 years. 2018 will be the third year in their new base of Chinon, on the banks of the River Loire.

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Chinon-Classic

21st - 25th June 2018

Enjoy a long weekend in the Loire Valley at the Chinon Classic event. This event has evolved from the Grand Prix de Tours, which has been successfully welcoming enthusiasts to Tours for 15 years. 2018 will be the third year in their new base of Chinon, on the banks of the River Loire.

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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
Tour Prices

£995 per person

Based on two sharing a car and a double room throughout

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Overview

This is a fun, relaxed long weekend driving through some of the prettiest parts of France. In the company of an experienced Classic Grand Touring Tour Manager, this tour is ideal for those new to visiting France (don’t worry if you don’t speak French as the local people love to practice their English) and suitable for experienced travellers too, in any age or marque of car.

After an overnight ferry from Caen, we will drive the D roads (better than many of our A roads) to the famous Hotel de France for lunch before enjoying the beautiful scenery through the Bourgeuil vineyards on the way to Chinon.

The ‘rally’ is very informal; it’s not a race or a competition, just a lovely excuse to drive your car through sunflower fields and past chateaux in the Loire region in the company of many other vintage, classic and supercars…there will always be somebody to follow!

The hotel we have selected is full of Gallic charm and right on the square where the main events start and finish. You are sure of a very warm welcome from the delightful Tina, the English manager, and PG tips tea for breakfast too.

Itinerary

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 21st June

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

Friday 22nd June

On arrival into France, we head off from Caen onto quiet French back roads to a breakfast stop in Putanges. The scenic D-roads continue from here as we carry on down to just south of Le Mans. We then pick up the D304 down to La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, the road used by several of the Le Mans racing teams back in the day and is still a must-do drive for motoring enthusiasts visiting the area. We will have lunch at the famous Hotel de France, where the GT40 and Aston Martin teams were based over the 24 hour race weekend in the 60’s and which continues to welcome celebrities, such as Derek Bell and Jackie Ikxx,  from the motor racing world throughout the year.

From here we have a beautiful, gentle two-hour drive to the town of Chinon, where we are based for the next three nights. This evening dinner will be in a local restaurant in the town.

Saturday 23rd June

Today we join the official Chinon Classic rally (a progression of what used to be the Grand Prix de Tours and run by the same organisers as the Angouleme GP), which takes in the best roads around the Loire with a ‘coffee’ stop along the way; this being France there will be wine, breads, pates and soft drinks too.

Though the final details are yet to be announced for this year, there is bound to be, as previous years, a stunning lunch location before we meander back to Chinon. This evening there is a gala dinner in the underground vaults of the magnificent Royal Fortress, a really different and special location for an evening’s entertainment.

Sunday 24th June

Today the roads around the town are closed off for the demonstration circuits. You are in prime position to spectate and take your car out to show the crowds. Again, it’s not a race, simply enjoy the attention as you drive – and don’t forget to wave! 

There is plenty to see and do in the town during the day with a large car paddock, exhibitors and stands under the trees alongside the river, not to mention the picturesque cobbled streets of the town to stroll around. This evening we have a finale dinner planned in another superb restaurant in the town.

Monday 25th June

After breakfast, you make your way back up to Caen (170 miles mainly along motorways allowing you plenty of time and opportunity for comfort breaks) for the 16:30hrs sailing back to Portsmouth.

Hotels

Le Plantagenet

In the centre of Chinon  but just steps from the bucolic banks of The River Vienne, this stunning 19th-c. Tours-style dwelling invites you to enjoy the finer things in life. Courtyard side or...

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