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Hotel de France & Le Mans Tour

9th - 13th October 2017

We are very pleased to bring you the ‘Le Mans and L’Hotel de France experience’, to combine the thrill of circuit driving with motor racing history, French wine, local food specialities and drives through stunning scenery.

You will enjoy the luxurious comfort of the Hotel de France, perhaps the most famous motoring hotel in France. 

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Hotel de France & Le Mans Tour

9th - 13th October 2017

We are very pleased to bring you the ‘Le Mans and L’Hotel de France experience’, to combine the thrill of circuit driving with motor racing history, French wine, local food specialities and drives through stunning scenery.

You will enjoy the luxurious comfort of the Hotel de France, perhaps the most famous motoring hotel in France. 

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What is Included
  • Return sailings with Brittany Ferries 
  • Cabin acommodation on both journeys
  • Drinks reception and dinner on the outward sailing
  • Three night's accommodation at Hotel de France on a B&B basis
  • Museum visit at the Manoir de l'Automobile with coffee & croissants
  • Track time at the museum's private circuit
  • Lunch on the first day 
  • Dinner with wine on three evenings
  • Entry to the Le Mans 24hr Museum with track time and photos
  • Visit to Bouvet Ladubay in Saumur with tastings and lunch
  • A 'Cave' party, with wine and live music 
  • Services of an experiened tour manager 
  • Accompanied by Maitland Cook 
  • Detailed road book and itinerary
Tour Prices

£1,640 per person

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

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Itinerary

 

Monday 9th October

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 he/she 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 a private drinks reception and dinner in the highly respected ‘Les Abers’ restaurant. Having enjoyed a fine dinner and a nightcap in the bar perhaps, you can retire to your comfortable Commodore or Club class cabins for a good night’s rest. 

Tuesday 10th October

This morning we will meet after breakfast before our arrival into St Malo at 08:00hrs. We will make our way to Le Manoir l’Automobile at Loheac where coffee and croissants will be served on our arrival and then …..onto the private track for some really exciting driving! This is a 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 to 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’.

Wednesday 11th October

After a traditional French breakfast at the hotel, we will take a leisurely drive down to the Loire at Saumur passing through chalkstone villages, forest, wild flowers and the beautiful vineyards of Bourgeuil to take us to the wine cellars of Bouvet Ladubay. Here, we will explore the art of ‘Methode Traditionelle’ sparkling wines and of course, we will taste a selection of their fine wines.

We have arranged a light lunch, with more wine (or soft drinks!) at Bouvet. Then, if you wish, you could stroll along the Loire or around the mediaeval town of Saumur, which sits elegantly astride the river. You could also take a short drive along the Loire to see the extraordinary troglodyte settlements built into the cliff face before heading back to La Chartre-sur-le-Loir for a very special evening’s entertainment. 

We have created the perfect venue for a wonderful evening’s entertainment: just outside of the town is a traditional and unique cave, carved deep into the rock face where soft illumination by candles and twinkly lights transforms this into an enchanting atmosphere. Add a Rustic French Supper, plenty of wine, an eclectic mix of music to suit all tastes from ‘chansons d’amour’ to ‘hard rock’ music , all performed by our favourite band, et voilà!
At the end of a fabulous evening your carriage will await you, as you will be transported back to the hotel in the hotel’s historic, and oh so French, people carrier. Parfait!

Thursday 12th October

Following breakfast, we offer a day based on the Le Mans 24 hour Race. Leaving the hotel at 10.30am, 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 round the track then have a once in a lifetime photo opportunity under the famous Dunlop Bridge. Driving round the track, we will get on to the public sections of the circuit, from Tertre Rouge, via Mulsanne and Indianapolis through Arnage to the White House,

If you wish, you can visit the Le Mans 24hr museum, which chronicles the history of the race from 1923 to date or take the tram into the centre of Le Mans to explore the beautiful Plantagenet city. The old ville is a hidden and often forgotten treasure in Le Mans that is well worth a visit. For those who like to browse the shops, Le Mans has a large modern shopping centre as well as quirky little French boutiques.

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 Maitland Cook as our after dinner speaker. From 1967 to 1971 Maitland worked for J W Automotive Engineering Ltd, the Gulf sponsored John Wyer team that raced the Ford GT40, Porsche 917, and Mirage Ford with conspicuous success. 

Friday 13th October

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 1530 for a 1630hrs sailing, which arrives back in Portsmouth at 21.15hrs. Bon voyage!

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