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MAIN TOUR, the costs, per person, are based on two people, per car, sharing a hotel bedroom and include the following:
NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :
BUDGET TOUR, the costs, per person, are based on two people, per car, sharing a hotel bedroom and include the following:
NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :
6 day tour to watch the nostalgic and world famous 2018 Le Mans Classic races, combined with a day tour of the beautful Loire Valley. Overnight ferry to St. Malo and then our route takes us via the medieval town of Vitre and the Le Mans auto museum to our sumptuous 4-star chateau hotel in the Loire Valley.On Friday we enjoy a leisurely tour of the Loire Valley and on Saturday and Sunday drive up to Le Mans to watch the racing.On Monday we drive up to Caen for our afternoon ferry.
5-day tour to watch the nostalgic and world famous Le Mans Classic races, combined with a day tour of the beautful Loire Valley. Daytime ferry from Dover to Dunkerque on Thursday and then our route takes us via the Le Mans auto museum where we meet up with the main tour and then on to our 2/3* hotel in the Loire Valley. Return to Dunkerque on Monday for late afternoon ferry to Dover.
Day 2 Thursday July 5th St Malo-St Patrice ( 220 miles)
We arrive in St Malo on overnight ferry from Portsmouth at approximately 8.15am. Our route takes the pretty coastal road around Pointe du Grouin to Port Mer an idyllic, secluded bay just north of Cancale where we enjoy morning coffee, (see photos below).
Our scenic route continues eastwards along the bay of Mont St Michel to Pontorson where we turn south and head down to Vitre a charming medieval town and our lunch stop, (see photo below).
In the afternoon we head east to Le Mans for coffee and a visit to the famous Auto Museum next to the main entrance of the Le Mans 24 hours circuit, Musée des 24 Heures. (see photos below).We also enter the circuit to familiarise you with the layout for the weekend racing including paddock, grandstands as well as car parking etc.
We then leave Le Mans and head south on scenic backroads and a great driving roads to our sumptuous chateau hotel, in the Loire Valley, our base for the next 4 nights Chateau de Rochecotte (click on the name for a direct link to their website) , in St. Patrice in the Loire valley, (see photos below).
Dinner, tonight, is in the hotel's restaurant.
Click here to see a video of a Morgan arriving at Chateau Rochecotte
Click here to see a video of the ground floor of Chateau Rochecotte
Option to drive up to Le Mans or a tour of the Loire Valley
Today we enjoy a leisurely tour of the Loire valley. We drive along the banks of the Loire and cross over onto a charming minor road to one of France's most beautiful villages, Candes St Martin with a chance to walk along its medieval streets,visit its ancient church and drive up to a wonderful viewpoint over the Loire Valley, (see photo below).
We then head to our lunch stop, Chinon, where, after lunch, we enjoy a leisurely stroll around the medieval town nestling under the walls of the chateau, (see photos below).
We then drive on minor roads passing by the picturesque fairy tale Chateau of Usse overlooking water meadows and the river Indre. Its romantic white turrets, pointed towers and chimneys were the inspiration for Charles Perrault's Sleeping Beauty story,( see photo below).
We then drive back to Langeais, across the river Loire and drive 5 miles back to our hotel the 4* Chateau Rochecotte where, subject to weather, you can enjoy the outside heated swimming pool.Dinner tonight in the hotel.
Option: Alternatively participants can make their own way to Le Mans to watch the start of the practising, and return to the hotel in the evening.
We leave the hotel at approximately 9.00am and drive up to Le Mans to spend the day watching the start of the classic races which start at 3.00pm and last for 24 hours.
Click here to see the official Le Mans Classic site for details of grids etc.: www.lemansclassic.com
In the evening return to Chateau Rochecotte in your own time so tonight you are free to make your own dinner arrangements
We travel up to Le Mans again to watch Sunday's racing with the exciting finale in the afternoon. If the ladies prefer they can spend the day at Rochecotte enjoying the outdoor heated swimming pool and gardens.
After the racing has finished we return to Chateau-de-Rochecotte where we enjoy a celebratory dinner on the last night of the tour
We say 'au revoir' to the Loire Valley and head back to Caen for the afternoon ferry via scenic minor roads to La Chartre sur-le-Loir where we stop off for morning coffee at the Hotel de France, the headquarters of the Aston Martin, Le Mans racing team in the 1950s and 60s, (see photos below).
Over coffee you can browse through the nostalgic pictures of Le Mans legends that line the walls of this famous hotel. After coffee we head north to Alencon and on to Sees our lunch stop where we can visit the twin towered cathedral, (see photo below).
After lunch we continue north to Caen and the port of Ouistreham for our 4.30pm ferry to Portsmouth, (arrives Portsmouth 9.15 pm).
Day 1 - Thursday 5th July
Early morning ferry 8.00am from Dover to Dunkerque.Make your own way on the autoroute south west to the Le Mans Circuit and our afternoon coffee stop where you join the main tour and visit the famous Auto Museum. Having familiarised yourselves with the parking and spectating arrangements for the weekend races we leave Le Mans and head south to our hotel near the main tour hotel, Chateau de Rochecotte. Dinner tonight is with the main group.
Day 2 - Friday July 6th
We drive a few miles west along the banks of the Loire to one of France's prettiest villages, Candes St Martin, our coffee stop, with a chance to walk along its narrow streets and visit a wonderful viewpoint over the Loire Valley before heading to Chinon, our lunch stop, where we can visit the charming streets of the medieval old town. After lunch we head to nearby Fontevraud where we can visit the largest and most remarkably intact medieval abbey in France. After Fontevraud we take minor roads we drive past the picturesque, fairy tale Chateau of Usse overlooking water meadows and the river Indre. Its romantic white turrets, pointed towers and chimneys were the inspiration for Charles Perrault's Sleeping Beauty. We then continue along the banks of the Loire towards Langeais where we then visit the beautiful gardens at the privately owned Chateau Chatonniere near Azay le Rideau.Alternatively, there is an option to visit a nearby museum where there is an amazing eclectic collection of machinery, tools and vehicles.We then cross the river Loire at Langeais and return back to our hotel.
Option. Alternatively participants can make their own way to Le Mans to watch the start of the practising, and return to their hotel in the evening.
Day 3 - Saturday July 7th
We make an early start, approximately 9.00am and drive up to Le Mans on a great driving cross country road,( approximately an hour's drive), to spend the day watching the start of the 24 hours race.Return to the hotel in your own time.
Day 4 - Sunday July 8th
We travel up to Le Mans again to watch Sunday's racing with the exciting finale in the afternoon before returning to our hotel.Drinks reception tonight at Brian's house next to Chateau de Rochecotte.
Day 5 - Monday July 9th
We say 'au revoir' to the Loire Valley and head back to Dunkerque for a late afternoon/early evening ferry back to Dover.
THIS IS WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAID ABOUT OUR PREVIOUS TOURS TO WATCH THE LE MANS CLASSIC
"Thank you for another great holiday with CCTI.The highlight for me was the convoy up to Le Mans on that superb road and the classic races.The highlight for Jeannie was the fabulous Chateau Rochecotte hotel and the food.We both loved the company and new friends.We look forward to the next trip".
Terry and Jeannie: Bath: Porsche 911S . Le Mans Classic 2012 ( repeat clients)
"Rod and I wanted to say how much we enjoyed the Le Mans Classic Car Tour.The hotel was fantastic.So, good hotel, good food, good wine, good company-what more could you ask for ? Oh yes, someone to organise it.It was brilliant Brian- thank you so much.-we will definitely be doing more trips with you in the future."
Rod and Jen: Esher, Surrey: MGA Coupe Le Mans Classic 2012 ( repeat clients)
"Just a few words to say what a great trip !"
Bob and Pauline: Poole, Dorset: Triumph Stag Le Mans Classic 2012 (new clients)
"Thank you so much for the Le Mans Classic Tour. We had a fantastic time and can't wait for the next one !"
David and Sarah: Wolverhampton: Maserati 4200 ( repeat clients)
"Just to say thanks for another excellent Le Mans Classic tour which we thoroughly enjoyed. As always it was great meeting new people and staying at Chateau de Rochecotte is always a wonderful experience."
Phil and Sue: Newbury, Berkshire: Jaguar XK140 (repeat clients)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our first time away with you and we definitely want to repeat the experience sometime soon"
Geoff and Lin: Guildford, Surrey: Porche 911 Targa (new clients)
"Thank you, so much, for another fantastic holiday we really enjoyed it, meeting all the interesting people and the cars. We look forward to doing another tour with you soon."
David and Helen: Scarisbrick, Southport: Toyota MR2 ( repeat clients)
"Thank you, once again, for the Le Mans Classic Tour.Both Karen and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves meeting new people, very good hotel and food and good roads as well !! Hopefully we can join you on a future tour sooner than later"
Ian and Karen: Hixon, Staffordshire: Triumph TR5 ( repeat clients)
"Brian, it's not often that reality exceeds expectations but you succeeded.....and judging by the feedback from your "regulars" you do it all the time! Wonderful. Chris and I had a fabulous time in fabulous company. Whilst we booked with our TR friends we wouldn't hesitate to book again as a "twosome" and we've already been talking about where we might go next.
Great hotel, great organisation and great company....it doesn't get much better. Thank you....and thank you to Lesley ....for a fabulous time"
Andy and Chris, Triumph TR2: Le Mans Classic 2010 (new clients)
"Thanks so much for a wonderful w/e – I can’t tell you how much we [especially me!] enjoyed it. As I said, it was car heaven as far as Stew and I were concerned. More than that the whole w/e was great, the roads, the scenery, the hotel, drinks at your place [thanks again for that], the organisation, the company, the weather [right up my street that was] et al. Carolyn, who really isn’t a petrol head, really enjoyed it too and said she wouldn’t have missed it for anything. We will be back! "
Charlie and Carolyn, Porsche Boxster S: Le Mans Classic 2010 (new clients)
"Looking forward to being with you on next tour"
Martyn and Claire, Ferrari 512 BB: Le Mans Classic 2010 ( new clients)
"Just a quick note to thank you very much once again for a fantastic tour. As usual we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and there was a great crowd of people"
Phil and Sue, Jaguar XK140: Le Mans Classic 2010 (repeat clients)
" Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for a fantastic holiday. We hope you got home safe and well and enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. There was nothing that we didn't enjoy and we will see you at the NEC to discuss our next excursion with you."
David and Helen, Toyota MR2: Le Mans Classic 2010
"First of all let me say a huge thank you to both you and Lesley, the trip was excellent. Once again thanks for a great experience."
Vic and Suzanne, Triumph TR6: Le Mans Classic 2010
"I just wanted to say thank you for an excellent five days at LeMans, the hotel was delightful, the people on the tour were great and despite missing the ferry it was great fun,"
Peter and Gordon, Triumph TR2: Le Mans Classic 2010
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