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ANGOULEME CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS RACES / DORDOGNE TOUR 2013

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MAIN TOUR

IF YOU DON'T OWN A CLASSIC CAR OR MODERN SPORTS CAR WE CAN NOW ARRANGE FOR YOU TO HIRE A MORGAN TO PARTICIPATE ON THIS TOUR

Rent this Morgan and attend Angouleme

8 DAY TOUR  DATES: SEPTEMBER 19th-26th  (8 days/7 nights )  COST: £1,750 per person based on £1 =1.25 euros ( the price in sterling may be subject to a surcharge based upon currency conversion at the time of payment of the fees)

 

5 DAY TOUR DATES: SEPTEMBER 19th-23rd ( 5 days/4nights )  COST: £1,250 per person based on £1 =1.25 euros ( the price in sterling may be subject to a surcharge based upon currency conversion at the time of payment of the fees)   

BUDGET TOUR

DATES: SEPTEMBER 19th-23rd ( 5 days/4nights )  COST: £495 per person based on £1 =1.25 euros ( the price in sterling may be subject to a surcharge based upon currency conversion at the time of payment of the fees)

MAIN TOUR The costs, per person, are based on two people per car sharing a hotel bedroom and ferry cabin 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 ferry include the following:

NOT INCLUDED ON THE BUDGET TOUR ARE THE FOLLOWING :

Circuit des Remparts d'Angoulême.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourView from the terrace of our hotel in Domme.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Circuit des Remparts d'Angoulême.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

TOUR SUMMARY

8-day tour, ( with a 5 day tour option), incorporating a visit to the exciting 2013 Circuit des Remparts classic car races in Angoulême,with 4 days in the Dordogne visiting beautiful villages. Our tour starts with an overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St.Malo and then on scenic back roads takes us to the Dordogne with an overnight stop at a sumptuous 4-star chateau hotel in the Loire Valley. Our main hotel for the next 3 nights is in the pretty medieval village of Bourdeilles, just 5 miles down river from Brantome, one of France's prettiest towns but, due to the popularity of this tour, we will also be using other local hotels too.On Saturday morning we visit Brantome and then drive to nearby Champagnac de Belair where we treat you to a wonderful gourmet lunch in the Moulin du Roc a stunning Michelin * restaurant and converted 16th century water mill that never fails to impress.After lunch we visit nearby St.Jean de Cole, one of France's most beautiful villages and then drive to Angoulême to watch the preparation for Sunday's street race which uses the same circuit along the old streets of this walled town that it did in 1939 when the "Circuit des Remparts" first started.We also drive a couple of laps around the circuit on Saturday evening and visit the paddock to look at the cars.On Sunday we drive back up to Angouleme to watch the nostalgic and exciting classic and vintage car races.On Monday our 5 day tour returns to Caen to catch the afternoon ferry back to Portsmouth.Our 8 day tour participants leave our hotel and drive down to enjoy a leisurely lunch in Sarlat, Europe's best preserved medieval town, stopping off on route to visit the beautiful gardens at Eyrignac Manoir.After lunch we visit two more of France's most beautiful villages; Beynac and La Roque Gageac both of which overlook the river Dordogne,before arriving at our overnight hotel perched on a cliff top in nearby Domme, another "beau village".The following morning we visit Chateau des Milandes the former home of the American singer and dancer, Josephine Baker.The chateau has a museum devoted to her life and there is also a bird of prey flying demonstration.We then drive 4 miles to Castelnaud, another of France's most beautiful villages where we visit the Chateau Castelnaud an impressive fortified medieval chateau.This is also our lunch stop.On our return back to Bourdeilles we stop off at another of France's most beautiful villages, St Leon sur Vezere, for a coffee before arriving back at our hotel in Bourdeilles for our final night in the Dordogne.On Wednesday our return trip takes us back through the Vienne Valley to the Loire Valley via Oradour Sur Glane and Chinon to our final overnight stop,where once again we stay at the magnificent Chateau de Rochecotte.On Thursday, our final day, we leave the Loire Valley and drive up to Caen where we catch the afternoon ferry back to Portsmouth.  

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WHAT CLIENTS SAID ABOUT PREVIOUS ANGOULEME TOURS

"Thanks to all of you for making the CCTI Angouleme tour such an enjoyable, exhilirating and unforgettable one".

Stephen and Wendy: BMW 3.0 CSL: Haverthwaite, Cumbria (new clients) Angouleme Tour 2012

“The 2012 Angouleme tour was, as ever, very enjoyable and your choice of routes, hotels and restaurants superb”
Peter and Sandra: Royston, Hert's: Jaguar XKR (repeat clients) Angouleme Tour 2012

“I enjoyed my first ever "car rally" very much, everything organised as I would expect”
Peter: Isle of Man: Laxey, Jaguar Mark V (new client) Angouleme Tour 2012

“Just emailing to thank you for a brilliant trip to France. We both had a great time.” 
Peter and Mary: BMW Z3M  Angouleme Tour 2011

"Firstly, can I say that Jenny and I had a fantastic time on the tour, and as you said on our last night in Bourdeilles, everyone was so friendly.We are already thinking about next year so I am glad to hear that the dates are already on the website".
Steven and Jenny, Aston Martin Vantage: Angouleme Tour 2010

"The whole trip was in my opinion one of the best I have ever enjoyed. Angouleme is very special indeed, and the accommodation you arranged was truly excellent and beyond my expectations. Best of all was the super bunch of fellow participants. They were great to be with, and as mentioned before we parted, quite the friendliest group I have ever been with on such an event"
Paul and John: Lea Francis 2.5 Sports: Angouleme tour 2010

"Thanks so much for arranging last weekend at Angouleme for us. It was magic. Just as good as Le Mans Classic but completely different, possibly slightly better but I can’t decide!"
Charlie and Carolyn: Porsche Boxster : Angouleme 2010 tour

"The tour was very good, excellent hotels and visits"
Chris: Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato: Angouleme 2010 tour

"We enjoyed our Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour with you enormously"
Chantal and Alan:: Morgan Aeromax :Angouleme 2009 tour

"We all enjoyed your company on the Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Brian and hope to be able to join you on another tour"
Mike and Wendy:: Bentley Turbo R: Angouleme 2009 tour

"We didn't know what to expect but had a great time.It was the most fun we have had on a holiday for a long long time"
Don and Trish :: Morgan Roadster ::West Kilbride: Angouleme 2008 tour

"The holiday was terrific,it exceeded expectations.I look forward to participating in other tours in the future.Thanks for a great time"
Andrew :: Mazda MX5 ::Dunfermline: Angouleme 2008 tour

"Once again on your tour we had a great time, met new friends and enjoyed everyone's company. Thanks for organising a wonderful trip yet again."
Darren and Kay  :: D-type Jaguar/Bentley Convertible:: Somerset : Angouleme 2007, 2009 and 2010 tours !

PHOTOS TAKEN ON PREVIOUS ANGOULEME TOURS
just click on the dates/links below:

2012 photos album 1

2012 photos album 2

2013 photos album 3
2011 photos / 2010 photos / 2009 Photos / 2008 Photos / 2007 Photos

VIDEO OF A RENAULT TURBO RALLY CAR SPINNING AT THE FANGIO HAIRPIN AT ANGOULEME 2012 (on YouTube-opens in new window)

VIDEO OF A LOTUS 7 RACING AT ANGOULEME IN 2012 ( on YouTube-opens in new window)

VIDEO OF A TVR GRANTURA RACING AT ANGOULEME . (on YouTube - opens in new window).

VIDEO OF DRIVING THE CIRCUIT FOLLOWING A JAGUAR SS100  (on YouTube - opens in new window).

VIDEOS OF ANGOULEME RACES 2011

Circuit Des Remparts Angoulême - History

Each year on the third weekend in September, a classic car race takes place in the French town of Angoulême on a street circuit unchanged in layout since it first hosted an event in 1939. The high spot of the program is a race devoted to Grand Prix Bugattis and typically 20 or more Bugattis race around the narrow streets of the old walled town. In 2009 Angouleme celebrated its 70th anniversary of the "Circuit des Remparts "and Sir Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost and Henri Pescarolo were special guests attending the 70th anniversary event !

Situated some 70 miles to the north of Bordeaux, Angoulême is located in the heart of the Charente district with an attractive town centre and cathedral occupying the high point in front of which lies the start line for the racing. At Angoulême's centre is the ancient Cite des Valois ,with its ramparts or high walls surrounded by steep ascending and descending roadways which are closed off to create a very demanding street circuit. The combination of hairpin bends and fast straights leads to challenging driving and excitement for the spectators on this unique street circuit. The extremely close proximity of medieval buildings and solid stone walls enhance the drama as well as the danger and the roar of vintage exhausts resonating within the confines of the ancient streets is music to the ears.

The races attract an impressive variety of grids: in the pre-war category there are racers including: Bugattis, Fraser Nash, Rileys and MG.s. Post war categories include Porsche 911s,Formula Junior and GTcars including Renault Alpines, Lotus and TVRs.

The meeting takes the form of an entire weekend festival beginning with a Concours d'Elegance under floodlights in a natural amphitheatre alongside the rampart walls on the Friday evening. Saturday commences with the Rallye Touristique International with over 60 classic cars, nearly all pre 1971, competing.On Saturday and Sunday there will be an exhibition of 1939 cars on the lawns around the Hotel de Ville in the centre of town.

Sunday morning opens with practice on the circuit for the afternoon's racing. And for new entrants it is the only opportunity to drive on the closed streets before being let loose in a race!

The Circuit des Remparts is a speed event organised by ACOCRA in association with the ASA des Remparts (the Remparts car club), and the FFSA (French motor sport governing body).

The track, in the heart of old Angoulême uses the rempart streets of the old city for a distance of 1.279 km (0.8miles), and has 2 curves, 2 right angle bends and 3 hairpins. This town track has not changed since the first event was held in 1939.

The races and demonstrations all take place on one day. The morning sees the practice sessions and the races are in the afternoon. There are normally 8 grids and each practice session take 20mins. Positions on the grid are determined by practice times.

From the winners' podium, in the centre of the track, the drivers are taken on a lap of honour in a classic convertible, driven by the President of ACOCRA (Jean-Rene Tillard).

For more info: visit www.circuit-des-remparts.com

Itinerary

Wednesday, September 18th, Overnight ferry from Portsmouth at 20.15 to St Malo.

Day 1 - Thursday, September 19th, St Malo-St Patrice (approx 220 miles)

We arrive in St Malo on overnight ferry from Portsmouth. 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 breakfast (see photos below).

E Type Jaguar at Port Mer Port Mer Breakfast stop

 

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).

Vitre

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)

Line up near Port Mer

Le Mans Musée des 24 HeuresLe Mans 24 Hour circuit and museumLe Mans Musée des 24 Heures

We then leave Le Mans and head south on scenic backroads and a great driving road to our sumptuous 4* chateau hotel, Chateau de Rochecotte (click here their website), in St. Patrice in the Loire valley (see photos below).

Château de RochecotteChateau de RochecotteChâteau de Rochecotte

 

Click on the link below to youtube to see a video of a Morgan arriving at Chateau Rochecotte:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC_Ewi28fRc&list=UU4kYRRX5BQ2LJnnICOydThA&index=6&feature=plcp

Click here to see a video of the interior of Chateau Rochecotte

 

Day 2 - Friday September 20th St Patrice-Bourdeilles (approx 200 miles)

After leaving our chateau hotel we drive 5 miles east to Langeais where we cross the river Loire to Azay le Rideau. We then head south on scenic country roads ,through Descartres, to La Roche Posay our morning coffee stop.We then continue a further 10 miles south to Angles-sur-l'Anglin, one of France's "plus beaux villages," (see photos below) our lunch stop at an auberge nestling under the ruins of an ancient chateau.

Angles-sur-l'Anglin.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Angles-sur-l'Anglin.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

After lunch we drive south to Chauvigny through the picturesque Vienne valley on minor roads into the Charente department through Confolens to Chabanais where, just south, we stop to visit the amazing Chassenon Roman Baths. Located at Longeas, a small hamlet just south of Chassenon, these are amongst the best preserved buildings of their type in the territory of ancient Gaul and possibly in the whole of what was once the Roman Empire. The site also includes three temples, a theatre and an aqueduct, all once part of the ancient Roman city of Cassinomagus. We then continue south into the Dordogne to the charming town of Brantôme. Bourdeilles, 5 miles down river from Brantome, is where our main hotel for the next three nights is based and this is a charming, 16th century converted moulin, (water mill), with its front entrance on a 16th century bridge overlooked by the chateau of Bourdeilles, (see photos below; our hotel is the large white building on the right). A warm welcome awaits us from our hosts Frederique and Jacques.

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Day 3 - Saturday September 21st Bourdeilles-Angouleme-Bourdeilles (approx 80 miles)

Option to participate in the "Charente International Tourist Rally". This rally held on Saturday typically has an entry list of 150 cars and covers 200kms of the Charente countryside. It is open to cars registered pre 1970 and the entry cost is approximately 350€ per car.

A free morning in Brantome, one of France's prettiest towns described as "the Venice of the Perigord" due to the river Dronne completely encircling the town effectively making Brantome an island !

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Brantome also boasts the oldest bell tower in France attached to the ancient abbey. ( see photos below)

 

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Just before mid-day we drive 5 miles to nearby Champagnac de Belair where we enjoy lunch at a Michelin * restaurant, the Moulin du Roc, a converted walnut oil mill and one of the Dordogne's finest restaurants, nestling on the banks of the river Dronne,( see photos immediately below).

Moulin du Roc restaurant.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourMoulin du Roc on the river Dronne near Brantome.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourMoulin du Roc.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

 

Moulin du Roc restaurant, our lunch stop on Saturday.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Moulin du Roc restaurant , our Saturday lunch stop.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Moulin du Roc restaurant , our Saturday lunch stop.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

Moulin du Roc restaurant , our Saturday lunch stop.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Moulin du Roc restaurant , our Saturday lunch stop.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Moulin du Roc restaurant , our Saturday lunch stop.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

After lunch we drive 10 miles to St. Jean de Cole, the second village on our tour which carries the accreditation of one of  France's most beautiful villages. See photos below:

St.Jean de Cole, one of France's most beautiful villages.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourSt.Jean de Cole, one of France's most beautiful villages.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour St.Jean de Cole, one of France's most beautiful villages.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

 

St.Jean de Cole, one of France's most beautiful villages.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourSt.Jean de Cole, one of France's most beautiful villages.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour St.Jean de Cole, one of France's most beautiful villages.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

We then head north through the rolling countryside of the northern Dordogne to the Charente region where we continue up to Angoulême.Here we drive round the street circuit to be used for tomorrow's racing, familiarise ourselves with the grandstand arrangements for tomorrow as well as visit the paddocks where many of the cars that will be racing will already be on display, ( see photos below).

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Included in the various classes there is always a Bugatti class comprising over a dozen Bugattis which is a sight for sore eyes and a spectacle to behold, ( see photos below).

Bugatti 35B 1929 at Angouleme circuit des remparts.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourBugattis at Angouleme.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

.We can also watch the Concours d'Elegance classic car display in the Town Hall gardens, ( see photos below) as well as see the return of the classic car tourist rally at 5.30pm and explore the bars and restaurants as well as the town itself, the choice is yours!

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After our visit to Angouleme we return to our hotel.Tonight you are free to make your own dinner arrangements.

Day 4 - Sunday September 22nd Bourdeilles-Angouleme-Bourdeilles (approx 80 miles)

We leave Bourdeilles early morning and drive up to Angouleme where we spend a full day spectating at the exciting  2013 'Circuit des Remparts Historic Races', where cars of all ages race around the narrow city streets with the start/finish line in front of the Cathedral steps.

Click here to watch a video of a TVR Grantura racing at Angouleme

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On Sunday morning from 8.00am the cars practice for the afternoon's racing which starts at 2.00 pm and goes on till 7.00pm.

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During the day you are free to walk around the track and you have a reserved seat in the Carnot grandstand facing the paddock.

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Angouleme, the middle one of the three hairpinsAngouleme, Buggati in the paddock Angouleme, the middle one of the three hairpins

After the excitement of the day's racing, return to our hotel in Bourdeilles for dinner.



Day 5 - Monday September 23rd Bourdeilles-Domme (approx 100 miles)
(the 5 day tour participants return to Caen for the afternoon ferry approx 340 miles)

The participants on the 5 day tour leave us this morning and drive up to Caen to catch the afternoon ferry.Those of us on the 8 day tour leave our hotel and Bourdeilles behind and drive across country on minor roads towards Sarlat approximately 70 miles south west, stopping late morning, to visit the beautiful gardens at the Manoir d'Eyrignac, (see photos below).

Eryignac Gardens - Les Jardins d' Eyrignac.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourEyrignac.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

We then continue to nearby Sarlat,our lunch stop,which is often described "the jewel in the Dordogne's crown" being, arguably, Europe's best preserved medieval town with amazing rennaisance architecture, ( see photos below).

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Sarlat Sarlat

 

After lunch we visit two more of the Dordogne's prettiest villages including Beynac et Cazenac, (see photo below right) and La Roque Gageac, (see photo below left)

La Roque-Gageac.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourBeynac et Cazenac.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

We then drive to nearby Domme, via the medieval stone archway which carries graffiti made by the knights templar who were once imprisoned here a few centuries ago, (see photos below).

Domme.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourDomme, one of France's most beautiful villages.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourHotel L'Esplanade, Domme

Photo: 14.6.13 Day 4 Dordo Domme, our hotel base for tonight.  This is the view from our restaurant terrace.  Domme, our hotel base for tonight.  This is the view from our restaurant terrace,

Our hotel is based at the top of the village of Domme and is perched on a cliff top, with stunning views from its terrace overlooking the Dordogne valley, ( see photo below). For more information on Domme visit the Domme website http://www.ot-domme.com/

Domme, view from the hotel terrace.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

Day 6 - Tuesday September 24th  Domme-Bourdeilles (approx 100 miles)

We leave our hotel and drive through La Roque Gageac and Beynac to Chateau Milandes which was the home of Josephine Baker, the black American singer/dancer and film star from 1920-40's who was adopted by the French as their favourite American. Here we visit the museum.devoted to Josephine Baker as well as watching a display of birds of prey, (see photos below).

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Château des Milandes.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Château des Milandes.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourChâteau des Milandes.Join us on our 2013 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

We then drive to nearby Castelnaud where the village sits on the intersection of the Dordogne and Ceau valleys.Here we visit the amazing medieval fortified chateau which was in English hands during the 100 years war and, having undergone incredible restoration, is now open to the public, (see photos below).This is also our lunch stop.

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Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

 

After Castelnaud our scenic route from here takes us north east where we stop in another beautiful village,the sleepy St. Leon-sur-Vezere where we can enjoy afternoon coffee by the river and visit the 12th century church, (see photos below).

St. Leon-sur-Vezere.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourSt Leon-sur-Vezere.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourSt Leon sur Vezere.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

We then return back to Bourdeilles for our final night in the Dordogne and our penultimate night of the tour.

Les Griffons, Bourdeilles.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

Day 7 - Wednesday September 25th  Bourdeilles- St Patrice (approx 220 miles)

Today we return back to the Loire. Again we will follow the Vienne valley but with some variations on the Friday route.Our morning coffee stop is the fascinating, yet sobering, "Village Martyr", Oradour -sur-Glane where the old ruined village is a national monument commemorating the June, 1945 massacre of the entire village,( out of more than 500 occupants; less than 5 survived), by 200 retreating German SS soldiers, (see photos below).Lunch is in the new village.

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Oradour-sur-Glane.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

After Oradour we continue north west cross-country skirting around Poitiers to medieval Chinon, our afternoon coffee stop, (see photo below left).

Chinon.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourChinon.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourChinon.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

From here we drive via the Chateau d'Usse, the chateau with many turrets that was apparently the inspiration for the "Sleeping Beauty" story, along the charming south bank river road of the river Loire, see photo below:

Morgan at Chateau Usse Porche at Chateau Usse

 

 

After this we cross the river Loire over the picturesque bridge at Langeais, see photos below:

Langeais.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tourLangeais.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

We then drive 5 miles west to St. Patrice to our final hotel on the tour, Chateau Rochecotte, where we started our tour last Thursday, see photos below:

  Chateau de Rochecotte (click here to visit their website)

Château de Rochecotte Chateau Rochecotte in France's Loire valley our hotel on the first night of our 2013 Angouleme tour, ( and the last night), which starts on 19th September.  It's one of my favourite hotels and we use it on all our French tours and have done since we started CCTI in 2001.  CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO START THE VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2JguH1p5-k&list=UU4kYRRX5BQ2LJnnICOydThA&index=2&feature=plcpChâteau de Rochecotte

Click on the link below to Youtube to see a video of a Morgan arriving at Chateau Rochecotte:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC_Ewi28fRc&list=UU4kYRRX5BQ2LJnnICOydThA&index=6&feature=plcp

Click here to see a video of the interior of Chateau Rochecotte

 

Tonight there will be a final pre-dinner drinks reception at Brian's house followed by dinner at

Day 8 - Thursday September 26th St Patrice- Caen/Ouistreham ferry(approx 220 miles)

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 for morning coffee at the Hotel de France in the main square of the town, the headquarters of the Aston Martin, Le Mans racing team in the 1950s and 60s, ( see photo below left). Over coffee you can browse through the nostalgic pictures of Le Mans legends that line the walls of this famous hotel.

Hotel de France.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Hotel De France, La Chartre-sur-le-Loir.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

After coffee we head north to Alencon and on to Sees our lunch stop with its impressive twin spired cathedral, (see photo below ).After lunch we continue north to Caen to the port of Ouistreham for our 4.30pm ferry crossing to Portsmouth, (arrives Portsmouth 9.15 pm).

Sees.Join us on our 2013  Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour

ITINERARY BUDGET TOUR

Day 1 - Thursday, September 19th, (approx 350 miles)

Ferry from Dover at 8.00am arrives 11.00am in Dunkerque.The route takes you via the autoroute south west to Le Mans where in the afternoon you stop for coffee at the Le Mans circuit and meet up with the main tour to visit the famous Auto Museum. We leave Le Mans and head South to our hotel in Langeais in the Loire valley

Day 2- Friday, September 20th

As per main tour.When we arrive in Bourdeilles the Budget tour uses a different hotel and you make your own dinner arrangements in the evening.

Day 3- Saturday, September 21st

As per main tour, but lunch at the Moulin du Roc is not included.Return to your hotel in the evening.

Day 4- Sunday, September 22nd

As per main tour, but return to your hotel in the evening.

Day 5 - Monday, September 22rd (approx 550 miles)

You leave the Dordogne and head back on the motorway to Dunkerque for an early evening ferry crossing to Dover.


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