2021 LE MANS CLASSIC RACES TOUR

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic car tour

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

WELCOME TO OUR TOUR TO WATCH THE 2021 LE MANS CLASSIC !

MAIN TOUR

DATES 2021 June 30th-July 5th ( 6 days/5 nights )
COST per person tbc per person ( the costs, per person, are based on two people per car sharing a car, hotel bedroom and ferry cabin)

The price is in euros due to the uncertainty of predicting future sterling to euros conversion rates

BUDGET TOUR

DATESJuly 1st-5th  2021  (4 nights)

COST per person tbc ( the costs, per person, are based on two people per car sharing a hotel bedroom )

The price is in euros due to the uncertainty of predicting future sterling to euros conversion rates

 

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

For almost 100 years now the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a major catalyst in the field of technology, has written the history of motor sport – and that of the motor car. The race was held for the first time in 1923, an almost impossible feat for the era! The 10th running of Le Mans Classic is in 2021. Its principle and its impact are unique and it is reserved for cars that have raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (the car itself or another of the same type).

The cars, classified by period, make up six distinct grids and each one takes part in three races between 16:00 on Saturday and 16:00 on Sunday – 24 Hours. The times of the three heats (one run at night for each grid) are added up and give the main overall classification. Another classification in keeping with pure Le Mans tradition is calculated on an Index based on age and cubic capacity. And the six cars with the same number, one per grid, make up a team and are also classified as such. Two additional categories have been created; Group C (1982-1993) and Endurance Racing Legends (1990-2010).

Le Mans Classic 2020 will once again be the opportunity to escape in another motor sport era: 550 racing cars on track, more than 8,500 vintage club cars, numerous animations, an auction… without forgetting Little Big Mans, the grid with mini racing cars driven by children from 7 to 12! And for the first time, the paddocks and the village will be open from Thursday afternoon.

LE MANS CLASSIC OFFICIAL WEBSITE - CLICK HERE

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

  • Accommodation in a luxury 4 star chateau hotel ( 4 nights)
  • Gourmet, 4 course dinners,( 3 nights)
  • Continental breakfast daily ( 4 days in hotel )
  • Rally plate
  • Comprehensive road book and highlighted maps
  • Services of a Tour Director throughout the tour
  • Daytime ferry from Portsmouth to Caen with reserved seats. (We offer a cost reduction to participants who prefer to make their own ferry arrangements).
  • Return daytime ferry from Caen to Portsmouth (We offer a cost reduction to participants who prefer to make their own ferry arrangements).
  • Entry tickets for the Le Mans Classic plus Grandstand seats, Paddock passes and car park passes

NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :

  • Lunches, snacks, coffees etc.
  • Drinks with dinner
  • Entry to places of interest eg.chateaux, museums, gardens, villas etc.

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

  • Accommodation in charming bed and breakfast accommodation in stylish Chambres d'Hote ( 4 nights )
  • Continental breakfast daily ( dinners not included )
  • Rally plate
  • Comprehensive road book and highlighted map
  • Services of a Tour Director from Thursday afternoon
  • Daytime outward DFDS ferry from Dover-Calais with VIP sunlounge and priority boarding. ( We offer a cost reduction to participants who prefer to make their own ferry arrangements).
  • Return daytime DFDS ferry from Calais-Dover. (We offer a cost reduction to participants who prefer to make their own ferry arrangements).
  • Tickets for Le Mans Classic with grandstand seats and Paddock passes

NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :

  • Lunches, coffees, snacks etc.
  • Entry to places of interest eg.chateaux, museums, gardens, villas etc.

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

TO SEE WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAID ABOUT OUR PREVIOUS TOURS TO WATCH THE LE MANS CLASSIC SEE THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

TO SEE PHOTOS from our previous tours to watch the Le Mans Classic please click the links below
2010 Tour Photos

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION, Main Tour

6-day tour to watch the nostalgic and world-famous 2021 Le Mans Classic races, combined with a day tour of the beautiful Loire Valley. Daytime ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham/Caen with an overnight hotel in Ouistreham. The next day our route takes us via the Pegasus Bridge to Sees our morning coffee stop. We then continue down to Arnage our lunch stop. After lunch, we visit the Le Mans auto museum then drive down 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.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION, Budget Tour

5-day tour to watch the nostalgic and world-famous  Le Mans Classic races, combined with a day tour of the beautiful Loire Valley. Daytime ferry from Dover to Calais 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 accommodation in the Loire Valley. Return to Calais on Monday for the late afternoon ferry to Dover.

DRAFT ITINERARY, MAIN TOUR (see bottom of page for details of our Budget Tour)

Day 1 Wednesday, June 30th Portsmouth-Caen/Ouistreham

 Brittany Ferries ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham/Caen leaves Portsmouth at 8.15am arrives Ouistreham at 15.00. Our hotel is a mile from the ferry port overlooking the beach

Day 2 Thursday, July 1st Ouistreham-St Patrice ( 220 miles)

 

Port Mer.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour Port Mer.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

Our route this morning takes us initially to nearby Pegasus Bridge:

pegasus bridge cafe photos

Here we visit Cafe Gondree, almost a museum to the capture of Pegasus Bridge in World War 2

pegasus bridge cafe photos

We then take the motorway south to Sees our morning coffee stop. Here we visit the twin-spired cathedral, see photo below:

Sees cathedral photos france

After coffee, we continue on the motorway to Arnage, near Le Mans, where we have lunch at L'Arlequin restaurant

After lunch, we visit the famous Auto Museum next to the main entrance of the Le Mans 24 hours circuit, Musée des 24 Heures. (see photos below).

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour
We also collect our tickets for the weekend and enter the circuit to familiarise you with the layout for the weekend racing including the paddock, grandstands as well as car parking arrangements, etc.

Le Mans Musée des 24 Heures. Le Mans Musée des 24 Heures.

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).

Château de Rochecotte, Loire Valley.Join us on our Sardinia Car tour. Chateau de Rochecotte, our hotel.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

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

Day 3 Friday, July 2nd A local tour of the Loire Valley ( 60 miles )

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).

Candes St Martin.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

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).

Chinon.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour Chinon.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour Chinon.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

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).

Chateau Usse.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

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 practicing, and return to the hotel in the evening.

Day 4 Saturday, July 3rd St Patrice to Le Mans return  ( 60 miles each way )

We leave the hotel at approximately 9.00 am and drive up to Le Mans to spend the day watching the start of the classic races which start at 3.00 pm and last for 24 hours.

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic tour

Click here to see the official Le Mans Classic site for details of grids etc.: www.lemansclassic.com

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic car tour

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic car tour

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic car tour

In the evening return to Chateau Rochecotte in your own time so tonight you are free to make your own dinner arrangements

Day 5 Sunday, July 4th St Patrice to Le Mans return  ( 60 miles each way )

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.

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic car tour

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic cartour

After the racing has finished we return to Chateau-de-Rochecotte where we enjoy a celebratory dinner on the last night of the tour

Day 6 Monday, 5th July  ( 200 miles )

We say 'au revoir' to the Loire Valley and head 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).

Hotel De France, La Chartre-sur-le-Loir.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic car tour Hotel De France, La Chartre-sur-le-Loir.Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic car tour

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 west to Caen for the afternoon ferry to Portsmouth (arrives  9.15 pm).

ITINERARY, BUDGET TOUR   

Join us on our 2016 Le Mans Classic car tour

Day 1 - Thursday July 1st

Early morning ferry 8.00 am from Dover to Calais. Make your own way on the autoroute southwest 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.

Day 2 - Friday 2nd July 

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.
Drinks tonight at Brian's house next to Chateau de Rochecotte.
Option. Alternatively, participants can make their own way to Le Mans to watch the start of the practicing, and return to their hotel in the evening.

Day 3 - Saturday 3rd July 

We make an early start, approximately 9.00 am 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, 4th July 

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, 5th July 

We say 'au revoir' to the Loire Valley and head back to Calais 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

2012 TOUR

"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 organize 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)

2010 TOUR

"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 organization 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 organization, 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 the 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