2021 FRANCE'S ATLANTIC COAST TOUR
SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION
THIS IS A BRAND NEW TOUR
DATES: 2021 JULY 18th-27th ( 10 days/ 9 nights )
COST: tbc€ per person based on two people, per car, sharing a hotel room
The cost of the tour is based in euros due to the uncertainty of predicting conversion rates of sterling to euros.
10 DAY TOUR the cost, per person, is based on two people, per car, sharing a hotel bedroom and ferry cabin and include the following:
- Accommodation in 4 star or 3-star stylish hotels ( 7 nights )
- 3-course dinners, ( 7 nights )
- breakfast daily in hotels
- Rally plate
- Comprehensive road book with daily itineraries and detailed route instructions
- Michelin map with the route highlighted
- Services of a Tour Director throughout the tour
- Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo with Club cabin (We offer a cost reduction to participants who prefer to make their own ferry arrangements).
- Return overnight ferry from Santander to Portsmouth with Club class (We offer a cost reduction to participants who prefer to make their own ferry arrangements).
NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :
- Lunches, snacks, coffees, etc.
- Drinks with dinner
- Entry to places of interest eg. chateaux, museums, gardens, villas, etc.
- Autoroute tolls
A 9 days/9 nights tour down France's Atlantic Coast starting with an overnight ferry crossing to St. Malo and finishing in Santander, northern Spain where we catch the overnight ferry back to Portsmouth.
The tour has been designed to be relaxed with 7 nights in 4 hotels, which means that we are spending two nights in each of three hotels so that you can explore the local areas.
Our first hotel stop is Ponichet, near La Baule, famous for its sweeping bay. We then drive south to La Rochelle and the Ile de Re, an island now joined to the mainland by a toll bridge. Here we stay 2 nights in the chic and fashionable St. Martin de Re with its charming harbour area.
Our next hotel stop is Arcachon Bay, just south of Bordeaux, where we spend another two nights.
We then continue south to St. Jean de Luz, the stylish resort just south of Biarritz, where we spend another two nights.
We then drive over the border into Spain to catch the overnight ferry from Santander to Portsmouth.
Day 1 Sunday, July 18th
Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St.Malo
Our overnight ferry leaves Portsmouth at 20.15
Once on board and checked in to your cabin, meet up with fellow tour participants in the waiter service restaurant for dinner.
Day 2 Monday, July 19th
St. Malo to Pornichet ( miles)
The ferry arrives in St.Malo at 8.30 and we assemble at the quayside and then drive south to Loheac where we visit the Manoir de Automobile, a classic car museum.
Lunch is in the nearby village
After lunch we continue south-west to Rochfort-en-Terre, one of France's most beautiful villages, our afternoon coffee stop.
After coffee, we continue down to La Baule on the coast
Our hotel is located a couple of miles along the coast in Pornichet.
Facing the sea is our chateau hotel
Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant.
Day 3 Tuesday, July 20th
Pornichet to Ile de Re ( miles)
Our route takes us south to La Rochelle, our lunch stop.
After lunch, we cross the toll bridge onto the Ile de Re.
Our hotel for the next two nights is located in St. Martin de Re on the north of the island.
Dinner, tonight, is in a local restaurant on the harbour.
Day 4 Wednesday, July 21st
Ile de Re, local excursion ( miles)
Today we relax around the beautiful St.Martin or, for those more adventurous, you can explore the island by car.
Day 5 Thursday, July 22nd
Ile de Re to Arcachon ( 175 miles)
We leave the Ile de Re and return to the mainland and head south via Rochfort and Saintes to Arcachon, just south of Bordeaux
Here our hotel for the next two nights is located
Day 6 Friday, July 23rd
A day relaxing around Arcachon Bay
Today we stay local and explore the local coastline
In the afternoon we visit Lapin, a quaint Fisherman's village, where almost all the houses are made out of wood.
Dinner tonight is in our hotel
Day 7 Saturday, July 24th
Arcachon to St. Jean de Luz ( 110 miles)
We leave Arcachon and return to the motorway and head south to St. Jean de Luz, just south of Biarritz.
Our hotel, for the next two nights, is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Atlantic.
Day 8 Sunday, July 25th
St Jean de Luz, local excursion
Today, you can relax around the hotel and explore the pretty town
Day 9 Monday, July 26th
St. Jean de Luz to Santander ( 145 miles)
We leave St. Jean de Luz, join the motorway and drive across the border into Spain and on to Santander
Here we catch the 15.15 overnight ferry to Portsmouth which arrives Tuesday at 14.45
Day 10 Tuesday, July 27th
The Santander ferry arrives at 14.45