2020 MONACO HISTORIC GRAND PRIX TOUR
A 10 DAY TOUR ( AND A 5 DAY TOUR ) TO MONACO TO WATCH THE 2020 MONACO HISTORIC GRAND PRIX
THERE IS ALSO AN OPTION AT THE END OF THIS TOUR, TO CONTINUE ON OUR TOUR TO WATCH THE 2020 MILLE MIGLIA.
DATES: 10 DAY TOUR 2020 May 1st-11th ( 10 nights )
COSTS: 2,995 euros per person based on two people per car/room
The price is in euros due to the uncertainty of predicting sterling to euros conversion rates
DATES: 5 DAY TOUR May 6th-11th ( 5 days/ 5 nights )
COSTS: 1,895 euros per person based on two people per car/room
The price is in euros due to the uncertainty of predicting sterling to euros conversion rates
(on the 5 day tour participants make their own way to Villefranche-sur-Mer and join the 10 day tour on 6th May )
The costs, per person, are based on two people per car sharing a hotel bedroom and include the following:
- Accommodation in 4 star or 3 star stylish hotels ( 9 nights or 5 nights on our 5 day tour )
- Breakfast daily
- 3 course dinners, ( 8 nights on 10 day tour or 4 nights on our 5 day tour )
- Afternoon Brittany ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham ( 10 day tour only )
- Return DFDS ferry from Dunkirk/Calais to Dover, ( 10 day tour only )
- Rally plate
- Comprehensive road book with daily itineraries and detailed route notes
- Highlighted Michelin map of France
- Entry to the 2020 Monaco Historic grand prix on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with grandstand seats in Casino Square
There is also an option to have lunch on Saturday in the Hotel de Paris which is in Casino Square ( approximate cost 150€ per person )
NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :
- Lunches,snacks,coffees etc.
- Drinks with dinner including bottled water and coffee
- Entry to places of interest eg.museums, gardens,chateaux, etc.
- Autoroute tolls
A 10 day tour, ( with a 5 day tour option) to Monaco on the Cote d'Azur to visit the 2020 Monaco Historic GP weekend.Our route goes through some of France's most stunning areas including the Loire Valley, the Dordogne, the Gorges des Tarn and Provence through scenic gorges and visiting, along the route, a dozen of France's most beautiful villages,( les plus beaux villages). Following an afternoon ferry crossing from Porsmouth to Ouistreham/Caen our first night is spent in Ouistreham.
The following day our scenic route takes us south to our next hotel, a 4* sumptuous chateau hotel in the Loire Valley where we spend a night in this beautiful region which is a UNESCO world heritage site.We then leave the Loire Valley and drive south to the Dordogne our next overnight stop, this time staying in a 17th century converted moulin.We then continue south east to Millau where we drive over the stunningly beautiful Millau bridge, the world's highest and most beautiful suspension bridge spanning the Millau gorge.We then drive into the scenic Gorges des Tarn where our hotel is an atmospheric 16th century Chateau on the banks of the river Tarn.
The next day we drive east into Provence through the Luberon area made famous by Peter Mayle in his best selling book "A year in Provence"then through some more of France's most beautiful villages to our hotel near Aups which is a few miles south of the Gorges du Verdon, France's Grand Canyon. On our 6th day we enjoy a scenic route via gorges and pretty villages eventually arriving on the Cote d'Azur, near Nice from where we drive along the "Promenade des Anglais" to Villefranche sur Mer where our hotel for the next 5 nights is located.Participants on our 5 day tour join us tonight in our hotel.
On Thursday after coffee down by the waterfront in Villefranche we drive into Monaco and drive around the circuit and familiarise ourselves with the grand stand seating and parking arrangements over the weekend. After lunch and exploring Monaco we return to our hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant.
On Friday morning we visit nearby Eprussi Rothschild Villa and gardens in St. Jean Cap Ferrat then return to Villefranche for lunch.In the afternoon we visit the Greek Villa in Beaulieu and then return to our hotel overlooking Villefranche harbour. Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant
Saturday is practice and qualifying day for the 2020 Monaco Historic GP so we either take the train or drive into Monaco early morning where our grandstand seats are in Casino Square.On Sunday we again take the train or drive into Monaco early morning and watch the 2020 Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
Day 1 Friday May 1st afternoon ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham/Caen
Our afternoon ferry leaves Portsmouth at 2.45pm and arrives in Ouistreham at 9.30pm.
Our hotel is in Ouistreham only a couple of minutes from the ferry terminal and overlooks the sea.
Day 2 Saturday May 2nd Ouistreham to St Patrice, Loire Valley, ( 200 miles including 100 miles on motorways)
After breakfast our route takes us to the nearby Pegaus Bridge where we stop to visit the bridge and cafe one of the first buildings to be liberated in 1944.
We then continue south to Sees, our morning coffee stop.
We then continue south to our lunch stop Arnage, a mile from the Le Mans 24 hours race track
After lunch we 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 then leave Le Mans and head south on scenic backroads and a great driving road to our sumptuous 4* chateau hotel in the Loire Valley (see photos below).
Day 3 Sunday May 3rd St Patrice to Bourdeilles, Dordogne ( 185 miles, no motorways)
We drive to Langeais and cross the scenic bridge, (see photos below).
We then continue south , through Azay le Rideau and Descartres, to La Roche Posay our morning coffee stop.
We then continue south to Angles-sur-l'Anglin, one of France's most beautiful villages, "les plus beaux villages" where we stop for lunch at an auberge nestling under the ruins of an ancient chateau.From here there is a panoramic view of the river, (see photos below).
After lunch we continue across the river, stopping for photos with the chateau as a backdrop, see photos below.
We then drive south to Chauvigny and continue south 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, our afternoon coffee stop, described as "the Venice of the Perigord" due to the river Dronne completely encircling the town effectively making Brantome an island, (see photos below).
We then drive 5 miles along a scenic road, to nearby Bourdeilles where our hotel, a 17th century converted mill, is located see photo below:
Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant
Day 4 Monday May 4th Bourdeilles to La Malene, Tarn Gorge,via the Millau Bridge, (275 miles, including 85 miles on motorways)
Our scenic route takes us east along the autoroute through Dordogne to Brives and then we leave the autoroute and head south east to our lunch stop one of France's most beautiful villages Our afternoon route continues south to the Millau gorge where, at the observation area, we have the opportunity to view the Millau bridge, arguably, the world's most beautiful modern suspension bridge, (see photos below).
We then drive over the bridge and then underneath it when you really appreciate its beauty and scale.
From Millau we drive into the stunning Gorges de Tarn, see photos below:
Our hotel is a stunning 16th-century fortified chateau on the banks of the river Tarn in the gorge itself, (see photos below ).
Dinner, tonight, is in the hotel's restaurant.
Day 5 Tuesday May 5th Tarn Gorge to Moissac Bellevue, near Aups, Provence, (225 miles, no motorways)
We continue along the stunning Gorges du Tarn to Florac and continue on an amazing driving road, the Corniche des Cevennes, for 40 miles to Anduze via St.Jean du Gard.
We then continue east into Provence where we drive through the Luberon, an area made famous by Peter Mayle in his best seller "A year in Provence" (see photos below)
We then continue east into Provence's Var region to our hotel in Moissac Bellevue, a charming hilltop village near Aups a few miles south of the Gorges du Verdon, France's grand canyon.
Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant
Day 6 Wednesday, May 6th Moissac-Bellevue to Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur, ( 100 miles)
Participants on our 5 day tour join us tonight in our hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer
After lunch we descend into the Gorges du Loup, a dramatic gorge with views of the Cascades de Demoiselles a 40m, (130 ft) waterfall. We then drive along the gorge to Tourettes-sur-Loup, an art and craft centre on a high plateau continuing on to St-Paul-de-Vence our afternoon coffee stop. This classic medieval perched village was first "discovered" by Modigliani and other artists of the 1920s. Since that time many of the rich and famous literati and gliterrati have flocked to St.Paul.
After a walk round the medieval streets we drop down to the coast to Cagnes-sur-Mer and then drive to nearby Nice along the famous Promenade des Anglais.
From here we continue east to the port of Nice and on to nearby Villefranche-sur-Mer, our hotel base for the next 5 nights, see photos below:
Our 4* hotel is family owned and we have used it for the last 12 years. It overlooks the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer see photos below:
The hotel's swimming pool ovelooks the bay too and is the perfect place to relax:
All the hotel bedrooms have a private terrace with stunning views of the bay and Cap Ferrat, see photos below:
Dinner, tonight, is in the hotel's restaurant overlooking Villefranche harbour.
Day 7 Thursday 7th May Villefranche-sur-Mer local excursion to Monaco ( 30 miles )
After 6 days of travelling we enjoy a relaxed breakfast then drive down to Villefranche old town on the waterfront for a coffee. Late morning we drive 10 miles to Monaco where we drive around the grand prix circuit a couple of times before enjoying lunch and then coffee in Casino Square. We also show you the grandstand seating arrangements for the weekend as well as the parking arrangements in the underground car park in Casino Square.
Casino Square is one of the best viewpoints, and our grandstand seats are located here over the weekend.We will also visit the jet-set harbour.
We then return to our hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Dinner, tonight, is in a restaurant on the waterfront in Villefranche-sur-Mer
Day 8, Friday, May 8th Villefranche-sur-Mer local excursion to St. Jean Cap Ferrat
In the morning we visit nearby Cap Ferrat where we visit the beautiful Ephrussi Rothschild villa and gardens, see photos below:
We then return to the old town of Villefranche-sur-Mer for lunch, see photos below.
In the afternoon we visit neaby Beaulieu where we visit the Greek Villa.
Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant on the waterfront.
Day 9 Saturday, May 9th A day in Monaco watching the 2020 Monaco Historic Grand Prix practicing and qualifying
We either drive from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Monaco or take the train and enjoy watching the day's practicing and qualifying for the 2020 Monaco Historic Grand Prix see photos below.
There is also an option to have lunch in the Hotel de Paris which is next to our grandstand in Casino Square.
Casino Square, Monte Carlo
Click here to visit the official Monaco Historic GP site: https://www.acm.mc/lecircuit-histo.php?id_menu=3&id_sousmenu=20
We have tickets booked for the Casino Square grandstand where the view is magnificent and the underground car park is only a 5 minute walk to our grandstand, see photos below:
THE MONACO HISTORIC GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
The Monaco Historic Grand Prix shares the same circuit with the Monaco Grand Prix.
The circuit itself did not undergo any major changes until 1952 when adjustments were made to the Sainte-Devote corner. It was not until 1973 that it was altered again, with the addition of 135 metres of track round the new swimming pool and ending in the hairpin at the La Rascasse restaurant. Ever since this change, the Grand Prix distance has been 78 laps.
In 1976, two additional chicanes, one at Sainte Devote, the other at the exit of La Rascasse were added, then, in 1986, the track was widened from the entrance to Quai des Etats-Unis to the bottom of the downhill Boulevard Louis II, which allowed a new chicane to be incorporated. In 1997, the first part of the swimming pool complex was redesigned and named 'Louis Chiron'. Between the Grands Prix of 2002 and 2003, some 5,000 square metres of land was reclaimed from the sea by a 150-metre long harbour wall which was offset from its original position by 30 metres.
The harbour wall was achieved by stacking about 400 concrete blocks of 10 tonnes each. It also serves as a retaining wall to 25,000 cubic metres of embankment thereby creating a new platform of approximately 5,000 square metres, 1.2 metres above sea level. Nearly three kilometres of trenches were dug for the installation of utilities. These networks provide services to the area for electricity, telephone, television, drinking water and sanitation, for both the Grand Prix and other events.
On the surface of this platform, a new section of Formula 1 track was constructed offset about ten metres towards the port. Thirty-six concrete supports permit the assembly of metal structures which incorporate hospitality units 13 metres above ground level over the new three-tiered stands which have overlooked the new pit area since the 2004 Grand Prix.
Dinner tonight, you are free to make your own arrangements
We set off early and either take the train or drive from Villefranche to Monaco and enjoy the day's racing.
At the end of the day's racing we return to our hotel for the final night of our tour with dinner overlooking the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, see photo below:
Monday, May 11th our tour ends this morning but there is an option to continue on our 2020 Mille Miglia tour: