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Le Mans 24 hrs Classic & the magic of the Loire Castles

Magnificent avenues, magnificent castles, medieval villages and romantic river banks await you on this Alfa Romeo trip. Finally, you will be there live at one of the most famous race tracks in the world at the 24-hour race of Le Mans Classic.
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Myth of 24-hour Le Mans & Magic of Loire

  1. Day: Tours and its Cathedral

During this trip you will reside in a Château that is proven Nostalgic quality , in which not only Audrey Hepburn and Juliette Binoche were guests, but also several French presidents. You can set out from the spacious castle park with our Alfa Romeo vintage cars for an exploratory trip to the gardens of Chateau de Villandryin. In the evening you will get to know the guests traveling with you better over a dinner together in the hotel restaurant.

  1. Day: Ussé Castle and Saumur

After the morning briefing, turn the ignition key and head west, the route largely runs along the Loire. You pass Azay-Le-Rideau Castle and visit Ussé Castle. Its Sleeping Beauty Tower inspired Walt Disney during his trip to Europe in the 1930s. You will spend your lunch break in the former Huguenot stronghold Saumur, home of the most famous riding school in France, the 'cadre noir'. In the afternoon we will accompany you to the historic sparkling wine cellar Ackerman and its vaults carved deep into the tuff, including spectacular art installations.

  1. Day: Château Chambord

A tributary of the Loire, the Indre, accompanies your exit at the wheel of our Alfa Romeo this morning from Tours in a curve to the south-east towards Montresor. Your road book takes you through sparsely populated river landscapes, past extensive sunflower fields and typical French villages where time seems to have stood still. Probably the most famous and magnificent of the Loire castles, Chateau Chambord will be visited together after individual lunch. In the evening we take you to Tours for a dinner together in the old town.

  1. Day: The 24-Hours of Le Mans Classic

Today you can experience the legend of Le Mans up close. The racetrack was founded by the local "Automobile Club de l'Ouest" in 1923, and motor history has been written at Circuit de la Sarthe ever since. We will transfer you here from your hotel as the deafening spectacle builds to its climax. Take advantage of the proximity to the action, which our included ticket upgrade offers and stroll through the paddocks, and let yourself be impressed by historic motorsport and thousands of fans. We will accompany you back to your hotel by transfer.

  1. Day: A peaceful conclusion

After a hearty breakfast, relax by the swimming pool, soak up the sun in the 14 hectare castle park or come and visit Tours with us in the old town and the world-famous cathedral. Later in the morning, our transfer will take you to the TGV train station in Tours (St. Pierre-des-Corps) or, if you wish, to the French capital for an extension.

* sharing a double room/ sharing a car
If you would like to book as an individual guest, just speak to us.

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For almost 100 years, automobile manufacturers have been testing their creations where the French kings once resided: Le Mans is a two and a half hour drive west of Paris in the Pays de la Loire region, where the tradition of 24-hour races began. The "Automobile Club de l’Ouest" is still the patron of the long-distance race of the same name, which aims to drive the 13.88 km route as many times as possible within 24 hours.

In the beginning, only the racing drivers were allowed to carry out repairs on their racing cars themselves, later mechanics were allowed, but the rule was that their cars have to come to the pits without outside help still applies. Famous and notorious on the Le Mans circuit, where the greatest disaster in motorsport occurred in 1955, at the, almost five-kilometer-long Hunaudières straight or "Mulsanne Straight", as it is also known, which used to allow speeds of over 400 km / h to be reached. The tragedies, however, have not done any harm to the fascination of Le Mans; film stars and actors such as Steve McQueen have enjoyed their time on the race tracks. As well as the „Le Mans-Start“ is a key attraction, in which the drivers had to sprint across the lane to their vehicles parked in front of the pit lane still hold strong.

The Le Mans Classic 24-hour race is not the only jewel on our journey to the Loire Castles region. You will experience exciting driving days and sightseeing, and see France from its most beautiful side, and you will also spend a whole day at the “Circuit du Mans” where high-powered racing cars from the 1950s and 1960s start under a starry sky in midsummer. If the scent of the surrounding fields and forests mixes with the smell of oil and gasoline, the hearts of thousands of motorsport fans beat faster and you will become part of the exciting history of the automobile. This tour is one day longer than our other trips, so that you have enough time for the rides yourself and can spend a full day at the race.

On this trip you will reside in a privately owned castle hotel a few kilometers south of Tours. At the wheel of our Alfa Romeo Spider you will experience the tranquil country life away from the tourist crowds and, in contrast, the life-filled Saumur on the Loire. Seeing the Loire castles of Ussé and Chambord shouldn't be missed, as well as a detour to one of the most renowned chocolatiers in France or the sparkling wines in the Caves Ackerman in Saumur. If you still have time, we recommend the French Atlantic coast , Normandy or Brittany .

  • Transfer from / to the TGV station Saint-Pierre-des-Corps on the first / last day of travel as well as to the Le Mans racetrack
  • Nostalgic classics for self-drive including fully comprehensive insurance. (500 C SB), gasoline
  • 4 nights including breakfasts Hotel Domaine de la Tortiniere****S
  • 2 Dinners
  • Admission fees and guided sightseeing according to itinerary
  • English-speaking guide and service team during the entire trip
  • roadbook
  • Welcome Gift

Not included in the tour price: meals unless expressly included, travel to Tours

4 reviews for 24 h von Le Mans Classic & die Magie der Loire Schlösser

  1. Kaden

    Die Reise war perfekt organisiert. Lediglich auf der Rücktour vom Schloss Chambord könnte noch das Schloss Chenonceau mit eingeplant werden.
    Dies haben wir bei unserer Rundreise selbst angeregt und der Streckenverlauf gibt es auf jeden Fall her.
    Kaden, Freiburg

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  2. Uwe

    Eine sehr gelungene Veranstaltung mit sympathischen Mitreisenden.
    Uwe, Braunschweig

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  3. Dr. Cornelia Schmidt

    Die Reise 2023 zu den Schlössern der Loire und nach Le Mans war einfach wunderbar, sehr gut vorbereitet und durchdacht. Die Powerbanks befanden sich in den Nostalgic Rucksäcken, waren täglich im Einsatz und leisteten gute Dienste. Es hat wirklich Spass gemacht, neue Destinationen zu erkunden. Die täglichen Ziele, Restaurants und das tolle Hotel waren mit Bedacht und gutem "Händchen" gewählt. Walter und Conrad haben als Reiseleitung erfolgreich versucht, auch Sonderwünsche zu ermöglichen. Le Mans war sehr schön. Super, dass es mit der "Mitfahrgelegenheit" auf der Rennstrecke geklappt hat. Sehr gern wieder. Wir freuen uns auf die neue Tour........
    Gerald und Conny

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  4. Jutta Löffler

    Leider ohne roadbook und ohne Vorbereitung. Man sollte powerbanks dabei haben. Die Handys haben das oft nicht geschafft und ohne Karte zurück zu finden, das dauert.
    Leider wird man in le Mans bei den Rennen alleine gelassen. Bis man sich da orientiert hat, das dauert. Mehr Infos wären hilfreich, damit man auch was interessant ist.
    Hotel ist gut und mit Komoot findet man auch in den nächsten Ort wo man nett essen kann.
    Reise ist noch nicht ausgereift.
    Positiv war die Fahrt mit dem TGV, das ist entspannt ( in Frankreich)

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    • gert.pichler

      Liebe Jutta, vielen Dank für Dein ehrliches Feedback, das wir sehr ernst nehmen. Du hast fast alle unsere Reisen bereits gemacht und kannst sehr gut vergleichen. Die Internationalisierung unserer Kunden und die Ausweitung der Reisedestinationen machen es notwendig langsam auf die digitale Navigation umzusteigen. Die Le Mans/Loire Reise war die erste Privatreise, bei der wir die digitale Navigation ausprobiert haben. Mittlerweile haben wir auch bei vielen anderen Reisen die digitale Navigation getestet. Bei den beiden Targa Florio Reisen wird es zum ersten Mal Powerbanks für alle Teams von Nostalgic geben (vielen Dank für den wertvollen Hinweis). Le Mans Classic wurde die letzten Jahre aufgrund der Pandemie nicht durchgeführt und war deswegen auch für uns Neuland. Ich bin mir sicher, bei der Reise 2023 wird es auch bei dem Rennen eine bessere Begleitung und Einweisung geben.
      Danke nochmals für das Feedback & Herzliche Grüße
      Gert

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