Myth of 24-hour Le Mans & Magic of Loire
Day: Tours and its Cathedral
During this trip you will reside in a castle hotel that is tried-and-tested and guaranteed to be Nostalgic quality , in which not only Audrey Hepburn and Juliette Binoche were guests, but also several French presidents. From the spacious castle park you start with our Alfa Romeo classics for a short drive exploring the surrounding area, before we take you on a city tour in Tours and accompany you from the cathedral to the historic old town for dinner together.
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.
Day: Château Chambord
The neighboring river to the Loire, Indre, accompanies your morning drive at the wheel of our Alfa Romeo Spiders from Tours southeast towards Montresor. Your road book leads you through sparsely populated river landscapes, past extensive sunflower fields and charming French villages, in which time seems to have stood still. As a lunch stop, we have chosen the picturesque Bracieux, where you will be initiated into the secrets of chocolate production at Max Vauché. Then we visit the most famous and magnificent of the Loire castles, Chateau Chambord . Once we return to the hotel, that evening will be at your leisure.
Day: The 24-Hours of Le Mans Classic
Today you will experience the 'Le Mans' spirit up close. The race track was founded by the local 'Automobile Club de l’Ouest' in 1923, and history has been written at the Circuit de la Sarthe ever since. We will transfer you from your hotel here when the breathtaking spectacle is approaching its climax. Take advantage of the proximity to the action that our hospitality upgrade offers, stroll through the car parks and the paddock, be impressed by historic motorsport and thousands of enthusiasts. You have the opportunity to be part of the race until late at night, when we will accompany you back to your hotel for the last night of this fantastic tour.
Day: A peaceful conclusion
After a long breakfast, relax by the swimming pool, enjoy the sun in the 14 hectare castle park or go for a round in a rowing boat from the hotel's jetty. 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.