24 HOURS of LE MANS & NORMANDY
June 14 - June 22, 2018
Porsche Curves from our Hospitality Suite Late Evening visit to the Oreca Hot Pit
Our 2018 Le Mans 24hr race schedule is ‘first class’. It has also been extended by one day to allow for pre-race visits to the Paddock and some of the pre-race events. Once again, we’ll be joining the Toyota Team Hospitality Suite. Tremendous viewing from the pit entry curves, full TV coverage and private vehicle trips out to the Mulsanne Straight and Indianapolis. Included is a helicopter flight over the track during the race, visit to a ‘hot pit’ and race activities courtesy of Team Oreca. Back at the Suite, food and drinks are served all day and into the night. In the historic town of Tours, we’ll enjoy dinners ‘al fresco’ in the busy centre. It is a very full schedule.
Our second section has been one of our most popular additions in years – the D-Day Beaches. Based at Omaha Beach, we meet up with the absolutely best D-Day history guide. Christophe will have you totally engrossed with all the details visiting the most famous sites. His history lesson is a mixture of pride, sadness and, yes, some smiles. You will come away with a completely new understanding of this beautiful place twhich once hosted one of the most fearsome battles in history. We have also extended this part of the program to allow for some exceptional touring in the Montormel ‘Falais Pocket’ area, and an additional visit to the ‘Mulberry Harbor’ and British sector of Arromanche. Dinners are included at our luxury Omaha Beach Golf Resort, Bayeux, and the beautiful fishing harbor of Port en Bessin.
DAY 1 June 14 You are met at Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport Paris. At 11:00am we depart for the town of Tours and the beautifully located L’Oceana Hotel. Plenty of time to discover your surroundings before welcome drinks and dinner al fresco this evening.
DAY 2 June 15 This morning we head for Le Mans and a pre-race visit to the paddock. Lunch is at the famous restaurant Les Hunaudières on the Mulsanne Straight. Following lunch we visit a local gathering of Car Clubs at the Mulsanne Corner. This evening we relax back at Tours and prepare for the coming day.
DAY 3 June 16 It’s an early start for the track. Upon arrival we are welcomed by our hosts Oreca,the racing arm of Toyota, and established in our Hospitality Suite. Plenty of time to wander around the ‘Village’ on the infield and take in the atmosphere of this great event. At 3:00pm the race is started with a French Air Force fly past as the cars roll off the line. Once the race settles down we visit two different sections of the track, the first Mulsanne chicane and the Porsche Curves. In the early evening a helicopter does two circuits following the cars on track and later in the evening a visit to a ‘hot pit’. Quite an experience. With all this activity there is also, back at the Suite, plenty of food and libations. A large plasma TV with English commentary and lap timing for all the cars and classes allow you to follow the race, lap by lap. The cars race into dusk and then darkness. Around midnight we return to our hotel.
DAY 4 June 17 This morning we return to the track and Hospitality Suite and catch up with the nights progress. Again, food and drinks are available during the day. ‘Jitneys’ are available to take you out to Arnage and the Mulsanne Corner and a visit to the very complete Museum is well worth a visit. The last three hours of the race gets quite intense with cars stretched to their limits, drivers fighting off fatigue and team strategy released for a race to the line. Late afternoon we return to Tours for another ‘al fresco’ dinner.
DAY 5 June 18 Our tour now departs for the Normandy Beaches. En route we visit the city of Bayeux and a viewing of the one thousand year old Bayeux Tapestry. We arrive at our beautiful Omaha Beach Golf Resort Hotel this afternoon with relaxing cocktails before dinner.
DAY 6 June 19 Today we meet our brilliant guide Christophe who will amaze you with his knowledge and presentation. Our morning will follow the pre-dawn D-Day activity of the Airborne assault continuing with the landings on Utah Beach. Our dinner, this evening is in Port en Bessin.
DAY 7 June 20 Following D-Day the fighting was intense to break out of the Beaches. Two months later the Allies encircled the German army for some of the fiercest fighting at the Falais Pocket. Our morning visit to the museum at Montormel follows this battle. This afternoon we return to the Beaches and this time to the British sector of Arromanche where remains of the ‘Mulberry Harbor’ can still be seen. Here the museum has a wonderful presentation and working model of the harbor. Dinner this evening is in Bayeux.
DAY 8 June 21 Today we cover the fierce battle at Omaha Beach and Point du Hoc. Christophe makes a stunning presentation to allow you the full concept of this day. Visits to the gun emplacements at Point du Hoc and the German ‘Sea Wall’ are sobering. The ability of the US forces to overcome these barriers is remarkable and a tribute to these young men. Later in the afternoon we visit the American Cemetery and pay our respects at the lowering of the flag ceremony. Our final dinner this evening is at an excellent restaurant in Port en Bessin.
DAY 9 June 22 This morning, following breakfast, we depart for Paris and the CDG airport for your ongoing travels.
June 14 – June 22
$5,150 per person, twin occupancy Single Supplement $1,400 Tour start/ends in Paris CDG
BOOKING & DEPOSITS:
A $1,000 deposit is due with booking, and fully refundable up to January 1 , 2018. Space on the tour is extremely limited due to availability in the private Hospitality Suites. Balance is due February 4, 2018.