LE MANS CLASSIC
& NORMANDY BEACHES
July 2 - July 10, 2020


Late Evening visit to the Oreca Hot Pit


Our 2020 Le Mans Classic race schedule is ‘first class’.  It has been extended by one day to allow for visits to the Paddock and some of the pre-racing events.  We have tremendous viewing along the pit straight and private access with the Hospitality Suite.   Vehicle trips out to the Mulsanne Straight and Indianapolis bend are included as is a track tour aboard a Historic Coach.   The Suite offers food and drinks served all day and into the night.  A memorable evening at the restaurant Hunaudier, hosted by Ray Toombes, sets the mood for a fabulous three days at the track.  Back in the historic town of Tours we’ll enjoy the classic hotel L’Oceana and include ‘al fresco’ dinners in the busy centre.

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 that 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.


Eiffel Tower

The Dunlop Bridge Le Mans

Guide/Historian Christopher

Guide/Historian Christophe

 US Cemetery Omaha Beach

US Cemetery Omaha Beach

Point du Hoc

Point du Hoc


ITINERARY

DAY 1  July 2
You are met at Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport Paris. At 11:00 a.m. 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  July 3 
Our first day at the Le Mans Classic and a great day for discovering the event.  There will be action on the track and we have access to the paddock and garages.  Today is a good day to visit the vendors in the ‘Le Mans Village’ before it gets too busy.  Also, today is a perfect time to visit the Car Clubs Corral situated on the infield close to the famous Dunlop Bridge.  This evening, dinner is at the historic restaurant Les Hunaudières on the Mulsanne Straight.  This historic restaurant reeks with atmosphere as race cars flash by just a few feet away.

DAY 3  July 4
A full day at the track. Upon arrival, we are welcomed at our Hospitality seating. During the day we will be visiting different parts of the circuit, plus a ride around the track in a pre or post war coach. There will be plenty of time to wander around the Paddock, on the infield, and get close to the race cars and drivers.  Take in the atmosphere of this great event!  With all this activity, there is plenty of food and libations back at the Suite. A large plasma TV, with English commentary, and lap timing for all the cars and classes, allows you to follow lap by lap. Around midnight, we return to our hotel.

DAY 4  July 5 
This morning, we return to the track and Hospitality Suite. Again, food and drinks are available during the day. ‘Jitneys’ run continuously to take us out to Arnage and the Mulsanne Corner, and a visit to the very complete Museum is well worth a visit. The afternoon sees the final Class races, and in the late afternoon, we return to Tours for another ‘al fresco’ dinner.

DAY 5  July 6 
Our tour departs for the Normandy Beaches. En route, we visit the Museum at Montormel near Falais. Following D-Day, the fighting was intense to break out of the Beaches. The Allies were held up just a few miles inland. After two months, they were able to encircle the German army for some of the fiercest fighting at the Falais Pocket. This museum gives testimony to this, mostly unheralded, battle.  Later this afternoon, we visit Bayeaux to view the 1,000 year old Bayeux Tapestry. We arrive at our beautiful Omaha Beach Golf Resort Hotel this afternoon, with relaxing cocktails before dinner at our hotel, the Omaha Beach Golf Resort.

DAY 6  July 7 
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 at Ste Maire Eglise, continuing with the landings on Utah Beach. Our dinner, this evening is in Port en Bessin.

DAY 7  July 8 
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   July 9 
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   July 10 
This morning, following breakfast, we depart for Paris and the CDG airport for your ongoing travels.

TOUR PRICE:   Le Mans Classic & Normandy Beaches July 2 - July 10, 2020
          $4,850 per person, twin occupancy  (Air not included)
          $1,100 single supplement
          Tour start/ends in Paris CDG

A $1,000 deposit is due with booking, fully refundable up to January 1 , 2020.  Space on the tour is extremely limited due to availability in the private Hospitality Suites.     Balance is due February 14, 2020.

BOOKING

Le Mans Classic & Normandy Beaches
July 2 – July 10, 2020

TOUR PRICE: 
     $4,850 per person, twin occupancy (Air not included)
     $1,100 single supplement
     Tour start/ends in Paris CDG

A $1,000 deposit is due with booking, fully refundable up to January 1, 2020.  Space on the tour is extremely limited due to availability in the private Hospitality Suites.     Balance is due February 14, 2020.

                                  
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When making your air arrangements in and out of CDG, please note the tour departs the airport at 12:00 noon on July 2.  Your flight should arrive into CDG no less than two hours prior. 
When departing CDG, your flight departure time should not be before 1:00 pm, July 10.
If you need assistance with your air, or cancellation insurance, you can contact independent provider Stephanie Warrington, at World Travel via email stephanie@wtpdx.com .
Those wishing to arrive one day early or depart later, inexpensive local hotels are available.  We can provide a hotel list for you upon request. 

 IMPORTANT CANCELLATION INFORMATION:

A $1,000 per person deposit is due with booking, fully refundable up to January  1, 2020.   Final Balance is due March 1, 2020.  Cancellations between  January 1 and February 1, 2020 will be subject to a cancellation of 50% of the tour cost.  Cancellations received between February 1-April 1 will be subject to a cancellation  of 75% of the tour cost.
Cancellations received after April 2, there will be no refund. 
Cancellation insurance is available and suggested. Steve Austin's Great Vacations does not provide cancellation insurance.  We recommend you use a company you've used in the past or you could contact independent provider, Stephanie Warrington, at World Travel via email stephanie@wtpdx.com.

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