24 HOURS of LE MANS

& NORMANDY BEACHES (75th Anniversary)
June 13 - June 21, 2019


Pit Entry Curves from our Hospitality SuitePit Entry Curves from our Hospitality Suite

Late Evening visit to the Oreca Hot Pit
Late Evening visit to the Oreca Hot Pit


24 Hrs LE MANS   Our 2019 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 Indianapoli curves.  Included is a helicopter flight over the track during the race, a 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.   A very full schedule.

NORMANDY BEACHES 75th Anniversary  Our second section has been one of our most popular additions in years – the D-Day Beaches.  2019 is the 75th anniversary, and a number of events are being planned to honor the occasion.  Based at Omaha Beach, we meet up with the absolutely best D-Day history guide, Christophe, who 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

Pre-no waiting "Jump the Line" Eiffel Tower

Guide/Historian Christopher

Guide/Historian Christopher

 US Cemetery Omaha Beach

US Cemetery Omaha Beach

Point du Hoc

Point du Hoc


COMPLETE ITINERARY


DAY 1 June 13
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 June 14 
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 15
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 3:00 p.m., the race starts with a French Air Force flying 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 the track, and later in the evening a visit to a ‘hot pit’. Quite an experience. 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 the race, lap by lap. The cars race into dusk and then darkness. Around midnight, we return to our hotel.

DAY 4 June 16 
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 17 
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 18 
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 19 
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 20 
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 21 
This morning, following breakfast, we depart for Paris and the CDG airport for your ongoing travels.

TOUR PRICE:  24 hour Le Mans & Normandy Beaches June 13 – June 21

$5,400 per person, twin occupancy 
$1,300 single supplement
Tour start/ends in Paris CDG

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