CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS D'ANGOULEME
13th to 18th SEPTEMBER 2023
One of our most popular and favourite annual events! The Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour and race weekend is a truly classic event which is as much about the social aspect as it is the cars!
Angoulême is a true spectacle for fans of classic cars, historic motorsport, street circuits and rallies.
The whole weekend is packed with events starting with a Concours d’Elegance, a rally through the Cognac vineyards, a gala buffet in the impressive covered market and of course the racing on the city’s Remparts.
We are pleased to continue in our capacity as the official UK based tour operator for the event. Not only does this give us access to the best tickets but also the possibility of extras such as parade laps of the circuit, our exclusive hospitality tent and high-quality rooms at the best hotel in town.
This 6-day driving tour includes return ferries, accommodation at the Hotel de France, as well as Angoulême, and, includes hospitality and race tickets.
PLEASE NOTE: All subject dates and ferries subject to event organisers confirmation.
DAY 1 - PORTSMOUTH TO ST MALO
Wednesday 13th September
The tour begins in Portsmouth where we will meet for the 20:30hrs sailing overnight to St Malo. As we congregate in the private lounge on board, you may get to know your fellow rally companions. This evening both your on board accommodation and dinner with wine is included.
DAY 2 - ST MALO TO LA CHARTRE SUR-LE-LOIR
Thursday 14th September
Our ferry docks into St Malo on Thursday morning. Once disembarked, we will head towards the Hotel de France taking in various places of interest with a stop for lunch.
The Hotel de France will be our overnight stop for one night.
DAY 3 - LA CHARTRE-SUR-LE-LOIR TO ANGOULEME
Friday 15th September
After a traditional French breakfast at the hotel, we have a picturesque drive down past Tours and through the Vienne valley with a suggested coffee stop in one of the region’s prettiest villages. We provide a light lunch just a few miles from the coffee stop before beginning the final part of the journey to Angoulême.
Having put the cars to bed for the evening in the secure underground car park and checked into your hotel room we will distribute your rally packs and tickets over a private drinks reception. This evening is free for you to familiarise yourself with the town and visit the Concours d’Elegance where you can expect to see an exhibition of vintage and classic cars.
DAY 4 - ANGOULEME RALLY
Saturday 16th September
This morning the scenic rally (for eligible cars*) departs on some extremely fine roads surrounding Angoulême. There are checkpoint/refreshment points along the way and an excellent 4-course lunch taken at a surprise location. This evening you have tickets for the competitors’ gala buffet in the covered market.
Classic Grand Touring have their own private area in the covered market with a private wine bar and canapés.
*Eligible cars are usually deemed special either by their rarity or age. If you’re unsure about your car, please feel free to ask. Previous years have seen CGT customers accepted from all ages and marques.
DAY 5 - ANGOULEME RACE DAY
Sunday 17th September
Today the historic racing begins! Practice and qualifying take place on the circuit during the morning sessions. We have an exclusive hospitality tent for Classic GT guests to use at your leisure throughout the day serving light refreshments and an area to relax.
Your race tickets will provide access to the paddock and a numbered seat in the Cathedral grandstand on the start-finish straight with a big screen, so you do not miss any of the action. This evening we have organised a farewell dinner at a top restaurant in town with a surprise prize giving.
DAY 6 - ANGOULEME TO CAEN OUISTREHAM
Monday 18th September
After our final breakfast in Angoulême we travel back to the port in Caen for our 16:30hrs crossing back to Portsmouth. We can arrange a later sailing on the 23:00hrs from Caen if you prefer or alternative ferries to suit your plans should you wish to extend your trip. Please contact us for bespoke packages.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
– One night at the Hotel de France on a B&B basis.
– Three nights at the Mercure Hotel in Angouleme on a B&B basis.
– Dinner on four evenings including aboard the outbound ferry crossing.
– Lunch on three days including the Saturday rally.
– Entry to Saturday Rally.
– Entry to Saturday evening Gala Buffet.
– Sunday race tickets, including paddock passes and seated grandstand.
– Race day complimentary refreshments and snacks in the CGT marquee.
– Tour Managers and Mechanical Support Vehicle throughout.
per person based on two sharing accommodation
per person based on single occupancy accommodation
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Booking your place on this event couldn’t be easier. The first step would be to click the “Enquire Now” button and complete the form, which gives us some basic details about yourself and your party.
We will then get in touch with you to confirm availability on the tour, we will send you a booking form to complete together with our deposit payment options so you can reserve your place on the tour.
As soon as the deposit has been processed we will send you a booking confirmation detailing what is included in your tour together with any extras you may have requested, your travel documents and the balance payment information.
You can secure a place on any of our tours, road trips or driving adventures with a deposit of just £500 per person. This can be paid by Stripe Online Payment, BACS transfer or by card over the phone if you prefer. There’s no need to worry about paying anything more until the final balance is due (usually around 8 weeks before we travel) and you’re welcome to pay your final before that date if preferred. On some of the bigger tours we do sometimes require an interim payment to make it a little easier to spread the cost, however, please note that if the event you wish to join is within the next 8 weeks, we will require the full payment to be made at the time of your booking.
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We have a minimum number of participants required for all of our events enabling them to be viable for us to run – this is usually 10 cars unless stated otherwise. In the event that we don’t reach the minimum numbers, the tour may be cancelled at which point your booking deposit will be refunded to you, or if preferred, allocated to another event of your choice.