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CLASSIC CAR RALLY IN FRANCE

Visit The Most Beautiful Villages of France ©

at the wheel of the famous Citroen 2cv

Paris - Cannes
10 to 17May 2015

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A Fun Tour de France
at a very reasonable speed...

Mesmerise your friends with anecdotes and tales galore
of your adventures of rallying in the French countryside
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8 days / 7 nights
4000 Euros / person
10% discount for Vintage car Club members & 2cv owners
(based on 2 persons per car)


ALL INCLUSIVE
everything is paid for
- Entry fees, rally activities and sightseeing
- 7 nights in Charming B/B, 3* & 4* hotels
- 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- Citroen 2cv rental
- Mechanical assitance
- car insurance

- fuel expenses

Follow the French rural country roads driving the inimitable & revolutionary 1930 design 2Cv Citroen. Stop at charming villages, enjoy the countryside (at very reasonable speed) and share fun evenings with other 2cv drivers.

Unique itinerary through "The Most Beautiful Villages of France" ©
at the wheel of a classic Citroen 2cv

May 10 - Paris Vézelay - 170 miles - more information
May 11 - Vézelay Charroux - 180 miles - more information
May 12 - Charroux Salers 160 miles - more information
May 13 - Salers Sainte-Enimie - 150 miles - more information
May 14 - Sainte-Enimie Les Baux de Provence - 140 miles - more information
May 15 - Les Baux de Provence Gordes - 80 miles - more information
May 16 - Gordes Tourtour - 100 miles - more information
May 17 - Tourtour Cannes - 50 miles - more information

TOTAL: 1030 miles

All inclusive package price: 4000 Euros per person including Citroen 2CV rental ( based on 2 persons per car)
Price when 3 persons travelling together: 3500 Euros per person
Price when 4 persons travelling together: 3000 Euros per person

Inclusions:
- Entry fees, rally activities and sightseeing
- Accommodation : 7 nights in Charming B/B, 3* or 4* hotels
- All meals inclusive
- 2CV rental including car insurance and fuel expenses

 

Terms and Conditions:

Driving licence:
Minimum age required: 18 years old
Valid driving licence from your country of origin
International driving licence available through Motoring Associations

Booking:
Registrations are taken on a ‘first come first served’ basis with a cancellation waiting list.
30% deposit required to confirm registration.
The final payment is required before 1st March 2015.

Cancellation:
Cancellation prior to 28th February 2015– full refund of deposit.
Cancellation after 1st March 2015– no refund.
Cancellation during rally – no refund.


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2015 ITINERARY


Villages of France at the wheel of a classic Citroen 2cv
2015 Citroen 2cv Rally - Sunday 11 May - 170 miles

Day 1 - Paris – Vaux le Vicomte – Fontainebleau – Vézelay
In Paris, the starting point of your adventure – jump into your ‘speed machine’, equipped with information and clues and drive in a south-easterly direction into Burgundy – a region synonymous with some of the world’s finest wines. First stop at Vaux le Vicomte, an exceptional castle and magnifcient garden. Lunch at Vaux le Vicomte.

- Vaux le Vicomte -


After lunching with your new rally family, pass through Sens, a picturesque town , and Auxerre well known for it's cathedral and the old town. You are now in the region of Yonne which is famous for its Chablis vineyards on the banks of Canal du Nivernais where you will come upon your destination – Vezelay, which sits high atop a hilltop overlooking the vineyards in the Cure valley. The vineyards (chardonnary and pinot noir grape varieties) will link you from one enchanting village to the next.

Vezelay


Vezelay is an important stop-off point for the Way of St. James pilgrimage en-route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It is most famous for its abbey, one of Europe’s largest and best preserved 11th Century Romanesque churches, along with its overwhelming sense of tranquillity. © France At Your Fingertips

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Villages of France at the wheel of a classic Citroen 2cv
2015 Citroen 2cv Rally -
Monday 12 May - 180 miles


Day 2 – Apremont sur Allier – Charroux
After a hearty breakfast jump in your batmobile and take up the challenge of solving your clues as you amble through the quiet villages of Burgundy. In the Nievre department, take in the sights of Corbigny, pass through Premery, Gueringny and Nevers, the town of art and history, to your lunchtime destination of Apremont sur Allier. Classifed among the most beautiful villages of France, this village is in the Cher department, at the border of the Burgundy region. Built with local stone, this pretty village is a remarkable 20th Century reconstruction of the former medieval town. Frequented for its gardens at the Parc Floral of the Chateau d’ Apremont, with its pagoda bridge, cascading wisteria, streams and meadows. Relax and indulge before heading off to Charroux!

Apremont sur Allier - Charroux

Intersect the farmlands before climbing to your destination of the small, quiet medieval village of Charroux. Explore the former stronghold famous for its mustard! The church dates to the 12th Century and the charming Court of Queens is a grassy courtyard in the centre of the village. Visit the House of Clocks and the existing village gates, one with a sundial the other with a clock and belfry. Stop and take in the spectacular views from the vantage points of the village overlooking the adjacent farm country. Unwind and share your day’s anecdotes. © France At Your Fingertips

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Villages of France at the wheel of a classic Citroen 2cv
2015 Citroen 2cv Rally -Tuesday 13 May - 160 miles

Day 3 – Saint Saturnin – Montpeyroux – Blesle – Salers
A superb day of discovery today as you set out on your way deeper into the French heartland.
Drive to Saint Saturnin an authentic medieval village nestled along the base (and not perched on a hilltop!) of a long, low cliff, with the ruins of a castle at one end and a windmill at the other. The many little cross streets which pass through low vaulted passages beneath the houses are fascinating. See the tiny lake formed by rainwater collection from the Plateau de Vaucluse (the original local water source).
Back in your ‘4 wheels under 1 umbrella’ you will come across Montpeyroux another listed beautiful village, located in the department of Dordogne in the French region of Aquitane. Linking Auvergne to Languedoc, this former winegrowing village lies on a hill and its rich sandstone houses wind around its keep. Superb Allier valley views.

Saint Saturnin - Blesle - Montpeyroux

After lunch, ruise into ancient Blesle, established in 880. Close to the valley of Alagnon, it is bordered by arches, bridges and a collection of fascinating doorways. Amble across the bridge, crossing the charming little river and wander through the Romanesque church of the 11th Century, with its beautiful font, organ and treasures. Blesle’s half-timbered houses, watch tower and walls make it a remarkably beautiful village of France.

Salers


Slow on your approach to the divine 1000 year old Salers where you will surrender to a pleasant evening. The sanctioned beautiful village was constructed in the booming 15th Century. Different from its counterparts, Salers is built of local grey volcanic stone – describing itself as a ‘black diamond on a green carpet’! The central square is unspoiled by the ravages of time with the magnificent and ornate renaissance style houses with carved lintal doorways, mullioned windows and slate rooves. The 16th Century church and buildings of the Grand Place are worth exploring.
- © France At Your Fingertips

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Villages of France at the wheel of a classic Citroen 2cv
2015 Citroen 2cv Rally - 150 miles

Day 4 – Tournemire – Estaing - Saint Côme d’Olt – Sainte-Eulalie – Sainte Enimie
Jump in your mean machine this morning for a fabulous day on the road. Travelling further south you will come across the stunning village of Tournemire, sitting on a tree-topped hill overlooking the River Doire. Its pretty ivy-covered, stone houses with cascading floral baskets surrounding the 4 turreted Castle Anjony have ensured its listing on The Most Beautiful Villages of France® listing. Constructed at the time of Joan of Arc, some of the houses were built on early Roman foundations. Around the 12C Romanesque church, we still find 14th and 15th Century houses made of tufa and covered with traditional "lauzes" (stone-slabs) or slate roofs. Your next stop is Conques also listed onThe Most Beautiful Villages of France® listing. The village is located at the confluence of the Dourdou and Ouche rivers. It is built on a hillside and has classic narrow Medieval streets. The St. Foy abbey-church in Conques was a popular stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The Way is still largely used by pilgims nowdays. The St. Foy abbey-church was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1998, as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.

Estaing - Tournemire - Sainte Eulalie - Sainte Enimie

Just a few kilometers away, you wil arrive at Estaing, another village on the Routes of Santiago de Compostela also listed on The Most Beautiful Villages of France® listing. Situated at the foot of the Aubrac Mountains, not far from the gorges of the Lot and Truyère, Estaing is a small and picturesque medieval village protected by a castle dating back to the 12th and 15th Century.
After lunch and a short drive, you will reach Saint-Côme-d’Olt , an almost circular village (circular street surrounding the village centre). The heart of the village has kept its mediaeval character with its three fortified entrance gateways and its alleyways. A bit further you will enter Saint-Eulalie-d’Olt situated on the right bank of the River Lot. In the narrow streets paved with stones from the Lot, 15th and 18th Century houses are well kept and full of flowers.

Conques - Saint Come d'Olt

Sainte-Enimie is your last destination. A small village of 250 inhabitants built on the steep slopes of a canyon cut by the gorges of the Tarn. The village started around the year 950 and expended around the wealth of the Benedictine monastery. Today there are only remains of the abbey. This village also belongs to The Most Beautiful Villages of France® listing. - © France At Your Fingertips

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Villages of France at the wheel of a classic Citroen 2cv
2015 Citroen 2cv Rally -
Thursday 15 May - 140 miles

Day 5 – La Couvertoirade – Saint Guilhem Le Désert – Les Baux de Provence
A great day is planned for you at the wheel of your jalopy! High up on the Causses du Larzac plateau, La Couvertoirade has several stories to tell: the tale of the Knights Templar who built the castle in the 12C, the story of the Knights Hospitallers who, in the 15C, took over and built a wall around the village and its succesful economy during 16th and 17th century generating beautiful houses. Further south, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is another stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. its church, the abbey of Gellone, is a gem of Romanesque art of the Languedoc. The village is situated at the entrance to the Gorges du Verdus and the cirque de l’Infernet. The narrow streets spread out from Place de la Liberté square and its imposing 150-year-old plane tree and as visitors stroll around they can still admire Renaissance mullioned windows, twin-arched openings and gothic lintels.

La Couvertoirade - Saint Guilhem le désert - Baux de Provence

After lunch, a rather long stretch winding through Languedoc will take you all the way to Les Baux de Provence, your destination today. Les Baux-de-Provence lie perched like an eagle’s nest in the heart of the Alpilles. Artists, craftsmen, local producer keep the village alive all year round. After the visit of the ruins of the fortified castle and the museum of Santons, make sure to take the time to drive down the road and experience the Cathedrale d'images, a spectacular show in an old stone extraction site. © France At Your Fingertips

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Villages of France at the wheel of a classic Citroen 2cv
2015 Citroen 2cv Rally -
Friday 16 May - 80 miles

Day 6 – Les Baux de Provence – Lourmarin – Ménerbes – Gordes
To day, you are leaving The Alpilles National Parc to reach the Luberon National Park. Lourmarin sprang up at the foot of the gash that the River Aiguebrun cut in the Luberon and it stands amid vineyards and olive groves. Its fountain-lined streets thread their way around the Castellas and a charming Romanesque church and lead to the magnificent castle. This was built in the 15C by the Agoult family and today houses a well-stocked collection of furniture and objects d’art. Lourmarin is an artists’ village and, among others, attracted Henri Bosco and Albert Camus who are both buried in the cemetery. Leaving Lourmarin you will follow another narrow and winding road passing famous Luberon hilptop villages such as Bonnieux, Lacoste and Menerbes, all listed on The Most Beautiful Villages of France® listing.

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From the top of a rocky spur, the fortified village of Menerbes and its castle overlook the Luberon garrigue and vineyards. Inside, the narrow streets reveal a wealth of heritage: old houses, the town hall square with its 17C belfry and bell tower. Like many villages in the Luberon, Menerbes has attracted several famous artists such as Picasso who used to have a house there.

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Today’s tripping ends in the very fabulous Gordes. Remember “A Good Year” with Russell Crowe, “A Year in Provence” or “Mr Bean’s Holiday”…well you have arrived at this famous film setting! Have fun matching the scenery and locations! A little light relief from the sensory overload you are no doubt encountering at this stage! In the Luberon Valley, Gordes is a very beautiful old village perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse and is built tightly against the base of the cliffs. Its beige stone glows orange in the morning sunshine. It is Steeped in Roman history and evidence of their occupation. In the middle of the village is the Renaissance style castle built in 1525. Visit the ‘village of bories’ which consists entirely of ancient houses made only of stone.
In World War 2, Gordes was a very active Resistance village and was awarded a famous national medal to honour its fight. Many homes and lives were lost. Post World War 2 saw the arrival of and home to a artistic community, most notably Marc Chagall. Gordes is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and almond trees as far as the eye can see.
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Villages of France at the wheel of a classic Citroen 2cv
2015 Citroen 2cv Rally - Saturday 17th May - 101 miles

Day 7 - Roussillon – Moustiers Sainte Marie - Tourtour
Your last day at the wheel of your ‘easy rider’ sees you heading towards the Med with a few fabulous discoveries on the way. Stopping at Roussillon just before you leave the Plateau of Vaucluse, you will see the unique ochre-red rocks, red stone buildings and red tiles roofs nestled in a contrasting deep green forest. The tiny village centre with its quaint little lanes, 19th Century clock, bell tower and sundials won’t take long to become familiar. More time for shopping!

Just before leaving Provence and entering Cote d’Azur the lovely village of Moustiers St. Marie beckons. It clings a hundred metres or so up the side of a limestone cliff, sitting high in a notch in a gorgeous setting. Remarkably, a spring flows out of the town’s very centre! The village is famous for its ‘crown’, a hanging gold star suspended by a 225m long chain suspended between 2 cliffs. According to the legend, it dates back to the 10th Century and has been re-hung many times since. It is also famous for its pottery and has many shops to ‘potter’ in.

Onto Tourtour which has splendid views of grasslands and meadows which dominate a large slice of Provence. The village is charming, quiet and welcoming. Its architecture is well preserved and the layout surprisingly spacious! Its spring feeds 8 village fountains and turns the olive oil mill which still operates today. Watch a boules game or browse the boutiques and art galleries. Eat, drink and be merry in comfort tonight as tomorrow is your last hoorah!
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Villages of France at the wheel of a classic Citroen 2cv
2015 Citroen 2cv Rally - 50 miles

Day 8 - Tourtour-Cannes
And now….make your way in a convoy to the French Riveria. The ‘Cote d Azur’ lifestyle is relished by tourists and locals alike. Save time to prepare and pamper yourself for final extravaganza … a cocktail party and the long awaited prize giving ceremony concludes your very unique touring experience through the villages of France! - " Bonne chance and amusez vous bien!!!!" - © France At Your Fingertips -

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CLASSIC CAR RALLY IN FRANCE

The Most Beautiful Villages of France ©
at the wheel of the famous Citroen 2cv

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