Le Mans 24 Hours
Hotel Oceania L`Univers Tours
- 85th Anniversary Le Mans 24 Hours
- Accommodations at Oceania Hotel L`Univers
- June 16 - 19, 2017
- Breakfast daily
- Airport transfers
- Welcome dinner Friday
- Le Mans transfers Sat & Sun
- Optional hospitality
- Optional Arnage Excursion
- Optional Castle Excursion
- On-site GPT representative
- Taxes & service
- Le Mans tour itinerary
"24 Heures du Mans"
The 24 hour endurance race in Le Mans France is by far the most the most incredible sports car event in the world. Nearly all the major car makers in the world have entered and pitted their skills against others with the same idea. Le Mans is set in the French countryside just a couple of hours outside Paris by TGV, France`s 180 mph trains.
There are the teams that sometimes only enter this one race but spend a year designing their spectacular prototypes to win the prestigious twenty-four hour event. Sometimes it is to introduce an iconic brand as Volkswagen did for their new Bentley luxury sports car range a few years ago. It worked so well that Bentley has again become the iconic sports-car brand of the nineteen-twenties and thirties that W O Bentley created, after over fifty years of being a tuned up Rolls Royce.
They come in their thousands from the four corners of the world following their teams with great expectations. Some staying in expensive luxurious Chateau`s while others come with a tent and toothbrush in hand. Many stay up for the twenty four hours, while others helicopter back to their luxury accommodations during the short night. Hotels are hard to find, yet Grand Prix Tours has a mix of options that are reasonably priced and certainly more than comfortable. If you want to stay all night we have a hospitality location where you can stay, or we will take you back to the hotel. Want to check out the other side of the track, no problem we have a van to take you. Helicopter rides around the track...yes, we can organize that.
We stay in the fabulous town of Tours in the Loire Valley, amongst the famed chateau that French royalty built for their excesses, and the vineyards for which the French are so famous. Delightful French cuisine, champagne and wine, a plate of cheese with maybe ten different types and taste, and you have to try the crepes and Grand Marnier at the track. Delicious.
Stay a little longer and visit the Loire Valley, a taste of wine here, a chateau there, a gourmet dinner in Tours in the beautiful historic area. You will not be disappointed. Your hotel is the Oceania Hotel L`Univers, not new, but with lots of character from its 150 year existents of looking after the rich and famous. It has recently been renovated, but has lost none of its historic flair.
Hotel Oceania L`Univers Tours
Hotel Oceania L`Univers is situated in the heart of the tourist and shopping district and combines old-world charm with contemporary, up-to-date facilities. Just steps from the hotel on the beautiful tree lined streets you`ll find many shops, restaurants and side-street cafes. This 4 star hotel has been the most prestigious address in Tours since 1846. The frescoes in the lobby of this famous gallery depict 44 of the most illustrious celebrities who have been guests at the Hotel. Each newly renovated spacious guestroom offers a lounge/office area, free Wi-Fi Internet access, mini bar, cable TV, trouser press, air-conditioning and come equipped with a large Italian shower. The perfect place to stay!
Breakfast is included in the extra night cost.
Le Mans is the most amazing sports car race in the world, however there is a lack of good hotels and interesting places to visit close to the circuit. Staying in Tours with its fabulous Chateaux and vineyards in the Loire Valley is an obvious choice. We know you came for the race but spend a couple of days to explore this wonderful part of the world. The Gothic Cathedral and the superb gardens of tours should not be missed.
Nestled between the Loire and the Cher rivers lies the historic City of Tours famed for its Old City. Unique to the Old City are its preserved medieval half-timbered buildings and la Place Plumereau, a square with busy pubs and restaurants. The restaurants use the open-air tables that fill the center of the square offering dinner with freshly grown produce which will make you want to come back for more. Try the local wine and cheeses, every farm in the region makes its own cheese, and the wine is world renowned, they make a wonderful combination. .
Friday, June 16:
Our transfer departs Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) for Tours at 10:30 am (please schedule flights to arrive no later than 9:00 am). Tonight, over dinner at the hotel you will have an opportunity to get to know your fellow sports car enthusiasts.
Saturday, June 17:
Early morning transfer to Sarthe Circuit for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Enjoy the optional hospitality with dinner on Saturday night. Return to the hotel in the late evening or stay all night and experience the true 24 Hours of Le Mans!
Sunday, June 18:
In the morning we will return to Sarthe Circuit for the continuing saga to enjoy the remaining hours of the race. The optional hospitality offers continuous updates on the track action. Spend the evening at your leisure exploring Tours.
Monday, June 19:
Early morning transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) for your return flight home or continue your vacation in France. Please do not schedule return flights before 1:00 pm if taking our airport transfer (approximate arrival time to CDG is 11:00 am).
Charles de Gaulle Airport to Hotel de L` Univers: 3 hrs 30 min
Hotel de L` Univers to Sarthe Circuit: 1 hr 30 min
Transfer times may vary, due to traffic and weather conditions.
On Friday evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel, while getting to know your fellow race enthusiasts. Listen to each others stories and discuss who`s staying the full 24 hours.
The above events are included in tour price.
Helicopter Tour $295.00
Why not treat yourself on Saturday to a bird`s eye view of Le Mans with 2 laps around the circuit! Includes transfers from the RP24 hospitality to the aerodrome and back.
This option is only available with the purchase of the RP24 Hospitality.
2016 Price. 2017 price TBC.
Arnage/Indianpolis Excursion $55.00
You won`t want to miss the optional excursion to the Arnage and Indianapolis corners where you are virtually next to the cars as they pass by. Truly exhilarating!
2016 price. 2017 TBC.
Castles of the Loire Valley $225.00
At 9:15 am you will depart from the Tourist Office of Tours located across from the train station (transportation not included) where you will be met by a local representative and taken by minibus on a day excursion through the Loire Valley. Stops include the Chateau D`Amboise, built in the fifteenth and sixteenth century on the orders of Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I and considered one of the first homes truly "royal", the Cheateau of Chenonceau, one of the purest masterpieces of the French Renaissance, where you will also enjoy lunch, (drinks not included). After lunch you will be taken to the Castle of Cheverny, which will surprise you with the richness and density of furniture and the authentic charm and refined decoration, following a tour of Chambord Castle, more than 4 centuries after its construction, it still defies the imagination: 156 feet of frontage, 56 meters high, 440 rooms. You will return to the tourist office around 6:15 pm.
Please note: airport transfers are not included back to Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) if adding on this option, but can be arranged at an additional cost. Please contact our office for details. 2016 price. 2017 price TBC.
Price Per Person
Price Per Person: $1,995.00
Single Use Supplement: $645.00
Extra Night Per Room: $345.00
Price is per person, based on two persons sharing a room. Single supplement is an additional cost per room (for the entire tour) if traveling alone. Extra nights subject to hotel availability.
Hotel Room Types
Double Bed (1 bed) max 2 person(s)
Double for Sole Use max 1 person(s)
Twin beds max 2 person(s)
|*General Admission [+]||$145.00|
General admission (access to the circuit but no seating is included with this opiton).
|*Pits Stand [+]||$345.00|
Covered seats located on the inside of the track by the start/finish line. Allows access to the track on Thursday for practice and a reserved seat on Saturday and Sunday (General Admission ticket is included).
|*RP24 Hospitality [+]||$1,795.00|
Located in a huge marquee overlooking the Ford chicane with access from 10:00 am on Saturday until 4:00 pm on Sunday. Relax and enjoy your weekend inside the RP24 trackside hospitality where there is ample seating, closed circuit television sets so you never miss the action, and a terrace overlooking the chicane for race viewing. Included is a shuttle service, by bus, which will take you to the Porsche, Indianapolis (inside of the track) and Maison des Hunaudiéres sections of the track. In the Maison des Hunaudiéres you will have access to a full open bar, including whiskey and champagne, and appetizers will be served.
|*Tavano Grandstand [+]||$345.00|
Covered seats located across from the start/finish line and victory podium. Allows access to the track on Thursday for practice and a reserved seat on Saturday and Sunday. (General Admission ticket is included).
|*Pit Walk & Pit Stand [+]||$1,195.00|
Covered seats located on the inside of the track by the start/finish line. Allows access to the track on Thursday for practice and a reserved seat on Saturday and Sunday
|* indicates ticket is on request|
|Tickets are not included with your hotel package and are offered separately as there is usually a choice. Additional options that are not listed here may be available. Please contact our office for details and for race ticket only sales. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.|
Race tickets can be purchased through the “Book this package” tab. Once you have selected your package, you will be asked which race tickets you would like to purchase. If you would like to purchase race tickets only, please call our office for more details