There’s nothing we can add to the millions of words already written about the French capital except to say that the city has pleased our clients since we first ran a tour there in 1966. There’s something new every time you visit and we hope this trip will prove no exception. We’re visiting when one of the world’s most famous horse races, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe takes place. Even if you are not interested in racing this is a world class event that doesn’t cost the earth and is a brilliant and colourful spectacle, worth attending at least once in your lifetime. So, even if you have no interest in racing you can view this as an opportunity to visit the French capital as effortlessly as possible, virtually door to door travel and explore it at your leisure.
We leave the West in the late afternoon on Friday and drive to Portsmouth to catch the overnight sailing to Caen. A 2-berth cabin is provided.
We reach France early on Saturday and set off eastwards to Évruex where it is market day and we’ll make a short break for sightseeing. In due course we continue into Paris and just over the Seine we check into our hotel for the next two nights. There are many restaurants in the vicinity of our 4* Hotel Paris Boulogne.
The big race is on Sunday and it’s a short walk by the side of the Seine to Longchamps Racecourse. However, we'll make a short windscreen tour of central Paris before dropping you off at the racecourse.Basic entrance tickets are included but you can pay extra once inside to transfer to higher grade facilities such as the French equivalent of Tattersall’s etc. The day is yours to enjoy the event or, if you prefer, to continue exploring Paris at your own pace. Racing takes place between 1300 and 1900 but we plan an optional dinner on the Left Bank for anyone interested though you'd have to give up the last race in order to get back to the hotel to join the coach.
We leave the hotel on Monday and our journey takes us takes us to Calais where we'll travel by Eurotunnel back to England. We expect to arrive in the West around 2100.
(The cost includes: travel by executive coach; ferry crossing with cabin on the outward sailing; crossing by Eurotunnel on return; two nights B & B accommodation at a 4* hotel; entrance to Longchamps; the excursions described; Tour Escort.)
Pick up points : Plymouth-Newton Abbot-Exeter-Bridport-Portsmouth