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The journey

Terroir d'Anjou : 5 days/ 4 Nights, 6-7 visits, 350 km

Gear up to discovering the region of Anjou and its culinary delights, at the wheel of a French legendary vintage car of the 50-60s. Over 5 days and 4 nights you will drive past castles, caves, troglodyte houses, etc. You will taste traditional specialties, discover a region of older times and experience the easy living through the calmness that come from the beautiful scenery of the river Loire in which the white stone houses reflect.

 

The vintage car

Choose the vintage car you like by looking here, or come with your vehicle (car, motorcycle...), and follow our tailor-made roadmap. Enjoy the feeling of joy from the pedestrians, thrilled at the sight of cars that call some sympathy and a hint of nostalgia: Citroën Traction, Peugeot 203, among others!


        

Accommodation

You will be housed in castles and hotels of charm, that were specially chosen for you and in accordance with your taste! Whereas it be comfort or luxury hotels in magnificent sites, e will know how to listen to your demand and meet your needs at best. You also have the opportunity to choose gourmet restaurants where top-quality French food will be served…

        

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The stages of your journey

We can meet you at Angers railway station or at Angers-Marcé airport. We can take care of your car during your stay. After a brief introduction, an overview of the state of the car and a description of the vehicle, you will finally get behind the wheel and follow our road map to the first visit!

First Day: Serrant and Saumur, 100 km

Visit the Château de Serrant, one of the best furnished castles of France, which is a property of the Prince and Princess of Merode-Westerloo. You will then pass by the Corniche Angevine, which overlooks the river, and follow it until you reach Saumur. Stop by to visit this “pearl of the Loire”, known for its troglodyte caves, its wine and castles, and the Cadre-Noir - a National Riding School whose aim is to train high level teachers and top level competitors. And why not stop somewhere to enjoy a glass of "Crémant de Loire"?
You will spend the night in Saumur, in the hotel of your choice. Comfort category :  Domaine de la Blairie ; Luxury : Hôtel Saint-Pierre ; or equivalent.


Second day: Cave and troglodyte village, 60 km

After breakfast, you will visit the caves de Grenelle, which houses several million bottles.

In the afternoon, you will discover the astonishing troglodyte houses of Rochemenier . You will spend the night around Montsoreau, a village located on the edges of the Loire, overlooked by a wonderful castle. Comfort category :  Château de Beaulieu ; Luxury : La Marine de Loire ; or equivalent.

Third day: Mushroom Farm, 90 km

In addition to its remarkable wines, Anjou is also known for its variety of mushrooms, which easily grow in temperature controlled and slightly humid environments. Troglodyte caves have those characteristics. You will visit musée du champignon, A mushroom farm museum.

Then, you will visit Pierre et Lumière museum (300m) : underground sculptures of the Loire-Valley monuments ! Extraordinary! You will then resume your road trip accross the Anjou province.

 

If travelling in July and August, you will head towards Segré, through the village of Baugé to have a look at its castle and charming mansions, and you will then spend the night in Plessis-Bourré surroundings. Comfort category : Château de Chambiers ; Luxury : Château de Noirieux ; or equivalent.

Outside these months or if you prefer, you can take the road to Cholet, where you will spend the night : Château de la Barbinière or equivalent

Fourth Day: Plessis-Bourré and slate quarry or Maulévrier, 60 km.

Option 1 : July and August only - You will visit the château du Plessis-Bourré, built for the Chancellor of the Exchequer of Louis XI the Prudent, king of France, and where the film "Peau d'Âne" with Jacques Demy and Catherine Deneuve was shot. Of course, this is not the only attraction! You will take the road again until you arrive in the Mine Bleue, from where you can go down on a 126m funicular to discover a reknowed slate quarry.

Option 2 : You will visit the Oriental Park of Maulévrier , one of the biggest Japanese parks in Europe. You will spend the night in Choletais.


Fifth day: Angers, 40 km

The Château d’Angers with its seventeen towers and its wonderful tapestries of the Apocalypse is waiting for you on this last day, which will sooth your soul before you go back to a more bustling life...

 

 

Accommodation and gourmet option

  • Comfort or Luxury accommodation

Choose where to spend the night by looking at our Comfort or Luxury categories.

The comfort category contains guest houses and hotels which have been selected for their comfortable character and wonderful locations. Breakfast is included.

The luxury category contains high-quality guest houses and hotels in exceptional locations. Breakfast is also included.

At the end of your booking, we will ask you to fill-in a questionnaire,
so we can identify your preferences and tastes: 

castle in the country land, 
in-town hotel overlooking the Loire river, 
swimming pool, 
spa...
 
We will then be able to select the most suitable places for you!

Don’t worry about your car, each place is provided with a parking lot!

Go to our « partners » tab, where you will be given an insight of the 
hotels where you can stay in.

If you want to spend the night in our « prestige » category, please 
contact us in order for us to know your wishes (bedroom, suite…).



  • Gourmet option (dinner)

By choosing this option, a gastronomic table in a prestigious restaurant will be ordered for you each evening. You will be served a gourmet meal that will have been selected by us depending on your taste (excluding drinks).

 

Booking Conditions

  • The Car

The car you have chosen will be prepared and ready to be handed over to you at the day and time agreed in your booking. We will start by giving you a short overview of the car, as well as a quick administrative control (driving licence…) before handing out the keys. We will also provide you with the roadbook.

  • Driving Licence

Anyone can drive the car; however, the driver(s) must be known before the departure and must send us a copy of their driving licence(s) in advance. Your driving licence must be valid on the French territory and shouldn’t be suspended or withdrawn. The driver(s) must have a minimum of 3 years driving experience and be at least 21 years old. The person responsible for the car is the one named in the booking.

  • Gasoline

The tank level will be checked upon departure with the customer. Upon return of the car, the level must be the same as the one recorded. Our cars operate only on UNLEADED gasoline, either 95 or 98. We will tell you which kind of gasoline you have to refuel it with before departure. A proof that you have used the right kind of gasoline will be asked upon return. But in no case should you refuel the car with gasoline 95 E10.

  • Mandatory Guarantee

You will be asked a guarantee of 1000€, which will take the form of a “withdrawal pre-authorisation”. No amount shall be debited, but it will be blocked on your bank account. The blocking order will be lifted upon return of the car, if you haven’t committed any damage or any traffic violation. Please make sure to have sufficient funds on your bank account on your first day.

 

This trip includes

  • This trip includes

    • The car (unless you came with your own…)

    • A full service for your own car, as an option, during your whole trip.

    • The roadbook

    • The housing in our “Comfort” or “Luxury” category

    • The parking fees at your hotel

    • Breakfast

    • Half Board (dinner), as an option

    • The visits

    • Support in case of an unexpected problem on the trip and assistance for the rented vehicle.

  • This trip doesn’t include

    • The journey from your home to Angers and your way back

    • Drinks in the half board option

    • The fuel

    • Lunch - we want this “auto-tour” to be an experience of freedom, so it’s up to you to choose where you would like to have lunch. Should you want additional information on that matter, we can provide you with a list of restaurants (it should be requested before your stay).

Good to know…

  • Luggage

The boots size of our cars are limited, and are especially small if four people travel in one car. Please refer to the information sheet of the car you have chosen. You will find the boot measurement as well as the type and number of luggage that can be placed in it.

  • Driving

Vintage cars are light-weighted cars - about one ton – but have no power steering. We advise you to park your car in the best way for you to be able to easily leave the place again. It is an easy habit to form !

As far as the driving is concerned, there are no major differences between driving a modern or vintage car. We will give you advice and explanations when handing out the car and a little booklet will be on board as well (gear synchronization, spark advance and so on…).

Car servicing is up-to-date and the cars will work well if properly treated. They will take you with ease to the end of your voyage !

  • Fuel

All our cars operate on unleaded gasoline. Upon return, you will be asked to give a proof of the type of fuel used. Keep your fuel pump ticket preciously!

Our cars are economical, as the maximum consumption is 10 l/100km for the least economical ones. A tank of 50l should be enough for the trip of five days (approximately 80€, price based on average fuel price).

  • In case of breakdown

In case of breakdown of one of our cars, please let us know immediately. We are equipped with a car-carrier and we will come to you in the most efficient way. We provide for contingencies of any circumstances !

Price list

Small sedan
(Renault Dauphine)
Sedan
(Citroën 11 BL Traction, Peugeot 203 C, Citroën DS DSuper)
Cabriolet
(Renault Caravelle 1100)
Personal vehicle
Comfort 2 people or add. adult (price per person : double bedroom) 810 € 850 € 890 € 540 €
4 people (price per person, 2 double bedrooms) 640 € 670 € 700 € 470 €
Extra child bed (-12 years, price per child) 330 € 350 € 370 € 310 €
Extra bedroom child (price per person for 2 children) 400 € 420 € 440 € 380 €
Gastronomy option adult (half-board, price per person) 170 € 170 € 170 € 170 €
Gastronomy option for child (price per child) 90 € 90 € 90 € 90 €
Wireless speaker 40 € 40 € 40 € -
Luxury 2 people or add. adult (price per person : double bedroom) 990 € 1030 € 1070 € 680 €
4 people (price per person, 2 double bedrooms) 780 € 810 € 840 € 590 €
Extra child bed (-12 years, price per child) 350 € 370 € 390 € 330 €
Extra bedroom child (price per person for 2 children) 490 € 510 € 530 € 480 €
Gastronomy option adult (half-board, price per person) 170 € 170 € 170 € 170 €
Gastronomy option for child (price per child) 90 € 90 € 90 € 90 €
Wireless speaker 40 € 40 € 40 € -