FRANCE

24 LE MANS

June 12 - 19, 2017

June 11 - 18, 2018

June 10 - 17, 2019

Motorsport, Travel, Landscape, People Photography

Includes

  1. -8 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -PitWalk Access

  5. -ACO Club + Elite

  6. -ACO Race Tickets

  7. -Small Group Size

  8. -Accommodations

  9. -Breakfasts

  10. -2 Dinners

  11. -Local Transportation

  12. -Optional Excursions

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

24 Hours of Le Mans

Racing, Wine Country & The World’s Greatest Endurance Race

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Photograph the most prestigious race in motorsports... the 24 hours of Le Mans.

24 Hours of Le Mans Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Le Mans is a truly unique city and the home of the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which was first held in 1923. This true test of endurance is held each year at the Circuit de la Sarthe, a track mainly made up of closed public roads around Le Mans. This event is clearly the pinnacle of motorsport endurance racing and attracts such marquees as Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Nissan, Toyota, Corvette and BMW. But Le Mans has more to offer beyond it’s legendary motorsports history. The old city of Le Mans is especially appealing and features ancient Roman walls, a true labyrinth of winding alleyways and many old buildings which are full of character. And outside the city, you will find the inviting and majestic French countryside.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is visited by racing fans from around the globe, as well as locals. Until now, only very expensive VIP packages have been available and none offering a focus on the passion of Motorsports Photography such as ours. We are proud to bring you this unique opportunity. We also include several days of landscape photography throughout the Loire Valley and Mont Saint-Michel.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to best available trackside locations, but to instruct you on how to shoot exciting motorsports photography. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity and learn about motorsports photography than the excitement and beauty of Le Mans!


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Group Size



6-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR or mirrorless cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by minibus

No elevation changes and a moderate amount of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Austin Gager & Andrew Chinnici  |  June 12-19, 2017

Austin Gager & Andrew Chinnici  |  June 11-18, 2018

Austin Gager & Andrew Chinnici  |  June 10-17, 2019


Weather | Sun



June - Temps 70/54 F  21/12 C  Sunrise 6:00 | Sunset 9:56 (21:56)


Includes



Motorsports, travel, landscape and people photography

Professional motorsports photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (6-8 guests)

ACO Auto + Option Elite club membership

ACO Start-Finish Grandstand Seats

Reserved access to ACO Club spaces with privatized terraces along the track

PitWalk access

Accommodations

Private van or minibus

Breakfasts

2 dinners


Accommodations



Kyriad Le Mans Est, Mercure Le Mans Centre, Villa (house) or similar - Le Mans


Optional Excursions



Loire Valley Wine Tour

Loire Valley Sunset Hot Air Balloon

Day trip to Mont Saint-Michel Castle


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Paris, France (CDG). Train to Le Mans - 2hrs 30min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Price



24 HRS OF LE MANS 8-DAY MOTORSPORTS PHOTO ADVENTURE & RACE

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 12-19, 2017:  $7,695  ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 11-18, 2018:  $8,995  (dates to be confirmed 12/17)

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 10-17, 2019:  $9,795 (dates to be confirmed 12/18)


Single Supplement:  $1500

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $450

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $450


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. We typically stay in hotels in the 4-star category. Due to the nature of a motorsports event weekend such as the once-a-year 24 Hours of Le Mans race, hotel availability can be extremely limited. Race teams, automotive manufacturers and press organizations have long standing agreements with hotel properties years in advance. We make every effort to book hotels or villas within one hour of the race circuit. The race tickets that are included provide our guests with start/finish grandstand seating, PitWalk access when available and pre-race access to the circuit. These are not professional photographer press passes. Access is limited. Included in an annual membership to the ACO auto club and the benefits that come with the ACO membership. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


24 HRS OF LE MANS 8 DAYS


We suggest arriving one or two days early in Paris. You can book early arrival rooms with us.

Monday (1)  Paris - Le Mans

On Monday morning we will pick you up at the Le Mans train station to begin our adventure (train information will be provided for your Paris to Le Mans transportation). During lunch we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will make out way to the village square to view and photograph the race cars on display. This is a great chance to study the cars and get some really nice closeup images of the cars in pristine condition. Afterwards we’ll explore Le Mans before heading to our hotel to check-in. In the evening we will relax and celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite French restaurants. (D)

Tuesday (2)  Mont Saint-Michel Castle

With Tuesday set aside for the teams to settle into the paddock and prepare their cars for the race, it’s a perfect day for a road trip. After breakfast we depart for the famous Mont Saint-Michel Castle, an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about 2 hours from our hotel off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and more than 3 million people visit it each year. This 247 acre (100 ha) island has a population of only 44. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times, and since the eighth century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it. On top God, the abbey and monastery, below this the Great halls, then stores and housing, and at the bottom, outside the walls, fishermen and farmers' housing. After an amazing day of photography we return to Le Mans for a well deserved rest, and prepare for our early morning departure for the race circuit. (B)

All day excursion for the Mont Saint-Michel Tour

Wednesday (3)  Le Mans - Pitwalk - Free Practice

On Wednesday morning we depart very early for Le Mans - Circuit de la Sarthe to make good use of our PITWALK Passes. Here we can walk the pit lane to check and photograph the cars, teams and garages while they prepare for practice and qualifying. Having worked all night, the teams will be in full swing preparing the cars. After an afternoon break, we return to the circuit for the 4 PM to 8 PM Free Practice Session. This will be excellent as we will have access to all the grandstands, allowing us the opportunity to capture and enjoy the speed of the cars from many different vantage points. With the sun setting in the late evening, it’s the perfect to to capture our first night photography during the 10 PM to 12 AM Night Qualifying Practice Session. (B)

Thursday (4)  Le Mans - Pitwalk - Vintage Qualifying - Qualifying

On Thursday morning we depart very early for Le Mans - Circuit de la Sarthe to make good use of our PITWALK Passes. Here we can walk the pit lane to check and photograph the cars, teams and garages while they prepare for practice and qualifying. Having worked all night, the teams will be in full swing preparing the cars. After an afternoon break, we return to the circuit for the Vintage Le Mans Qualifying Session from 4 PM to 5 PM. In the early evening we will photograph the last Qualifying Practice Session from 7 PM to 9 PM. And from 10 PM to 12 AM we will photograph the FINAL QUALIFYING SESSION (the one that really matters). (B)

Friday (5)  Loire Valley Chateau Tour - Wine Tour

With no track activity on Friday, we depart early for a Chateau Tour of the beautiful Loire Valley. We will spend the day traveling to 4 our the Loire Valley’s top 10 Château’s including Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chaumont, Château du Clos Lucé and Château Royal d’Amboise, all located close to the city of Tours. For those who want to visit the circuit, there will be concerts and a car show. (B)

Full day excursion for the Loire Valley Chateau and Wine Tour and Sunset Hot Air Balloon ride.

Saturday (6)  Le Mans - Race Day - Circuit de la Sarthe

It’s RACE DAY! It’s the 24 Heures du Mans. Armed with our cameras, long lenses, energy bars and energy drinks, we will hit the circuit and attempt to capture Le Mans in all its glory. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. We’ll depart early and prepare for a long day filled with amazing photography opportunities and racing experiences. Some say they stay up for 36 straight hours from Saturday morning until Sunday night. We begin with the morning Warmup Session, followed by the Vintage Le Lans Race. One last Pre-Race PITWALK and the RACE begins at 3 PM. Throughout the race we will photograph from our grand stand seats as well as other locations throughout the circuit. (B)

Sunday (7)  Le Mans - Race Day - Circuit de la Sarthe

On Sunday we return to track just before sunrise for some breathtaking early morning shots. We’ll shoot until the checkered flag, capturing every great race day shot we can find. The RACE ends at 3 PM followed by the victory celebration and podium ceremonies.. In the evening we will celebrate with our “Farewell Dinner” in Le Mans and discuss all the highlights of our 24 Hours of Le Mans adventure. (B) (D)

Monday (8)  Le Mans - Paris

On our final day we get together at breakfast for our final group discussion, review our past week’s photos, talk about the race, the winners and the losers and the excitement. After checkout we depart for Paris by train where we will bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in France or Paris and make good use of everything you have learned on our photo adventure. (B)

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®


Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Gift Certificates



Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email us for more information.




Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


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Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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All registered guests for 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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