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24 HOURS OF LE MANS

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

Experience the most prestigious race in motorsport… the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Imagine experiencing the 24 Hours of Le Mans, from the opening parade of cars in the quaint village of Le Man to vintage car racing, practice sessions, qualifying, and the 24-hour race! In addition, we’ll be exploring the Loire Valley and stunning Mont Saint-Michel. Optional excursions include vineyards and wine tasting, a hot air balloon ride, a countryside chateau tour, the Porsche Experience, and more.

Le Mans is a truly unique city and the home of the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race, 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 the pinnacle of motorsport endurance racing and attracts marquees like Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, Aston Martin, Nissan, Toyota, Corvette, and BMW. In 2023, Ferrari took the checkered flag in one of the most exciting Le Mans races in recent history. Ferrari last won Le Mans overall in 1965 and hasn’t competed at the top level since 1973. This year it returned and won with the new hybrid 499P.

But Le Mans has more to offer beyond its 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 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 around the globe and locals. Until now, only very expensive VIP packages have been available, and none offering a focus on the passion of motorsports photography. We are proud to bring you this unique opportunity. We also include several days of travel and landscape photography throughout the Loire Valley and Mont Saint-Michel.

This adventure is designed to give your a 24 hour of Le Mans experience as well as some amazing photographic opportunities. Please keep in mind that your access does not include Professional Photographer Press Passes, which are reserved for experienced and accredited photographers with FIA credentials. But we’ll provide you opportunities to capture photos during the numerous practice sessions throughout the week and the race.

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 the motorsports world than the excitement and beauty of Le Mans!

But Le Mans has more to offer beyond its 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 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 around the globe and locals. Until now, only very expensive VIP packages have been available, and none offering a focus on the passion of motorsports photography. We are proud to bring you this unique opportunity. We also include several days of travel and landscape photography throughout the Loire Valley and Mont Saint-Michel.

This adventure is designed to give your a 24 hour of Le Mans experience as well as some amazing photographic opportunities. Please keep in mind that your access does not include Professional Photographer Press Passes, which are reserved for experienced and accredited photographers with FIA credentials. But we’ll provide you opportunities to capture photos during the numerous practice sessions throughout the week and the race.

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 the motorsports world than the excitement and beauty of Le Mans!

Group Size

4-7 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Busy schedule
  • Travel by van
  • No elevation changes and a moderate walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

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

Includes

  • 8 Days
  • Motorsports, travel, landscape and people photography
  • Professional motorsports photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4-7 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
  • 4 star accommodations
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Private van or minibus

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 Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Le Mans – Leprince Hotel Spa, BW Premier Collection or similar

Optional Excursions

Loire Valley Wine Tour
Porsche Experience Center (VIP Entry)
Loire Valley Sunset Hot Air Balloon
Day trip to Mont Saint-Michel Castle

24 Hour of Le Mans Prices & Dates


AdventurePriceREGISTER
From: $11,995
Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Austin Gager

June 10-17, 2024 (with Motorsports Expert Andrew Chinnici)

Motorsports Consultant & Race Car Driver

Motorsports Consultant & Race Car Driver

Andrew Chinnici

June 10-17, 2024

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in upscale boutique hotels in the 4 and 5-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels that offer cultural, historic, and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. In Cuba, we stay in upscale family-owned Casas (bread & breakfasts). On all of our tours, breakfast is almost always included, but not guaranteed. Meal categories listed include (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, and (D) for dinner.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

24 HOURS of LE MANS 8 DAYS

Day 1 | Paris - Le Mans

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

On the first 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 want to achieve with their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques. From here, we will go to the village square to view and photograph the race cars on display. This is a great chance to study the race cars and get some nice closeup images of them in pristine condition. Afterward, we’ll explore Le Mans before heading to our hotel to check in. We will relax and celebrate in the evening with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite French restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Mont Saint-Michel Castle

Today is set aside for the teams to settle into the paddocks and prepare their cars for the race, so 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’s 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; more than 3 million people visit it yearly. 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 are the abbey and monastery; below this are the Great Halls, then stores and housing, and at the bottom are fishermen’s and farmers’ housing outside the walls. 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

Day 3 | Le Mans - Pitwalk - Free Practice

On Day 3 morning, we depart early for Le Mans – Circuit de la Sarthe to use 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 4-8 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, we’ll be focusing on catching our first night photography during the 10 PM -12 AM Night Qualifying Practice Session is perfect. (B)

Day 4 | Le Mans - Pitwalk - Vintage Qualifying - Qualifying

On Day 4 morning, we depart early for Le Mans – Circuit de la Sarthe to use 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 – 5 PM. We will photograph the last Qualifying Practice Session in the early evening from 7-9 PM. And from 10 PM – 12 AM, we will photograph the FINAL QUALIFYING SESSION (the one that really matters). (B)

Day 5 | Loire Valley Chateau Tour - Wine Tour

With no track activity on this day, we depart early for a Chateau Tour of the beautiful Loire Valley. We will spend the day traveling to four of 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. There will be concerts and a car show for those who prefer to stay back and visit the circuit. (B)

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

Day 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 will depart early and prepare for a long day with amazing racing experiences. Some say they stay up for 36 hours from Saturday morning until Sunday night, but that’s unnecessary.

We begin with the morning Warmup Session and the Vintage Le Lans Race. We’ll try to get in one last Pre-Race PITWALK, and the RACE starts at 3 PM. Throughout the race, we will photograph from our grandstand seats and scout locations throughout the circuit. (B)

Day 7 | Le Mans - Race Day - Circuit de la Sarthe

On Day 7, we return to the track just before sunrise for 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)

Day 8 | Le Mans - Paris

On our final day, you’ll be exhausted but excited. We’ll get together for breakfast and discuss the race, the winners and the losers, and the excitement. After checkout, you’ll depart for Paris by train, where we will bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in France or Paris. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

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

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

Private Guided 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 to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

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 learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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How The Program Works
For every adventure reservation you make with Photo Workshop Adventures, you earn valuable points which you can redeem on your next trip. This is a great way to save up to 8% off future trips. Our Rewards Program is designed with three tiers: Orange, Gold and VIP Members. Points may be applied towards balance payments on your next trip, or you may choose to accumulate points for a free trip in the future.

ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers

VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*

Redeeming Your Points
Redeeming your points couldn’t be easier. You can always log in to your account to check your points balance. When you are ready to book your next trip, register and pay your deposit. When you go to pay your balance you will be given the option to apply your points and receive a discount.

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