Provisionnal Programm

(subject to change)

Last update - March 2009

PICTURES :

14 May

 

Arrival of all participants on the racetrack of Abbeville from 2 pm. Distribution of roadbooks and drink at the driver's cafe. You can park your trailer and modern car. Possible luggage delivery from here to your room at the hotel in Saint Valery sur Somme (21km away) 

 

 

 

Short drive for a first contact with the amazing landscapes of la Baie de Somme and visit of the Parc du Marquenterre :

In the heart of the Baie de Somme Nature Reserve, the Parc du Marquenterre offers you a unique experience ! 

Concealed by planting screens or observation blinds, you can move across the sand dune, the marshes or forests to encounter an extremely diverse fauna and flora. You can watch the migrating birds stopping here on their trip between Scandinavie & Mauritanie.

 

 

Arrival at l'l'Hôtel du Cap Hornu for 3 nights on site : 

In the heart of 15 hectares with a wonderfull sight on La Baie de Somme this hôtel** will allow you to forget everything !

 

Very close to the medieval town of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, this hotel, in a very "picard style" is the best place to stay and rest once the day is over : play ping-pong, tennis, volley-ball, pool or just enjoy the scenic view on the bay  : the choice is yours ! 

Buffet aperitif and welcome dinner with a wonderful view on the bay.

Abbeville Racetrack :

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 Parc du Marquenterre :

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Hôtel** - Restaurant du Cap Hornu :

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15 May

 

 

Discovery of la Vallée d'Authie 

Lunch in l’Abbaye de Valloires (unique complete Cistercian abbey  of the XVIIIe century in France) (http://www.abbaye-valloires.com)

Visit of the Abbaye and of the incomparable Jardins de Valloires 

With over 5,000 varieties of mainly Asian plants, the Jardins de Valloires feature one ot the most important collection of shrubs in France.  The international reputation of Valloires is greatly owed to its huge rose garden, a mix of older, wild and newer varieties. Visite Virtuelle (http://www.jardins-de-valloires.com)

 

 

 

 

A more sportive end of the afternoon at the circuit d'Abbeville : free laps between 4.30pm and 6.30pm . Open bar at the driver's cafe and a comfortable armchair for codriver's and those who prefer not to run

Gastronomie Picarde for dinner at the hotel .

 

Abbaye de Valloires :

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16 May

 

Eearly departure towards Amiens :

Visit of the Hortillonnages :

In this quiet and serene place, away from the fuss of the city, you can come only by boat. The hortillonnages are here, closer than you would expect, hidden in the middle of the town, just next to the Cathédrale d'Amiens.

Country buffet lunch in les Hortillonnages.

Afternoon drive on the small roads of the vallée de la Somme and along the canal.

Evening ride along the bay, on board of a steam train from the beginning of the last century, Picard dinner on board with a view on the Baie de Somme and on the sunset.

 

 

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The steam train :

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17 May

 

The last day will take you to the sea with a ride towards Le Touquet Paris Plage

Marine lunch and promenade on the beach or shopping in downtown Le Touquet .

Return to the circuit d'Abbeville at the end of the afternoon after a  ride in le Pays des 7 vallées.

'End of the Rally'

 

 

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