Easily accessible from the UK and located halfway between Paris and Toulouse, Limousin offers vintage car’s enthusiasts itineraries that take in some of France’s most beautiful sights and rich history. Whether traveling with fellow classic car enthusiasts, friends and family or alone, there is an exciting itinerary waiting in each of the region’s three departments.
The first itinerary takes you through the Creuse, following the steps of impressionist Claude Monet, as you drive through the Painters Valley and stop in Fresselines to visit the exhibition Espace Monet-Rollinat dedicated to the artist’s prolific work. After a spot of lunch the road will then take you to the charming medieval town of Bénévent-l’Abbaye and its Roman Abbey. Winding roads await you as you make your way through the Creuse Valley leading to Aubusson via quaint little villages and the majestic Busseau Viaduct . Recently opened, the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie will guide you through centuries of tapestry making; Aubusson’s claim to fame.
The Haute-Vienne is also a haven for vintage car lovers. A road trip through this department combines a journey through the making of world-famous Limoges porcelain with a lunch cruise on the region largest lake, Lac de Vassivière, followed by a guided tour of the medieval city of Saint-Léonard de Noblat, the resting place of driver’s patron saint, St Leonard. The itinerary also features the rolling hills of Mortemart - listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages – and the hospitality of the Marquess des Monstiers Mérinville who will give you a tour of the Château du Fraisse, his family home since 1220.
Limousin’s third department, the Corrèze isn’t short of beautiful roads and picturesque villages either. From Travassac and its slate quarry, Pompadour and its leading racecourse, the Haras National, hosting over 100 horse races a year to St Robert also classed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. The itinerary will also take in Coco Chanel’s home during her teenage years - the convent orphanage of Aubazine as well as the medieval town of Beaulieu sur Dordogne, accessible via the breathtaking Branceilles Vineyard route.
There are group tours featuring the above 4-day/3-night itineraries which are available to book via the Limousin tourist office and start from €323 per person including overnight accommodation in 3-star hotels, all meals and entrance tickets for the guided tours and excursions featured in the programme.