8th Sweet Trip
From the 15th to the 18th of April 2022
Location: Yonne department
With pleasure I present to you the 8th SWEET TRIP. This is a gay classic car rally which will be organised during the 2022 weekend from the 15th until the 18th april by Dominique Leherre.
For 2022, the SWEET TRIP will take place in the Yonne department around the city of Auxerre. This department of France located about 150 kilometers south-east of Paris is renowned for the vineyards and wines of Chablis but will reveal other secrets to you. Auxerre is easily accessible for all participants using the A6 motorway or the N6. For this SWEET TRIP, you will enjoy your weekend of relaxation with walks, friendly roads, friendly meals and visit the patrimony. In short, the slogan of this weekend is simple and remains the same: come, discover, enjoy and relax with your classic car!
For your convenience, the road book will be available in English as well as in French and the programme is available in 3 languages: Dutch, English and French.
Please note that this event is specifically intended for classic (older than 25 years) and/or exceptional vehicles (rare examples/produced in limited numbers).
I am counting on you to support this new event and hope to welcome you all on the 15th april 2022.
Upon reception of your registration form and payment (and –only for France– your cheque) you will receive a confirmation of your participation by e-mail.
For the 3 nights, you will sleep at the Mercure Auxerre Nord **** hotel. Now known from previous events, these hotels have no unpleasant surprises and offer a good quality of service. This establishment is located 7 km north of Auxerre town center and very close to the A6 or N6 motorways. All the spacious rooms have television, telephone, wifi and bathroom with shower or bathtub. This hotel has a restaurant where we will have our meals in the evening. Also, the bar exclusively reserved for hotel occupants will remain open in the evening. Important: the hotel parking is private and closed.
MERCURY AUXERRE NORD
Route Nationale 6
« le Chaumois »
Phone: + 33 (0) 3 86 53 25 00
Saturday 16th april, direction the village of Saint Bris le Vineux, and more precisely the hamlet of Bailly. Located in this hamlet, the Bailly Lapierre cellar produces its crémants (crémant is a sparkling wine similar to Champagne) in an exceptional setting: an underground stone quarry of 4 hectares, which offers unique natural conditions. The stones from these cellars were once used in the construction of some of the most beautiful monuments such as Notre-Dame de Paris, the Pantheon or even the cathedral of Chartres. Then used as a mushroom farm (1927-1970) thanks to a naturally high humidity level, it will not be used in the wine cellar until 1972. A guided tour of the cellars followed by a tasting of the crement produced on site will await you.
Then, you will take the direction of the village of Venoy for lunch in a local restaurant.
After the meal, you will drive to the village of Ancy le Franc, where the castle of Ancy le Franc is located, an astonishing Renaissance palace, a masterpiece of Serlio, the Italian architect of King François Ier. Built in the heart of a vast park for Antoine III de Clermont, this castle houses one of the largest collections of wall paintings (16th, 17th) currently preserved in France. To discover, the richly decorated apartments, the French or English gardens and 2 new creations of flowerbeds awarded at the “Victoires du Paysage 2018”. Free tour of the castle and the magnificent gardens. After the visit, tasting of Chablis wines produced in the region.
At the end of the afternoon, go back to Mercure Auxerre Nord. Dinner will be taken in the hotel restaurant. For the evening, the bar remains at your disposal for a chat over a drink.
On the way back to Auxerre, you can stop at Pontigny Abbey. The Pontigny Abbey was founded in 1114. It is above all the largest Cistercian abbey in the world (4000 m² on the ground). Over 121 meters long, it dominates the valley with its Gothic bell tower. Built in the pivotal period between Romanesque and Gothic, the abbey has the first Cistercian Gothic art in the area. Admirably preserved, it is now the church of the village of Pontigny.
Sunday 17th April, direction the city of Toucy. On the exit of this city, there is a hidden place: the “Atelier Bernasse” (Bernasse workshop). Some friends in love with old stones and old cars, eager to preserve the heritage and the techniques to maintain these beautiful mechanics, gave birth to Atelier Bernasse, an association based in the historic premises of one of the first motorcycle factories. French, domiciled in Toucy. This former cycle factory, converted into a museum, presents vehicles from the turn of the century, vehicles from the 60’s and 70’s, many engines from the Belle Epoque and motorcycles.
Then direction the town of Saint Fargeau. You will park your cars in the park of the Château de Saint Fargeau. For lunch, you will have lunch in a restaurant in the center of town.
After the meal, return on foot to the castle of Saint Fargeau. The origin of the castle dates is to the 10th century and to the bishop of Auxerre, Héribert, brother of Hugues Capet. Rebuilt, enlarged, embellished by its successive owners, the most famous of which were Jacques Coeur and Mademoiselle de Montpensier known as the Grande Mademoiselle, it looks like a majestic pentagon of pink bricks, with corner towers crowned with campaniles, with an interior courtyard built by Le Vau and an English park. Guided tour of Saint Fargeau castle.
Then you will drive to Rogny les Sept Ecluses. This town is known for its exceptional site: the 7 locks, from which it takes its name. The Briare canal and the 7 locks are part of a gigantic project designed by King Henri IV and Sully from 1597. The objective was to unite the Mediterranean with the Ocean and the English Channel by canals connecting the rivers and enabling a safer, faster and more economical movement of goods and people. Quick stop for the free discovery of the places.
Then, direction the city of Chatillon-Coligny and its Auto Sport Museum. A gathering of enthusiasts’ vehicles, the museum presents a semi-permanent collection of around 80 sports cars and vintage motorcycles. Among these, several unique models in France to discover. Free visit of the museum.
At the end of the afternoon, go back to the Mercure Auxerre Nord hotel. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. For the evening, the bar remains at your disposal for a chat over a drink.
Monday 18th april, get up at the time you want! The breakfast room is open until 10:00. Then everyone is free to go back to his home. For those in a hurry, they can leave early in the morning. For the others, it will be possible to keep his room until noon or to extend the stay in the region and to discover individually other curiosities.
The price of €325 per person in a double room (e.g. €650 for two) or €410 per person in a single room includes:
– 3 dinners at the Mercure Auxerre Nord
– 3 nights at the Mercure Auxerre Nord ****
– 3 buffet breakfasts
– 1 meal at the restaurant on Saturday noon
– 1 meal at the restaurant on Sunday noon
– Guided tour and tasting of the Bailly Lapierre cellar
– Free tour of the castle and park of Ancy le Franc & tasting of Chablis wines
– Free tour of the Atelier Bernasse museum
– Guided tour of the castle of Saint Fargeau
– Free tour of the Sport Auto Museum
– The documents necessary for the smooth running of the weekend (road-book and other …).
Please note : Those travelling alone, please reserve a single room, not a double, unless you have found a roommate yourself. The organisation cannot select or find participants for you to share a room.
Every meal during this event is ‘all-inclusive’ comprising wine or beer, water and coffee. However, neither individual consumptions in bars, hotels and restaurants are not included in the price.
Your registration is final only upon receipt of the total amount of the registration and payment must be made by 15th January 2022 for the Sweet Trip 2022.
In case of cancellation, a fee will be retained on your registration:
Up to 60 days before the Sweet Trip: Your registration can be canceled free of charge
Between 59 and 30 days before the Sweet Trip: 80% of the total registration is refunded
Between 29 and 15 days before the Sweet Trip: 50% of the total registration is refunded
Between 14 and 8 days before the Sweet Trip: 20% of the total registration is refunded
Last 7 days before the Sweet Trip: No refund of registration
Attention: this document has no contractual value and can be subjected to changes deemed necessary.