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EuroPanache opens doors to the extraordinary: behind the scenes experiences; private art and antique collections; members only clubs; exclusive wine estates; cooking with top chefs; exploration and discovery packages; and showcase villas, apartments and yachts. Let our award-winning team help you create the vacation of your dreams in Europe, North America and beyond.

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  • 1. FRANCE IM075100085 CST #2083450-50 ©EuroPanache 2011 Illustration and Design by Marina Preston, www.marinapreston.comFor more information, contact your favorite travel agent or visit our website,
  • 2. EuroPanache Opens Doors to the Extraordinary EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE WORLDS MOST SPECTACULAR AND EXOTIC DESTINATIONS. JOURNEY ALONE OR WITH A SMALL GROUP OF DISCERNING TRAVELLERS WHO SHARE YOUR INTERESTS.Our themes include gourmet cooking, wine tasting, antiquing, art, fashion, spa and wellness, literature, culture andhistory, fine dining, photography and wilderness/nature. For these, we have contracted with leading chefs, sommeliers,fashion consultants, antiques experts, art historians and photographers. Featured destinations include Europe, Africa,Central America and Australia. Please check our website or with your local travel agent for our latest offerings. EuroPanache guests travel in true luxury by helicopter, limousine, executive jet, first-class rail and deluxe minivans,dine in some of the world’s finest restaurants and stay in grand luxury at fabulous five-star boutique hotels, includingchâteaux, abbeys and manor houses.
  • 3. From Our President and Founder Focusing on providing the highest service quality has been key to EuroPanache’s continued growth and success. In our fifth year, business has more than doubled and our company has expanded its offering to include exciting new luxury themes and destinations. In France we have added exciting packages to Brittany and Corsica to complement our existing offering in Alsace, the Alpine region, Basque country, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Dordogne and the Périgord, Haute Provence, the Côte d’Azur, the Loire Valley, Normandy and Paris. Both our Europe and America-based teams have expanded again this year. Let our global team of travel planners and guides show you what we can do! Bob Preston, President2 Introduction
  • 4. Contents 4 France On-Site Services 6 Testimonials 7 Luxury Mini Breaks 8 Alpine10 Alsace Wine & Nature12 Biarritz14 Black Heritage16 Bordeaux & Cognac18 Bordeaux Wine & City20 Bordeaux Wine & Spa22 Burgundy Wine & Heritage24 Culinary25 Champagne26 Côte d’Azur28 Dordogne30 Haute Provence32 Loire Wine & Châteaux34 Marie Antoinette36 Normandy38 Paris Fashion40 Paris Literary Break41 Paris and L’Art du Parfum42 Paris and French Antiques43 Versailles44 Brittany46 Northern Corsica48 Southern Corsica50 Booking Terms • CHAMPAGNE •• • NORMANDY PARIS • BRITTANY VERSAILLES • ALSACE • LOIRE • BURGUNDY • ALPINE COGNAC • • BORDEAUX • • • DORDOGNE—PERIGORD PROVENCE COTE D’AZUR • BASQUE COUNTRY • CORSICA • Table of Contents 3
  • 5. France Onsite Services EuroPanache operates an inbound receptive agency, with offices in Paris and Provence, that provides VIP ground services, hotel, apartment and villa reservations, privately guided day tours, helicopter trips, itineraries for children and families, shore excursions and access to cultural and sporting events. Our VIP events team can provide privileged, unequaled access to government and private institutions, privately owned town residences and country châteaux of high-level individuals, private collectors and officials, internationally renowned champagne and wine estates, luxury institutions and exclusive private clubs. Innovation, quality, and taste are the hallmarks of our programs, which are designed for individuals, couples and small groups of up to 50 participants. Examples include: • Private visits and receptions with official hosts in renowned museums, embassies, government institutions, art galleries and luxury product institutions; • Visits and receptions in exclusive private residences and châteaux with their distinguished proprietors—collectors of the Arts—and renowned architects and artists; • Luncheons or dinners in exclusive, private clubs; such as the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée, the Jockey Club, the Travellers Club and the Polo Club de Paris; • Private fashion shows and cocktail receptions in world-renowned fashion houses; • Private tours, champagne and wine-tasting ceremonies and luncheons at prestigious estates with their hosts; • Gala evenings in world-renowned châteaux, museums and private mansions; • Hunting (small game, large game and chasse à courre) in private domains of French nobility. Our incentives department can organize events from one to seven days in casual or highly sophisticated venues. Examples are: • Cultural programs for up to 100 participants; • Receptions for up to 800 participants; • Corporate or institutional events for up to 1,500 participants.4 Onsite Services
  • 6. Helicopter ExcursionsWe offer a number of outstanding private helicopterday trips for small private groups up to five passengers,including:From Paris•Lunch at Chateau d’Esclimont and overflight of Chartres;•Lunch at Les Crayeres and Champagne Tour;•Lunch at the Abbey of Vaulx le Cernay;•Normandy — Honfleur, Trouville and Deauville;•Normandy beaches;•Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte;•Chateaux of the Loire Valley;•Vineyards of Burgundy;Helicopter Tours From Nice/Cannes Family Tours Adapted to Kids•Gourmet escapades to Monaco, St Tropez, Camargue, We all know how boring tours can be for restless children and adolescents, which is why we haveHaute Provence, Corsica created this offering.From Bordeaux Our educational and fun tours include games, treasure hunts and labyrinths! Examples include:•Atlantic Coast — La Rochelle and Ile de Re; •Reliving Marie Antoinette’s happiest time in Versailles;•Biarritz and St Jean de Luz; •Painting in the footsteps of Monet (Giverny) or Van Gogh (Auvers sur Oise) with an artist;•Vineyards of St Emilion, Medoc, Pessac Leognan. •Discovering masterpieces of the Louvre with intrigue and clues; •Underground Paris—including the sewers, catacombs, Roman and Gallic vestiges; •Helicopter tour of Paris followed by the Air & Space Museum where the Concorde, CaravelleDay Trips of Distinction and Shore Excursions and European rockets can be visited;From Paris •Enacting Perrault’s tales (Puss in Boots, Tom Thumb, Sleeping Beauty) in a real château;•Impressionists — (GIverny and Auvers-sur-Oise) •A half-day in the kid’s park, zoo or aquarium;•Chateau de Chantilly •Cooking classes, chocolate creation or perfume making adapted for children.•Giverny and La Roche Guyon•Paris highlights•Vaux le Vicomte, Barbizon and Fontainebleau•VersaillesFrom Provence (including shore Excursions)•Western Riviera Tour•Eastern Riviera Tour•Wine and Truffles Tour•Villas & Corniches•Corniche d’Or, St Tropez and wine tasting•Panorama of the French Riviera•Provence Cooking and Nice City Tour•Antibes & St Paul de Vence•Monaco & Eze•Painters of the RivieraFrom Bordeaux•Bordeaux City Tour•Arcachon and the Silver Coast•Wine Tours of Medoc, Pessac Leognan, Saint Emilion& Dordogne or Sauternes-Barzac Onsite Services 5
  • 7. Press Quotations "A Black Book of enviable connections" — Virtuoso Life “Des exklusivsten Reisebüros der Welt” — Focus Deutschland "Things to Try before You Die" — Channel 9 (Australia) "Des voyages hors norme" — Madame Figaro (France) "Une Agence très spéciale" — Le Point (France) Testimonials Congratulations — our VIP client, Expert and President of a US Wine Company — a HIGHLY discerning and informed client — liked the Alsace wine tour you arranged this summer. Dan Dixon, Rudi Steele Travel — Dallas Your connections in France are amazing and booking with EuroPanache makes me a hero to my clients. Thanks for a job well done! Sandee Litwin, President, Litwin Travel— Los Angeles What a wonderful fashion and culinary adventure! I still can’t believe all that EuroPanache was able to arrange during my short visit to Paris! Anita C. — Seattle I just want to pass on the positive feedback from our small group from Brisbane on their Paris trip in mid-April. In particular, they found the cooking school (in the home of a French chef) and the trip to Versailles fabulous. Jenny Gill, Harvey World Travel — Brisbane Every detail was carefully arranged providing a first class experience at every stop. The Paris VIP Haute Couture tour — behind the scenes at Chanel, Hermes and Baccarat — was a once in a lifetime experience. Sharmagne T — Houston EuroPananche provided an incredible vacation experience for me with excursions that provided an inciteful window into local culture of Dubai. I especially appreciated the VIP welcome at the airport. Glenn D. — New York The Great Wall private gala dinner in Beijing was an ending to remember on our round-the-world trip. The private visit of the Ming Tombs with champagne cocktail was a nice touch. EuroPanache are outstanding people! Keith V — Los Angeles Thank you EuroPanache for the top notch service provided for my clients South of France Honeymoon. Your assistance in arranging VIP service at every turn made my job easier and my clients very happy. The Bentley rental, the private yacht charter to St Tropez and the creative idea of arranging massages to provide a changing area for their special dinner in Monte Carlo are a few of the things that helped create a unforgettable honeymoon. As a luxury travel specialist I would not hesitate to use your services again. Diane Hoffman, Owner, Hoffman Travel — Denver Thank you so much for the extraordinary trip you organized to Paris and Normandy for our VIP clients. They were so pleased — loved the VIP airport treatment, Raphael Suite, private yacht cruise, dinner at the Cercle Interalliee and wine tastings. Your guides are excellent. Jim Hughel, President, Town Place Travel — New Jersey This is the second year in a row that I have traveled with EuroPanache. It will remain a highlight of all of my international vacations. Laura R — San Diego Kudos to you all. Peter Carideo, President, CRC Travel — Chicago For the latest feedback, please see the Press and Testimonials sections on our website www.europanache.com6 Testimonials
  • 8. Luxury Mini Breaks These short breaks feature outstandingvenues and themes. Theycan be grouped together or used to extend an existing business trip or leisure vacation. Alpine Alsace Wine & Nature Biarritz Black Heritage Bordeaux & Cognac Bordeaux Wine & City Bordeaux Wine & Spa Burgundy Wine & Heritage Culinary Champagne Côte d’Azur Dordogne Haute Provence Loire Wine & Châteaux Marie Antoinette Normandy Paris Fashion Paris Literary Break Paris & L’Art du ParfumParis & French Antiques Versailles Brittany Northern Corsica Southern Corsica
  • 9. Alpine Break The Alpine region of Haute Savoie is one of the most sce- nic in France. Stay in or near the charming town of Annecy, with its glorious mountain scenery, pristine lake, flower- laden bridges, old town and canals. Enjoy a fabulous dinner at an acclaimed Michelin star- rated restaurant. Nearby lies Europe’s tallest alpine peak — the majestic Mont Blanc. Visit the town of Chamonix and take some time for an alpine stroll and a lunch of hearty fondue. Wander the shores of Lake Leman or lake Bourget with their source spa towns of Evian and Aix-les-Bains, have lunch in the medieval village of Yvoire and enjoy a city tour and dinner in Geneva, famous for the Calvinist Reformation and its current standing as second seat of the United Nations. INCLUDES • Private transfers from/to the Annecy TGV station or Geneva Cointrin Airport • Three nights in a four-star hotel in or near Annecy • Gastronomic dinner with wine at a Michelin star-rated restaurant • Two full days of touring in a luxury sedan as described (lunches and dinner out-of-pocket) • Breakfast every day and all taxes and service fees8 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 10. A L P I N E I T I N E R A R Y Day One. Transfer by private sedan from the Annecy TGV Day Three. After breakfast, your driver-guide will take on a station or Geneva airport to your hotel. Take the afternoon full-day tour to Lake Leman or Lake Bourget via the scenic to enjoy the lovely town of Annecy, its pure lake, old city and route des Grandes Alpes. Visit the charming spa towns of canals. Dine at one of the fine Michelin star-rated restau- Evian or Aix-les-Bains and have lunch (fresh lake perch rec- rants along the lake. ommended) in the fascinating fortified town of Yvoire. After lunch, enjoy a tour of Geneva, with its Reformation Day Two. Your private driver-guide will meet you after break- Wall, Old Town, UN area and beautiful lakefront and flow- fast for a full-day tour to Chamonix with the opportunity to ered clock. Enjoy dinner at one of the fine lake view take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up near the top of the Mont restaurants. Blanc. Enjoy a hearty lunch featuring some of specialties of the Alpine region — Fondue, Raclette or Tartiflette. Take a stroll Day Four. After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Annecy TGV station or Geneva airport for your journey onward.The Alpine region of Haute Savoie is one of the most scenic in France. Luxury Mini Breaks 9
  • 11. Alsace Wine & Nature Alsace, which was formerly part of Germany and has a distinctive flair, is without any doubt one of the most dynamic and prettiest regions of France. It has become a symbol of the transnational European econ- omy and has developed privileged partnerships with the bordering nations of Germany and Switzerland. Although modest in size, Alsace offers an incredible variety of landscapes and climates contributing to the diversity of the region. It provides countless possi- bilities thanks to its outstanding heritage, famous wines and gastronomy which attract gourmets from all over the world. Its main city, Strasbourg, acts as a link between countries at the heart of Europe, and houses many institutions of the European Union as well as an old town nestled around the cathedral. This luxury three-day tour will intro- duce you to spectacular wine roads dotted with vineyards, pretty villages and hamlets, many of which are reminis- cent of tales from the Brothers Grimm. INCLUDES • Transfers from and to the Strasbourg TGV station or airport • Two nights in a luxury city hotel (Regent) or château property (Château de l’Ile) with VIP welcome and amenities • Breakfast daily • Half-day walking and canal tour of old Strasbourg • Two days of private car and driver to discover the wine route and natural forest and mountain parks in the Vosges • Wine tastings at three estates10 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 12. A L S A C E W I N E & N A T U R E I T I N E R A R YDay One. STRASBOURG CITY TOUR Riquewihr — all surrounded by vineyards — Kaysersberg, formerlyUpon arrival at the Strasbourg airport or TGV station, embark with an imperial city and Colmar, a charming town known for its Littleyour personal chauffeur-guide to discover France’s most European Venice district. It is also the home town of the sculptor Frédériccity. Transfer to your luxurious hotel and enjoy lunch at your conven- August Bartholdi who made the Statue of Liberty in New York. Theience. After lunch, start the visit of Strasbourg’s pedestrian historical Unterlinden Museum in Colmar features the famous Isenheim Altar,center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. During your walk- a masterpiece in the field of religious tour along the canals of this small city, be sure to stop at the tra- During this tour, several wine tastings will be organized for youditional pastry shop, “the Paradise of Gingerbreads”, dating from in renowned cellars and estates. Discover the various types of1643. End your visit with a wine tasting in one of the numerous wine Alsatian wines, which are classified under three official designations:bars that the city has to offer. That evening, enjoy a gourmet dinner the Alsace AOC, the Alsace Grand Cru AOC, and the Crémantat the two-Michelin star Crocodile restaurant or one of the many d’Alsace. Whereas other French regions call their wines by the namebrasseries specializing in Alsatian choucroutes. of their terroirs, Alsatian wines bear the name of the grape varieties used to produce them.Day Two. ALSATIAN VINEYARDS AND HERITAGEAfter breakfast, meet your driver-guide for a day-long tour along the Day Three. FOREST AND MOUNTAIN NATURE TOURroute des vins that will take you to the heart of Alsace’s wine country. With your driver-guide, explore some of Alsaces natural treasures.Admire the numerous flower-laden villages along the route with their Offering breathtaking views, the Grand Ballon d’Alsace is the high-quaint churches and town halls. The road runs through rolling country est point of the Vosges mountain range. Here, you can discoverand affords views of many hilltop castles. Alsace boasts Europes high- attractive forested slopes with fir and beech trees, lakes, natural pas-est concentration of feudal properties — more than 400! tures and round-topped mountains called ballons. Enjoy a hike or From Obernai, a small medieval town, you’ll reach the Mont stroll in the national park if you feel so inclined. Sample typical dish-Sainte Odile, one of the most popular sights in Alsace, known for es in one of the many charming farmhouse inns lining the Crest Roadspectacular views and pink cliffs rising out of the forest. The route featuring rustic mountain food and famous Munster cheese. In thethen meanders through very famous villages and small towns, late afternoon, your driver-guide will take you to the Strasbourgincluding Kintzeim, Haut Keonigsbourg, Ribeauvillé, Séléstat, TGV station or airport for your onward journey. Luxury Mini Breaks 11
  • 13. Biarritz — Pays Basque Enjoy some of the most extraordi- nary beaches and high-mountain passes that Southern Europe has to offer. Nested in the Pyrenees Mountains and along the Atlantic Ocean, the Basque country — Euskadi — covers seven provinces in southwestern France and northeast- ern Spain. During your stay in one of the regions top palaces, visit world-class vineyards, cascading waterfalls, emerald valleys, high-mountain passes and the long stretches of fine sand beaches. Stop in enchanting villages rich in fine French architec- ture, taste internationally renowned Basque cuisine, visit the Guggenheim museum and archeo- logical treasures, enjoy traditional Basque games like Pelote in quaint villages, see historical monuments and take part in the local festivities. This region offers a varied, bucolic, and breathtaking palette that will certainly move you. The locals have their own lan- guage, cuisine and culture that remain distinct to this day. INCLUDES • Transfers from/to Biarritz train station or airport • 3 and a half days of tour with private car and driver/guide • 3 nights at the award-winning Hotel du Palais in Biarritz • Breakfast and taxes12 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 14. B I A R R I T Z — P A Y S B A S Q U E I T I N E R A R YDay One. BIARRITZ AND THE COAST the more avant-garde wineries, commissioned by Spain’s greatest architect,Transfer from the Biarritz airport or train station to the Hotel du Palais, an impe- Calatrava, to design the country’s first cutting-edge bodega. It sits across therial resort and spa Palace. It was Empress Eugenie’s favourite and has won many hill from Marques de Riscal, whose owners decided to go one better and buildawards for its Guérlain spa, which spans over five floors. the region’s first five-star hotel and spa and throw open their vaults to visitors for After lunch, your driver/guide will help you discover this trendy-chic town the first time in their 150-year history. Continue on to the picturesque townsand the beauty of the Atlantic Coast. Stop at typical Basque villages such as of Laguardia and then Elciego, where a hotel by Frank Gehry — a jumble of red,Guethary and Saint Jean de Luz and discover the scenic road called the gold and silver titanium — is hoisted on stilts.“Corniche Basque” that leads to the border of Spain. Day 4. BAYONNE TOUR OR FREE TIME TO ENJOY LOCAL SPORTS,Day Two. BASQUE REGION BACK COUNTRY THE BEACHES AND SPAAfter breakfast, enjoy a short drive from the coast to reach hillside villages such Today, we’d suggest a more leisurely pace. You can enjoy the fabulous spa atas Sare and Ascain. Ainhoa is the best of all though and is voted one of Frances the hotel, play a round of golf or swim and surf along the find sand beaches ofTop 50 prettiest villages. A stroll down its ancient high street will tell you why. Biarritz. Or, if you prefer:La Rhune — the mythical Pyrenean peak overlooks the Basque Country and •Embark on a half-day tour of Bayonne — where you’ll enjoy culture, ramparts,something of a legend in these parts. museums — plus tastings of the local salty ham & chocolate! This vastly under- Stop for a gourmet lunch in an authentic 17th century auberge. After rated city is the capital of the French Basque Country. It’s a great place for alunch, visit the very richly decorated Villa Arnaga and its beautiful gardens. day of culture and shopping!Pass through the vineyards of Irroulegy to reach the charming medieval village •Attend a Course Landaise, an ancient popular game of the Aquitaine Region,of Saint Jean-Pied de Port. Renowned for its market and fast and furious Pelote which has now become an official sport in France. All there is between Manmatches, played bare-handed, with what looks like band-aids being the only and Beast in the race is skill, acrobatics, gymnastics and a rope. There are noprotection against injury. weapons or red cloaks used on the animals and the cow does not die. •Attend a Pelote match. This game has been played since ancient timesDay Three. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM AT BILBAO AND THE RIOJA (Greeks, Romans, Aztecs...) in which players competed against one another.Head to Northern Spain for the day first to visit the Guggenheim Museum, There are in fact 22 variants, depending on the bat (bare hand, the pala board,designed by North American architect Frank O. Gehry. It is a magnificent the chistera basket...), the type of ball, and the location of the game (openexample of the most groundbreaking architecture to have come out of the space, covered fronton...). There are 60,000 players in France alone!20th century and its collections offer a comprehensive overview of the visualarts of the 20th century. Enjoy lunch at the Museum before heading on a tour In the late afternoon, transfer to the Biarritz airport or train station for yourof the most spectacular cellars of the Rioja. Stop for a tasting at Ysios, one of onward journey. Luxury Mini Breaks 13
  • 15. Black Heritage Break Paris is known as the City of Lights and is the perfect setting for romantic rendezvous, high fashion, and gourmet cooking. However, few people know that as early as the end of the 18th century, during the tumultuous period following the French Revolution up to today, many African-Americans came to France for more than fine cuisine and haute couture dresses. They came seeking the one thing denied to them in the United States: liberty, equality and brotherhood. While many famous Black Americans such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Toni Morrison, among others, visited Paris, some of them took up exile during the 20th century. Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes, to name a few, have graced the city and the world with their talents and have left an indelible mark that attracts lovers and freedom-seekers alike. Over the course of our journey, we will talk to African-American writers and artists still living in Paris. We will dine and delight in enlightening discussions with people who knew some of these famous people in order to get an authentic taste of the African-American experience in Paris. Following that, we will visit charming cities and quaint villages in Provence where the likes of James Baldwin and Nina Simone lived and died, and Monaco, where Josephine Baker lived for many years during times of hardship thanks to her friend and admirer, Grace Kelly. After visiting the areas where these men and women lived and frequenting the cafes where they congregated, you will be changed forever. You will never forget your visit as France has not forgotten those who chose her as a home and safe haven.INCLUDES• Two nights in a lovely château-hotel in central Paris (deluxe room or • Gourmet multi-course dinners with wine (2 nights) junior suite accommodation) • Walking tours of Paris rich black heritage with English-speaking guide• One night in a luxury Relais & Châteaux hotel in Provence (deluxe room (two half-days) or junior suite accommodation) • Chauffeur-guided tour of Nice, Provence back-country and Monaco with• One night in a fabulous palace hotel in Nice (deluxe room or junior suite English-speaking guide (two days)accommodation) • Monoclass flight from Paris to Nice• Breakfast (4 mornings) • Limousine transfers to/from Paris airport, railway station or hotel14 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 16. B L A C K H E R I T A G E I T I N E R A R Y Day One. In the afternoon, we will start the Paris walking Day Three. We will travel to the south of France to visit the tour in the areas where James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, scenic back-country mountain villages of Provence, Richard Wright, and Chester Himes once lived. We will including where James Baldwin held residence until his also visit several cafes. In the evening, you will have a time death. That evening youll enjoy a gastronomic meal in your to rest before going to dine in one of the famous fine château-hotel. restaurants favored by many Black Americans. Day Four. After a sumptuous breakfast, you will continue Day Two. You will have the morning to rest up. In the your tour of the back-country to Monaco, where Josephine afternoon, we will resume our walking tour by visiting areas Baker lived. The last evening will be in a fabulous palace where many jazz musicians, Josephine Baker, and others hotel near the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, have visited. Hear about NAACP co-founder W.E.B. where Nina Simone lived. Dubois early visit to the 1900 Paris Exhibition and later Day Five. After breakfast, youll make your way to the Nice meetings with Black African leaders fighting colonial rule. airport for your flight home. Hear about the many former black American activists who Optional night(s) in Nice after the break can be arranged, or you may sought refuge in Paris during the McCarthy era and combine this with another Paris-region luxury break. We can also extend inspiration during the civil rights struggles. In the evening, this by one day to include the Châteaux Milandes (Dordogne), where you will be free to discover Paris nightlife on your own. Josephine Baker lived with her “Rainbow Tribe.”They came seeking the one thing denied to them in the United States: liberty, equality and brotherhood. Luxury Mini Breaks 15
  • 17. Bordeaux Wine & Cognac This 3-day break offers two treasures of the South West region: wine and Cognac. Sojourn in a renaissance style castle conveniently situated between Cognac and Bordeaux that is totally devoted to relaxation and well-being. - From there you can enjoy the charm of prestigious Saint Emilion or Medoc Bordeaux vineyards as well as the Cognac region, and the secrets of distillation of the finest “French brandy”. INCLUDES • Three days vehicle with English-speaking driver-guide • Two night’s accommodation at the Chateau de Mirambeau in a Deluxe room or Junior suite • Buffet breakfast every day • Chateaux visits and tastings. • VIP arrival amenities and welcome at your hotel16 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 18. B O R D E A U X W I N E & C O G N A C I T I N E R A R Y Day One. BORDEAUX—CHATEAU DE MIRAMBEAU After luncheon, the afternoon will be devoted to the discovery Upon arrival in Bordeaux (late morning), you will be greeted by of Saint Emilion region’vineyards. During this wine tour, through your expert driver/guide for a 3 hour-tour of Bordeaux. From the the visit of Chateaux and tasting you’ll discover wines of excep- vestiges of the Middle-Ages to the elegance of 18th century tion and the art of tasting. you’ll discover the different golden ages of Bordeauxs history, Day Three. COGNAC REGION AND DISTILLERIES dominated by the wine trade and various colonial influences. Your driver-guide will take you on a discovery of this superb Lunch at your convenience in the old town of the city. region whose reputation belongs both to its rich architectural Next, you’ll head North to your fabulous Chateau-hotel heritage and its famous brandy. In the historical towns of where you can relax for the rest of the day. The chateau offers Cognac and Jarnac you’ll discover the cellars of such prestigious various activities on the spot: jogging and cycling tracks : a large distillers as Hennessy, Otard, and Martell, Hine, or Courvoisier park, two swimming pools, a spa center, 2 tennis courts, tasting and “les Paradis”, the secret of Cognac collections. You’ll sessions and cooking classes. meet the producers of the Grande Champagne vineyards and Day Two. SAINT EMILION TOWN AND VINEYARDS the 1st growth of Cognac. The slopes of the “Champagne” (the Discover Saint-Emilion, an enchanting, medieval town that stands word comes from the Latin for “chalk”) districts—Cognac, proudly at the top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne valley, and Segonzac—yield the highest quality brandy. The outlying “Bois” built in the shape of an amphitheatre. Saint Emilion is an incredi- or wooded areas still bear the scars of huge swathes of forest ble open-air museum. The most surprising remains are without felled in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to provide doubt its underground monuments: galleries covering more than firewood for Cognacs stills and timber for the shipyards at La 150 acres and the breathtaking monolithic church, dug out of solid Rochelle. Transfer in the late afternoon to the Bordeaux airport limestone. You will end your visit of the town with a wine tasting in or the Angoulême TGV station. one of its numerous cellars.In Cognac and Jarnac you’ll discover the cellars of prestigious distillers and “les Paradis”, the secret of Cognac collections. Luxury Mini Breaks 17
  • 19. Bordeaux Wine & City Bordeaux is famous for its architecture and prestigious wines. This luxury three-day break will take you into this magnificent city, its universe of luxury and the pleasure of strolling through its renowned vineyards. Discover the various golden ages of Bordeaux’s history, dominated by the wine trade and colonial influ- ences. The city’s architecture met with nearly no stylistic changes for over two centuries. The urban project launched in 1996 by the Mayor Alain Juppé was made concrete by the cleaning of façades, the development of the quays along the Garonne River, the commission- ing of the brand-new tram and the creation of pedestrian zones. Bordeaux is a now a UNESCO-listed architectural gem. It is also France’s capital of élégance. Vineyards span 120,000 hectares around Bordeaux — the world’s oldest winegrowing area. Your tour will take you through the most prominent wine districts located on the left and right banks of the Gironde estuary. From Saint Emilion and its medieval town to the Medoc area with Margaux and Saint-Estéphe appellations, and finally to the Sauternes’ fabulously sweet wines, you will understand why Bordeaux wines are so celebrated. INCLUDES • Three days of touring in vehicle with English-speaking driver-guide • Two nights of accommodations at the luxurious Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux • Buffet breakfast every day • Admission to châteaux and other sites • VIP arrival amenities and welcome at your hotel18 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 20. B O R D E A U X W I N E & C I T Y I T I N E R A R Y Day One. BORDEAUX CITY TOUR & SAINT EMILION. and Lafitte-Rothschild, which reflect the prosperity and pres- Upon arrival at the Bordeaux train station or Bordeaux Merignac tige of Bordeaux. Enjoy a visit of the astounding Mouton- airport late morning, you will be met by your expert driver-guide Rothschild museum and tastings of great Bordeaux wines, and a and transferred to the Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux located in primer on the nomenclature of appellations and classifications. the heart of the city. After lunch, your driver-guide will meet you Savor lunch at a typical Medoc restaurant. for a one and half hour city tour followed by the visit of the After lunch, discover the Citadel of Blaye and the hillside medieval town of Saint Emilion and its underground monu- region facing the Medoc, which you will reach by crossing the ments. End your visit with a wine tasting in one of the numerous river on a ferry from the little harbour of Lamarque. Dine at your cellars that the city offers. That evening, you may enjoy a gour- convenience in Bordeaux. met dinner at the Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint Emilion, which is rated with two Michelin stars (reservation required), or Day Three. WINES OF THE GRAVES REGION return to Bordeaux for a relaxing evening. After breakfast, your chauffeur will take to the Graves region, which includes the well-known Château Smith Haut Laffite. The Day Two. VISIT OF THE MEDOC CHÂTEAUX AND HILLSIDES day will be devoted to wines of the region characterised by their Your driver-guide will meet you after breakfast for a trip to the diversity and their prestige. The reds are both powerful and full Medoc wine region. The region, located between the Atlantic bodied. The dry whites are elegant and delicate and the sweet to the west and Europe’s widest estuary to the east, stretches white wines are luscious. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant la Table over 80 km north of Bordeaux to the Pointe de Grave. This du Lavoir. You will stop at well known châteaux and enjoy an his- exceptional region is home to Bordeaux’s most prestigious torical discovery as well as a fascinating tasting. Great Classified and many Bourgeois vines. You will pass many At the end of the day, your driver will transfer you to the famous châteaux such as Margaux, Latour, Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux train station or Bordeaux Merignac Airport.Enjoy a visit of the astounding Mouton-Rothschild museum and tastings of greatBordeaux wines, and a primer on the nomenclature of appellations and classifications. Luxury Mini Breaks 19
  • 21. Bordeaux Wine & Spa During this relaxing break where beau- ty, luxury and pleasure prevail, discover and enjoy the French art de vivre. Sojourn at the luxury hotel-spa Les Sources de Caudalie, the first vinothérapie spa based on grape cures. The hotel, which feels like a country home with wood paneling and pastoral views, is nestled in the vineyards of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte in the Graves region, 20 minutes from the center of Bordeaux. You will be pampered delightfully in an environment of rare beauty. From there, you’ll explore the region’s pres- tigious vineyards and wine estates. The vineyards span 120,000 hectares around Bordeaux and comprise the world’s oldest winegrowing area. Your tour will take you through the most prominent wine districts, from Saint Emilion and its medieval town to the Medoc area with Margaux, Saint- Estèphe and Sauternes wines. The city, a UNESCO-listed site, is exemplary thanks to the unity of its urban and architectural expression. You will discover the different golden ages of Bordeaux’s history, dominat- ed by the wine trade and various colo- nial influences. The architecture met with nearly no stylistic changes for over two centuries. INCLUDES • Three days of touring in luxury sedan or minivan with English-speaking driver-guide • Two nights of accommodations at the country spa and inn Les Sources de Caudalie • Buffet breakfast every day • Entry fees to châteaux, tastings, Mouton-Rothschild Museum and sites. • VIP arrival amenities and welcome at your hotel20 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 22. B O R D E A U X W I N E & S P A I T I N E R A R Y Day One. Your expert driver-guide will meet you upon your Visit the beautiful Mouton-Rothschild museum. Enjoy a tasting arrival in Bordeaux by the end of the morning. Your first visit will and introduction to Great Bordeaux wines appellations and be the city of Bordeaux. From the vestiges of the Middle Ages classifications. Stop for lunch at a typical Medoc restaurant. to the elegance of 18th century, discover the different golden Return in time to relax or enjoy a second spa treatment, before ages of Bordeauxs history, dominated by the wine trade and having dinner in the gastronomic restaurant. various colonial influences. Enjoy lunch at your convenience in Day Three. SAINT EMILION & GRAVES REGION the city. The old town abounds with little restaurants and Your driver will take you 45 minutes northeast to Saint Emilion. bistros where you can enjoy local gastronomy such as Entrecote This medieval town stands proudly at the top of a hill overlook- Bordelaise (Bordeaux-fashion steak), fish, shellfish and ing the Dordogne valley. Saint Emilion is an enchantment and an cheese, all served with a carefully chosen wine. After lunch, incredible open-air museum. The most surprising remains are you’ll be transferred to your hotel and experience an unforget- without doubt its underground monuments: galleries covering table moment at the acclaimed wine-therapy spa. Dine at your more than 150 acres and the breathtaking, monolithic church convenience. dug out of solid limestone. You will end your visit with a wine tasting in one of the numerous cellars that the city offers. Enjoy Day Two. VISIT OF THE MEDOC CHATEAUX ROAD lunch in one of the city’s great restaurants. Morning departure in the company of your driver-guide to the The afternoon will be devoted to discovering the Graves Médoc region, which stretches over 80 km north of Bordeaux to region and some of the better known châteaux. Graves wines the Pointe de Grave. This exceptional region is home to are characterized by their diversity and their prestige. The reds Bordeaux’s most prestigious Crus Grand Classés and many are both powerful and full bodied, the dry whites elegant and Bourgeois Crus. You will pass by many famous châteaux such as delicate and the sweet white wines opulent and luscious. Margaux, Latour, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafitte-Rothschild, At the end of the day, your driver will transfer you to the which reflect the prosperity and prestige of Bordeaux wines. Bordeaux train station or airport for your onward journey.This exceptional region is home to Bordeaux’s most prestigious Crus Grand Classés and many Bourgeois Crus. Luxury Mini Breaks 21
  • 23. Burgundy Wine & Heritage Wine is what Burgundy is known for, but there is much more to experience. This luxury three-day break will treat you to gastronomic delights and teach you how a single grape vari- ety can offer infinite range of harmonious wines, which are among the most well-known and expensive in the world. Discover the region’s Grands Crus and visit family estates and carefully selected producers. The region also enjoys a rich and var- ied heritage to explore. While strolling on the wine routes lined with world famous estates, discover incomparable sites from Roman civiliza- tion, trace the footsteps of Cistercian monks and the Dukes of Burgundy. Relish the fine cuisine of the region, rooted in tra- dition yet full of subtle flavours: freshwater trout, carp or pike- perch, Bresse poultry, Charolais beef and escargots. INCLUDES • Transfers from/to Dijon or Macon TGV station • Transportation in a luxurious sedan with an English-speaking driver-guide for three days • Two nights of accommodations at the Château de Gilly in a junior suite • Two wine tasting lunches and wine tastings at winegrowers carefully selected by your guide • Buffet breakfast every day22 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 24. B U R G U N D Y W I N E I T I N E R A R Y Day One. LEGENDARY CÔTES DE NUIT Day Two. PRESTIGIOUS CÔTES DE BEAUNE Your English-speaking driver-guide will meet you at the Dijon After breakfast, embark on full day in the Côtes de Beaune with train station upon arrival. Transfer to the Chateau de Gilly in your private driver-guide. Discover and experience the region Vougeot (a half-hour drive), formerly the residence of Cistercian of some of the most prestigious white wines in the world. monks between the 13th and 17th centuries. Located in the heart Experience the vineyards of Corton-Charlemagne, Meursault, of Burgundy’s vineyards between Dijon and Beaune, it stands in Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay. Taste grandeur in the heart of Burgundy wine country. The château’s some of the best crus during stops in the vineyards and at a 14th-century Cistercian origins contrast with the ornamental style wine estate. of the 17th century, creating a palatial, moated residence stand- Savour a tasting lunch followed by a relaxing stroll through ing in formal gardens. The estate comprises several historic build- the ancient city of Beaune, which boasts a splendid architectur- ings, including the stone-vaulted cellar, now a fine restaurant. al heritage and the unique Hotel-Dieu, a marvel of Burgundy- Guest rooms are decorative with detailed woodwork, fireplaces Flemish art dating from 1443. Its medieval decor has survived and French ceilings. The cuisine and wines (from a 15,000 bottle intact and was used as a general hospital until 1971. cellar) are a worthy tribute to Burgundy gastronomy. Enjoy an afternoon private tour of the Côtes de Nuit. Savour Day Three. We offer three distinct customizable options for some of the best wines during stops in the vineyards and at wine your third day. Choose between a full day in the Côte estates. Discover and experience the prestigious vineyards of Chalonnaise and Maconnais regions; a full day in Beaujolais; or Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Chambolle-Musigny, Morey Saint a Dijon City Tour. Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin. Upon your return to the hotel, you may dine at your convenience.Discover and experience the prestigious vineyards of Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Chambolle-Musigny, Morey Saint Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin. Luxury Mini Breaks 23
  • 25. Culinary Break This luxury break is for the aspiring or accomplished chef. Treat yourself to a cooking course or demonstration (in English or with a translator) at one of the world’s finest cooking schools or in the private home of a French chef. Depending on the dates you select, the half or full-day programs will vary from pastry cooking, food/wine pairing, chef secrets, cooking with wine and spirits, a Paris market tour (followed by a cooking demonstration and fabulous meal), French regional cuisines (Southwest, Provence, Alsace, Alpine, Lyon region, Normandy, Brittany, Reunion, French Caribbean, South Pacific…), and bread baking. Enjoy either a deluxe room or junior suite in one of the fabulous luxury boutique hotels in the center of Paris that we have selected. These are located in the city’s most coveted neighborhoods (Marais, Left Bank or Champs Elysées) and offer a degree of intimacy and charm that surpass all of the large palaces and cookie-cutter chain properties. There will also be time for museum visits, shopping, a makeover or pampering, Paris walks and fine dining. Optional night(s) in Paris after the break can be arranged, or you may combine this with another Paris-region luxury break. FrancePanache can also arrange culinary breaks in other French cities, including Bordeaux, Lyon and Nice. Please contact us for more information. INCLUDES • Limousine transfers to/from one of the Paris airports or railway stations to your hotel • Two nights in a fabulous boutique hotel in the center of Paris • Breakfast (two mornings) • A full or half-day cooking course at a leading cooking school or in the private home of a French chef24 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 26. Champagne BreakFor the lover of true, vintage Champagne, this luxurybreak is a veritable indulgence. EuroPanache willmeet you at the airport, train station oryour Paris hotel and whisk you tothe heart of Champagne country intrue luxury. You’ll sojourn two nights in amagnificent Relais & Châteauxproperty, surrounded by pastoralvineyards—a favorite stopover ofNapoleon I and, more recently, theQueen Mother. Enjoy the best theregion has to offer, including a drivethrough the scenic “RouteTouristique du Champagne”or a cruise on the MarneRiver with a Champagnetasting (weather permitting)and visits to renownedchampagne houses featuringthe finest millésime roseand white vintages. Your private guide/drivercan orient the tour as you wish—to enjoy pastoral settings,several of the UNESCO worldheritage monuments in the area(including the magnificent cathedral inReims) or tiny villages and abbeys wherechampagne greats like Dom Perignon and DomRuinart once worked and lived. Enjoy a gastronomic multi-course meal withreserve champagne and wines in a Michelin star-rated property (one of the finest in France). Optional night(s) in Paris after the breakcan be arranged, or you may combine this withanother Paris-region luxury break.INCLUDES• Two nights in a Relais & Châteaux property (deluxe room or junior suite accommodation)• Breakfast (two mornings)• One gastronomic dinner with champagne and wine• Driving tour (private car) featuring some of the finest champagne houses and the natural beauty of the region• Transfers to/from Paris to the Champagne region (first class rail or private car)• Private transfers to/from your hotel to the railway stations Luxury Mini Breaks 25
  • 27. Côte d’Azur Enjoy the fabulous French Riviera coast from St Tropez to Monaco. The province of film-star legends and royalty, this region is renowned for its romantic villages, seaside villas, Mediterranean views, lush gardens, deep grottos and winding cornices. From the azure blue coast and its lovely beaches, the Croisette of Cannes and the chic town of St Tropez, you’ll revel in star-studded elegance and opulence. You’ll understand why this region has been the favorite of glitterati and old money alike since la Belle Époque. Take time to venture into the backcountry to visit mountain gorges and walk the cobbled streets in perched villages from the middle ages. See fields of lavender and experience essences of perfumes for yourself. Dabble in the healthy olive oil and herb-based cui- sine of the region and sample the wines of the Var. INCLUDES • Transfers to and from Nice airport or train station • Two days of private tours in a luxury sedan or minivan with driver-guide • Two nights in a historic hotel in St Paul de Vence or in a luxury resort between Nice and Monaco with breakfast and VIP welcome and amenities • One wine tasting and one gourmet lunch26 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 28. C Ô T E D ’ A Z U R I T I N E R A R YDay One. Your driver will pick you up at the Nice airport or train Day Three. After breakfast, your driver will take you to explorestation and bring you to your hotel — either a luxury seaside the Eastern Riviera. Visit the city of Nice, with its beautifulresort between Nice and Monaco or historic property in the flower market, English Promenade, charming Vieux Port andperched village of Saint Paul de Vence. Matisse and Chagall Museums. On the way to Monaco, stop in St Jean de Cap Ferrat to visit the Ephrussi De RothschildDay Two. After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up Mansion and Gardens – one of the prettiest on the coast, andto explore the Western Riviera. Enjoy a visit to St Paul de the Villa Kerylos — a reconstituted fifth century BC GreekVence, one of the prettiest perched villages above Nice, Villa with incredible mosaics, design, lighting and furnishings inwith a fine art museum and galleries galore. Stop in Grasse, the très chic village of Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Have lunch in one ofwhich is famous for perfumes and where youll be treated the seaside resort’s many restaurants. Once in Monaco, you’llto a VIP tour of a renowned perfume museum. After that, visit the Casino square, palace and cathedral where Graceproceed to Cannes to stroll down the famous seafront Kelly was married. Finally, you’ll visit Eze; a scenic villageCroisette — where stars come from the world over during perched high in the cliffs above Monaco. The medieval townthe Cannes Film Festival. Next, head to the Var region, with its meandering cobblestone streets offers many interest-where you will enjoy lunch at Chez Bruno, a restaurant ing boutiques. You can admire the amazing coastal views forfamous for truffles, and then onto a wine tasting. The the cactus garden at the top before heading to your hotel orPhoenicians planted the region’s first vineyards 2,600 the Nice airport or train station for your onward journey.years ago and the rosés, whites and light reds are quitegood. Finally, visit St Tropez, a charming seaside town Day Four (optional). Enjoy extra days in the region, where wewhere the jet set from the world over converges — it has can arrange cooking classes, art tours (Riviera painters), a hik-shopping, beautiful people, beaches and a yacht harbor ing tour in the Gorges de Verdon — our French Grandthat is unrivalled. Canyon, or just relax in your lovely hotel. For a full experience of Provence, this package should be combined with our Haute Provence Break. Luxury Mini Breaks 27
  • 29. Dordogne—Périgord Situated at the heart of south- western France, this land-locked region is home to spectacular sites and monuments, which provide endless opportunities to discover culture, the local way of life, pre-historic remains, charming villages, delightful scenery and famous medieval castles. You can visit medieval castles, prehistoric caves and beautiful villages, cruise down the Dordogne river, and taste wines, foie gras, confit de canard and other specialties from the Périgord. This region really is a feast for the senses! Stay at an authentic chateau dating from 1597 set in 450 acres of stunning countryside, in the heart of the wine districts of the Dordogne. Whether you prefer touring, playing a few rounds of golf, spa treatments, swimming, cycling, kayaking or just being pampered and eating the rich local fare to your heart’s delight, your stay will be made as enjoyable as possible. INCLUDES • Return transfers from Bergerac airport or Libourne TGV station • Three and a half days of private touring in a sedan or minibus • Three nights in an authentic and renowned Chateau des Vigiers • Breakfast and Taxes28 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 30. D O R D O G N E — P É R I G O R D I T I N E R A R YDay One. BERGERAC, THE PURPLE PERIGORD prehistoric sites and caves dating from the Palaeolithic era. TheUpon arrival at Bergerac airport or Libourne TGV station late Grotto of Font-de-Gaume, has dozens of polychrome paintings bymorning, you will be met by your driver /guide. Embark on a tour Stone Age men from 25,000 BC. The most stunning painting is aof the Purple Périgord, which takes its name from the vine leaves frieze of five bison discovered in 1966 during cleaning operations.that turn purple in the autumn. Enjoy a city tour of Bergerac, a visit The Proumeyssac Caves, also known as the Crystal Cathedral,to one of the castles in the area, the Château of Monbazillac, and are a dense and varied underground vault of stalactites andfinally a wine tasting of a rich palette of red, rosé and white wines stalagmites and are the largest developed cave in the Périgord.from the region. Evening free at your chateau-hotel. Although the famous Lascaux Caves are closed to the public, a replica ‘cave has been created at Montignac, 200 metres from theDay Two. DORDOGNE VALLEY original cave, where two of the galleries have been reproduced:Your driver-guide will meet you after breakfast to visit the Black the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery. After lunch,Périgord, where several of the most beautiful villages in France are visit the recently renovated National Prehistoric Museum to learnfound. First stop is a visit to a magnificent village that has managed about the amazing discoveries that were made in this retain all its medieval charm. Navigate up paved and steep littlelanes and take timeworn stone stairways to be able to admire the Day Four. SARLAT AND THE ERYGNAC GARDENSunhindered views of the Dordogne. Visit several medieval castles The last day will be a little less hectic with plenty of free time tofrom the 12th and 13th Centuries. These feature dungeons, spooky explore Sarlat. From the 8th century – it is the jewel in the crownpassages and period rooms from medieval times. of the Périgord Noir – famous for medieval art, and has the highest After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise down the Dordogne River in a number of listed buildings per square metre in Europe.traditional flat-bottomed boat past the Pendoïlles cliffs. Stop in the Every Wednesday and Saturday there are markets on in Sarlatcharming village of Dome on your return transfer to your Chateaux- featuring specialties of the region.hotel, where you can enjoy the evening off. After lunch, visit of the Gardens of Eyrignac Manor. TheDay Three. LE PÉRIGORDPRÉHISTORIQUE/ gardens, among the most stunning in France were laid out in the PREHISTORICAL PERIGORD 18th century and transformed in the 19th century into an EnglishToday you’ll visit some of UNESCO World Heritage listed garden. Time permitting, stop at a truffle farm. Luxury Mini Breaks 29
  • 31. Haute Provence On this break, you’ll discover the high plateaux of Provence, including the perched villages of Gordes and Roussillon in the Vaucluse and the Luberon with its legendary fields of lavender. Taste delec- table lamb and seafood dishes and the rich Chateauneuf du Pape wines from the region. Visit enticing towns like Avignon with its famous bridge, ramparts and palace of popes. Discover Gallo-Roman vestiges in St Remy de Provence and Arles, famous also for Van Gogh. Enjoy the views of Camargue and the coast from the Baux de Provence, a historic fortress town considered to be one of the most beautiful in France. Bask yourself in culture Aix en Provence, the City of Art and Enlightenment, with its universities, historic townhouses, tree- lined streets, market squares and Roman baths. Visit Marseilles, the charm- ing fishing port of Cassis and admire the views of the coastal cliffs and Mediterranean fjords called calanques that are so pop- ular with rock-climbers and tourists alike. INCLUDES • Roundtrip transfers to and from the airport or train station • Three nights in a luxurious hotel in Aix en Provence or Avignon with VIP welcome and amenities • Breakfast every day • One lunch at a Michelin star restaurant • Chateauneuf du Pape wine tasting • Three and a half days of private sedan and driver-guide to explore the region30 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 32. H A U T E P R O V E N C E I T I N E R A R YDay One. Your driver-guide will meet you at the Avignon/Aix Day Three. After breakfast, discover the historic town ofen Provence train station or Marseilles airport and drive you to Avignon — former seat of the Popes and famous for itsyour charming hotel late in the morning. After you settle in bridge. Walk the streets and markets of Saint Remy andand have lunch, you will enjoy a walking tour of Aix en Baux de Provence and admire the views. Visit the city ofProvence — including the old city, the Quartier Mazarin with Arles, famous for Van Gogh and its Roman vestiges.its 17th century townhouses, the Sextius Baths and the charm-ing tree-lined Cours Mirabeau. Relax for dinner at your hotel Day Four. Head south for a city tour of Marseilles whereor one of the many fine restaurants nearby. you’ll visit the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde and the old port. Next head to the charming fishing port of CassisDay Two. After breakfast, you’ll head on a gastronomic and for lunch and visit the calanques and the beautiful, whiteculinary adventure. Visit small villages in haute Provence — cliffs along the Mediterranean to La Ciotat. At the end ofGordes and Roussillon. Enjoy lunch at la Bonne Etape, a fine the day, your driver-guide will bring you to the airport orMichelin-star restaurant famous for its lamb and fresh vegeta- train station for your onward journey.bles. After lunch, enjoy a stroll at the Mont Ventoux, beforeheading to a wine tasting at a Chateauneuf du Pape winery. For a full experience of Provence, this package should be combined with our Cote d’Azur Break. Luxury Mini Breaks 31
  • 33. Loire Wine & Châteaux For the lover of food, wine, and fine scenery, this luxury break is a true treat. You will spend two nights in the lovely Loire Region, savor fine wines, and dine in châteaux worthy of true royalty. Influential Kings lived in the Loire Valley since the Middle Ages. Charles VII resided in Amboise, and his cousin, Louis XII, in Blois. Francis I lived at Blois and Amboise, hunted at Chambord and Chenonceau, and brought back many artists and artisans from his Italian campaigns who would transform Frances medieval land- scape into a vibrantly colored Renaissance tableau of sculpture and exquisite art. Savor three of the finest varieties of wines from the region — including a Saumur sparkling wine, a light and tasty red Chinon, and a hearty Bourgueil . Relish the fabulous food the region is known for — including wild game and mushrooms beyond comparison. You can even enjoy a helicopter ride or balloon trip over the chateaux and visit a medieval troglodyte home. Optional night(s) in Paris after the break can be arranged, or you may combine this with another French regional luxury break. INCLUDES • Two nights in a lovely castle-hotel (deluxe room or junior suite accommodation) • Breakfast (two mornings) • Gourmet lunch with wine (two days) • Wine and château tours (two half days) with an English-speaking guide with visits to three wineries and two castles • A helicopter or hot-air balloon overflight of the region • First-class rail transfers to/from Paris to the Loire region • Limousine transfers to/from your hotel to the railway station32 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 34. L O I R E W I N E & C H Â T E A U X I T I N E R A R YDay One. Upon arrival late morning, at the Tours TGV Day Two. After a balloon or helicopter trip in the morningstation, you’ll have the opportunity to sample wines from (optional and weather-permitting), enjoy visits of severalthe prolific Loire region. You may finalize your choices, of the region’s most stunning châteaux with your driver-based on personal taste, with your driver guide. A priori, guide. Our recommendations for a day visit wouldwe would recommend: definitely include:•A passionate small producer of Bourgueil wine. • Chenonceau — The favorite châteaux of women — it owes•A stop in the town of Saumur where you’ll have time for its heritage to Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medecis.lunch. Saumur is famous for its sparkling wines, and you • Chambord — the largest of the hunting castles in thewould be treated to a tasting of the finest bubbles along region whose grounds are larger than the city of Paris.with an explanation of the “méthode traditionelle.” Your • Amboise — perched atop a hill overlooking the river in thestop can also feature a visit to troglodyte homes in caves heart of a charming town, this castle has lovely renaissancedug out of rock. rooms and is close to Leonardo da Vinci’s last home — le Clos•A third wine visit to the Chinon wine growing area. Chinon Lucé. Enjoy dinner in Amboise or at your Château-hotel.wines are red, light, and tasty. Enjoy a multi-course gastronomic dinner at your Day Three. After a leisurely breakfast, our driver will take youfabulous château-hotel’s renowned restaurant. to the TGV station or Tours airport for your onward journey. Luxury Mini Breaks 33
  • 35. Marie Antoinette Join EuroPanache, Les Ateliers Parfums par Thierry Mugler, and one of the leading experts on Marie Antoinette for a very special and sensory two-day, behind-the- scenes experience in Paris and Versailles. Marie Antoinette, one of history’s favorite villainesses, was, in fact, a highly creative and multifaceted woman from the Austrian Royal Family, handed off for marriage to France’s Louis XVI at the young age of 14. She had a tragic life; yet her influence lasts to this day. Our program combines 18th century history, perfume creation, period makeup and costumes, a fascinating workshop on how fans were used to communicate, music composed by Marie Antoinette and performed live, behind-the-scenes visits of her private chambers in Versailles, le Petit Trianon, and the Hamlet, a period dinner by a top chef, a workshop where you’ll recreate her favorite chocolate, and a visit to the Conciegerie prison, where she spent her last days prior to being guillotined at the young age of 37 for alleged crimes that were never sub- stantiated. Discover how privileged yet tragic this woman was—how she defied both royalty and commoners alike with avant-garde thinking, her sensual side and continuing influence on fashion houses like Dior, Chanel and Mugler, her feminine and tomboy periods, genuine coquetterie and true generosity. You’ll leave with an appreciation of how naïve she was and a newfound respect for how misinterpreted she continues to be. • A Marie Antoinette chocolate creation workshop (two hours) • A workshop on period communication with fans (one hour) • Private, behind-the-scenes visits in Versailles INCLUDES • A champagne luncheon at Les Ateliers Parfums par Thierry Mugler • Airport/train station transfers in a private car • Luncheon in Versailles • A makeup session • One night in a historic deluxe hotel in central Paris with breakfast • Transfers to/from Versailles • One night in a luxury hotel in Versailles with breakfast • A period dinner in one of Versailles’ finest restaurants • A Marie Antoinette perfume creation workshop (four hours) Note: This program is recommended for small groups of 4 to 12 people.34 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 36. M A R I E A N T O I N E T T E I T I N E R A R YDay One. You’ll begin at a workshop on Marie Antoinette at Marie Antoinette Expert Elisabeth de FeydeauMugler’s fabulous premises in central Paris overlooking the OperaGarnier. One of the world’s leading period experts will guide you Dr. Elisabeth de Feydeau (PhDthrough the basics of the times, her tragic life and her adoration of Sorbonne) is one of the leadingflowers, scents, chocolates, and makeup. Together, you’ll discover experts on 18th century Paristhe essences of the queens favorite perfume and witness for your- and Versailles and Marie Antoinette. She is known forself the fabulous scent recreated in her name. A light champagne having recreated Marielunch will be served. Antoinette’s perfume and Following this exhilarating workshop, you’ll head to Versailles favorite chocolate with a lead-for private visits of her chambers, a fun tutorial on how fans were ing nose, Francis Kurkdjian. Justused to communicate, personal hair and makeup sessions by a fash- about all of the originalion stylist specialized in the period and a genuine period dinner by Baccarat bottles of the per-one of Versailles’ most celebrated chefs. That night, you’ll sojourn fume, Sillage de la Reine, werein the elegant Trianon Palace Hotel—Versailles’ finest. (L,D) purchased a few years ago by the Sultan of Oman (but EuroPanache guests will get toDay Two. After a lavish breakfast, you’ll have a workshop recreating sample). Their chocolate cre-and tasting Marie Antoinette’s favorite chocolate—a surprising mix- ation is now available only onture of three vanillas and grey amber—followed by behind-the- special request.scenes visits of the Petit Trianon, the Hamlet and her favorite gardens. Elisabeth de Feydeau has Lunch will be served at La Flotille, the lovely restaurant on the also authored over eight books—including her most two recent, A ScentedGrand Canal in the Parc de Versailles. Palace: the secret history of Marie-Antoinette’s Perfumer, for which she wonAfter luncheon, you’ll head back to Paris for an exclusive visit of the the Prix Guerlain in 2006, and her latest work, Diptyque. Prior to her associa-Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette spent her final days prior to tion with Les Ateliers Parfums par Thierry Mugler and EuroPanache, she worked for Chanel and Bourjois as head of cultural and heritage programs.being executed. (B,L) All guests will receive a personally autographed version of Dr.Elisabeth de Feydeau’s award-winning book on the secret history ofon Marie-Antoinette’s Perfumer. Luxury Mini Breaks 35
  • 37. Normandy This tour of Normandy beaches is not only designed for the history buff. You’ll enjoy some of the extraordinarily scenic villages and beaches of this region on the West Coast of France, not to mention fabulous seafood and desserts. On the 25th of July 1944, the Allies launched Operation Cobra under the command of the American General Bradley. The main objective was to pierce the German defenses to the west of Saint-Lo and to start maneuvers aimed at encircling the enemy troops from the south. After the liberation of Avranches on the 31st of July, two sections of General Patton’s army continued towards Brittany and the Loire, whilst another set off in the direction of Le Mans and Alençon in pursuit of the enemy. The Avranches breakthrough was therefore instrumental in the rapid Allied push to liberate the country, leading to the crossing of the Seine on the 19th of August at Mantes. Centering on the Allied offensive, our expert guide will lead you from Saint Mère Eglise to the famous Omaha Beach, the scene of a terrible battle, to the capture of Carentan and Saint-Lo. The journey recalls the violence of the fighting, notably at “Bloody Omaha,” where at dawn on D-day the assault waves of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division came up against stout resistance from the German troops, and at Pointe du Hoc, the scene of the heroic exploit of Colonel Rudders Rangers. The military cemeteries are impressive memorials that testify to the scale of loss of human life caused by the fighting here. Optional visits to Mont St Michel in the south and Trouville, Honfleur and Etretat in the north are also available for those interested. Tours focused on battles and memorials for Canadian and British/Commonwealth troops are also offered. INCLUDES • Transfers to/from Normandy train stations (Trouville/Deauville or Caen) • One to three days of private tours with your expert historian driver/guide • Two to three nights in a lovely chateau hotel property conveniently located near the Allied beaches • VIP arrival amenities and welcome at your hotel • Breakfast every day36 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 38. N O R M A N D Y I T I N E R A R Y Day One. Upon arrival at one of the region’s train stations (Caen in honor of the Archangel. The mount soon became a major focus or Trouville/Deauville), meet your expert driver/guide. You will be of pilgrimage. In the 10th century, the Benedictines settled in the taken to a lovely chateau hotel that is close to the Allied landing abbey, while a village grew up below its walls. An impregnable beaches. Along the way to your hotel, you can visit charming stronghold during the Hundred Years’ War, Mont Saint-Michel is coastal towns and beaches. That evening you may relax, unwind also an example of military architecture. Following the dissolution of and enjoy a gourmet dinner at the chateau. the religious community during the revolution and until 1863, the abbey was used as a prison. Classified as a historic monument in Day Two. After breakfast, your driver/guide will meet you for a 1874, it underwent major restoration work. Mont Saint-Michel and tour of the landing beaches and historic towns from D-day. Visit its bay are UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites. Bayeux, Arromanches, the German battery at Longues sur Mer, Port en Bessin, Omaha Beach, American cemetery at Colleville Explore the Northern Normandy Coast — about two hours north sur Mer, and Pointe du Hoc. Enjoy another evening at the lovely of the landing beaches lie some of the most spectacular cliffs and chateau property. coastal villages on the French Atlantic coast. Favorites towns include Trouville—a Belle-Époque beach town that is far more Day Three and Four (Optional). After breakfast, enjoy Mont St authentic than its better known and glitzier neighbor, Deauville; Michel. About 90 minutes south of the landing beaches, this Honfleur, the charming medieval town from where Samuel de legendary monument is perched on the uppermost point of a Champlain set off to discover America in 1608 and Etretat, whose solitary rock, rising out of an ever-changing environment of sand white cliffs are renowned the world over. The drive along the and sea. The unique site is thought to date back to 708, when spectacular Côte Fleurie (flowering coast of Calvados) is a Aubert, Bishop of Avranches had a sanctuary built on Mont-Tombe special treat.You’ll enjoy some of the extraordinarily scenic villages and beaches of this region on the West Coast of France, not to mention fabulous seafood and desserts. Luxury Mini Breaks 37
  • 39. Paris Fashion You’ll enjoy the services of a per- sonal fashion coach and have VIP access to world-renowned fash- ion houses and boutiques. If it’s a total makeover you want, just say the word. Our personalized fash- ion, beauty, and design program has been created for men and women who want the luxury serv- ice of a customized consultation. With our network of famous specialists and experts, what was once a dream can now become reality. This deluxe package will help you attain that unique Parisian chic while refining and updating your personal image and style. You will master the art of being timelessly elegant and superbly stylish. Exciting and optional exten- sions to this package, available on certain dates, include a fashion show/cruise, atelier/showroom visits and jewelry design work- shops. For those of you in search of a legacy, we recommend that you combine this package with a fragrance creation experience. Treat yourself to the ultimate indulgence—fashion, spa, and beauty treatments all wrapped into one exquisite package. EuroPanache can also arrange fashion breaks in Milan, Barcelona and New York. Please contact us for more information.INCLUDES• Private transfers by chauffeur driven car to/from Paris airport OPTIONAL EXTRAS• Two nights in luxury boutique hotel in Paris • Extra night(s) in hotel• Breakfast every day • Fashion show or cruise• Welcome drink and VIP package • Jewelry design atelier• Use of hotel spa • Hair and makeup “makeover” sessions Notes: Airfare to/from and all meals not included are extra. Travellers from• Personal fashion consultant (two days) North America should plan to depart from home the day prior to commence-• Chauffeur driven car to/from all fashion venues/events ment of the tour.• Massage and treatments in leading Paris spa 38 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 40. P A R I S F A S H I O N I T I N E R A R YDay One. Upon arrival, you will be driven to your fabulous Parisian Day Three. During this day, which is entirely dedicated to fashionchâteau-hotel by chauffeur-driven car. You will have the afternoon and style, let yourself be guided by a private personal shopper toand evening free to enjoy Paris. If you wish, we can arrange a city tour help you develop your best style and enhance your wardrobe. Youand dinner (extra) for you, or you may just relax in the lovely hotel or will visit (by private chauffeur-driven car) a selection of boutiquesexplore on your own. and designer collections with a fabulous array of fashion, couture clothing, shoes, bags, accessories and jewelry. Thanks to our rela-Day Two. The next morning, you will be picked up by private car and tionships with many exclusive Parisian establishments, doors willushered to one of Paris’ most beautiful spas for a massage and relax- open and you will be offered special treatment. Advantages with ouration program. In the afternoon, you will meet our fashion expert in partners include a VIP welcome with champagne, free alterations,your hotel. You will be brought to an ultra-select Paris hair salon free delivery of purchases to your hotel and discounts on purchases.where the art director will introduce you to his team of specialists That evening, we will drive you to the airport or train station by pri-who will create your new look. They will also disclose the secrets of vate car or to your hotel if you wish to extend your stay.successful hair care and styling, be it for your everyday needs or a veryspecial occasion. The second session of the day will focus on skin Day Four (Optional). If you choose to extend the break to a fourthcare and, for women, make-up. After a personal skin care consulta- day, we can tailor for you a personalized fragrance creation experi-tion, our star makeup artist will teach you the fundamentals on how ence (page 41), private visits of renowned Place Vendome jewelers,to obtain a perfect complexion and on how to sculpt your face and private visits of ateliers and showrooms of Parisian couture houses, amake it luminous. The chauffeur-driven car will bring you back to fashion show or a fashion cruise on the Seine.your hotel that evening, where you will have time on your own tocelebrate your new look. Our staff can help arrange an evening at OPTIONS: Check our website for a wide variety of options. Thisthe opera, a ballet, a fabulous dinner or a number of other Paris-by- package can be combined with other Paris-based luxury breaks ornight themes. extra nights in the world’s most beautiful city. Luxury Mini Breaks 39
  • 41. Literary Paris has long been a major literary capital—almost as much for Anglo-American writers as the French. Notables such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Paul Bowles, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Baldwin and the Beat poets lived and wrote here. Depending on your literary interests, our expert guides can tailor a special tour through time with literary walks, readings and visits to special venues. Browse through Shakespeare and Company, where Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin hung out. Sip coffee, wine or pastis at the three haunts—Café de Flore, Brasserie Lipp and Les Deux Magots—favorites of the Black writers, Simon de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Dine in the restaurant where Benjamin Franklin actually mulled over and wrote drafts of the US Constitution. Drop into the hotel where Thomas Wolfe and Borges stayed and where Oscar Wilde died. Stroll through the Pere Lachaise cemetery, where Wilde, Molière, Proust, Balzac now rest. Marvel at the Pantheon, where Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Andre Malraux and Emile Zola are buried. See where Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises and where James Joyce published Ulysses, the studio where Gertrude Stein held literary court and the elegant apartment where Edith Wharton wrote Ethan Frome, the book that earned her place in the American Academy of Letters. Discover the “fleabag shrine”—named in honor of the beat poets—where Allen Ginsberg wrote the poem “Kaddish,” George Corso wrote his mushroom-cloud shaped poem “Bomb” and William Burroughs finished The Naked Lunch. It was also home to many other striving musicians and artists. Now a luxury hotel, at the time, many of the rooms had windows facing the interior stairwell, so there wasn’t much light and hot water was only available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The linens were changed only once a month! Interested in French writers? Our guides will take you to the homes of Victor Hugo on the Place des Vosges, the apartment of Honoré de Balzac in Passy, where he spent his waking hours editing The Human Comedy, and the Museum of Romantic Life, where youll discover the home life and writing life of George Sand, among many others. INCLUDES • Airport/train station transfers in a private car • One night in a historic deluxe hotel in the Paris Latin Quarter • A full day literary tour with expert guide in Paris • Breakfast and lunch Price does not include airfare to/from Europe. For travelers from North America, please note that you will probably have to start your travel to Europe one day prior to the start date of the tour.40 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 42. PerfumeIn the fabulous private ateliers of the leading French perfumehouse of Thierry Mugler, experts will help you understand yourown “olfactory profile” and identify your favorite aromas and theworst offenders. Learn all about the emergence of perfumes through the ages,from the times of the Pharaohs, the Greeks, the Romans, the MiddleAges on to the Renaissance, 18th century and modern day. You’lldiscover how different cultures and religions assimilatefragrances and where in the world rose is mainly used asa masculine fragrance. Understand the fragrancepyramid—top, middle and base notes and learn, byassociation, to identify them in fragrances used today. In some of the workshops, you can experiment tocreate your own fragrance based on a profile and getfeedback from a perfume expert. In others, you’llexplore some of the least known aspects of perfumeryincluding the two still-allowed forms of natural musk(hint: one comes from sperm whale secretions thatfloat on the ocean’s surface and sell for astronomicalamounts). You’ll hear about perfume’s use as apolitical, sociological and religious weapon, plays onemotion by the major perfumers and some of thedarker sides of the profession. You can also sneak apeek at their gorgeous haute-couture showroom withoriginal collections. You’ll also visit Paris’ most exclusive perfumeboutique, where priceless concoctions from times pastare still available in the most elegant of surroundings. Experience for yourself recreations of Marie Antoinette’s fragrance andthe Eau de Cologne specially created for Napoleon—who purportedly wentthrough 40 liters daily, the world’s oldest “modern” perfume made usingorganic chemistry (no longer available, but one from Guerlain, launched justa few years later, still is) and the oldest known fragrance—Kyphi—which wasreborn in the year 2000 at a conference in Cairo based on recipes written onthe walls of temples and pyramids in Upper Egypt. We suggest that you combine this with our Paris Fashion theme (pages38-39) for a more complete fashion experience! INCLUDES • Four-hour perfume workshop with a perfume expert from Les Ateliers Parfums par Thierry Mugler • Champagne luncheon • A fragrance gift pack • Half-day guided tour with private driver of Paris’ most prestigious perfume houses • One night in a boutique luxury hotel (Belle Époque period) across from the Louvre and Tuileries gardens • Roundtrip private transfers from the Paris airport or train stations Luxury Mini Breaks 41
  • 43. Paris & French Antiques For the antique lover, this luxury break offers a private English-speaking guide familiar with the antiques world to help orient you during your shopping trip to Paris. EuroPanache will meet you at the airport, train station or your Paris hotel at the start of the break. You’ll sojourn two nights in a strategically placed, magnificent and luxurious manor house in the city center in walking distance from some of the city’s most exclusive antique houses. Depending on the type of antiques (furniture, chandeliers, tapestries, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, etc.) and periods you are interested in, your guide will arrange a personal shopping tour and help translate and orient you. Options include the fashionable Louvre des Antiquaires, the very high- end boutiques near rue du Faubourg Saint Honore and rue de Lille (some are invitation-only; we can get you in!), the special marchés in the Puces de Clignancourt (where rip-offs and fakes are plentiful, so caveat emptor) and the antique shops in Versailles. EuroPanache can also assist you in shipping and/or storage in Paris should your travels last longer. Optional night(s) in Paris after the break can be arranged, or you may combine this with another Paris-region luxury break. INCLUDES • Transfers to/from Paris or one of the Paris airports / railway stations to your hotel in a private car with an English-speaking chauffeur • Two nights in a four-star exclusive manor house in the center of Paris • Breakfast (two mornings) • Private escorted shopping tour of the Paris antiques world (one day)42 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 44. VersaillesVersailles is home to France’s mostlavish palace and official residence ofroyalty from 1682 to 1790. Originallya hunting lodge built by Louis XIII in1624, it was expanded by Louis XIV touse it as a secret refuge for hisamorous trysts and where he built afairy tale park. Later his architect,Jules Mansart, transformed it with theaddition of the magnificent Hall ofMirrors and elaborate gardens. While in Versailles, enjoy a behind-the-scenes, private, spectacular, guidedvisit of the private apartments of KingLouis XV, King Louis XVI, and QueenMarie-Antoinette demonstrating therefined and luxurious detail in décorsymbolic of the extraordinary splendorof the Chateau. Follow this with a tourof the Petit Trianon, the Chapel, MarieAntoinettes Garden, the Temple ofLove, the Theater and the Hamlet. You’ll stay at the Trianon Palace, afive-star spa property with an acclaimedGuerlain spa and Gordon Ramseyrestaurant adjacent to the palacegardens. Versailles is the ideal placefrom which to explore France’s finestcastle and points west of Paris,including Chartres Cathedral, Monet’sgardens in Giverny and the manychateaux and abbeys in the region.INCLUDES•Transfers from/to Paris airports, train stations or hotel•2 nights at the Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles•Use of spa facilities and pool•Breakfast and all taxes•A guided behind-the-scenes tour of Versailles castle with an expert guide•Optional private tours of Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, Chartres Cathedral and other points of interest in the region (extra) Luxury Mini Breaks 43
  • 45. Brittany CLIFFS, CASTLES & CORSAIRES Brittany is often considered the most beautiful, romantic and charming region in all of France. Come explore the ancient legends and unique culture of the area with a three-day tour that is sure to amaze you. Marvel in the sites of Mont Saint Michel, absorb the Viking and Celtic her- itage, and see breathtaking views of the untamed oceans that were once the fairways of sailors, pirates and explorers. Tour the majestic castles as you go back to the time of knights and chivalry and delight in some of the world’s best seafood. You are sure to fall in love with the peace and tranquility of this ancient corner of France. INCLUDES • All transfers to and from Saint Malo train station. • Three days of private tours in a luxury car (sedan or minivan) with driver • Three nights at the Grand Hotel Barrière Dinard in a sea view room • A visit to Malouinière Montmarin44 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 46. B R I T T A N Y I T I N E R A R YDay One. MONT SAINT MICHEL & ITS LEGENDARY BAY “Cannes of the North.” The magnificent villas that dot theTo begin your exploration of the area, you will be escorted to one coastline are scenes from a fairytale, and will be sure to amazeof the most ethereal and unforgettable sites in the whole world, you. Enjoy the afternoon taking in the charm of the town whileMont Saint Michel. A legendary monument, perched on the upper- perusing some of Dinard’s renowned galleries and artist work-most point of a solitary rock, and rising out of an ever-changing shops featuring masterpieces from Picasso, Gauguin, Serusierenvironment of sand and sea, Mont Saint Michel is unmatched in and Foujita.its splendor and beauty. You will begin with a visit to the charmingmedieval town, passing through the Boulevard and the King’s Gate, Day Three. CAP FRÉHEL, FORT LA LATTE, & DINANand arriving in the Grand Rue, filled with museums, unique shops, Your final day in Brittany will begin with a trip to Cap Fréhel,and 15th century houses. From there you will visit the renowned without a doubt one of the most beautiful areas in Brittany. Aabbey, a wonderful panorama of medieval architecture, and its seabird reserve with an incredible historic lighthouse and forti-magnificent viewpoints over the bay. fied castle, its storybook sights are sure to amaze you. That evening, tuck in early for a restful night at your hotel or Just east of Cap Fréhel, standing 196 feet on a rock aboveenjoy a stroll along the Dinard seaside promenade. the sea, is the imposing pink granite edifice of Fort la Latte. This impressive 13th century castle has stood as the backdrop ofDay Two. THE CHARM OF SAINT MALO & DINARD. many films. Crossing the drawbridge and exploring the battle-This day will be devoted to visiting the two famous coastal cities ments, turrets and dungeons is a must.of Saint Malo and Dinard. Begin the morning at Saint Malo, a For lunch, we recommend a visit to the picturesque harborstunning sixth-century granite town and home to corsair Jacques of Cancale and its oyster beds. Savor the freshest seafoodCartier and writer Chateaubriand. Spend the morning discover- served at its beautiful sea view its quaint streets, exceptional craft shops, and savory cafés To complete your afternoon, you will be escorted toand restaurants. Delight in a delicious crêpe, a local specialty, Dinan, one of the best-preserved towns in Brittany. The monu-accompanied by a bowl of fresh and sparkling cider. ment is the town itself, and as you wander through its charming Continue your afternoon in Dinard, once the top seaside basilicas, impressive theatres, and historical castles, you willresort of all of France’s aristocracy and still considered the feel as though time has stood still in its narrow streets. Luxury Mini Breaks 45
  • 47. Northern Corsica Capes & Cliffs Northern Corsica is the home to some of the most beautiful sites in France. Its charming villages perched atop wild cliffs, sparkling mountain lakes and breathtaking seaside resorts will open your eyes to a whole new world. Come enjoy the splendor of the region as you walk along the charming cobbled streets of the picturesque towns, stroll the marinas dotted with restaurants and marvel in the splendor of quaint ports. Soak in the culture and the history of this amazing island with visits to local museums. Cruise around mari- nas surrounded by rugged mountains, and stand in the impressive citadels. Explore majestic palaces, town squares filled with life, and gorgeous cathedrals. Sample local wine, relax along the crystal waters of the beaches, and let the magic and nature of the area come to life. INCLUDES • Roundtrip transfers to/from Calvi airport • 1 night accommodation at the La Villa Hotel including breakfast and taxes • 2 nights accommodation at the Hotel de la Roya including breakfast and taxes • 4 day private tour (Calvi, Porto, Corte, Corsica Museum, Bastia, Governor’s Palace, Cape Corse, Saint Florent, L’Ile Rousse) with guide • Private transportation between cities by minivan We recommend pairing this trip with our Southern Corsica adventure.46 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 48. N O R T H E R N C O R S I C A I T I N E R A R YDay One. THE COASTS OF CALVI AND PORTO housing. There you will tour the grand Governor’s Palace, beautifulYour first day will begin with a visit to the beautiful town of Calvi, a gardens and churches.resort that boasts modern amenities while keeping the charm of tra- In the afternoon, we will take you to some hidden treasures,ditional Corsican culture. As you cruise around the marina, the beginning with Place Saint Nicholas. Be sure to stop by the Matteisplendor of the rugged mountains and pines will amaze you. shop to pick up some local specialties and get a feel for how town You will finish your morning with a closer look at the town as shopping was hundreds of years discover the quaint cobblestone streets of the citadel and the Finish your day with a short trip to Cape Corse, dotted withremains of Christopher Columbus’ birthplace. small, picturesque fishing villages, an attractive coastline and beach- That afternoon, you will be transported to Porto, a region so es and mountain ridges. There you will enjoy a guided tour of itsbeautiful it has been named a World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the splendid viewpoints, beaches, and wine-producing hills, with enough16th century watchtower that is perched atop the red cliffs. It pro- time to stop and taste the delicious local wine along the way.vides magnificent views of the town and beaches below.Finish your day with a relaxing evening at the La Villa Hotel. Day Four. BEACHES, CATHEDRALS, AND ISLANDS Your final day will start with a trip to Saint-Florent, where you willDay Two. CORTE TREASURES immediately be swept away in the beauty of the beaches, lowYour second day will reveal the treasures of Corte, nestled in the mountains, soft climate and impressive yachts.heart of Corsica. Begin your discovery of this ancient capital From there, you will proceed to the Cathedral of thewith a stroll along its unique architecture and charming houses, Nebbio, a stark contrast to the renowned cathedrals of main-the lively Place Gaffori and the Fontaine des Quatre Canons. land France. To top off your morning, you will take a tour through the That afternoon, you will pass the white sandy beaches ofcitadel of the village, set atop a rocky ledge in the valley. Saleccia, some of the finest in the Mediterranean, as you arrive in From Corte, you will be escorted to Bastia, a port town set L’Ile Rousse. Its fine beaches and small rocky islands are as stun-against beautiful rolling hills. As you walk the charming, 18th ning as its attractive 18th and 19th century architecture.century streets that were once home to a young Victor Hugo, Enjoy your afternoon shopping in its sophisticated bou-the past will come alive. tiques, roaming the covered market in the Place Paoli, and head- ing through the granite to the Ile de la Pietra for a sumptuous viewDay Three. BASTIA AND CAPE CORSE from the lighthouse. When the sun sets, you’re sure to be awed byFinish exploring Bastia with a visit to its chic area adorned with fine the town and its red granite cliffs in the background.
  • 49. Sun & Sand of Southern Corsica Come and discover southern Corsica’s diverse landscapes, sparkling white cliffs, prehistoric sites and crystal clear waters as you explore several of the island’s most breathtaking towns and vil- lages. Dip your toes into the fresh Mediterranean water, soak in the unique architecture and coastal views and let the culture of these charming towns take you back to their Greek and Roman heritage. Visit Napoleon’s birthplace, delight in some local delicacies and roam museum halls that house impressive Renaissance works. The his- tory, views and culture of the region will reveal them- selves as you discover the tra- ditions, enthusiasm and pride of this magnificent island. INCLUDES • Roundtrip transfers to/from Ajaccio airport • 1 nights accommodation at the Palazzu U Domu Hotel including breakfast and taxes • 2 nights accommodation at the La Casa del Mar hotel including breakfast and taxes • 4 day private tour (Cargese, Ajaccio, Fesch Museum, Propriano, Sartene, Bonifacio, Porto Vecchio, Aleria, Museum Jerome-Carcopino) with guide • Private transportation between cities by minivan We recommend pairing this trip with our Northern Corsica mini break.48 Luxury Mini Breaks
  • 50. S O U T H E R N C O R S I C A I T I N E R A R YDay One. GREEK AND ROMAN HERITAGE Governor’s Palace, replete with guillotine, and the Sainte MarieBegin your southern Corsica adventure in the ancient Roman city church, topped off with its characteristic bell tower.of Ajaccio, still filled with ruins and artifacts of its ancestors. Thetown is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Napoleon Day Three. THE BEAUTY OF BONIFACIOBonaparte. During your guided tour, you will pass by the house Your third day will begin with a tour of the oldest town in Corsica,where he was born, which is now a museum, and explore the Bonifacio. Start with the Staircase of the King of Aragon, a staircasecaves where he played. cut directly into the stone to access the town above. As you enter That afternoon, you will head to Cargese. Known as the into the center of the town, you will be overcome by the beauty of“Greek village” due to its 17th century inhabitants, Cargese offers the white limestone peninsula, the tall sturdy houses along the cob-beautiful architecture and coastal views. Walk among its white- bled streets and the endless view from atop the cliffs.washed houses, sink your toes into the fine sandy beaches and take If you’d like, we can arrange a yachting or diving tour, two ofa stroll among its stunning churches complete with trompe l’oeil the most popular activities in the region. That night, tuck into thepaintings and breathtaking terrace views. Casa del Mar hotel for a first-class night of sleep. That evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner and the festive atmospherein Place Marechal Foch, a laid-back area perfect for soaking in the cul- Day Four. SANDY BEACHES AND ROMAN RUINSture of Ajaccio, before resting up at the Palazzu U Domu Hotel. You will conclude your southern Corsican journey in Porto Vecchio and Aleria. The former is now a very popular beach resort, and itsDay Two. PROPRIANO AND SARTENE coastline will give you an opportunity to relax under the golden sun-Your second day will begin as you enjoy the Italian Renaissance light. The town itself also merits investigation. You can spend yourpaintings in the Fesch Museum in Ajaccio. Be sure not to miss the morning roaming around the Place de la Republique with its ancientold town with its picturesque, Mediterranean style houses, unas- buildings, taking a stroll along the marina, and enjoying a freshsuming cathedral, and Quartier des Etrangers. seafood lunch at a restaurant overlooking the harbor. Spend the afternoon in Propriano, where you may enjoy the From there, your private driver will accompany you to Aleria.beach and swim in the Mediterranean Sea or explore the town as you The first stop is the renowned Roman ruins, with remnants of atake in its ancient Roman and Greek history of the area. Roman town, villa and necropolis. Just a bit down the road from Propriano is Sartene, where you Next, you will tour the 15th century fort overlooking the har-will end the day. The tall rock buildings will tower above you as you bor, which now serves as a historic monument. You can also exploreenter in this town that has a long history of piracy and gangsters. A archaeological works in the Museum Jerome-Carcopino, with itspeaceful and quiet place now, Sartene is home to the old displays of busts, money, pottery and other artifacts. Luxury Mini Breaks 49
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