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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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