European river cruise operator CroisiEurope has updated some old technology for decidedly modern uses. A new ship will enter service in April 2015 with paddlewheels, something more commonly found on Mississippi River steamboats than on a sleek vessel in France.
CroisiEurope says the two paddlewheels — one on each side of the vessel — take up less space underwater than a typical engine with propeller, so it can safely maneuver in the shallow water of the Loire River.
Because of this updated technology, the new Loire Princesse will be the first cruise vessel with cabins to operate overnight voyages on the river, CroisiEurope said.
The Loire Princesse will begin offering six- to eight-day cruises in April 2015 through the Pays de la Loire region, a region south of Brittany on France’s west coast. The UNESCO-designated region boasts historic cities and sights, including chateaux at Angers and Nantes.
Also planned are visits to the port city of Saint-Nazaire, home to STX shipyard, which built many modern cruise ships such as Europa 2, MSC Divina, Norwegian Epic and Queen Mary 2. Other places to be included on the itinerary are Ancenis, Saumur and Bouchemaine.
The ship itself has three decks and 48 outside cabins. Those on the upper deck will have 10- by 4-foot balconies. Rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, individually controlled air-conditioning/heating, plasma screen TV, radio, hair dryer, safe, mini bar and bathroom facilities. The restaurant will accommodate all passengers for single-service dining. The ship also will have sun deck and a lounge with a dance floor.
Established in 1976, CroisiEurope recently entered the U.S. market with an office in New York City. The Strasbourg, France-based company operates nearly 40 vessels on European rivers in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Belgium as well as Vietnam and Cambodia.
History and culture rendez-vous at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris this spring! Following the success of the ARTea Time, dedicated to Georges Braque at the Grand Palais last fall, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris continues the series with “Josephine” ARTea Time.
The ARTea Time combines the culinary delights of the hotel’s La Bauhinia restaurant, with the opportunity to see one of the city’s top art exhibitions. It is only natural that Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, former home of Prince Roland Bonaparte, dedicates its next ARTea Time to Empress Josephine Bonaparte.
On the occasion of the “Josephine” exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg, from March 12th to June 29th, François Perret, the hotel’s pastry chef will create a subtle and refined pastry with gourmet flavors of passion fruit and raspberry. The delicate opaline petals bring to mind the Empress’s love for roses. This unique dessert, accompanied by the traditional “Tea Time” will be served every Wednesday under La Bauhinia’s glass dome.
To finish on a high note, a “beat-the-queue” ticket will be handed to each guest after the ARTea Time, allowing them to discover the extraordinary destiny of the Empress at the Musée du Luxembourg.
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« ARTea Time »: Every Wednesday afternoon from March 19th to June 25th, 2014 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. “ARTea Time” includes a classic Tea Time, “Josephine” pastry and a “beat-the-queue” ticket per person (valid for the duration of the exhibition) at 49 euros per person (approx. US$67.26).
For reservations, call (33 1) 5367 1991. A limited number of places is available.
« The Essential François Perret Tea Time »: Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
- Classic Tea Time: selection of mini pastries, finger sandwiches, French biscuits and scones served with a hot beverage of your choice. It is available at 39 euros per person (approx. US$53.54) or 55 euros per person (approx. US$75.50) with a glass of Champagne.
“Josephine” Exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg: The spring of 2014 will mark the bicentenary of the death of the Empress Josephine. On this occasion, an exhibition will be dedicated to her at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris from March 13th to June 29th, 2014. The exhibition will retrace her extraordinary destiny, from her native Martinique to the turbulent years of the Revolution, followed by her meeting with General Bonaparte who propelled her to the top of the empire. Her relationship with fashion and arts made her a great benefactor of paintings, but especially of applied arts, reflecting the luxury and refinement which she loved. A great art collector, she contributed to the promotion of the antiquities, but also of the great Dutch masters. Her passion for botany and especially for roses will be celebrated by launching a fragrant-less rose entitled “Remembrance of Josephine” which will find its place in the rose garden at Malmaison, the Empress’s last residence.
About François Perret – Head Pastry Chef at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
François Perret has been driven by passion ever since he joined Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. He particularly enjoys the technical challenges inherent to his job.
“This profession is constantly evolving, and a taste for sharing and teamwork is essential. I’m lucky to be working with excellent products and tools, all of which enhance my creativity,” said Chef Perret.
He is not about to dampen the more whimsical aspect of his personality by taking classical cuisine one step further. He enjoys combining different styles and adding exotic touches, such as chocolate combined with wasabi, sesame or lychee, or serving avocado with wild strawberries and even making celery go hand in hand with raspberries.
Main dates of Chef Perret’s career:
1980 : François Perret was born in Bourg-en-Bresse in France.
1997 : He received vocational training in confectionary and pastry, chocolate and ice cream making, followed by a diploma in on-the-spot preparation of individually served desserts in 1998.
1999-2000 : He became a chocolate maker’s apprentice in Grenoble in France (Chocolaterie Hybord).
2000-2002 : He became a commis pastry chef at Hotel Meurice, Paris.
2002-2008 : He became the head commis chef, then assistant station chef and, later, assistant head pastry chef at Hotel George V.
2008-2010 : He was head pastry chef alongside Michel Troisgros at Hotel Lancaster, Paris.
2010 : He became the head pastry chef at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris.
About Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is located in the 16th arrondissement, in what was originally the private home of Prince Roland Bonaparte, grand-nephew of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Now restored to its original splendor, the landmark building retains its residential heritage, offering 101 rooms including 36 suites, nearly half of which enjoy direct views over the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. In the short time since its opening, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris has succeeded in becoming a truly Parisian destination, drawing upon the French art of living and the Asian art of hospitality for which the group is known. In the spring of 2012, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris was awarded three Michelin stars: two for its French gastronomic restaurant L’Abeille, under the direction of Executive Chef Philippe Labbé, who was named Cuisinier of the Year 2013 by Gault & Millau, and one for Shang Palace, under the direction of Chef Frank Xu.
About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages more than 80 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com
Small group tour specialist Back-Roads Touring has announced an exciting new line up of trips for 2014, from a journey to discover ‘old pubs and great grub’ in Shrewsbury to an eight day Croatian Wilderness Sailing adventure to explore some of the country’s most remote islands.
With maximum groups of just 18 people and a promise to travel away from main roads and motorways, Back-Roads Touring takes its guests off the beaten track – from the smallest town squares to the tiniest medieval villages bursting with stories. To ensure a personal touch, guests are given the opportunity to stay in charming accommodation and take part in exclusive activities, from local cooking classes to private tours of estates and gardens. All tours are accompanied by knowledgeable tour leaders whose former occupations are as varied as a botanist, a policeman and a sailor.
Steve Reynolds, general manager at Back-Roads Touring comments: “We are a UK based company with over 25 years’ experience in the escorted travel business so we like to think that we really know what makes traveller’s tick – not just visiting exciting destinations, but creating a great story about how you got there too.”
Below we have highlighted the new tours that have been added to the Back-Roads Touring portfolio for 2014:
London to Paris via the Channel Channels
11 days/10 nights from £2,495 per person, excluding return flight
Why jump on the Eurostar to Paris when you can enjoy a leisurely journey to the French capital, taking in a unique corner of the British Isles where British and French influences meet? Visit Guernsey to learn about the German occupation before exploring the unspoilt beaches of Sark. In Jersey, enjoy a visit to the La Mare Wine Estate before crossing the Channel to France and visiting the extraordinary Robert Tatin museum in Mayenne.
Old Pubs & Great Grub
Five days/four nights from £1,075 per person
This tour is a truly unique insight into the oldest of British establishments: the pub. Discover the best of what English pubs have to offer and sample wine, perry and cider from local producers on this tour through Shrewsbury, Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye.
Highlights of Northern Spain
Nine days/eight nights from £1,930 per person, excluding flights
Experience the beauty of the Costa Brava, taste wines in La Rioja and travel through mist-covered mountains in this nine-day journey through Figueres, Pyrenees, La Rioja and San Sebastian. En route, stay overnight in a converted 9th century monastery, taste local cuisine in Spain’s gourmet capital and wind along the back roads of the World Heritage Pilgrim’s Route of Santiago de Compostela.
Flavours of Northern Croatia and Slovenia
Nine days/eight nights from £1,795 per person, excluding flights
Explore the enchanting landscapes of Hrvastsko Zagorje and the fertile plains and hilltops of the Istrian Peninsula on this gourmet nine-day tour. Travel along the back roads of Croatia’s hinterland, tasting culinary specialities along the way, from Croatia’s burgeoning wines and award-winning olive oils to the Slovene nouvelle cuisine at Lake Bed.
Croatian Wilderness Sailing
Eight days/seven nights from £1,685 per person, excluding flights
Introducing Back-Roads Touring’s very first sailing tour. Escape the crowds on this eight-day private charter and explore some of Croatia’s most remote islands. Sail around Central Dalmatia, visit near-deserted beaches, visit one of the few stone-masonry workshops left in Europe and sample fish plucked straight from the sea, all whilst staying overnight in secluded bays near Mijet, Lastovo and Vis islands.
Nine days/eight nights from £2,195 per person, excluding flights
Explore the mark the Romans, Arabs, Venetians, Albanians and Turks have left on this cultural hotspot on this nine-day tour through cultural Greece. Take in Athens, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi and Thessaloniki whilst dining in seaside tavernas, enjoying traditional handmade lunches and exploring picturesque villages.
Seven days/six nights from £1,165 per person, excluding flights
This week long journey of discovery takes in Istanbul’s time-honoured markets of Spice and Grand Bazars, as well as the history behind the Gallipoli Peninsula, through quiet evergreen valley ways and countless small villages. Take an intimate guided tour of the Gallipoli Battlefields and have lunch in picturesque fishing villages that are only accessible to small vehicles.
Wild and Wonderful Scandinavia
13 days/12 nights from £4,450 per person, excluding flights
This 13-day journey from Denmark to Sweden passes through fjords and glaciers, explores the history behind the region’s Viking heritage whilst staying in authentic charming accommodation along the way. Embark on an incredible journey aboard the Flam Railway, taste local goats cheese in the idyllic village of Undredal and learn about Norwegian salmon farming at a family farm located in the middle of the fjord.
To book, visit www.backroadstouring.co.uk or call 033 311 201 09.
About Back-Roads Touring
With over 25 years’ experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK and Europe, Back-Roads Touring is truly the original small group touring company. Currently operating over 35 tours, the company’s focus is on providing a friendly, relaxed, and flexible form of touring with a maximum group size of 18 passengers. From exploring the heart of medieval towns and villages, to enjoying the scenery along narrow, hedge-lined Cornish lanes, Back-Roads Touring ensures that its guests experience the best local cuisine, accommodation and scenery – all taken at a leisurely pace and in the company of a knowledgeable guide.
Champagne-Ardenne Launches Event Programme For The 200th Anniversary Of Napoleon’s French Campaign 1814February 22, 2014 on 9:47 am | In France, Paris, Webbandstand | Comments Off
Champagne-Ardenne and Brie have launched a programme of events this year to commemorate the bicentennial of this historic campaign by Emperor Napoleon I and the Armies of the sixth Coalition, ending with his abdication and subsequent exile on Elba.
Napoleon attempted to secure France as the dominant power in Europe. He was defeated at the Battle of Leipzig and retreated to France. The Prussian and Bohemian Armies pursued, forcing Napoleon to stand his ground in Champagne-Ardenne. This period of battle, in and around the Aube region, became known as The French Campaign. Napoleon conceded defeat at Fontainebleau in April 1814 and was exiled to Elba. Less than a year later, he escaped and returned to power only to face defeat by the British & Prussian armies led by Wellington at Waterloo on 18th June 1815. This enabled the Coalition forces to enter France and restore Louis XVIII to the throne. Napoleon died in exile at Saint-Helena in 1821.
A calendar of events throughout the region follows in the footsteps of the leaders of the Emperor’s armed forces with reconstructed camps and large scale battle re-enactments, exhibitions, concerts, tours and live entertainment in Châlons-en-Champagne, Reims Chaumont , Montmirail, Brienne-le-Château (young Bonaparte attended military school here, it is now a Napoleonic museum due to re-open this summer after refurbishment), Saint-Dizier and Nogent-sur-Seine.
Some of the highlights of the events calendar are as follows:
7 – 9 February, Nogent -sur -Seine:
Camps, parades and battle re-enactments with 60 costumed participants, street entertainment, plus an exhibition ” Nogent in the time of Napoleon I” and tours of the city “In the footsteps of Napoleon”. At national monument Château de la Motte-Tilly there will be a Slavic melodies recital by tenor Ivan Netchiporko ( 8 February)
5 – 6 April : Napoleon Tinqueux festival
Bicentenary of the Battle of Reims with camps, bands, exhibitions, two battle re-enactments and demonstrations of military strategy, parades, light and sound show. www.tinqueuxfetenapoleon.com
14 March – 7 June : Reims, Carnegie library
Exhibition on the ‘Medical and scientific life during the Revolution and the Empire’, with works and original documents on display.
May 16 – October 2 : Troyes
Exhibition dedicated to Napoleon and the French Campaign at the Hôtel-Dieu le Comte, from regional archives.
17 -18 May : Napoleonic at Brienne-le-Château
More than 300 re-enactors at an enormous camp. Events include a battle re-enactment of the capture of the castle of Brienne , war game demonstrations , parade, children’s games, and an evening show outlining the First and Second Empires ( 17 May ) plus re-opening of the Napoleonic Museum. www.ot-Briennele-chateau.com
31 May – 1 June Montmirail : (the largest events in the programme)
31 May – Large scale re-enactment of the Battle of Montmirail -Marchais 1814, one of the most important battles of the Campaign. More than 1,000 soldiers & cavalry will take part with rallies, cavalry charges , artillery , field hospital and regimental parades where visitors can experience the daily life at camp of soldiers in the field
1 June – Grand celebration of the 1814 Campaign with a giant picnic on the battlefield, orchestral concert plus a programme of entertainment.
7 – 8 June : Châtillon-sur-Seine
Military parade, bivouac and Exhibition of the Marmont collection: maps, plans, military decorations, pictures etc. See Museum of Pays Châtillonnais – www.musee-vix.fr
The full program of commemorative events can be downloaded from the website (in English) at the following link:
For French-speakers, a Napoleonic map is available with explanations on the various battle sites. The Napoleon Circuit is a 150km tourist trail across 20 key sites linked to the French Campaign.
For more information on the region, including where to stay, and visit suggestions, see www.champagne-ardenne-tourism.co.uk
Dorchester Collection has launched its ‘Stay an extra night on us’ to provide guests with a complimentary night of luxury within any of its ten properties. When three consecutive nights are booked, the third night is complimentary across all rooms and suites.
The ‘Stay an extra night on us’ offer is valid for stays until March 31, 2014, subject to availability. The complimentary night is valid when rooms are booked for three nights or more, with any additional nights being charged at the best available rate at the time of booking. All Dorchester Collection rates are per room or suite, per night, based on double occupancy. For further details on the terms and conditions of the offer please visit the Dorchester Collection website.
Helen Smith, vice president of sales and marketing for Dorchester Collection, states: ‘The additional complimentary night is exceptional added value for guests wanting longer to enjoy the various hotel offerings throughout the collection, including award-winning spa facilities and restaurants, whilst having more time to discover the destination.’
Notes to editors:
Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.
The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; Le Richemond, Geneva; and Hotel Eden, Rome.
Feather Down Farm Days are presenting a few new Feather Down Farm glamping locations in Europe. Our newest edition is Mill farm in Lurgashall, Petworth. Just a hour from London. Or would you like to stay on a country estate? then have a look at our four Country Retreat locations, formerly known as Country House Hideout.
Feather Down Farm Days holidays, are firmly lodged in the hearts of British holiday-makers with their unique offering of luxury camping on the grounds of working farms. Families in particular have embraced the experience of getting back to nature in wonderful countryside, while seeing first-hand how their food is grown and reared and even rolling up their sleeves to help out!
In fact, over 90 per cent of guests at Feather Down Farms have described their stays as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ and the company was twice voted ‘Top-rated UK Camping Holiday’ by influential website, Mumsnet. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Feather Down Farm Days, first established roots in the UK and the Netherlands, and has now spread to France, Germany and the USA with a total of 60 locations worldwide, each with its own special experience to offer.
There is something magical about leaving the frenetic world of screens and deadlines behind for a few days to enjoy a simpler life under canvas and take in the gentle rythms of nature. Children are thrilled to have a real working farm to explore, with animals to meet and feed and real fires to sit around at night – while adults can chill out over a glass of wine with only the stars for company.
In 2014, Feather Down Farm Days is proud to announce a new farm to welcome holidaymakers in the South Downs National Park in the UK. The region is recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty, dotted with small and vibrant working communities and steeped in history and culture.
Mill Farm Lurgashall forms part of The Leconfield Estate in Petworth. The land is a mixture of arable, pasture, woodland, marshland and features a lake, while the farm is home to sheep who graze on the grassland areas and pigs who thrive in the woods. Colombian Black Tail chickens provide the eggs and the lake is renowned for its coarse fishing.
FEATHERDOWN COUNTRY RETREATS
Also new for this year, Feather Down Farm Days is thrilled to unveil four Feather Down Country Retreats. These are situated in fantastic country estates in Essex, Shropshire, Lancashire and the Scottish Borders.
Guests can enjoy the comfort of a spacious Feather Down tent benefitting from its own verandah, where they can while away their days in the hammock taking in the spectacular surroundings. At Feather Down Country Retreats we are offering the same luxuries associated with our hugely popular Frills tents such as private hot tubs, flushing loos, a comfy sofa and a proper working shower. They can be booked on www.featherdown.co.uk/country-retreats
For those who like their tent pitched a little further afield, Feather Down Farm Days is introducing a number of new locations in France, Germany and Holland. All details are on the website and a variety of tent styles are on offer.
FEATHER DOWN FARM DAYS PRICES
The 2014 season starts on April 4th and ends with the October half term. All prices are per tent and all tents sleep up to six people (with a maximum of five adults). A Feather Down stay starts from just £245 for 4 nights.
VIP SKI opened three new chalets in December that were built completely from scratch. Now a photographer has been to visit the Bellacima Lodge in Meribel, Chalet Kaila in Morzine and Chalet Poudreuse in Avoriaz capturing the luxurious interiors and great positioning of these brand new chalets.
Meribel – Bellacima Lodge – VIP SKIs Flagship
The Bellacima Lodge is a brand new chalet for not only the 2013/14 season but brand new in every aspect. The blueprints were dreamt up by VIP SKI so everything has been designed around the brand’s ethos and commitment to affordable luxury. The 5 bedroom property exudes class throughout with a lift, cinema, billiard room, hot tub and even a swimming pool. Ski has been taken into consideration with the lift proximity to the lifts with the pistes within view. Après has been considered in a big way whether it be the cinema, the hot tub or the swimming pool, there are options for every night of the week. Dick’s Tea Bar is also just over the road so après can head into the bar with just the matter of just a road and a lift to navigate in the early hours. This Meribel flagship chalet is sure to be a hit with the British crowd loyal to the resort.
Prices start at £1,129 per person based on two sharing, price includes return flights from London Gatwick, resort transfers and chalet board catering. For more information or to book visit www.vip-chalets.com or call 0844 557 3119
Morzine – Chalet Kaïla
Morzine is a firm favourite with British guests, but so is Avoriaz so where better to stay than in Morzine but within 60 steps of the Super-Morzine lift that whisks skiers towards Avoriaz. Right in the centre of one of the coolest resorts in France is the new Chalet Kaïla. The 4 bedroom chalet can sleep up to 10 guests with all the extras VIP SKI has become known for. Flatscreen TV’s, an outdoor hot tub, sauna and oversized hot water tanks, as boring as the final one may sound those familiar with French plumbing will appreciate such a feature. The location is not only convenient but also worth writing home about due to its position balanced on a cliff and therefore benefitting from views of the surrounding peaks.
Prices start at £849 per person based on two sharing, price includes return flights from London Gatwick, resort transfers and chalet board catering. For more information or to book visit www.vip-chalets.com or call 0844 557 3119
Avoriaz – Chalet Poudreuse
Chalet Poudreuse was a Mourin family barn for the high altitude Morzine summer grazing stock before they decided to build a ski resort called Avoriaz there and lay the pistes all around it in 1962. Until this summer it looked a little incongruous amongst the space age developments and ski lifts all around it. Pascal worked with Andy to create a high altitude refuge with all the contemporary comforts that have become VIP SKI trademarks. They had to demolish the barn but in its place is a chic stylish alpine retreat with no equal; huge vaulted living space with panoramic balcony, flat screen and log burning stove, five compact bedrooms (one with extra bunk beds for kids) with wall mounted TVs, Wifi, iPod docks and smart contemporary bathrooms. VIP felt compelled to add a sauna with a door to the piste for the full Finish hot/cold treatment. You know that it’s really ski-in ski-out when you have to get carried across the pistes on a snowcat with your suitcases and your ski instructor doesn’t have to take off his skis when he knocks on the door.
Prices start at £909 per person based on two sharing. Children travel at half price in bunks. Prices include 7 nights accommodation on a chalet board basis, return flights from London Gatwick and coach transfers. Guests can also choose to book; valet parking, private transfers and private VIP SKI nannies. For more information, visit www.vip-chalets.com or call 0844 557 3119.
Specialist Tour Operator Marks The 100th Anniversary Of Start Of WW1 With A Quartet Of Expert Led Battlefield Tours For 2014February 21, 2014 on 10:46 am | In Adventure Travel, France, Germany, London, Paris, United Kingdom | Comments Off
2014 marks the centenary celebration of the Great War and specialist travel tours company The Cultural Experience has put together four fascinating and compelling tours, each of which is led by an eminent historian who provides background context, expert analysis and intimate battlefield geography whilst clients enjoy a high standard of centrally located hotels and local cuisine creating the perfect cultural holiday.
Starting it all off from 26 – 29 June is the very relevant Sarajevo: Assassination & Siege. The tour is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the catalytic assassination which sparked the outbreak of the First World War. But it will also be nearly 20 years since the tragic siege of Sarajevo ended and the story of these events and the assassination will be told by a man who was there! Major General John Drewienkiewicz served in Sarajevo in the 1990s and from 2002 to 2005. He was Chief of Staff to the NATO mission and then later Commander of the NATO support operation in Zagreb.
He has an intimate knowledge of the city, its history and its people and there is no one better to talk about its culture, the recent siege and take the tour as close as possible to the very spot where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. Flights will depart from London to Sarajevo via Vienna and the tour price of £1195 will cover four star hotel accommodation, breakfast and three course dinners with drinks each evening as well as all entrance fees and an expert guide throughout.
The Cultural Experience World War One flagship tour, The Classic Western Front takes place from 3 – 10 August 2014 and is a fascinating tour led by World War 1 expert and academic Dr Bruce Cherry which can be enjoyed as an introductory tour for the unfamiliar or as an essential ‘aide memoire’ to the experienced battlefield tourist. Visits to the battlefields of Mons, Ypres, Neueve Chapelle, the Somme, Arras, Cambrai, the Kaiserschlact and the final Advance to Victory will put the whole war into perspective geographically, chronologically, strategically, tactically and technologically.
Accommodation will be in a selection of four star hotels and include buffet breakfast plus a three course dinner together with drinks plus all entrance fees and an expert guide throughout. The tour price is £1895 pp including departure from London via coach and crossing with Eurotunnel.
For people with a real interest in the contradictory strategic options surrounding the start of the First World War, The Cultural Experience has arranged a three night tour from 4 – 7 July that looks at action around Mons and Le Cateau entitled “Opening Shots and Leadership Crisis”.
Under the guidance of MP, historian and retired senior soldier Patrick Mercer the tour focuses on the politics and rationale of high-level military thinking that prevailed at the beginning of the War with particular emphasis on the controversy surrounding Smith-Dorrien and his direct disobedience of orders.
The tour will depart from London via Eurotunnel and drive to Cateau where the cavalrymen of Major Tom Bridges’ C Squadron 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards made first contact with the German Imperial Army. Ironically the last British shots of the Great War were also fired there. The tour party will stay at a four star hotel in Mons and the inclusive cost is £825.
The fourth World War 1 tour available in 2014 looks at Ypres and The Christmas Truce and again features soldier, MP and historian Patrick Mercer, the timing from 12 – 14 December allowing visitors to experience the climatic conditions and the short daylight hours that both sides had to endure in and around the Salient during the four winters of the war.
The tour includes a visit to the Flanders Field Museum and Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres but importantly examines the creation of the Salient as a consequence of the ‘Race to the Sea’. Based in the centre of Lille visitors will also be able to take advantage of the wonderful Christmas market held within close proximity of the hotel. The tour price is £725 pp and includes return coach from London via Eurostar, four star accommodation, breakfast and three course evening meals plus an expert historian and all entrance fees.
For further details of these and other tours, check out: www.theculturalexperience.com
Further details: Contact: The Cultural Experience T/: 01935 813700 or E/: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cultural Experience has a real passion for history – and for the places where it was made. Only by bringing together time & space in this way is it possible to put the great events of history into context and evoke the spirit of those who were there.
Tours are informative, informal and inclusive – aimed at both enthusiasts and those with a general interest in history & travel.
Tours are set in the context of the local countryside, customs and cuisine making sure great accommodation and dining experiences are provided alongside the organised themed tours.
The Cultural Experience has been operating battlefield tours for nearly 20 years and its experienced and entertaining guides bring history to life as a result of his academic research or military experience, or both.
The contemporary Le Saint James Hotel, located 15 minutes from central Bordeaux, in the village of Bouliac boasts its own vineyard, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a Michelin starred chef and cookery school, Côté Cours. Their new Spring foodie getaway includes a two night stay with a five course Michelin starred dinner, a three course dinner in their traditional French bistro, transfers to and from the city centre on one day of the stay, a cooking lesson and the all important wine tasting!
Guests will be given a VIP welcome of freshly made pastries and a bottle of the hotel’s own wine Vin Du Jardin on arrival. The stylish hotel was designed by iconic French architect Jean Nouvel to make the most of the space and natural light available. The focal point for all 18 bedrooms are the stunning views, with each bed in line with the expansive windows, providing panoramic views over the hotel’s vineyards, the River Garonne and Bordeaux in the distance.
Guests will enjoy a five course gastronomic meal for two created by Michelin starred chef, Nicholas Magie, in the hotel’s restaurant which is widely regarded to be one of the best in the region. Options on his seasonal menus include “Scallop in different textures, Jerusalem artichoke lime & hazelnut” and “Breast of pigeon “Mrs Leguen” Roasted with a long necklace of Chickpeas, caramel of citrus fruit & endive”.
The hotel’s own French bistro, Café de l’Espérance, is located a two minute walk from the hotel within the village. The ‘buffet des desserts’ at the bistro is something that locals and visitors in the know travel from far and wide to experience, with homemade options such as chocolate éclairs and a creme brûlée that are simply unrivalled.
The wine tasting experience for two will take place with the hotel’s sommelier, Richard Bernard who is one of the most highly respected Sommeliers in France. Richard takes guests on a journey through the history of wine in France, tasting some of the finest wines from the surrounding Chateaux’s and beyond, including the hotel’s own Merlot wine Le Vin Du Jardin; and explaining how Bordeaux became the wine capital of the world.
As well as wine tasting, guests are invited to take part in a cooking lesson in the state of the art cookery school, Côté Cours. The fun, yet very insightful and productive lessons are hosted by one of the very talented and passionate chefs from the hotel.
The fun and relaxed cooking classes take place in the cookery school, “Côté Cours” and can be tailored according to the varying abilities of delegates. Budding cooks are taught skills such as how to prepare fresh scallops and lobster, to make simple, yet colourful and creative dishes to be enjoyed in the cookery school with a glass of wine.
Transfers to and from the City of Bordeaux on one of the days of the stay are also included. The main shopping street the Rue Sainte-Catherine is a must visit, and a walk along the picturesque River Garonne is a wonderful experience. The Museum of Modern Art is highly acclaimed, and guests should make sure they leave time to explore the many sophisticated, independently owned restaurants and bars.
Visitors can then retreat back to the hotel to relax in the bar in front of the open log fire, or sit on one of the benches on the terrace under the fairy lights soaking up the tranquility and breathtaking views over the lights of Bordeaux.
The food, wine, incredible views and second to none service make Le Saint-James the perfect destination for a luxurious and effortlessly stylish break to Bordeaux this Easter.
The total price of the package is £979.50 based on two people sharing and is available until the end of April 2014.
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Notes to Editors:
A member of Relais & Chateaux Hotels, Le Saint-James is just 10km from Bordeaux in South-West France. It is a contemporary hotel designed in 1989 by the famous architect Jean Nouvel and is inspired by the cigarette drying barns in the Lot region.
The unique hotel boasts 15 bedrooms and 3 suites each with a unique theme; an outdoor heated swimming pool; a sauna; a gastronomic restaurant headed up by Michelin starred chef Nicolas Magie and cookery school, Côté Cours.
Le Saint-James is situated in 4 hectares of land including private vineyards of 950 vines with oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt and award-winning sommelier Richard Bernard available to take guests on tour of the hotel’s vineyard.
Bordeaux Airport is just twenty minutes away by car and flights are available from the UK all year round with British Airways and Easyjet.
Valid from now until the end of April 2014 (Reminder: the hotel is closed from the 1st-23rd of January).
The price of the package is £979.50 based on two people sharing. This includes:
2 nights Bed and Breakfast in a deluxe room
VIP welcome on arrival
Dinner for 2 in the Gastronomic restaurant (5 courses, including drinks – half a bottle of wine pp, mineral waters and coffee)
Dinner for 2 in the bistro (3 courses, including drinks – half a bottle of wine pp, mineral waters and coffee)
A transfer to and from Bordeaux
1 hour wine tasting for two
Cookery lesson including lunch for two
Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa is delighted to announce the appointment of Stéphane Carrade as new Executive Chef.
Carrade will oversee food and beverage operations at Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa, from in-room dining and banqueting, to the kitchens at the hotel’s 19th century Belle Epoque-style brasserie ‘The Bordeaux’ and Le Bar. Using his innovative vision and extensive experience with regional ingredients, he will reinvent the gastronomic offering at the brasserie to create a menu that combines both the traditional and daring, whilst mirroring the hotel’s South-West France origins and surroundings.
Stéphane Carrade joins Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa from La Guérinière restaurant in Arcachon. He had previously worked as head chef at Chef Ruffet in Jurançon, which was awarded two Michelin stars during his tenure. Originally from Pyrenees province Le Béarn, he started learning about local ingredients and produce from his grandmother at the age of 5. After studying at Lycée Hôtelier de Talence, he worked at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant Jean Bardet in Tours. Soon after, he was recognised by Alain Ducasse who gave him the opportunity to put one of his signature dishes on the menu of Le Relais Plaza at Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris.
Commenting on this new appointment, General Manager Yan Vacher states “Alongside wine, food is an integral part of the first-class experience for our guests so we look forward to presenting Stéphane Carrade’s new menus, which will re-emphasize the brasserie’s position as a gastronomic centrepiece in Bordeaux.”
Located in France’s South-West region, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa, overseen by Yan Vacher, is situated in the centre of the city, in La Place de La Comédie square overlooking Le Grand Théâtre. The hotel offers its local and international clientele a gastronomic experience in the Michelin-starred ‘Le Pressoir d’Argent’ fine-dining restaurant; ‘The Bordeaux’ brassiere with outdoor terrace; and ‘L’Orangerie’, a buzzing space in the heart of the hotel. Les Bains de Léa spa, offers treatments by acclaimed French beauty brand NUXE. Bathed with natural light throughout, the spa leads out onto a terrace, offering exceptional views across the rooftops of Bordeaux. Originally designed by Victor Louis in the 18th century, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa re-opened at the end of 2007, after a full redesign overseen by internationally acclaimed interior designer Jacques Garcia.Bordeaux’s Palace hotel, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa, boasts an unparalleled level of luxury and elegance in the city, steeped in cultural heritage.
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