From Chic Châteaux To Heavenly Hotels, The Bouches-du-Rhône Region Has Lifted The Veil On Luxury Accommodation

October 26, 2014 on 12:12 pm | In Europe, France, Paris | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowMarseille’s title of ‘European Capital of Culture 2013′ saw the city’s image be restored, renovated and revamped. The changes didn’t stop there as the face lift swept across the Bouches-du-Rhône region to reach towns such as Aix, Arles and La Ciotat. Hotels, B&Bs and guest houses have lifted the veil on their illustrious new designs to compliment a luxury escapade to the region, to appreciate its charm and elegance.

With 194 rooms on offer, the most recent addition to Marseille’s portfolio of hotels is the Hôtel Intercontinental.

A Clarins Spa and Roman-style indoor pool set the tone for this impressive building where two chic eateries are headed up by the talented chef, Lionel Lévy. The terrace has one of the finest views on offer to sit and appreciate the Old Port and Notre Dame de la Garde basilica. Just a short distance from the hotel, Marseille’s oldest museum the Palais Longchamp has been given a new lease of life for families strolling through the surrounding lawns and parks to explore. It includes the Fine Arts Museum, natural history museum and a water tower built into the three-part body.

Moving out to Aix-En-Provence, the Hôtel Renaissance with its five-star distinction has 133 elegantly designed rooms set amongst the landscaped gardens in Aix’s new cultural quarter, Sexitus Mirabeau. Maintaining France’s reputation for fine food, star-rated chef Jean-marc Banzo runs both a gastronomic restaurant and brasserie with tantalising food and magnificent views to add another layer of luxury to any guest’s visit.

Hidden away in the fold of the Alpilles, the Villa La Méduse in Cassis strikes a balance between splendour and authenticity as the hilltop villa embraces the views of the Bay of Cassis and four ultra-chic bedrooms with contemporary design furniture. Stroll among the footpaths of the fjords for spectacular plunging views or for a more sedate pace, unwind on the Villa’s terrace watching the ballet of yachts and fishing boats below.

Continuing to live up to its cultural capital title, accommodation in Marseille and the rest of the region have pulled out all the stops to offer guests faultless service, unbeatable views and designs that will leave guests lusting after the life of luxury from their time in the Bouches-du-Rhône region.

For more information on tourism in the Bouches-du-Rhône, visit www.visitprovence.com.


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October 26, 2014 on 12:11 pm | In France, Italy, Paris, Portugal, Rome, Spain | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWant to walk the Camino in 2015? Book your trip now with CaminoWays.com, the walking and cycling holiday specialists, and receive a very special early bird discount of 10% on self-guided tours.

Every year, pilgrims from all over the world set out on a Camino adventure and now, with this fantastic offer, you can join them.

With CaminoWays.com, you can choose from more well-known routes, such as the French Way, or lesser known paths, such as the Camino routes in France or the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome.

Regardless of which Camino path you select, you are guaranteed to discover incredible history, rich culture and stunning scenery that will make it the trip of a lifetime.

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Explore The Famous Cognac Houses And Ramble On The Dedicated Trails

October 24, 2014 on 2:01 pm | In Dine Drink, France, Paris | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowToday, the global Cognac market represents nearly 150 million bottles and is worth 1.7 billion Euros. 4 bottles of Cognac are consumed every second in the world. The name ‘Cognac’ is protected and only brandy produced in the region is entitled to carry the name on its label. The Cognac region is located in the Western-France and production is centred around the medieval town of Cognac.

The most famous Cognac houses (Camus, Otard, Hennessy, Martell, Courvoisier, Remy Martin) all organise guided tours and provide a fascinating insight to the world of Cognac production, its history and of course a visit to old cellars followed by a tasting. It is also well worth visiting some of the smaller producers and family businesses such as Boutiers Brard Blanchard near Cognac or Breuil Domaine de Segonzac, both specialising in organic production.

Each year from December to February the various houses hosts open weekends and invite the public to discover the secrets of brandy making. The weekend programmes include dinner at the distillery, concerts in the cellar and a Cognac tasting.

The Cognac trails are made up from five different routes of ‘Les Etapes du Cognac’ and run from one village to the next, providing an opportunity to meet local people and gain an insight into winegrowing traditions, gourmet food and the heritage linked to the vineyards of Charente that make up the Cognac area.

And finally, to complete the stay visit the ‘Cognathèque’ in Cognac itself which has the largest display of cognacs in the world (450 cognacs and 50 pineaux des Charentes) and also offer tasting workshops covering the history of cognac, grape varieties, production processes.

More information on Cognac and the Cognac Houses: http://tourism-cognac.com
More information about the Cognac trails: http://www.cognacetapes.com
More about the Poitou-Charentes: http://www.visit-poitou-charentes.com/

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Pack Your Bags For An Instant Takeoff To Paris With Air France‏

October 23, 2014 on 3:49 pm | In Airlines, Chicago, France, New York City, Paris | Comments Off




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On October 24, New York area travelers can win a trip to Paris – leaving the same night

On Friday, October 24, 2014, Air France will transform a piece of Manhattan into a rendezvous point for hundreds of hopeful travelers, suitcases in hand, eager for the chance to depart immediately on a journey to Paris. The first-ever US edition of Air France’s Instant Takeoff promotion will take place at a prominent outdoor public space in Manhattan, where two lucky winners and their guests will be selected from the crowd and whisked away on a flight leaving that same night. While there will only be a few winners, participants will experience complimentary French treats and music in a specially designed check-in lounge from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Those who wish to enter the sweepstakes must pre-register at http://airfranceinstanttakeoff.com/. The location will be revealed to registrants via email on the day of the event. Both the entrant and their guest will need to arrive at the pop-up lounge with bags packed and passports in hand* to gain admittance to the lounge and await the random drawing.

After the drawing, the winning couples will be escorted in a private car to John F. Kennedy (JFK) International airport. Winners will enjoy Premium Economy seats on Air France’s Flight 009 to Paris. The package also includes hotel accommodations at Pullman Paris Montparnasse, a lunch voucher to Bistro Allard and free access to The Louvre, provided by American Friends of the Louvre. The winners will spend a weekend in the City of Light, with a return flight on Monday, October 27.


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“Recently, Air France completed a series of significant investments in its products and services to offer our customers in all classes the highest levels of luxury and comfort,” said Marnix Fruitema, Senior Vice President, Air France-KLM. “The Instant Takeoff is a fun and engaging way to show consumers Air France’s innovations and to remind them that Paris is just a few hours away aboard our airline.”

The sweepstakes is open for pre-registration now and will close on October 24 at 4 p.m. Entrance to the lounge will be first come, first served for qualified, registered participants until capacity is reached. Names will be randomly selected on site from the pool of participants present in the lounge at the time of the drawing.

For more details, visit http://airfranceinstanttakeoff.com/  or Facebook and Twitter (@AirFranceUS #AFInstantTakeoff).

*The contest is open to individuals residing in United States, aged 18 and over, who hold a valid passport to enter France on October 25, 2014 and that is valid for at least three (3) months beyond the return date of October 27, 2014. All rules are posted on http://airfranceinstanttakeoff.com/

About AIR FRANCE

AIR FRANCE, with its regional subsidiary HOP!, operates 1,500 daily flights in France, Europe and worldwide. Its fleet comprises 350 aircraft in operation.

Since 2004, AIR FRANCE and KLM have formed a major player in the air transport industry. The two airlines operate the leading long-haul network on departure from Europe.

In 2013, AIR FRANCE and KLM carried 77.3 million passengers.

The two airlines currently offer their customers access to a network covering 231 destinations in close to 100 countries from their hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.

Their Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is leader in Europe and has over 24.5 million members.

AIR FRANCE and KLM and their partners Delta and Alitalia operate the biggest trans-Atlantic joint-venture with over 250 daily flights.
AIR FRANCE and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance which has 20 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of 16,323 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.

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European Waterways’ Announces 2015 Journeys Of Discovery Across Nine Countries

October 22, 2014 on 7:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Belgium, Cruise Boats, Czech, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, London, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Paris, Scotland, Switzerland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThis month has seen the launch to the marketplace of European Waterways’ 2015 Brochure, featuring a choice of luxury hotel barge cruises in nine European countries – France, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, Scotland, England and Ireland.

The new 62-page, full-colour, illustrated Brochure – and accompanying price insert – features a double page spread on the scenic cruise destinations – from the Canal du Nivernais and Canal du Midi in France, to the River Po in Italy and Caledonian Canal in Scotland; sample regional menus and fine wines; and a taste of the daily excursions to be experienced en route.

Highlights for 2015 include:

In April a series of three, 6-night World War One Commemorative cruises aboard the 12-passenger hotel barge La Belle Epoque, along waterways which pass through the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme
Off-the-beaten-track excursions, for example, the Aalsmeer flower auction in Holland, or the Troglodyte cave dwellings in the Loire Valley

Longer waterway journeys through Holland, Belgium, France, Germany & Luxembourg – trans-regional voyages for the more adventurous travellers, navigating a longer route of varied landscapes

Accommodating from 6 – 20 passengers, the fully-crewed fleet of 18 European Waterways’ floating hotel barges offer discerning travellers the chance to embark on journeys of discovery along some of Europe’s most beautiful inland waterways, while enjoying first-class service and like-minded congenial company.

The hotel barge cruising “difference” – varying from that of the more mainstream forms of cruising – provides a relaxed, private house party atmosphere; access to waterways inaccessible to larger vessels; travelling less than 70 miles at a leisurely pace; and unique experiences such as the Arzviller Boat Elevator, Eiffel’s Pont Canal de Briare and the Malpas Tunnel.

Groups of friends, or multi-generational families can also charter any of the hotel barges exclusively – perhaps for a special celebration; or a wide selection of themed charter cruises can be arranged, appealing to special interest groups, whether golf, or wine appreciation, walking, or tandem barge cruises for larger groups.

Typically, 6-night voyages include all meals, selected domaine and chateau wines, an open bar, daily escorted excursions, local transfers and use of all onboard facilities such as bicycles and spa pools.

2015 prices for a 6-night cruise, based on double occupancy, lead in at £2,290 per person aboard La Bella Vita cruising in the River Po Valley, or at £14,000 (4 people) for a whole-boat charter aboard the 6-passenger Nymphea in the Loire Valley.

About European Waterways

European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, carries over 2,000 passengers a year. Founded nearly 40 years ago, they own, operate and market a private fleet of luxury hotel barges with cruises in France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Pioneers in hotel barging, they were the first company to operate a hotel barge on the Upper Nivernais in Burgundy, and the “Château country” of the Loire. They are also the only cruise company offering barge cruises in Scotland and in the Venetian lagoon and River Po valley.

Follow European Waterways on Facebook and Twitter and view their YouTube channel.

Full details: www.gobarging.com

For Reservations Tel: +44(0) 1753 598555


The Alpine Club Launches ‘St Martin Uncovered’

October 22, 2014 on 7:11 am | In Adventure Travel, France, Italy, Lichtenstein, London, Paris, Skiing Snowboarding, Switzerland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Backcountry.com Winter ClearanceBoutique chalet operator The Alpine Club, which is based in the charming Trois Vallées resort of St Martin de Belleville, is launching a blog this season aimed at lifting the lid on life in a ski resort.

‘St Martin Uncovered’ will feature in-depth interviews with a range of key people who work in St Martin and help it to function as the most sought-after hidden gem resort in the Trois Vallées. These individuals range from ski instructors to massage therapists, ski shop owners to après ski bar managers, estate agents and more.

The blog will reveal what their job entails, whether it be managing on only four hours’ sleep a night as the local bar owner or checking weather reports and booking overnight stops in mountain huts as the ski instructor. It will also feature insider top tips covering everything from the most scenic, secret ski run in the resort to which are the most popular skis to hire for the season and where to get the very best hot chocolate on the mountain.

Helen Raemers, the owner of The Alpine Club, which runs a collection of beautiful chalets in the resort, comments: “We really appreciate the contribution that these crucial people make to life in St Martin de Belleville. They are the behind-the-scenes unsung heroes, and we wanted to highlight what they do and to thank them.

“Where would we be without the massage therapist who rubs our aching limbs after a hard day’s skiing? Or the restaurant manager who serves up perfect tartiflettes every day? Or the bar owner who lays on lively, impromptu après-ski sessions each night? They all deserve praise and attention for the hard work they do, plus we thought it would be fun to delve into their worlds a little.”

‘St Martin Uncovered’ will feature two profiles each month. Among those appearing will be Didier Collomb, a private ski instructor for the local ESF school, Lucy Chittenden who owns and runs the famous Piano Bar in the heart of St Martin, and Sandy Ritters who manages Le Montagnard restaurant in the village. Others include Olivier Bertrand who runs the Twinners ski hire shop, Emma Horsfall who works for the local Leggett Immobilier estate agents, realising people’s dreams of buying their very own chalet in the Alps, and even Estelle Roy, the local tourist officer, who keeps visitors informed on local events, furnishes them with piste maps and even directs them to their chalet or hotel.

Helen will also be revealing what it is like to run a leading luxury chalet company in the Alps, in her capacity as owner of The Alpine Club.

“There is a real buzz in St Martin now about the blog,” she says. “Everyone seems to want to appear on it, which is fantastic. We just really wanted to put something back and to thank these brilliant people for the contribution they make to the running of this wonderful, properly local, Savoyard ski resort that lies in the heart of the Trois Vallées.”

Blog: http://thealpineblog.co

The Alpine Club – www.thealpineclub.co.uk

tel: +33 (0)7 78 84 57 10

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Swoosh – Winter Goes On Sale! Book Your Winter Train Services From 16th October 2014 With Voyages-sncf.com

October 17, 2014 on 8:04 am | In France, Paris, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off




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One of the most popular periods of train travel is without doubt the winter period encompassing Christmas, the New Year, and the start of the ski season.

As these are such popular times to travel, early booking is strongly recommended, so make sure to put the date in your diary to avoid disappointment.

On the 16th October 2014 at 5am, seats on French trains for travel from 14th December 2014, for the popular Christmas and New Year periods will be released for purchase. Voyages-sncf.com’s UK based call centre will be open to callers from 5am and the London Travel Centre will be open from 8am, where a mini-breakfast will be provided for early morning customers.

The advantages of rail travel such as and shorter check-in times and generous luggage allowances are of benefit to all travellers. And for skiers in particular, no additional charges for ski carriage and being able to travel right into the very heart of the mountains, meaning maximum time on the slopes, is a bonus. Rail travel is also the more environmentally friendly choice to make.
The winter months are also a great time to travel around France even if winter sports are not top of your list. City breaks are more fun as queues for the most popular sites, monuments and places of interest are much shorter.

It is easier to move around and prices are not necessarily at a premium in hotels and restaurants. Even seaside holidays are still possible late in the year if you are popping down to the French Riviera or the Languedoc coast where winter sun continues to shine.

The winter timetable features increased services on routes popular with skiers, such as the Paris to Bourg St Maurice overnight service, which usually runs every night throughout the winter ski season.


As well as domestic French trains, a range of international routes will be available, including Paris to Geneva, Zurich, Milan, Luxembourg and Freiburg, and Brussels to selected French destinations.

For further information or to book, go to www.Voyages-sncf.com, call 0844 848 5 848 or visit the Voyages-sncf Travel Centre at 193 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EU.

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In 2013, the group sold 75 million tickets with an annual sales revenue of €4 billion, across more than 30 countries.
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About Voyages-sncf.com: Voyages-sncf.com is a subsidiary of the French National Railway Company SNCF and an expert in railway travel to Europe and French destinations. It is a key player in the European tourism industry employing over 1,000 people across its European business. In 2013, the group sold 75 million tickets with annual sales revenue of €4 billion, across more than 30 countries. Voyages-sncf.com has taken a comprehensive approach to its customers that includes 14 web and mobile sites, 5 travel centres and an integrated call centre service.

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Enjoy Wine And Champagne Tasting With Sceptre Tours’ New Enchanting Journeys Vacations‏

October 16, 2014 on 12:03 pm | In Dine Drink, Europe, France, Paris | Comments Off




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Small group guided vacations take travelers beyond the everyday motorcoach tour to experience the places and faces most tourists never see

Rockville Centre, NY (October 16, 2014) — Sceptre Tours knows that there are certain travelers who want more upscale, curated, personalized tours, and as such the company has designed new “Enchanting Journeys” vacations.


One such tour, France’s Greatest Champagne & Wine, takes travelers through the French regions of Champagne, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley combining beautiful surroundings with wine and champagne tastings and tours along the way.

The hallmarks of the Enchanting Journeys vacations are small-group journeys (18 passengers max), hosted in custom mini coaches with expert tour leaders, featuring non-traditional itineraries which explore special interests and include stays in small hotels to offer a true boutique-style experience.


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France’s Greatest Champagne & Wine Enchanting Journey features highlights such as visits to a traditional family-run Champagne house for a tour and tasting, meetings with local Champagne experts, a visit to Chablis, one of the most famous white wine regions in the world including a tour of a traditional wine cellar, stops in Beaune, the “Capital of Burgundy wines,” private wine tastings and meetings with expert sommeliers, and so much more.

The 7-Night France’s Greatest Champagne & Wine Vacation includes:

Transportation:

Round-trip airport transfers in Paris and Lyon
Transportation by private luxury mini-coach with air conditioning

Accommodations as listed or similar:

1 night in Paris at the Hotel La Demeure
2 nights in Ay at the Hotel Castel Jeanson (or similar)
2 nights in Beaune at the Belle Epoque (or similar)
2 nights in Lyon at the Grand Hotel des Terreaux (or similar)

Tours and Sightseeing:

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Cathedral of Our Lady of Reims
Behind-the-scenes visit to a vineyard in Champagne
Tastings in Champagne, Chablis, Beaune & The Rhone valley
Walking tour of the vineyards in Beaune
The HotelDieu (The Hospices de Beaune)
Tain l’Heritage
Dinner in a traditional “Bouchon Lyonnais”

Other Inclusions:

European Breakfast daily (B) and 3 dinners (D)
Services of a professional Tour Leader
All local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage for one suitcase per person

This tour is priced from $3,549 per person, land only, based upon double occupancy. There are a variety of departure dates from May to September, 2015.

Sceptre’s Enchanting Journeys combine perfectly with their $400 Air Credit promotion. Book before 12/31/14 and save an additional $200 per person when you include airfare. For complete details, visit http://sceptretours.com/400-air-credit.

For additional information on this and other Enchanting Journeys tours which include visits to Spain, Italy, France, Ireland, and the UK, visit www.sceptretours.com/vacation-packages/enchanting-journeys or call 800-221-0924. To order copies of Sceptre Tours’ Enchanting Journeys brochures, visit www.sceptretours.com/brochures.

About Sceptre Tours
Sceptre Tours is a deluxe tour operator designing innovative and unique opportunities for the discerning vacationer. From expertly designed pre-packaged vacations to bespoke travel experiences, Sceptre’s Vacation Experts are committed to earning their clients’ trust one vacation at a time. With more than 30 years of experience, Sceptre Tours offers a winning combination of unique luxury travel experiences, in-depth destination knowledge, and unmatched customer service.

For additional information, visit www.SceptreTours.com  or call 800-221-0924.


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How To Save Big On A Club Med Vacation

October 15, 2014 on 2:39 pm | In Beachbooker, France, Hotels, Paris | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowClub Med, the world’s leading premium all-inclusive resort company, announces a Six-Day Flash Sale from Sept. 19- 24. Vacationers need to act fast to take advantage of Club Med’s best offer on the market, featuring incredible savings of 50 percent off on travel between Nov. 1, 2014 and Feb. 13, 2015.

With this limited-time offer, travelers looking for the perfect all-inclusive getaway this winter can book their cold weather escape to the following Club Med resorts: Club Med properties in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Ditch the winter chill and hustle of the holiday season and explore a marathon of scenic properties from Sandpiper Bay, the brand’s “premium sports” resort in Florida, which offers highly acclaimed golf, tennis, volleyball, fitness and triathlon academies to the exotic Ixtapa Pacific, the No. 1 “Hotel in Mexico for Families” as ranked by TripAdvisor.

Whether traveling as a family or a couple, Club Med offers the ease of an all-inclusive escape with everything included in one convenient price from gourmet dining throughout the day with a full open bar of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to a variety of exciting activities complete with professional instruction and top-of-the-line equipment.

Offer requires a three-night minimum stay. Available only at Sandpiper Bay, Punta Cana, Columbus Isle, Cancun Yucatan, La Caravelle, Buccaneer’s Creek, Ixtapa Pacific & Turkoise. Does not include airfare. Valid for new individual bookings only for select travel dates between Nov.1, 2014 and Feb.13, 2015 and must be booked by Sept. 24, 2014. Subject to capacity control and may increase at any time.

This offer may not be combined with other promotions. Travel to Columbus Isle requires a seven-night minimum stay, and air must be purchased through Club Med at full price.

General Conditions: Blackout dates apply, including holidays and other dates. For Turkoise all guests must be 18 and older. Guests at Columbus Isle must be 2 and older. Club Med Membership fees of $60 per adult and $30 per child are additional. Other restrictions apply including brochure terms and cancellation/change fees. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-ClubMed (1-800-258-2633) or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on facebook.com/ClubMed, Twitter @ClubMedOfficial or Instagram.com/ClubMed, subscribe toYouTube.com/ClubMed and download Club Med’s free innovative travel app for iPhone and iPad at www.clubmed.us/app.

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The perfect pairing: Matching France festivals with self-guided bike tours

October 15, 2014 on 7:03 am | In Adventure Travel, Dine Drink, Festivals, France, Paris, Webbandstand | Comments Off




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NEW YORK CITY – As summer takes its final bow, we can’t be sad. All we can think about is how lovely France is in autumn, with the colors changing, cooler climes and sparse crowds. If you can’t squeeze in another adventure before winter, that’s ok. Dream about the perfect journey for that other glorious shoulder season, spring. Any of the Discover France bike tours can be customized to fit a desired itinerary and travelers choose the dates! Here are some great ideas to get the wheels turning:

Shellfish & Crustacean Festival
Normandy: October 4-5, 2014


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Granville, the most important shellfish port in France, fêtes their oceanic bounty of scallops and other shellfish prepared by some of the region’s most renowned chefs.
PAIRING: Brittany to Normandy Tour
Bicycle through green pastures and seaside towns with beautiful coastline, discovering the history that has made this area so famous. Stop at Mont St. Michel, St. Mere Eglise and the D-Day beaches among other notable sites. On Day 3, wander through Granville, smelling and tasting all the fresh seafood your taste buds desire.

Le Festival du Périgord Noir
Dordogne: Through October 3, 2014
The region’s largest musical festival features classical music concerts in the truly unique architectural and natural settings in Sarlat and Chavagnac.
PAIRING: Best of Bordeaux & Dordogne
Discover this countryside mixed with vineyards, chateaux and the grottos of prehistory. Explore St. Emilion, filled with Romanesque churches and fascinating ruins stretching along the narrow streets. Travel through the forests and through small villages to Les Eyzies, home of the Font de Gaume, then end your journey in the charming, medieval town of Sarlat.

Festivities for the 154th Hospices de Beaune
Burgundy: November 14-16, 2014
During this three-day festival, merchant houses and family wine estates open their cellars and their bottles. Popular entertainment, both free and for a fee, fill the days, from a half marathon to street theater, wine tastings, bottle-opening contests and a carnival. The high point is the most famous charity wine sale in the world.
PAIRING: Burgundy Gastronomy and Wine
This cycling tour is the perfect combination of Burgundy’s most important treasured assets: wine and cuisine. Starting in historic Dijon, make your way across the most famous vignobles. Stop for tastings at your leisure and explore the wine country villages along this route. The last two nights will be in Beaune, allowing for plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.


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International Garden Festival
Loire: April-October

The former home of Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, hosts the world’s most lavish garden festival, boasting nearly 580 gardens designed as prototypes of gardens of the future.
PAIRING: Loire Valley Classic

Discover the rolling landscapes, unspoiled nature, beautiful gardens and breathtaking castles of the Loire Valley. You will explore the area between Chambord and Azay le Rideau, and indulge in the gastronomy of this region daily. Imbibe the sparkling white wine and savour sweet chocolates then stroll through the gardens Château de Chaumont.

Great Roman Games in Nîmes
Languedoc: May 2015

Antiquity comes alive with the largest historical re-enactment of Roman times in the exceptional Amphitheatre of Nîmes. The event will commemorate the accession of Augustus and the Battle of Philippi, scenes including: Emperor’s parade, military parade, gladiatorial combats, distribution of bread, chariot races and a final great battle.

PAIRING: Languedoc Countryside & Heritage
Discover sunny Languedoc on a fabulous route that takes you way off the beaten tourist path. You will have loop tours on three separate days, with opportunities to hike around St. Guilhem, visit a glass blowing museum in its birthplace, visit the icon Pic St Loup, explore the gorges of the l’Herault and more. You will be in Nîmes on Day 6 to enjoy the Roman Games.

Weekend of the Grands Crus
Bordeaux: May 30-31, 2015
The Union of the Grands Crus of Bordeaux invites all fans of great wines to experience an exceptional weekend among the best wine labels of Bordeaux. On Saturday, enjoy a tasting at the historic port, followed by an evening of private wine and food pairings or opt for cocktails and music at local wine bars. On Sunday, visit vineyards around Bordeaux or play a round of golf while tasting prestigious wines.
PAIRING: Bordeaux Wine Country
Arrive in Bordeaux a few days prior to your self-guided tour to take part in the Grand Crus events. This cycling tour is centered around Bordeaux vineyards, including Saint Emilion, Entre Deux Mers and other small wine villages throughout the region. Travel through the vines and passed chateaux, around walled towns and along winding rivers. Leave time for wine tasting, shopping and visits to cultural sites throughout the tour.

Luberon Jazz Festival
Provence: May-June, 2015
The 22nd annual festival, featuring the new generation of French jazz musicians and numerous regional musical treasures. Plus, plenty of European and African discoveries too.
PAIRING: Provence Multisport
National Geographic Adventure named this the “Best 25 New Trips of 2009”. This tour combines several activities to provide you with a unique way to discover this beautiful part of France. You will cycle through the vineyards and forests of the region, hop on a canoe and paddle down the Gardon river, hike through the mountains, lavender fields and olive groves. You have the option to do a cooking class too!

www.discoverfrance.com


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