Connect to France with Eurail

April 7, 2014 on 10:32 am | In Adventure Travel, France, Paris, Rail Tours | Comments Off



26 countries to choose from – now, also includes France!

There is some great news for international travelers visiting Europe: you can now select France as one of the eligible countries when booking a Eurail Select Pass.

Also, the Eurail Select Pass is now exclusively available as a four-country pass, letting you choose 4 European destinations connected by train or boat from a selection of 26 countries. Start your journey in any of your chosen 4 countries and enjoy unlimited travel for 5, 6, 8, or 10 days within 2 months.

This makes the Eurail Select Pass one of the most flexible passes available, allowing you to not only select the number of days you will travel but also the destinations you will visit.

The eligible countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

- Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg, also known as Benelux, are counted as one country

- Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia are counted as one country

- Croatia and Slovenia are counted as one country

The Eurail Select Pass is available in First Class for Adult & Child fares. In addition, Youth travelers between the ages of 12 and 25 enjoy a discount of up to 35% off adult fares for travel in Standard Class and groups of 2 to 5 travelers save up 15% off adult prices for each person thanks to the Saver Pass discount.


Paris in Spring: The Perfect Place For Retail Therapy

April 7, 2014 on 10:15 am | In Europe, Fashions, France, Paris, Shopping | Comments Off



Shoppers, especially visiting shoppers, take to the boulevards of Paris with devotion and a ritual flair that almost elevates the great department stores into cathedrals. You only have to watch the crowds as they walk the aisles of Printemps, Le Bon Marche and the Galleries Lafayette to appreciate the city’s status as the pre-eminent capital of shopping.

Paris is also a city of art and a singular boutique hotel, located just off the Champs Elysées, the Pavillon des Lettres is celebrating the confluence of art and shopping by launching a new series of photo exhibitions in its lobby, and of course, the photos are for sale. It begins with an exhibit by Marie Gruel, which pays homage to the Historic La Samaritaine Department Store. Gruel’s “Ma Samaritaine” exhibit will be up at Le Pavillon des Lettres through June 25.

The literary-themed Pavillon des Lettres will rotate exhibits of original artwork that complement the hotel’s permanent art and sculpture collection. Gruel’s “Ma Samaritaine” show consists of 15 photographs of La Samaritaine, the department store overlooking the Seine that is famous for its Art Deco interiors and is currently on the verge of transformation by LVMH into a grand commercial space. Gruel, along with 11 other photographers, was given carte blanche to shoot the historic space, which she used as a backdrop for artistic displays of clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. The Gruel exhibit will be followed by a show of nudes from Paris-based photographer Michael Dak (June 15 to Oct. 15.

Each of the hotel’s 26 rooms celebrates an international writer from Charles Baudelaire to Victor Hugo. Each room features an excerpt from one of the author’s books, poems or plays, which is painted above the bed, and a hard copy of the work is on the nightstand. The penthouse suites on the top two floors offer sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais. Rates at the hotel begin at €230.

Over at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, a new luxury shopping experience comes in the form of a package that allows guests VIP access to the city’s famous department store, Printemps Haussman. Printemps has been a leading department store since 1865. With its remodeled façade, classified as a historic monument, the Printemps has 45,000 square meters dedicated to the rites of shopping as well as seven restaurants.

The J’aime la MOde package combines a stay in the hotel with an exclusive private shopping experience at the department store. Printemps offers premium services including a VIP welcome, bespoke in-store personal service, store VIP Card, ‘hands-free’ shopping, local delivery, and shipping.

Guests will be helped by a personal shopper, fashion advisor, and luxury and beauty treatments (on appointment).

The package includes one night at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, breakfast for two in-room or at Camélia, a daily spa credit of €150, premium services at Printemps Haussmann, VIP welcome, Printemps VIP Card with a special offer, multilingual personal shopper, hands-free shopping, priority tax refund, local delivery and international shipping, and a Printemps candle gift. The ‘J’aime la MOde’ package is available year-round with a starting rate of €995.


Luxury 70th Anniversary D-Day Package – Normandy‏

April 3, 2014 on 10:27 am | In Adventure Travel, France, Paris | Comments Off



LES MANOIRS SAMPLE ITINERARY:

DAY 1

Arrive from Paris to Tourgéville, where you’ll become immediately mesmerized by the picturesque setting of the Pays d’Auge and this charming property. Upon arrival, you’ll be escorted to your room or suite, featuring countryside views from your private terrace. After settling in, take advantage of all the leisure activities Les Manoirs has to offer before sitting down for a delectable meal at Les Manoirs’ signature restaurant – 1899. Named after the birth year of Sylvain Floirat, founder of the Groupe Floirat dynasty, 1899’s warm décor and panoramic countryside views compliment Chef Emmanuel Andrieu’s traditional menu inspired by Normandy specialties.

DAY 2

After a delectable breakfast, begin the day with a visit to Caen Memorial, both a museum and war dedicatory site commemorating World War II. Next, travel to the village of Arromanches, a small commune nestled in a bay framed by cliffs, known for its artificial port that was built before the landings. Enjoy a lunch in the village, where you’ll indulge in savory fare, followed by a visit to the D-Day landing beaches and the American War Cemetery. The memorable day is concluded at 1889 to indulge in dinner and some of the finest desserts in Northern France.

DAY 3

After breakfast at Les Manoirs, the day commences with a guided tour of Deauville, known as the “city of the horse” and popular for its American Film Festival. Enjoy lunch in a local French Brasserie followed by leisure time to take advantage of some ultra-chic designer shopping and a stroll down the beach to visit the village fishermen of Trouville before driving back to Les Manoirs. That evening, enjoy dinner at an upscale Seafood Brasserie to experience the local tastes, reaffirming why French Cuisine is bar to none.

DAY 4

After an early breakfast at Les Manoirs, embark on a guided tour of picturesque Honfleur Harbor, capturing the beauty of old farmhouses and towers. The inspiration behind countless artists and the impressionistic movement, Honfluer remains a place where you will find artists painting on the pier. Enjoy lunch on the old harbor and spend the rest of the day walking the docks and stone streets. A final look at the sea, and you’re back to Paris.

The D-Day Package for 2 Includes:

· Three nights in a Triplex or Manor Suite

· A bottle of Champagne upon arrival

· Daily buffet breakfast

· Two dinners at the gastronomic “1899” restaurant

· Private visits of the region with an English-speaking guide

· Admission tickets to the Museums

· Lunches & dinners during the private tours (excluding drinks)

· Transfers during the visits (by rental car)

· Two one-hour spa treatments per person, featuring REN Skincare

· Free access to the fitness center and leisure infrastructures

From 4 210€ for 2 persons

About Groupe Floirat (www.groupe-floirat.com)

Founded by Sylvain Floirat over 50 years ago, Groupe is now owned by Sylvain’s grandson Antoine Chevanne, Executive General Director of Byblos Saint Tropez, and CEO of Groupe Floirat. In addition to the legendary Byblos, properties within the Groupe Floirat portfolio include La Reserve de Saint Jean de Luz and Les Manoirs de Tourgeville in Deauville, as well as Les Caves du Roy nightclub in Saint Tropez and Le Black Legend Monaco.


Les Manoirs de Tourgéville Offers D-Day Package

March 31, 2014 on 7:17 pm | In Adventure Travel, France, London, Paris, United Kingdom | Comments Off



In 2014, France is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings that liberated the country from the tyranny of Nazi Occupation on June 6, 1944. France has invested almost €50 million recently to polish up the battlefields, monuments and memory trails of both the First and Second World Wars.

A new three-night D-Day package from Les Manoirs de Tourgéville, a hotel located in Normandy’s historic region, offers travelers a chance to take part in the commemorations. Located in the Pays d’Auge, the hotel is well situated to serves as a headquarters for exploring the whole region during the commemorations. From Les Manoirs guests visit the Caen Memorial, the village of Arromanches, the landing beaches and the American War Cemetery where 3,987 Americans are interred. There are several guided tours of places like Deauville and Honfleur Harbor.

The package includes lodging in a Triplex or Manor Suite, a bottle of Champagne on arrival, daily buffet breakfast, two dinners at the gastronomic “1899” restaurant, an English-speaking guide, admission to museums, lunches and dinners during the private tours, transfers, two one-hour spa treatments per person and complimentary access to the fitness center and more.


Tour de France spectator hubs revealed

March 30, 2014 on 9:48 am | In France, Paris, Sports Travel | Comments Off



Organisers of the opening stages of this year’s Tour de France in England have confirmed the locations of 17 spectator hubs.

The free admission hubs will offer live coverage of the race on big screens, refreshments and entertainment.

The venues vary in capacity from a few thousand in more rural areas to 40,000 at the Don Valley Bowl in Sheffield.

Hub locations include Skipton and Leyburn, Hawes, Otley, Ilkley and York.

The race begins in Leeds on July 5 and continues from York to Sheffield on July 6.

A third stage between Cambridge and London takes place on July 7.

The spectator hub locations are in addition to the race start points at the Headrow in Leeds, York Racecourse and Parker’s Piece in Cambridge.

The delivery authority for the Grand Depart, TdF HUB 2104 Ltd, said the official hubs would be supported by other spectator events hosted by local authorities, town and parish councils, community groups and privately-organised events.


Holidaymakers Can Do Cannes With Eurocamp

March 29, 2014 on 11:03 am | In Beachbooker, France, London, Paris, United Kingdom | Comments Off



For anyone wanting to join the film industry’s elite for the 67th Cannes Film Festival this May, a break with Eurocamp offers the ideal way to get in on the action – with seven nights staying at the outdoor holiday specialist’s nearby Cap Esterel holiday village from just £530 per party.

Within easy reach of Cannes – where this year’s Film Festival takes place between 14 and 25 May – Cap Esterel offers a peaceful retreat with a fantastic pool complex, sauna and spa complemented by lush green surroundings not to mention a nine-hole golf course and direct access to the beach.

As well as the Cannes Film Festival, with its free open air cinema on the Mace beach showing classic films, cosmopolitan Cannes is ripe for exploration – from its many museums and picturesque waterfront to its grand and impressive villas. Meanwhile, stylish St Tropez is also well worth a visit, as is nearby St Raphaël.

A seven night break from 17 May 2014 staying in a Comfort studio apartment (sleeps 4/5) with a sea view at Eurocamp’s Cap Esterel parc will cost from £530 per party including a 15% discount if booked by 31 March 2014.

Ferry crossings and fly-drive packages are available at a supplement.

Check out the Eurocamp website at www.eurocamp.co.uk  – packed with great new videos, more images and holiday ideas to inspire – for more information or to book, or call 0844 406 0552.


The Art Of A Great Holiday With Eurocamp – Seven Nights In Languedoc During June For £679 Per Party

March 29, 2014 on 9:09 am | In Cabinweb, France, London, Paris, United Kingdom | Comments Off



For a holiday celebrating theatre, dance, opera, music and more this summer look no further than the Carcassonne Festival – ideal for culture lovers, not to mention a unique opportunity to explore prestigious venues across the beautiful fortified city. And with seven nights with Eurocamp from £679 per party during June, grabbing an early break this summer doesn’t mean breaking the bank.

Staying at the outdoor holiday specialist’s Domaine de la Yole parc at Valras Plage the excitement of the Carcassonne Festival and the region’s beautiful coastline are both within easy reach.

After a day soaking up the culture on offer at the Festival, which runs from June to August with many free events to enjoy, Domaine de la Yole offers the perfect retreat with a fantastic pool complex and sauna, Jacuzzi and spa. The nearest beach is just a stroll away; meanwhile, the on-parc vineyard is the perfect excuse to partake in a spot of wine tasting. Out and about, as well as Carcassone with the Festival and its many historic buildings to enjoy, the attractive town of Béziers with its impressive cathedral is a short drive away, and a little closer is the resort of Valras Plage, just 4km away.

A seven night break from 21 June 2014 staying in a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom Esprit mobile home (sleeps up to six adults) with decking and air conditioning at Eurocamp’s Domaine de la Yole parc will cost from £679 per party.

Ferry crossings and fly-drive packages are available at a supplement.

Check out the Eurocamp website at www.eurocamp.co.uk  - packed with great new videos, more images and holiday ideas to inspire – for more information or to book, or call 0844 406 0552.


Vacation Like Royalty in a French Chateau with Vacations-Abroad.com‏

March 28, 2014 on 10:53 am | In France, Paris | Comments Off



The romance and drama from a rich history thrives across the French countryside in the notable chateaux offering travelers the quintessential cultural experience of a lifetime. Vacations-Abroad.com makes a royal holiday within reach for more travelers than ever with numerous properties available at reasonable rates.

Travelers looking to immerse themselves in French culture will find chateau owners across the country offering opportunities to preserve their history through turning these luxury properties into hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts.

Paris Area

After fighting the crowds in Paris any traveler could use a few days of pure rest and relaxation away from the busy city. Vacations-Abroad.com offers several chateaux outside Paris where travelers can soak in the culture, unwind at a spa or enjoy quiet time with loved ones.

Located an hour west of the center of Paris, Chateau Villiers le Mahieu dates back to the 17th Century when its turets rose from what was once a medieval walled castle. Guests are instantly transported back in time the minute they enter the gates and step on the estate’s manicured grounds. Inside the chateau’s rock walls lies a renovated modern hotel and spa with all the conveniences of a luxury resort. Guests can enjoy on-site tennis, swimming pool, biking, boating, boules and much more; making Chateau Villiers le Machieu a superb location to unwind. Rates start at US $273.

Suburban-Paris Chateau des Bonbons is ideal for families looking for variety in a holiday. This 18th Century chateau is conveniently located an hour from Paris and 20 minutes from Euro Disney. Guest can take respite from busy days in the city or amusement park and enjoy luxurious gardens and pond, gourmet meals and spacious rooms appointed with traditional furnishings. The chateau’s on-site hiking and horseback riding provide guests with quiet time to enjoy the seven-hector property. Rates range from 146 € – 322 € per night.

Northwest France

Northern France is rich in culture and history along with beautiful seaside locales of Brittany and Normandy. One of the country’s most popular attractions, Mount Saint Michel, draws visitors year around to experience tide driven access to a medieval island village.

Chateau de la Foltiere is a gardener’s escape as it blossoms among the flowers and shrubs in the Parc Floral de Haute Bretagnein, located near the medieval town of Fougeres and less than an hour from Mount Saint Michel. Guests feel as though the chateau is their private home since only five spacious and very comfortable guestrooms with private entrance are available for travelers. Each of the rooms have retained the charm of grand 19th century with canopied beds and lush fabrics looking out on the 15 stunning manicured gardens. Rates start at 140 €.

Gently nestled in the lower Normandy countryside along the river Souleuvre lies Chateau de Saint Charles de Percy waiting to welcome guests to a quiet life. This picturesque estate features typical Normandy stone architecture along with several out houses including a church, which is registered as a French historical monument. This centrally located property is within an hour’s drive to the Normandy landing beaches and historical locations, Mount Saint Michel and Swiss Normandy. Rates for Chateau de Saint Charles de Percy begin at 70€ and include breakfast.

Centre

Located in the Loire Valley near the village of Cheverny the Chateau du Breuil welcomes guests to step back in time with a 15th Century chateau complete with a moat and expansive estate. The castle boasts 39 guest rooms and reception rooms all completely renovated to modern standards with a period touch. Lying on 45 hectares filled with wildlife and forest, guest leisure activities vary from relaxing strolls or bike rides to spa treatments and swimming. The on-site restaurant caters to any special dietary needs and offers daily Loire Valley wine tasting for guests. Rates vary between 136 € – 322 € per night.

Burgundy

Wine lovers will enjoy a trip to Burgundy and the Chateau D’Island. Situated in the nature park of the Morvan, between Vezelay and Avallon, lies the authentic 15th century castle. Guests will enjoy luxurious rooms, suites and apartments which all have been renovated and decorated in period style. Guests can enjoy the many sites and activities within the park including learning more about Morvan history and culture, museum of the Resistance, water sports, hiking and more. Rates range between 95 € – 280 €.

www.Vacations-Abroad.com  offers travelers a portal directly to boutique hotels and homeowners offering short-term vacation rentals in some of the world’s most desirable and exotic destinations. By booking directly with owners, travelers can enjoy a memorable holiday complete with an authentic cultural experience. www.Vacations-Abroad.com offers more than 200 distinct properties in France.

Since 2000, Vacations-Abroad.com has given travelers an opportunity to immerse in local culture by connecting private homeowners with guests for short-term rentals bypassing commission only websites. Guests can choose from a wide range of lodging options from apartments, condos, private homes and estates to small hotels in some of the most desirable locations worldwide. With more than 2,000 properties in 73 countries, Vacations-abroad.com focuses on authentic holiday and vacation rentals in unique and exotic locations around the globe.


Celebrate The Children’s’ Carnival At Le Meurice

March 28, 2014 on 10:39 am | In France, Paris | Comments Off



Perfectly located in the heart of the City of Light, facing the Jardin des Tuileries, Dorchester Collection’s Le Meurice invites guests to take part in its traditional Children’s Carnival celebrations.

On Sunday March 9 2014, this leading luxury Parisian hotel will open its doors and invite guests and families to participate in this animated and vibrant event.

Each Children’s Carnival has its own highly colourful theme. As 2014 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-French diplomatic relations, this event marks the friendship between the people of France and China, and promises to astound with its warm, richly colourful ambiance. The lineup includes noisy farandoles, tricolour costumes, Chinese folklore and beaming smiles all around!

Young prodigies from the prestigious Stanlowa school of dance will perform a dazzling show specially created for the occasion. These adventures into the magic and art of movement as well as balloon, make-up and funny tattoo workshops, will amuse even the most hard to please of children. The much anticipated children’s parade allows parents to see their own ‘Little Emperors’ in all their flamboyant glory. The day will culminate with a heap of sweet treats available at a buffet specially prepared by Pastry Chef Cédric Grolet.

The Children’s Carnival is an event for all ages, and a perfect afternoon of fun and frivolity, so don your masks get ready, and book!

Children’s Carnival at Le Meurice – Sunday, March 9, 3:30-6pm

Carnival Package: starting at €820 for a superior room, without breakfast, tickets for the carnival included.

Notes to editors:

Dorchester Collection

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.

www.dorchestercollection.com


Buy a Peugeot Long-Term Rental, the Gas is On Auto Europe

March 26, 2014 on 9:40 am | In Austria, Belgium, Czech, Europe, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Paris, Road Trips, Switzerland | Comments Off



Auto Europe is offering big savings for long-term rentals, 21 days or longer, with their Buy Back Program featuring a large selection of factory new Peugeot models. The program is a practical way to save with a villa rental or extended stay in Europe.

In addition to low daily rates beginning at $29 a day, Auto Europe is offering to reimburse $50 towards your first tank of gas. Simply send us your receipt once you return home and we’ll refund you $50 USD. This offer for free gasoline is valid for all reservations now through April 30 for pick ups through Sept. 30, 2014.

All Peugeot models are equipped with air conditioning, power steering, radio, CD player (excluding 208 & 2008 models), electronic immobilizer, automatic locking and ABS brakes. Along with better fuel consumption, diesel fuel is generally less expensive in Europe so Peugeot has provided a large range of diesel models in fleet to choose from.

The benefits of a Peugeot Buy Back include rates that are tax free with non-deductible fully comprehensive insurance, the ability to travel into most former Eastern Bloc countries with no additional fees, unlimited mileage, 24-hour roadside assistance and delivery can be arranged at most major airports and cities throughout Europe.

In addition, minimum rental age is 18 with no maximum age limits. The factory new vehicles with zero mileage can be delivered to select cities throughout France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

Sample rate shown is a daily rate based upon a 45-day lease of the four-door, four passenger Peugeot 208, manual transmission for deliveries in Paris. Delivery and collection fees may apply for locations outside France. Rate and offer subject to change and additional restrictions may apply.

Auto Europe services over 8,000 car rental locations in over 130 countries worldwide. In addition, through their tour division, FlyInternational.com they offer scheduled airfare to Europe with over thirty carriers and service 3, 4 & 5 star worldwide hotels. For additional information contact your local sales representative or Auto Europe at (800) 223-5555. Visit their web site at http://www.autoeurope.com


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