Castles and wines 2016
4-day tour to Burgundy and Lyon, combining the discovery of lesser known yet beautiful castles (Ancy-le-Franc, Cormatin ...) and delicious wine tastings (Burgundy and Beaujolais)
Paris - Chablis - Ancy-le-Franc - Fontenay Abbey - Dijon
Drive south from Paris into the Burgundy wine country, stop in Chablis for a private 'grand cru' tasting. Chablis wines are dry white wines made from chardonnay, characterized by their purity, crispness, sophistication and minerality.
Lunch in Chablis
Visit the castle of Ancy-le-Franc, built in 1546, it is one of the most beautiful Renaissance mansion in Burgundy.
the abbey of Fontenay, UNESCO World Heritage, nesting in a verdant valley is a good example of what a 12th Century Cistercian monastery was like.
Capital of Burgundy, Dijon offers an exceptional cultural patrimony, such as the 'Palais des Ducs' and the Fine Arts Museum. Walking tour along 'the owl's trail'.
Dinner and accommodation at Chateau de Gilly near Beaune
Clos Vougeot - route des Grands Crus - Beaune
Tour of the historical Clos de Vougeot, built by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. Surrounded by magnificent vineyards, it houses prestigious cellars and collections of winepresses from the middle Ages.
Drive along the Great Vintage Wines Road (Route des Grands Crus) through the vineyards that hold the illustrious names of the Burgundy wines such as Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aloxe-Corton... private wine tasting before arriving to the town of Beaune
Beaune, ancient city with a splendid architectural heritage and Capital of the Burgundy wines. Visit the 'Patriarche' (or similar) wine cellars, dating from the 13th/14th century, where you will be able to taste about 10 different kinds of wine!
Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, a marvel of Burgundian-Flemish art. The medieval building, with its preserved décor and magnificent colored glazed tiles, houses the famous polyptych of the Last Judgment, by Rogier van der Weyden, masterpiece of Flemish art.
From the 15th century until recently it served as a charitable hospital, it is now an impressive repository of art and mementos of customs and medical practices in medieval Burgundy.
Dinner and accommodation at Chateau de Gilly near Beaune
Château de La Rochepot - Château de Meursault - Château de Cormatin - Brou
Picturesque drive south of Beaune through the vineyards of the white Burgundy from to the impressive fortress setting of château de La Rochepot.
Wine tasting in the little town of Meursault, where the white wines, with a taste of hazelnut, dry and mellow at the same time, are considered among the best in the world.
Visit the unique castle of Cormatin with its extraordinary Louis XIII décor (circa 1630). In the Marchioness room, a magnificent French ceiling in gold and blue, with a painting of Venus and Vulcan, work of the second Fontainebleau school, symbolises love. The sumptuous Baroque décor in the Cabinet de Sainte-Cecile is dominated by very blue lapis-lazuli and rich gilding.
Visit the royal monastery at Brou, a token of eternal love built in stone and marble in the early 16th century. Discover this Flamboyant Gothic masterpiece, a princely mausoleum with three magnificent tombs.
Dinner and accommodation at hotel Les Saules in Vonnas
Excursion to the Beaujolais wine road - Lyon
The Beaujolais region is known for its light red wines made from handpicked Gamay grapes which taste great chilled and offer a refreshing flavor profile.
Twenty centuries of history and a superb geographical situation at the confluence of the river Rhône and the river Saône give Lyon, the third city of France, an appearance quite unlike any other city.
From the hill of Fourvière, down to 'Old Lyon', across to the 'Presqu'île' and up to the 'Croix-Rousse hill', explore the city most famous districts and monuments, discover the rich history and taste the cuisine in a traditional 'Bouchon Lyonnais', as Lyon is also one of the best know gastronomic centers in France.
Return from Lyon to Paris by 'TGV' high speed train (2h)
Northern France - From Zola to trenches (WWI battlefields and coal mines World Heritage historic sites)
Overnight tour in the North of France including a visit to the Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin and First World War battle sites in he Somme.
Departs Paris towards the North to reach Lewarde close to Douai. Visit the historic museum of coal mines (UNESCO listed).
Learn about the coal production from the 18th to the 20th centuries in Northern France and the history of the French working class in the 19th century, whose harsh working and living conditions were immortalized in Emile Zola's novel, Germinal.
Put on a helmet and visit a gallery where the history of these men is told.
Continue to the suburb of Lens to see the “corons” these rows of labor houses once built by the mines owners to accommodate the workers on production sites. Most of them are still inhabited. See the two grand Terrils of Lens at the Base 11/19 the waste hills are 600 feet high.
Spend some time in Arras and see its beautiful 17th C. Grand Place and Place des Héros as well as its Belfry (UNESCO listed).
Overnight in Arras.
Visit the wonderful Louvre museum of Lens (a unique collection inaugurated in 2012 as a symbol of reconversion of the mining area).
Continue to Notre Dame de Lorette to see the largest Great War French cemetery and learn about the tragic history of WWI (UNESCO listed) and the evolution of the war in the trenches. See the Ring of Memory inaugurated on the same site in 2014 during the commemoration of WWI centennial.
Drive South to Albert to visit the Somme 1916 museum telling us all the details of the war of Trenches with showcases of objects (uniforms, weapons, bombs...)
A little bit South of Albert, discover the impressive gothic cathedral of Amiens, probably the best preserved gothic architecture facade in Northern France with thousands of sculptures (UNECO listed).
Return to Paris.
2 Days in Normandy 2015
70th Anniversary of the end of World War II
Overnight tour in Normandy combining the visit of the WWII most significant sites and museums and the pleasures of cultural and gourmet discoveries along the coast including a cooking class in Honfleur.
Paris - Giverny - Honfleur (cooking class) - Bayeux
Omaha Beach - Pointe du Hoc - Sainte-Mère-Eglise - Return to Paris
Paris Biking tours.
The Heart of the French Capital - The Left bank spirit
Discover the ‘city of lights’ on a private bike tour. Our licensed tour-guide will lead you through the city and explain the history of its monuments in alively way, as well as the daily life of the Parisians. He will show you some little details beyond the view on the usual touristic trail.
One itinerary goes through the main historical districts: the medieval Marais, Beaubourg and the Halles the old merchant and today’s shopping district, the aristocratic Place des Victoires, the revolutionary Palais-Royal, the Louvre and its pyramid, the romantic Pontneuf,
the place Dauphine on the ile de la Cité, to end with the religious Sainte-Chapelle andNotre Dame cathedral.A concentrate of History, monuments and anecdotes that have made and still make the History of France.
Another itinerary will allow you to discover districts with pronounced traits: the medieval Marais, the quiet Ile Saint Louis, the green Jardin des Plantes, the surprising Grand Mosque, the Lutetia old Gallo-Roman theater, the typical rue Mouffetard, the Pantheon, the garden and the Palace of the Luxembourg of Marie de Médicis, Saint Sulpice church, the intellectual Saint Germain-des-Prés and the Latin district to and with the Ile de la Cité and its mythical Notre- Dame Cathedral.
The best ride to understand the spirit of Paris left bank !
Paris tour with a cooking class
Enjoy a complete Paris city tour with our guide
(Half day "highlights" sightseeing or full day with museums)
New: in the course of after your Paris tour at lunch time, instead of going to a restaurant, enjoy an authentic French cooking class in a relaxed and fun atmosphere at a famous French Chef cooking school !
You will eat for lunch what you just have prepared !
Cooking lesson: 30 mn. + lunch 30 mn. price : only 30 eur./person in addition of your Paris private tour.
(Being Subject to availability, this cooking course has to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance)
4 Days in Burgundy and the Loire
Discover some of the most prestigious wine regions in the world: Burgundy and the Eastern part of the Loire (Sancerre) in 4 days.
You will have the choice to stay in wonderful charm B&Bs or deluxe Boutique hotels in small villages in the middle of the Vineyards or in lovely wine towns.
A great mix of culture, pleasure of the senses and shopping.
Sample program (each tour can be customized to individual requests) :
- Day 1 Paris - Beaune - Wine cellar in Beaune - Hotel Dieu - Private tasting in Pommard or another village in the vineyards
(Overnight in Beaune or in Aloxe Corton)
- Day 2 Route des Grands Crus ('Great Vintages Road') - Clos de Vougeot - Dijon - Avallon (overnight in Avallon)
- Day 3 Avallon - Vezelay (basilica) - Sancerre (tasting) - Bourges (cathedral)
(overnight in Aubigny/Nère)
- Day 4 Wine tasting in Menetou Salon - Visit one or two castles on the 'Route 'Jacques coeur'. Option: Shopping at a Limoges factory outlet in Gien or at a potters village or at an Art gallery in Nancay (on week-ends only) - return to Paris
Buy Art in Paris !
The offer in Paris is large enough to satisfy all tastes and criteria, but where to buy and how ?
Exercise your eye, understand criteria that make a work's value.
An encounter with a unique work that will belong only to you.
Our art expert guide will make you discover the most interesting art galleries and art merchants in Paris.
He has explored for you the best galleries, some are famous, some are more hidden or known only to the collectors and specialists, but the doors will open for you.
You will be able to meet and talk with the most passionate art merchants.
Our art expert guide will help you to find, according to your tastes, a significant work of art (painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture...), ancient or modern that has references in art history at the best accurate price of the market
A purchase that will remain in your lifetime the most powerful and exquisite memory of your travel to Paris
Of course there is no obligation of buying anything if you did not find something that you like, the tour consist in a discovery around the different districts with art galleries in Paris it is an opportunity to buy, never an obligation.
Some of the different districts with art galleries in Paris we will take you to are :
- Around Le Louvre des Antiquaires
- Around the Opera
- Around the auction house Drouot
- The Marais / Bastille
- Around Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Around rue du bac
- Faubourg saint-Honoré / Matignon avenue
Paris small museums tour
You have been to Paris several times already and you know the main museums (the Louvre, Orsay...)
Let us make you discover 3 smaller museums:
- The Picasso museum (just reopened after 5 years of renovation!)
- The Gustave Moreau museum (first floor just reopened after refurbishing)
Once the residence and studio of the symbolist painter, teacher of Matisse and Rouault. The house is crammed wall to wall with his paintings and drawings, a journey through his fantasies and obsessions, (chimeras, centaurs, dancing Salomés, Orpheus charming the animals, Jupiter and Semele, unicorns, mystical flowers, Galatea, Pasiphaë, Herod) and almost abstract sketches.
- Jacquemart-André and the temporary exhibition: "From Giotto to Catavaggio" (March 27 - July 20, 2015)