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Mayte’s France Getaway 2019

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Paris, Photo on Foter.com
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 Join me on an adventure to France! Last year I took a group of lovely people to Morocco, the time was beautiful and lots of smiles and laughs were shared. I’ve always loved France and the fact that I would always travel to Paris and even had an apartment there , but i never got to see all of the beauty that it has. So I decided to go this year, living in the moment and taking in its beauty and history and practicing my French. I guarantee you will enjoy it, why? Because your coming with me! Sign up. Limited spaces 

Our trip details: 

8 nights/9 days

August 31th – September 8th, 2019

Bordeaux, La Cité du Vin, The Saint-Emilion’s village, The Dordogne, Medieval Carcassonne, The French Riviera, St. Tropez, Les Gorges de Verdon, Monaco, The Exotic Garden, Monte Carlo, Eze Village, Paris, Château de Versailles, Le Louvre, Le Moulin Rouge

Bordeaux

Bordeaux, Image by Niki Nagy from Pixabay
Bordeaux, Image by Niki Nagy from Pixabay

Bordeaux has been named the world’s best city, according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 list. 

Known for its occasionally left-field choices, Lonely Planet highlighted the French city’s new wine-themed visitor experience, the Cité du Vin, its “gastronomic revolution” and World Heritage at the gates to the famous vineyards of the world’s finest wines. 

Bordeaux is the capital of southwestern France, and it is distinguished by its exceptional 18th century architecture that has earned it the title of “Little Paris” around 200 years ago, and more recently its World Heritage status by UNESCO. 

La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin a unique cultural facility where wine comes to lifethrough an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations. 

We will have a Gastronomic lunch at the splendid Château de Chalais build in the XI during the crusaders.

La Cité du Vin, Photo by marsupilami92 on Foter.com / CC BY
La Cité du Vin, Photo by marsupilami92 on Foter.com / CC BY

The Saint-Emilion’s village,
A World Heritage Site

Photo by archer10 (Dennis) 197M Views on Foter.com / CC BY-SA
Saint-Emilion's Village, Photo by archer10 (Dennis) 197M Views on Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Two thousand years of history between men and vines are waiting for you in the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion, a remarkable example of a historical vineyard that has got through the ages but yet is still the same. In Saint Emilion we will visit the wine caves and experience the knowledge of the wine.. Tasting and learn how to evaluate a nice glass of wine.

The Dordogne, Country of the prehistoric man :

Photo by SAS Photographie on Foter.com / CC BY-ND
Dordogne, Photo by SAS Photographie on Foter.com / CC BY-ND

In the valley of the Vézère (also called the Valley of Man) which owes its name to
the river that crosses it, is one of the most impressive collection of prehistoric world sites:deposits, places of life, painted or engraved caves or sites Troglodytes. Fifteen of these places have been enrolled in the UNESCO World heritage. We will Visit caves and drive through the stunning landscape with the amazing villages La Roque-Gageac, Beynac et Cazenac, Sarlat (home of the truffle) et Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil. 

Built in an overhang shelter on the face of a striking cliff, the National Prehistoric Museum of Eyzies-de-Tayac is located in Dordogne, in southwestern France. The museum features unique archaeological collections chiefly discovered at the most prestigious excavation sites in the Vézère Valley, added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List owing to its many Palaeolithic remains. 

Built in an overhang shelter on the face of a striking cliff, the National Prehistoric Museum of Eyzies-de-Tayac is located in Dordogne, in southwestern France. The museum features unique archaeological collections chiefly discovered at the most prestigious excavation sites in the Vézère Valley, added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List owing to its many Palaeolithic remains. 

Medieval Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a fortified town rather than a castle – and perhaps the most impressive fortified medieval town built in the 11th century.

It’s citadel is known as the Cité de Carcassonne , and is a medieval fortress dating back to the Gallo-Romain period. It was restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853 and added to the UNESCO list of World heritage sites in 1997. 

Carcassonne, Photo on Foter.com

The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard in southern France. The Pont du Gard, built as three tiers of archways to bring water to the city of Nimes, is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts, and one of the best preserved. The name should mean “Bridge over the Gard” (the river Gardon). The aqueduct supplied the city of Nimes with water. It has a length of nearly 50 kilometers. The bridge is 49 meters high and has bows on three levels. It was probably built in the 1st century . In 1985, the Pont du Gard was classified a World Heritage Site. 

Pont du Gard, Image by Ira Gorelick from Pixabay
Pont du Gard, Image by Ira Gorelick from Pixabay

The French Riviera

Saint Tropez

Beaches : Bouillabaisse Beach, Caneliers Beach, Salins Beach, Pampelonne Beach… there are at least 40 on the peninsula. 

There is the Place des Lices where movie stars and local stars get together to play a game of boules or sip Pastis under the palm trees. 

The French Riviera
St. Tropez, Image by Media Design and Media Publishing from Pixabay

St. Tropez became “St. Trop” when the show business people, artists and writers all fell under the spell of this charming little port in the 1950’s. 

In the summer one could bump into Picasso, Francoise Sagan, Jacques Prévert and many others. With the arrival of Brigitte Bardot in the 6O’s the myth was installed for good. 

Les Gorges de Verdon

Les Gorges du Verdon or “Verdon Gorge” in English is one of the most famous gorges in the world. Its name derived from the Verdon River, which was named after the colour of the water: vert meaning green in French. It is located from the north in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence district and stretches to the south district of Var in south-eastern France. Europe has already deemed it to be one of the most beautiful, breath-taking places on the continent.

We will have our Sporting half day course canoeing or kayaking the Verdon Gorge. 

Les Gorges de Verdon, Image by Tom und Nicki Löschner from Pixabay

Monaco and the Exotic Garden

Image by Julius Silver from Pixabay
Monaco, Image by Julius Silver from Pixabay

Monaco is the second smallest country in the world; about 34,000 people live there. French is the most common language spoken in Monaco. The head of state is Prince Albert II The government and the prince share power.

Monte Carlo, famous for its casino, is in the northeast of the country. Monaco is famous for two car races: the Monte Carlo Rally and the Monaco Grand Prix. 
 

The extraordinary Exotic Garden brings together thousands of so-called “succulent” plant species. It was inaugurated in 1933 and boldly established on the side of the rock, where it has flourished, now drawing admiration from all over the world.  

It is a kingdom showcasing the exuberance, strangeness and surrealism of nature. Sixty metres under the ground, a prehistoric cave unveils its spectacular lime formations, formed over millennia.

Eze Village

Eze is one of the most wonderful villages on the Côte d’Azur,  and offering a panoramic view of the entire Riviera. Stroll along its ramparts, admire the view from the castle ruins, explore the steep narrow streets, only accessible on foot, and  discover Mediterranean flora and cacti in the recently refurbished Exotic Gardens at the top of the village.

Bay of Eze, Image by Erich Westendarp from Pixabay

Paris, City of Love and Romance

Paris, Photo on Foter.com

Château de Versailles

Together with its gardens, the Château de Versailles is one of the most famous monuments of world heritage. The buildings trace the architectural style of the 17th and 18th centuries and comprise: the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapel, the Royal Opera and the Museum of the History of France. The Park is decorated with statues, fountains, water parterres and outstanding buildings such as the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon, the Temple de l’Amour and the Hamlet of Queen Marie-Antoinette. 

Image by A. H. from Pixabay
Château de Versailles, Image by A. H. from Pixabay
Image by Edi Nugraha from Pixabay
Le Louvre, Image by Edi Nugraha from Pixabay

Le Louvre

Every trip to the capital deserves a visit to the Louvre to discover the wealth of treasures it contains. The museum houses western works of art dating from the Middle Ages to 1848, in addition to collections of ancient oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations, as well as graphic and Islamic arts. From room to room, the former royal palace reveals its masterpieces to the public: the Mona Lisa, The Raft of the Medusa, the Venus de Milo, and The Winged Victory of Samothrace. In total, there are 35,000 works to be discovered or re-discovered! With its eight hundred year old history. 

Le Moulin Rouge

The most famous cabaret in the world! 

 The Moulin Rouge was immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec and was the cradle of the music hall with the famous Mistinguett. Since it opened in 1889, it has dazzled the whole world. Numerous French and international personalities have over the years become enamoured of this legendary cabaret! 

Le Moulin Rouge, Photo on Foter.com

The room is magnificently decorated in belle époque style and red velvet, with typical burlesque frescoes. A wonderful place to enjoy gourmet French food by by the Chef David le Quellec, served with champagne – the offical drink of the cabaret. 

All your senses are awakened as you enjoy your food and watch the show!

Admire a troupe of 60 artists from all over the world who perform twice each evening in the revue ‘Féerie’, a show made up of four breathtaking acts: feathers, rhinestones, sequins, sparkling decor, acrobats, original music, international attractions … not forgetting the famous fast-paced French Cancan. 

Don't miss out on this unforgettable getaway!

INCLUDED IN OUR CIRCUIT:

  • Private transportation aboard a fully equipped air conditioned bus.
  • Pick up Bordeaux airport and drop off Paris airport
  • 8 nights accommodations including breakfast
  • 2 special lunches at the Chateau de Chalais and at the Eze Village
  • 2 exceptional dinners, St Tropez and Paris with Moulin Rouge show
  • Fast train from the Riviera to Paris
  • Guided visits – Versailles Castle – Le Louvre, Cité de Vin, Prehistoric museum,
  • Visits – Pont du Gard, St Emilion , Monaco – Exotic gardens
  • Wine tasting – St Emilion
  • Gorges de Verdun – Canyoning – Canoe

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Lunches and dinners except for 2 days and 2 nights..
  • Tips
  • Extras
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Join me on what’s sure to be a spectacular adventure. Email mayte.getaway.france@gmail.com for trip details, travel arrangements and to purchase your tickets!​

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