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France

Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk about them, and Champagne makes you do them.
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10,000 varieties of wine grapes exist worldwide.

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Except for the extreme northern part of the country, France can be described as four river basins and a plateau. The country that shares its western border with the cool water of the Atlantic Ocean, and a small south eastern corner of land with the warm and inviting Mediterranean Sea. Slightly smaller in size than the state of Texas, France is a country of culture with architectural structures decorating its historic cities and countryside. The French proudly boast of their achievement in art, entertainment, education and the high-tech and fashion industries. France is an icon in the culinary world and is the leader in producing world-class wine. With its strong cultural and gastronomic inheritance, the local dishes and wines are tailored to suit one another. The capital city of Paris is considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, with its grand hotels and magnificent sites. The mild Mediterranean climate makes hosting world-class sporting events, such as the Tour de France and the World Cup soccer finals, a “breeze.” It is also a playground for the rich and famous, and is the official site of the Cannes Film Festival as well as other music and film extravaganzas. Because of France’s diverse terrain, it is a favorite location for bikers, hikers, fishing and outdoor adventurers of all kinds. The state-of-art airports and train stations make coastal and inland vacations easy and accessible for all. Historical pride and traditions continue to keep France firmly in the world limelight.

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Bordeaux wines are always blends of two or more grapes.

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France has more than 2 million acres of planted grapevines, and produces more fine wines than any other country. With impressive global influence, France has been producing wine since 600 BC., when the Greeks first introduced it to the people of this fertile land. France has set winemaking standards that have been adopted by all who grow grapes and produce wine. The word “terroir” originated in France in 1919, and is described as the natural elements that exist among a specific vineyard such as soil, water, air, and any other elements that can affect how grapes mature on the vine. More than any other country, the French love to rate the quality of their vineyards and the wines that they produce. Some vineyard owners and winemakers are so sure that they produce the best wine, they go through life without even tasting wines that are produced in other regions or appellations, tasting and consuming only their own wines. Officially, the French wine country can be divided into three regions based upon climate and location.

The northern regions of Champagne and Burgundy tend to be on the cooler side, growing grapes with higher acidity levels such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These are also the main grapes grown that create champagne. Southern France on the other hand, has a warmer Mediterranean climate that produces nice, ripe wines that are bold and luscious. Finally, the Atlantic coast, which includes Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, experience the maritime weather, which boasts the perfect conditions for producing some of the most expensive and well-known wines in the world.

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Bordeaux
Bordeaux lies halfway between the North Pole and the Equator. There is no other wine region that is as powerful and respectfully sought in the world of wine. The region produces some of the biggest and full-bodied wines ever made. Eighty percent of the wine in the Bordeaux region consists of rich red wines and wine blends. Enjoy sampling the wine from the vines of the “Noble Bordeaux” varieties which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. The range of wines found here are quite amazing! Among the white varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillons are at their best in this wonderful wine land. In 1855, Napoleon III asked the vintners in Bordeaux to rate their wines from best to worst for the Paris Exhibition Fair. This ultimately laid the groundwork for what some believe is the most difficult and complicated wine rating system ever created in the world of wine. Only 61 chateaus were rated within a 5-category system for wine that was based on price. This system is still in place today, even though many of the Chateaus have changed hands. It is a very sophisticated system that is closely monitored to insure the best quality for the finest of all the Bordeaux wines. Many Chateau’s and vintners were left behind in this unique rating system, which does not mean they lack quality. There are hundreds of wines that have proven to show great quality and craftsmanship that are also affordable. Bordeaux has many sub-regions that produce many delicious wines with excellent value. While wine seems to be the livelihood among the locals, there are many other activities you can experience while traveling through the French vineyards. Enjoy biking or ballooning over this beautiful countryside, or simply enjoy a peaceful vineyard picnic that includes the best of the local cheeses and a French baguette.

Voyage, travel, and change of pace impart vigor.
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Burgundy
Two wines come to mind when thinking about this relatively small wine region in central eastern France; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With complicated land-ownerships, Burgundy produces some of the most stunning and most sought after wines in the entire world. The climate in Burgundy is the coolest in all of France because of its northerly position. Here, like Bordeaux, you will find another challenging and complicated wine rating system. In Bordeaux, the term that describes some of the best wines produced is Chateaux. And in Burgundy, the term Domaine, while not quite an equal, also means the wines have excellent quality. In this region, the wines are not blended, unlike the wines of Bordeaux. Chardonnay, the white burgundy, and Pinot Noir, the red burgundy, are almost never blended in this amazing wine region. These wines make up more than 50 percent of the total wine produced in Burgundy. Village wine is a term that will often come up while traveling within this small and beautiful wine region. This means that the wine is from grapes that are grown in and around a particular village or community, usually supporting a higher price due to the exclusivity of the vineyards. To further complicate matters, you may run into the terms “Premier Cru ” and “Grand Cru.” These are wines made from very small vineyards, hence producing very small amounts of wine from these vineyards. These are known to be the boldest, richest, and most expensive wines in all of France. While traveling in Burgundy, it is important to pay attention to the local cuisine, especially the world renown Boeuf (Beef) Bourguignon. This is a delicate and rich, slow cooked stew braised in a beef and burgundy wine sauce with pearl onions, fried bacon bits, and mushrooms; a treat for any taste buds. Regional cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other meats including hams, paté, and sausages are other favorite foods of the local people. Get ready to raise your glass, and toast to the good life!

If the aunt of the vicar has never touched liquor, watch out when she finds the Champagne.
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Champagne
Where better to begin a wine vacation than in the famous wine region of Champagne, as you sip a delicious chilled glass of bubbles. This is the only place in the world where you can sample or buy a “True” Champagne. With its rocky and chalk-like soil, which is rich with important nutrients and the perfect terroir, it is no wonder that the end result in this region is world-class champagne. This inviting yet tiny little area is located 90 miles north of Paris, and is a must for any level of wine connoisseur. The wine region of Champagne, next to Burgundy, is another one of the coolest wine-producing areas in the world. The three major grapes that are found in Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has always been considered sexy and sophisticated, and is most commonly brought out for special events and formal dinner parties. But champagne is wonderful wine and goes with a large variety of food. Champagne and caviar combined have always been a culinary delight. But many other foods such as egg dishes, artisan cheeses, and the native brown trout that live in the rivers surrounding many of Champagne’s vineyards, are wonderful combinations that pair nicely with the bubbles of Champagne. Although Dom Perignon was not the first producer of this worldly wine, he constantly worked at developing better methods for the production of champagne. Visit the city of Reims, a major city in this wine region, where you can explore churches, abbeys, magnificent palaces, and cozy little cafés. The quaint town of Epernay is not to be missed. The Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers is found on the outskirts of this town, and was the home of Dom Perignon, currently owned by Moet & Chandon. Words like quality, jet-setting, luxury, silk, and celebrations have been used when describing champagne. Don Ho sang about it, and the Legendary Marilyn Monroe, who lived and breathed this incredible beverage, once was known to have taken a bath in over 350 bottles of this bubbly and aromatic wine.

Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!
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The Loire Valley
Visiting the Loire Valley is truly a wine lovers dream. Just about any varietal of French wine can be found in the narrow but beautiful wine region, known as “The Garden of France.” Due to its proximity to Paris, the wines from the Loire Valley seem to be favorites in Parisian markets, and cafés. From a cool crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc to well-balanced Cabernet Franc, one might become overwhelmed or even confused with such a wide and diverse selection of wine to choose from. Enjoy a wine tour in a private car, as you take in the sites, sounds, smells, and tastes that this distinct wine region has to offer. Nestled next to the Atlantic Ocean, a variety of fresh seafood and other delicacies from the sea can be found. Take a cooking class and learn how to make the perfect “Beurre Blanc” sauce that is a perfect match with any seafood or other native fish that comes from the Loire River. A perfect day tasting along the Loire wine roads includes sampling some of the delectable local goat cheese, and ending with a wonderful and romantic feast, with a slice of upside-down caramelized apple tart, referred to as “Tarte Tatin.”

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The beautiful valley of Rhone is named after the Rhone River that flows from the Swiss Alps into France, via the Jura Mountains. The valley is divided into two regions, the north and the south. Wines that are produced in the north are from smaller vineyards and are more prestigious, such as Cote-Rotie and Hermitage. In the south, the area is larger and more well known, and in cludes the home of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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It has only been since the 1980s that the popularity of the varieties grown here have become more in demand, not only in Rhone, but also in other areas of the world that grow the Rhone grape varieties. The Rhone wines known as Cotes-du-Rhone are staples in most French cafés and many restaurants in the United States. With twenty three varieties of grapes that grow in this rocky wine region, only a few are truly important. In the north all wines that are produced come from one grape, the Syrah. The white wines are made from either Viognier or a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne. Grenache is the leading red grape of the south, but it is not uncommon to find wine blends that include Mourvedre, Cinsaut, and Carignan. The leading white grapes are the Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Bouboulenc. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is only fifteen minutes from the historic city of Avignon. More wine is made here than in all of the northern Rhone area. While visiting this popular wine region, you should also enjoy the local cuisine. Many favorite dishes of the locals include artisan crafted cheeses, lamb, and homemade sausage. Enjoy the pleasures of this region while shopping, art collecting, or enjoying antiquities.

Alsace
Although Alsace is in France, it has at various times in its past belonged to Germany. It is a unique wine region that produces almost all white wine. Visiting this charming wine region is like jumping straight into a fairytale setting. The villages are very old and tidy, and the houses are adorned with flower boxes. The most sought after grapes in this region are Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris (formerly Tokay), Muscat and Pinot Noir. The wines are known to sport fresh fruity characteristics. The majority of the Alsatian wines are dry; however, the exceptions are “Vendange Tardive” wine, which is made from late harvest grapes that are usually very concentrated and sweet.

Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient Champagne.
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There’s a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne.
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Alsace was one of the original wine regions to label its wines according to the grape variety, rather than where the grapes are grown. Alsace is also known for “Eau-De-Vie,” a clear fruit brandy that is distilled from wild plums, elderberries, blackberries, pears, and mirabelles. It is also common to find eaude-vie made from mint, rose hips, juniper, pine and wild holly berries. No meal is complete without a glass of this potent beverage. From April until June, it is common for restaurants to serve only one dish. The dish is asparagus, which is bathed in hollandaise sauce or mayonnaise. This vegetable creates such devotion among the locals; it is a kind of madness that takes place. The people of this wine region believe that there is only wine to drink during this time and it is the Muscat. Foie gras, artisan cheeses and pastries, sauerkraut, sausage, and escargot are also some of the favorite foods of the local people. We suggest that you arrive hungry when visiting this culinary rich culture and wine region.

The Treasures of Provence
Provence lies in a tiny corner of southern France, which really has it all. Known for its food, beautiful countryside, breath-taking beach resorts and a hodgepodge of wine, Provence offers something for everyone. The most popular wine of Provence is its Rose that enhances delicious local recipes. Provence is one of the world’s most charming and quaint wine regions. Most of the wine estates are at the southern most tip that adjoins the Mediterranean. Aioli, a garlicky homemade mayonnaise is created here, as well as Pastis, a greenish-yellow licorice-flavored liqueur. Whether you want to relax among personalities of the rich and famous, or indulge in the amazing food and wine found in this area, Provence is the place for your perfect wine vacation.

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Thoughts from the Road
"Our wine tour to France just could not have been better. We started out lucky by having great weather making the incredible scenery even more spectacular. Touring in and around the vineyard filled hills and valleys was such fun. The people we met were friendly and helpful, each taking time to explain their different wines and methods of production. We had wonderful accommodations and of course, the food was excellent. A nicely paced and very relaxing trip. We tried lots of wines, made many new friends and can't wait to go back!" Barry Oehler Denver, CO “This was one of the most relaxing, yet active trips I have taken. I loved strolling along the narrow, flower lined, cobblestone streets of Honfluer. Sitting in an outdoor café, sipping an espresso while watching the shopkeepers open for the day. Roaming the ancient alleys and shops of Rouen. Sipping (yeah right … lol) wine on the deck of the ship as we floated past quaint villages. But for me, the best part was visiting the locales where Van Gogh and Monet created many of their most famous paintings, and then seeing the actual paintings in the Musee’ D’Orsay.” Rob Reilly Denver, CO

The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations.
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About 75 grapes are equal to one glass of wine.

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While French wine is the envy of most wine producers, visiting France is the envy of most tourists. Our French wine itineraries all begin in the romantic, beautiful, and captivating city of Paris. With over 11 million people in the metro area, Paris is the largest and most populous city in the European Union. Located on a north-bending arc of the river “Seine,” the city has two inhabited islands. The larger of the two islands is IIe de la Cité, and is the heart and the origin of this spectacular city. There are countless hours of pleasure and activities that you can experience as a guest in Paris. Choose from museums, galleries, sports, parks and waterways, shopping and nightlife. We also recommend that you experience this fascinating culture by moonlight. It would take weeks just to visit all of Paris’s famous landmarks and sites, but seeing the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, and the Louvre are a great way to begin your wine vacation. If shopping is in your blood, try strolling the streets of the gar-

den-promenade within the major shopping region, “ChampsElysees;” also known as the most beautiful avenue in the world. Like the wines of France, Parisian cuisine will be very memorable as you look back upon your vacation. Parisian's consider food to be sexy, including selections lsuch as escargot, cheeses, pastries, cream and fruit based sauces, and desserts that include chocolate. We guarantee your visit to France will be an unforgettable gastronomic event.

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While creating your upcoming trip to France, it is important for us to know what inspires you. What are your travel dreams, trip goals, and experience expectations for your perfect vacation? Sometimes it helps to put your thoughts down on paper. We have created this guide to help plan the ultimate custom vacation, hand crafted specifically for you and your companions. What are your trip dreams and desires?

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Specific Cities: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Do you want to visit more than one country? ______________________________________________________________

O Paris O Rhone Valley

O Champagne O Loire Valley

O Burgundy O Provence

O Alsace O Bordeaux

W H AT A R E Y O U R T R AV E L I N T E R E S T S ?

O Food / Wine O Cooking Classes O Chocolate Tours O Specific Wine Types O Pastries / Breads O Specialty Gastronomy O Picnics O Dinner Reservations O Fall Wine Crush

O Private Guide O Transfers / Airport O Regional Festivals O Child Activities O Cathedrals O Rail O Helicopter O Shopping / Fashion O Botanical / Gardens

O Museums O Historical tours O Archeological sites O City Tours O River Vessels O Art / History O Antiques O Performing Arts O Cordials / Liqueurs

O Painting / Art Classes O Golf O Hot Air Ballooning O Sailing O Biking O Group Travel O Self Drive O Limousines

W H AT T Y P E O F W I N E S D O Y O U D R I N K ?

O White / Light O Red / General O Pinot Noir O Chardonnay O Rhone Blends

O Sweet / Dessert O Merlot O Bordeaux Blends O Semillon O Alsatian

O White / Big O Chenin Blanc O Cabernet Franc O Sauvignon Blanc O Chateauneuf-du-Pape

O Rose / Blush O Cabernet Sauvignon O Champagne O Beaujolais O Other Varietals

HOW LONG WILL YOU BE GONE?

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O 10nts / 11days

O 13nts / 14days

O You Tell Us!

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O Boutique Lodging O Chateau

O Villas or Homes / Country O City Property / Central O Vineyard Property O River / Canal / Ocean View

Did we miss something? Let us know and we’ll make sure to include: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name ________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________ City _______________________State ______ Zip _____________Telephone __________________________________ Email ________________________________ Fax ______________________ No. of Travelers ____ No. of children ____ Travel dates (list alternate dates) _______________________________________________________________________ Traveling with any other couple, group etc.? ________ If so, may we contact them? _______________________________ What is your budget per person? _________________________Special Occasion? ________________________________ Do you want us to handle your airfare? ___________ Carrier Preference? _______________________________________

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Paris Canal Tour
This two and a half hour trip through the canals of Paris glides through neighborhoods many tourists never see, long avenues of poetic scenery, and finally onto the River Seine where you will disembark at the Musee d’Orsey. This is a shared tour on a bateaux, holding up to 20 passengers. Arrangements can also be made for a private barge tour of the canal for as little as four people if you desire.
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Private Cheese Tasting Class & Tour
What better place to get an introduction to cheese than in one of Paris’s most famous markets: the Marché d’Aligre? Upon entering one of the quaintest cheese shops, owner and true cheese lover Jérôme will take you through all there is to know about France’s major varieties, the different ripening and washing techniques, and a cheese tasting that will differentiate the ewe from the cow and goat! Then take a short stroll over with Claude the cook and help her whip up an elegant three-course cheese feast according to season. A selection of wines, a talk on rinds and impressive quick recipes will allow you to become a true cheese connoisseur.

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Paris Chocolate Tour
How about a half day Chocolate Tour? The Paris Chocolate Tour takes you on a journey where you learn about the history of chocolate and how Paris is the capital of dark chocolate. You will visit superb chocolatiers, one of which makes some of the finest macaroons in Paris. The tour is customized to your personal interests, while introducing you to some secret Paris addresses.

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Underground Eiffel Tour
You will meet your guide at the Eiffel Tower for a VIP tour “Under the Tower.” Tour includes an inspection of the mechanical workings of the lifts designed by Mr. Eiffel. The private tour includes the backstage guided historical visit of the Eiffel Tower for one and a half hours, and includes an access ticket up to the observation deck.

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Private Literary Walking Tour
Paris is home to a distinguished literary world, which includes the charming neighborhood in the Latin Quarter. This neighborhood contains old houses of the lively Mouffetard market street, an impressive fragment of the medieval city wall, and the beautiful church of St Etienne-du-Mont. Many writers are associated with this quarter. You will see where James Joyce put the finishing touches on Ulysses, where George Orwell lived in a boarding house, where Debussy died in seedy lodgings and where Balzac set the chilling story “Old Goriot.” Hemingway immortalized the streets and local characters in his two novels “A Moveable Feast” and “Sun Also Rises.” Enjoy lunch at the Aux Deux Magots among the ghosts of the left bank literary giants!
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Cooking School Class
Enjoy a half day Cooking School. You will be picked up by your driver at your hotel in Paris and transferred to the beautiful home of the Chef, in Puteaux, a very exclusive Parisian area, for your private cooking class. Before the class with your Chef, you will all participate in open market visits, select the products for the meal, and then with apron and utensils ready, you will start the three hour class! Lunch is included along with wine/drinks. Enjoy the great atmosphere of a beautiful French home, while sitting by a crackling fireplace in the winter, or stroll the private garden during summer months.
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Full day Normandy & D-Day Beach Tour
Enjoy a private, escorted tour of Normandy (D-Day). Your driver-guide begins your tour in Normandy with a visit to the Pegasus Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the battles of WWII (along with Remagen and Arnheim). This bridge was captured by British Major John Howard and the 6th Airborne Division glider troops in the first few minutes of D-Day. You will then head to Arromanches, where you will view the remains of an artificial harbor, built by the Allies in less than 15 days. Next, you will travel along the coast to tour the German Coastal Artillery Battery at Longues Sur Mer. This battery played a vital role in holding the Allied landings at bay. After lunch in a charming Norman bistro, you will continue on to the American Cemetery of Saint Laurent. This touching visit is followed by a drive to Omaha beach, the infamous landing point where so many young Americans lost their lives. Finally, your tour ends with a stop at the picturesque Pointe du Hoc where American Army Rangers, led by Colonel James Rudder, scaled its sheer cliffs under deadly fire to knock out huge coastal guns. Pocked by huge craters left by naval bombardment, most of the German bunkers remain. The cliff-side battlefield also offers a scenic view of the French coastline that saw some of the war's fiercest fighting. After you take a meander around the grounds, your guide will bring you back to Paris.
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Full day Giverney & Auvers sur Oise
This private tour takes you to the charming village of Auvers sur Oise, where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last 100 days of his life painting some 70 works of art. You will experience a private guided visit of the house of Dr. Gachet, Van Gogh's friend, the "Auberge Ravoux" - Van Gogh's last residence, the Church of Auvers immortalized by Van Gogh’s painting, and a visit to Theo and Vincent Van Gogh's tombs. For lunch, we suggest the Moulin de Fourges, a 150 year old watermill or a private picnic in the gardens. After lunch, you’re off to Giverney. Here you will visit Monet's house, the formal enclosed Norman Garden, the water garden with the pond, the japanese bridge and the workshop. You will then be treated to a private guided tour of the Museum of American Art. After leaving Giverney, your guide will drive back to Paris along the charming "Route des Crêtes," where you will witness the exceptional panorama overlooking the Seine Valley. You will also see a watchtower of the 10th century, and the village and 12th century château of La Roche Guyon.

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Full day Vaux le Vicomte Tour
This is one of France's most spectacular châteaus. It is said to have inspired such a jealous rage in King Louis XIV, that he imprisoned its owner, Nicolas Fouquet, and had its architect, decorator and garden designer hired to build Versailles. Enjoy a private intimate tour of Châteaux de Vaux le Vicomte's gardens, including Andre Lenôtre's best work: the Carpet Parterres, the Round Pool, the Great Water Mirror, the Confessional Grotto, the Skillet Canal, the Cascades and the Spray Basin. Next, your private guide will take you for a tailored visit of the château, the Vestibule, the Grand Salon, the Private Apartments, the Herculese Salon, the Chamber of the Muses, the Royal Apartments, the Chambre Carrée and the beautiful kitchens. Before enjoying the fountains, you can tour the Carriage Museum, located in the large stables where you will admire magnificent old horse-drawn vehicles, brought to life with harnessed horses, coachmen and passengers. * On Fridays and Saturdays through August, the gardens take on a romantic glow as evening hits and 2000 candles are lit. Enjoy a glass of champagne surrounded by history, classical music and candlelight.
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Cognac for a Day
Cognac is a city most famous for its high quality brandy. It is situated on the banks of the Charente River between the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. This historic and enchanting town is exciting to visit any time of year. While visiting, you will take a wine train through the vineyards of Remy Martin, and a boat trip to the company museum and wine caves at Hennesy. You will learn everything there is to know about how fine Cognac is made. Enjoy a nice tasting at the end of each tour. Next, you will find yourself inside the castle walls of Chateau de Cognac, producers of cognac, located near the Charente River. The castle is now the property of Otard Company. While here, you can uncover the mystery of the middle ages as you sip on cognac from the famous tear shaped bottles. In the afternoon you will have some free time to enjoy lunch at a cozy café, and to stroll the sweet smelling streets as you shop for specialty items. You will also have time to visit some of the smaller cognac producers that are situated on every corner. Before beginning your journey back to your hotel, you will visit the Musee de Cognac. See collections and exhibits on popular arts and traditions, including a fine art collection with paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and furniture.
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The wreck of the Titanic, holds the oldest wine cellar in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS
• If culture, art and architecture are your passions…. you are in the right country! The wonders of Paris and Versailles will overwhelm the senses. A tour by night on the Seine is the perfect venue for a romantic Parisian evening. • The Loire Valley wine region is not to be missed. Because of the region’s size, your three days here will be quite enjoyable. • Chateaus and palaces abound in the Loire Valley. These magnificent stately properties follow the river for fabulous picture momentos. • Villages and hamlets, such as St. Emilion in Bordeaux, pull at the heart. The charm of medieval walled villages like this are the focus of French Country. Comfortable shoes for your walking tours will come in handy. • There are so many wine regions in France to choose from. The Medoc region of Bordeaux has appeal for the novice wine drinker and the advanced palette. This region alone may call you to return for another visit.

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Exploring Paris as a first time visitor or for your 10th trip is always brings opportunity for new discoveries. You will have ample time to craft a personalized day while visiting one of the greatest cities on the planet. If wine tasting is tastings at each stop. The wine regions of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux are known by travelers and wine connoisseurs from around the world. Many of these wines will be

the reason for your trip, you will certainly have memorable

great choices for your cellar at home. Don’t forget the wonderful culinary experiences awaiting you each and every day. France is known world-wide for its sauces, breads, cheeses, chocolates and international cuisine. Enjoy!

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The Itinerary
D A Y O N E : Upon arrival in Paris, you will be transferred
to your upscale hotel property. Your France discovery will begin with a “Get Acquainted with the City” tour, and an overview of the city’s layout, orientation and history. The France “Dream” begins as you decide on what to explore. Choices include Champs Elysees, Arc de Triumphe, Eiffel Tower, Musee D’orsey, Saint Germaine des pres, Bastille and Notre Dame.

D A Y T W O : The focus for today is a trip to Versailles and
Giverny. At the end of the day, you will be taken back to your hotel to freshen up for dinner. Tonight you will board a beautiful riverboat for a night tour along the Seine through the heart of Paris. A lavish gourmet dinner will be served on board.

D A Y S I X : Your day begins with a tour of “Chenonceau
Castle.” This is the romantic palace that Henry III gave to his mistress Diane de Poitiers. You will have lunch here, and then you will spend the rest of the afternoon touring the “Palace of Chambord.”

D A Y T H R E E : Today you will visit the famous “Mona
Lisa” at the largest museum in Western Europe, known as ‘The Louvre.’ Your afternoon is free to do as you wish. Your evening entertainment includes 60 “Chorus Girls” dressed in their feathers, firs, rhinestones and sequins as part of the show at the Moulin Rouge. This event includes a lovely Parisian dinner. Your guide will help you safely board the train for your transport to the Loire Valley wine region. Upon arrival you will certainly be hungry and ready for lunch. Your Loire guide will assist with several wonderful lunch recommendations for restaurants in the area. In the afternoon you will continue on to “Azay le Rideau,” built on an island in the middle of the Indre. This castle was constructed between 1518 and 1523 for Gilles Berthelot, the wealthy Treasurer of France. It is home to an unbelievable collection of French and Flemish tapestries dating back to the 16th century. Your hotel property for the evening is a 17th century Chateau, nestled amongst this wonderful wine country.

D A Y S E V E N : Off to Bordeaux via a rail transfer. Your
day includes deluxe accommodations in the heart of St. Emilion. This day will consist of fascinating tours and tastings of the Bordeaux region. St. Emilion, a medieval city, and its vineyards have been recently designated as World Heritage by UNESCO.

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D A Y E I G H T : Today is a full day of wine tasting in the
Medoc region. Visit villages such as Moulis, Listrac, Margaux, Saint Julien and more. Lunch will be at “Le Saint Julien,” a lovely vineyard inn, where winegrowers have their very own tables with their own wine-bottle racks. This day also includes a Grand Cru Class and wine museum visit.

D A Y N I N E : Today you will depart Bordeaux for a return
trip to Paris, and then your flight home to the United States.

D A Y F I V E : Your wine tasting day begins with a reserve
tasting at “Gratien & Meyer.” This vineyard and its cellars have panoramic views overlooking the Loire River. Discover a maze of galleries from the middle ages hiding within the walls of this magnificent winery. Maybe a wine country picnic is in order! Continuing on in the afternoon to the “Chinon Village” with two wine tastings scheduled. An evening dining adventure will be crafted to pair regional wines and French food by an upscale renowned chef from the region. This will be a culinary experience you will not forget!

Other Excursions & Extensions

Tour the Pastry & Bread Shops one Afternoon, Visit the Catacombs of Paris, Bicycle the Country Roads of Wine Country, Learn about French Cordials & Liquors.

Accommodations
Property, location, style, size and amenities chosen based on client specifications.

This suggested itinerary is based on two people traveling together. A single supplement fee will apply. Cost of itinerary is priced based on dates of travel.

Pricing

Restaurants and meals listed above are recommendations only. Wine Tours of the World handles reservations at top restaurants, small intimate bistros and gourmet dinners at vineyards. Exact meal inclusions and dining reservations will be specified at time of booking based on final trip itinerary.

Meals

Beer is made by men, wine by God.
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There are 20 million acres of grapes planted worldwide.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Paris City Tour with orientation of all the spectacular sites that this city has to offer. • Day excursion to the Sun King’s (Louis XIV) luxurious Castle Versailles and Giverny, home of Monet. • Riverboat evening with a gourmet dinner while cruising the Seine through the heart of Paris. • Free time to explore the splendors of Paris that include world renowned museums, shops, brasserie’s, and art galore. • The Louvre is home to 400,000 works of art including the Mona Lisa. • A dining experience that includes a performance at le Moulin Rouge will dazzle all. • Champagne, Champagne, Champagne in the “Sacred Triangle of Champagne.” Two lovely days of sipping the splendor of the best bubbles on earth. • Burgundy is considered one of the top wine regions in the world. A favorite stop for all that visit France. Beaune is a magical city in the heart of Burgundy and the wine from the vines here are scrumptious.

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The Paris, Champagne, Burgundy Sipping Splendor

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Paris is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious and beautiful cities on the planet. The city architects designed the city in a circle, giving it world renowned visual appeal. It is also considered by many, to be the cultural, art and culinary mecca. Continue on and enjoy the best bubbles on the planet as your sip and tour your way through the heart of Champagne. You will complete this perfect trilogy with the splendid wine

region of Burgundy in the heart of “French Country”. The wine of this region is divine with the beautiful French cheeses and baguet breads as a pairing. Your opportunity to sample French chocolates throughout the itinerary will be a bonus enjoyed by all!

C H O O S E T H I S I T I N E R A RY OR C R A F T Y O U R O W N I T I N E R A RY !

FRANCE

The Itinerary
D A Y O N E : Upon arrival in Paris, you will be transfered
to your five-star hotel. Your “Get Acquainted with the City” tour will begin at 2:00 pm. This city orientation tour will give you a great overview of the splendors of Paris. You will see sites that may include Tuileries Gardens, The Louvre, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triumphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Dinner this evening will be back at the hotel where you will find your personal reservation. Consider “Chateau Boyer Les Crayeres,” an elegant turn of the century residence set in an English-style parkland for dinner. Relax in luxury as you enjoy gourmet cuisine at this wonderful Chateau that is located minutes from the heart of Reims.

D A Y S I X : This day starts with a walking tour of historical Reims, which is situated on the river Vesle. Visit the Basilica St. Remy, The Palais de Tau, and taste champagne in many wonderful champagne cellars. See the Cathedral of Notre Dame, undoubtedly one of the finest cathedrals in all Christendom. You will have lunch at your leisure in the Brasserie Flo, visiting two more incredible champagne cellars after your lunch, which include Veuve Clicquot and Pommery.

D A Y T W O : Today you will venture to Versailles and
Giverny. Your day will start early, leaving plenty of time to explore the Versailles Castle and the sumptuous luxury of the Sun King, Louis XIV. You may choose to indulge in a wonderful lunch at a French brasserie. The afternoon will include Giverny for a visit of the Monet homes and gardens, where you can see several of the rooms that are now devoted to Japanese prints and other master works of art. Your evening will include a riverboat excursion on the Seine with a lavish gourmet dinner menu as you take in the sites of Paris by night.

D A Y S E V E N : Off to Burgundian wine country to the
quaint village of Vezelay. Enjoy this breathtaking medieval village in the heart of this magical wine region. After you check into your five-star property, you will have dinner at the Bernard Loiseau Restaurant. Bernard Loiseau’s restaurant is one of France’s greatest restaurants, acclaimed by all gastronomic guides.

D A Y T H R E E : Today you will visit the famous “Mona
Lisa” at the largest museum in Western Europe, The Louvre. This magnificent palace is said to contain more than 400,000 works of art. Your afternoon is free to do as you wish. Enjoy a nice lunch or shop at one of the many boutiques. This evening be sure to dress in your finest attire for an evening performance at the Moulin Rouge.

D A Y E I G H T : Today includes a full day tour of Beaune,
the capital of South Burgundy, also referred to as the capital of wine. Visit the famous Hospice de Beaune, and visit the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot. Your guide will make winery recommendations to round out the day. This great region is known to produce some of the best wines in the world.

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The day belongs to you. Paris is the limit! Your guide is available to assist you in any way, whether you would like suggestions and recommendations or just transportation. Explore other areas of Paris this evening, stopping to dine in a fantastic Parisian restaurant.

D A Y N I N E : It’s off to Dijon to catch your rail transfer
back to Paris for your return flight home. En route you can peruse the Wine Tours of the World brochure to start planning your next wine tasting excursion.

D A Y F I V E : It’s an early start for your wine adventure in
Epernay, where you will tour the “Sacred Triangle of Champagne.” Your day will start at the “Chateau de Pierry,” an 18th century castle. You will taste many different types of the wonderful bubbly while touring several cellars of this unbelievable Chateau. After lunch you will visit another famous champagne house, “Moet & Chandon Cellars.” Here you will uncover an underground network of chalk cellars deep below the town of Epernay. Sip carefully because you will continue on to Reims, where you will visit the famous house of Ruinart, the oldest champagne house in France, which produces many high quality wines.

Other Excursions & Extensions

Take a Cheese Tasting Tour, Architecture and French Culture go Hand in Hand for an afternoon tour, Chocolate & Champagne are Devine while on a Shopping Tour, Paris is a Shutterbugs Dream with a little guidance from a Parisian Professional.

Accommodations
Property, location, style, size and amenities chosen based on client specifications.

This suggested itinerary is based on two people traveling together. A single supplement fee will apply. Cost of itinerary is priced based on dates of travel.

Pricing

Restaurants and meals listed above are recommendations only. Wine Tours of the World handles reservations at top restaurants, small intimate bistros and gourmet dinners at vineyards. Exact meal inclusions and dining reservations will be specified at time of booking based on final trip itinerary.

Meals

Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!
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Poor quality soil tends to produce better wines.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Paris City Tour with orientation of all the spectacular sites that the city has to offer. • Day excursion to the Sun King’s (Louis XIV) luxurious Castle of Versailles and Giverny, home of Monet. • Riverboat evening with a gourmet dinner while cruising the Seine through the heart of Paris. • Free time to explore the splendors of Paris such as world renowned museums, shops, brasserie’s, and arts galore. • The Louvre is home to 400,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa. • A dining experience that includes a performance at the Moulin Rouge will dazzle all. • The heart of Bordeaux also includes the villages of Saint Emilion, Pauillac, Moulis, Listrac, Margaux, Cadillac and the fortified city of Saint Macaire. • A Chateau dinner will be an unforgettable enchanting culinary experience.

Paris & the Best of Bordeaux

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France is renowned for museums, history, château’s, café’s, fashion, shopping, culinary delights, restaurants, vineyards, city scapes and pristine old world country estates. Paris’s Champs Elysses, Arc de Triumphe and Eiffel Tower hold a spot in all hearts that visit the city. Choices are numerable and your tour guide will assist with crafting a day that fits your individual wishes. Bordeaux is home to some of France’s finest Grand Cru wines dating back to the 12th century. Your tasting opportunities are only limited by the length of your

trip. You may even decide to transport some of your favorites back to the States. This region is known for quaint towns, medieval fortified villages and château’s. and the country scenery is world-renowned.

C H O O S E T H I S I T I N E R A RY OR C R A F T Y O U R O W N I T I N E R A RY !

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The Itinerary
D A Y O N E : Arrive in Paris and transfer to your upscale
Parisian hotel. Settle in, rest and get ready for the beginning of your day. Your afternoon excursion starts with a “Get Acquainted with the City” tour and an overview of the city’s layout, orientation and history. There is so much to see with sites to consider such as Champs Elysees, Arc de Triumphe, the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, and the Latin Quarter.

D A Y T W O : Your day starts early for an exquisite trip to
Versailles and Giverny. Your morning will include the Versailles Castle, home of the sumptuous luxury of the Sun King, Louis XIV. You may decide to lunch at a French brasserie before you continue to Giverny for a visit of the Monet homes and gardens. Back to Paris for an evening on the Siene river and a dining experience aboard a riverboat. Paris by night is a splendid experience!

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The Louvre is home to over 400,000 works of art including the “Mona Lisa.” The Louvre is the largest museum of Western European art. This magnificent palace is a highlight of Paris and not to be missed. Your afternoon is free to do as you wish. Enjoy a nice lunch or shop at one of the many boutiques. This evening, be sure to dress in your finest attire. Your guide is hosting a night at the Moulin Rouge.

Bordeaux and Pauillac. You will taste wines from the amazing villages of Moulis, Listrac, Margaux, and Pauillac. While you are visiting the famous Chateaux of Saint Julien, you will be treated to a scrumptious winery lunch set among the winery’s beautiful vineyards with more world-class wine tastings in the afternoon.

D A Y S I X : Today you make your way to the wine region
of the Garon River. You will tour the tiny city of Cadillac, where you will visit the 16th century castle of “Duc d’ Epernon,” the medieval fortified town of Saint Macaire, and the small village of Sauternes. Enjoy a terrace lunch with a vineyard view at “Le Saprien,” while sipping some of France’s finest Grand Cru wines. Two afternoon wine tastings will be scheduled en route to your hotel.

D AY F O U R :

All Aboard! Your first class rail ticket is awaiting your arrival to the famous French wine region of Bordeaux. Upon your arrival into Bordeaux, your day starts with a wonderful wine lunch at “Le Café du Musee,” located in a museum for contemporary arts. Your afternoon continues with a city tour of Bordeaux, which dates back to the 12th century. See cathedrals, the Royal Square, and the Grand Theatre, which is also home of the Bordeaux Opera. Then on to Saint Emilion, where you will spend the rest of the day tasting exquisite Bordeaux wines, where you will experience a wine education class at a noted winery. The day concludes with a special wine country Chateau dinner for an unforgettable culinary delight!

D A Y S E V E N : Bordeaux says “So Long” as you transfer
to the Bordeaux Train Station for your trip to Paris and flight to the United States. We look forward to seeing you on your next world class wine tasting excursion.

Other Excursions & Extensions

D A Y F I V E : Today is a full day of wine tasting. Your
wine adventure begins at the Medoc Vineyard, located between

Historical Fashion Tour discussing Frances Fashion hold on the world, Paris Chocolate Tour, Private Literary Walking Tour, Consider Extending to the French Riviera for some beach time.

Accommodations
Property, location, style, size and amenities chosen based on client specifications.

This suggested itinerary is based on two people traveling together. A single supplement fee will apply. Cost of itinerary is priced based on dates of travel.

Pricing

Restaurants and meals listed above are recommendations only. Wine Tours of the World handles reservations at top restaurants, small intimate bistros and gourmet dinners at vineyards. Exact meal inclusions and dining reservations will be specified at time of booking based on final trip itinerary.

Meals

A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.
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There are 10,000 varieties of wine grapes worldwide.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Your Parisian culinary specialist will guide you through an afternoon adventure of restaurants, cafes, pastry shops and a stop for tea. • Din Din at the Top of the Eiffel. It’s all about views and romance. Photo momentos will be cherished forever. • Your French Sommelier will instruct you on wine knowledge while enjoying a wine tasting. • “Art de Vivre” lunch experience to treat the pallet with French wines, cheeses, and a plate of charcuterie (meat), gourmet breads and fruits. • Grand Tasting Extraordinaire including 7 wines exploring French appellations and TerriorsYour perfect opportunity to become a wine connoisseur. • Cathedrals, the Royal Square and the Grand Theatre, home of the Bordeaux Opera are not to be missed. • An enchanting evening in wine country at a magnificent Bordeaux Chateau. All great evenings conclude with an unforgettable culinary dessert.

Cafés & Country Roads of Bordeaux

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It has been said by some, that the best red vintages of Bordeaux can live longer than the vintner who created them. The Bordeaux Region Chateaus are considered the pearl of French wine country, as some of the Chateaus date back to the 12th century. Bordeaux has long been considered a “Secret” destination in wine tourism for those with a quest

and passion for wines of beauty. Those who visit the Bordeaux region leave with a new appreciation of the depth wine has to offer. The wines of this region pair beautifully with meats including lamb, duck and beef. This is the perfect destination in France to concentrate on the marriage of wine and food. All guests vow to return!

C H O O S E T H I S I T I N E R A RY OR C R A F T Y O U R O W N I T I N E R A RY !

FRANCE

The Itinerary
D A Y O N E : Arrive in Paris, meet your guide and freshen
up at the hotel before beginning your first day in the city. Your first stop will include a Gourmet Food Tour for lunch. Your tour will be guided by a culinary specialist who will take you through the neighborhood of St. Germain des Pres. You will visit two restaurants, two cafés, a teashop and three pastry shops. Learn general descriptions of French food as you sample mouth-watering cuisine. Your evening will include a Seine River cruise before you dine atop the Eiffel Tower.

D A Y T W O : Today you will join a French Sommelier for
an introductory French wine knowledge course and tasting. For lunch you will be treated to “Art de Vivre;” a new concept for a tasting lunch, which includes Champagne, four French wines, French cheese and a plate of charcuterie (meat), French bread and a gourmet fruit basket. After lunch a grand tasting will be set up for you and will include seven more French wines. This tasting is an advanced look into the French appellations and Terriors. Become an expert as you sip some of France’s most prestigious wines. Amuse-bouches (little bites of delight) will accompany your tasting. Your first-class rail transfer is perfect for site seeing en route to Bordeaux. Upon arrival, your guide will escort you to a wonderful wine lunch at “Le Café du Musee”. After lunch, you will tour the city of Bordeaux, which dates back to the 12th century. Saint Emilion will be your next stop for an exquisite Bordeaux wine tasting. We have set up a wine education class at one of St. Emilion’s most noted wineries. Conclude the day in wine country with dinner at one of Bordeaux’s magnificent chateaus.

Enjoy a terrace lunch with a vineyard view at “Le Saprien,” while sipping a fine Grand Cru wine. Two more wine regions and prestigious wineries, such as Lafite Rothschild, will be stops this afternoon.

D A Y S I X : A comprehensive viticulture day will help
explain why certain grapevines are planted. Learn how vintners analyze certain types of soil, and why this is so important for producing world-class wine. After your class, you will be transferred to the small fortress-like medieval town of St. Emilion for lunch and wine shopping. The town was carved out of limestone and is by far one of the most stunning towns to visit in all of Bordeaux. Visit Eglise Monolithe, one of Europe’s only underground churches, carved by the hands of the Benedictine monks. Only red wines are made in St. Emilion, and this community is very fond of them. Visit one of ninety-eight wine shops within the village.

D AY T H R E E :

D A Y S E V E N : Today it is time to leave Bordeaux en
route to Paris and your return flight to the U.S. We hope you will take time to enjoy one more glass of wine before boarding your plane home.

Other Excursions & Extensions

D A Y F O U R : Today’s wine tasting begins at the Medoc
Vineyard, located between Bordeaux and Pauillac. You will taste wines from the amazing villages of Moulis, Listrac, Margaux, and Pauillac. While visiting the famous Chateaux of Saint Julien, you will be treated to a scrumptious winery lunch set among the winery’s beautiful vineyards. Enjoy more world-class wine tasting in the afternoon.

Cognac is a perfect day excursion and certainly memorable, Vaux le Vicome is a spectacular Chateaux Tour and easily reached from Paris, How about an Underground Eiffel Tour for an understanding of mechanical workings of this monument, Paris by water on a Canal Tour is perfect for a lazy afternoon.

Accommodations
Property, location, style, size and amenities chosen based on client specifications.

D A Y F I V E : Start your day off at 9 am as you travel to
the wine region of the Garon River. You will tour the tiny city of Cadillac, where you will visit the 16th century castle of “Duc d’ Epernon.” Additionally, you will tour the medieval fortified town of Saint Macaire and the small village of Sauternes.

This suggested itinerary is based on two people traveling together. A single supplement fee will apply. Cost of itinerary is priced based on dates of travel.

Pricing

Restaurants and meals listed above are recommendations only. Wine Tours of the World handles reservations at top restaurants, small intimate bistros and gourmet dinners at vineyards. Exact meal inclusions and dining reservations will be specified at time of booking based on final trip itinerary.

Meals

My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.
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