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Printemps en Provence: Let's unpack in arles - Exploring provence in the spring
April 6th-14th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Come and visit a region that has everything! Stunning countryside full of contrasts, the finest food and wine, beautiful cities, and a cultural heritage that stretches from the prehistoric to the avant-garde. Whether you’re a first-time traveler to France, or have visited many times before, this trip will offer you something new. Provence has been a magnet for painters from Van Gogh to Matisse, a region that never loses its power to enliven and invigorate the traveler with its fragrant lavender fields and its clear, bright light. The Roman city of Arles, with its superb Roman amphitheater will be our base for the week. We’ll explore Avignon, the city of the Popes, the colossal aqueduct - the Pont du Gard - Roman Nimes, ancient hilltop villages, unchanged for centuries, and the elegant city of Aix-en-Provence, a city whose avenues, squares, markets, shops and cafes create an unforgettable buzz of sophistication and excitement.
Normandy, Brittany, & the Loire: Adventures in Northwest france
May 24th-June 2nd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
From the rolling beaches and apple orchards of Normandy to the lush beauty of château country; an ever-changing panorama unfolds as we travel through some of the loveliest regions of northwest France. Bypassing Paris, we'll rest up from the overnight flight in a château surrounded by beautiful parkland just to the north of the city. From here, we’ll spend a day with the Impressionists - we’ll visit Monet’s Giverny, lunch at the riverside restaurant made famous by Renoir, and tour the local Museum of Impressionism. Moving on into Normandy, we’ll explore the D-Day Beaches and view the extraordinary tapestry at Bayeux. A brief detour into Brittany allows us to marvel at magnificent Mont St. Michel, one of the wonders of the western world. In the Loire Valley, we’ll sample a selection of stunning medieval and Renaissance châteaux, from the romance of Chenonceau arching across the Cher River, to the staggering grandeur of Chambord, a Renaissance masterpiece, all set in the staggering beauty of the “Garden of France” – the Loire Valley.
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Wines of Bordeaux: La Belle Endormie
September 29th-October 7th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
As France’s largest wine producing region, the region of Bordeaux has much to offer both the wine connoisseur and the novice alike. This reinvented city mirrors the beauty of the sprawling vineyards that surround her. Staying in the small medieval town of Saint-Emilion, we will be able to unpack, uncork and explore from our first-class hotel. Excursions include the romantic ruins of the Abbey of Sauve-Majeure, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Chateau de Mongenan, where good quality red and white Graves wine is produced; and a trip to the coastal Dune De Pilat, the largest sand dune in France. The history of wine-making in this region goes back to Roman times exemplified in the town of Montcaret in the Dore Valley where we will see an excavated Roman villa with its beautiful mosaic floors.
October 11th-20th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Nothing in the world conjures up more romantic and beautiful images than the Mediterranean. Azure waters, white sands, mountain villages, and year-round sunshine combine to create a mood of tranquility and contentment that is truly irresistible. Discover Europe’s veteran courier Gavin Miller has designed a tour that explores the areas in Spain and France that he particularly loves and has come to call home. We begin in Barcelona, which, as Rose Macaulay wrote four decades ago, “gives an impression of tempestuous, surging, irrepressible life and brio.” Then, we cross the Spanish/French border, stopping at the ancient walled city of Carcassonne en route, and on into Provence, a region that intoxicates with its light and landscapes. From our base in Arles we explore the grandeur of the Roman Empire. Ancient hilltop villages beckon to be explored and a day in Avignon allows us to dance sur le pont! Our final stay is in elegant Nice, jewel of the Cote d’Azur, a city whose greatest charm is itself: the avenues, squares, markets, shops, and cafes that create an unforgettable buzz of sophistication and excitement.
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Chateau de Camon: Exploring the Languedoc From Our Base In A French Chateau
October 19th-27th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Set in the south-west of France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Gavin Miller has found the perfect setting for a week, The Chateau de Camon. This past Benedictine Abbey where troubadours, crusaders, itinerant knights, Spanish princesses and persecuted Cathars passed through seeking sanctuary, has the authentic historical charm of the 16th century with modern luxury amenities of the 21st century. Four poster beds, beautiful fabrics, exquisite accommodations await us after we explore the antiquities of the Aude and Ariege regions. From the prehistoric cave paintings at Niaux to the medieval grandeur of Carcassonne, it will be impossible to return home without feeling touched by the shadows of the past!
Corsica & Sardinia
October 25th-November 3rd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size:15 Participants | Availability: Open
These bucolic islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy, are known for their beautiful light, medicinal plants, primeval landscape of rocks, sculpted by the wind and sea, and clear blue waters. They have, for the most part, managed to escape the influx of tourism that has plagued the Mediterranean in the past twenty years. We will visit prehistoric monuments dating from around 1,500-500 BCE; ports of historic importance such as Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon, and ride along coastal roads with spectacular views. You will experience a timelessness, as if looking back through the centuries, catching a glimpse of a simpler way of life connected to land surrounded by sea.