Scotland-France 2020

Bonjour from Port Chalmers.
 
It is 7 months since we tentatively mentioned our ideas for a 2020 tour exploring the Mackintosh connection between Glasgow and the Catalan region of south-east of France.  We are delighted to announce that now the tour is all go with a confirmed booking and so a guaranteed departure. Luckily, we were just in time to secure the last four middle-deck cabins on the 27 cabin Lord of the Glens – photo below.  
 Lord of the Glen
 Scotland-France 2020 will start in Glasgow on Tuesday 22 September 2020 and then we will travel by minibus (and ferry) to the isles of Bute and Arran, visiting Hill House, The House of an Art Lover, Glenarn Gardens, Mount Stuart, Ascog Hall and the standing stones on Machrie Moor, combined with some whisky and beer tasting and great food (naturally).
Stage two is a cruise through the Great Glen from Inverness to Mull aboard the deluxe Lord of the Glens.   Next, on Sunday 4 October we fly to La Belle France for four nights at a rambling old house in the centre of Collioure, followed by three nights at Domaine de la Fauvelle in Thuir.  We’ll explore the Mackintosh Trail by foot, minibus and Petit Train, sampling the unique local wines and the aperitifs and liqueurs at Cave Byrrh.  
The tour ends on Sunday 11 October 2020 in Perpignan, which has good connections north towards Paris or south for Barcelona.  The price for the 20 day tour is 8695 Euros per person share twin, so send for your brochure and secure your place on this unique small group tour.
 
This year has been a mixed season and disappointingly we still have a free cabin on our second Aquitaine tour, but surprisingly we already have several bookings for 2020.  These are all boating holidays, mainly hotel barge cruises and some rental boats, and one is for a whole barge charter for a family get-together.   There are barges sleeping 4 to 12 people, offering a unique holiday that combines boating adventures with sightseeing ashore and delicious food & wine.  Cruises are fully escorted and charter bookings can be tailored to suit the group’s interest – art, wine, history, cycling and walking.  Plus some barges offer ‘family’ cruises which welcome children and can include activities such as canoeing, zip-lining, horse riding, swimming, etc. 
 Randle Nivernais
 
One ideal barge for whole barge charters is the delightful, owner-operated, 4 passenger Randle (above) which cruises the beautiful Nivernais Canal in Burgundy.  The Randle is different in that most dinners are taken ashore at carefully selected restaurants and they offer 13 night cruises, as well as the usual 6 night.  Transfers from Paris are included.
 
What are you waiting for?  Get back to us and we will make your boating dreams a reality.
 
Cordialement,
Robert & Barbara
BESPOKE FRANCE
Robert Buchanan & Barbara Keen
52 George St, PORT CHALMERS 9023, NZ
ph (64) 03 472 7856,  freephone (NZ) 0800 147 856

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