Bastille Day newsletter

Bonne Fete Nationale

We currently have several clients in France who will be enjoying the fireworks and celebrations of Bastille Day. Some are cycling in the Loire, others are exploring the canals on rental boats, or driving around Brittany, while one couple is relaxing on a hotel barge and another is on a customised tour around La Rochelle.  
We will soon be departing for Aquitaine and our Taste France tours on the Rosa and are delighted (and relieved) that a last minute booking has made up the numbers on Tour Two.  It will be the third time this couple have joined us in France, so we must be doing something right.  
In fact repeat clients are the mainstay of our business and a record number of them have already booked for next year.  All are going boating: rental boats and two hotel-barge charters.  Chartering a whole barge is great value for a group of six or more, as everything is included and it lets you tweak the cruise itinerary to suit your interests.
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Our 2020 tour of Scotland and France includes a cruise through the Caledonian Canal and the departure is now guaranteed, with two of the four cabins allocated.  While the cruise is only part of the tour, it is one of the highlights.  We will be researching Loch Ness this September, when we take a rental boat up to Inverness after visiting Collioure (photo above) to check out the accommodation, etc.  Collioure will be the main base for the French leg of our 2020 tour – 22 September to 11 October.
Contact us before 29 July for more information on any of our holidays.  It is never too early to start planning.
Bonne fete
Robert & Barbara
BESPOKE FRANCE www.bespokefrance.co.nz
Tel: 03 472 7856, or 0800 147 856 info@bespokefrance.co.nz
 

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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. 
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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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Discover Aquitaine – update

Lots of special fares are popping up for hotel barges cruises between May and August.  Discounts range from 10-50%, so get in touch with your dates if you fancy an all-inclusive gourmet barge cruise and we’ll advise what is available.  For solo travellers there are also several cruises where the single supplement has been waived, which can be a huge saving.
We are still searching for a couple, or solo traveller, for our second Aquitaine tour, so we have reduced the prices further – to 6950 Euros per person, share twin or 7300 Euros single.
It is also available as two six night adventures –
19 to 25 August – land based tour from Bordeaux to Sarlat travelling by minibus – now 2775 Euros, share twin
25 to 31 August – Rosa cruise starting and ending in Bordeaux – now 4100€ per person, share twin
For more information on the Rosa and a video look at – https://www.europeanwaterways.com/destination/bordeaux/
Bien cordialement
Robert & Barbara
BESPOKE FRANCE
Robert Buchanan & Barbara Keen 
52 George St, PORT CHALMERS 9023, New Zealand
ph 643 472 7856, freephone (NZ) 0800 147 856

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WANTED: person or persons for a holiday in France – August 2019!

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Discover Aquitaine

We still have a room/cabin available on our August tour to south-west France, so have decided to re-structure it as two six night adventures.
19-25 August consists of –
Bordeaux – the history, restaurants and river front, plus the Margaux vineyards
Dordogne Valley to Sarlat-la-Canada – lots of gardens, chateaux, wine & cuisine, ancient cave paintings, cliff-clinging villages and markets
2925 Euros per person, share twin
25-31 August consists of –
A ROSA barge cruise along the Canal de Garonne – an all-inclusive cruise with transfers from and back to Bordeaux.  For more information and a video look at – https://www.europeanwaterways.com/destination/bordeaux/
4390 Euros per person, share twin
Phone or email Robert or Barbara today for more information –
BESPOKE FRANCE
52 George St, Port Chalmers 9023
Freephone: 0800 147 856

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Boating in France 2019

Bonjour from Port Chalmers.

We trust you made the most of the glorious weather over Labour Day weekend, as it is rather different now.  Today’s wet and windy conditions remind me of our introduction to hotel barging way back in April 1984.  It was a cold and blustery day in Paris, when we discovered the barge owner drunk and incoherent in her cabin.  This was the first day of our first jobs on a hotel barge and the passengers were due any minute.  Our learning-curves rocketed skyward as Barbara took on the roles of chef and hostess as well as cabin girl and I became the host / waiter / tour guide / matelot.  Thankfully, we had a Dutch pilot arriving next day for the cruise from Paris to Briare.  Somehow it turned out OK, we even got good tips and so began our love affair with boating and the French waterways.

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Our boating adventures have continued and we’ve cruised virtually all the waterways of France as well as the Venice lagoon.    Last year we ventured into England to cruise the Kennet and Avon Canal and after next year’s tours, we will be joining friends in Scotland to cruise the Great Glen up to Inverness (photo above).  That will be another new experience, but it is also research;  in 2020 we are planning a tour to Scotland combined with the Mackintosh Trail around Collioure in France!  We do not have a brochure yet, or a price, but we do have an itinerary if you would like to know more ….

Next year’s tours are in Aquitaine, cruising between Toulouse and Bordeaux on the peaceful and beautiful Canal de Garonne.   Tour One filled very quickly but we still have vacancies for three people on Tour Two, 19 to 31 August 2019.  The itinerary consists of 2 nights in Bordeaux and 4 nights in the Dordogne, sightseeing by minibus, followed by 6 nights on the Rosa – a traditional Dutch barge with two double and two twin ensuite cabins.  Most meals are included and the price is 7300 Euros per person, share twin, or 8000 Euros for single occupancy.  The tours are guaranteed to depart, so please request a brochure if you would like to join us.

Our passion for boating has made it our specialist area and we believe that hotel barge cruises, or self-drive rental boats, offer the ideal holiday for a couple or a group of friends/family.

Hotel barges cruise in Scotland, England, Ireland, Venice and Holland as well as in France and they all combine boating adventures with sightseeing ashore and delicious food & wine.  Cruises are fully escorted and truly all-inclusive with prices starting around 3500 Euros per person.   Barges can accommodate 4-12 guests and most can be booked by the cabin, or as a private whole barge charter.

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Our favourite barge is the Luciole, cruising the picturesque Nivernais Canal in Burgundy from Auxerre (above).  They offer individual cabins (with no single supplement) for up to 12 guests, or whole barge charters for 8 to 12 which can be themed to suit the group’s interest – art, wine, history, cycling and walking, plus ‘family activity’ cruises including canoeing, zip-lining, horse riding, swimming, etc.

 

Randle Nivernais

On the same canal is the delightful, owner-operated, 4 passenger Randle (above).  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, for whole boat charters.

 

Waving on Baise River

Self-drive rental boats offer a more informal and flexible holiday and are ideal for get-togethers, comfortably accommodating up to 10 people.  No licence is required and the boats are relatively easy to handle, so an hour’s tuition is usually all that is needed before heading off down the canal.  Most clients favour a one way route and plan for a week on the boat, but we urge everyone to think of the boat as a floating base, rather than as a means of transport.  If you rent the boat for 10 to 14 days, or longer, you will not feel compelled to move the boat every day and can explore ashore at your leisure.  Boating is quite  relaxing  and we recommend an average daily cruising of no more than 4 hours to allow for late starts, leisurely lunches, sightseeing ashore and the unexpected adventure …..    We work with all the rental boat companies, and so will find you the best boat on the best route for your holiday afloat.

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

email info@bespokefrance.co.nz

website www.bespokefrance.co.nz

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Cycling & walking in France 2019

Bonjour from Port Chalmers.

For us the 2018 season is over and now our travel planning is for next year, and even 2020.

We’ve just revised the routes and the 2019 prices for our Backroad Discovery self-guided cycling and walking holidays so the updated brochures are now available as pdfs or as printed paper copies.

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Changes are minor in the Loire and Burgundy regions and the Beaujolais itinerary has been extended to allow for more time in Lyon – a city which is too often overlooked.

We’ve changed the itinerary in Champagne to reduce the daily cycling distances and the price, but it is still based around Reims and Epernay, using 3 star accommodation.

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In Alsace we’ve a new cycling route through the Northern Vosges, which is relatively easy and very different to the popular vineyard routes.  However, it could easily be combined with them and also compliments several of our Alsacian walking holidays.

 

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For an escorted cycling holiday consider the MS Bordeaux, which offers barge and bikes cruises around the Gironde estuary and the Dordogne and Garonne rivers.  It has 49 cabins with ensuite bathrooms and breakfasts and dinners are included.  Bike excursions range from 25 to 55kms and the standard bikes are unisex with 21 gears, or electric bikes with 8 gears are available as an extra.  The beauty of a barge and bike cruise is that the cycling is not compulsory, so you can easily take a day off cycling and relax on the barge and explore the sights ashore once the barge is moored. Prices range from 1249 Euros per person for a 7 night cruise, so it is great value.  Get back to us with your provisional dates for more information and prices.

 

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We (and everyone who has been on his walks) are great fans of James of the Walking Party.  He takes small groups on leisurely walks in France and beyond.  James is an excellent leader, both knowledgeable and entertaining, and very enthusiastic about the local food and wine.  The walks are supported by a back up vehicle to carry the luggage and lunch and to rescue any weary walkers.  However, the walks are designed as walking holidays rather than tramps, so are suitable for anyone of average fitness.  Walks start on Sundays, are for six nights and the all-inclusive prices start at 2690 Euros per person, share twin.  They have been very popular with our solo travellers as the single supplement is a modest 390 Euros.  James offers two consecutive walks along the St James Way in April and in September and they can be combined with a rest day in Figeac in the middle.

Please get back to us if you would like a brochure or more information.

Cordialement,

Robert & Barbara

BESPOKE FRANCE

Robert Buchanan & Barbara Keen

52 George St, PORT CHALMERS 9023, NZ

ph 643 472 7856,  freephone (NZ) 0800 147 856

email info@bespokefrance.co.nz

website www.bespokefrance.co.nz

 

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Taste France – 19 to 31 August 2019

Bonjour from Port Chalmers
 
All our 2018 bookings have now been processed, so our thoughts are again turning to 2019.  Can we tempt you to join us in Aquitaine?  We have room for just three more guests on Tour Two of Taste France 2019 – guaranteed departure.
 
The tour starts with a couple of nights in Bordeaux at the welcoming 4 star Hotel Majestic, a guided tour of the Margaux vineyards (including two wine tastings) and dinners at two innovative restaurants.  
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On Wednesday we drive up the Dordogne valley, stopping at gardens and chateaux en route to Sarlat-la-Caneda for a luxury B&B on the edge of the medieval town centre.  During the four night stay we’ll visit more gardens and chateaux, a working nut oil mill, Lascaux for the remarkable cave paintings and enjoy free time in Sarlat on its market day.
 
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On Sunday we head south for the Garonne valley, but first experience a Sunday lunch at a simple country restaurant that we first discovered in 2010  and which is still getting great praise – see the review below.  
 
Later we’ll be welcomed aboard the hotel barge Rosa with a glass of champagne, while the crew deliver our luggage to the cabins.  Rick Stein cruised on the Rosa in the BBC’s French Odyssey TV series way back in 2005, but since then it has changed hands and been completely refurbished.  It sleeps up to eight guests in four ensuite cabins and has a crew of four to move the barge, wine and dine you and whisk you ashore on half day excursions.  While you visit various pretty villages, markets, chateaux and food, wine and armagnac producers, it is the barge that is the star of this second week, as canal cruising is a unique, relaxing experience. The Rosa cruises at walking speed so you can relax on board while the scenery slides past, or stretch your legs along the towpath, or take off on one of the bikes to explore further afield. 
 
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The tour ends with a transfer to Toulouse where we suggest you enjoy at least a couple of nights.  Please get back to us if you would like a brochure with the daily itinerary, inclusions, etc.
 
Best wishes
Robert & Barbara
BESPOKE FRANCE
Robert Buchanan & Barbara Keen
52 George St, PORT CHALMERS 9023, NZ
ph 643 472 7856,  freephone (NZ) 0800 147 856
November 2010 – LA POULE AU POT – Goujounac
Tuesday lunchtime in a restaurant up a side road on the edge of a small village in south-west France.  It could be empty and sad in these recessive times, but it’s busy – mostly locals at a guess, plus an English couple, some heating engineers from nearby Cahors, and us.  The big attraction? A relaxed, friendly atmosphere and good food at reasonable prices, including a 14€, four course menu with wine, which most people were having.  14€ gets you the soup of the day, dish of the day and cheeses of the day, plus a choice of pudds AND a large carafe of the local red.  
 
How do they do it?  There’s a carefully thought-out labour-saving service plan for a start – we sat down to a short stack of plates topped by a soup bowl, and all the cutlery we would need – a soup spoon, knife and fork and dessert spoon. Each course is brought to the table in a large bowl/platter and diners serve themselves. As we finished, the used dishes were cleared and we were ready for the next course.  
 
The soup of the day was bean and vegetable, topped with slices of excellent country bread.  Delicious, but we were pacing ourselves.  It was followed by the plat de jour – a veal and mushroom stew, with rice, until the rice ran out, then it came with pommes sarlardaises – thin slices of potato cooked in goose or duck fat to a chippie-like crispness.  Sometimes they have with bits of truffle added, but not at this price, still delicious though.  The stew was seriously good, with tender meat and lots of tasty fungus in a rich sauce.  We were told to keep our knives and forks for the cheese course.  Surely there’d be just a tiny sliver, but no, a round of fresh local goat cheese, plus three generous wedges – a sheep, a white-crusted camembert style and a chewy comté with more of the great local bread. We hardly did it justice.   
 
Puddings came already plated, or glassed – there was a choice of chocolate mousse, Ile flottante, rum baba, apple or plum tart – a good old-fashioned line up.  Robert had the apple tart, as usual.   I ordered the floating island, thinking it was probably the lightest choice.  It’s a sweetly simple dish – just poach spoonfuls of meringue mixture in simmering milk, then make a custard with the milk and the egg yolks.  Let everything cool, then float a meringue island on a custard sea and finish with threads of caramel and/or toasted nuts. 
 
Whether you were a table of one or a table of six – you got a litre of wine, but most people seemed to have just a glass or two, a couple of tables didn’t touch it at all.  I couldn’t help wondering what would happen in a Kiwi restaurant if every table got a litre of wine with lunch ….. 
 
We loved the relaxed atmosphere and the friendly efficient service.  There’s no hint of meanness, just good cheap French food, well made and confidently presented.  We were shown to a table for three, but the chair in the sun was already occupied by a ginger cat.  He slept on undisturbed right through lunch.  I was very glad that no-one attempted to shift him, and I like to think that if we’d been a party of three, we would have been shown to a different table.    

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Mid-year round-up & some attractive promotions

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After working on the hotel barges in France during the eighties we came home to NZ in 1987, but the allure of France was strong and four years later we returned with our first escorted tour. That was based around a 10 day barge cruise and next year we are loosely repeating that formula with Taste France 2019. We will be cruising in Aquitaine on the barge ROSA, which famously featured in Rick Stein’s French Odyssey TV series. Tour One is already fully booked, but Tour TWO has four vacancies and is solo traveller friendly. Tour TWO consists of six nights ashore in Bordeaux and Sarlat and six nights on board the Rosa on the Canal de Garonne and the dates are 19 to 31 August 2109. Most meals are included and the fare is 7300 Euros per person, share twin, or 8000€ for single accommodation. Send for your brochure with the daily itinerary.

We specialise in boating holidays and hotel barge cruises have to be the prefect boating experience. Who would not love a week of being pampered, wined and dined while gently floating past an ever-changing landscape or visiting chateaux, vineyards and medieval villages on private excursions ashore? This season European Waterways need some extra people, so you can save up to 20% on some barges, and the single supplement is waived on selected cruises, plus you can enjoy a free gondola ride through Venice with the Bella Vita cruises departing on 9 & 30 September 2018. Venice is a magical boating destination and La Bella Vita explores the lagoon and and the Po Valley up to Mantua.

The elegant charter barge, Le Papillon, is offering a discount of US$1000 per person for parties of 4, 5 or 6 people on August departures. These are all-inclusive, six night cruises along the beautiful Ouche Valley in Burgundy and include transfers from Paris. This exceptional offer reduces the total charter rates to US$25,500 for six guests, US$23,400 for five guests and US$23,000 for four guests. What a bargain!

 

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Our long association with the Luciole and its regular refits and refurbishments make it our favourite barge, cruising our favourite route in Burgundy. Currently they have several cabins available on their 23-29 September special Wine Cruise, which combines visits to the Cote d’Or vineyards and the Upper Loire vineyards of Sancerre with their usual itinerary along the Nivernais Canal. Two single cabins are available as well as double/twin and they are all the same price – GB£3600 per person.

We love boating and have regularly hired rental boats to explore new waterways or revisit the canals that we worked on in the eighties. We know virtually all the inland waterways of France and have twice cruised the Venice lagoon, so last year we ventured into Britain on the rather lovely Kennet and Avon Canal and next year are planning to cruise the Great Glen in Scotland, where Le Boat has a base at Laggan, near Fort William.

Le Boat have the largest fleet of rental boats and one way cruise options and currently have 20% discounts on most of their boats for bookings for 7 nights or longer. Plus they are accepting reservations for 2019 with tempting early booking discounts.

Locaboat are also taking bookings for 2019 and up to 5 July they are increasing their early bird discount to 12% (up from 7%) and when combined with other offers this can build up to 20%. That is a very good reason to book now.

Other rental boat operators such as Nicols, Canalous and France Afloat, keep coming up with short term specials on selected boats, so tell us what you want and we’ll find you the best deal on the best boat.

While many clients come to us because of our expertise in boating holidays, we often build an itinerary around the boat or barge cruise. That can be as simple as adding accommodation with train tickets, or a fuller itinerary with local guides. We can also include car rentals and currently Europcar are offering up to 15% off car hire in France, Germany and Portugal.

Other options are our self-guided cycling & walking holidays, Backroad Discovery. After being largely ignored in previous seasons, Alsace has been popular this year, especially for walking.

For an escorted walking holiday with fine food and wine we highly recommend James of the Walking Party. He still has vacancies for the Saint James Way walks starting on 1 September in Le Puy-en-Velay and from Figeac on 8 September. Book both walks and we’ll round the price down.

Also available is the Basque Pyrenees walk – 26 September to 4 October.

These walks are suitable for anyone of average fitness as donkeys carry the essential supplies and the back-up minibus transports your bags and can rescue weary walkers. James is an exceptional tour leader; both entertaining and very knowledgeable about the history, culture, flora and fauna of the regions.

Lastly for groups of six or more, consider chartering a barge, or enjoying a week of food, wine and fun at Domaine de Cromey in Burgundy, or let us create a customised package just for you.

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Experience France

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As our summer comes to a close why not get your friends/family together and head off to France. Boating is our specialist area as we have cruised virtually all the canals and RENTAL BOATS are our best selling holiday. We encourage everyone to think of the boat as a floating base, rather than a means of transport, so that you can relax and adjust to cruising at 6 kph between locks, villages and moorings. Boat hire can be a week, or two, or longer, and it’s the perfect way to experience a pocket of France (you won’t travel very far). As we are not tied to one company, talk to us and we’ll find you the best boat on the best waterway.

If you are short on time and want to pack more in to your holiday, think about HOTEL BARGES, which offer six night fully escorted cruises with gourmet meals, fine wine and a combination of guided excursions by minibus and free time to relax on board or explore the towpath by bike (or on foot). Barges mostly sleep 4 to 12 guests in ensuite cabins and are available for individual bookings and whole barge charters. The six passenger SAROCHE – https://www.charterbarge.com – mainly takes charter bookings, but has one cabin available for a couple on a Champagne cruise in May (13 to 19) and a Burgundy cruise in August (12 to 18). The all-inclusive fare is US$6,500 per person. Otherwise the barge is fully booked apart from 24 -30 June when it’s cruising the Marne Valley between Vandierers and Beamont-sur-Vesles in Champagne. The six person charter rate is US38,000.

In May our great friends Dennis and Ellie, are offering three day and six day food, and wine, workshops, for parties of six to twelve at DOMAINE DE CROMEY – http://domainedecromey.com/food-and-wine-workshop/ Everyone who has enjoyed their hospitality and expertise, always dream of returning and over half their bookings are from repeat clients. The workshops are ideal for amateurs and professionals as they will tweak the programme to suit your group. For other months they offer their Burgundy House Party weeks for groups of 8 to 12, but food or wine workshops can also be scheduled by arrangement.

James of the WALKING PARTY – http://thewalkingparty.co.uk/trip/ – has just finished his Truffle Hop in Quercy and for 20-26 May he will be on board the Luciole barge in Burgundy for a walking week. Transfers from Paris are included and a twin and a single cabin are available @ GB£3,300 per person. He also has vacancies for the ST JAMES WAY walks from Le Puy-en-Velay to Conques (1-8 September) and from Figeac to Cahors (8-15 September) and would welcome bookings for up to six people on each walk (or combine the two).

Lastly, remember our BACKROAD DISCOVERY self-guided cycling and walking holidays which are ideal for groups of friends. Electric assisted bikes are available in most regions for those who appreciate a boost up the hills.

Phone or email without delay for more information.
Best regards
Robert & Barbara
BESPOKE FRANCE, 52 George St, Port Chalmers 9023 www.bespokefrance.co.nz
Tel: 03 472 7856 Freephone: 0800 147 856 Email: info@bespokefrance.co.nz

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Glorious Burgundy in May

Some years ago we introduced James of the Walking Party to Penny of the Luciole and now they are offering their fourth walking-themed cruise starting 20 May 2018 aboard the 12 passenger LUCIOLE.  

Guests are met in Paris and transferred to the barge for a leisurely cruise along the beautiful Nivernais Canal with optional guided walks with James.   Bicycles are also available for exploring the tow path and further afield – and each day you’ll enjoy gastronomic meals accompanied by fine wines.  Four cabins are currently free – a twin, a double and 2 singles – at GB£3,300 per person (no single supplement).  Don’t delay – request a brochure today, as these cabins could go very quickly.

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DOMAINE de CROMEY, in southern Burgundy, are offering special food and wine workshops for small groups of six (or more for the wine workshop) from 5 & 12 May (and other dates by arrangement).

Ellie is a chef extraordinaire and Dennis is a professional wine taster and wine merchant, as well as a very entertaining tour guide.  The Gastronomic six night holiday is 4900 Euros per person and the three night Terroir wine holiday is 1950 Euros per person.   Contact us without delay for more details and remember that this delightful six bedroom domain is available throughout the season for small groups on Burgundy House Party weeks, cycling and walking weeks, or a tailor-made holiday especially for you.
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Bonne Année 
Robert & Barbara
BESPOKE FRANCE

 

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