Lisbon to Paris – Between Christmas and New Year’s


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From an architectural perspective, the city is charming but not grand or anything like other capital cities of Europe.  I wondered about this and soon discovered why.  Apparently, the people of Lisbon have been humbled by the forces of mother nature.  It seems wherever you go, you hear about the great earthquake and tsunami of 1755. It comes up in every conversation about the city. Evidently, this natural disaster knocked a proud capital off its pedestal which they never reclaimed in the competitive game of world capitals.  Nevertheless, it may have left a more livable city it some ways as the streets are not designed around cars or big public parades, but rather for walking.  In fact, I was charmed by sidewalks. Strange it may sound, they are beautifully different from anywhere else. The tiles, appropriately called Portuguese pavement or calcada portuguesa, come in many mosaic patterns. One can find these tiles everywhere on the streets of central Lisbon in an incredible variety of artistic patterns.

Accommodations: we stayed at the Pousada de Lisboa for four nights.  I must say it has the best location of any hotel in Lisbon. It’s smack in the middle of the historic center close to everything by foot.  The hotel was a former government ministry, so the hallways are grand, the walls thick which make for a luxe quiet interior.  Here’s what I liked best about the property besides the location; quiet, friendly service, clean and peaceful room décor, generous buffet breakfast.  Here’s what I disliked, poor room lighting (too much use of pin spot-lights, step in tub-showers that require acrobatic footing, hair dryers that barely blow and a steakhouse restaurant in a city known for fantastic fish.  Overall, still a great hotel and good value.

Tours: we arranged a 4-hour city tour with a driver guide to get a feel for how the city is laid out that included a coffee break at the famous Pastéis de Belem for their famous custard mini-pies.  These are so delicious that you could eat a dozen on the spot.  We also arranged for a full-day driver and guide to go to Sintra and Cascais.  Loved Sintra’s castle, although the day we were there is rained so we were not able to take in the gorgeous gardens that surround the palace.  We also visited the most western spot in Europe, which to be honest, is not so overwhelming, but had to do it for the photo album.  In this region there are other historic castles to visit. I wish we had more time to explore as the architecture and settings are different than from the castles you find in northern Europe.

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Culinary: We had only wonderful meals in Lisbon.  Our fist dinner was at Clube de Joranlistas.  A family run restaurant with super fresh clean food that was very reasonable.  It was like being in a private home. The service and food were elegant but casual.  We also stopped at the Time Out Mercado for lunch and found it fascinating but too crowded, and difficult to find a table.  Nevertheless, I still recommend it as a place to visit, it’s full of life.  Our colleague arranged dinner one night at Lisboete.  One word here, Wow! This small family run restaurant features fresh fish and is prepared by a Parisian chef who knows what he’s doing.  We had a pre-fix 6 course dinner for 40 euros each that was beautifully presented and prepared.  A real pleasant surprise and the wine list equally good and value priced. Of course, we could not visit Lisbon without dinner and a Fado show.  We went to Ofaia and loved it.  Food was excellent, and the show was beautiful, each skilled performer sang without amplification and, yet it was still crystal clear.  I wish I understood Portuguese, I bet there was mention of the 1755 earthquake in one of those songs.


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Departing Lisbon to Paris we arrived at the beautiful Grand Hotel du Palais Royal.  We were upgraded to a Junior Suite and the staff are the best you’ll find anywhere.  The welcome makes you feel like a VIP, they know not to lose you at the first moment of truth. One of the hotel managers magically appeared from behind a curtain to escort us to our room where they went through all the features and services. No attitude, just first class, professional care.  If location is important to you, then you can’t find a better one.  Classic, quiet, civilized and understated chic while just two blocks in from the Rue de Ravoli and adjacent to the Palais Royal.

Tours: We arranged for a full-day tour to Reims (Champagne region).  It’s an easy 45 min train ride from Paris, Gard d’Este to Reims where we met our tour guide / driver.  He was the perfect guide for us who kept the pace and conversation moving without getting bogged down with too much history and facts, but enough to keep us engaged and to test our knowledge.  First stop, a small champagne producer. What a treat to meet the wife and husband team who have been producing champagne for generations.  We were given a tour into their caves and the bottling room with all the details of the process.  Then, we were treated with a tasting of the final product in their home.  Fantastic! We got to meet the real people with life stories.  These folks were not suits, they were dressed in their working clothes and did not use a iPad to present their product.  After a visit to Dom Perignon’s tomb and lunch in Epernay we were off to a big-name producer, Veuve Clicquot.  Like all the big champagne houses, the staff are dressed in uniforms, carry iPads and have well prepared presentations.  While the tours are professional, they are somewhat characterless like the many bottles resting quietly in the caves.  The caves in fact are the most interesting part of the tour.  Originally created from chalk mines, the discovery for storing wine came later.  The shape of the caves reminds me of an underground pyramid connected by large tunnels with chalk walls covered in a wet velvet.  At the end of the tour, we had some time in Reims to visit the cathedral, it just so happened they were presenting a laser light show choreographed to music onto the front façade of the cathedral. It was a spectacle that the French are so good at. What a treat, these are some of the benefits of traveling off season.  You get to see things that are designed for the locals to enjoy and it was free.  Granted, the week before Christmas might have been better, as there were lots of locals off enjoying the holidays between Christmas and New Year’s.

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Culinary: I’m going to skip to the piece de resistance, we had booked a table at the Jules Verne for lunch on New Year’s Eve.  What a treat, from the walk from our hotel to the Eiffel Tower to the grand meal, service and view.  If there is one place to go during your lifetime for a memorable meal, then this is it.  The whole experience is magical. From the ascension to the second etage, to the welcome, to the place settings and finally to the glorious food and wine. Our reservation was at 12:30 pm we left around 4:00 pm and we enjoyed every moment, including a step outside to the windswept balcony. After a leisurely stroll back to our hotel along the River Seine, we needed a nap before New Year’s Eve dinner.  Yes, you heard right, more food and wine.  Since we had an early pick-up in the morning to the airport, we opted for a simple pre-fix dinner at a nearby restaurant Les Fines Gueules.

While in Paris we had several other meals besides those on New Year’ Eve.  Below are some with comments.

Brasserie Vagenende – This lively, colorful brasserie was perfect. Packed with both locals and tourists, we made new friends on either side of our table.  Food was delicious too, I had the sole Meunier and my husband had rack of lamb, just what you expect from a brasserie and a good value too.

Allard – I had high hopes for a true authentic Parisian dining experience.  You would too after reading up on its history and evolution.  However, what a disappointment.  While the room was charming, the seating uncomfortable. The banquet seats barely cover your bum and you must sit straight up.  Yet, this was the least of the problems.  The food, was the biggest disappointment.  We both had the duck as it is their signature dish. It was so dry and over cooked, we had to order more wine to swallow it.  I’m not French and I think the French tend to under cook their fowl.  So, they must be catering to foreigners, this explains why there wasn’t a single French person in the place, other than the servers. Even the signature desert, a rum savarin cake was dry and as thinner than a piece of toast.  The only thing that was fat was the check.  My advice, stay away.

Trip to Bordeaux, Dordogne and Chantilly

I recently returned from Bordeaux, Dordogne and Chantilly, and what a delightful discovery it has been. First, a renaissance has reset Bordeaux, it may have taken the last decade and a half to remake, but what a marvelous outcome. The man behind the vision, Bordeaux’s mayor, Alain Juppé.  He brilliantly pedestrianized the boulevards, restored neoclassical architecture, created a high-tech public transport system and reclaimed Bordeaux’s former industrial river docks with gardens, walkways and a cool water feature “Miroir d’eau”. Half the city (18 sq km) is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. In addition, world-class architects have designed a bevy of striking new buildings – the Herzog & de Meuron stadium (2015), decanter-shaped La Cité du Vin (2016) and Jean-Jacques Bosc bridge (2018) across the Garonne River. It reminds me of Paris’s Marais district, but on a larger scale.  With only 3 nights in Bordeaux, we could easily have extended our time to take in more attractions and activities. Hence, a return visit is a must.  Keep in mind, there are a plethora of wine chateaux for one to visit that could occupy your time for weeks without end.

Day 1, where did we stay and what did we do in Bordeaux.  First, we stayed at the Hotel de Seze,

a well-located and appointed hotel near the city center but just a few blocks from the main pedestrian area. We had a lovely junior suite that overlooked the boulevard and it felt like home, spacious with a long hallway between the bedroom and living room.  Nothing cookie cutter about it.  Another option which we would consider for a second visit is the uber boutique YNDO Hotel.  Every element of the property is an art piece, including the painted walls signed by the artist.  While it may not be for everyone, it certainly will be an experience for all.IMG_4308

Day 2, we enjoyed a private half-day historical walking tour of Bordeaux and we hit most of the main monuments and to learn about Bordeaux’s fascinating history. Afterwards, we headed to LA CITÉ DU VIN for a quick tour and tasting before enjoying the ultra-modern dining room Le 7 Restaurant.  The food and wine was exceptional. We took the tram in both directions which was easy and pleasant.Le Sept

Day 3, we went on a half-day small shared tour, just the 6 of us, to Saint Emilion for a tour with wine tastings and chateau visits.  We deliberately left free time to discover Bordeaux on our own and to be able to relax a little in the afternoon.  However, we could have easily spent the whole day in Saint Emilion.  There’s something sweet and special about this little gem of a town that says charming.  Luckily, we went Sunday morning and there were very few tourists out and the town seemed to be just waking up. After heading back to Bordeaux, we stopped for lunch at Brasserie Bordelaise, be warned if you go, the portions are huge for France, you can split a salad and one order of steak tartar can easily feed two people.  After some more wandering in the old town we stopped for the best organic gelato in Bordeaux at La Maison Du Glacier.  That evening we had reservations at La Tupina

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Day 4, we took a cab to the train station to pick-up a rental car to tour the Dordogne region. Advice, get a comfortable car as the roads in the Dordogne are windy country roads with somewhat rough pavement. We opted for the upgrade promotion for a Mercedes e-class.  Off to Chateau des Vigiers which from the pictures looks very interesting.  Plus, they have a Michelin one-star restaurant which we were looking forward to.  However, we had a light lunch at the Brasserie next door and both us fell ill.  Unfortunately, I ended up eating along that night.  Nonetheless, the service and food quality were impeccable, however, the breakfast in the morning was a disappointment considering the quality of the kitchen.  Note, this property mainly caters to the golf enthusiast. They start teeing off at six in the morning and are going until almost nine at night.  Overall, we were somewhat disappointed with the property and management.  We were never offered a tour as the property which is quite large.  We inspected the main building on our own along with the golf shop, brasserie, spa and pool.  All of which were somewhat run-down and in need of refurbishment.                                IMG_4430Day 5, we had planned for a full day starting with the Gardens of Marqueyssac.  Again, getting there as everywhere in the Dordogne feels like you’re lost, but it’s “c’est normal”, just how the roads work. This is a magical place with a small chateau that is also amazing as the dry stack stone roof weighs over 500 tons. A great place to see the valley from above. We explored the chateau and admired the groomed gardens and the unusual plant species that are normally found in Mediterranean climates.  Expect to see a family of peacocks wandering around the grounds which adds to the colorful pageantry. Evidently, a night visit is very special as they light candles along the paths.  Next, off to Sarlat to pick up our half-day tour of the most beautiful villages of France.  However, lunch first at Le Bistrot which sits directly across the street from the cathedral.  All I can say is that the view is much better than the food.  However, I looked over at my neighbor’s dish and he was relishing in the duck confit which looked good.  Then I remembered, ah we’re in foie gras country, so stick with the duck my friend. Okay, lousy excuse for bad food, but it’s all I have.  So, next we began our half-day small shared tour, just the five of us to visit the most beautiful villages of the Dordogne, which included Domme, La Roque-Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac. Luckily, tourism has preserved these medieval towns from disappearing, however, the only folks around are tourists.  Included was a boat ride down the Dordogne river for a different perspective of life from the old days.  After the tour, we headed to Le Vieux Logis where we had pre-arranged a hotel inspection and dinner. This charming boutique property is a Relais & Chateau property set in a tiny town.  The rooms we saw were all updated and they have a Michelin restaurant on-site, plus an excellent bistro next door.  We had dinner at the bistro and we were pleasantly surprised.  See pics below for the ambiance.  IMG_4462

Day 6, drive back towards Bordeaux, again through the little roads until you get near Bordeaux where you get onto the autoroute which makes you think, “how is it possible to be so close to the vineyards when you’re on a freeway?”  However, before you know it, you exit the freeway and back onto little roads.  Suddenly, voila Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Les Source de Caudalie.  This five-star property has all the bells and whistles from the moment you arrive.  Attentive staff ready to help with luggage and to park your car, a front desk manned with several receptionists to avoid waiting, the property has several buildings which immediately feels like you’re at a resort.  Plus, within eyesight you are surrounded by vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte.  We checked into our room “Vent du Large” located in the boat house.  It’s one of the rooms they feature on their website, check out the pics below.  IMG_4537IMG_4540

The property has bikes to borrow and we rode them through the vineyards of Lafitte while admiring sculptures and stately grounds. We missed the English-speaking wine tour, yet, we enjoyed the road further to enjoy another chateau for a peak. Château Le Thil is a sister joint venture with Les Source and a secret evidently, no one mentioned it to us, so I feel we discovered it on our own. With little time left in the afternoon, we took in as much of the property as we could. Be sure to book spa treatments ahead, the high demand means they book up early.  Tonight, dinner in the gourmet restaurant, 2-star Michelin, expect to be wowed, what a delight, pure civilized dining at its finest.  A late-night stroll through the property back to the room, although I wanted to stop and visit the hens in their coop, but it was lights out for them and we heard a goat protects them at night from intruders, so best not to risk an encounter with an angry goat.

Day 7, drop-off car at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport and fly to CDG with a transfer to Auberge de Jeu de Paume in Chantilly.  The town of Chantilly is dominated by the chateaux, in fact you enter the town via a cobble stone road as if you are arriving at the Chateau Chantilly.  What I love about this place is, you feel like you’re out in the country yet a short walk from the Louvre.  All we had time for was to relax and have a nice dinner in the Bistro.  A perfect break from the indulgences prior.  But wait, tomorrow we say good-bye to France with a celebration dinner in the Michelin restaurant, La Table du Connetable.IMG_4583

Day 8, we scheduled a private 1.5-hour tour of the Chateau which was fascinating.  I’m still amazed at the art work and decoration that was amassed by its owners. Evidently, the richness of the chateau reflects the power struggle between Chantilly and Paris.  You need to visit to learn about its history and to experience its grandeur.  Afterwards, we walked into town for a light bistro lunch as we knew dinner would be grand. Following lunch, we visited the Grand Stables of Chantilly also known as the Musee du Cheval.  Your admission ticket to the Chateau also admits you to the horse museum and stables, but not to the shows. Last gourmet dinner for a while, diet starts soon. IMG_4610IMG_4634

Day 9, up early to CDG, which is about 30 minutes away, traffic was very light so we got there early.

Goodbye France, hello USA.

Normandy Is Top Seller for Eurobound

France, Italy, Central Europe Strong into Fall 
Five-Night Normandy Package Features Private Touring

Normandy is on top for affluent, independent clients, reports Eurobound.  The company, which specializes in customized individual and small-group travel to Europe, notes that France, Italy, and Central EuropeVienna, Budapest, Prague—as well as Croatia are also selling well into the fall season.

“Within countries, we are seeing strong demand for lesser-promoted regions like Normandy.  Often because a travel agent may not be familiar with the area, they seek our expertise in finding the best arrangements, local accommodations and experiences to suit their clients’ needs,” says Brigitte Armand, Eurobound’s president.

History, Culture, Cuisine in Normandy
As an example, Armand notes Normandy’s diversity, history and cultural traditions that draw clients looking for a more in-depth experience in France.  “The region boasts more than 370 miles of coastline, a history ranging from the Norman Conquest at Bayeux as depicted in the 900-year-old, 70-meter-long Bayeux Tapestry; to the D-Day beaches of World War II; and Mt. St. Michel – a UNESCO World Heritage site which dates to the 8th century.  For art lovers, Normandy is considered the birthplace of Impressionism, and on the culinary front, the region is known for seafood specialties – like Coquilles St. Jacques, cheeses, and apple-based desserts and specialties such as Calvados.”

Five-Night Luxury Package to Normandy
Eurobound’s new, 5-night, luxury land package helps clients discover Normandy’s essence in style.  The package includes 5-star accommodations in chateau-hotels, and private transfers and touring throughout.   Clients enjoy two full-days exploring the Normandy D-day beaches and Mont Saint Michel. Also featured are visits to Honfleur, and to Giverny, as well as a tour of Chantilly.

Chateau de Cheneviere in the harbor town of Port en Bessin is the base for the first three nights, while the Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly welcomes Eurobound guests for two nights.    The elegant, 5-star, 29-room Chateau de Cheneviere, which dates from the 17th century, is set in a park with 30 acres of paths and gardens, swimming pool and tennis court.  Near Paris, but a world away, the elegant Auberge du Jeu de Paume is nestled within the historic Domaine de Chantilly, with its history of French royalty dating back to the 16th century.

Per person price for the luxury, 5-night package begins at $3,895, including private transfer to and from Paris.  Eurobound can arrange hotel accommodations in Paris, as well as other activities ranging from private Seine river cruises to sightseeing by helicopter. The company also offers attractively-priced business class air fare.

To Book
For more information on Eurobound’s luxury package to Normandy and on Eurobound’s custom itineraries, call 888-672-7476 toll free, or email  Further information on Eurobound is available on the company’s web site:

Now celebrating its 21st year, Eurobound provides distinctive packages and itineraries for independent travelers and small groups, sold exclusively through travel agents.  Specializing in personalized travel to Europe, Eurobound is a winner of the French Affairs Award for Best Niche Tour Operator.

ATB 2017 Experience

atb_experience | program for US participants | June 24 – 29 (30), 2017

The Location: Vorarlberg, Austria – The most western state situated between Lake Constance and the Alps. It shares borders with Germany, Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein. An ideal starting point for an Alpine journey. The Arlberg region is part of Vorarlberg and atb_experience will be held in the village of Lech am Arlberg.

Arrival at Zurich Airport | Transfer Shuttle to Lech am Arlberg

Check-in at your hotel: Hotel Gotthard


Fishing Experience with Andreas Mittermayr. Meet your guide at your hotel for a two-mile walk to the fish pond in Zug. Your catch will be your dinner freshly prepared at the pond.

Hike the Lechtal Trail with your local guide

Central Meeting Point: Experience Hub, Tannberg 187, 6764 Lech am Arlberg

Official Welcome by Ms. Petra Stolba, CEO, Austrian Tourist Office. Mr. Christian Schützinger, Director, Vorarlberg Tourist Board, Mr. Hermann Fercher, Lech-Zürs Tourist Office

15-minute walk to Rud-Alpe. Opening Night Dinner


Torch walk back to the experience-hub in Lech


Today’s topic – Longings (a yearning desire) by travelers by region.  Networking discussion

Dress code today is outdoor clothing because you will be heading right to your outdoor experience following today’s discussion/workshop.

John Megill + Petra Stolba will layout the days’ program, three rounds of dialog sessions on various subjects

Conclusion of all networking talks

Begin of the outdoor experiences.

You have signed up for the following outdoor_experience. From Iron Men to Skyspace / Guided hike with Marcell Strolz

Meet at the experience hub for cocktails + Dinner. Dinner with regional specialties


Bus transfer to Rud-Alpe; please bring your luggage

atb_farewell @ Rud Alpe | Check your luggage in the bus of your Best of Experience Program | Start of your Best of Experience Program

Salzburg Land


Hotel Steffner-Wallner****,

Dinner at Hotel Steffner-Wallner. Tasting of brandies, liqueurs and rye whisky


Baking bread with Liesi Löcker and son with farm visit

Lunch at Landgasthof & Biobauernhof Löckerwirt country tavern and organic farm. Followed by a guided tour with biosphere reserve expert Johann Steffner-Wallner (owner of the hotel) about nature, water, herbs, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.


Dinner at the Mesnerhaus, awarding winning restaurant from the Via Culinaria group.


Following breakfast and before our final departure from Salzburger Land, one last taste to kick the day off to the right step.

Guided tour to the distillery Stegmühle (production of schnapps, liqueur and rye whiskey) with Richard Wallmann.


Eurobound Offers New Privileged Access Program

by Newsdesk |

Jun 26, 2017 10:06am

BOLOGNA, ITALY, on MAY 2, 2015. The top view on the old city By bellena via Shutterstock


Eurobound is giving agents an inside edge on selling upscale travel to Europe with its “Privileged Access” program. The program provides a range of exclusive private experiences which are incorporated into customized itineraries to selected destinations.

For Food and Wine Lovers

Private Tour of FICO Eataly World, Bologna

Highlighting the “Privileged Access” program is an exclusive one-hour private tour of the new FICO Eataly World in Bologna. Beginning in October 2017, each Eurobound tour will be led by a guide and can be tailored to client’s preferences.

At nearly 20 acres, FICO Eataly World will be among the world’s largest parks devoted to food. The park will contain 25 restaurants plus other food stands, markets, exhibits and demonstration areas, workshops, a vineyard, in addition to 40 different areas with orchards, fields, and livestock. Visitors will be able to see how Italian specialties such as parmesan cheese and olive oil are created, see a working farm, purchase fresh produce, taste regional wines, and dine in restaurants representing local specialties from throughout the country.

For History Buffs or Romantics

The Private Versailles with King’s Private Apartments tour, for example, at four hours, provides a private roundtrip transfer to Versailles, fast-queue entry tickets, and a two-hour tour with a professional guide. The private tour features a visit to the King’s Private Apartments, not otherwise accessible without a guide.

For Art Aficionados

A Private Half-Day Tour to the Vatican with Breakfast gives Eurobound guests a jump start before the crowds arrive. The three-hour experience begins with a lavish breakfast spread in the Pinecone Courtyard, followed by a private tour of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter, the world’s largest basilica. Included are a private one-way transfer from hotel to the Vatican, English-speaking guide, skip-the-line entrance fees, and breakfast.

For Fashionistas

Private Couturier Shopping and Perfume Experience in Paris provides a full-day or half-day visit to top fashion houses in Paris with a personal shopper and private fitting, along with a visit to the House of Guerlainfor perfume sampling and an opportunity to create the client’s own signature perfume.

More “Privileged Access” experiences include:

  • “Behind the Ropes” tour of Stonehenge
  • Private viewing of the Crown Jewelsat the Tower of London
  • Private LouvreMuseum After Hours
  • PradoAfter Hours

Additionally, Eurobound offers agents an array of private tours throughout Europe, each customized to fit clients’ needs.

Eurobound is available on the AXUS itinerary management app, which has up-to-the-minute itinerary details and arrangements, accessible via smart phones or other digital devices.

For more information, visit

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New Wine Journeys from Eurobound

New Wine Journeys from Eurobound

Vineyard Visits, Tastings Highlight Itineraries in
Italy, France, Spain

Eurobound has added a series of new journeys focusing on the leading wine regions of Italy, France, and Spain.  The trips, which feature vineyard visits and wine tastings along with other activities, are part of the company’s expanding “Epicurean Collection” dedicated to the culinary arts.

Sample itineraries include the 9-night “Wine & Villas Tuscany and Umbria,” the 7-night “Bordeaux,  Grand Crus & Essential Dordogne,” and the 9-night “Spain: Three Appellations.”


This Italian journey celebrates the red wines of Tuscany and Umbria, with winery visits in Torgiano and Montepulciano, a full day devoted to the vineyards of Chianti, and visits to wine museums in Torgiano and Siena.

Wine tastings include Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a deep red.  Other wines sampled are Orvieto Classico, one of Italy’s oldest wines; Torgiano Rosso Riserva, an elegant, single-estate Umbrian; and Brunello, one of Italy’s best-known and most expensive wines.  A highlight is a visit to Enoteca Italiana Permanente, Italy’s official wine museum, located in Siena.  Here, in the tree-shaded gardens, Eurobound guests sample a wide variety of the country’s wines by the glass.

The itinerary begins with a transfer from Rome’s airport to Florence for two nights. Overnights are spent in Perugia and Montepulciano, concluding in Siena, a base for five nights.  Towns and villages visited include Orvieto, Torgiano, Assisi, Perugia, Montepulciano, Chianti, Montalcino and Siena.  Accommodations are in charming villas and transportation is by chauffeured car.

In addition to wine-oriented activities, the private tour includes local sightseeing, visits to historic castles and monasteries, cheese and other food tastings, select lunches and dinners in typical restaurants and trattorias, museum visits, a farewell dinner, and free time for exploring local areas. Per person price begins at $4,050, double occupancy based on party of four.


The great Cabernets of Medoc, and the Merlots of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol are explored on this itinerary which begins in Bordeaux.  Following a private hotel transfer on arrival, Eurobound guests spend their first three nights in the Unesco-heritage city.  Here they join small-group tours for two full days of wine immersion, visiting the area’s world-renown vineyards. Altogether, the tours feature a total of six visits and tastings in classified-growth chateaus, along with a walking excursion of St. Emilion.

The second part of the itinerary starts with a private transfer to the town of Sarlat, a base for the next four nights’ discovery of the Dordogne, with its many historic and picturesque sites.  Highlights include a walking tour of Sarlat, and small-group tours to the villages of Dordogne, a walking tour of Rocamadour, and a guided visit to the recently opened Lascaux IV replica of the famous prehistoric caves.

The itinerary is available daily from April through July, and September through October.  Included are double occupancy accommodations in 4-star hotels, daily breakfast, wine tastings at chateaux, local tours, a boat ride on the Dordogne River, and entrance fee to Lascaux IV. Per person price begins at $3,285, double occupancy.


Three of Spain’s top appellations–Rueda, Ribera Del Duero, and Rioja–are the focus of this 9-night private tour, complete with a car and driver.

The package begins with two nights in Madrid, including a customized half-day city tour with a visit to the Royal Palace and sherry tasting paired with local tapas. The following day, Eurobound guests meet their English-speaking driver for a week of private travels commencing with the land of castles and a visit to a Rueda winery with tastings.
Ribera Del Duero, one of Spain’s prime wine-producing areas, is next, followed by the famous Rioja wine valley, before heading to the seaside resort town of San Sebastian.  The tour ends in Bilbao, home to the renown Guggenheim Museum.

In addition to winery visits with tastings and snacks, the package includes dinner in a Michelin restaurant in Ribera del Duero, dinner at a local restaurant in Ribera del Duero wine trail, plus a lunch in Burgos, and in Rioja.  Eurobound guests also enjoy a walking tour with Pintxos (tapas) in San Sebastian, and a walking tour of Bilbao with tickets to the Guggenheim Museum.

Overnights are in Madrid, Ribera Del Duero, Rioja, San Sebastian and Bilbao, with accommodations in four- and five-star properties, ranging from a 12th century monastery with thermal baths, to modern hotels. Also included are transfers by private car upon arrival in Madrid and departure from Bilbao.   Per person price begins at $4,999, double occupancy.

And More

The wine tours are part of Eurobound’s growing “Epicurean Collection,” designed for food and wine lovers.  Other wine-oriented itineraries in Italy focus on the wines of the Veneto and on the Langhe region.  In France, shorter itineraries concentrating on the classified chateaux of the Medoc and St. Emilion are also available.

To Book

To arrange a customized Eurobound wine package, and for more information on the company’s Epicurean Collection, visit Cuisine Around Europe, call toll free 888-672-7476, or email  Further details are available on Eurobound’s web site: Eurobound pays commission with all documents.

Now celebrating its 21st year, Eurobound provides distinctive packages and itineraries for independent travelers and small groups, sold exclusively through travel agents.  Land prices are guaranteed at time of booking, and commissions are delivered with documents.  Specializing in personalized travel to Europe, Eurobound is a winner of the French Affairs Award for Best Niche Tour Operator.

Eurobound Adds Cheese Tourism to Europe Culinary Program

Tastings, Farm Visits, in France, Italy, Holland

Eurobound is expanding its focus on culinary travel to Europe, with new food experiences catering to cheese lovers.  The cheese experiences are part of the company’s growing Epicurean Collection of culinary-themed vacations, available exclusively through travel agents.

“Food, especially cheese, is an integral part of life in Europe.  Our new experiences include tastings and first-hand looks at where these renown cheeses are crafted, “says Brigitte Armand, Eurobound president.  Armand notes that each cheese experience can be booked individually or folded into a larger customized itinerary, such as a local tour, a wine and cheese day, vineyard visit, market walk, or cooking class with a master chef.   Eurobound cheese-themed packages can include stays at farmhouse estates, reservations at world-class restaurants, and all travel arrangements.

Below is a sampling of Eurobound’s  new cheese-oriented experiences.


  • Loire Valley–Visit La Cabinette goat cheese farm. Eurobound travellers visit La Cabinette, a family-run farm, where hand-crafted goat cheese is produced.  Meeting with the farm’s owners, clients learn how the cheese is produced, meet the goats themselves, and enjoy a cheese tasting.
  • Paris–Private visit to a cheese cellar. A private guide explains secrets of the cheese-making process, followed by a tasting complete with wine and champagne.
  • Burgundy—Visit Fromagerie Gaugry. Clients visit the Gaugry Family cheese dairy, the last cheese maker in France to produce raw-milk   Here, they learn how washed-rind, cows-milk cheeses, such as Epoisses, Ami du Chambertin, and Plaisir au Chablis are made.  The tour concludes with a cheese tasting accompanied by a glass of famed Burgundy Pinot Noir.


Food Valley- Parma– Tour and tasting at Azienda Agricola Guareschi – Eurobound guests visit self-sustaining Guareschi Farm, set among green fields, to discover the process of making Parmigiano Reggiano from start to finish.  The tour ends in the villa’s tasting room, with a sampling of the famous cheese along with Parma Ham and Modena Balsamic Vinegar.

  • Pienza – Fattoria Pianporcino – Pecorino di Pienza Tasting. At this sheep farm in Southern Tuscany, clients learn how the milk is processed and transformed into the unique Pecorino di Pienza. Here, they can sample more than 30 types of Pecorino not generally found elsewhere, including cheeses flavored with nuts, leaves, hay, and herbs, following a local tradition.


  • Amsterdam–Cheese Master class. Held in the city’s best cheese shop, this hour-long class delves into the subtleties of tasting, as 6 of Holland’s finest cheeses are paired with wine or port.
  • Edam– Cheese market—Clients can see cheese mongers in action on this 3-hour tour to the colorful Edam Cheese Market. The Market takes place one morning a week during July and August, when  farmers from the area come by canal barge to unload,  sell and trade their cheeses.   The festive event includes tasting the various Edams.
  • Gouda –Cheese market and town visit—Gouda is one of the oldest-recorded cheeses in the world, and clients visiting Holland in the summer can visit the town’s weekly cheese market; or, in the winter,  the cheese museum. A walking tour of the picturesque town includes a visit to one of the city’s oldest bakeries and a workshop in stroopwafels, the famous Dutch syrup waffles.


To Book

To arrange a customized Eurobound culinary package, and for more information on the company’s Epicurean Collection, visit Cuisine Around Europe,  call toll free 888-672-7476, or email  Further details are available on Eurobound’s web site: Eurobound pays commission with all documents.

Now celebrating its 21st year, Eurobound provides distinctive packages and itineraries for independent travelers and small groups, sold exclusively through travel agents.  Specializing in personalized travel to Europe, Eurobound is a winner of the French Affairs Award for Best Niche Tour Operator