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.”

ITALY; WINE & VILLAS TUSCANY AND UMBRIA-  10 DAYS|9NIGHTS

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.

FRANCE: BORDEAUX GRANDS CRUS & ESSENTIAL DORDOGNE – 8 days|7 nights

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.

SPAIN: THREE APPELLATIONS: 10-Day| 9-Nights

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 reservations@eurobound.com.  Further details are available on Eurobound’s web site: Eurobound.com. 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.

France

  • 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.

Italy

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.

Holland

  • 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 mailto:reservations@eurobound.com.  Further details are available on Eurobound’s web site: Eurobound.com. 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

SPAIN: MADRID & TENERIFE FAM TRIP

A “Simple Discoveries” theme combining Madrid with Tenerife. A perfect town & country combination for those looking for a different twist.

Now, everyone knows Madrid is the capital of Spain, so of course you will find a concentration of art, culture, culinary delights and much more.

Tenerife on the other hand, is relatively unknown outside of Europe. It is part of the Canary Islands and boasts one of the most temperate climates on earth along with breath taking natural beauty.

We like the twist of this town & country itinerary as it delivers both cultural excitement with pure relaxation.The following is geared for the travel professional and not the client as it includes hotel inspections and comments.

Day 1

Small group walking tour of Madrid city center – Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor with interior visit of Royal Palace – Duration: approx. 3 hours

Nice tour approx. 10 pax for the walking part, was very small group for the Royal Palace visit, we were only 4 pax for the interior visit. Tip – We recommend the Royal Palace because it does have some unique rooms that are different from other palaces in Europe.  As always, we only recommend and offer small and private tours.  You want your client’s raving about their trip on their return, these extras will do the trick.

Lunch recommendation:

Taberna Palo Cortado

Calle Unión 5

Very cute taberna (single room shop) located in the opera district, about 5-10-minute walk from the Royal Palace. They unfortunately only speak Spanish but Silvia, my guide, told me that they will translate the menu to English for us as one of us spoke Spanish. There were no tourists here and only locals, very authentic. We had a very nice lunch with Sherry wine tastings, excellent! I can recommend it.

Hotels:

We stayed at Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via Hotel – Upgraded to a Deluxe Room with private terrace which is very spacious – excellent location on Gran Via – so most of the sights are in walking distance and private transportation is not required. It is a historical building with high ceilings – very charming. Rooms are quite spacious and with modern design. It is a nice hotel if looking for a good 4* option. Staff is very friendly. Breakfast is very good with fresh fruit, omelet, coffee, bread, cheese etc.

Only thing to point out is that the height of the beds is rather low, so for older clients who are used to the high American beds – it might not be the best option

Site inspection:

Hotel Urso & Spa – 5* Boutique Hotel – part of SLH

Hotel caters currently to adults only as they do not offer any connecting rooms.

We would not recommend this property for families for this reason, but for couples who are looking for a nice 5* hotel with quiet atmosphere, this is perfect.

It is in the Chamberi / Chueca district (same district as Hotel Orfila the only Relais & Chateau property in Madrid which we use frequently) and is a boutique hotel set in a 20th century palace. Rooms are in modern design. Spa area is very nice. Breakfast is served in the conservatory, which is like a winter garden with a very nice atmosphere.

Dear Hotel  – 4* Design Boutique Hotel

Located on Gran Via at Plaza Espana

Features a Restaurant & Lounge on the top floor with 360º views of Madrid and has a small pool.  The rooftop views are one of the hotels strongest selling points.

Hallways are a bit dark in my opinion but rooms are bright – feature Deluxe, Premium and Suite rooms.

We would prefer offering the Hotel Las Letras over the Dear Hotel.

Silvia´s recommendations:

Hotel Atlántico  – 4* (on HotelsPro)

Located on Gran Via

She said it is very popular with American clients and they always receive very good feedback from visitors.

Madrid – Hotel Hospes Puerta Alcalá – 5* Boutique Hotel

Located in front of Retiro Park

This chic, 19th-century hotel with wrought-iron balconies is close to the Museo del Prado. Plush rooms and suites feature parquet floors, crown moldings and avant-garde furnishings. Something worth considering for your high-end stylish clients.

Day 2

Train to Toledo – approx. 30 minutes – this is a regional train with only 2nd class, but very spacious and clean. No worries, this the the train everyone takes.

From Toledo train station, best is to take a taxi to the old city center. We had a very foggy day, but usually they would use this ride to visit a view point of Toledo, before arriving at the old town city center.

Our guide – Javier Rodriguez – met us at Toledo train station.

Javier is a great guide, would recommend him for our clients and he is pretty (rumor has it the prettiest guide of Toledo…). It is suggested to not include any entrance fees as the guide recommends to briefly discuss the itinerary with clients at the beginning to cater to their interests and they can easily buy tickets on the spot.

We personally recommend to have a look at The Burial of the Count of Orgaz painting from El Greco at Santo Tome Church.

Silvia and I walked back to the train station, which is only about a 10-minute walk and you will get some great photo opportunities.

Lunch recommendation for local gourmet cuisine:

Restaurante Edemecum  Calle Núñez de Arce, 11, 45003 Toledo Tel: +34 925 28 14 43

My sunset recommendation in Madrid:

Going up to the Azotea del Circulo for drinks. It is in the Círculo de Bellas Artes building on the corner to Gran Via and Calle de Alcala. You will need to pay entrance to go up the elevator and it is quite popular with the locals so I recommend to arrive early to enjoy the sunset.

 

TENERIFE

http://www.traveltotenerife.com/

-Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and the only one to have two airports:

* Tenerife Norte TFN, mostly for domestic flights from mainland Spain. From TFN to the South of the Island, for example Costa Adeje it takes around 1h15 min.

* Tenerife Sur TFS, mostly for international flights from other European cities.

-It has the highest peak in Spain – the breathtaking Mount Teide, of 3,718 meters (12,200 ft). Which is in the ‘middle of the island’

-It is the island of eternal spring. Tenerife’s climate is renowned for its mild summers and relatively warm winters, as well as the constant presence of the sun pretty much all year round. With temperatures ranging from lows of 17 ºC (62 ºF) in winter and highs of 25 ºC (77 ºF) in the hotter months, the atmosphere is cooled by the sea breeze and the trade winds. Moreover, the Island’s unique orography gives rise to varying weather conditions in different areas, to the point that you could find yourself playing in the snow on El Teide’s slopes in the morning and sunbathing or swimming on the south coast in the afternoon.

-We think Tenerife is a good destination for self-drive tours with rental car. The roads are in very good condition and the highway is new, from TFN to the South it is a new highway with 2 lanes, very easy to drive. In the future, there will be the possibility to circle the whole island on this highway. Currently they are building on the second part of it from the north side of El Teide from the south to the north.

-The Metropolitan Area is the heart of Tenerife’s bustling life. Together, Santa Cruz and La Laguna provide many of the cultural, shopping and leisure options you will find on the Island, as well as boasting a wealth of historic and architectural heritage, museums, large parks and squares. San Cristóbal de La Laguna is the only city on the Canary Islands to have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It combines the essence of a majestic Canarian city with the American colonial spirit, featuring wide pedestrian streets framed by buildings that date back several centuries.

– The south of Tenerife is renowned for the sandy beaches. The beach known as Playa de las Américas, which lies between Arona and Adeje, has a huge array of bars, restaurants, cafés and nightclubs on the sea front. But the islands feature more of the smaller bays – so it is NOT the place for Caribbean/Hawaiian long sandy beaches. And I would not sell it as a classic beach resort destination.

 Day 3

Arrival at TFN and transfer to Hard Rock Hotel  – 5*, in Playa Paraíso, Costa Adeje.

Huge hotel, newly opened fall 2016. Rooms are very spacious. The Hotel is a very big complex with two buildings. Features a kid’s club, bar, restaurants etc.

It is of course a very stylish and young hotel. Most people working there are probably in their 20’s-40’s and they all look like models.  It caters to a younger demographic who would like to have stylish but luxurious accommodation.

In the evening – site inspection of the hotel

Day 4

Site inspections in Costa Adeje:

Hotel Iberostar Anthelia  – 5*

Different rooms options and family room options

B&B, half-board and all-inclusive options

Various restaurants

Bahía del Duque  – 5* – part of LHW

My favorite hotel on the island

Different rooms options and family room options, as well as villa rentals

Various restaurants and spa facilities

Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa – 5*

Different rooms options and family room options, as well as villa rentals

Various restaurants and spa facilities

H10 Costa Adeje Palace – 4* (right next to the Sheraton)

I do not think that this is the right product for Eurobound. I did not like the hotel, very impersonal and I do not think good for the American clients. The pictures on the website do not look bad, but I really was not convinced on site

Visit and dinner at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora – 5*

Also, a very nice property with various room options

Features adult only areas as well as areas for families

Siam Park – Water park

– fun for kids

Whale & Dolphin Watching Trip with lunch on board –  We did not see any dolphins but mostly pilot whales

Day 5

Morning – Jeep Tour to National Park of El Teide.

-Some movies have been shot here as it is supposed to look like the moon.

-It is accessible by car and features various hiking trails. It is also possible to hike the crater but this needs authority approval and is limited to certain numbers of people per day.

-I also want to point out that there is a Parador located in the National Park: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide – 3*

-Other activities there are for example, stargazing experiences. Also, possible with a Canarian dinner (Sergio recommended this to me)

 

Site inspection in Guía de Isora:

The Ritz–‐ Carlton Abama – 5*

Together with the Bahia del Duque probably the nicest property on the island.

Good property for golfers.

Also, it features private houses for rental.

Day 6

-Bus tour in Santa Cruz, capital of Tenerife.

*Santa Cruz has the harbor where the cruise ships arrive

*Small city for shopping and museums as well as markets

-La Laguna walking tour (UNESCO). Colonial style, very cute small town (temperature here is a bit colder)

-Wine tasting and lunch at Bodegas Monje Bodegas Monje  in El Sauzal.

*Very good wine tastings with traditional lunch.

*Nice experience that I recommend.

vineyards with view to Teide:

Site inspection in Puerto de la Cruz:

Hotel Botánico – 5* – Part of LHW

In my opinion very outdated rooms.

Spa area is very nice though and has a very good reputation.

-The town of Puerto de la Cruz is very cute. Nice for shopping or dinning at the promenade.

*The famous pools designed by César Manrique are located here.

Day 7

-Transfer from hotel to TFN airport to Madrid.

 

Strolling along the Loire River: from Nantes to Angers

France’s Loire River valley is known for its stunning scenery and historic chateaux. French Kings and Nobles came to the Loire Valley to hunt and relax and they left an indominable mark on the region. 

Often when we think of the Loire Valley, we think of the Grande Damme chateaux that made it famous (Azay le Rideau, Chenonceau, Chambord, Villandry, etc.). However, the hidden gems are worthwhile to seek out.  The trip I’m about to share is off the beaten path.   

DAY 1: NANTES – CLISSON

From Paris, arrive in Nantes via TGV and transfer from the train station to Clisson, in the heart of Nantes vineyards.  (driving distance: approx. 25 miles – 3o minutes)

Check-in at Hotel in Clisson: Hotel Villa Saint Antoine Best Western – 3* In this very small town this is the best option available – hotel has been recently renovated. It is a 3* hotel so rooms are basic but nice – some rooms have nice views of the medieval Castle.

Guided walking tour of Clisson (1 hour)

Clisson is a medieval town with Italian influence: spend time visiting and castle and strolling along its romantic little streets.

Dinner at the restaurant “De la Vallée” in Clisson (Walking distance from hotel)

Overnight at hotel

 

Day 2: cLisson –nantes vineyards – MONTSOREAU – fontevraud

Morning departure for visit and wine tasting at Château de la Cassemichère – We are in the heart of Nantes vineyards where the Muscadet white wine is produced. The owner and winemaker personally welcomes visitors; however, he only speaks French so an English-speaking guide/ assistant is always needed. For this reason, this venue is perhaps more suitable for groups and less for individual travelers.

Lunch in a local restaurant: “Auberge de la Gaillotière”

This inn is in a former wine cellar among the vines. It offers delicious, authentic cuisine.

 Transfer to Montsoreau (driving distance: approx. 75 miles – 2 hours)

Winetasting on the Loire river on board of a «Toue Cabanée» (a traditional Loire cabin boat).

The cruise is relaxing, it lasts a couple of hours and it is combined with wine tasting. Boat captain (and owner of a wine domain in the area – you will taste his wines of course!) speaks basic English so again some kind of English-speaking guide or assistant is needed.   

Transfer to Fontevraud Abbey (driving distance: approx. 2 miles – 10 minutes)

Guided visit of Fontevraud Abbey (1 hour)

The Abbey was founded in 1101 by Robert d’Arbrissel, an itinerant preacher, campaigner for the poor and reformer. It was designed as a “unique foundation”. It is different from other religious establishments since it was led by abbesses throughout its history (36 in succession).

Check-in at Hotel Abbey of Fontevraud -4*

This is a special venue as the hotel is in the abbey complex (specifically inside the Saint-Lazare priory, formerly one of the four abbey monasteries). There is a perfect balance between the great history and heritage of the place and the sleek, modern, minimalist design of the hotel. Guests staying here will also be able to admire and visit the Fontevraud Abbey at night (closed to external visitors at night). 

Dinner and overnight at Hotel

DAY 3: fontevraud – saumur – brissac – angers

Morning departure for visit and wine tasting at Gratien-Meyer wine cellars near Saumur

In the Loire Valley, in the heart of the Saumur region, you’ll find several producers from fine Brut de Loire wines, which are stored in the famous tuffeau (Tuffa) cellars. The visit is fun and very easy to follow even for those that are not wine experts.

Drive along the wine route by vintage cars by Retro Emotion

This was probably one of the highlights of the trip: driving a vintage car is a great way to explore and enjoy the scenery and the beauty of Loire Valley. The vintage cars can be either hired with a private driver or for a self-driving trip. The trips will be following a route which will be designed together with clients and considering their interests and schedule.

Lunch in a local restaurant: “La Table de la Bergerie”

The restaurant is in the middle of the vineyards. The refined cuisine is based on local produces and served with home-made wines, including grand cru Quart de Chaume. The chef, David Guitton, trained with Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon, before he met and married the winemaker’s daughter.

 Proceed with the visit of the Chateau de Brissac

Standing higher than all other royal châteaux, Brissac deserves its nickname of “Giant of the Loire valley”. Acquired in 1502 by René de Cossé, the first Count of Brissac, today it is the residence of the 13th duke.  Visitors can also admire the castle’s spectacular decorations and the breathtaking Belle Époque operatic theatre is something not to be missed!

Continue to Domaine du Closel for visit and wine tasting

This family property is one of the main estates of the AOC Savennieres Grand Cru of the Loire Valley and  renowed for the quality of their wines. There are many options available to visitors: from a guided tour of the grounds and the vines to a wine tasting workshop followed by lunch or picnic in the chateau gardens.

Transfer to Angers and quick guided tour of Angers city center (1 hour)

Stroll in the city center, including the old city and the main square (Place du Ralliement). No visit to Angers is complete without a visit to the Castle and the Apocalypse Tapestry.

Check-in in Angers: Hotel d’Anjou 4*

This property is ideally situated in the city center. It challenges the stereotype of a chain hotel from the moment you enter this elegant upgraded 19th century building.

Dinner and overnight at Hotel

 

Dolomites & Veneto

On a recent FAM tour to the Dolomites and Veneto with Borghi Italia, we had the pleasure to experience the most beautiful villages of Italy.  The concept is to venture out from the big cities that we all go to, e.g., (Rome, Florence, Venice) and experience another side of Italy that is equally important to the culture and life of the country.

Italy is famous for its regional differences and we had the opportunity to see them first hand.  Our FAM began in the Dolomites which if you were not a nature lover, you will soon be.  I was awe struck by their massive strength and ragged beauty.  If hiking is your thing, than you’ve come to paradise.  The accommodations take on a feeling of being in the Swiss Alps.  It must be the practical thing to do to build in the Alpine tradition.  You will find some fine dining in this area as there is an abundance of pure water, rich soil and uber fresh air to produce the finest ingredients for food and wine.  We spent three nights in Val di Fassa and  Val Gardena.

From the mountains we descended to the valley of Riva de Garda, on the North end of Lake Garda.  There are some deluxe high end properties here like the Lido Palace Hotel and the Du Lac et Du Parc.  This area is a great location for biking as an the original road into town that hugs the mountain has been converted into a biking & hiking trail.

Next we went on to Cison di Valmarino for a history lesson on the first world war and the sacrafices that were made by this region along with the gifts that were bestowed to the victors.  One such highlight was the Castle Brando.

From Cison we headed to Asolo, a romantic town with sensualtiy.  The town’s ancient Venetian past gives it a look that lovers of art would appreciate.  Here you will find chic shops and restaurants along with some fine accommodations like the Hotel Villa Cipriani. This would be a great day trip or overnight destination from Venice. Next, we went the Municipality of Valeggio sul Mincio.  Another storybook place that is car free.  It is so charming that it gets hundreds of visitors daily, however, you should go as the setting is worth the visit.

Lastly we went to Verona where we overnighted and departed the next day to the airport.  One could easily extend time in Verona and the surronding area as there are similar Boghis to discover.

Many thanks to Borghi Italia for organizing the FAM, they had the difficult task coordinating the various region’s services, hence the explanation for the zig-zag itinerary.   Above are some of the highlights, in order to keep this short, I left off many iteresting visits, including a cheese producer, wineries, museums, fine restaurants and of course the obligatory shopping opportunities.

 

Yoga in Provence

Daily yoga classes, trips to local villages, picnic lunches and a cooking class highlight Eurobound’s newest vacation package to Provence.  The 7-day/6-night land package is designed for clients who want an intimate vacation that is at once relaxing and active.

Home for the week is a comfortable historic, completely refurbished Bed and Breakfast village house in St. Jeannet, midway between Nice and Vence.  The villa is run by a young couple whose emphasis is on ecology, environmentally-friendly practices, and locally sourced, organic ingredients.

Yoga, Private Touring, Picnics, Local Cuisine

Most days begin with a yoga class, followed by breakfast.  The remainder of each day is devoted to a different activity, ranging from a cooking class, a wine tasting, and a walk to the top of the cliff that overlooks the village for a panoramic view of the coast and French Alps; to scenic drives and excursions along the French Riviera.  Depending on the day, lunch is either picnic style or in a local restaurant.  Early evening usually concludes with another yoga class, to stretch out any tight muscles.

Excursions, led by a licensed guide, include Antibes, St. Paul de Vence and Vence, with Henri Matisse’s stained glass windows in the Chapelle du Rosaire; Tourettes sur Loup, a medieval village and home to artists’ workshops and galleries; Nice, with its old city and market; Villefranche, on the Cote D’Azur; St. Jean Cap Ferrat; Monaco; and the village of Eze.  Complementing the touring are a fresh goat-cheese sampling at Domaine des Courmettes and wine tasting at St. Jeannette’s local vineyard.

An Intimate Experience

The Eurobound package is available for small groups of from 4-to-8 persons. “This vacation is well-suited for two couples, a group of friends, a family, or a small incentive or special group,” says (Brigitte Armand, Eurobound president.  “It’s an intimate and immersive experience, with an opportunity to sample local life,” she adds.

Price for the Yoga in Provence package is $1,499 per person, based on double occupancy.  Included are round-trip transfers from Nice Airport, accommodations in a hill-view or sea-view room with private bathroom, yoga classes, 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches, daily activities, touring, wine tasting, and other activities.

Information on the Yoga in Provence package can be found at http://bit.ly/yogainProvence