France, Italy, Central Europe Strong into Fall
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 Europe—Vienna, 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
Five-Night Luxury Package to Normandy
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.
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_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 gotthard.at
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
Hotel Steffner-Wallner****, www.steffner-wallner.at
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.
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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.
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 http://www.Eurobound.com.
|New Wine Journeys from Eurobound
Vineyard Visits, Tastings Highlight Itineraries in
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.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.
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 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:firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
January 24, 2017
How Eurobound is responding to rising trends in European luxury travel. See link below.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Site inspections in Costa Adeje:
Different rooms options and family room options
B&B, half-board and all-inclusive options
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
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
– fun for kids
Whale & Dolphin Watching Trip with lunch on board – We did not see any dolphins but mostly pilot whales
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:
Together with the Bahia del Duque probably the nicest property on the island.
Good property for golfers.
Also, it features private houses for rental.
-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.
-Transfer from hotel to TFN airport to Madrid.