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Alsace

4 Days:$2,783 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to enhance your European experience

Alsace lies between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River with Switzerland to the south, Germany to the north and east and the rest of France to the west. Given its location it is no wonder that it has a dual cultural attitude since it has, at various times been either German or French. The buildings and the cuisine may be more Germanic but the love of wines is all French.

Bordeaux

4 Days:$1,399 per person based on a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your perfect European vacation

The City of Bordeaux became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007. Known as the world’s wine capital, it is close to the beaches of Arcachon and their famous oysters, the Basque Country on the border of Spain and the Perigord, famous for Foie Gras and Truffles. The city itself is a stately place to visit as it complements the beauty of the Garonne River which winds through the city. It nestles in the heart of the Saint-Emilion, Medoc, Fronsac and Sauterne vineyards and all this gives the city a well deserved reputation for fine dining, wine bars and lively nightlife. Come see for yourself!

Brittany

4 Days:$2,565 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to enhance your European experience

Brittany sits on the northwest coast of France, a peninsula geographically and spiritually close to its Celtic relatives in Wales, Ireland and parts of Britain. In fact it is called Bretagne in French as Great Britain is called Grande Bretagne. Like the Irish and the Cornish coasts the area abounds with the freshest seafood but more likely to be enjoyed with hard cider than fine wine. The scenery is spectacular and the fresh breezes stimulate the senses making all activities that more enjoyable. You will enjoy Brittany.

Burgundy

4 Days:$2,874 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to enhance your European experience

When many people think of France, they think of wine and when they think of wine they think of the great reds of the Burgundy region. This program, designed for a very small group of friends, takes you into the heart of Burgundy; so much so that you are able to enter the cellars of the Hospice de Beaune to savor the best of Burgundy. These events would be unforgettable even if you stayed at a hostel but the fact that you stay in superb accommodations and enjoy Michelin quality dining enhances the pleasure even more.

Champagne

4 Days:$2,892 per person based on a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your perfect European vacation.

Sparkling wine is produced in a lot of countries including France but only sparkling wine from this region is allowed to be called Champagne. During your stay you will see how the grapes are grown and processed and how the “bubbles” get into the Champagne. You will also see how the corks and labels are created. Champagne, the region, is more than wine however and you get to explore the impressive cathedral in Reims where many of France’s Kings were crowned and the charming town of Troyes with its Roman heritage and medieval half-timbered buildings

Loire Valley

4 Days:$2,462 per person based on a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your perfect European vacation.

The Loire Valley is the fairy tale part of France. While it enjoys delightful scenery and many vineyards noted for their wines including Vouvray and Sancerre, it is the many Chateaux that dot the countryside that attracts the visitors. Many, like Chambord, were built for the king as a hunting lodge but others were built by nobles and high churchmen as their “summer place”. Remarkably, most of them are still privately owned and some even owned by the same family dating back centuries. Enjoy your stay and being part of the fairy tale

Lyon & Beaujolais

4 Days:$3,295 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to enhance your European experience

Lyon is usually called the capital city of gastronomy but it is also a city of culture with an opera and many fine art galleries and museums. It is also a charming city. There is water everywhere. And it flows under 28 bridges. Lyon is divided into different areas by two rivers, the Saône and Rhône, and two hills, La Croix-Rousse and Fourvière. In the west, by the Fourvière hill, is the bustling, historic city centre with its Renaissance pomp. Your hotel is located in this area making walking a pleasure and many fine dining establishments close by.

Marseilles

4 Days:$2,367 per person based on a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your perfect European vacation.

Marseilles is overlooked by many visitors who tend to focus on the Cote d’Azur or the interior portions of Provence but Marseilles offers a wide variety of sights and activities to justify a visit. Like Naples, it is a working city with a harbor and ac cuisine all its own but it is also the gateway to the Camargue that delta region where French “cowboys” on white horses keep tabs on black cattle. Let us introduce you to Marseilles.

Nice & Cote d'Azur

4 Days:$1,865 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to enhance your European experience

Cote d’Azur is an official term for an area of France that covers the beach side areas of Provence stretching down to the principality of Monaco and Italy. Most Americans think of it as the French Riviera. When you think of the Riviera you think of Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, the Cannes Film Festival, the beaches of St. Tropez and the glamour of the Casino in Monte Carlo and all those glamorous areas are there but there are also places away from the tourist bustle that have a charm of their own. We would like to show you both

Normandy

4 Days:$2,161 per person based on a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your perfect European vacation.

When you hear the name Normandy you might think immediately of the landing beaches from D-Day 1944 and indeed they are worthy of a visit if nothing else but to honor the sacrifice of the many allied soldiers who died during those initial hours and days. But Normandy is more than beaches and battles; it is the charming port of Honfleur situated where the Seine meets the sea and home to a large pre-impressionist artist colony. It is also the Bayeux tapestry that recounts the other invasion when Britain was invaded by the Norman leader, William, thereafter known as "the Conqueror"

Paris

4 Days:$2,363 per person based on a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to create your perfect European vacation.

Whether it’s April in Paris or Midnight in Paris we love seeing Paris in the movies but it is in even better in person. The sights you have always dreamed of somehow seem unreal because you are so used to seeing them on the screen and now you are seeing the Eiffel Tower for real, walking the path to the Louvre that Tom Hanks followed in The Da Vinci Code or walking along the banks of the Seine with celluloid couples too numerous to mention. This is your introduction to Paris, a dream no more

Provence

4 Days:$2,958 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. Add additional Interludes to enhance your European experience

Provence gets its name from the Romans who called it “nostra provincia" or our province since it was the first land ruled outside of Italy. The Greeks, however, beat them to it since they founded what is now Marseilles in 600 BC. Today Provence is a major destination for romantic tourists with its fields of lavender, the scent of perfume and the cooking “Provencal’ style. During this interlude you will get the chance to experience the highlights starting with your stay in the charming town of St. Paul de Vence

Baguettes, Bistros and a Good Bordeaux

8 Days:$4,473 per person inclusive of a deluxe room in a luxury hotel, most meals, market visits, regional food and wine tasting, personally guided sightseeing, all admissions and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule with a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons available on request

It was Ernest Hemingway who said of Paris “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” He was, of course, talking of the overall experience and, it should be remembered, at a time when the Dollar was king so he was able to enjoy the good life with limited resources. Paris is a little more expensive these days but we can still take you to places like Maxim’s, Fauchon, Montmartre and Les Halles which Hemingway would still be able to recognize. If Paris is for lovers then this program is for food lovers. It is an immersion in the French way with food from the market at Ile de la Cite to Michelin restaurants. As another former Parisian resident would say … Bon Appétit!

Monet, Montmartre and the French Art Experience

8 Days:$4,837 per person inclusive of a superior room in a superior hotel, most meals, personally guided sightseeing, all admission fees and transfers and touring by private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for departures based on two persons available on request.

As if the sights of Paris were not works of art in their own right, we have expanded the artistic experience by setting up private guided tours of Paris’ famous and not so well known art museums and combined it with the countryside that inspired the artists themselves. In between we also leave time for personal sightseeing, great eating and an intimate exposure to the city of lights

London & Paris…Vive La Difference

10 Days:$5,897 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, most meals including highlight meals,art gallery visits with private art expert, comprehensive sightseeing, 1st Class Eurostar seats, private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures for two persons avalable on request.

For sophisticated urban travelers the combination of London and Paris has always offered the opportunity of two sophisticated capitals in close proximity to each other. That became even more opportune with the creation of Eurostar allowing hassle free travel from one city to the other in a little over two hours from city centre to city centre. Each city has a lot to offer and we have put together experiences that bring out the best in each city. As with any Ultitude program the numbers are small and the departures private; this is ideal for two or three couples looking to share good times together. To enhance the fun your London hotel is in tony Mayfair and your Parisian Pied a Terre in sight of the Arc de Triomphe and a two minute walk to the Champs Elysees.

St Emilion and the Vineyards of Bordeaux

10 Days:$7,979 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, most meals, wine with all included meals, private vineyard visits and tastings with a wine expert, cooking class, 1st Class Rail, private guides throughout and touring and transfer by private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons on request.

For those who appreciate the wines of Bordeaux or would like to learn to appreciate them more, this program combines visits to some of the great Bordeaux areas including St. Emilion, Graves. Medoc and Margaux combined with the scenery of the Dordogne. A culinary walking tour through Paris’ Latin Quarter, a private tour of Bordeaux and a cooking class in a vineyard add to the appeal. This program cries out for the sharing of good food and wine with a select group of fellow travelers chosen for their conversation, sense of curiosity and, most of all an appreciation of wine. After all, if you are having a private tasting at Chateau Pichon-Longueville and Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte you want the company to match the wine

The Basque Coast and the Perigord

10 days:$7,654 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, most meals, personally guided sightseeing, all admissions and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. rates for private departures based on two persons on request.

The Southwest of France offers a variety of climate, culture and cuisine. On this exploration we take you from the Basque coast straddling France and Spain to the east and the imposing medieval fortress of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi. As you head back to the west, the vineyards of Bergerac lead you to Perigord, a gourmet’s delight. Indulge and enjoy.

Wine Along the Rhine

10 Days:$6,743 per person inclusive of superior rooms in superior hotels, most meals, personally guided sightseeing and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons available on request

This program provides the opportunity to explore the wine growing regions that proliferate on both sides of the Rhine River and offers the chance to experience the fine wines around, Heidelberg, southwest Germany and in neighboring France in the area of Alsace. During this charming journey you will stay in historic and luxurious properties, many with their own vineyards. You will also have the chance to visit the spa town of Baden-Baden and cross yet another border to the Swiss city of Basel. An excellent way to enjoy the wine and scenery of this charming corner of central Europe

Art Galleries of London, Paris and Florence

12 days:$6,657 per person inclusive of superior rooms in superior hotels, most meals, gallery visits with a recognized art expert, private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons on request.

If you ever took a course of “The History of Western Art” or wish that you had, then this program is for you. During your experience you will be guided by an art expert through the great galleries of art in London, Paris and Florence which is, itself, a work of art. From Hogarth to Hockney you will see, in person, the paintings and sculptures that have, up until now, been pictures in a book. Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” will compete with “The Wedding at Cana” by Veronese for your attention. You will be able to compare London’s National Gallery with the Louvre and then, in turn, with the Uffizi. While art is the focus there is still plenty of time to enjoy these cities’ other attributes both with your personal guide or on your own. The fact that we never take more than six guests adds to the intimacy and the enjoyment

Chateaux, Chartres and Champagne

12 Days:$8,973 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, most meals including highlight meals, wine with selected dinners, and visits to winemakers and tasting, privately guided tours of chateaux, palaces and cathedrals, all touring by private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons available on request.

If you enjoy the finer things in life, especially the French finer things in life this is tailor-made for you and a very limited number of like-minded friends. You will sample the fine wines of Vouvray and have a private visit to the cellars of Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin. You will stay in a Parisian hotel on the left Bank where Albert Camus wrote L’Etranger and then travel through the Loire Valley and Champagne not only visiting Chateaux but staying in them. Your last two days are spent in sybaritic style in a luxury château in Reims where your two star Michelin dinners are accompanied by superb wines. You’ve worked hard, you deserve this

Marseilles, Corsica and the Towns of Provence

12 Days:$11,526 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, all meals, wine with meals, private guides throughout and touring and transfers by private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons on request.

You are invited to experience the rugged grandeur of the island of Corsica, birthplace of Napoleon, part of France but close to Italy and offering its own culture, food, wine and way of life. When you combine this with a stay in Marseilles and the charmimg towns of Provence you have an experience to remember.

Romantic Contrasts of Central Europe

14 Days:$8,952 per person inclusive of superior rooms in superior and deluxe hotels, all meals, wine tasting,personally guided sightseeing and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons available on request.

During this two week offering you travel at a leisurely pace through portions of France, Germany and Austria with a lunch stop in Liechtenstein. You will sample wine in Alsace and beer in Munich and visit romantic towns like Colmar, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich. Through it all you will enjoy the finest of hotels, exquisite meals and personalized attention.

The Cross Channel Caper

14 Days:$8,846 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, most meals including highlight meals, theatre ticket, flight and ferry costs within Europe, comprehensive private sightseeing and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons available on request.

This program starts with a bird’s eye view of London and ends in Paris with a luncheon view from a Michelin starred restaurant high atop the Eiffel Tower; but it is what happens in between that really makes this different. First you get an immersion in sophisticated London culture including art galleries, smart shopping, the theatre and fine dining. Than for a change of pace you take a quick flight to the Isle of Guernsey, close to the French coast but affiliated with England since the time of William the Conqueror. You’ll stay in five star comfort while exploring the island and also visiting the neighboring island of Sark where a pony cart is the best mode of transportation. A fast moving ferry takes you the short distance to the Coast of Brittany where you spend some time at a Relais et Chateaux property located on the longest beach in Europe. You travel through the Loire Valley before arriving at the city of lights to round out your caper. Good food, great hotels and even greater memories await.