July, 2009

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Canyoning in Provence

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


Enjoy a Canyoning experience in the south of France. You will progress through the river and will discover the beautiful landscapes of the south of France. Slide, dive and swim in translucent water, jump down in waterfalls. You will be guided by professional monitors (climbing monitors and high mountain guides). Discover new sensations.

You can choose your experience between 3 different levels which are three different areas of Provence: Cramoussi, the Bollène, the Barbaira or the Maglia

Level 1
Cramassouri (The Courbaisse, Tinée’s vallon) : Very aquatic and very easy experience, perfect for a first canyoning experience
Duration : 3 hours (1,5 to 2 hours in water)
Depart : 9.00 am or 13.00 pm

Level  2
La Bollène (Lantosque, The Vésubie’s vallon) : Very aquatic with plenty of jumps and slides
Duration : One day (3 to 4 hours in water)
Depart : 8.30 am

The Barbaira (Rochetta, Italy, Nierva’s vallon) : Wonderful landscape and a typical Italian restaurant in the end.
Duration : One day (3 to 4 hours in water)
Depart : 9.00 am from the Italian border

Level 3
La Maglia  (Breil’s/ Roya) : For very sportive people and wonderful landscape.
Duration : One day (4 to 5 hours in water)
Depart : 8.30 am

Participants and guests :
This experience is to be booked for 5 people but can be shared up to 8 people.

Conditions and restrictions :
You need to know to swim
This experience takes place in most weather conditions. Rescheduling due to bad weather conditions is possible.

Dates :
This experience is available from April to October.

Location :
Côte d’Azur, PACA,  France

Price : from 50 euros

Book your canyoning experience in Provence

Luxury weekend in the south of France

Monday, July 20th, 2009


Enter a world of luxury at this stunning villa. With a tropical garden overlooking the sea and its private swimming pool, this luxury villa is a heaven of peace delivering serenity. You will be greeted with champagne and will enjoy a gastronomic dinner. And if you would like to party, St Tropez and Cannes are just nearby. This luxury villa is the ideal location to enjoy a romantic and relaxing weekend under the sun of the French Riviera.

Your hotel
The Villa is simply stunning. Inspired by Moorish architecture, the property enjoys a private heated swimming pool, a large living room and beautiful terrace. The garden opens onto the sea. This luxury villa is fully catered and the staff will assist in all your requests. A boat is also available should you want to go water skiing or pay a visit to the clubs and private beaches of St Tropez. But mostly, peace and serenity abound here and you will most surely enjoy the chaise longue by the pool or the sea in this unique property.

Your room :
Rooms are finely decorated. Moorish inspiration is found in objects, furniture and the overall architecture. You will stay in a superior double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. You will admire the view from your bedroom. Bathrooms have marble and mosaic floor, some have wood flooring and are all finely decorated. Large beds apply the finishing touch.

St Raphael, between Cannes and St Tropez

Leisure on site:
Heated swimming pool, terrace, garden, boat available (at additional cost) for water sports

In the area:
Saint Raphael with its food market, Cannes and the Croisette, St Tropez with its luxury yachts, trendy bars and private beaches.

Dates :
This weekend is available from May to end of September. Check-in at 15pm, chechk-out at 11am
Book your weekend well in advance to guarantee availability at your preferred date.

Price: from 500 euros.

Book your luxury weekend in the Riviera.

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Go diving in the Riviera

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009


Enjoy your first diving experience in the beautiful surroundings of Cap d’Antibes. Off the coast of Cannes, explore a different and silent world. For your first diving experience, admire the fauna and flora of the Mediterranean sea.

Course of the experience:  diving experience (20 minutes)
Welcome at the center of dive.
Briefing and theoretical explanations about the first driving experience.
Equipment testing.
Dive with a qualified instructor during 20 minutes.
Return to the base. The experience takes 2 hours in total.

Participants and guests :
This first diving experience takes place in small groups.

Conditions and restrictions :
You should not dive if you have the followings: ears problems, pregnancy, cardiac problems, pulmonary problems
A parental consent is required for minors.
You should not fly within 48 hours after diving.

This first diving experience can be enjoyed in most weather conditions.

Dates :
This first diving experience is available from the 1st April to the 1st November.

Location :
Cap d’Antibes, PACA, France

Book your diving experience

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Wine tasting weekend in Saint Emilion

Monday, July 6th, 2009


Discover Saint Emilion’ treasures. Go wine tasting in Chateau Grand Cru, visit Saint Emilion prestigious underground and Indulge yourself into a haven of refinement and relaxation in the middle of the vineyards, the Domain Grand Barrail Château Resort & Spa, with its unique architecture and style.

The visits:
Vineyards : in the heart of Saint Emilion vineyards, go wine tasting Châteaux Grand Cru ‘ best vintages. You will be greeted by the winemaker for a unique moment. You will learn Domaines ‘ secrets and will savour the best wines. The vist is organised around 2 domains of approximately 1h30 each. Details will be provided by he hotel.

Saint Emilion underground : The most unusual monument in the lower part of the town is undoubtedly the monolithic church, entirely carved out of solid limestone. Its volume makes it the largest of Europe. The catacombs shelter a mass grave and tombs, with a part of Emilian’s life: the monk Emilion lived in a small hermitage carved out of a natural grotto, located nearby. The “chapelle de la trinité” (trinity chapel), built in honour of Emilian, is an excellent example of thirteenth Century architecture. Inside, the recently cleaned frescoes are remarkable. Visits occur every hour depending on language. After the visit, browse into the streets of Saint Emilion, beautiful and charming.

Your hotel :
The Domain Grand Barrail Château Resort & Spa, is a 19th century Château surrounded by a park located in the heart of the beautiful vineyards of Saint-Emilion, with a four unique properties and an “Island of Relaxation”.
Check in 15pm, check out 12pm.

Your room :
The 33 rooms and 9 suites are situated in the Château and the four properties.
You room is a Saint-Emilion double room with a minimum size of 35 m² with a very special view.  It offers modern life comfort while respecting the Château flair. It has air-conditioned, spacious bathroom, satellite TV with international channels, a mini-bar, a safe, and direct-dial phone.

Leisure on site :
The restaurant: situated in the majestic rooms of the Château.  Dinner is served in three amazing locations: Dining Room, the Moresque Room and the Round Salon. In the summer, you can also enjoy eating on the terrace over-looking the park. You will be delighted by special selection of wines and excellent menu whilst eating in an atmosphere filled with style and beauty.  Fitness room and outdoor swimming pool.

Things to see and to do in the area:
Bordeaux vineyards
St. Emilion medieval city
Golf of Bordeaux-Cameyrac (20 mn from the hotel)
Bordeaux, capital of the Enlightenment in the 18th Century
Atlantic Ocean and the Basin d’Arcachon
The prehistoric caves of Dordogne
Roman Art and Entre Deux Mers
Périgueux and its Gallo-Roman museum
The Bastides
Limoges porcelain workshops
The Basque coast, favorite home of Kings and artists

Dates :
This weekend is available from March to mid November.

Location :
Saint Emilion, Aquitaine, France

Book your wine tasting weekend in St Emilion

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