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Dinner and night at The Lido, Paris

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Spend an exceptional evening at the Lido, one the most famous revue, right on the Champs-Elysées. One of the most prestigious cabarets in the world, the Lido opens its doors for an incredible evening of fine food, dancing show and exceptional atmosphere. Enjoy the show with excellent seats as well as the food prepared by famous chef Philippe Lacroix.

This “Soirée Plaisir” package gives you access to exquisite food and a fantastic show.

Enjoy a breathtaking show with 70 artists, 600 costumes and 23 sets!

Course of the experience: dinner at Lido Paris (from 7pm to 11pm)

- Arrival at Lido for your dinner
- You will be seated at table
- Start dinner with a music ensemble
- The lights dim at 9pm for the show
- Show ends at 11pm

Date :
Dinner at Lido is available all year round.

Price: Around 140 Euros/person
The price includes:
- Fine food menu prepared by chef Philippe Lacroix including starters,
- main course,
- dessert,
- ½ bottle of Champagne Brut Lido Premier Cru or ½ bottle of wine

Book your night and dinner at the Lido

Ice driving experience in the French Alps

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Master the secrets of ice driving. Learn driving techniques on the mythical circuit of “Trophée Andros”, in Serre Chevalier in the French Alps. In a friendly atmosphere, learn to be confident faced to slippery situations and feel the adrenalin.

Course of the experience: ice driving experience ( 4h30)
You will be greeted by a team of passionate and professional instructors
1st briefing : such as hands position on the wheel, foot mobility , mass transfers, turns, braking techniques, security advice…
Practice on the track cut by a second briefing to improve on driving techniques. On the track, you are two participants per car and drive one after the other next to an instructor who will provide all advices for you to push your limits and get a maximum of sensations.

The circuit: The famous circuit of “Trophée Andros” is 800 metres long, from 6 to 10 metres wide and 25 to 60 metres thick, with speed curves and straight lines for great sensations.

Participants :
There are two participants per car next to a professional instructor.

Conditions and restrictions:
You must hold a valid driving license.

Dates :
This ice driving experience takes places during winter period, from mid-December to mid-March.

Location :
Serre Chevalier, French Alps, France

Price: About 380 euros per person for half a day.

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Aerobatic flights in the north of France

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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This weekend, come to the north of France and enjoy an aerobatic flight experience in Merville, near Lille. Experience the thrills of aerobatic manoeuvres at 1500 metres high. And if you can handle it, take the stick! A truly unique and amazing experience!

Course of the experience : aerobatic flight North of France (2h)

You are greeted by you pilot, passionate and very experienced. English speaking.
You are fully geared: flying suit, parachute and radio helmet
Briefing in the aircraft
Take off. Once at 1500 metres high, enjoy during 30 unique minutes the thrills of aerobatic manoeuvres which may include loops, rolls, stall turns, chandelles and steep turns. Your pilot will fly according to your reactions. He will also let you take the stick if you wish to.
The aerobatic experience will end with a diploma and a well deserved drink.

Participants :
You will be alone with the pilot during the aerobatic flight but a few guests can attend the flight from the ground.

Conditions and restrictions:
Medical certificate ensuring good physical conditions
To be at least 14 years old
Up to 1,90m and 90 Kg
This experience takes place in favorable weather conditions.

Dates :
This experience is available all year round.

Location :
Merville, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, North of France
40 mn from Lille

Price : about 250 Euros incl. VAT (price may change)
The price includes for 1 person: 1 aerobatic flight with insurance

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Canyoning in Provence

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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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

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Wine tasting weekend in Saint Emilion

Monday, July 6th, 2009

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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
Cognac

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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Luxury weekend in Marseille

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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Spend the weekend in Marseille, an incredible city, capital of Provence. Its old harbor, the singing accents, the bouillabaisse, Marseille is a very attractive city with sun, the sea and good nightlife. Your hotel is the Petit Nice Passedat, a very exclusive hotel affiliated Relais & Chateaux, on a promontory overlooking the sea, which also benefits from the talent of Gerald Passedat, 3 michelin stars.

Your weekend in Marseille includes :

1 night in a Suite for 2 people
2 breakfasts « à la française”

Your hotel in Marseille :

Le Petit Nice Passedat is a 4 star hotel affiliated Relais & Chateaux. This 19th century villa delivers an intimate atmosphere with refinement. Isolated on a promontory overlooking the sea, Le Petit Nice is one of the most exclusive hotels in Marseille. The kitchen is simply fabulous awarded with 3 Michelin stars. The favourite dish is the bouillabaisse, an institution in Marseille.

Other information :

13 bedrooms and 3 apartments
1 gastronomic restaurant
Outdoor Swimming pool
Open all year round

Book your luxury weekend in Marseille

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Hot air ballooning in the French Alps

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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Take a hot air balloon trip and enjoy the stunning Alps landscape and most particularly the Mont Blanc from a bird’s eye view.

Discover from above the breathtaking and unique Mont Blanc Country. Drift along with the wind through exceptional angles, and admire the stunning Avaris range dressed with a bright orange veil as the sun rises and succumb to the majestic Mont Blanc and its beautiful snow coat.

Live a truly magical and peaceful moment. Feel nature’s strength and splendour. During winters as summers, this experience is wonderful and unforgettable.

Course of the experience :

Balloon trip duration:  one hour. Experience full duration:  4 to 5 hours.

Balloon trips are organised early in the morning, one to two hours after sunrise. Summer hours – mornings 7h30/8h00; Winter – mornings 8h30/9h00.

From the rendez-vous site, you will be driven in a 4×4 to the most convenient takeoff site according to weather conditions (wind is the main element). After inflating the balloon, the pilot will instruct you with security measures. Then take off for a splendid one-hour balloon trip. Once back on the ground you will help to put back all the equipments and share your memories with a glass of champagne before going back to the original rendez-vous site.

Participants and guests :
The nacelle can take from 4 to 7 people.

Conditions and restrictions :
If you suffer from vertigo, you will not feel dizzy in a balloon.
If you suffer from heart diseases, please check with your doctor what altitude you can fly up to. The average altitude is approx. 2000m.
Please note that passengers stand during the balloon trip.

Weather :
This experience takes place in suitable weather conditions. Rescheduling due to bad weather conditions can happen. We invite you to contact the supplier 72 to 48 hours before take off day to check weather conditions. If conditions are not good enough, you will reschedule for another time. If they are good, you will contact the supplier the day before taking off day to confirm time and location of rendez-vous.

Dates :
The experience takes place from 15 December to 31 October.

Location:
Praz-sur-Arley/Megève, Haute Savoie, France.
Access: Megève

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Romantic and Luxury weekend in the North of France

Monday, May 4th, 2009

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In the North of France, between Lille and Calais, there is a marvellous place to discover. “La Chartreuse du Val Saint-Esprit”, a treasure marked by history, receives with elegance and refinement all the lovers of the world. This luxury 4* hotel, invites you to enjoy a romantic and prestigious weekend.

Course of the experience : romantic and luxury weekend in Northern France

During this romantic and luxury weekend, you will be in a 4* hotel : La Chartreuse du Val Saint-Esprit. You will be greeted with two glasses of champagne at the gastronomic restaurant, Le Robert II, before enjoying a delicious dinner of refined French dishes. Then, spend a night in a romantic luxury double room. In the morning, enjoy a relaxing and sweet moment with a delicious breakfast.

Your hotel :

At just 45mn from Calais or Lille, the Chartreuse is a magnificent XIV Century 4* hotel with three different restaurants. The Chartreuse du Val Saint Esprit is a heaven of peace and a succulent gastronomic halt in the heart of Artois Country. The 66 luxury rooms will charm you with the quality of their equipment and with their character. This luxury hotel is an ideal place to relax and an ideal starting point to visit the area.

Leisure on site : 6ha park,  tennis court, fitness centre.

Your room :

You will spend a night in a luxury double room. Each room is spacious with en suite bathroom and decorated with taste and sophistication. All rooms have their own individual decor with their antique and stylish furniture. All have satellite TV, some with flat screens, mini-bar, telephone, internet access and air conditioning.

Things to do and see in the area :

The City of Arras and its Flemish architecture
The beautiful church of Notre Dame de Lorette which was a key artillery target during WWII by the Germans and the Allies
the beaches and cliffs of the Northern coast
The fish market of Etaples.

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Swim with wild dolphins in the Mediterranean

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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Do something extraordinary: swim with dolphins. In the south of France, in the Pelagos sanctuary, swim with dolphins and encounter whales, turtles and other marine mammals. Once dolphins are spotted, get into the water and enjoy this unique encounter. You may also spot whales, turtles, tuna shoals and make of this day a truly unique and memorable experience.

Course of the experience : swim with dolphins : Allocate 1 day.

Arrive at the boat at 7.45am
Departure for the sanctuary: on board, breakfast, briefing, test of equipment (shorty and mask)
Dolphins are spotted by a plane, with constant radio communication with the boat.
Get into the water and enjoy this unique moment
Dolphins are wild and some species may be friendly and stay around for a while whilst others may simply leave quickly. Dolphins are wild animals and it is important to respect and protect them, it is the reason why it is not possible to touch them. They generally approach you in a distance between 2 and 10 meters, which does not allow you to touch them. Swim with dolphins is a truly magical, unique and unforgettable.
Once the dolphins have left, we look out for another shoal. The experience is repeated all day
Lunch at noon on the boat.
16H00/16H30, back to the harbour

Participants and guests :

This experience is usually done with a maximum of 8 participants.

Conditions and restrictions :

You must be able to swim. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The observation of the dolphins and other cetacean is dependant on their own good will.

Weather : This experience is done in favourable weather conditions. Reschedule of this experience due to bad conditions may occur.

Dates : This experience is available from June to September

Location : Cannes, south of France

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A romantic weekend in a chateau in Normandy

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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Enjoy a romantic and gastronomic weekend for two in Normandy. Close to the Mont Saint Michel, is the Chateau d’Audrieu and its gastronomic restaurant: a sophisticated and welcoming environment. This romantic and gastronomic Domain is the ideal location to discover the numerous treasures Normandy has to offer. Between Caen and Bayeux in the heart of the county of Calvados, the Chateau d’Audrieu, an 18th century residence, listed Historical Monument, presents its harmonious and elegant proportions against the background of a vast tree lined park.

The Chateau d’Audrieu, a 4* hotel Relais & Chateaux, is a mix of sophistication and French “art de vivre”. The Hotel benefits from a beautiful garden with its fountain, an English style park with various species trees of more than three hundred years old and a large pool in the heart of a garden surrounded by bushes.

Leisure on site: 60 acre park, Out-door heated swimming-pool, Walking or cycling with mountain bikes

Things to see and to do in the area:

The famous D-Day Landing beaches and seaside resorts of the Pearl Coast: sailing marinas and nautical clubs
Towns of rich historical heritage such as Bayeux and its famous Queen Mathilda’s Tapestry or Caen, home of the Dukes of Normandy:  abbeys, museums, Memorial…
Escapades in the Norman countryside with its manor-farmhouses, cottages and orchards of apple trees
Visit and tastings of famous cidre and calvados
Many sporting activities such as golf at Omaha Beach, wind-sailing, horse riding, sailing…

Location :

Audrieu, Normandy, France

Access by road : 2H15 from Paris, 2H from Rennes
Access by train : 22 km from Caen train station  or 15 km from Bayeux train station
Access by air : International airport of Paris Charles de Gaulle (2H45) or Caen Carpiquet local airport (15 min)

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