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Paris cafes are the pride of the city, and the most famous are located on the Left Bank. After popping in to the Eglise de Saint-Germain-des-Pres, an ancient abbey with sixth-century roots, enjoy a “pause” at Les Deux Magots or Café de Flore to enjoy the standard bistro menu. Travel to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy or visit the south to explore the prettiest hill-top Provençal villages in France, filled with art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. Explore the chic fashionable Cote d’Azur or the travel to the beautiful castles of the Dordogne Valley in the South West of France to sample the best foie gras. Normandy & Brittany are a quick train ride from Paris, and here you can explore the coastal towns, seafood specialities and gorgeous biking and hiking trails.
For more details about our special Vente des Vins trip in Beaune, France, please see details here.
Croatia & Montenegro
Come to the playground of Roman Emperors – the Dalmatian Coast. With 1100 islands to choose from we are sure that there are at least a dozen that are perfect for you. Why not begin in the walled city of Dubrovnik and cruise down to Kotor, Montenegro to hike the mountains around the old capital of Cetinje. Then north to Sipan and Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo, and onward to Hvar or Vis and the mainland in Split. From there you choose – north to Venice via the maginificent Kornati Islands or hug the coast to Trojir and onward to colourful Mali and Veli Losinj? Hike the islands or the mainland during the day and then regroup for cocktails on the aft deck to decide on dinner. The Roman Emperors had it right!
At the crossroads of centuries-old trade routes, and now the cultural and economic centre of the Czech Republic, Prague is an art-filled jewel in the heart of Europe. Alive with music and culture, it offers elegant riverside promenades, breathtaking architecture and café-lined squares. Let us plan a perfect itinerary weaving in Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. With Baroque castles, gardens and rich musical history it is sure to fascinate and delight.
Weave your way through the Cyclades by private yacht, from Sifnos to Santorini and on to rugged and isolated Amorgos. Go ashore daily to walk ancient stone pathways and terraced hillsides to lunch in a whitewashed hamlets; or simply stay on board and watch the cliffside villages go by – stopping to swim in secluded coves whenever you want. Spend the day exploring ancient sites and dance until dawn in the local tavernas to celebrate Greece… all this with your 10 best friends.
Cities like Rome, Venice and Florence have attracted many visitors worldwide, for the history, food, art and architecture. Don’t forget to visit the coastal towns of the Cinque Terre, to sample the best foccacia bread and delicate coastlines. Journey through the wine region of Tuscany to sample the best Chianti, cycle the most scenic bike rides of the Giro d’Italia and stop in Siena, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Italy. The Amalfi Coast explores the beautiful mountains and the sea. Visit gorgeous Positano or explore the island of Capri and the Blue Grotto by boat. Don’t forget the Adriatic Coastline, where you can explore Puglia, the heel of the boot, known for it’s Trulli architecture, delicious olive oil and ecclesiastical buildings done in every major style from Romanesque, to Gothic to Renaissance.
Under sail on the Turquoise Coast with Lycian ruins visible through the crystal water; ancient tombs dating back some 2,500 years, carved into the cliffs and overlooking the shoreline. Intimate dinners in coastal hamlets and villages at low tables surrounded by kilim covered cushions and rugs woven by hopeful girls for their dowries; morning hikes through deserted Roman amphitheatres; fresh fish, succulent calamar and octopus flavoured with fresh herbs grilled by your on-board chef on the aft deck as you sip a glass of “aslan sutu” or lion’s milk, the local raki. A week just won’t do it all especially if you start in fabled Istanbul, a city with unsucceeded history and presence. Guided boat-based walking trips planned with competence and spontenaity in this rich and diverse country, including extensions to Ephesus, unbelievably still only partly excavated, and the and the timelessly abandoned landscape of Cappadocia.