I’ve been taking small groups to France for fifteen years. I’ve learned a lot, and with each group I see this wonderful country through fresh eyes. I’ve had the group that wanted to explore gardens, the foodies, the people interested in learning about and tasting French wine, my shoppers who never want to stop for a meal. They have all been great, and it never gets old for me. We bought a home here 17 years ago, and have never regretted it.
My groups are six people, or less. We stay in a 13th century Chateau, on the outskirts of a bastide village. The last battle of the 100 Years War was fought just down the road. There are vines for miles. Life is a slower pace in the country, but we cover a lot of territory in a week. Most of my visitors are interested in shopping, emphasis on antiques. There are always markets, but I schedule visitors so that we are sure to hit some really great ones.
We can’t always be shopping, so there are beau villages to visit, cheeses to taste, wine to drink. Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites are right in the neighborhood, Bordeaux and St Emilion. Did I mention the markets? Besides the antique markets, which seem to be a national sport here, there are the open air markets, held in the same place and time for the last 3 or 4 hundred years. Depending on the time of year, we may visit a Gras Market (as in foie gras) Cepe Market, or a truffule market. Always something going on, and something to celebrate.
Price of the trip includes, stay in a shared room with bath at the Chateau, airport pick ups/drop offs, unlimited wine, meals, and all excursions every day. Price is $2400, subject to change.