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Lapont French Immersion brief Itinerary

live the culture, language and gastronomy...

LaPont French Immersion brief Itinerary

live the culture, language and gastronomy...

 

 

 

LaPont French Immersion in Burgundy Program

Language, Culture, Gastronomy

exclusive small group  (10 guests)

Profoundly French…

Recently awarded 3 Clés France’s Haute-Standard Label

 

FORTHCOMING 2020 TOURS

LaPont French Immersion in Burgundy Program

Language, Culture, Gastronomy

Exclusive small group  (10 guests)

Day 1

 

EN ROUTE TO BURGUNDY

9am Meet the group in Lyon, then travel by private transfer to the Château.  

Our French team will welcome you upon arrival to assist you with your luggage

Welcome Lunch at the Château with your hosts

Orientation and guided tour of the Château-Domaine and facilities.

Welcome Soirée around a fondue Savagnarde,  prepared by experts from Haute-Savoie

Day 2

 

DAY TRIP BURGUNDY WINE COUNTRY/GRAND DEJEUNER/CHARDONNAY

 

Breakfast at the Château 

Today is set aside to explore the Burgundy countryside by private transfer 

Enjoy a relaxing Wine Appreciation Atelier and “Grand Dejeuner Chez le Vigneron” hosted at our friend’s boutique winery near Chardonnay, which is the King of Burgundy.

Let yourself be seduced by the subtle aromas of Burgundy Wines mainly planted in Chardonnay, paired with authentic Burgundian Cuisine.

Day 3

 

LOUHANS / ARTISANS SHOPPING/ FRENCH LANGUAGE/ORIENTATION

 

 

We start the day with a visit to the famous 13th Century Marché de Louhans, held every Monday under the longest Roman arcades in France..

You can taste some regional delicacies at the market or join the group for a private tour of a nearby historical Museum and its ancient apothecary…

Déjeuner at the Château

Orientation – C’est parti start your French Language Course at the Château

Dinner at the Château  – Buffet of Burgundian dishes such as Escargots a La Bourguignonne…and local fresh produce

 

Day 4

 

CULINARY ATELIER AT THE CHATEAU

French Language Sessions

Déjeuner at the Château

Cooking Class – Regional Cuisine…Boeuf Bourguignon.. saucisse au morteau….tarte aux pralines roses….

Dinner at the Château 

Taste some fine cool climate wines with Comté Cheese: Vin Jaune, Poulsard and Savagnin… sparkling Crémant and Macvin du Jura 

 Day 5

 

LA ROUTE DES CHATEAUX EN BOURGOGNE/CULTURAL DAY/SAONE-ET-LOIRE

French Language Session

Today as part of our cultural activities, we visit a famous Château and historical monument hidden in the Burgundy Bresse Region; discover the unique Bressane traditions, music, costumes ..and architecture.

Lunch is hosted at our friend’s rustic ” Auberge Paysanne” in the Saône-et-Loire Region.

Taste authentic Bresse Cuisine with the locals such as: La Poularde de Bresse.. AOC (since 1957)…

Dinner at the Château

 

Day 6

 

BALADE BRESSANE- GASTRONOMY DINNER/TOURNUS

Morning French Language Sessions

Déjeuner at the Château

Afternoon at leisure

Join your hosts for a promenade through the peaceful mountains of the Revermont…discover the hidden paths of this beautiful sight 

Dress up for the evening! You will be driven to a very chic Michelin * Restaurant for a memorable Dégustation Dinner

 

Day 7

 

CULTURE/ HISTORY/ ART/ ROMAN ARCHITECTURE

 

French Language Sessions

Déjeuner at the Château

Today’s cultural activity include a private guided tour of the Royal Monastery of Brou: this magnifique flamboyant Gothic masterpiece, was build by Margaret of Austria, in the 16th Century.

Free time is set-aside to walk through the charming and artistic town of Bourg-en-Bresse.. visit a local chocolaterie or simply absorb the unique culture of “La France Profonde”

Dinner at the Château

Day 8

FRANCHE COMTE/ BEAUME LES MESSIEURS/ CHATEAU CHALON

It’s time to immerse yourself with the local community and practice your French.

You can choose to relax at the Château or enjoy an easy bike ride to the nearby remote villages, it will give you a real understanding of the French Way of life…Visit the Saturday rural market in Saint-Amour…

enjoy a picnic in the exceptional natural environment of Beaume-les-Messieurs (Franche-Comté region) * with the group

Discover the impressive cascade and ancient Grottes des Moidons…walk through the cobblestones streets of Château-Chalon, a quaint village perched on a cliff overlooking the famous Jura Vineyards and rocky Mountains; classified as Les plus Beaux Villages de France

* The itinerary may change due to weather and road conditions. 

Dinner at the Château (served outdoor in the lavish gardens) * 

 

 

Day 9

 

DEPARTURE FROM THE CHATEAU/ EN ROUTE TO VIEUX LYON

Today we are heading to Lyon by private transfer.

The time has come to say au revoir to the Equipe…It is always a sad moment for our guests to leave the warm French hospitality and new friends they have made along the way, during this French Immersion Adventure.

A complimentary night at a Boutique Hotel in the heart of Vieux Lyon has been added to the Itinerary; to allow guests to experience a private visit of this great cultural City (with no harried schedule)

Free time is set aside to explore Vieux Lyon at your own pace

There are many activities you can do in Lyon visit Notre-Dame de Fourvière in the Croix-Rousse district, explore the Roman ruins on Fourvière Hill; enjoy a Beaujelais wine-tasting or a promenade through the Lyon International Rose Gardens.

You will be met at your Hotel in Lyon by an expert local guide who will reveal some intriguing stories about the beautiful Gallic capital..and show you the best of the City’s patrimony, aboard an electric car.

Discover “Le Mur des Canuts” and some of the most amazing trompe l’oeil (optical illusion) wall paintings in the world.

The tour ends at our Friend’s silk Atelier, one of the oldest “Soierie” in Vieux Lyon… who will explain the rich history of the 19th Century during a walk through the famous hidden traboules…

Dinner this evening is hosted at a legendary Gastronomy Restaurant in Lyon, you will really enjoy!

 

Day 10

 

END OF TOUR /DEPARTURE    AU REVOIR AVEC REGRETS !

After breakfast at your hotel, you can leave your luggage with the concierge at the reception if you have a late departure.
The Hotel team will be on hand to assist you with your transfer and to ensure you arrive on time for your next connection.

Bon voyage et bonne continuation!

  

10 Day French Immersion Tour

euros 2,985 pp

all inclusive and planned

Day 1 - EN ROUTE TO BURGUNDY

9am Meet the group in Lyon, then travel by private transfer to the Château.  

Our French team will welcome you upon arrival and assist you with your luggage

Welcome Lunch at the Château-Domaine with your hosts

Orientation and guided tour of the Château-Domaine and facilities.

Welcome Soirée around a fondue Savagnarde,  prepared by experts from Haute-Savoie.

Day 2 - LA ROUTE DES CHATEAUX EN BOURGOGNE/CHARDONNAY

Breakfast at the Château 

Today is set aside to explore the Burgundian wine country by private transfer 

Enjoy a relaxing Wine Appreciation Atelier and “Grand Dejeuner Chez le Vigneron” 

Hosted at our friend’s boutique winery near Chardonnay, which is the King of Burgundy.

Let yourself be seduced by the subtle aromas of Burgundy Wines mainly planted in Chardonnay, while tasting authentic Burgundian Cuisine

Day 3 - LOUHANS / ARTISANS SHOPPING/ FRENCH LANGUAGE/ORIENTATION

 
  • We start the day with a visit to the famous 13th Century market Marche de Louhans which is traditionally held every Monday under the longest Roman arcades in France.
  • You can taste some regional fresh produce at the market, join the group for a private tour of a nearby historical Museum, discover its ancient apothecary and exquisite porcelain
  • Déjeuner at the Château
  • Orientation Day – Start your French Language Course –
  • Enjoy a traditional Burgundy Buffet taste regional dishes like Escargots a La Bourguignonne…and delicacies 

Day 4 - CULINARY ATELIER AT THE CHATEAU

  • French Language Sessions
  • Déjeuner at the Château
  • Cooking Class – learn to cook regional delicacies  Boeuf Bourguignon.. .tarte aux pralines roses… with our in-house chef
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Dinner is served at the Château with tasty dishes prepared by the participants;
  • Taste fine cool climate wines: Vin Jaune, Vin de Paille, Poulsard and Savagnin… sparkling Crémant du Jura made from slightly unripe Chardonnay grapes and “Vin de liqueur” known as Macvin du Jura with your hosts.

Day 5 - LA ROUTE DES CHATEAUX EN BOURGOGNE/CULTURAL DAY/BRESSE GASTRONOMY

Today as part of our cultural activities, we visit a famous Château and historical monument hidden in the Burgundy Bresse Region. Discover the unique Bressane traditions, music, costumes ..and architecture during your cultural visit…

Lunch today is hosted at our friend’s rustic ” Auberge Paysanne” in the Saône-et-Loire Region of France.

Taste authentic Bresse cuisine with the locals and specialties such as: La Poularde de Bresse.. AOC (since 1957)

Dinner at the Château

Day 6 DEGUSTATION DINNER - TOURNUS

  • Morning French Language Sessions
  • Déjeuner at the Château
  • Join your hosts for a guided walk through the peaceful mountains of the Revermont…discover the intriguing Roman history and hidden paths of this beautiful sight
  • Dress up for the evening!  You will be driven to a very chic Michelin Starred Restaurant
  • Experience a memorable Dégustation Dinner Michelin * with local gastronomy paired with regional wines.
  • Taste fine cool climate wines: Vin Jaune, Vin de Paille, Poulsard and Savagnin… sparkling Crémant du Jura made from slightly unripe Chardonnay grapes and “Vin de liqueur” known as Macvin du Jura

Day 7 - CULTURE/ HISTORY/ ART/ ROMAN ARCHITECTURE

  • French Language Sessions
  • Déjeuner at the Château
  • Today’s cultural activities include a private guided tour of the Royal Monastery of Brou: the magnifique “Burgundian Taj Mahal and unique flamboyant Gothic masterpiece, was build by Margaret of Austria, in the 16th Century.
  • Free time is set-aside to walk through the charming and artistic town of Bourg-en-Bresse…visit a local chocolaterie or simply absorb the unique culture of La France Profonde..
  • Dinner this evening is at the Château
    Enjoy a typical Bresse Dinner and local specialties such as: La Poularde de Bresse (AOC since 1957)

Day 8 - FRANCHE COMTE/ BEAUME LES MESSIEURS/ CHATEAU CHALON

It’s time to immerse yourself with the local community and practice your French.

You can choose to relax at the Château-Domaine or enjoy an easy bike ride to the nearby remote villages, it will give you a real understanding of the French Way of life…Visit the Saturday rural market in Saint-Amour…

Today we will explore and enjoy a picnic in the exceptional natural environment of Beaume-les-Messieurs (Franche-Comté region) *

Discover the impressive cascade and ancient Grottes des Moidons…walk through the cobblestones streets of Château-Chalon, a quaint village perched on a cliff overlooking the famous Jura Vineyards and rocky Mountains. This picturesque village is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, (plus beaux villages de France) 

* The itinerary may change due to weather and road conditions. 

* Outdoor Dinner at the Château Lavish gardens 

 

Day 9 - DEPARTURE FROM THE CHATEAU/ EN ROUTE TO VIEUX LYON

  • Today we are heading to Lyon by private transfer.
  • The time has come to say au revoir to the Equipe…It is always a sad moment for our guests to leave the warm French hospitality and the new friends they have made during this intensive French Immersion adventure
  • A complimentary night  at a Boutique Hotel in the heart of Lyon has been added to the Itinerary; to allow guests to experience a private visit of  Vieux Lyon (with no harried schedule)
  • Free time is set aside to explore Vieux Lyon at your own pace
  • There are many activities you can do in Lyon visit Notre-Dame de Fourvière in the Croix-Rousse district, explore the Roman ruins on Fourvière Hill; join a Beaujelais wine-tasting or a promenade through the Lyon International Rose Gardens.
  • You will be met at your Hotel in Lyon by an expert local guide who will reveal some intriguing stories about the beautiful Gallic capital..and show you the best of the City’s patrimony, aboard an electric car.
  • Discover “Le Mur des Canuts” and some of the most amazing trompe l’oeil (optical illusion) wall paintings in the world.
  • The tour ends at our Friend’s silk Atelier, one of the oldest “Soierie” in Vieux Lyon… who will explain the rich history of the 19th Century hidden during a walk through the famous hidden traboules…
  • Farewell Dinner at a legendary Michelin * Restaurant in Lyon, you will really enjoy!

Day 10 - END OF TOUR /AU REVOIR AVEC REGRETS

  • After breakfast at your hotel, you can leave your luggage with the concierge at the reception if you have a late departure.
    Our private drivers will be on hand to ensure that you arrive on time for your connection.

          Bon voyage et bonne continuation!

NOT INCLUDED

International Airfare, travel insurance (essential)

Single supplement available upon request

GUIDELINES

The French Language Course is optional and accompanying guests are welcome.

The Itinerary is subject to minor changes.

TOUR INCLUSIONS  AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8 Nights Residential stay at the Château Residence
  • One Night Boutique Hotel Lyon-Centre + Breakfast
  • Qualified teachers on-hand all day long for French practise
  • Daily French Language Sessions (3-4 students)
  • Private transfers between all activities and accommodation
  • Private cultural tours led by seasoned local experts
  • Cooking Classes at the Château 
  • Regional wines during meals and restaurants outings
  • Gastronomy Dinner at a local restaurant (Michelin *)
  • Farewell Dinner in Lyon at a legendary restaurant 
  • Day trip in the Burgundy countryside by private transfer
  • Grand Déjeuner “Chez le Vigneron” near Chardonnay
  • All meals at the Château prepared by our in-house chef
  • Burgundy Wine Tasting at a Boutique winery 
  • Traditional Déjeuner in Saone-et-Loire 
  • Welcome Soirée fondue & wines
  • On-site French cinema and entertainment
  • Day in Beaume-les-Messieurs/Grottes/Château Chalon
  • Discover Vieux-Lyon private escorted guided tour
  • Wifi, taxes, tips, entry tickets (no queuing)
FORTHCOMING 2020 TOURS

 

French Immersion in Burgundy

The gift of France

The LaPont French Immersion Tours are made up of small groups, you’ll join fellow guests who share the same passion for France and enthusiasm for learning and discovery. The tours will leave you with the gift of a beautiful language but will also give you a great deal more. You’ll gain an insight into the French people, a better understanding of their cuisine and culture and a lifetime love of this fascinating country. — The Good Life, France