Experience olive oil season in Tuscany and Umbria
Book one of our
2004 Luxury Barge Cruises
by December 31, 2003
and save $200 per person.
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free night ~
at selected hotels
wife Kathy and I have been to Europe six times in the past 10
years. For the past two years we have used Art du Voyage to set
up our hotels, transfers and tours. What a difference they have
made in our travel.
the past two years by familiar faces and very friendly drivers
and guides. Starting in Paris with Olivier at the airport and
his wonderful tours, this
year we had 13 family members
and he accommodated our large group with anything we needed. We
also were introduced to Antoinette this year in Paris, an Australian
born woman who has been in Europe for a long time and in Paris
for five or six years; she speaks fluent English and French, and
is a great tour guide and fun person.
on to Italy and the same warm treatment by the same familiar faces:
The Splendido in Portofino and the Regina Elena in Santa Margherita,
Le Agavi in Positano and greetings by Antonio in Amalfi. The great
hotel selections and knowing exactly what our tastes are, placed
Art du Voyage above any travel company we have ever used.
have heard nothing but great wonderful things about Art du Voyage
from our travel agent, Mary Knaup, at Sunny Hills Travel and every
driver and guide we met. They personally visit their guides, drivers,
hotels and restaurants. Again, we cannot say enough about this
company and will be using their services in Europe for years to
come, and would highly recommend them to anyone who loves to travel
and appreciates great service.
Steve & Kathy G, California
Space is limited. Reserve today!
le vin est tiré, il faut le boire"
(Once the wine is served, there's no turning back)
time is ripe to return to France's gorgeous countryside......Harvest
in Burgundy is the perfect season to
visit......the hillsides are dressed in fall colors......the
fruits of Burgundy's vineyards are ready to be tasted......the
crowds are gone......once you're on your way, there'll be no
Residence of the Abbots of Cîteaux
In the 6th century, Germain, Bishop of Paris, was the owner
of the estate of Gilly. In his honor, the Benedictine monks
built a priory. In the Middle Ages, the Abbots of Cîteaux
came to live there and fortified the Priory of Gilly. This precaution
did not prevent several attacks and destruction during the Hundred
Years' War. In the 16th century, Nicolas Boucherat II, 51st
Abbot of Cîteaux, decided to rebuild the Château
de Gilly and make it into a residential dwelling.
Château de Gilly stands in grandeur in
the heart of Burgundy's Grands Crus between Dijon and Beaune.
Indeed, its history and its presence are the very essence of
the region. Its 14th century Cistercian origins contrast with
the ornamental style of the 17th century to provide a palatial
moated residence standing in formal "à la Française"
estate includes several buildings displaying centuries of superb
craftsmanship. One such is the stone-vaulted cellar, now the
restaurant, which is linked by tunnel to the main building.
The cuisine and the wines are a gastronomic experience never
to be forgotten - a worthy tribute to Burgundian culture. As
one would expect, the hotel arranges a variety of cultural tours
in the footsteps of St Vincent (patron saint of winemakers),
but there are also many other colourful events that exploit
the dramatic features of this fascinating property. Château
de Gilly is part of "Grandes Etapes Françaises"
and "Small Luxury Hotels of the World."
The vineyard of Clos de Vougeot, founded
in 1098, is the work of the Abbots of Cîteaux. Situated
between Echézeaux and Musigny, it extends from the gentle
slopes of the Côte to the plains. Today, it covers 100
acres. In the hands of Cîteaux for nearly 7 centuries,
the vineyard of the Clos de Vougeot earned considerable fame
which has made it, along with the vineyards of Chambertin, one
of the most famous in Burgundy.
from November to March
Stay 2 nights and the third one is free!
& Vines package,
perfect for travel in the fall