Art du Voyage
Travel Notes

November 2004


........The Art du Voyage monthly link with travel agents........


Win a trip
to Paris

Al Hogue's "City of Romance"
Passions Parisiennes

Enter our contest for a chance to win a memorable journey to Paris, the City of Light, the City of Romance, the City of Love. Fly Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles to Paris and spend 4 nights at the wonderful Hotel Pont Royal. Simply book and confirm a package (5-night minimum required) between September 15th & December 15th 2004.

To get more detail on the itinerary, please click here

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Europe

New Year’s Eve is coming; it’s time for celebrations and all night long parties! With the start of fall, the European cultural season swings into high-gear with a host of fantastic exhibitions, special concerts, interesting festivals, and, best of all, off-season prices. So take off for an unforgettable journey to join the festive tradition of the other continent and discover the flavors of its different regions.
Eiffel Tower on July 14, 2000
Be swept away in a voyage to the kingdom of the Tsars of great Russia during a New Year’s Eve dinner- dance at the sumptuous Martinez Hotel on the French Riviera…take part in the Edinburgh Hogmanay, the famous winter festival in Scotland with a 4-day program of events…feel the magic of New Year’s Eve amidst the lights the decorations, and the festive displays of Paris celebrating the season.

Art du Voyage offers a variety of festive programs:
New Year's Eve in Scotland
New Year's Eve in Paris
New Year's Eve on the Riviera

Group Corner

Italian Highlights

Italy is a land celebrated for the arts, the art of wine, the art of hospitality, the culinary art. It is said that the Italian welcome is as warm and traditional as a glass of fine wine.
Piazza San Pietro
Being one of the most popular vacation countries in Europe, its dreamy light and sumptuous landscapes seem made for romance, but its three millennia of history, culture and cuisine seduces just about everyone. Check out our two special group program yo Italy. You can visit Roman ruins, gawk at Renaissance art, explore the canals
of Venice and gaze at beautiful churches. Naturally you can also indulge in the pleasures of la dolce vita: good food, and good wine. Take off for an incredible journey of discovery in its most popular regions: stunning Tuscany, Vatican Rome, beautiful Florence, and romantic Venice.

Taste of Tuscany
Riches of Italy

Valentine's Day
in Paris

Love Is In The Air...The name Valentine was Christianized in memory of the martyrdom of St. Valentine in A.D. 270 who, in medieval times, came to be associated with the union of lovers under conditions of duress. The holiday is celebrated on February 14th by the exchange of romantic verse messages.
Moulin Rouge couple
Paris is the number one romantic destination; so come to the French capital to celebrate your next Valentine’s Day. Treat your loved one to a passionate Valentine’s break in this idyllic city with exciting ideas from spectacular dinner show at the Moulin Rouge to a romantic dinner cruise on the sparkling River Seine. Paris is the perfect location to make this special event an unforgettable experience.

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Gastronomy & Wine in the SW of France

In Deepest Quercy, between the Lot River valley & the valley of the Garonne, in a land of stone built villages and fortified castles, of vineyards, lies an oasis of calm and comfort.
Vineyard in France
The magnificent Chateau de l’Hoste houses a creative team who cherishes the guest and helps them discover the best in the region: visits to Bastide villages, local markets, vineyards and castles. The culinary courses concentrate on providing the “big picture” of Quercy cuisine: three hands on sessions during the week supported by a series of wine-tastings and visits to places of culinary interest: foie gras museum, truffle center, wineries.

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Central Europe Discovery

New Lower Price!!

Central Europe lies in the geographical heart of the continent but stretches largely behind the former Iron curtain. After the late eighties wiped out communism from the map of Europe, rapid changes began. Today, the historical cities of
Prague, Vienna, Budapest, are diverse places with a common heritage. Each is influenced by its natural environment and represents a different aspect of the Central European soul. Discover the treasures of Czech Republic, the monasteries of Austria and the grandeur of Hungary. Cultivate their art, architecture, history and lifestyles, and understand their variations and the shared traditions of the Central Europe.

Capitals of Empire


Cannes Fashion Festival
5-15 January 2005

Cannes Fashion Festival
In an exclusive event held in Cannes, the greatest names in luxury clothing will be presenting their Spring/ Summer 2005 collections at the Palais des Festivals. Take the opportunity to participate in unique gala evenings at the most fashionable night spots with famous designers such as Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gauthier, Hugo Boss, and Christian Dior. 700 top-of-the-range boutiques representing all the leading names will give you a very special welcome and a chance to buy items from their winter collections with reductions of 30 to 50% on pre-sale prices. Following the success of this event last year, Cannes will again be swept by shopping fever during 10 days.
In Paris, situated on boulevard Haussmann behind the Opera Garnier, stand the city's major department stores: Christmas lights at Galeries LafayetteGaleries Lafayette and Printemps. These two classified historical monuments treat tourists and local shoppers to the quintessential Parisian experience. With its prominently displayed Lætitia Casta posters, Galeries Lafayette is as flamboyantly omnipresent in the streets of Paris as it is world famous. Printemps exudes a quiet and elegant ambiance with mini-malls of legendary boutiques such as Yves Saint Laurent and Celine.
Come to France for an amazing shopping spree, and take advantage of the greatest winter sales in the stores of the most famous French brands.

France Shopping Spree
Cannes Fashion Festival

Hotel Martinez - Cannes

The Hotel Martinez is one of the finest palace hotels in Cannes, ideally situated, facing the sea and close to the shopping street rue d'Antibes. The Palace has 430 large and beautiful rooms - 319 twins and 111 doubles - divided on seven floors with four elevators. All guestrooms are decorated in an art deco-style, air-conditioned, soundproofed and equipped with bathroom, Deluxe roomWC, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with video, radio, automatic wake-up calls and minibar.
There is also a private heated swimming pool, a private beach and parking.
Fantastic Hotel Martinez has several restaurants including La Palme d'Or, which is one of the Riviera’s best restaurants with two stars in the Michelin guide. The hotel has a nice piano bar where famous people meet during the film festival. You can also have an excellent lunch or dinner at the very popular and trendy “Relais Martinez” on the hotel ground floor, or on the terrace by the pool when the weather allows.

Hotel Lutetia - Paris


Built in 1910, the hotel Lutetia was the first art-deco hotel in Paris. Located in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, it witnesses the artistic revival of the inter-war years, and accommodated numerous noted painters and writers such as Picasso and Matisse. Its soul is still fostered with the presence of works of art through permanent exhibitions of sculptures. Nowadays, numerous international celebrities elect the hotel Lutetia as their favorite meeting place or their second home due to the charm of the hotel and discretion of the staff. Junior suite executiveAll guestrooms are designed by Sybille de Margerie who took particular care in giving life to the luxuriousness of the 30's period and has created a new harmony of colors to create a very contemporary decor. Guestrooms include air conditioning and soundproofing, direct telephone in room and bathroom, hairdryer, individual safe, computer hook-ups, minibar, radio, television with satellite channels, pay-TV, and 24-hour room service. The Lutetia hotel houses 2 restaurants: the Paris Gourmet Restaurant, under the leadership of Master Chef Philippe Renard, and rated in the most famous gourmet guides; the very Parisian Brasserie Lutetia which is the favorite meeting place of the left bank clientele who likes to share a typical French gastronomy between friends; and the Lutece and Ernest Bars, where Gilles, the head Barman shares with you the ambiance of live Jazz evenings.

Chateau de l'Hoste - Quercy

Chateau de l'Hoste
Located in the heart of the "Quercy Blanc" region, near many medieval bastions and the River Lot, set in a 4-hectares park amidst centenary pine trees, the Chateau de l’Hoste is a 17th century Castle that has been transformed into a charming 3-star hotel. Four types of rooms are available: suite, deluxe room, classic room, and mansard. The rooms have been designed with a very cozy decoration and style. There are many outdoor activities including swimming pool, horseback riding, bike riding, hiking, etc.
The delights of traditional and refined cuisine complement and Terracehonor the fresh products from the local countryside. In the winter season, dine in the restaurant with its cozy fire place. In summer, meals can be served on the terrace or in the garden. The bar offers a rare wine selection and an extensive Whisky and Armagnac menu.

Agent Fam Packages:

Go to Europe at Winter vacation for only $499!

Art du Voyage offers an incredible opportunity to travel agents… 5 very special packages only for you… a complete 4 days / 3 nights program, including tours transfers & accommodation at 4-star hotels, at the special price of $499 per person! Choose from Florence, Paris, Rome, Venice, or Cannes.

To have more detail on these itineraries, please click here

Special Booking Gift
For Travel Agents:

Book any package of 5 nights or more for the remainder of 2004 and receive a special gift from Art du Voyage.

Choose from a selection:
Sculpted Eiffel Tower Candle, Haute Couture Glass Candle, European Candle Plate.

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