De la Corse, Île de Beauté,
à Paris, Ville Lumière.
Exclusive Travel to Corsica and Paris for 8 Lucky Participants
September 16-26, 2011
$3,600* (double occupancy)
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by Anne Arlet, Director of French, Speak! Language Center (and your guide!)
La Corse, Île de Beauté
Saturday, September 17 – Bienvenues!
Late afternoon arrival at Campo dell’ Oro airport. Transport to our home by the sea.
9pm – Diner at a very casual restaurant by the sea: L’Amiral
Sunday September 18 – DISCOVERING THE AREA
Wake up when you feel like it and enjoy the beautiful garden and the tiny beach at the house’s feet.
Take your Breakfast outside listening to the sea and watching the view of Ajaccio.
First swim in the Mediterranean sea.
Lunch at a small restaurant in the mountains: Le Belvedere with a magnificent view of the Ajaccio’s gulf.
Visit of an old dam at sun set.
Diner in a “Paillote” at la plage d’argent.
Monday September 19: HIKING ON THE COAST
A full day of Hiking along the “Capo di Muro” beautiful seashore, visit of an ancient XVI century tower and picnic on the beach. Back home around 6pm.
Diner at a typical Corsican restaurant l’Auberge du Prunelli.
Tuesday September 20- CORTE and the Heart of the Island
After the sea shore discover the real Corsica, its mountains and incredible little villages hung to the side of the mountains. A drive, which leads you to Corte, at the center of the island, with its old fortress. Visit of the city, its museum and lunch in one of the charming restaurants. On our way home, we’ll visit some nice little villages, walk to a wild river in the middle of the forest called La Cascade des Anglais. Back home around 7pm.
Diner at home with the nice specialties that we will have found on our way.
Wednesday September 21th: : AJACCIO AND LES ÎLES SANGUINAIRES
Wander and shop at Ajaccio’s market
Visit of the city and its museums: Napoleon’s house and the musee Fesch.
Picnic in the beautiful area of “les îles sanguinaires”
Back to Ajaccio for some shopping
Diner in Ajaccio at the 20123 restaurant
Thursday September 22 – BONIFACCIO and SARTENE
Early departure for Bonifaccio the most magnificent city of Corsica located in the South of the island on the top of some white clay cliffs. Visit the old town and take a boat to visit the grottoes.
On our way back visit of Sartene, also called the most Corsican city.
Back home around 8pm and diner at home.
Friday September 23- A relaxed day full of surprises
Relax, enjoy the beach, last shopping: visit to a special shop of knives and daggers, the Corsican specialty and a winery. Pack up to be ready for a very early departure. End the day in a small village and watch the beautiful sunset at the restaurant Seraphin, a typical small village called Perri.
Jet off to PARIS for some unique ADVENTURES!
Saturday September 24:
6:55am- Flight to Paris
9am- Drop off luggage at our boutique hotel : Pont Royal
Located in the heart of the historic area of Saint Germain des Pres, all the shops of la Rue de Sevres and la Rue de Rennes, it’s also within walking distance of Musée d’Orsay and so many other great attractions.
10am to 5pm– Boutique Shopping with Anne
Discover the stores that I love, some very famous and prestigious like Hermès Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré as well as some small shops that are hidden for everybody but the happy few who are in the know. Enter a workshop where tomorrow’s jewelry is being created. Our tour will take place in a friendly atmosphere and there will be no pressure for you to purchase anything. I am a native Parisian and I will be delighted to share with you my “secret places”.
7pm= Cocktail at the George V
8:30pm- Diner close to our hotel – after a long day of shopping you deserve a nice rest.
10pm= Walk from our hotel to Nôtre Dame; which is always spectacular at night.
Sunday September 25
10am: Early Visit of the Musee d’orsay
1pm: Private guided tour of the Père Lachaise Cemetery
ABOUT THE PÈRE LACHAISE WALK IN PARIS
While many visitors enjoy hunting for graves of celebrities like Frederic Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Honore Balzac, and Jim Morrison; few recognize the importance of Père Lachaise within the history of cemetery planning and funerary architecture. Opened in 1804, the cemetery inspired new ways of commemorating the dead. A reflection of wider architectural developments, the ornate mausolea of Père Lachaise were designed to express the personalities and professions of the deceased as well as their affiliations within the political and religious divisions that continually fractured French history. We will explore these haunting beauties together on our stroll guided by a historian.
6pm – Champagne Crusie on a bateau mouche
Departure at the foot of Eiffel tower. Cruise on a medium size boat (36 pers. Max.) with an open deck. Enjoy a glass of champagne while watching Parisian magnificent monuments
8:30pm Diner at La Fermé Saint Simon, a very Parisian restaurant nearby our hotel. (This establishment is a preferred meeting place of politicians, businessmen and artists.)
Monday September 26
8am: Departure for CDG airport
- 50% deposit due by July 8 to hold your spot. Remainder due by August 15.
- Travel will be canceled and deposit returned if fewer than 6 register.
- Included in the price are:
- 8 breakfasts
- 8 generous aperitifs
- 3 lunches in Corsica, 2 picnics and 1 at home
- 2 dinners at home in Corsica
- All admission fees
- A 24h private guide (Anne!)
- All ground transportation except to and from the Paris airport.