French Immersion in Burgundy Itinerarylive the culture, language and gastronomy...
There is only one way to truly experience the French lifestyle and that’s by living it! Immerse yourself in the food, culture, history and landscape of France while taking steps towards mastering one of the most beautiful and widely-spoken languages in the world.
Your home for 9 amazing days is at a beautiful 17th Century Château residence located in a unique historical area of France, where Burgundy France-Comté and the Rhône-Alpes meet, nestled amongst 10 hectares of wooded parkland at the foot of the Jura mountains.
The hallmark of the Château is conviviality and warm French hospitality. Its natural and peaceful surroundings provide the perfect retreat for your French Immersion vacation. The grounds include a volley ball, a badminton court, and hammocks for relaxation, as well as a large area for a partie of classic pétanque. The charming living-rooms and rustic libraries provide intimate spaces for reading.
Bicycles are available for guests who wish to explore the quaint nearby villages and discover the local way of life. The rooms at the Château are spacious and elegant with their own ensuite. In the provincial kitchen regional cuisine is prepared daily with local fresh produce, by our in-house chef; a fine mix of French home cooking paired with regional wines.
Our signature Itinerary also includes private tours, cooking classes, and outings to Michelin star restaurants. During the entire journey our guests are cosseted by private transfers, secure with local experts who know the area intimately.
You can take part in the morning French Language Sessions at your own pace (3 h duration) which are conducted on-site at the Château-Ecole with qualified teachers. The French Lessons are divided into small groups 3-4 students (from beginner-advanced levels).
En route to Burgundy
Meet the group in Paris at the legendary restaurant “Le Train Bleu” for croissants and collations, then travel by 1st Class TGV train and private transfer to the Château. Alternatively, you can make your own way to Bourg-en-Bresse as an option, where we will arrange a transfer to the accommodation. Please let your host know, so it can all be organised in advance.
Upon arrival at the Château, you will be treated to an expertly-prepared Fondue Savognarde, prepared by our guest chef from Haute-Savoie; enjoy a memorable Welcome Soirée with your hosts.
CHATEAU DE CORMANTIN/ BRANCION / TOURNUS
Enjoy a healthy breakfast served at the Château each morning in a conviviale rustic dining-area.
After breakfast, we are met by our private driver and will set off to explore the countryside of the Burgundy Région. We will visit the magnificent Château de Cormantin, a treasure trove of art and history built in the 17th Century.
Discover the Galerie Gourmande et Artisanale, a tribute to local craftsmanship set in a beautiful old spinning factory, which contains more than 100 booths displaying crafts, hand-made chocolates and regional delicacies, made by local artisans.
We will stop for a wine-tasting at a private terroir, before our Sunday Lunch at a traditional Gourmet Restaurant in Tournus, much loved by the locals.
After lunch, you will have free-time to discover the picturesque village of Tournus, situated on the bank of the Saône. This intriguing ancient city is often referred as the gateway to the Mediterranean. You can learn about the history behind the 10th Century Brancion Mansion, build by the Duke of Burgundy…
Return to the château this evening for a delicious freshly-prepared dinner cooked by our expert chef
Followed by a soirée at the château’s cosy French Living room.
LOUHANS / ARTISANS SHOPPING
After breakfast, we will visit the famous 13th Century Marche de Louhans held every Monday under the longest arcades in France. You will have the opportunity to taste some regional delicacies in La Place General de Gaulle, shop or simply immerse yourself in the culture of French living with the locals…
Later in the morning, we will visit The historical Hotel-Dieu Museum, and then gather for lunch at a quaint auberge near Louhans.
French Language Sessions will be initiated on-site at the Château-Ecole.
This evening you are invited to a typical Burgundy-style buffet, where you can sample dishes like Escargots a La Bourguignonne…and more foodies’ delights prepared by our in-house chefs and served with handpicked local wines.
CULINARY ATELIER AT THE CHATEAU
Today’s activities include a morning French language session and afternoon
A cookery class where you will learn how to make French delicacies such as Oeuf Poché a La Bourguignonne… (Burgundy Poached Egg)… tarte aux pralines roses… (red sugared almond tart)
Dinner will be an array of tasty dishes and pâtisserie prepared by the participants
followed by a soirée and a social after-dinner gathering at a nearby village auberge.
COMTE/ FROMAGES/ VINS/ BALADE
Morning French Language Sessions
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 area.
Learn about the traditions behind Bresse Comté cheese, which has been crafted for more than 10 centuries in the villages on the Jura Massif and have the chance to take part in a cheese and wine-pairing workshop with local experts. Taste fine cool climate wines: Vin Jaune, Vin de Paille, Poulsard and Savagnin… sparkling Crémant du Jura made from pre-ripened Chardonnay grapes and “Vin de liqueur” known as Macvin du Jura. This evening enjoy a festive Bresse soirée and taste some local specialties such as: La Poularde de Bresse a unique poultry which has benefited from the appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) since 1957.
A VOS TOQUES / LE CHEF C’EST MOI / CULINARY ATELIER
This morning you can participate in the French Language Lessons on-site at the Château or practise your French in real life situations by joining various activities…
After Lunch, you can take part in a French culinary atelier and learn to cook some regional delicacies including: Saucisse de morteau en brioche sauce Macvin and Poires au vin et Tuiles aux Amandes (pear poached in wine) and more…delicacies
Dinner at the Château is followed by pâtisserie, French cinéma, music and entertainment
FAREWELL DEGUSTATION DEJEUNER/ BOURG-EN-BRESSE
It’s time to enjoy some leisure time, before your last French Lesson (sans test)
You will be driven to a very special chic Michelin star Restaurant for a memorable degustation lunch in an atmospheric setting. After lunch you will have the chance to visit the beautiful nearby town of Bourg-en-Bresse, and join a guided private tour of the famous Monastere de Brou.
Free time is set-aside to explore the charming old town, at your own pace.
This evening’s buffet dinner will be served outdoors in the beautiful Château gardens. We will also have a presentation gathering in the grand living room, where we will hand out certificates of completion to participants.
FREE-DAY IN SAINT-AMOUR
Today you have a number of options open to you, it is a free day!
It’s time to immerse yourself with the local community and practise your French. You can choose to stay and relax at the Château or explore the quaint little nearby villages at your own pace.
The remote village of Saint-Amour is only 3 Kms away, an easy bike ride for most immersionites! Visit the local boulangerie, plan a walk to the cascade, take a picnic hamper for lunch prepared in our kitchen or join the equipe for a fun classic partie de Pétanque bowls session.
This evening’s farewell dinner is at the Château living-room and all our local friends will be invited!
DEPARTURE FROM THE CHATEAU/ EN ROUTE TO VIEUX LYON
The time has come to say au revoir to your hosts and Equipe, it is always sad for our guests to leave the warm French hospitality our guests have experienced at the Chateau and the new friends they have made along the way. After breakfast, you will be transferred to your boutique hotel in Vieux Lyon.
There are many activities you can do in Lyon: visit Notre-Dame de Fourvière, discover the 19th Century hidden ‘silk passages’ in the Croix-Rousse district, explore the Roman ruins on Fourvriere Hill; Experience a Beaujelais wine-tasting or simply go for a stroll through the Lyon International Rose Gardens which is magnificent in the spring. Explore the old town at your own leisure or meet up with the group for lunch at a relaxed Petit Bouchon in Vieux Lyon, we know a good spot!
A complimentary night at a Boutique Hotel in Lyon is offered
* to allow guests to spend the day in Vieux Lyon with no harried schedule.
END OF TOUR /DEPARTURE Au revoir avec regrets !
After breakfast at your hotel, you are welcome to leave your luggage with the concierge at the reception if you have a late departure. This applies to participants who have joined the 10 Day Programme.
Upon departure, return transfers are included, our private drivers will be on hand to make sure that you arrive at your intended destination in time for your connection.
Bon voyage et bonne continuation !
10 Day French Immersion Tour
euros 2,585 pp * all inclusive and planned
HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS
- 8 nights accommodation at the Château in Burgundy
- Spacious rooms with en-suite
- 1 Complimentary Post tour night in Boutique Hotel Lyon
- 15 Hours French Language Sessions on-site at the Château (3-4 per class)
- Private transfers between all activities and accommodation
- Private cultural tours led by seasoned local experts
- 2 cooking classes at the Château with in-house chef
- All wines included during meals and restaurants outings
- All learning material and resources
- Farewell Dégustation Lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant
- Sunday traditional Lunch in Tournus
- All meals and regional wines prepared by our in-house chef
- Apéro and wine-tasting at a private terroir
- Welcome soirée Fondue & Wines hosted at the Château
- French cinema and entertainment
- Discover Vieux-Lyon Walking tour (optional)
- Wine and Comté Cheese pairing atelier with experts
- 1st Class TGV Ticket Paris to Bourg-en-Bresse
- Wi fi.. Porterage, tips and taxes are included
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
International Airfare, travel insurance (essential)
The French Course at the Chateau-Ecole is optional, Participants who do not wish to do the course will be offered A-La-Carte activities