Lapont French Immersion brief Itinerary

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Lapont French Immersion in Burgundy Program Overview

The Lapont French Immersion Course in Burgundy experience extends beyond the Classroom!

We offer a personalised residential French Immersion Course with a focus on communication. Our friendly teachers are on hand all day long so you can practice your French from morning to evening.

There is only one way to truly experience the French lifestyle and that’s by living it!

During this Immersive voyage you will discover 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 is in a beautiful 17th Century Château-Domaine, located between Lyon and Geneva in a unique historical area at the foot of the Jura Mountains, where the Burgundy, France-Comté and the Rhône-Alpes Regions meet.

The Château-Domaine is surrounded by 10 hectares of wooded parkland and lavish gardens;
Its natural and peaceful environment provide the perfect retreat for your French Immersion vacation.

The hallmark of the Château is conviviality and warm French hospitality.

The charming living-rooms and rustic libraries offer intimate spaces for reading and relaxation.
Bicycles are available for guests who wish to explore the quaint nearby villages and discover the local way of life.

There is always a private driver on hand,  should you need a ride to the nearby villages.

The elegant rooms at the Château-Domaine residence are spacious with en-suite; In the provincial kitchen, delicious regional cuisine is prepared by our in-house chef with local produce; a fine mix of French home cooking paired with fine wines.

Our signature Itinerary includes private cultural tours, cooking classes and outings at selected restaurants (Michelin *) to taste the regional gastronomy.

During the entire journey our guests are cosseted by private transfers, secure with local experts who know the area intimately.

The French Language Classes are conducted on-site at the Château-Ecole with qualified (Qualite Fle) teachers and divided in small groups 3-4 students (Beginner-Intermediate Levels) read more

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Lapont French Immersion in Burgundy Program Overview

Day 1

EN ROUTE TO BURGUNDY

Meet your host in Paris or Lyon (details TBC)

Travel by private transfer to the Château
Acceuil, Apero & Welcome Déjeuner

Orientation and guided tour of the Château-Domaine

Presentation of the Lapont French Immersion Program

Welcome Soirée and Dinner with your hosts at the Château around a Fondue Savoyarde

prepared by our expert chefs from Haute-Savoie

Day 2

LA ROUTE DES VINS DE BOURGOGNE/CHARDONNAY/CORMATIN

 

A healthy Breakfast is served daily at the Château at the convivial dining-room

Today, we set off to explore the Burgundy countryside along

La Route des Châteaux du Sud de Bourgogne

Private visit and walk through the lavish Gardens of the Château de Cormatin, a treasure trove of art and history.

Wine Tasting of Burgundy wines at a small producer vineyard, near Chardonnay

Lunch at a traditional Gourmet Restaurant with the locals

free-time is set aside to visit a picturesque and remote village situated on the bank of the Saône-et-Loire

Diner “chez le Vigneron: Wine Dinner and tasting of Burgundy wines at a small producer vineyard in Chardonnay Experience authentic regional country cuisine

Day 3

LE MARCHE DE LOUHANS / LET’S GO TO THE REGIONAL MARKET

We start the day with a visit to the famous 13th Century Marche de Louhans; held traditionally every Monday under the longest roman arcaded streets in France, 

Nestled in the heart of the Bressan countryside, the history of Louhans is revealed through its natural heritage, gastronomy and architecture. 

Free time is set aside to mingle with the locals 

Visit a unique historical Museum and ancient apothecary with a private guide.

Déjeuner at the Château. 

French Language Classes are initiated at the Château-Ecole 

Enjoy a Burgundy Buffet at the Château…taste dishes like Escargots a La Bourguignonne…and regional delicacies.

Day 4

 A VOS TOQUES / LE CHEF C’EST VOUS/ CULINARY ATELIER 

French Language Sessions

Culinary Atelier and Cooking Class with the chef

Learn to cook and bake: pâtisserie, Saucisse de morteau en brioche sauce…Poires au Mac vin…tarte aux pralines…

Enjoy a convivial dinner and savor an array of dishes prepared by the participants

French cinema and entertainment at the Château

 

 Day 5

CHATEAU-CHALON/BEAUME-LES-MESSIEURS/JURA MOUNTAINS

 

French Language Sessions

Déjeuner in Beaume-les-Messieurs

Experience the exceptional environment of La Vallée Baume-Les-Messieurs; surrounded by the spectacular Jura mountains in the Bourgogne-France-Comté countryside… discover the impressive cascade and ancient Grottes des Moidons…La reculée de Beaume…

Visit the picturesque village of château-Chalon, perched on a cliff overlooking the famous Jura vineyards and rocky mountains,…
classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France (plus beaux villages de France)

The perfect village to stroll..shop..or chat with the local residents (mostly winemakers)

Dinner at the Château

 

Day 6

BALADE DE REVERMONT/ WINE AND COMTE CHEESE PAIRING COURSE

 

French Language Sessions

Déjeuner at the Château. 

Join your teachers for a guided walk through the peaceful Mountains of the Revermont…discover the Roman history and hidden paths of this intriguing and natural area…

Learn about the traditions behind Bresse Comté cheese, crafted for more than 10 centuries in the Jura Massif area

Taste fine cool climate wines: Vin Jaune, Vin de Paille, Poulsard and Savagnin… sparkling Crémant du Jura and “Vin de liqueur” known as Macvin du Jura.

Experience a traditional Bresse Dinner at the Château.with regional delicacies such as: La Poularde de Bresse (AOC)

Day 7

CULTURE/ HISTORY/ ART/ GASTRONOMY/ARCHITECTURE

Déjeuner at the Château. 

It’s time to enjoy some leisure time, after your last French Language Session
Today’s cultural activities include a guided private tour of the historical Monastere de Brou.

Free time to explore the charming and artistic town of Bourg-en-Bresse…

meet a local chocolatier or simply absorb the ambiance of La France Profonde…

Dress-up for the evening! You are invited to attend a memorable Gastronomy Dinner paired with regional wines at a very chic Michelin starred restaurant, you will really enjoy!

Day 8

FREE-DAY AT THE CHATEAU/SAINT AMOUR

Cooking and Baking Atelier 2  (optional)

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

You can choose to relax at the Château or enjoy an easy bike ride to the nearby village

of Saint-Amour.

Plan a walk to the cascade with a picnic hamper or take part in a fun pétanque competition.

Farewell dinner at the Château lavish garden…with friends

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 l’equipe…

It is always to leave the warm French hospitality and the new friends we have made along the way…

Enjoy a complimentary night at a Boutique Hotel in the heart of Lyon + Breakfast (with no harried schedule)

Free time is set aside in Lyon: visit Notre-Dame de Fourvière in the Croix-Rousse, explore the Roman ruins on Fourvière Hill; The Lyon International Rose Gardens..or join a Beaujelais Wine Tasting

Our Local expert will reveal some intriguing stories about the beautiful Gallic capital…Le Mur des Canuts…Trompe L’Oeuil..aboard an electric car…(no walking)

A presentation will take place at our friend’s silk Atelier, one of the oldest “Soierie” in Vieux Lyon… discover the rich history of the 19th Century hidden silk passages and traboules..with experts

Farewell dinner hosted at a landmark Gastronomy Michelin * Resto in Lyon…you will love!   Bon Appetit!

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.

Our private drivers will be on hand to ensure that you arrive on time for your connection.

if you are taking part in the Paris extension-  * please request the itinerary.

Bon voyage et bonne continuation!

10 Day French Immersion Tour

€ 2,985 pp

all inclusive and planned

TOUR INCLUSIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • 8 nights stay at the Château-Domaine
  • Spacious elegant rooms with en-suite
  • One night/Boutique Hotel in Vieux Lyon + Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner Landmark Brasserie in Lyon Michelin *
  • Private transfers between all activities and accommodation
  • Culinary Atelier with the chef
  • 2 Cooking and Baking classes
  • Residential French Language Course
  • Qualified Teachers available all day long at the Château
  • Regional wines during all meals and restaurant outings
  • All learning material and resources
  • Private Cultural tours with seasoned local experts
  • All regional meals prepared by our in-house chef
  • Apéro with the locals
  • Wine Dinner at a private terroir in Chardonnay
  • Welcome Dinner around a Fondue Savoyarde
  • Grand Déjeuner in the Burgundy countryside
  • Gastronomy and wine dinner…Michelin*
  • French films and entertainment on-site
  • Vieux Lyon silk passages…Traboules walking tour
  • Lyon private guided tour with a local expert
  • Wine and Comté Cheese appreciation pairing course
  • Wi fi.. Porterage, tips and taxes are included
  • All entries and private visits (no queues):

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • International or domestic Airfare, Travel insurance , Visa

 

GUIDELINES:

  • Price is subject to currency fluctuation
  • Accompanying partners are welcome *
  • Single supplement is available upon request
  • Accompanying partners are welcome!
  • The French course is included; however, guests or accompanying partners can join morning a-la-carte activities, if they do not wish to participate in the course.

A deposit of € 850 pp is required to hold your place.

French Immersion in Burgundy

The Gift of France…

The LaPont French Immersion Tours are made up of small groups, with international 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 and 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..

Rewiewed by: The Good Life France

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