Lapont French Immersion brief Itinerary

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French Immersion in Burgundy Program overview

The Lapont French Immersion experience extends beyond the Classroom.

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 is at a beautiful 17th Century Château Domaine 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, between Lyon and Geneva.

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.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 Domaine residence are spacious and elegant with own en-suite; 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 includes private tours, cooking classes, with outings at local Michelin starred restaurants to explore 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.

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-advanced Levels) read more

Day 1

EN ROUTE TO BURGUNDY

Meet the group and hosts in Paris or Lyon (details TBC)

Travel by private transfer to the Château

Acceuil, Apero & welcome Déjeuner, followed by a guided tour of the Château-Domaine

Orientation and Introduction to the French Immersion Program

Welcome Soirée and Dinner with your hosts at the Château around a Fondue Savoyarde prepared by our expert chef from Haute-Savoie

Day 2

LA ROUTE DES VINS DE BOURGOGNE/CHARDONNAY/CHATEAU DE CORMATIN

A healthy Breakfast is served each morning at the Château in a conviviale and rustic dining-room

Today, we set off to explore the countryside of the Burgundy Région, “La Route des Chateaux en Bourgogne” Walk through the lavish Gardens of the Château de Cormatin, a treasure trove of art and history, shop at La Galerie Artisanale.

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

Lunch today is 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

Dinner at the château with French Speakers

Day 3

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

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We start the day with a visit of the famous 13th Century Marche de Louhans, which is traditionally held every Monday.

Free time at the Market to immerse yourself in the local culture…Visit an historical Museum and ancient apothecary

Orientation Day – Start your French Language course at the Chateau-Ecole 

Enjoy a Burgundy Buffet at the Chateau with regional dishes like Escargots a La Bourguignonne…and regional delicacies

Day 4

 A VOS TOQUES / LE CHEF C’EST MOI / CULINARY ATELIER 1

French Language Session

Today you can participate in a French culinary atelier and learn to cook and bake some regional dishes and pâtisserie, such as Saucisse de morteau en brioche sauce…Poires au Mac vin…tarte aux pralines

Enjoy a convivial dinner with an array or tasty regional dishes prepared by the participants

French Cinema and entertainment at the Chateau.

 

 Day 5

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

French Language Classes

Dejeuner at Chateau-Chalon

Experience the exceptional environment of La Vallée Baume-Les-Messieurs; surrounded by the Jura mountains in the region of Bourgogne-France-Comté; 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)

A perfect place for a stroll..shop..or chat with the local residents (mostly winemakers)

Dinner at the Chateau.

 

Day 6

BALADE DE REVERMONT/ WINE AND COMTE CHEESE PAIRING COURSE

French Language Classes

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 villages surrounding the Jura Massif

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.

Enjoy a Traditional “Bresse” dinner and taste one of the favourite local specialty such as: La Poularde de Bresse (AOC

Day 7

CULTURE/ HISTORY/ ART/ GASTRONOMY/

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

Free time is set-aside to walk through the charming and artistic town of Bourg-en-Bresse…meet a famous local chocolatier or simply absorb the unique culture of La France Profonde…

Free shopping time

Dress-up for the evening!  enjoy an aperitif with the locals, before being driven to a very chic Michelin starred Restaurant for a memorable Degustation Dinner paired with regional wines.

Day 8

FREE-DAY AT THE CHATEAU-DOMAINE

Cooking and Baking workshop 2 at the Chateau.

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

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

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

This evening’s farewell dinner is served outdoors in the Château lavish garden.

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 the Equipe, It is always a sad moment for our guests to leave the warm French hospitality and the new friends they have made along the way…

A complimentary night  at a Boutique Hotel in the heart of Lyon has been added to the Itinerary; to allow guests to experience a private visit of  Vieux Lyon (with no harried schedule)

Free time is set aside to explore the old town, before meeting the group at a ” Petit Bouchon” .

There are many activities you can do in Lyon during your free-time: visit Notre-Dame de Fourvière in the Croix-Rousse district, explore the Roman ruins on Fourvière Hill; stroll through the Lyon International Rose Gardens..or join a Beaujelais Wine Tasting

You will be met at in Lyon by a local expert who will reveal some intriguing stories about the beautiful Gallic capital..and show you the best of the City’s patrimony, aboard an electric car. The famous Mur des Canuts and magnificent Trompe L’Oeuil.

The tour ends 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 during a walk through the famous traboules…

Dinner this evening is at a landmark Gastronomy Restaurant in Lyon, you will really enjoy!

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 itinerary.

Bon voyage et bonne continuation !

10 Day French Immersion Tour

euros 2,985 pp

all inclusive and planned

TOUR INCLUSIONS  AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8 nights at the Château Residence
  • Spacious elegant rooms with en-suite
  • 1  night at a Boutique Hotel in Vieux Lyon + Dinner at a Landmark Brasserie (Michelin *)
  • Daily intensive French Language sessions at the Château-Ecole (3 hours duration)
  • Regional Cooking Atelier at the Château with our chef
  • Hand-picked regional wines during all meals and outings
  • All learning material and resources
  • All meals prepared by our in-house chef
  • Apéro and wine-tasting at a private terroir in Chardonnay
  • Welcome Dinner Fondue Savoyarde hosted at the Château
  • French cinema and entertainment on-site
  • Discover Vieux Lyon silk passages – educational tour
  • Lyon Private Guided Tour/Les Murs de Canuts
  • Wine and Comté Cheese pairing course
  • Wi fi.. Porterage, tips and taxes are included
  • All entries and private visits (no queues)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

International Airfare, travel insurance (essential)

GUIDELINES:

The French course is included, however accompanying partners who do not wish to do the course will be offered morning a-La-carte activities and tips to explore the area.

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

French Immersion in Burgundy

The hallmark of the Château is conviviality and warm French hospitality. Its natural and peaceful surroundings provide the perfect retreat setting for your French Immersion vacation. Bicycles are available for guests who wish to explore the area at their own pace.

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