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Many thanks for your interest in our France brochure.Whether you are planning a short break to Paris with restaurants, museum tickets, opera and a private guide booked by the Kirker Concierge, or perhaps a longer tailormade holiday touring through the châteaux and vineyards of the Loire Valley, our expert consultants aim to exceed your best expectations. We launched our first France programme in 1986, but remain as enthusiastic and determined as ever to offer you excellent value for money, and we would relish the opportunity to take responsibility for recommending characterful hotels where we would be happy to stay ourselves The Kirker team has travelled extensively and our first-hand knowledge will help you create the perfect itinerary combining just the right balance of style, comfort and culture. If you have not recently visited Nice or Marseille in the south, you will find that these cities have been regenerated with new museums and a number of wonderful alfresco cafés and restaurants; Bordeaux and Biarritz are perfect for those who enjoy fine wines and fresh seafood; and less well-known towns such as Montpellier, the Alsatian city of Strasbourg, or Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, are all now very much on our list of 'highly recommended' destinations. For those seeking rest and relaxation, we recommend countryside and coastal retreats from the wild landscapes of Brittany or the Camargue, to the picture-perfect lavender fields of the Luberon and the idyllic Île de Ré.We feature carefully-selected hotels in the key wine regions including Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, and the Kirker Concierge would be delighted to arrange winetasting and châteaux visits.Wherever you choose to travel in France you can expect to enjoy exquisite cuisine and world class museums from Lille’s Palais des Beaux Arts in the north, to Bordeaux’s Cite du Vin or the impressive new Musée de la Romanitée in the wonderful and surprising Roman city of Nîmes – not to mention Paris, with its collections of some of the finest art and architecture in Europe: remember to speak to the Kirker concierge about the latest exhibitions. France is easily accessible by air, with flights from many regional airports, by car via Eurotunnel or ferry, or on Eurostar’s fast and efficient service that delivers you to the heart of Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes and Lille in just 80 minutes – as well as Lyon in under 5 hours and just 7 hours to Marseille on the shores of the Mediterranean. With connections on the high-speed TGV, train travel to all parts on their comprehensive network is comfortable and convenient and you will arrive relaxed having enjoyed pre-booked seats and Kirker transfers to smooth the way. Although we are very proud of our website, it does not include a booking facility as we believe that it is vital that you speak directly to one of our consultants for personal advice about where and when to go, how long to stay for, and which hotel to stay in. Although actually speaking to a human being may be perceived as a more ‘old-fashioned’ way to do business, it is the very best way to book a tailor-made holiday. If you do decide to book with Kirker, we can assure you that we shall do our utmost to ensure the smooth running of every aspect of your holiday, before, during and after you travel with us.We very much look forward to hearing from you soon.
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KIRKER – HOLIDAYS FOR DISCERNING TRAVELLERS
Kirker tailor-made You may choose to visit two or more destinations in one holiday. Fly into one airport and back from another – why not combine air travel with rail? We thoroughly recommend longer itineraries combining a few days in a city followed by a stay in one of our countryside properties. We take immense pride in creating carefully crafted holidays and although we are not necessarily the cheapest, we do aim to offer exceptional value for money and rely on our clients for repeat business and recommendations for our future success.
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We feature a variety of hotels from grand palaces to majestic châteaux and small characterful countryside retreats. For each hotel description we retain editorial control and are therefore able to provide you with a balanced and unbiased view of each property. To help you choose the hotel best suited to your needs, please telephone 020 7593 2288 and speak to one of our expert consultants who would be delighted to share their first hand experience of the hotels and destinations. If you would like to view photographs of our hotels, please visit our website www.kirkerholidays.com where you will find a number of images for each property. However, please remember that website photographs can sometimes provide a seductive picture that may have been taken through rose-tinted spectacles on a sunny day – speaking to one of our Kirker experts is a better way to help you find the hotel that perfectly suits your needs.
You will find details of special offers at many of our hotels throughout the brochure giving you complimentary nights or room upgrades. We speak to our contacts to negotiate the very best offers and prices every time we receive an enquiry. Paris holidays include a 48 hour pass which gives you complimentary access to over 60 of the city’s museums, monuments and galleries. Holidays to Bordeaux include entrance to the spectacular new Cité du Vin. Holidays to Nice include a 24 hour museum pass including entrance to the Musée Matisse.
Private transfers Our holidays always include transfers by private vehicle on arrival and departure. It is a very civilised and relaxing way to travel between the airport or station and your hotel. No taxi queues, no fare negotiation – just a warm welcome and a smooth journey to your chosen hotel. Holidays to rural destinations tend to include car hire; however, private transfers can always be provided if preferred.
Private tours Whenever you arrive in a new destination for the first time, we recommend a short private walking tour or a tour with a private car if appropriate. Why not ask us to pre-book one of our local guides to meet you in your hotel foyer on your first morning for a two or three hour private excursion?
Kirker guide notes We have prepared some useful Guide Notes giving invaluable information on restaurants, bars, museums, shopping, markets and sightseeing. The Kirker Guide Notes will be sent to you with your travel documentation – please do ask us if you would like a personal restaurant recommendation, our Kirker Concierge would be delighted to book a table on your behalf.
Speak to an expert Our sales team has many years of experience and we make regular visits to the hotels and destinations that we feature. Clients often comment that they have seen a tempting photograph on a hotel’s website but would prefer to speak to someone who knows the property, to find out what it’s really like.
Opera tickets France has many great opera houses offering full and varied programmes – we particularly recommend those in Paris, Nice, Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux and Montpellier. Our Concierge is available to advise you on schedules, prices and availability. Call 020 7593 2286 or email email@example.com We will always charge you the price we pay plus a reservation fee of £10 per ticket. Prices will include a local ticket agency handling fee and so will not reflect the face value. Look out for the opera panels throughout the brochure.
kirker concierge We aim to offer a service that is complete from start to finish, whether you would like us to recommend and book a restaurant for a celebration dinner, arrange private guided tours, organise wine-tasting or cookery courses, we will take full responsibility for the smooth running of every aspect of your holiday.
Ground arrangements only If you have already booked your own flight tickets, we would be happy to book all other aspects of your holiday, e.g. transfers and hotel accommodation. Prices are quoted immediately and include: breakfast, tax and service at the hotel, plus transfers and Kirker extras such as the Paris Museum Pass.
Fly from your local airport We always try to book flights from your local airport, and, although we recommend flights with scheduled airlines, we can also book seats with ‘no frills’ carriers if you wish.
PRIVATE JETS If you are planning to celebrate a special occasion in style, why not consider taking a small group of friends on a private jet holiday? When compared to full fare scheduled airline tickets the cost is surprisingly inexpensive; you can depart from your local airport, avoid the usual security and immigration queues and travel at the time that suits you. For further details please telephone Ignacio Foley or Dominic Rossi on 020 7593 2283.
FRANCE With its excellent rail network, France is a great destination for a holiday combining two or more destinations. Eurostar’s revamped high speed service from London means that you can now be in Paris in little over two hours and after a few days in the capital you can be on your way to one of the four corners of France on an efficient and comfortable TGV service. If your journey requires you to change stations in Paris, a Kirker transfer will help to smooth your way. For destinations such as Lyon and Bordeaux, a connection through Lille simply involves a change of platform.We would also be happy to recommend self-drive holidays in Normandy, Brittany or the Loire Valley using Brittany Ferries, or itineraries in Southern France combining flights, car hire and a selection of our wonderful rural hotels.We would be delighted to discuss your requirements and come up with a holiday that makes the most of the time and the budget that you have available, so please call us on 020 7593 2288.
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Eurostar journey times:London – Paris Ebbsfleet – Paris London – Lille Ebbsfleet – Lille London – Lyon London – Avignon London – Marseille
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Typical rail journey times:Paris – Reims 45 mins Paris – Strasbourg 2 hrs 15 mins Paris – Lyon 2 hrs Paris – Avignon 2 hrs 40 mins Paris – Nice 5 hrs 40 mins Paris – Bordeaux 2 hrs 5 mins Paris – Nantes 2 hrs
Paris – Caen
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Paris – Etaples (Le Touquet) 2 hrs 20 mins
Paris – Angoulême
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Lille – Bordeaux
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Paris – Tours
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Lille – Nice
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Paris – Dijon
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Lyon – Nice
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Paris – Strasbourg
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Lyon – Avignon
Paris – Marseille
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Bordeaux – Biarritz
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PARIS Few cities in the world deliver such excitement and romance in such a compact area. Paris beguiles with its broad tree-lined boulevards, iconic monuments, chic boutiques and elegant stores.There is a remarkable collection of museums and galleries and Kirker clients needn’t worry about queues and entrance fees because over 60 venues are included using our excellent two day Museum Pass.The food is worth the journey alone, with some of the finest gastronomic restaurants, wonderful traditional brasseries and an astonishing array of mouth-watering markets. No two visits to this wonderful city need ever be the same.
CHAMPS ELYSÉES AND ARC DE TRIOMPHE The world’s most famous avenue leads from Place de la Concorde to Napoleon’s magnificent Arc de Triomphe, and the area is known for its designer shops, smart restaurants and elegant Haussmann architecture. 1
Located close to the Elysées Palace on the Faubourg St.Honoré, Le Bristol is richly decorated with fine furnishings and original artwork; the lobby alone has 23 Baccarat crystal chandeliers. Its 190 rooms are wonderfully spacious and are furnished with beautiful fabrics and antiques, all carefully chosen by the owner. The elegant oak-panelled restaurant, ‘Epicure’ has three Michelin stars and a terrace overlooking the exquisitely manicured garden. There is also a less formal brasserie-style restaurant (one Michelin star) and a stylish cocktail bar. The rooftop spa and indoor swimming pool has a panoramic sun terrace with spectacular views over the Parisien skyline. 3 night price from £2,098 per person low season, £2,296 per person high season. All Kirker clients receive a bottle of champagne on arrival; a voucher for 85 € per room for use in the spa and a complimentary cocktail in the bar. SPECIAL OFFER 28 October – 14 May, 10 July – 1 September, 19 October – 18 December: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £560.
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Following complete refurbishment, the George V – located just off the Champs Elysées, is one of the most luxurious ‘palace’ hotels in Paris. All the 245 bedrooms are beautifully furnished with lavish marble bathrooms, twice-daily maid service, 24 hour room service and complimentary shoe shine. With a total of five Michelin stars awarded to its three restaurants, this is a haven for lovers of fine French cuisine. The three star ’Le Cinq’ restaurant – Kirker prices include a delicious American breakfast – offers fine dining throughout the day and in the courtyard in summer; ‘Le George’ (one Michelin star) serves light Mediterranean cuisine and is open every day; ‘L’orangerie’ (also one Michelin star), offers French contemporary dishes. Afternoon tea is served in ‘La Galerie’. The impressive spa has an indoor swimming pool. 3 night price from £2,198 per person low season, £2,398 per person high season.
This famous hotel, located on the Avenue Kleber, just a few yards from the Arc de Triomphe, is one of the few remaining privately-owned luxury hotels in Paris. The 83 bedrooms are classically furnished, many with antiques and silks or hand-painted panels. The long, impressive panelled lobby has beautiful paintings including an original Turner. The cocktail bar is one of the most fashionable in Paris. A beautiful roof terrace offers a sensational 360 degree panorama of the city; in summer, lunch, evening cocktails and dinner are served here. Fitness centre with sauna and steam bath. 3 night price from £1,068 per person low season, £1,198 per person high season.
Welcoming guests since 1920, the Grand Powers reopened in 2019 as one of the most anticipated boutique hotel openings in Paris and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Following a sensitive restoration, the Powers balances contemporary Parisien chic with the Art Deco touches of its previous heyday within the Haussman building so typical of the 8th arrondissement. The 50 spacious bedrooms combine antique fireplaces, plush furnishings and marble bathrooms with the latest technology. All of the rooms overlook the Parisian streets and some have a small balcony offering expansive views across the city. The stylish ‘Café 52’ bistrot and adjacent cocktail bar are ideal for a cosy evening. The small spa offers a hammam, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness room. 3 night price from £1,098 per person low season, £1,258 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 28 March, 23 July – 28 August: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £256.
The Balzac has established itself as one of the most romantic boutique hotels in Paris. Located in a quiet street close to the Champs Elysées, it dates back to the mid 19th century when the architect Paul Dechard built a private townhouse for the director of the Paris opera. Today, its 69 rooms are sumptuously decorated using the richest fabrics to create a classical yet contemporary feel. The hotel is also home to the three star Michelin restaurant, ‘Pierre Gagnaire’ – reservations essential (closed at weekends, August and Christmas) and the relaxing ‘Le lounge’ bar and tearoom where light dishes are served throughout the day. 3 night price from £778 per person low season, £998 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 7 May, 21 July – 26 August: 3 nights for the price of 2½ for arrivals on Friday or Saturday, saving up to £90.
what’s included Return standard class Eurostar or scheduled flight Return transfers Accommodation including breakfast Kirker’s Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing A two day museum pass A carnet of five metro tickets A Seine River Cruise The services of the Kirker Concierge to book opera tickets, expert local guides or a table for dinner Prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made and fluctuate depending on departure date; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 or see your travel agent for advice and the latest prices.
6 Royal The Royal has a wonderful location on the prestigious Avenue de Friedland, a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées and is housed in a handsome building dating from the 19th century. The 58 bedrooms are all furnished in a classical style and have marble bathrooms. There is a spacious lobby lounge with a bar and an excellent breakfast is included with hot dishes cooked to order. 3 night price from £644 per person low season, £859 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 28 March: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving up to £182.
A very good quality, well maintained, family-run hotel located some 10 minutes’ walk from the Arc de Triomphe, the Trocadero Gardens and the Champs Elysées, the Victor Hugo has been welcoming Kirker clients for over 30 years. Perfect for those looking for an inexpensive property in a central location, it has a comfortable lounge, bar, an attractive breakfast room where buffet breakfast is served and 76 well-furnished, recently renovated bedrooms. 3 night price from £578 per person low season, £698 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 28 January, 11 July – 20 August: 3 nights for the price of 2 if stay includes a Sunday night; 1 – 26 March: 4 nights for the price of 3 if stay includes a Sunday night, saving up to £112.
THE OPERA, MARAIS & REPUBLIQUE The Right Bank of the Seine is the cultural heart of Paris, stretching from the river to the Palais Garnier and Place de la Republique, and including the Rue de Rivoli, the Louvre and the charming Marais district surrounding Place des Vosges. 8
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Perfectly located in a quiet side street by the Comédie Français and within a few minutes’ walk to the Louvre, this excellent hotel opened to great acclaim early in 2013. An imposing 18th century building has been restored to its former glory and combines classical architectural features with stylish, modern design. The renovation took place under the watchful eye of acclaimed interior designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon who has created 68 sumptuous, extremely comfortable bedrooms, a popular bar and excellent restaurant ‘Le Lulli’ (open every day for lunch) plus a ‘Carita’ branded spa, Turkish bath and fitness centre.
We are delighted to feature this stylish boutique hotel with its outstanding location on Rue Cambon and interiors inspired by Coco Chanel whose first atelier, Maison Chanel is located next door. The beautiful 18th century building has 108 bedrooms split between two wings. Rooms in the Opera wing are contemporary in style whilst those in the Rivoli wing are decorated in a classic French style from the 1930s. Restaurant ‘L’Assaggio’ offers a Mediterranean menu with Italian influences and it is possible to dine alfresco in the courtyard in the warmer months. Light dishes are available in the popular bar throughout the day and there is also a ‘Salon de Thé’. This is the perfect base to explore the heart of Paris; the prestigious Rue St. Honoré, the Place Vendome and the Tuileries Gardens are on your doorstep. 3 night price from £896 per person low season, £998 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 26 February, 15 July – 28 August: 3 nights for the price of 2 in deluxe rooms, saving £218.
11 Pavillon de la Reine
This is a truly wonderful and intimate hotel, hidden away just off the Place des Vosges (the oldest square in Paris) in the heart of the fashionable Marais district and five minutes’ walk from the new Bastille Opera House. Set in an historic building with beamed ceilings and antique furnishings, there are delightful courtyards at the front and back of the hotel. There are 56 beautifully furnished bedrooms, a small spa in the basement and a new restaurant open for lunch and dinner (closed Monday and Tuesday). 3 night price from £836 per person low season, £1,076 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 26 December, 1 January – 28 March, 1 November – 26 December: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £240.
12 Royal St. Honoré
This is the sister property of the Hotel Royal and has a great location – right on the fashionable Rue St. Honoré, one of the city’s most elegant streets and close to the Place Vendome, the Opera and the Louvre. It has 72 bedrooms furnished in a classic style, a beautifully renovated reception and a stylish breakfast room which has original Louis XVI wood panelling and becomes ‘le Saint Ô’ for lunch and dinner. 3 night price from £688 per person low season, £968 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 28 March, 1 – 28 August: stay Friday and Saturday, the Sunday night is free, saving £160.
3 night price from £849 per person low season, £1,198 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 28 March, 23 July – 28 August: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £242.
With a fantastic location on the prestigious shopping street Rue de la Paix, close to the Place Vendome, this is one of the oldest hotels in Paris. Its 102 rooms are all furnished in the Louis XV style (we recommend the newly refurbished Signature rooms – supplements on request). Original furniture, paintings and antique pieces adorn the bedrooms, elegant lounge and restaurant. The wood-panelled ‘Duke’s’ bar with its open fireplace has a London club-style atmosphere, whilst the gastronomic restaurant ‘Le Céladon’, open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday, serves classical French cuisine. During the weekend it becomes the brasserie-style ‘Le Petit Céladon’. The hotel has a spacious wellness centre with a sauna and treatment room. 3 night price from £738 per person low season, £798 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 16 May, 12 July – 2 September: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £198; 17 May – 11 July, 7 September – 31 October: 3 nights for the price of 2 if stay includes a Sunday night, saving £214.
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RETURN TRANSFERS INCLUDED Avoid lengthy taxi queues – all Kirker air and Eurostar holidays include a shared minibus or car transfer on arrival at the airport or the Gare du Nord to your hotel. At the end of your stay you will be collected and taken back to the airport or station. Private return transfers are included for 5 star deluxe hotel clients. Supplement for private transfers: £32 per person each way for Eurostar holidays and £40 per person for air holidays.
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PARIS 15 Bourgogne & Montana
The 7th arrondissement of Paris is a relatively unexplored yet beautiful and fascinating part of the Left Bank and the square that the Bourgogne & Montana is located on is certainly no exception. Standing opposite the Assemblée Nationale, France’s parliament building and a short walk from Invalides the hotel is perfectly situated to explore both sides of the Seine. Recently refurbished, this Parisien mansion is now home to 31 elegantly furnished bedrooms that overlook the Rue Bourgogne, the Place du Palais Bourbon or a small octagonal courtyard. Buffet breakfast is served in the stylish ground floor lounge where ancient art and oil canvasses add a classic touch, and there is a small wellness centre with sauna offering a range of massages. 3 night price from £788 per person low season, £869 per person high season.
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NOTRE DAME & THE LEFT BANK The mediaeval streets of the Left Bank attracted artists and writers in the early twentieth century and the area remains one of the most atmospheric quarters of the city, with chic boutiques and popular bars, cafés and restaurants. 13 Lutetia
Reopened in 2018 following four years of painstaking renovations, this Art Deco palace has been reimagined for the 21st century. This landmark hotel, with its striking façade, is in the heart of the Saint Germain neighbourhood. The 184 bedrooms, featuring marble bathrooms and furniture reminiscent of the early heyday of 1910, have been given a contemporary makeover. Elegant dinners can be savoured in the ‘Brasserie Lutetia’ overseen by Gérald Passedat; for a more relaxed experience, meals are available all day in the ‘Saint Germain’ restaurant with its beautiful stained glass ceiling and adjoining patio. An expansive spa has been added under the hotel offering holistic treatments, as well as a large indoor swimming pool. 3 night price from £1,698 per person low season, £1,898 per person high season.
14 Esprit St. Germain
Ideally situated in the heart of the Left Bank, the Esprit St. Germain is an intimate hotel combining Parisien elegance with the charm of a private residence. Service is as good as that offered by the five star palace hotels yet the atmosphere is far more relaxed. Complimentary wine, champagne and spirits are available 24 hours a day from the open bar in the lobby – a unique feature in Paris. It has been stunningly renovated and has just 28 bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style and a cosy living room with an open fire. 3 night price from £829 per person low season, £1,198 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 20 December, 6 – 10 January, 21 October – 18 November: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £245.
what’s included Return standard class Eurostar or scheduled flight Return transfers Accommodation including breakfast Kirker’s Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing A two day museum pass A carnet of five metro tickets A Seine River Cruise The services of the Kirker Concierge to book opera tickets, expert local guides or a table for dinner
Located right in the heart of St. Germain-des-Prés, surrounded by designer shops, art galleries, cafés and restaurants, the Pont Royal is just five minutes’ walk from the river. This traditional first class hotel, renowned for its literary connections, has maintained its ‘club’ character and Parisien boutique style. The lobby, the Velin library lounge and the ‘Signature’ bar are sumptuously furnished, rich in mahogany and silks. The hotel has 75 comfortable bedrooms, a fitness centre, a massage room and a small Japanese garden. Joel Robuchon’s popular restaurant ‘L’Atelier’ is open every day for lunch and dinner. 3 night price from £849 per person low season, £976 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER All year: Sunday night half price for stays of 3 nights or more, saving up to £123.
17 Relais Christine Dating back to the 16th century, the Relais Christine was constructed on the ruins of the Grand Augustins Abbey. It is a beautiful hotel in an excellent location right in the heart of St. Germain-des-Prés, just a few minutes’ walk from the Notre Dame. Small and discreet, all 48 rooms are decorated in a bourgeouis Parisienne style. There is a comfortable panelled lounge with fireplace and honesty bar where breakfast is served. The hotel has a small spa in the 13th century vaulted basement and a delightful courtyard. 3 night price from £998 per person low season, £1,048 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 20 December, 1 January – 28 February: guaranteed upgrade from classic to superior, subject to availability at time of reservation.
18 Le Sénat
Located in St. Germain-des-Prés, Le Sénat is a really stylish boutique hotel. Built in the 19th century, it is located next to the French Senate and the Luxembourg Gardens, and a stone’s throw from all that the artistic Left Bank has to offer. Decorated in a contemporary style, the 41 bedrooms have marble bathrooms and many have balconies or terraces with impressive views across the city. The hotel has a breakfast room and a cosy bar. 3 night price from £586 per person low season, £778 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 31 March, 12 July – 31 August: 3 nights for the price of 2 for arrivals on a Friday or Saturday, saving £118; 1 April – 31 October: Sunday night half price for a minimum stay of 2 nights, saving £74.
KIRKER EUROSTAR HOLIDAYS Our prices include return standard class Eurostar; supplement for ‘Standard Premier’ from £39 per person each way. ‘Standard Premier’ offers first class seating and a complimentary light snack and drink.The journey time from London St.Pancras International to Paris is 2 hours 15 minutes (2 hours 5 minutes from Ebbsfleet International).
PARIS 19 Notre Dame
This is probably one of the most expensive small three star hotels in Paris. But it’s worth it.You’re paying for location (right on the busy Quai St. Michel waterfront on the Left Bank) and for the quality (intimate and fully refurbished in 2010). Twenty one steps lead up to the first floor, lift and reception/bar with beamed ceilings where breakfast is served overlooking the cathedral. There are 26 small bedrooms decorated in vibrant colours. Rooms reserved for Kirker clients
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the kirker concierge Kirker clients travelling to Paris should contact the Kirker Concierge who can recommend and book a wide range of excursions including city tours, visits to Versailles and Monet’s home at Giverny. He can also book dinner cruises on the Seine and famous cabaret shows such as the Moulin Rouge and the Lido. In addition, he can provide expert local guides to escort you around any of the city’s museums and recommend and book restaurants. Opera enthusiasts are spoiled for choice. Founded by Louis XIV in the 17th century, Opéra national de Paris is home to some of the world’s best performances.The grand 19th century Palais Garnier and the modern opera house at the Bastille are the main venues; however, there are additional performances throughout the year in smaller auditoriums. Call the Kirker Concierge on 020 7593 2286 to discuss your requirements.
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Direct flights from the UK to Paris: Heathrow: British Airways, Air France Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, Edinburgh, Exeter, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton: Flybe/Air France; Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Southend, Stansted: Easyjet Leeds Bradford: Jet 2; Cork, Dublin: Aer Lingus
LILLE Lille is so much more than a stop for Eurostar en route to Paris.This impressive city, with its fine 17th century buildings and splendid seafood restaurants, is ideal for a break close to home.There are six outstanding museums, the highlight being the monumental Palais des Beaux-Arts which is the most important museum in France outside of the Louvre in Paris.The Orchestra national de Lille gives first-rate concerts throughout the season at the city's concert hall – the Kirker Concierge can assist with tickets. Lille is only one hour and 20 minutes from London St. Pancras International or just over an hour from Ebbsfleet International on Eurostar’s high speed line. Hermitage Gantois
Located in a quiet, residential area of the city, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Opera House, the Hermitage Gantois, was an ancient hospice dating back to the 15th century. It has an elegant fine dining restaurant (closed on Sundays), a more informal brasserie and a stylish bar. The rooms are all individually furnished and are located either around the courtyard and the flower-filled patio or overlook the streets of Lille. The interior decoration of the hotel and its 89 rooms and junior suites (supplements available on request) cleverly combines the rich history of the building with contemporary design. A spa has recently opened and has an indoor swimming pool. 3 night price from £529 per person.
what’s included Return standard class Eurostar Accommodation including breakfast Kirker’s Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing The services of the Kirker Concierge Prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice and the latest prices.
An excellent hotel located opposite the Opera House on the Rue de Paris, right in the heart of the old part of the city centre and about a 10 minute walk from the Eurostar rail station (Lille Europe). The Carlton is a beautiful 19th century building, fully modernised yet traditionally decorated throughout in the style of Louis XV. It has a wood panelled bar, and the 60 air-conditioned rooms all have marble bathrooms, minibar and 24 hour room service. 3 night price from £398 per person. SPECIAL OFFER all year: 3 nights for the price of 2 for arrivals on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, saving up to £115.
CHAMPAGNE Previously the domain of self-drive holidaymakers, the recent arrival of the TGV Est high speed line connecting the Champagne region with the French capital in under an hour makes it an excellent short break destination.Whether you wish to base yourself in the fortified town of Épernay or the ancient city of Reims, in a fine country house hotel amongst the vineyards, it is the perfect place for a special occasion and a glass or two of bubbly!
ÉPERNAY Although founded in the 5th century, the town of Épernay has really flourished since the techniques of champagne production were mastered in the 18th century. Beneath the elegant streets are 100 kilometres of subterranean cellars and walkways; guided tours including tastings are a must for anyone staying in the region. Épernay is 30 minutes by train from Reims and one hour 15 minuts from Paris. La Villa Eugene
Originating from the 19th century,Villa Eugene was formerly owned by the Mercier family and is located in a leafy residential area of Épernay, a 15 minute walk from the town centre. All 15 rooms are traditionally decorated in a classical French Colonial or Louis XVI style with antique furnishings and have retained their original parquet floors and open fireplaces. The breakfast room, winter garden and summer terrace all overlook the outdoor summer swimming pool with extensive gardens and park beyond. 3 night price from £1,098 per person.
RECOMMENDED EXCURSIONS IN CHAMPAGNE Prices include English-speaking driver/guide, entrance fees, wine tasting sessions and lunch. Small group tours from £198 per person, private tours from £475 per person. ÉPERNAY & CHAMPAGNE (Full Day Tour) The Route du Champagne meanders through the Marne valley passing the vines in famous towns and estates such as Cumières and Hautvillers, where you will visit the tomb of Dom Pérignon, the father of the world’s most famous sparkling wine. Épernay has become the region’s heartland, with the Avenue du Champagne showcasing many of the famous houses, such as Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet and Mercier, one of which you will visit to sample the latest production. Leaving Épernay you will taste a range of local champagnes and culinary delicacies in a boutique winery and a family estate.
Located on a hill overlooking Epernay’s valley and the vineyard below, Royal Champagne is only five kilometres from Dom Perignon’s village of Hautvillers and 25 minutes’ drive from Reims. The hotel was once a coaching inn and a regular stop for those on the road to Reims – Napoleon and his noble entourage often stayed here. Renovated in 2018, Royal Champagne now has 47 stylish bedrooms, each with a large balcony and enchanting views over the vineyards. The menus of the two restaurants, Michelin-starred ‘Le Royal’, and ‘Bellevue’ with its fantastic rooftop terrace, have been designed by Jean-Denis Rieubland to compliment champagne – no fewer than 250 different types, including bruts, rosés and exceptional vintages. The bar also offers a wide range of cocktails and snacks in an intimate atmosphere. A large spa has been added including indoor and outdoor pools. 3 night price from £1,195 per person low season, £1,447 per person high season.
REIMS Just 45 minutes by train from Paris, Reims is the gateway to the Champagne region. A fascinating and historic city, visitors can explore the magnificent cathedral (which has held over 30 coronations), the Musée des Beaux Arts, the Palace of Tau and les grand marques and the elegant champagne-producing houses that line the main streets. Grand Hôtel des Templiers
Once a 19th century residence, the Grand Hôtel des Templiers is now a charming little hotel located in the centre of Reims, just a short walk from the cathedral. It is tastefully decorated throughout with antiques, ornate ceilings and hand-carved woodwork which all help to create a homely atmosphere. The 17 bedrooms continue the 19th century appeal and are attractively decorated with period furniture and bold print wall coverings. There is a lounge bar and an indoor swimming pool with sauna and hammam. 3 night price from £779 per person low season, £898 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 January – 20 March, 1 October – 29 December: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £126.
REIMS & CHAMPAGNE (Full Day Tour) The former regional capital, Reims, with its magnificent cathedrals, was known as the city of coronation. Now better known for its effervescent drink, a visit to Reims must include one of the great champagne houses:Veuve-Cliquot, Pommery or Mumm, where you will learn about the unique methods of production. Heading into the Marne Valley you will visit a vineyard and local estate for a delicious lunch and further tasting sessions.
REIMS & CHAMPAGNE (A Three Night Kirker Wine Tour) Our Cultural Tours programme is designed to appeal to clients who enjoy travelling with like-minded companions. Our new tour offers an insider’s view of Champagne in the company of wine expert Tim Clarke and includes private tastings and exclusive meals at the leading cellars. The tour departs on 22 November 2020 and costs £2,168 per person. For further details or to request a copy of our Cultural Tours & Music Holidays brochure, call 020 7593 2284.
what’s included Prices quoted include return standard class Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord or Lille Onward TGV travel to Reims or regional train to Épernay Return private car transfers Accommodation with breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge to book expert local guides or a table for dinner Our prices include return standard class Eurostar; supplement for ‘Standard Premier’ from £39 per person each way.The journey time from London St. Pancras to Paris is 2 hours 15 minutes and to Lille, 1 hour 20 minutes. Onward travel is to Champagne-Ardenne from Lille, a journey of 1 hour 30 minutes or from Paris Gare de l’Est station, a short walk from Gare du Nord from where the journey time is 1 hour 15 minutes to Épernay. All prices are tailor-made; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice.
NORMANDY, BRITTANY & ÎLE DE RÉ The north-west of France encompasses some of the country’s most impressive coastlines, from the historic harbours and verdant pastures of Normandy, to the rugged cliffs and inlets of Brittany, and on to the expanse of the West Coast, which encompasses sandy beaches, idyllic islands and fashionable resorts.This is the perfect region to explore for those in search of history – from Celtic standing stones at Carnac to the Bayeux Tapestry and D-Day landing beaches – as well as delicious cuisine including Calvados, crêpes, Breton cider, oysters and seafood from the Bay of Biscay. Approximate driving times:Caen – Bayeux Caen – Mont St. Michel/Rouen Caen – Honfleur/Deauville Cherbourg – Bayeaux St. Malo – Dinard Rennes – Dinard St. Malo – Tréguier Roscoff – Tréguier
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Ferry crossing times:Portsmouth – St. Malo 11 hrs (night) Portsmouth – Le Havre 8 hrs (night) Portsmouth – Caen 6 hrs (day) 7 hrs (night) Portsmouth – Cherbourg 3 hrs (day) Poole – Cherbourg 4 hrs 30 mins (day) Plymouth – Roscoff 6 hrs (day) 8 hrs (night) Newhaven – Dieppe 4 hrs (day) Rail times:Paris to Le Havre Paris to Caen Paris to Bayeux Paris to La Rochelle Paris to Deauville Paris to Rouen
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Starting in the historic port city of Cherbourg, this seven-night holiday encompasses the coastline of Normandy, from the landing beaches around Arromanches, as far as Le Havre in the east. This region formed the strategic landing zone for the Allied forces on D-Day, but it is also the countryside which inspired the Impressionists, and whose lush pastures still yield delicious produce, from cream, butter and an array of fromage to fresh seafood, salt-marsh lamb and Calvados. Stay for three nights at the elegant Château La Chenevière, which was commandeered by both sides during WWII, before continuing to the glamorous beach resort of Deauville, close to picturesque Honfleur, where Monet, Sisley and Boudin all spent time. Prices from £1,380 per person to include car ferry from Portsmouth Cherbourg, 3 nights at the Château la Chenevière, 4 nights at Normandy Barriere in Deauville and ferry from Le Havre to Portsmouth
TheFLORENCE rugged Brittany peninsula feels far removed not only from its & ROME – THE CLASSIC neighbour Normandy, but also from the rest of France, with a distinct ITALIAN TRILOGY and proud Celtic culture. Its varied and dramatic scenery is best explored Fly to Venice and back from Rome and stay two nights in Venice, two on a tailor-made itinerary which combines two destinations – begin in nights in Florence and two nights in Rome. Holiday includes flights, the west with the Plymouth to Roscoff crossing, and stay at the Art Deco private transfers, first-class rail between the three cities, accommodation style Hotel L’Agapa (4 star Deluxe) on the spectacular Côte de Granit with breakfast – and a complimentary dinner in each property Rose, where you can enjoy some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in Low season price (typically for travel January – April, July – August): £1,898 per France – before travelling along the scenic coast road to Dinard. An person aristocratic playground for over a century, this is an elegant resort town which is within a short May drive–ofJune, the September granite-walled port of£2,498 St. Malo High season price (typically – October): perand person the majestic Mont St. Michel. Complimentary nights applicable for Baglioni multi-centre holidays: Prices from £1,268 per person to includes the car ferry from Plymouth to Venice: theHotel pricel’Agapa, of 2 for4stays to at18the April, 28Hotel July –Barriere, 29 August Roscoff,3 3nights nightsfor at the nights Grand Florence: 3 nights forcrossing the price for stays to 11 April, 28 July – 29 Dinard and the ferry fromofSt2 Malo to Portsmouth. August Highlights: Rome: 3 nights for the price of 2 for stays to 30 April, 28 July – 4 • The spectacular northern coastline of cliffs, creeks and hidden beaches September on the Côte de Granit Rose • Picturesque and unspoilt fishing villages where you can enjoy delicious FLORENCE & Breton cuisine THE TUSCAN COAST – World RENAISSANCE • The iconic Mont St. Michel, a UNESCO Heritage Site AND RELAXATION • Dinard, known as the ‘Cannes of the North’ for its glamorous guests Discover wonderful of the Medicis before heading to Punta Ala and the the sandy Plage ducity Prieuré
Highlights: • The excellent D-Day Museum at Arromanches at the heart of the Allied landing beaches • The astonishing Bayeux Tapestry, all 68 metres of which is on display in a dedicated museum in the town • Honfleur’s charming cobbled streets and attractive harbour lined with restaurants and cafés • Stylish boutiques, sandy beaches and the 1920s boardwalk in Deauville
NORMANDY Many of the scenes that inspired Monet,Turner, Sisley and their fellow impressionists are the same that keep visitors coming back to Normandy. Stunning châteaux are dotted across the verdant landscape around Bayeux, home to the world-famous tapestry.The historic coastline has ancient highlights such as Mont St. Michel and the breathtaking cliffs of Etretat.The coast between Ouistreham and Cherbourg was key to the liberation of France in 1944 and many monuments and museums commemorate events on and after D-Day. Normandy’s regional capitals bristle with history; Rouen, with its Gothic cathedral and 20th century church in tribute to Joan of Arc, and Caen which has the well preserved remains of the 11th century castle of William the Conqueror as well as the Memorial Museum, dedicated to more recent conflicts. Mont St. Michel
HONFLEUR A picturesque harbour on the River Seine estuary, Honfleur was popular with impressionist painters and Parisien tourists as early as the 19th century.The cobbled streets around the harbour and the wooden church of St. Catherine attract many visitors each year. Le Havre, Fécamp and Êtretat are a short drive away across the impressive Normandy bridge.
BAYEUX This town is famous for its eponymous tapestry depicting William, Duke of Normandy’s conquest of Anglo-Saxon Britain.The town’s cobbled streets are wandered by millions each year exploring over 2,000 years of history. Bayeux is 30 minutes from Caen and 20 minutes from the excellent D-Day museum at Arromanches, the starting point for exploring the World War II landing beaches. Villa Lara
Opened in March 2012, Bayeux now has a long overdue luxury hotel in the heart of the town. Rima and François Hébert have been plying their trade at the adjacent Churchill hotel since 2002 and have built the Villa Lara from scratch to high specifications, blending traditional French furniture with contemporary boutique style, all within five minutes’ walk of the tapestry. All of the 28 comfortable, spacious rooms have views of the cathedral. 3 night price from £739 per person low season, £976 per person high season.
Château La Chenevière
Set above Honfleur, 10 minutes’ walk to the centre, lies this eye catching 16th century Relais & Châteaux property with 33 rooms set over three buildings; some in the Ferme building where studios were used by Monet, Sisley, Boudin and other impressionists in the latter half of the 19th century, while the Pressoir annex, built in the late 20th century has added modern luxury. There is an impressive Italianate spa with large indoor swimming pool and a gastronomic restaurant serving local cuisine in classic surroundings with beamed ceilings, open fireplaces and views of the estuary. 3 night price from £539 per person low season, £898 per person high season.
The 18th century Château La Chenevière had a major role to play as a forward command post for the German and subsequently British armies in World War II due to its location on the main road from Bayeux to Arromanches. A hotel since 1988 there are now 29 rooms, ranging from more traditional rooms in the main manor house, to a more contemporary style in the old forge and the wartime command centre itself. Guests can relax by the heated outdoor swimming pool in the gardens, the Colonial African styled ‘Le Zanzibar’ downstairs or the various comfortable lounges with antique marble fireplaces. Gastronomic Norman cuisine is enjoyed in the airy dining room. There is a tennis court and bicycles are available for guests. 3 night price from £798 per person low season, £968 per person high season.
SPECIAL OFFER: 3 nights for the price of 2 at certain times of the year (details on request) saving up to £157.
Ferme de St. Siméon
Manoir des Impressionnistes
Mother and son, Bridget and William Boelen offer a personal welcome which makes this private country house hotel a real gem. Situated a mile outside Honfleur, sweeping views across the lawn to the lighthouse and estuary below are enjoyed from most of the 10 traditionally furnished rooms, and also from the cosy bar and restaurant which open onto the terrace in summer. No lift. The hotel has added a small spa which can be reserved for private use. 3 night price from £679 per person.
A listed monument, this stunning château was built in the 18th century on an estate dating back to the time of the Norman conquest and is located just outside the village of Audrieu, 15 minutes’ drive from Bayeux and Caen. The restaurant is a destination in itself. A member of Relais & Châteaux, its 29 bedrooms are classically furnished, many featuring fireplaces and family heirlooms. The English garden features a large outdoor swimming pool. No lift. 3 night price from £839 per person low season, £998 per person high season.
The principal streets in the old town of the provincial capital feature stunning architecture dating back as far as the 13th century; the St. Maclou church, Palais de Justice and the Gros Horloge rival any building in Paris for grandeur and detail. Perfectly located as a stopping point between Paris or Caen and the D-Day landing beaches.
A glamorous beach town since the Victorian era, Deauville is popular with Parisiens and celebrities.While the boutiques reflect the height of fashion, the architecture around the harbour largely reflects the lavish style of the 19th century.
Formerly a private palace built in a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles from the 15th century, de Bourgtheroulde has been transformed into a contemporary luxury hotel. Some of the rooms highlight the traditional architectural features with a mix of antique and modern furniture. Just a few steps from the Old Market Square, guests are ideally placed to explore the town. There is an informal brasserie renowned for its Sunday brunch; the ‘Atrium’ bar serves afternoon tea and has a charming summer terrace. The basement spa has a large indoor swimming pool. 3 night price from £598 per person low season, £694 per person high season.
RECOMMENDED EXCURSIONS IN normandy Whether admiring the tapestry and cathedral at Bayeux, learning about family history on the D-Day beaches or tracing the lives of France’s impressionist painters, Kirker and our specialist partners can provide the perfect day out.The following are some suggestions and prices are per person based on two people sharing: D-DAY BRITISH AND CANADIAN LANDING BEACHES (Private Full Day Tour): £298 Explore the long stretch from the battlefield at Pegasus Bridge to Arromanches-sur-Mer and learn about this significant moment in history and its influence on the area in the subsequent 75 years. Highlights include the Canadian interactive visitor centre at Juno Beach, the 360° cinema and British memorial at Arromanches and lunch in one of the traditional seafront villages around Sword Beach.
The most prestigious address in Deauville, the Royal Barriére has been welcoming famous guests since its opening in 1913. Breakfast and dinner are served in the majestic ‘Côté Royal’ whilst the ‘Etrier’ offers superior cuisine in sumptuous surroundings. The adjacent piano bar is the perfect place for a pre-dinner aperitif. The 253 bedrooms are luxurious and have views toward the sea or of the large heated outdoor swimming pool. There is also a spa. 3 night price from £688 per person low season, £939 per person high season.
Built in 1912 in typical Norman half-timbered style, on the main Boulevard Cornuche but surrounded by lawns and courtyards, the Normandy Barriére offers a less formal atmosphere than the Royal, its sister hotel. Children are given special attention with the kids’ club and the adult-free restaurant operating every day during school holidays. Adults can enjoy the extra facilities of the small indoor swimming pool, sauna and treatment rooms on the top floor. Many of the 271 traditionally furnished rooms look over the town’s championship tennis courts to the beach. The ‘Belle Époque’ restaurant reflects the grandeur of its name and serves breakfast and dinner throughout the year with meals available in the delightful courtyard in summer. There is an additional seafood restaurant open at weekends. 3 night price from £759 per person low season, £896 per person high season.
what’s included Ferry crossings (self-drive) Accommodation including breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge Our prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made and fluctuate depending on departure date; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice and the latest prices.
THE IMPRESSIONISTS IN UPPER NORMANDY (Private Full Day Tour): £360 A full day tour following in the footsteps of the Impressionists who made the most of Normandy’s varying light. As well as the harbour and estuary at Honfleur and the cathedral of Rouen, Monet, Sisley, Boudin, Degas, Renoir et al were inspired by the coastal delights of Étretat, Fécamp and Pourville. Stops here will allow you to compare your view with that seen by the artists.You will also visit the impressionist masterpieces of the Musée des Beaux-Arts Rouen and will conclude with a walking tour of Rouen with its mediaeval streets and, of course, Monet’s favourite cathedral.
D-DAY TOUR FROM THE MÉMORIAL DE CAEN (Small Group Private Full Day Tour): £150 One of the most well curated museums in France and among the best portrayals of the folly of war, the Mémorial, set in a park just outside Caen, is a must see for anyone interested in World War II. The team here have come up with a new initiative to combine a morning visit and lunch at the Mémorial with a small group tour in the afternoon to some of the key beaches as well as the American cemetery and Arromanches.You will need to make your own way to and from Caen.
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Direct flights to Caen: Southend: Flybe Direct flights to Brest: Southend: Ryanair Direct flights to Rennes: Southend: Flybe; Cork, Dublin: Aer Lingus Direct flights to Dinard: East Midlands, Stansted: Ryanair Direct flights to Quimper: London City: British Airways (summer service) Direct flights to Nantes: Bristol, Gatwick, Liverpool, Luton: Easyjet; Birmingham, Manchester: Flybe; Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Manchester, Stansted: Ryanair; Dublin: Aer Lingus Direct flights to La Rochelle: Bristol, Gatwick: Easyjet; Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Stansted: Jet 2; Dublin, Stansted: Ryanair Direct flights to Biarritz: Bristol, Gatwick, Luton: Easyjet; Dublin, Stansted: Ryanair; Birmingham, Bournemouth: Flybe Direct flights from the UK to Bordeaux: Gatwick: British Airways; Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Stansted: Ryanair; Belfast, Bristol, Gatwick, Glasgow, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Southend: Easyjet; Dublin: Aer Lingus
BRITTANY & ÎLE DE RÉ BRITTANY With its 1,700 miles of coastline, Brittany is one of France’s most regularly visited destinations. It is a region rich in history, cultural identity and Celtic tradition. It enjoys good ferry and air links with the UK and is the perfect self-drive touring destination. Enjoy exquisite gastronomy, from the freshest seafood to the traditional crèpe washed down with Breton cider, in an unspoilt region where breathtaking scenery abounds.
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Since the mid 1800’s, this was France’s top seaside resort and played host to the aristocracy and nobility of the time. It is the ideal spot from which to visit Mont St. Michel and the awe-inspiring Emerald Coast.
Brittany’s northern coast is rugged, wild and dramatic and the most beautiful stretch is the Côte de Granit Rose with its charming fishing ports such as Paimpol,Tréguier and Lézardrieux, islet-studded creeks and winding coastal paths.
Grand Hotel Barriére
Now 150 years old, this elegant property is located in the heart of this charming seaside town overlooking St. Malo and the sandy beach below. The 82 rooms have views of the courtyard garden and the sea or the town and are furnished in a classical style – many have balconies. The café bar serves light meals from lunchtime and there is a good restaurant with a delightful summer terrace and an indoor swimming pool. The spa offers beauty and body treatments and a kids’ club is available during the summer holidays. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £768 per person high season.
The L’Agapa is blessed with an outstanding location right in the heart of the Côte de Granit Rose and opposite the ‘Sept Îles’ archipelago. Whether looking out to sea across the sandy beach or towards the nature reserve; guests enjoy beautiful scenery. Just one hour from Brest airport and 40 minutes from the TGV line to Paris at Guingamp, the hotel dates back to the 1930s and has 33 rooms in three separate buildings all decorated in a style harking back to the hotel’s Art Deco heyday. The ‘Bélouga’ restaurant (closed Mondays & Tuesdays outside school holidays) serves local cuisine and has sublime sea views. The spa has an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. 3 night price from £539 per person low season, £764 per person high season.
ÎLE DE RÉ An uncut jewel off the west coast of France, joined to the historic fishing town of La Rochelle by a causeway, the Île de Ré is one of our favourite places to recommend for a civilised spring short break. It enjoys mild weather, but the crowds stay away until the summer months, so we particularly recommend a few days here in April or May, when you can enjoy the picturesque villages, white sand dunes and beaches, leisurely cycle paths – and some of the best seafood in France. De Toiras
This former 17th century boat owner’s house is located in the island’s main town of St. Martin and overlooks the picturesque harbour. A member of Relais & Châteaux, it is classically and elegantly furnished in a Parisien townhouse style with luxurious fabrics and sumptuous antique furniture. Its 20 bedrooms all give a wonderful feeling of space. There is a gastronomic restaurant open for dinner (closed Sunday and Monday) and where dishes are cooked to order at breakfast, overlooking a pretty courtyard garden. Guests are free to use the outdoor swimming pool and gardens of its sister hotel,Villa Clarisse. 3 night price from £719 per person low season, £1,098 per person high season. Complimentary night offers apply throughout the year depending on holiday duration, details available on request.
Villa Clarisse (a deluxe boutique hotel) The little sister of De Toiras, the Villa Clarisse, a former 18th century town house, opened its doors to guests in June 2011. Situated a stone’s throw from St. Martin’s harbour, it has just nine beautifully furnished bedrooms in a relaxed island style with whitewashed walls and distressed wooden furniture. All overlook the town or the hotel’s quiet garden and outdoor heated swimming pool. Light lunches can be taken in the dining room, where a continental breakfast is also served or outside on the terrace. 3 night price from £759 per person low season, £1,298 per person high season. Complimentary night offers apply throughout the year depending on holiday duration, details available on request.
St. Martin de Ré
Le Clos St. Martin
Located 10 minutes walk from the centre of St. Martin, this beautiful hotel has spacious gardens and two heated outdoor swimming pools giving guests a sense of peace and tranquillity. Its 33 rooms are luxuriously decorated in a contemporary style. The Spa by Clarins offers an extensive range of beauty and body treatments. A continental breakfast is offered and there is a comfortable poolside lounge bar serving light snacks at lunchtime. 3 night price from £674 per person low season, £1,068 per person high season.
what’s included for île de ré Return flights to La Rochelle Return private car transfers Accommodation including breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge Our prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made and fluctuate depending on departure date; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice and the latest prices.
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THE SOUTH WEST BORDEAUX
Bordeaux is now a stylish and cosmopolitan city. It has the best collection of 18th century architecture in France and as well as an atmospheric old town, the Musée des Beaux Artes and the new Cité du Vin.
The mediaeval village of St. Émilion with its limestone buildings and steep, cobbled streets, perches above vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest red wines.
Grand Hotel de Bordeaux
This fine hotel is situated opposite the Grand Théâtre and has 150 bedrooms decorated by designer Jacques Garcia. The gastronomic restaurant offers classic French fine dining and the brasserie with its large terrace is a good choice for a more casual meal. A spa (entrance charges apply) has recently opened with wonderful views and a rooftop swimming pool. 3 night price from £936 per person low season, £1,098 per person high season.
Located two miles from the village and 25 minutes’ drive from Bordeaux airport, this 19th century château provides a luxurious base from which to explore the St. Émilion vineyards.The 46 bedrooms are located in the château itself or in its three annexes.Your view will be either of the château, the vineyards or of the beautifully manicured gardens with outdoor summer swimming pool. Dinner is served on the terrace in summer.The spa offers a range of treatments. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £866 per person high season.
This elegant mansion is located five minutes’ walk from the river Garonne and is in the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’. Dating back to the 18th century, it has been lovingly restored with contemporary touches added to the classical style. There are 55 bedrooms, a restaurant, lounge bar and a small spa. 3 night price from £668 per person low season, £748 per person high season.
Château Grand Barrail
A renowned French seaside resort since the 16th century, St. Jean-de-Luz is a small, typical Basque town between Biarritz and San Sebastian. Jean-deLuz has a sandy beach which lines its seafront and its pretty harbour hosts a selection of fine restaurants. Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa
Taking the ancient Roman name for Bordeaux, this central hotel has a very modern approach. Following a major renovation in early 2018, the 82 contemporary rooms have been very well planned to maximise their space. The restaurant, in an attractive glass-ceilinged atrium, serves classic local dishes served, of course, with the choice from a generously stocked cellar of the famous local wines. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £796 per person high season.
Built in 1909 and located overlooking the Bay of St. Jean, the Grand is a short stroll from the town’s centre.The 52 bedrooms are traditionally furnished in a classically English style.The sea facing gastronomic restaurant ‘L’Océan’ has a Michelin star and a summer terrace.The Loreamar Thalasso spa has a heated seawater swimming pool. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £976 per person high season.
SPECIAL OFFER 6 November – 20 December, 1 January – 31 March: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving 144; 1 April – 8 June, 22 September – 4 November: 7 nights for the price of 6, saving 178.
This city mansion was elegantly renovated in 2019, maintaining plenty of its original 1920s style. Located in the heart of Bordeaux’s cultural and commercial ‘golden triangle’, the Konti provides a comfortable base and good value for money. Entering from the pretty street, guests are greeted in a colourful lobby lounge where the focal point is the stately original staircase. The hotel’s 49 cosy rooms and one duplex suite with a panoramic terrace are all furnished in a contemporary style. Breakfast is served in an attractive dining room and there is an honesty bar later in the day. 3 night price from £558 per person low season, £649 per person high season.
BIARRITZ Close to the Spanish border, this is one of Europe's most beautiful and stylish coastal cities. It embraces three cultures, French, Basque and Spanish and its mild climate makes it a good destination all year round. Radisson Blu
ALL KIRKER CLIENTS RECEIVE ENTRANCE TO THE CITÉ DU VIN Opened in 2016 the vast, curving, metal and glass structure located on the banks of the Garonne is home to a museum dedicated to the world of wine.This is an immersive and interactive journey into the many facets of wine across the ages, through different cultures and civilisations. Entrance includes an audio guide and a glass of wine on the top floor where you can enjoy panoramic views of Bordeaux.The Cité du Vin is accessed by tram in about 15 minutes from the city centre.
what’s included Return flights (prices for Eurostar/TGV on request) Return private car transfers, car hire for countryside properties Accommodation including breakfast Entrance to the Cité du Vin (Bordeaux only)
Located near the Grande Plage beach, close to the centre of Biarritz, the Radisson Blu is a stylish and modern hotel. Its 150 rooms are all comfortable and many have views of the town and ocean. The main restaurant where a rich buffet breakfast is served is also open for lunch and dinner. During the summer months, the roof terrace with its panoramic views, opens for evening cocktails in the bar and lighter, more casual dining is available alfresco at the rooftop restaurant. There is also a lobby bar, a rooftop outdoor summer swimming pool as well as a small spa. 3 night price from £598 per person low season, £839 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 20 December, 1 January – 28 May: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £96; 29 May – 24 July, 23 August – 12 October: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £127.
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DORDOGNE The region between the valleys of the Dordogne and the Dronne rivers, best known for its turreted castles and endless vineyards, has been inhabited for as long as any in Europe, the home of the Cro-Magna, whose art has been painstakingly reproduced in the cave of Lascaux II. The region’s wealthier population have moved from the cliffs, such as at Saint-Christophe to grand châteaux, as those in opposing Castelnaud and Beynac, always dominating the rivers below.The waters run through the wine and tobacco capital of Bergerac and the market towns of Montignac and Brantôme. Extensive on-going restoration has maintained the atmosphere of mediaeval walled Sarlat and Périgueux, from which the region takes its French name, Périgord. Air links into Bordeaux, Bergerac Moulin des Tours, Barbaste and Brive as well as trains from Paris and good road links make the area easily accessible and an ideal driving holiday destination. Château de le Treyne Deluxe Dating back to the 14th century, the Château de la Treyne overhangs a quiet Moulin de L’Abbaye Deluxe Situated on the banks of the river Dronne in the heart of Brantôme, the most picturesque of Dordogne towns, the Moulin de L’Abbaye is a charming and friendly ivy-clad hotel divided into three separate buildings. The mill itself provided the town with flour, wool and electricity and now houses the comfortable lounge bar and restaurant situated on the river’s edge with a tree-shaded terrace. The 20 rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated in a classical and cosy French style and are also located in an annexe opposite as well as in a 13th century townhouse which is the former home of the town’s abbot and is on the other side of the river, a five minute walk. No lift. 3 night price from £598 per person low season, £768 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 – 28 April, 1-29 October: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £106.
Château des Vigiers
Located a little over an hour east of Bordeaux, The Château des Vigiers is just 20 minutes from Bergerac’s airport and an ideal base for exploring the region’s famous vineyards. The château dates back to the 12th century and is surrounded by its own expansive vineyards, rolling parkland and a spectacular 27 hole golf course. The 25 rooms in the castle are all individually furnished in a classical style that reflects the history and character of the surroundings. Guests are invited to relax in the many comfortable lounges or cosy bar and can enjoy a game in the billiards room. There is a gastronomic restaurant in the château serving fine dishes in an elegant dining room and a brasserie, located in the former barrel store, which serves more informal meals. Both have terraces for outside dining. There is a small wellness centre, a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool. Hotel open 6 March – 30 November. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £726 per person high season.
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Direct flights from the UK to Bordeaux: Gatwick: British Airways; Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Stansted: Ryanair; Belfast, Bristol, Gatwick, Glasgow, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Southend: Easyjet; Dublin: Aer Lingus Direct flights from the UK to Bergerac: Edinburgh, Southampton: Flybe; London City: British Airways; Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Stansted: Jet 2; Bristol, East Midlands, Liverpool, Stansted: Ryanair Direct flights from the UK to Brive: Stansted: Ryanair Direct flights from UK to Limoges (1hr 30 mins from Chateau de la Treyne): Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Stansted: Ryanair; Southampton: Flybe Direct flights from UK to Toulouse (1hr 30 mins from Chateau de la Treyne): Heathrow: British Airways; Bristol, Gatwick, Luton: Easyjet; Dublin: Aer Lingus; Manchester: Flybe; Dublin, Edinburgh, Stansted: Ryanair Business Class Supplement: British Airways Club Europe from £189
stretch of the Dordogne River close to Souillac, a 30 minute drive from the picturesque town of Sarlat. This is the most spectacular château-hotel in the Dordogne and a stay here is a sublime experience thanks to the splendid setting, sumptuous furnishings, delicious cuisine. A drive through 300 acres of parkland brings you to the beautiful Baroque gardens, home to the tennis court and outdoor heated swimming pool. Inside, you’ll find intimate salons, 17 sumptuous bedrooms and a wood-panelled dining room (one Michelin star) leading to a majestic terrace which overlooks the river. 3 night price from £998 per person low season, £1,036 per person high season.
Château de Lalande
On a recent visit we were very impressed by the quality, style and character of this pretty little château close to the Dordogne’s administrative capital of Périgueux. Officially a three star, the delightful owners have renovated, decorated and furnished their hotel to the highest of standards. Elegant antiques adorn the comfortable salons and its gastronomic restaurant with summer terrace where Yves prepares delicious dishes. Its 17 luxuriously furnished bedrooms, all have stylish, modern bathrooms. The hotel is set in a pretty shaded park with a lake and a summer swimming pool. No lift. 3 night price from £718 per person.
THE WALKING PARTY For those who would like to absorb the authentic atmosphere of rural France, our food, wine and nature themed walking parties offer the perfect solution. Join a small group for a series of gentle walks in the unspoilt countryside of the Quercy and the Lot Valley, in the company of Kirker friend and local resident James Tamlyn. Every itinerary is very carefullyplanned to take in spectacular scenery and plenty of stops to enjoy the exceptional local food and wine. You will stay in a combination of charming local hotels and chambres d’hote and your luggage is taken by vehicle between each location. James has an infectious passion for the indigenous flora, history and cuisine of this corner of France, and plans each day in detail – from the perfect picnic spot for lunch, to the sublime pairing of local wines and cheeses. Some of our favourite itineraries during 2020 include ‘Treading the Grape’ a unique way to experience the ‘vendage’ harvest, (seven nights, departing in October); ‘Walking in the Basque Pyrenees,’ which will take you through spectacular mountain scenery between Biarritz, San Sebastian and Bilbao (nine nights, departing in April and September); and ‘The Truffle Hop,’ which includes a chance to hunt, buy, cook and eat the legendary delicacy (four nights, departing in February). Kirker will take care of the smooth-running of the whole experience – including flights or rail travel to Toulouse or Bordeaux, transfers as required, and perhaps a few days before or after the holiday staying in one of our recommended hotels. Please call us for a tailor-made quotation.
LOIRE VALLEY The Loire starts at the Atlantic and stretches inland as far as the Ardèche, some 1,000 kilometres away, although the term ‘Loire Valley’ refers more commonly to the stretch between Angers and Orleans.The region is peppered with vineyards and majestic castles such as Chenonceau, d'Ussé, Blois and Chambord. Selfdrive itineraries with local castle and wine guides are the ideal way to explore this beautiful part of France; please call our experienced sales team for advice on 020 7593 2288. Chenonceau
This is the former home of François Coty, the famous perfumer and is a grand, Belle Époque mansion which stands in a beautiful estate above the Indre Valley, a short drive south of Tours.The grand interiors are inspired by the château at Versailles with ornate plaster and woodwork and some magnificent trompe l’oeuil including a stunning domed music room.The 65 bedrooms are elegantly decorated in period style with rich fabrics and plenty of antiques.They are located either in the château itself or in the adjoining Pavillon d’Ariane and Cité des Parfums.There is a large heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis, an impressive new spa in the vaulted cellars and an opulent, wood-panelled bar and restaurant, overlooking the valley. 3 night price from £738 per person low season, £849 per person high season.
Château de Noirieux
Situated half an hour’s drive to the north of Angers in a pretty countryside location, the Château de Noirieux is a lovingly restored castle and manor house dating back to the 15th century where guests receive a warm, personal welcome from the manager and chef Christophe Guillemot.The 19 elegant and individually furnished bedrooms are located in the castle itself and in the manor house located within the beautifully manicured 19 acres of grounds on the banks of the Loire. A delicious breakfast laden with homemade preserves and breads is served in the glass covered veranda or on the terrace and fine French cuisine is offered in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant. A heated outdoor swimming pool is available from mid-May to mid-September and other leisure facilities include a tennis court, a maze, walking and biking in the hotel’s grounds. 3 night price from £739 per person low season, £778 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER all year: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving up to £127.
Château de Beauvois
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The history of this majestic château, located just south of Tours and close to the Loire valley castles dates back to as early as the 16th century.The present building was built in 1866 and has been welcoming guests since the 1950s. Family-owned since then, guests receive a warm welcome from the hosts, Xavier and Anne Olivereau.The hotel is set in an extensive 15 acre park with footpaths, magnificent trees and shrubs. Its 30 rooms and suites are located in the main château or in outbuildings close by and are decorated in a classical style.The Orangery restaurant below the main château has sweeping panoramic views over the gardens, the tennis court, outdoor summer swimming pool and the Indre valley below. Fine, locally sourced French cuisine is served at lunch and dinner and there is a summer terrace for alfresco dining. A pre-dinner drink or an aperitif over a game of billiards can be enjoyed in the cosy lounge. No lift. 3 night price from £798 per person low season, £819 per person high season.
Amboise is a picturesque market town on the banks of the Loire River, 25 kilometres east of Tours and 20 minutes from Chenonceau. Le Choiseul is located below the ramparts of the famous château d'Ambois and is made up of three elegant private residences dating from the 16th and 18th centuries, set in perfectly manicured Italian gardens.There are 32 bedrooms decorated in classical style with floral fabrics and antique furniture.The hotel’s gastronomic restaurant serves lunch overlooking the gardens and dinner in the beautiful wood-panelled dining room with its sweeping river views.The gardens are home to an attractive summer swimming pool. No lift. 3 night price from £739 per person low season, £796 per person high season.
Perfectly located for exploring the Loire valley castles of Villandry, Langeais, Azay le Rideau and beyond, the Château de Beauvois dates back to the 16th century and has been beautifully restored to the grand and traditional hotel you see today. Its 36 rooms are classically furnished in a manor house style and all look out over the estate’s extensive parkland, lake, terraces or woods. Guests can enjoy gourmet cuisine in the cosy and intimate dining rooms of restaurant ‘Louis 13’ or on the outdoor, flower-filled terrace in summer.The parkland provides guests with some wonderful walking and there is an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. 3 night price from £598 per person low season, £648 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER all year subject to availability: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving up to £123.
what’s included Return flights (prices for Eurostar/TGV on request) Car hire Accommodation including breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge to book expert local guides or a table for dinner All quotations are tailor-made; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice and the latest prices.
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Direct flights from the UK to Tours: Dublin, Stansted: Ryanair Direct flights to Nantes: Bristol, Gatwick, Liverpool, Luton: Easyjet; Birmingham, Manchester: Flybe; Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Manchester, Stansted: Ryanair; Dublin: Aer Lingus Business Class Supplement: British Airways Club Europe from £189
BURGUNDY The name Burgundy conjures up images of fine wines and classic French dishes such as Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin.Yet, it offers so much more – beautiful touring, glorious châteaux and fascinating towns such as Beaune and Dijon. It is the perfect stop en route to or from Provence or the Côte d’Azur.
Once the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy, Dijon’s old town with its atmospheric, narrow streets is one of the best preserved mediaeval centres in France. You’ll sample some of France’s finest cuisine and wines at one of the many wine bars and see great works by Lotto, Hals and Monet and remains of the lavish court of the Dukes of Burgundy at the impressive Musée des Beaux-Arts.
Situated in the middle of France’s Côte d’Or ‘departement’, Beaune is the capital of the Burgundy wine region and is surrounded by some of France’s most celebrated wine villages. At the centre of its cobbled streets is the Hôtel Dieu and Hospices de Beaune, with its inner courtyard and multi-colourful tiled roofs.
Grand Hotel La Cloche
Built in 1884 and listed as a heritage monument, La Cloche is located a short walk from the old town and the city’s key museums. It has 88 elegantly furnished bedrooms and a renowned gastronomic restaurant leading to a summer terrace and garden. There is a spa with a small pool and a stylish bar. 3 night price from £768 per person low season, £816 per person high season.
VOUGEOT A famous village in the heart of the Grand Cru wine producing countryside between Dijon and Beaune. Most of the wine produced here comes from one walled grand cru vineyard, Clos de Vougeot which dates from 1336. Château de Gilly
A former residence of Cistercian Monks, Gilly is located in the village. It has preserved its authentic 14th and 16th century character, reflected in its moats, gardens and vaulted dining room. The 48 rooms and suites in the château and its two outbuildings of the same era are elaborately decorated and have preserved the tradition and character of this historical building. Many overlook the gardens, outdoor tennis court and summer swimming pool. Guests are invited to enjoy a drink and a game of snooker in the hotel’s gracious drawing room with open inglenook fireplace. There is a gastronomic restaurant in the restored cellars and light dishes are served on the terrace during the summer. 3 night price from £765 per person low season, £819 per person high season.
what’s included Return standard class Eurostar to Paris Onward rail travel to Dijon or Beaune Return private car transfers (hire car for Château de Gilly) Accommodation with breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge to book expert local guides Our prices include return standard class Eurostar; supplement for ‘Standard Premier’ and first class onward travel from £78 per person each way.The journey time from London St. Pancras to Paris is 2 hours 15 minutes. Onward travel is from Paris Gare de Lyon station, from where the journey time is 1 hour 30 minutes to Dijon and 2 hours 15 minutes to Beaune. All prices are tailor-made; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice.
Ideally located a short walk from the famous Hôtel Dieu, Le Cep was originally two 16th century mansions that have evolved into a luxurious hotel. Its 65 traditionally decorated rooms are all unique and furnished with antiques. Each one bears the name of a village or a great wine of Burgundy and looks out onto the charming street, the hotel’s garden or the courtyard. Breakfast is served in the vaulted cellar or outside in the courtyard in warmer weather and for lunch and dinner, the Michelin-starred restaurant serves fine Burgundian cuisine. There is also a café-style restaurant for more informal dining. A spa has recently been added. 3 night price from £1,148 per person.
De La Poste
A former post house in a magnificently picturesque building, the de La Poste is located very close to the cobbled streets of Beaune's centre. The hotel has 36 rooms decorated in a classical style which overlook either the town or the garden, where guests can dine in fine weather. There are two restaurants offering Burgundian hospitality, good food and great wines. 3 night price from £648 per person low season, £749 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER to 28 March: 3 nights for the price of 2½ OR 4 nights for the price of 3 (except Friday arrivals), saving up to £75.
RECOMMENDED EXCURSIONS With fascinating mediaeval towns and beautiful vine-covered rolling hills, it is essential to get out and explore the real Burgundy.We can arrange tours of some of the 585 premier cru vineyards, producing the distinctive pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, as well as the region’s cultural highlights, either with a private guide or joining a small group. Prices include English-speaking driver/guide, entrance fees and wine tasting sessions. Group tours, starting and finishing in Beaune, only run on certain days of the week so please ask a Kirker expert for schedules and local transport suggestions. Group tours from £195 per person, private tours from £385 per person Côte de Beaune: At the heart of Beaune, key to your visit of the town, is the wonderful gothic Hospices de Beaune, with its beautifully-maintained art collection. Just outside the city sample some fine local wines in a small domaine. Meursault is known for its creamy chardonnay which you will also have a chance to taste in one of the local wineries before visiting the historic town itself. Between Beaune and Meursault you will take the scenic route through Montrachet, another famous appélation. Côte de Nuits: a narrow valley stretching over 20 kilometres from Dijon, the Côte de Nuits produces several high-quality wines. As well as tasting sessions in two of the finest vineyards you will visit the 11th century castle, Clos de Vougeot, with its 50 hectares of prestigious vines and the picturesque village of Gevrey-Chambertin.
LYON France’s second largest city is the country’s gastronomic capital – the Kirker Concierge can assist with restaurant suggestions – from Michelin-starred establishments to historic bouchon bistros which once served Lyon’s silk workers. Often overlooked in favour of other better known cities, the Renaissance centre is recognised as a UNESCO Heritage Site and is a delight with its narrow winding streets and secret passageways.The Musée Des Beaux Arts has works by Matisse, Monet and Picasso and is noted for its sculpture collection.We also recommend the city’s renowned opera house and the Sunday farmers market. Whilst Lyon is a short flight from the UK, travelling by Eurostar is a great alternative. A direct service operates from May to December with a journey time of four hours 40 minutes from London St. Pancras or four hours from Ashford. Intercontinental Lyon - Hôtel Dieu
A historic monument and former hospital dating from the 15th century, the Grand Hôtel Dieu has been transformed into Lyon's newest residence in the heart of the Presqu'île, comprising the hotel as well as an upmarket food hall, boutiques, restaurants and La Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie. Decorated in contemporary style, with historic features which reflect the building and the city's history; the hotel offers 144 spacious rooms with views over the cloistered courtyards, gardens or towards the river Rhône. The ‘Epona’ restaurant, with its summer courtyard terrace, offers classic Lyonnaise dishes with a modern twist; while for many the highlight will be a cocktail or afternoon tea in the lively ‘Le Dôme’ bar, situated beneath the majestic 72 metre high Soufflet Dome. The concierge can recommend walking and jogging routes along Lyon’s rivers and through the city while access is included to the fitness centre at the nearby Spa Le Tigre. 3 night price from £1,138 per person low season, £1,788 per person high season.
Once a 16th century convent, the Villa Florentine has been superbly restored and is the most elegant hotel in the city. It is a member of Relais & Châteaux and sits on the hillside of Fourviere and has wonderful views of the old town. The original chapel with its beautiful frescoes is now the reception and bar and leads to the sensational Michelin-starred restaurant ‘Les Terrasses de Lyon’ (closed Sundays and Mondays). The 28 bedrooms are furnished in an intimate Italian Renaissance style and all have a terrace or balcony. There is a summer swimming pool with a tranquil terrace where drinks and light meals are served and a fitness centre with sauna, steam room and treatment rooms. The old town is a five minute walk away down some steep steps. 3 night price from £968 per person low season, £1,196 per person high season.
Cour Des Loges
This delightfully atmospheric hotel is located right in the heart of the historic old town. It is made up of four integrated houses that belonged to wealthy merchants and date from the 14th to 17th centuries. From the narrow streets you enter the spectacular three-tiered inner courtyard which leads to a comfortable lounge and bar, a traditional ‘fumoir’ (smoking room) and an excellent Michelin–starred restaurant serving delicious local dishes. In addition, there is a new brasserie style restaurant next to the terraced garden at the back of the hotel and, on the third floor, a small Romanesque indoor swimming pool and a spa. The 60 comfortable bedrooms combine a contemporary style with traditional features such as antiques and silk furnishings. 3 night price from £976 per person.
LYON CITY CARD All Kirker clients staying in the city receive a two day Lyon Card which provides complimentary public transport throughout the city, as well as entrance to 23 museums including the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the fascinating Musée des Confluences and the former family home of the Lumière Brothers, now a museum of cinema – as well as the new Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie, dedicated to Lyon’s famous culinary tradition.
Grand Hotel Des Terreaux
A former 19th century coaching inn, the Grand Des Terreaux is a charming and friendly hotel on a quiet street in the historic Presqu'île area of the city, a pleasant 15 minute walk from the old town centre. Behind a stylish façade, the hotel has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There is an intimate bar and an indoor swimming pool surrounded by historic stone walls. The 54 bedrooms have recently been renovated. 3 night price from £678 per person low season, £739 per person high season.
BEAUJOLAIS The lush, hilly countryside of Beaujolais, to the northwest of Lyon, is synonymous with its fruity red wines.We recommend a few nights of relaxation here after a stay in Lyon. Château De Bagnols With its towers, moat, drawbridge and distinctive honey-coloured stone walls, this is one of France’s most historic landmarks.The Château dates from the 13th century and is set in the heart of the Beaujolais countryside. Acquired by Lady Hamlyn in 1987, it is still under private ownership and is 20 kilometres north west of Lyon, next to the picturesque village of Bagnols.The ‘Salles des Gardes’ is the location of the gastronomic restaurant ‘1217’, and in summer lunch or dinner are served on the south facing terrace under the shade of lime trees.The ‘Café du Château’ in the covered inner courtyard serves lighter dishes.There are just 27 bedrooms located in either the ‘Château Cellar’ buildings or the ‘Residence’ next door. Six new apartment rooms have been added, decorated in a contemporary style, as well as a spa and an indoor swimming pool. The attractive formal gardens are perfect for a relaxing stroll and there is a summer swimming pool.The Château can organise wine-tasting, horse riding, tennis and golf nearby.We can include a hire car if you would like to explore the surrounding vineyards and market towns. 3 night price from £998 per person low season, £1,016 per person high season.
what’s included Return flights to Lyon (prices for rail holidays available on request) Return private car transfers Accommodation including breakfast Lyon City Card The services of the Kirker Concierge to book expert local guides Prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made and fluctuate depending on departure date; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 or see your travel agent for advice and the latest prices.
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Direct flights from the UK to Lyon: Heathrow: British Airways; Birmingham, Manchester: Flybe; Manchester, Stansted: Jet 2; Dublin: Aer Lingus; Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted: Easyjet
LUXURY HOTEL BARGES IN FRANCE For those who have yet to sample one of our luxury hotel barge holidays, there are few more relaxing ways to explore rural France. Converted from former working boats, these luxury hotel barges traverse the canals and rivers of the French countryside, with carefully-planned excursions included to local villages, châteaux and vineyards along the route. Guests enjoy comfortable cabins, friendly service on board and of course, excellent cuisine and selected fine wines on board, with a focus on the specialities of the local area – all meals and drinks are included in the price.To work up an appetite for lunch you can take a stroll along the towpaths, or borrow one of the bicycles provided for a morning excursion to the local village boulangerie.
Burgundy: Six different barges cruise the waterways of France’s gastronomic heart, where you will pass through lush pastures, ancient forests and wine regions of Chablis, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, enjoying some of the finest cuisine in the country. Canal du Midi: Follow in the footsteps of Rick Stein on the 300 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi, which winds beneath ancient plane trees between Cathar castles such as Carcassonne, Languedoc vineyards and the foothills of the Pyrenees. Loire Valley: The River Loire has been an important thoroughfare for two millennia and the surrounding region is famous for not only its splendid Renaissance chateaux, but also for the vineyards of Sancerre, Epoisses cheese and Gustave Eiffel’s majestic ‘Pont Canal’ aqueduct.
Champagne: Perhaps the world’s most famous wine region, the vineyards around Epernay and Reims are the focus for journeys on the River Marne, but passengers will also enjoy cheeses from Meaux and Coulommiers and visit the Gothic Cathedral of Reims. Alsace & Lorraine: The missing link between France and Germany, Alsace combines French flair with traditional Germanic architecture. Highlights include Strasbourg Cathedral, the unique Arzviller boat elevator, and tastings of Gewurztraminer and Riesling wines. Gascony & Bordeaux: The south west of France is an oenophile’s paradise, with some of the most renowned wine regions in France alongside untouched countryside dotted with magnificent chateaux and picturesque mediaeval villages. As well as the regions of France, we also feature luxury hotel barges in northern Italy, Holland, Scotland and Ireland.
Caledonian Canal Speyside and a six night cruise between Muirtown & Banavie
The River Marne & Canal Latéral à la Marne Paris and a six night cruise between Château Thierry and Châlons-en-Champagne
Burgundy Canal du Nivernais Paris and a six night cruise between Auxerre & Chevroches Paris
Canal de Bourgogne Paris and a six night cruise between Tanlay and Venarey-les-Laumes
Loire Valley The River Cher Nantes and a six night cruise from Moulin de Nitray
Bordeaux Canal de Garonne Bordeaux and a six night cruise between Castet-en-Dorthe & Boé
South of France Canal du Midi Carcassonne and a six night cruise between Marseillan & Le Somail
Italy Canal Bianco Venice and a six night cruise between Venice & Mantua
LUXURY HOTEL BARGES IN FRANCE Each of the barges is different, having been individually restored from former working boats, and they each have a unique charm and character.The oldest dates from 1917, but all have been comprehensively renovated to offer comfortable en-suite accommodation for between 6 and 20 guests, and most barges offer al fresco dining on the deck as well as a cosy lounge and dining room. Some also have small spa pools and there are always bicycles available to cycle on the tow paths.The atmosphere on board is akin to a private ‘house party’, with friendly, personal service, and gentle cruising during the day – the barges are always moored overnight.
cabinS The broad beam means that rooms on board are far more spacious than might be expected on an English narrowboat, and the cabins are generally very comfortable. There are different categories of comfort depending on the barge – ranging from simple and cosy cabins on the smaller vessels to large state rooms which are more akin to a four star hotel room. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and most can be made up as twin or double accommodation.
FOOD & WINE One of the highlights of any hotel barge holiday in France is the delicious cuisine served on board, which is accompanied by an excellent range of French wines and cheese. The experienced onboard chefs procure fresh local ingredients from markets along the route, and create carefully-crafted menus which reflect local specialities – from fresh seafood in the Languedoc to Charolais beef in Burgundy. Alongside all meals you will enjoy a selection of wines from the region – whether that is Chablis in Burgundy, Sancerre in the Loire Valley or Riesling in Alsace. There will also be visits to wine cellars and vineyards and tastings at chateaux on the route.
E XCURSIONS Each day there is a series of optional excursions included – from winetastings and vineyard visits to historic cathedrals and castles or private visits to stately homes and chateaux. There is no need to book ahead and you can elect to relax on board or join the day’s outing in the morning. For most excursions a minibus will arrive at the mooring to transport you to and from the destination. In other regions you may moor in the centre of a town, from where you can walk to the historic centre.
PRIVATE CHARTERS If you have a special occasion to celebrate, or would simply like to take a small group of family or friends away for a relaxing holiday, a private barge charter could be the perfect solution. Exclusive use of a hotel barge means that you not only have the space on board entirely to yourselves, but also have freedom to plan the itinerary around your own personal preferences. The full programme of excursions and visits can be customised to suit your own requirements, and the on-board chef will prepare menus to your personal taste using the finest local ingredients. Follow a winetasting route through Alsace or Burgundy, a culinary experience through Bordeaux and Gascony or perhaps a golfing week in Scotland or Ireland. We can highly recommend a private charter for a landmark birthday or anniversary.
ITINERARIES Each cruise covers a short distance as you gently glide through small waterways which larger vessels could not reach. This means that guests enjoy visits to charming waterside villages and towns which are largely untouched by tourism. In addition to the cruise, your Kirker holiday will also include travel by air or rail, transfers to and from the barge, and perhaps a stay at one of our carefully selected hotels before or after the cruise, to create a hassle free, relaxing experience from start to finish.
RECOMMENDED ITINERARY Our range of itineraries on board luxury hotel barges includes journeys on rivers and canals throughout France, but one of our favourite routes is on board ‘L’Art de Vivre’, which includes mediaeval Auxerre with its magnificent cathedral, wine-tasting at a Chablis vineyard, and delicious Burgundian cuisine served on board. Prices start from £3,968 for an eight night holiday, including Eurostar or flights to Paris, two nights in a Kirker hotel in Paris and six nights on board the hotel barge with all transfers, meals and drinks.
STRASBOURG & ÉVIAN–LES–BAINS Régent Contades
The Contades is housed in a 19th century five-storey manor house with pretty dormer windows and splendid wood panelling. Located approximately ten minutes from the cathedral, it is a good quality and friendly property. There are 48 bedrooms, a Belle Époque Style breakfast room, a sauna and a hammam. Rooms are located either in the original manor, or in a connecting, newer wing. 3 night price from £516 per person low season, £634 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 2 January − 26 March: 4 nights for the price of 3 for arrivals on a Thursday, saving £77.
The city of Strasbourg has never been so accessible; with Eurostar’s high speed line you can be in Paris in little over two hours then connect to your TGV train to the heart of Alsace in two hours and 20 minutes. Once here, a variety of fine restaurants, German-style Bierkellers, charming canals, fine architecture and museums await you. Our prices are based on rail although we can also quote on air holidays with Air France from London City airport. Le Régent Petite France & Spa
Metal, glass, designer and hi-tec furnishings make up the very contemporary interior decoration of this former ice factory on the banks of the river Ill. The historic building’s peaceful location in the heart of the city makes it an ideal base from which to explore Strasbourg. The 75 rooms are spacious and stylish and have state-of-the-art bathrooms. There is a good restaurant and the hotel’s terrace with its atmospheric views of the river and the popular ‘Champagne Bar’ are two of the city’s most popular meeting places. 3 night price from £636 per person low season, £798 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 2 January − 26 March: 4 nights for the price of 3 for arrivals on a Thursday, saving £120.
Cour du Corbeau
This elegant, Belle Époque town is located on the southern shores of Lake Geneva and has been a popular spa resort since the 18th century. It is a 50 minute drive from Geneva and a 40 minute ferry journey from Lausanne. Évian Royal Resort
This exclusive resort is situated within a 47 acre park above the own of ÉvianLes-Bains, a one hour drive from Geneva Airport and consists of two hotels. The five star Royal has 150 bedrooms which are decorated in an elegant and traditional style, while the recently renovated four star Ermitage offers 80 bedrooms furnished in a more contemporary style. Rooms have park or lake views and guests can enjoy a variety of dining options. Each hotel has its own spa featuring an indoor pool, hamman, sauna and fitness room as well as an outdoor pool. The Evian Source Spa, located within the Royal is worldrenowned and has 34 treatments rooms. The resort is highly recommended for families and has an exceptional kids’ club. Other facilities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts as well as a pitch and putt course – the Royal Masters golf course is a few minutes drive away. A complimentary shuttle service operates to the town which can also be reached by a private funicular during the summer months. 3 night price from £1,198 per person low season, £1,298 per person high season.
The ‘Courtyard of the Crow’ first opened as a hotel in 1528 and has retained many of its original features following a comprehensive restoration in 2009. The mediaeval timbered building contrasts beautifully with the sophisticated, contemporary style of the 63 rooms. Hidden away but located only five minutes from the cathedral, it is well placed to explore the city. 3 night price from £629 per person low season, £769 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 2 January − 26 March: 4 nights for the price of 3 for arrivals on a Thursday, saving £112.
what’s included Return flights Return private car transfers (or car hire if preferred) Accommodation including breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge to book expert local guides or a table for dinner Our prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made and fluctuate depending on departure date; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice.
what’s included Prices quoted include return standard class Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord or Lille Onward TGV travel to Strasbourg Accommodation with breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge to book expert local guides or a table for dinner Our prices include return standard class Eurostar; supplement for ‘Standard Premier’ and first class onward travel from £78 per person each way.The journey time from London to Paris is 2 hours 15 minutes. Onward travel is from Paris Gare de L’Est station to Strasbourg where the journey time is 2 hours 20 minutes. All prices are tailor-made; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice.
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Direct flights from the UK to Strasbourg: Stansted: Ryanair Direct flights from the UK to Geneva: Heathrow, London City: British Airways, Swiss Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Stansted: Jet 2; Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton, Southend, Stansted: Easyjet; Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Jersey, Southampton: Flybe; Dublin: Aer Lingus
CORSICA Although close to both France and Italy, the island of Corsica remains relatively untouched by modern tourism.Travel in spring and witness the carpet of wild flowers that cover the hills; autumn enjoys a warm Indian summer and the winter offers dramatic snow-capped landscapes.You will find breathtaking scenery, beautiful unchartered turquoise coves, sandy beaches, bustling coastal towns, tranquil hillside villages and a lush and verdant mountainous interior.
Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa
A member of Relais & Châteaux,This fine hotel is located in the southeastern tip of Corsica, close to one of Corsica’s most stylish resorts, Porto Vecchio, and just an hour by car from Figari airport. Overlooking a beautiful bay, it is set in lush gardens shaded with pine trees and has 42 rooms either looking inland or across the gardens to the bay. Meals are served in the elegant dining room, outside on the garden terrace or out by the water’s edge at the hotel’s more informal beach bar. Sea swimming is from the hotel’s private pontoon or from the beach close to the hotel and there is a large heated indoor swimming pool located in the Nucca spa. Hotel open 24 April – 1 November. 7 night price from £1,538 per person low season, £2,648 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 24 April – 4 June, 25 September – 20 October: 7 nights for the price of 6 or 14 nights for the price of 11, saving up to £645; 5 June – 27 September: 14 nights for the price of 12, saving up to £998.
This stylish hotel is located above Calvi on thenorthwestern coast of Corsica and has wonderful views of the walled citadel and the bay. La Villa, a member of Relais & Châteaux, is a visually captivating property and has 54 bedrooms, all with a balcony or terrace overlooking Calvi or the hotel’s gardens. Fine dining is available in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant and there is also a summer pool bar and a more informal terrace restaurant.The hotel’s restaurants, extensive terraces and outdoor swimming pool all have breathtaking views. For those wanting to swim in the sea, an area of Calvi beach is reserved for hotel guests and the hotel runs a shuttle to the shore as well as to Calvi centre (charges apply). The spa has a large indoor pool and there is a clay tennis court. Hotel open 30 April – 4 October. 7 night price from £1,936 per person low season, £2,355 per person high season.
The northern peninsula, Cap-Corse, remains a relatively untouched part of the island, and forms a perfectly backdrop for this newly reopened boutique hotel, which sits on a quiet part of the coastline an hour’s drive from Bastia airport. Most of the 29 bedrooms have views towards the sea and are furnished in an understated, contemporary style. A number of walking trails enable guests to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the hotel, whilst those after a more relaxing experience can unwind in the spa, or soak up the Mediterranean sun by the outdoor swimming pool or on the sandy beach – part of which is private for guests of the hotel. The gastronomic restaurant serves excellent seafood each evening, whilst the beach restaurant offers more informal dining during the summer. Hotel open 23 April – 31 October. 7 night price from £2,346 per person low season, £3,198 per person high season.
U Capu Biancu
Perched high on a bluff overlooking the Gulf of Santa Manza, U Capu Biancu is a tranquil and remote hideaway, located off the beaten track, just 10 kilometres from Port Vecchio and 30 minutes from Figari airport.The 42 rooms either look out over the bay or inland over the countryside with partial sea views; all have a private balcony or terrace.The style here is traditional and the rooms are all individually furnished and have cool tiled floors.The focal point of the hotel is the outdoor infinity swimming pool. A steep path leads down to the hotel’s secluded private beach which is served by a casual beachside restaurant in the summer months. 14 May – 4 October. 7 night price from £2,248 per person low season, £2,836 per person high season.
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Overlooking the bay of Porto Vecchio, the Casadelmar is surrounded by beautiful Italian gardens and has unrivalled sea views. Its 31 rooms all face the sea and are decorated in a contemporary style with bright colours and modern furnishings. There is a two star Michelin gastronomic restaurant with a panoramic terrace for alfresco dining and an additional restaurant on the hotel’s private beach and a pool bar by the heated infinity swimming pool. The extensive ‘Espa’ spa has a range of body and beauty treatments as well as a fitness centre.The private villa benefits from all of the hotel’s services and has four bedrooms and its own private infinity swimming pool. Hotel open 10 April – 31 October. 7 night price from £1,498 per person low season, £2,168 per person high season.
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Return flights Car hire (private transfers available at an additional cost) Accommodation including breakfast All quotations are tailor-made and fluctuate depending on departure date; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288.
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Direct flights from the UK to Bastia: Heathrow: British Airways; Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted: Easyjet Stansted: Air Corsica Direct flights from the UK to Ajaccio: Gatwick: Easyjet; Stansted: Air Corsica Direct flights from the UK to Calvi: Stansted: Air Corsica Direct flights from the UK to Figari: Gatwick: Easyjet; Heathrow: British Airways; Stansted: Air Corsica Additional indirect departures available from Heathrow and Gatwick with British Airways and Air Corsica
Charter flights to Corsica with Sunday departures from May to September: Manchester to Calvi
SOUTHERN FRANCE Stretching from the glamorous resorts of the Côte d’Azur to the wild marshes of the Camargue and from the Cathar fortresses of the Languedoc to the rolling hills of Provence, the South of France is an evocative region which has enticed travellers for centuries.With excellent transport links by air, road and now direct rail services from London, it is also one of the most accessible destinations for a short break holiday.We recommend visiting in the spring and autumn when the weather is still warm but visitors are fewer, and you can enjoy an alfresco lunch, explore museums devoted to the legacy of artists including Matisse, Cezanne and Chagall, and relax at one of Kirker’s recommended hotels – from rural farmhouses to boutique townhouses and stylish coastal resorts.
KIRKER TAILOR-MADE: THREE SUGGESTED ITINERARIES The South of France offers a diversity of landscapes, cuisine and culture, which can be best explored with a tailor-made itinerary including car hire and carefully selected hotels. See below for some suggested holiday idea, but do speak to one of our expert team for a personal quotation.
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Fly into Marseille, the revitalised port city which is the gateway to the lavender fields, hill towns and vineyards of the Provencal countryside. Hiring a car you will stay first in Roman Avignon for two nights, before continuing to Cezanne’s hometown Aix-en-Provence for a further two nights at Le Pigonnet, one of our favourite hotels in the region. Finally, spend three nights relaxing in the Luberon countryside at the sublime Crillon le Brave. Price from £1,748 per person including return flights to Marseille, car hire for the duration and accommodation with breakfast for two nights at the Hotel Avignon Grand, two nights at Le Pigonnet in Aix and three nights at Crillon le Brave in the Luberon
Discover the unique light, spectacular views and delightful microclimate which tempted artists to this stretch of coastline from the late 19th century onwards. Flying into Nice, you will be transferred to Le Mas de Pierre in the artists’ village of St Paul de Vence, home to art galleries, cafes and delicious restaurants. After a three night stay, you will then be whisked Menton, almost on the Italian border, where you can enjoy exquisite seafood, exotic gardens and excellent beaches. Price from £1,095 per person (low season), £1,930 per person (high season) including return flights to Nice, private transfers throughout, and accommodation with breakfast for three nights at Le Mas de Pierre in St Paul de Vence and four nights at the Hotel Napoleon in Menton.
LANGUEDOC–ROUSSILLON Less fashionable but perhaps more down to earth than neighbouring Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon has much to offer the inquisitive traveller including great food, historical towns, a wealth of castles and abbeys and an unspoilt and varied landscape stretching from Montpellier to the Cevennes Mountains in the north and the Pyrenees to the south.
NIMES Dating back to the Roman Empire, Nimes is steeped in history, architecture and tradition. Iconic buildings include the Roman amphitheatre, used today for concerts and bullfights and the nearby Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard. Jardins Secrets
Hidden away, off a quiet street close to the centre of Nimes, the Jardins Secrets is a true oasis. A series of elegantly furnished ground floor lounges and an honesty bar open onto the hotel’s beautiful walled garden and the small outdoor swimming pool. The 14 sumptuous rooms and suites are all beautifully and individually decorated with fine fabrics and antique furniture which reflects the owner’s quirky style. The small spa offers a selection of beauty treatments and massages. 3 night price from £1,068 per person. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 25 March: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £216.
MONTPELLIER The focal point of Montpellier is the Place de la Comedie, out from which radiate broad boulevards and elegant neo-classical buildings.The city has a vibrant feel with bustling food markets and fascinating museums including the fabulous Musée Fabre.We highly recommend including a performance at the beautiful Opera Comedie. Grand Hotel du Midi
The location of this newly restored hotel could not be better – next door to the city’s opera house and on the fringes of its iconic and atmospheric main square, the Place de la Comédie. The original Art Deco façade has been retained, whilst the lobby, lounge, breakfast room and 44 rooms have all been renovated in a modern style with classical touches. 3 night price from £648 per person low season, £689 per person high season.
what’s included Return flights Return private car transfers (car hire included for Domaine d’Auriac) Accommodation including breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge
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Direct flights from the UK to Montpellier: Bristol, Gatwick, Luton: Easyjet; Dublin: Aer Lingus; Heathrow: British Airways (summer service) Direct flights from the UK to Toulouse (for Carcassonne): Heathrow: British Airways; Bristol, Gatwick, Luton: Easyjet; Dublin: Aer Lingus Manchester: Flybe; Dublin, Edinburgh, Stansted: Ryanair Direct flights from the UK to Carcassonne: Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Manchester, Stansted: Ryanair Direct flights from UK to Nimes: Luton, Stansted: Ryanair Direct flights from the UK to Marseille (for Avignon, Aix-en-Provence & Luberon): Heathrow: British Airways; Bristol, Gatwick, Glasgow, Luton, Manchester: Easyjet Edinburgh, Dublin, Manchester, Stansted: Ryanair Dublin: Aer Lingus
CARCASSONNE The largest mediaeval fortified city in the world has a spectacular position on the crown of a hill.The ancient watch towers dominate the Languedoc landscape against a backdrop of vineyards and the Pyrennean mountains. De La Cité
One of our favourite hotels in France and certainly one of the most dramatically situated, the De La Cité has been beautifully restored. The original beamed ceilings, stained glass windows, wood panelling and floral tapestries have been retained and the hotel is situated in its own gardens with an outdoor summer swimming pool. There are 64 beautifully decorated bedrooms, a library and ‘La Barbacane’ is a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant with an extensive wine cellar. Highly recommended for those looking for a relaxing stay in a unique and extremely picturesque setting. 3 night price from £836 per person low season, £1,098 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 24 March: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £141; 1 June – 30 October: 6 nights for the price of 5, saving up to £238.
TOULOUSE Known as the ‘Ville Rose’ thanks to its extensive use of Terracotta brickwork, this lively city is still relatively undiscovered. Stroll through narrow mediaeval streets, along the quayside of the majestic Garonne River or the tree lined Canal du Midi and enjoy a drink on the elegant Place du Capitole before indulging in hearty south western cuisine in one of the many bustling bistros and restaurants. Cultural highlights include the Foundation Bemberg and Europe's largest Romanesque church. La Cour des Consuls
Located in a quiet street just a few minutes from the Garonne River and a 10 minute stroll to the Place de la Capitole, this magnificent 18th century 'Hôtel particulièr' or merchant's townhouse opened as a boutique hotel in 2015.The 32 rooms are elegantly furnished in a contemporary style with Art Deco touches. Under the guidance of chef Thomas Vonderscher, the gastronomic restaurant ‘Le Cénacle’ has been awarded one Michelin star, while light snacks are served in the cosy bar or shaded internal courtyard during the summer.The small spa offers a variety of treatments. 3 night price from £886 per person low season, £998 per person high season.
PROVENCE Whether you choose to stay in rolling countryside amongst lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards, or in one of its prosperous towns or hilltop villages, a holiday in Provence is always an uplifting experience.You’ll find magnificent Roman architecture in Orange and Arles, Renaissance art in Avignon, unspoilt nature reserves in the Luberon and the Camargue, opera in Aix and Marseille, bustling markets, wonderful galleries and great food and wine.We highly recommend a tailor-made holiday combining several destinations; speak to the experienced Kirker team for advice and recommendations. Gordes
THE LUBERON The most beautiful area of Provence, the Luberon is located to the northeast of Marseille, close to the city of Aix. Made famous by Peter Mayle’s ‘A Year in Provence’, it is a region of rolling lavender fields, vineyards and olive groves and of pretty hillside villages such as Bonnieux, Gordes and Lourmarin with their colourful markets and fragrant cuisine. La Bastide de Gordes
This ancestral 18th century residence is in the heart of the picturesque hilltop village of Gordes and faces the Alpilles valley towards rolling lavender fields and farmland synonymous with the Luberon. Only an hour’s drive from Marseille airport and 45 minutes from Avignon train station, this traditional and stylish retreat is just a minute’s walk from the village’s 11th century church at the summit of the hill. Fully refurbished in 2015 with 40 rooms, La Bastide maintains a comfortable and classical style throughout its three rustic dry stone buildings. Often furnished with antiques and historic oil paintings, rooms with striking views onto the valley are recommended. The modern Sisley spa wing is a wonderful place to unwind with its indoor heated pool. There is an outdoor garden terrace and an adults only outdoor heated pool – there is a separate pool for children.. Guests can enjoy an aperitif at ‘Le TIGrr’ Asian bar which boasts panoramic views from the terrace and indulge in wonderful cuisine in one of the four contrasting restaurants that underpin the hotel’s gastronomic heritage. 3 night price from £1,198 per person low season, £1,296 per person high season.
Crillon le Brave
A sublime haven in the heart of Provence, Crillon le Brave is one of our favourite hotels in France and the perfect destination for a relaxing spring break. Just 25 miles from mediaeval Avignon, the property occupies part of a 16th century hilltop hamlet amid the vineyards of the Côtes du Ventoux.The owners have created a relaxed, stylish retreat in a collection of restored houses, courtyards and terraces, with just 33 contemporary Provençal style bedrooms, many of which offer panoramic views of the countryside and the famous Mont Ventoux.There is a heated outdoor swimming pool, a small spa and an exceptional kitchen – breakfast and an informal bistro-style lunch are served in ‘La Grange’ and on the terraces, and dinner is served in ‘Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet,’ or at the ‘Bistrot 40k,’ where the emphasis is placed firmly upon local produce from the nearby farms, rivers, vineyards and olive groves.This is a great base to explore the hillside villages of Gordes and Lourmarin with their colourful markets, antique shops and galleries, or enjoy wine tasting, walking or cycling.The Roman ruins at Vaison-laRomaine and Orange are close by, as are the historic towns of Avignon and Aixen-Provence, and Marseille airport is just one hour away. 3 night price from £938 per person low season, £1,198 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 May – 21 June, 9 September – 1 November: 3 nights for the price of 2 excluding Friday and Saturday from deluxe category, saving up to £270.
Couvent des Minimes Hotel & Spa
A member of Relais & Châteaux, this beautifully restored 17th century convent nestles on a hillside amongst lavender fields, orchards and olive groves and is close to the hamlet of Mane. It has a really pleasant and relaxing atmosphere and is beautifully decorated throughout. The classical architecture blends beautifully with its contemporary interiors. The 46 bedrooms are extremely comfortable and decorated with muted colours and expensive furnishings. Talented chef Jerome Roy prepares exceptional cuisine in the michelin-starred ‘Cloitre’ restaurant; modern bistro cuisine is served in ‘Pesquier’. The delightful spa uses products from the famous L’Occitaine range that are produced locally. There is a swimming pool in the terraced gardens, an indoor pool (entrance charges apply) and a tennis court and plenty of activities can be arranged including mountain biking and horse riding. 3 night price from £748per person low season, £1,098 per person high season. Complimentary night offers apply throughout the year depending on holiday duration, details available on request.
La Bastide de Capelongue
Perched above the famous hilltop village of Bonnieux and overlooking the majestic Luberon mountains, La Bastide de Capelongue is a haven of peace and tranquillity, set in an expanse of lavender and flower filled gardens. The elegant Provençal-style furnishings of the hotel and its 17 bedrooms, as well as the fine cuisine, are all overseen by the Relais Châteaux ‘Grand Chef ’ and owner, Edouard Loubet; his gastronomic restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars. Many of the rooms have a balcony or terrace overlooking the gardens, outdoor swimming pool and picturesque Bonnieux beyond. The hotel’s kitchen garden provides the pampered guests with organically grown fruit, vegetables and herbs. Behind the Bastide lies La Ferme de Capelongue with its own outdoor swimming pool, simple, modern style accommodation as well as the informal ‘Bergerie’ bistro. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £998 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 23 June, 1 September – 1 November: 7 nights for the price of 6, saving up to £210.
what’s included Return flights Car hire (private transfers available at additional cost) Accommodation including breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge to book expert local guides or a table for dinner
Even if you have never been to Arles, its streets and squares may well appear familiar;Van Gogh painted many of his masterpieces here and it has inspired many other artists including Gauguin. It has been a cultural centre since Roman times, as evidenced by the beautifully preserved arena.The area around Arles is renowned for its natural beauty, particularly the Camargue.
Westerns Europe’s largest river delta, the Camargue is a wild and rugged landscape of salt flats, rice paddy fields, wetlands and pastures. It is home to a diverse selection of flora and fauna and horses still roam side by side with cattle and bulls. It is one of very few European habitats for the Greater Flamingo.Take a jeep safari through the many nature reserves, go horse riding along the sandy beaches or rent bikes to access the many hidden corners of this fascinating region. Le Mas de Peint
Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus
This iconic hotel, in the heart of Arles and overlooking the Place du Forum is steeped in history. It was the place to be seen in the 1950s and 1960s; Picasso lived here and guests included Ernest Hemmingway, Jean Cocteau and Fritz Lang. The great matadors of the 20th century also stayed here for the bullfights and there is a room in the hotel dedicated to them.The 24 rooms and two apartments have their original bathrooms and are all individually decorated with an eclectic mix of antique, Art Deco and modern furniture.There is a comfortable salon with leather sofas, adorned with old black and white photographs from a bygone age and a bar. Enjoy the restaurant’s alfresco fayre with its tables spilling onto the town square in fine weather; both the restaurant and wine bar are open from the middle of May until October. Continental breakfast. 3 night price from £879 per person low season, £899 per person high season.
ORANGE Located in the north of Provence, close to the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhone and famous wine villages such as Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise, Orange has beautifully preserved Roman monuments including the Triumphal Arch and the magnificent amphitheatre where the annual opera festival takes place in August. Château de Rochegude
This former 12th century fortress has an imposing position in the heart of the pretty village of Rochegude, 20 minutes north of Orange with impressive views over the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône and Mont Ventoux. A member of Relais & Châteaux, it has been lovingly restored and now provides traditional château accommodation and fine dining in a majestic and noble setting. The 25 bedrooms are furnished in a traditional style that reflects the building’s heritage whilst offering guests modern comforts and amenities. Afternoon tea and evening aperitifs can be enjoyed in one of the hotel’s many cosy salons, the bar or the enclosed cloister lounge. Meals are taken in the gastronomic restaurant or outside on the terrace overlooking the hotel’s 10 hectares of woods and parkland, the tennis court and the outdoor swimming pool. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £718 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 5 January – 27 March: 5 nights for the price of 4, saving £110.
A working cattle and rice farm, set in a 500 hectare estate dating back to the 17th century, the Mas de Peint has been beautifully converted into a stylish and comfortable rural hotel. The hotel’s lounges, restaurant and eight bedrooms and three suites are all furnished in a relaxed and fresh style. The hotel has spacious rooms, cosy lounges with open fireplaces, exposed sandstone floors and original photographs, artwork and furniture. The food is fresh, locally sourced and delicious, with many of the vegetables and herbs grown on the hotel’s land. Guests can relax by the outdoor swimming pool or enjoy essential oil massages in the hotel’s treatment room. Activities at the hotel include bird watching, horse riding, jeep safaris and walking. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £899 per person high season.. SPECIAL OFFER 26 April – 1 June, 13 September – 24 October: 3 nights for the price of 2 for arrivals on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, saving £160.
MARSEILLE A strategic naval port, the city’s old harbour is guarded on each side by two ancient forts and is looked down on by the magnificent basilica, Notre Dame de la Garde.The old port is lined by lively bars and atmospheric restaurants specialising in Marseille’s signature dish, bouillabaisse. Eurostar has introduced a new direct service from London St. Pancras to Marseille from May to December (journey time 6½ hours – details on request). NH Collection Marseille
In the bustling area of La Joliette, this modern hotel is well placed to explore the rejuvenated centre of Marseille and is just 10 minutes’ walk from the popular old port area. The hotel has 176 comfortable, contemporary rooms, some with views across the city. Gourmet tapas and fine wines are served every evening at the ‘Tablafina’ restaurant; cocktails and snacks are served in the lobby bar. There is a well-equipped fitness centre. 3 night price from £768 per person low season, £886 per person high season.
what’s included Return flights Return private car transfers Accommodation including breakfast The services of the Kirker Concierge Our prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made and fluctuate depending on departure date; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice and the latest prices
PROVENCE AVIGNON The mediaeval walled city of Avignon is home to the famous Pont across the Rhône and the perfect place for a weekend break with its history, museums, excellent shopping and fine restaurants. Or stay here as a base to explore this fascinating corner of Provence; make sure you allow time to visit the charming small town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (just 18 kilometres to the north) and its world famous wine estates.
AIX-EN-PROVENCE A classical Provençal city, with elegant 17th and 18th century architecture, Aix has broad avenues, tempting cafés and wonderful markets. It was the home and inspiration of Paul Cezanne and is the perfect base to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Luberon and the Gorge de Verdon. Villa Gallici
The Villa Gallici is a luxurious oasis, set in beautiful walled gardens and is a pleasant 10 minute stroll downhill to the historic city centre. The hotel is a member of Relais & Châteaux and has been sumptuously decorated throughout. The gastronomic restaurant is a delight, especially when it is warm enough to eat on the terrace under the plane trees, and there are several small and elegant lounges and an intimate bar. The 22 bedrooms are beautifully decorated with antiques and there is a beautiful summer swimming pool in the garden. Hotel closed in January. 3 night price from £849 per person low season, £1,248 per person high season.
A delightful family-owned hotel, Le Pigonnet is an 18th century Provençale country house, surrounded by tranquil gardens yet just 10 minutes from the Cours Mirabeau in the centre of the city using the hotel’s complimentary shuttle bus. The gardens, with their cypress trees, umbrella pines, fountains and flower-filled borders are beautiful and were an inspiration to Paul Cezanne who sat in a corner and painted his famous work, ‘Montagne Sainte-Victoire’ in 1890. The gastronomic restaurant, ‘La table du Pigonnet’ has an excellent reputation locally; in summer meals can be taken on the terrace. There is a charming lounge with an open fire, a champagne bar and 48 bedrooms decorated in a typical Provençal style. The heated outdoor swimming pool is open from May to October and there is a wellness centre with sauna and hammam. 3 night price from £629 per person low season, £986 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 28 April, 1 – 31 October: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving up to £153.
This exquisite hotel opened 23 years ago after the restoration of a Cardinal’s mansion built in 1688. Located in an atmospheric part of Avignon, beneath the towering city walls, La Mirande has a wonderful, tranquil atmosphere and is decorated throughout with beautiful antiques. There are just 20 bedrooms, a delightful formal garden where breakfast is served in fine weather and an excellent gastronomic restaurant – reservations essential (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays when a ‘chef ’s table’ tasting menu is offered). The cookery school operates in the hotel’s 19th century country kitchen. 3 night price from £1,068 per person low season, £1,258 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 17 December, 2 January – 27 March: 3 nights for the price of 2 in grand deluxe rooms, saving £298.
Avignon Grand Guests staying at the Avignon Grand will certainly enjoy the excellent location, sense of space, relaxing garden and value for money. A modern hotel, it is situated a short walk from the historic city walls with easy access to shops and restaurants. The 124 bedrooms are spacious and overlook the city’s ramparts or the quiet courtyard and garden. There is a small rooftop swimming pool and a comfortable lobby lounge where drinks and light dishes are served. 3 night price from £564 per person low season, £689 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 30 April, 30 September – 13 October: stay 2 nights, 3rd night half price, saving up to £45.
Situated right in the heart of the city, this attractive hotel overlooks the bars and restaurants of the Place de L’Horloge, one of Avignon’s most popular squares. This is Avignon’s best three star hotel; it has a 19th century façade and is decorated throughout with real style. There are 67 bedrooms, some with terraces overlooking the Palais de Papes, an attractive lounge and a pleasant conservatory style breakfast room. The De L’Horloge is an excellent hotel offering great value for money. 3 night price from £598 per person low season, £798 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 27 April: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £120; 26 July – 22 October: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £140; 30 April – 30 June: 7 nights for the price of 6, saving £150.
Cezanne This privately-owned boutique hotel is located right in the centre of Aix-enProvence; the Cours Mirabeau with its boutiques, bars and cafés is just five minutes’ walk away. The Cezanne has lots of character, with original doors from the 17th century and modern works of art on display. The attractive lounge with summer terrace has an honesty bar and the minibars have complimentary soft drinks, replenished daily. The 55 bedrooms have recently been renovated in a colourful and quirky style – the beds are extremely comfortable. The Cezanne offers good value for money and excellent service and is a great base from which to explore this beautiful town. 3 night price from £768 per person low season, £998 per person high season.
EUROSTAR TO THE SOUTH OF FRANCE Eurostar serves the south of France from London St. Pancras and Ashford International.This new service, which operates up to four times a week during spring and summer, stops in the gastronomic city of Lyon, historic Avignon and Marseille – the gateway to Provence and the shores of the Mediterranean.Travel in standard class or upgrade to first class seating with snacks and drinks in ‘Standard Premier’. Speak to a Kirker expert on 020 7593 2283 for an immediate quotation and availability check.
CÔTE D’AZUR The golden stretch of Mediterranean coastline, the playground for the fashionable in the 1920s, is again popular with discerning travellers looking for a year round destination with a hint of glamour, a wonderful climate and some outstanding food. An astonishing number of great artists started to arrive in the 1880’s as word of the beguiling light and beauty of the region spread. Monet, Matisse, Leger, Renoir, Chagall, Picasso and Dufy all came here and now, because of their legacy, there is a wonderful range of galleries and museums to explore throughout the Côte d’Azur. The Vieille Ville (Old Town) is an enticing mediaeval rabbit warren with enticing markets and restaurants, whereas modern Nice has pleasing Italianate façades and exuberant style eminating from the turn of the 20th century. Le Meridien
NICE It has always been one of life’s great pleasures to stroll along the Promenade des Anglais where grand hotels like the Negresco gaze out over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.The charming old town, an enticing mediaeval rabbit warren, is a delight with its lively restaurants, interesting shops and enormous open-air market. In contrast, modern Nice with its numerous green spaces and fountains has elegant Italianate façades and exuberant style from the turn of the 20th century.The fabulous Chagall Museum is not to be missed, neither are the Contemporary Art Museum, the Musée des Beaux Arts or the Musée Matisee, high in the hills above the city.
The Negresco is universally recognised as one of France’s most famous hotels and was built in 1913 by Henri Negresco. The building is recognised as a National Historic Monument and stands on the Promenade des Anglais overlooking the beautiful Baie des Anges. Sumptuously furnished throughout with a spectacular lounge and many original works of art, the hotel has the ‘Chantecler’, a two star Michelin restaurant and ‘Rotonde’, a less formal brasserie. There are 117 bedrooms decorated in a classical style. Private beach facilities available at extra cost. 3 night price from £688 per person low season, £944 per person high season.
Located on the Promenade des Anglais, overlooking the Baie des Anges, Le Meridien is a modern and stylish hotel. There are 318 bedrooms, a health club and a heated rooftop swimming pool. The hotel has a special agreement with the Rhul private beach club just across the Promenade and the picturesque old town and luxury boutiques are just a short walk away. The restaurant with its summer rooftop terrace (no lift access) serves fine local cuisine to match the wonderful sea views. 3 night price from £598 per person low season, £849 per person high season.
Le Grimaldi Located in the centre of town, five minutes’ walk from the Promenade des Anglais and 15 minutes from the Cours Saleya Flower Market and the old town, the Grimaldi is a recently renovated boutique hotel decorated in classical style. Consisting of two stylish Belle Époque townhouses featuring elegant stone and wrought-iron balconies, the hotel has 46 bedrooms, a lounge and a bar. There is no restaurant; however, the hotel provides a good breakfast, room service and complimentary tea and coffee and there are numerous excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity. 3 night price from £498 per person low season, £698 per person high season.
Located a short walk from the Flower Market and Nice’s old town, close to the port, La Perouse stands in a secluded position one block back from the waterfront and nestling into the rock face above (a lift connects the street level reception with the hotel). This most attractive hotel has 56 comfortable bedrooms (supplements for sea views available on request), a bar, flowered terraces, an outdoor summer swimming pool and wonderful views of the town and the Baie des Anges. ‘Le Patio’ restaurant is open all year and serves seasonal dishes combining French and Italian cuisine. 3 night price from £548 per person low season, £936 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 26 March: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £108; 27 March – 26 April, 4 – 31 October: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £186; 27 April – 8 July, 17 August – 31 October: 5 nights for the price of 4, saving £190.
Formerly a private house dating back to the Belle Époque, the Villa Rivoli is located in the heart of the historical old town, a short walk from the Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena. Still in private ownership, all 24 rooms have all been recently renovated and are individually decorated in a classical French style – some have a small balcony. The hotel has a spacious, newly refurbished reception room where breakfast is served and a small garden to the rear, which the majority of rooms overlook. Our friend Barbara Kimmig is the owner and she ensures that Kirker clients are well looked after. No lift. 3 night price from £588 per person low season, £689 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 20 December, 2 January – 28 March: 3 nights for the price of 2 in superior rooms, saving £69; 1 – 26 April, 1 – 30 October: 4 nights for the price of 3 for stays excluding Friday and Saturday, saving £129.
MUSÉE matisse All Kirker clients visiting Nice will receive a complimentary entrance ticket for the Musée Matisse, a wonderful collection set in a Genoese Villa on the hillside.The 24 hour ticket also includes access to 14 municipal museums, from the Musée des Beaux-Arts to the Palais Lascaris, a 17th century palace with an important collection of historic musical instruments.
CÔTE D’AZUR JUAN-LES-PINS Juan-les-Pins made its name in the ‘swing’ era, when the well-heeled from Europe and America arrived here to try their luck at the casino and to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Its popularity has never waned since those heady days and its exotic pine trees and wonderful sandy beaches make it one of the most attractive towns on the Côte d’Azur. Belles Rives
In the 1920’s, this delightful villa was the private home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda who did much to transform what was a sleepy fishing village into the glamorous haven that Juan-les-Pins is today. It opened as a hotel in 1929 after being bought by the Estene family who still own and run it today. It is located in a tranquil spot, right on the sea, a ten minute stroll from the centre of town. There are 43 bedrooms, each decorated in an Art Deco style and the atmosphere reflects the jazz-filled days of the Fitzgerald’s. There is no swimming pool, but the hotel has a small private sandy beach and an elegant private pier for sunbathing (additional cost applicable, pay locally). The elegant Michelin-starred restaurant, ‘La Passagere’, with its large summer terrace overlooking the water, is excellent. In addition, the hotel offers an informal restaurant for lunch during the summer months. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £1,349 per person high season.
Located on the edge of a pine grove at the entrance to the Cap d’Antibes, the Juana is a beautiful, small hotel with an Art Deco façade. Although the area is renowned for its glitz and glamour, the Juana has a private, civilised atmosphere that gives it an oasis-like feel. The 40 bedrooms overlook the sea, the pine forest or the quiet courtyard. It has a beautiful white marble swimming pool. Light dishes are served at the relaxing and informal restaurant. 3 night price from £618 per person low season, £998 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 January – 1 May: 5 nights for the price of 4, saving up to £148.
Château St. Martin
VENCE Perched on a narrow spur between two steep valleys, Vence is a mediaeval fortified village. Its breathtaking views and maze of picturesque streets have lured renowned artists and it is home to many galleries, studios and museums. Château St. Martin Hotel & Spa
This superb Relais & Châteaux hotel is located in the hills outside Vence and with spectacular views towards the Mediterranean. This was once the former residence of the Knights Templar and is renowned as one of the most historical addresses in southern France. The hotel has 36 luxurious junior suites, each with a private terrace or balcony, and six Provençal style villas (bastides) located in the private gardens. Lunches are served by the open-air heated swimming pool at the ‘L’Oliveraie’ and in the evening delicious dinners can be enjoyed in the famous Michelin-starred restaurant, ‘Le Saint-Martin’ or in the less formal grill restaurant. There is a luxurious La Prairie spa and two clay tennis courts and you can take walks in the hills or drive to nearby St. Paul-deVence to visit the museums of Picasso and Chagal. 3 night price from £1,168 per person low season, £1,698 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 19 April – 4 June, 30 September – 10 October: 4 nights for the price of 3 for stays excluding Friday and Saturday, saving up to £393.
EZE This beautiful mediaeval village stands dramatically at 1,400 feet above sea level on the Grand Corniche between Nice and Monaco.
ST. PAUL–DE–VENCE One of the oldest mediaeval towns on the French Riviera, St. Paul-de-Vence is famous for it’s atmospheric cobbled streets, magnificent views of the Côte d’Azur and it’s modern and contemporary museums and galleries including the exceptional Fondation Maeght with its large collection of 20th century paintings, sculptures and drawings. Le Mas de Pierre
Since opening in 2005, Le Mas de Pierre has become one of the finest luxury hotels in the South of France. A member of Relais & Châteaux, it is set in five acres of gardens in a peaceful setting, just three kilometres from the picturesque village and combines luxury with traditional Provençal style. Its 48 rooms, all with private terrace or balcony, are located in six Provençal ‘bastides’ set around the lovely outdoor heated pool. There is a spa and a gastronomic restaurant, ‘La Table de Pierre’. Much of the fresh produce is grown in their own greenhouses and garden. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service into St. Paul-de-Vence. The hotel will be closed for renovations throughout 2020 – please call us for alternative recommendations.
Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or
Perched against the rocks in the village of Eze, 400 metres above sea level, the Château de la Chèvre d’Or has the most spectacular views imaginable. There are 43 bedrooms which are scattered throughout the village and terraced gardens which are filled with flowers and offer countless spots to relax. Alfresco lunch is served at ‘Les Remparts’ (from April) whilst the ‘Chèvre d’Or’ restaurant (also from April) has two Michelin stars. The ‘Café du Jardin’ (for lunch from May to September and dinner in July and August) is reserved for hotel guests who wish to relax by the wonderful infinity swimming pool with its far-reaching views. 3 night price from £1,068 per person low season, £1,328 per person high season.
what’s included Return flights Return private car transfers (car hire included for St.Paul-de-Vence, Eze and Vence) Accommodation including breakfast Kirker’s Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing (Nice only) The services of the Kirker Concierge Prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice and the latest prices.
CÔTE D’AZUR CANNES This cosmopolitan town attracts the rich and famous, who come to take the sun on some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and see and be seen on the fashionable promenade.The real charm of Cannes is found in the winding streets and traditional restaurants of the old town. Majestic
This famous ‘palace’ hotel has a great location, close to the Palais des Festivals and the port and sits in landscaped gardens. It is the most luxurious hotel in Cannes and has recently undergone extensive renovations. It now offers 305 beautiful bedrooms, combining classical furnishings with the latest in-room technology. ‘Fouquets’ restaurant is a superb French brasserie; in addition, ‘Plage du Majestic’ serves a wide range of fresh seafood by the hotel’s private beach in summer. Watersports are available from the beach and charges are applicable for sun loungers (payable locally). 3 night price from £839 per person low season, £1,198 per person high season.
In the heart of the city, 10 minutes’ walk from La Croisette, owner Christine Welter has created a really delightful boutique hotel. There are 34 comfortable bedrooms; a relaxing lounge where an excellent breakfast is served and you are encouraged to help yourself to a drink from the complimentary open bar each evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm – all this housed behind a façade dating from 1897 that is classified as a historical monument. During the summer the hotel has a partnership with a private beach on La Croisette where they can reserve sun beds (charges payable locally). 3 night price from £558 per person low season, £736 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 15 March – 15 April, 1 October – 30 November: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £64; 16 April – 8 May, 16 – 30 September: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £73.
This delightful hotel is located on the main shopping street, the Rue d’Antibes, and is just 100 metres from La Croisette and the beach. It reopened five years ago after a complete refurbishment and has been transformed into a stylish contemporary property. The 35 bedrooms overlook either the bustling street or the pool. ‘Le Cafe Blanc’ is open every day for drinks and light meals. In addition, there is a large terrace with a heated swimming pool. 3 night price from £598 per person low season, £798 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 18 April: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £140; 19 April – 28 June: 7 nights for the price of 6, saving £180; 1 September – 26 October: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £160.
ART & GARDENS OF THE CôTE D’AZUR five night kirker cultural tours
Our cultural tours programme will appeal to clients who enjoy travelling with like-minded companions. Our five night gardens tour is based in Menton and explores the legacies of the gardeners who were drawn to the area in the 19th century, attracted by the climate and the beauty of the Riviera. Our five night art tour, based in Nice, includes visits to some wonderful museums displaying fine works by Monet, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso and many others. Departures are 15 and 20 April, 8 and 13 September, prices start at £1,698 per person. For further details or to request a copy of our Cultural Tours & Music Holidays brochure, call 020 7593 2284.
HAUT–DE–CAGNES This quiet mediaeval village is located above the main road from Nice airport to Cannes and is a world away from the glitz and glamour of the seaside resorts. A source of inspiration for numerous artists and writers, the village is a maze of cobbled alleyways and shady squares and is dominated by the magnificent Château Grimaldi with its outstanding painted Baroque ceiling and contemporary art exhibitions. Château le Cagnard
Located a short walk from the main square where the locals indulge their passion for boule, this historic residence forms part of the stone walls of the village and dates from the 13th century. After a comprehensive restoration overseen by Swedish owner, Frida Ivarsson, the hotel reopened in 2012 and has already established a great reputation. Many of the 28 bedrooms have balconies or terraces overlooking the village and the coast below and are all beautifully decorated with eye-catching trompe l’oeil paintings and antique furniture. The dining room has an intricate ceiling of 200 painted wooden panels that slides open to reveal the night sky. Although in the very heart of the village, small cars can access the property and the excellent staff are on hand to assist with luggage and parking. 3 night price from £658 per person low season, £768 per person high season.
what’s included Return flights Return private car transfers Accommodation including breakfast Kirker’s Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing The services of the Kirker Concierge Prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 or see your travel agent for advice and the latest prices.
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Direct flights from the UK to Nice: Gatwick, Heathrow, London City: British Airways Dublin: Aer Lingus; Dublin, Stansted: Ryanair Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Stansted: Jet 2 Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Stansted: Easyjet Business Class Supplement: British Airways Club Europe from £229
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This stunning mediaeval village is set on a hill above Cannes and was the home of Pablo Picasso whose influence encouraged many artists to settle here. In recent years it has become one of the gastronomic centres of France.
The peninsula of Cap-Ferrat has been the playground of the wealthy since the 19th century and is now one of the quieter parts of the French Riviera. A series of seaside paths make it possible to walk around the Cap and you can reach Beaulieu-surMer in 30 minutes on foot. A visit to Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild’s elegant seaside villa with its wonderful collection of tapestries, furniture, porcelain and paintings is a must. Royal Riviera
Le Mas Candille
Le Mas Candille
This beautiful hotel, imaginatively converted from an 18th century farmhouse is located close to the centre of the mediaeval village. It is set on a series of terraces in a mature and tranquil park, has some wonderful views and offers exceptional cuisine. The gastronomic ‘Le Candille’ serves delicious Provençale dishes in the sumptuous dining room or in the shade of the orangery. ‘La Pergola’ is a less formal restaurant and is open in the summer on the terrace overlooking the outdoor swimming pool. There is a second, smaller, summer outdoor pool in the gardens. Many of the 46 bedrooms have balconies or terraces and are located either in the original farmhouse or in the more modern bastide. The ‘La Villa Candille’, located below the main terrace has six suites. The hotel’s Espa Spa has a soothing ambience with an outdoor jacuzzi and a Japanese garden. 3 night price from £598 per person low season, £998 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 27 December, 8 February – 25 April: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £99; 26 April – 30 June, 6 September – 10 October: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £170; 1 July – 31 August: 7 nights for the price of 6, saving £266.
MENTON Quieter, more sedate and definitely more affordable than Monaco, its glamorous neighbour, the seaside town of Menton is the last port of call before you cross the border into Italy. Protected by surrounding mountains, the town benefits from a superb climate and has many exotic gardens.The mediaeval centre is defined by steep, cobbled alleyways that lead down to the seafront. The Jean Cocteau Museum is well worth a visit. Napoleon
This bright, modern hotel is located on Garavan Bay, 100 metres from the beach and a 10 minute walk past the town’s two marinas to the atmospheric old town. The 44 bedrooms are decorated in a contemporary style; all have picture windows and great views of either the mountains or the sea. There is a small swimming pool, a fitness rooms and a peaceful garden filled with banana plants and other exotic species. 3 night price from £668 per person low season, £759 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 18 December, 1 January – 6 April, 30 September onwards: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £79; 7 April – 30 June, 30 August – 16 September: 7 nights for the price of 6, saving £102.
This elegant hotel stands at the entrance to St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat and has been a favourite for the affluent since its opening in 1904. It was renovated by renowned hotelier Grace Leo-Andrieu who created a really stylish contemporary feel without compromising the Royal Riviera’s Grande Dame standing. The lobby, bar and lounge are beautifully decorated in warm tones of brown and red and have chequered marble floors. The same style is represented in the 78 bedrooms in the main building and there are a further 14 rooms in the Orangerie which is located in the delightful gardens. The rooms are decorated in a beautiful Provençal style. There is a gastronomic restaurant, ‘La Table du Royal’, which looks out over the gardens and a lighter menu is offered at ‘Jasmine Grille & Lounge’ which serves lunch by the beautiful heated outdoor swimming pool from May to September. Watersports are available from the hotel’s private sandy beach during the summer and there is a fitness centre with sauna and treatment rooms. Hotel open 15 January – 18 November. 3 night price from £859 per person low season, £1,698 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 13 January – 28 April, 1 October – 10 November: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £198; 29 April – 26 June, 1 – 26 September: 5 nights for the price of 4, saving £298.
VILLEFRANCHE–SUR–MER Located on a beautiful horseshoe shaped bay between Nice and Monte Carlo, this is one of the most charming and authentic towns on the Côte d’Azur. The atmospheric old town with its terracotta roofs and narrow cobbled streets dates from the 12th century. Don’t miss the Chapelle de Saint-Pierre with its frescoes by Cocteau, or the restored citadel with four museums within the walls.The town has three beaches and is on the train line that links Cannes with Nice, Monaco and Menton. Welcome
The Hotel Welcome has been a feature of the town for over 100 years and has been owned and run by the Galbois family since 1943. In the 1920s many artists and writers frequented the property including Jean Cocteau who quoted the hotel in a number of his works and left several sketches which are on display today. The wine bar with its waterfront terrace has been a popular meeting place for many years. There are 35 bedrooms, each with a balcony and a great view over the bay of Villefranche and Cap-Ferrat. Ideally located in the heart of the town, the hotel is a 10 minute walk along the promenade to a large sandy beach. 3 night price from £668 per person low season, £936 per person high season.
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THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO Monaco has blue chip cachet amongst the very smartest destinations. Something about the chemistry of a near-absolute monarchy controlling a well-regulated tax haven which conveniently shares the same natural assets as the rest of the French Riviera, simply says it all for the rich and famous. Fortunes may be made and lost, but Monaco retains its quiet dignity as home to more millionaires per square mile than anywhere on Earth.The principality is home to one of the world’s most beautiful and civilised casinos. De Paris
A world renowned hotel in a great location overlooking the Place du Casino and a short walk from the harbour, the De Paris has a grand entrance and lobby, a number of beautiful salons and an air of quality and opulence. The hotel has three restaurants including Alain Ducasse’s spectacular ‘Le Louis XV’ with three Michelin stars. There are 190 rooms. The De Paris is connected to the Hermitage’s Thalassotherapy centre with indoor seawater pool by underground walkway. 3 night price from £1,279 per person low season, £1,498 per person high season.
The Hermitage is located only a minute’s walk from the Place du Casino. A stylish, classical hotel with wonderful public rooms including a beautiful Baroque style banqueting hall.The Michelin-starred ‘Vistamar’ restaurant has a terrace with unequalled views of the harbour and the Mediterranean.This is the home of the famous Thalassotherapy centre with indoor seawater pool. Light dishes are served next door in the cosy ‘Crystal Bar.’ The 280 bedrooms are decorated in an elegant Belle Epoque style and feature Louis XV style furniture and luxurious bathrooms. 3 night price from £998 per person low season, £1,298 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 18 December, 6 January – 29 March: 3 nights for the price of 2 in deluxe rooms, saving £227; 29 March – 8 June, 27 September – 18 December: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving up to £272.
Fairmont, Monte Carlo The distinctive honeycomb architecture of this property has formed an integral part of the principality’s skyline for decades. It has been extensively renovated in a contemporary, Mediterranean style.This is a large hotel (over 600 rooms) and has some great facilities including a large proportion of rooms with terraces and panoramic sea views, a spa, an outdoor heated swimming pool (open all year) and two restaurants. It is located overlooking the sea, a short walk from Casino Square – the famous hairpin turn of the Formula One Grand Prix circuit is directly in front of the hotel’s entrance. In the summer months, the hotel operates a shuttle bus to three different beach clubs (charges apply).There is currently an ambitious reclamation project which will take a number of years to complete – this may affect the views from some of the sea facing rooms. 3 night price from £798 per person low season, £1,168 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 29 March: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £140; 30 March – 9 July, 1 September – 28 October: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £165.
This stylish design hotel and has been completely renovated and is located in the quiet harbour district of Fontvielle, a five minute ride from Casino Square using the complimentary shuttle service. The 181 bedrooms are very comfortable and are decorated with black and white photos of Monaco’s 1930s heyday.The breakfast room has a terrace overlooking the Princess Grace Rose Garden and there is a lobby bar, a gym and a summer swimming pool. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £986 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 14 April: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £126; 15 April – 30 June, 26 August – 7 October: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £158.
Ideally located a few steps from the Place du Casino, the Port Palace is perfect for those looking for a boutique hotel experience and contemporary luxury. All of the 50 spacious rooms and suites are decorated in light colours and have great views of the Royal Palace and the millionaires’ yachts in the harbour. Superior rooms have double beds; twin beds are available in deluxe rooms. The gastronomic ‘Le Marée’ restaurant offers fine alfresco Mediterranean dining on the large terrace overlooking the water. The Port Palace offers full spa treatments and a hammam – it has some great special offers and represents excellent value for money. 3 night price from £749 per person low season, £1,198 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 26 March: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £148; 27 March – 31 October: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving up to £204.
what’s included Return flights to Nice Return car transfer Accommodation including breakfast Kirker’s Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing The services of the Kirker Concierge Prices are based on sharing a double room. All quotations are tailor-made; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 or see your travel agent for advice and the latest prices.
Rail journey times:Nice – Monaco Nice – Cannes Nice – Fréjus Nice – Juan-les-Pins Nice – Aix Nice – Avignon Nice – Paris Typical driving times: Nice – Monaco Nice – Cannes Nice – St. Tropez Nice – Vence Nice – St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat Nice – Eze Monaco – Cannes
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Hotel renovations All good hotels maintain their properties and bad hotels don’t! Occasionally, some necessary work may be taking place during your stay; whenever possible, we shall advise you prior to your departure. We are here to help If you experience any problems whilst you are abroad that you are unable to resolve with your hotel, please either contact our local agents, telephone our London office or use the 24 hour emergency number supplied with your travel documents. Hotel check-in times Official check-in times do vary, however, they are usually from 14.00 or 15.00 hours. Check-out times are usually between 11.00 hours and noon. Hotel star ratings These are based on our opinion of each property and may differ from official categories. Hotel restaurants Not all hotel restaurants are open every day – please ask us for specific details at time of booking. Hotel photographs Available on our website at www.kirkerholidays.com Holiday prices All quotes are tailor-made for your specific requirements and may vary depending upon availability, exchange rate and demands. Prices quoted in this brochure are per person (based on two sharing a double room) and include flight, transfers, accommodation, breakfast, tax and service. Please note that local councils throughout France have now imposed a new tourist tax which guests are obliged to pay directly to the hotel upon check-out.The charge ranges from 1.65€ to 4.40€ per person per day depending on the destinations and hotel star rating and will be added to your hotel extras bill.
AITO is the Association for independent and specialist holiday companies. Our member companies, usually owner-managed, strive to create overseas holidays with high levels of professionalism and a shared concern for quality and personal service.The Association encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating. EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP: AITO sets criteria regarding ownership, finance and quality which must be satisfied before new companies are admitted to membership. All members are required to adhere to a Code of Business Practice which encourages high operational standards and conduct. FINANCIAL SECURITY: AITO members are required to protect money paid by customers to the member for any holiday sold under the AITO logo and to comply with UK Government Regulations in this respect. Members submit details of their bonding and guarantee arrangements to the Association on a regular basis. ACCURATE BROCHURES and WEBSITES: All members do their utmost to ensure that all their brochures and other publications, print or electronic, clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENTS: All members are committed to high standards of service and believe in regular and thorough training of employees. Members continually seek to review and improve their holidays.They listen to their customers and always welcome suggestions for improving standards. MONITORING STANDARDS: AITO endeavours to monitor quality standards regularly. All customers should receive a post-holiday questionnaire the results of which are scrutinised by the Association. RESPONSIBLE TOURISM: All members acknowledge the importance of AITO’s Responsible Tourism guidelines, which recognise the social, economic and environmental responsibilities of tour operating.Those demonstrating their achievements beyond the pure acceptance of this principle are recognised by the award of 2 to 5 star status. CUSTOMER RELATIONS: All members endeavour to deal swiftly and fairly with any issues their customers may raise. In the unlikely event that a dispute between an AITO member and a customer cannot be settled amicably, AITO’s low-cost Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion. Kirker Holidays is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. To contact the Association visit www.aito.co.uk or call 020 8744 9280.
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• Deposit: If you are booking more than 9 weeks prior to departure, a deposit of a minimum of £200 is required. The actual amount will be advised at the time of booking. • Full balance: must be paid 8 weeks prior to departure. • Payments: We prefer to be paid by BACS transfer (call 020 7593 2285 or see your confirmation invoice for Kirker Bank Details) or by cheque made payable to Kirker Travel Ltd. Payment by debit or credit card can be made by telephone on 020 7593 2288.
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✂ ESSENTIAL INFORMATION AND CONDITIONS OF BOOKING All bookings are subject to our full booking conditions which appear on our website www.kirkerholidays.com. A copy of these can also be e-mailed or posted to you on request. By asking us to make your booking, you confirm you have had access to and agree to the full booking conditions which you should read. The booking conditions provide for the payment of cancellation charges if you cancel or fail to make payment when due. They also include limitations and exclusions of our liability to you. For international travel by air, sea or rail, our liabilities are limited and excluded as if we were a carrier within the applicable international convention or EU regulation (for example, the Montreal Convention, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability and the Athens Convention). A surcharge may be payable in limited circumstances where certain costs increase after booking. Your contract will be with Kirker Travel Limited t/a Kirker Holidays. This contract comes into existence when we dispatch our confirmation invoice to the person who makes the booking or your travel agent. We hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2450). When you buy an ATOL protected air inclusive holiday or flight* from us, you will receive a confirmation invoice from us (or via our authorised agent) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our ATOL. In the unlikely event of our insolvency the CAA will ensure that you are not left stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. *The air inclusive holidays and flights we arrange are ATOL protected providing either the person who pays for the booking is present in the UK when the booking is made or the first leg of any flight or flights we arrange for you commences in the UK. Kirker Travel Limited Registered Office: 4 Waterloo Court, 10 Theed Street, London SE1 8ST. Registration in England: 1985696 VAT Reg No. 805 1461 59
For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. We are also bonded with ABTA Limited (membership number V6595).This means that if your holiday does not include flights arranged by us, all monies you have paid to us for an advance booking will be refunded or if your holiday includes return travel and is already underway, you will be returned to the UK in the unlikely event of our being unable to provide your holiday due to our insolvency. ABTA members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint (details in our full booking conditions), contact ABTA at 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ or see www.abta.com We are also a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO). British citizens require a British passport in order to travel to the destinations we feature. This usually takes approximately 6 weeks to obtain unless you are over 16 and haven’t held a passport previously in which case you need to allow at least 6 weeks. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes regularly updated travel information on its website www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo which you are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure. In the event of any flight delay or cancellation at your UK or overseas point of departure, the airline is responsible for providing such assistance as is legally required by the Denied Boarding Regulations.The ferry, tunnel or rail operator is similarly responsible in relation to any delayed or cancelled sea crossing or
international rail departure. Except where otherwise stated in our brochure or on our website, we regret we cannot provide any assistance in such circumstances other than information and advice to the extent we are in a position to do so. Data Protection For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, Kirker Travel Limited is a data controller. Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect personal data held by us. This information will be passed to the relevant suppliers of your holiday arrangements.The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them and to other third parties who need it to enable us to provide your holiday (such as credit card companies and banks), or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. Other than in relation to government/public authorities (over whom we have no control), we will take appropriate steps which are intended to ensure that anyone to whom we pass your personal data for any reason agrees to keep it secure and only uses it for the purposes of providing their services. If we cannot pass personal data to the relevant suppliers or any other third party as applicable, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to fulfil your booking. In making your booking, you consent to personal data being passed on to the relevant suppliers and other third parties. When travelling outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We would also like to store and use your personal data for future marketing purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or other marketing material) unless you have told us that you do not wish us to do so. Full details of our data protection policy are available on our website and on request. Publication date November 2019 ©2019 Kirker Travel Limited
OUR RANGE OF HOLIDAYS FOR DISCERNING TRAVELLERS Short Breaks
Holidays to 60 classic cities and relaxing rural locations throughout Europe and beyond. Our Short Breaks brochure features a range of over 500 selected hotels and we can create any tailor-made itinerary to two or more destinations. Each Kirker holiday is created to suit your personal requirements with travel by air, rail, Orient-Express, Eurostar or overnight sleeper combined with private guided tours, opera tickets, museum passes or a table at a Kirker recommended restaurant.
Spain offers a great climate and a wonderful range of music, art and architecture; all perfect ingredients for a wonderful short break. The Phoenicians, Romans and Moors all left behind an extraordinary legacy for you to explore. Experience this wonderful country by asking one of our experts to suggest a tailormade holiday, designed to reflect the diversity of this truly fascinating destination.
Our Southern Africa brochure features a range of short break options and longer tailor-made itineraries. As well as including the pick of hotels and guesthouses in outstanding locations such as the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route, our programme includes game reserves, Zulu and Boer War battlefields,Victoria Falls, Botswana, Zambia and Mauritius.
Our comprehensive brochure covers India from Shimla in the North to Cochin in the South and has a broad choice of hotels from converted palaces to characterful homestays. The dedicated Sri Lanka section highlights the many attractions of this fascinating island which can be combined in a tailor-made tour. Call our experienced sales team for further guidance.
italY The Kirker Italy brochure features destinations from The Lakes and Venice in the North, to Sicily in the South, and from Puglia in the East, to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence and Lucca in the West. Our expertise can cater for your every need; we offer opera and concert tickets, entrance for festivals, museums and special exhibitions, tailormade itineraries combining beautiful Tuscan Villas, exquisite Ferrogamo city centre hotels with high speed trains, car hire or the Orient-Express.
CULTURAL TOURS & MUSIC HOLIDAYS Our Cultural Tours programme is designed to appeal to a broad range of clients who enjoy travelling with like-minded companions and will be of particular interest to anyone who is curious about art, architecture, gardens, archaeology or history. Destinations include Italy, France, Russia, Spain and Albania. Our Music Holidays feature escorted visits to Europe’s leading festivals including Grafenegg, as well as a selection of our own festivals on land and sea.
Kirker Holidays, 4 Waterloo Court, 10 Theed Street, London SE1 8ST Office hours: 09.00–18.00 (Mon-Fri), 09.00–16.00 (Sat)
Reservations: 020 7593 2288 Brochure requests: 020 7593 2282 • Accounts/administration: 020 7593 2280 • Fax: 020 7593 1461 Telephone calls: please note that in order to manage and train the Kirker team to deliver the best possible telephone service, from time to time we record calls for internal training purposes only.
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There are few countries which can match France for its variety of spectacular scenery, from the Alps to the Atlantic; or for its diverse ran...
Published on Dec 4, 2019
There are few countries which can match France for its variety of spectacular scenery, from the Alps to the Atlantic; or for its diverse ran...