Join us next May on the stunning French Riviera, for the planet’s most glamorous international event: the 2019 Cannes Film Festival! With a renewed focus on luxury and with strong film industry contacts, GR8 is delighted to create your customized film festival experience. Walk the world-famous red carpet and have your photo taken by the paparazzi; enjoy attending official screenings, mingling with celebrities at the most sought-after parties and private events, or even being part of an official photo call with a cast and crew. GR8 will ensure you experience Cannes like a true star!
- Red Carpet Experience
- Attending official screenings
- Invitation to VIP industry parties
- Opportunity to be part of a cast photocall
The term castle has been applied to structures as diverse as ancient hill forts and Renaissance country houses. Over the millennium that castles were built, they took on a great many forms with many different features, but in the popular mind, castles feature a range of elements including battlements, drawbridges, and arrow slits.
Historians enjoy debating the scope of the word, but usually, accept a castle to be the private fortified residence of a monarch or nobleman. This definition excludes fortresses, which were not homes, and also fortified towns, which were public defenses rather than private residences.
The Loire Valley (Vallée de la Loire) is home to more than 300 châteaux. They were built between the 10th and 20th centuries, firstly by the French kings followed soon thereafter by the nobility; hence, the Valley is termed “The Valley of the Kings”. Alternatively, due to its moderate climate, wine growing soils, and rich agricultural land, the Loire Valley is referred to as “The Garden of France”. The châteaux range from the very large (often now in public hands) to more ‘human-scale’ châteaux such as the Château de Beaulieu in Saumur or the medieval Château du Rivau close to Chinon which were built of the local tuffeau stone.
Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 13 regions of France. It is located west of the Italian Peninsula, southeast of the French mainland, and north of the Italian island of Sardinia. A single chain of Mountains make up two-thirds of the island.
While being part of France, Corsica is also designated as a territorial collectivity by law. As a territorial collectivity, Corsica enjoys a greater degree of autonomy than other French regions; for example, the Corsican Assembly is able to exercise limited executive powers. After being ruled by the Republic of Genoa since 1284, Corsica was briefly the independent Corsican Republic from 1755 until it was conquered by France in 1769. Due to Corsica’s historical ties with the Italian peninsula, the island retains to this day many elements of the culture of Italy. The native Corsican language, whose northern variant is closely related to the Italian language, is recognized as a regional language by the French government. This Mediterranean island was ruled by various nations over the course of history but had several brief periods of independence. One its most famous residents was Napoleon, born in 1769 in the Corsican capital of Ajaccio. His ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, is today used as a museum.
- Discover the “island of beauty” as it is fondly referred to and experience the rich history, draw dropping landscapes and soothing Mediterranean climate of this mesmerizing region.
- GR8 will guide you to the most sought after wineries and best regional restaurants.
- Help you discover your adventurous side whilst canyoning or scuba diving.
Unveil the island’s rich history through private visits to cultural monuments and landmarks, highlighting the influences of France and Italy along with its close connection to the leader Napoleon Bonaparte, considered one of greatest commanders in history.
- Relax at one of Corsica’s many white sand beaches or charter a private yacht with your personal chef. We will drop anchor to enjoy snorkeling amongst the plentiful marine life or swim in a secret creek.
Make the most of the “city of lights” with a unique Paris Fashion Week experience showcasing the most renowned luxury fashion brands. GR8 will arrange your invitations to the most sought out shows, accompanied by a backstage pass and an opportunity to meet a top designer. Continue the fun with a private VIP shopping experience at your favorite brand’s flagship store. Become inspired by a private guided walking tour through the fashion haunts of Paris taking in Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Christian Dior. Enhance your experience through the enjoyment of luxury accommodation in Paris’s most charming and chic neighborhoods, savor fine wine and champagne tasting, gastronomic cooking classes and private visits to showrooms. Finish off the day in style at a fashion party with the creme de la creme of Paris Fashion Week!
- First row seats to the top luxury fashion brands
- Backstage meet and greet with the fashion designer
- VIP shopping experience at all major brands and boutiques
- Invitations to the most exclusive parties and events during Fashion Week.
Burgundy is a historical territory and a former administrative region of east-central France. Since 1 January 2016, it is part of the new region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Burgundy comprises the following four departments: Côte-d’Or, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne, and Nièvre. Burgundy takes its name from the Burgundians, a Germanic people. Historically, “Burgundy” has referred to numerous political entities, including kingdoms and duchies spanning territory from the Mediterranean to the Low Countries.
Burgundy is one of France’s main wine producing areas. It is well known for both its red and white wines, mostly made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes, respectively, although other grape varieties can be found, including Gamay, Aligote, Pinot blanc, and Sauvignon blanc. The region is divided into the Côte-d’Or, where the most expensive and prized Burgundies are found, and Beaujolais, Chablis, the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâcon.
The perfect odyssey for all wine lovers. Begin your experience in Burgundy’s picturesque wine capital Beaune with a visit to the Hospices de Beaune, the location of the prestigious annual wine auction. Discover the rich winemaking heritage of the Cote d’Or region, sampling the finest wines, including prestigious Premier or Grand Cru varieties and the region’s famous Pinot Noirs.
Our unique and exciting program will take you along the Grands Crus Wine Road. Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter tour over many famous landmarks; from Gevrey-Chambertin to Chassagne-Montrachet, via Vosne-Romanée. Stroll through the vineyards and hear first hand from a Master of Wine the fascinating explanations on the legendary Grands Crus plots: Romanée Conti, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echezeaux, Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Corton-Charlemagne, Montrachet. Soak up the spectacular views of the typical villages of the Beaujolais and their landmarks.
Reward yourself in the evening with once in a lifetime gastronomic experiences; from the finest Michelin starred restaurants to private dinners and wine pairings hosted on the family-owned wine estates followed by a candlelit tour of the vaulted wine cellars.
Bordeaux; Gascon is a port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department in southwestern France.
The municipality (commune) of Bordeaux proper has a population of 243,626 (2012). Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Bordeaux is the center of the Bordeaux Métropole, which with 749,595 inhabitants (as of 2013) is the 5th largest in France. It is the capital of the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Its inhabitants are called “Bordelais” (for men) or “Bordelaise” (women). The term “Bordelais” may also refer to the city and its surrounding region.
The city’s titles are “La Perle d’Aquitaine” (The Pearl of Aquitaine), and “La Belle Endormie” (Sleeping Beauty) in reference to the old center which had black walls due to pollution. Nowadays, this is not the case. In fact, a part of the city, Le Port de La Lune, was almost completely renovated. Bordeaux is the city which has the highest number of preserved historical buildings in France, except for Paris.
Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. It is home to the world’s main wine fair, Vinexpo, while the wine economy in the metro area takes in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century.
- Enjoy the finest wines of the prestigious Bordeaux region whilst pampering your palate by savoring traditional French gastronomy at some of the country’s top Michelin starred establishments.
- Discover the subterranean cellars and winemaking secrets of the most stunning chateaux of the region, then marvel at the expansive sprawls of historic vineyards.
- Enjoy a range of activities, from archaeological caves to white water kayaking or hiking to medieval villages, your personal guide will tailor make your itinerary to your personal passions.
- Meet with the distinguished wine producers and learn the art of creating your very own “Bordeaux style blend”.
- With these skills under your belt, we will turn our attention to culinary challenges.
- Donning your chef’s hat, immerse yourself in an interactive cooking experience held in another beautiful castle.
- We will incorporate the noblest regional products such as foie gras, truffles, and duck. In the evenings, relax in the luxury surroundings of your 5-star hotel or discover the benefits of vinotherapy at Sources de Caudalie luxury spa.