There can be no better way to learn the French language than by living, breathing and immersing yourself in the culture and essence of France. Learning from classes, books and online works well, but for truly appreciating and understanding the nuances of real French by getting to know and chat to the locals, enjoying the wonderful cuisine and wines and experiencing the traditions and customs of France – well, nothing beats a fabulous immersion tour.
The language of France reflects it’s long past, its love affair with gastronomy, its diverse landscape and its history. An immersion course enables you to really absorb all these intangible aspects and get to know France at its very best and most personal.
Lapont French Immersion tours are hosted by Catherine Alapont, an acclaimed multi-linguist who was born in France and has a passion for the language as well as French culture. She’s a consummate and charming hostess who makes guests feel like friends and with whom she shares her local knowledge and understanding of France, not to say her favourite places, ensuring you get the tour of a lifetime whilst learning the language.
The best French Language Immersion course
You start off by meeting Catherine in Paris, at the legendary Train Bleu restaurant at the Gare de Lyon and this really sets the scene for the whole 10 day tour – the best of the best, luxurious, authentic and utterly delicious. Travellers have been meeting here for more than 100 years and it’s a brilliant introduction to a fabulous tour.
From here you’ll head by train to beautiful Bourg-en-Bresse, at the foot of the alpine Jura Mountains in Burgundy and onto your chateau accommodation by private transfer. If you’ve ever imagined what it’s like to live in a 17th century castle, a stay here will surpass your dreams. With elegant, spacious rooms, private park, in-house chef and bikes for guests to cycle to nearby picturesque medieval villages, it’s the perfect location to inspire you to learn in the mornings whilst loving your luxury French stay. The French course at the Chateau-Ecole is optional, daily a la carte cultural activities are available and accompanying partners are welcome!
The tour involves complete immersion in French at this gorgeous mansion and on days out with local experts. You’ll participate in gourmet cooking lessons, dine with local French guests who will practice the language with you and you’ll take escorted trips to the best local sites including Catherine’s off the beaten track favourites that most visitors never discover. Chateaux, cheese and wine tasting, Michelin star meals, lavender fields, walks in beautiful natural surroundings, exquisite street markets and a trip to lovely Vieux Lyon are all included and you’re guaranteed to feel like a VIP.
The Perfect Paris Tour
Why not stay a while longer and enjoy the experience of a life time. After your 10 day course, your understanding of the French language will be clear and now you have the opportunity to carry on and explore the most beautiful city in the world.
From beautiful Burgundy head to Paris for a magical stay at the beguiling and quaint Boutique Hotel in the historic Marais district in the heart of the city.
You’ll dine at the best restaurants, soak up the knowledge and passion of experienced private guides and sip coffee late into the evening on the banks of the River Seine. But you won’t be queuing or waiting anywhere as Catherine arranges 5 star treatment and private tours of the city’s hidden gems.
In the world’s favourite city, you’ll have the chance to visit glamorous Laduree to try the ravishing little macarons, shop in the legendary Champs-Elysées, attend the famous Paris opera with a VIP ticket and supper. You’ll attend an oyster and Champagne tasting at a foodie market in Saint-Germain, discover gypsy jazz in mesmerising Montmartre, climb the Eiffel Tower and visit the places that dreams are made of. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Monet’s Garden in Giverny, in Normandy which is surprisingly close by, and enjoy an extended lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant. At the time of your visit, the roses are out and the colours of this iconic garden are truly exquisite.
Lapont French Immersion Tours
The tour groups are kept small so that there’s time for you to see and do what you want and really get to know France, as well as enjoying classes where the teacher has the time for you, to make sure your French really comes on leaps and bounds.
You’ll find that your fellow guests are as passionate about France and as enthusiastic about learning as you. This tour will leave you not just with the gift of a language but with much more. You will have a unique insight to fascinating France, the French people, the fabulous cuisine and delicious wines, the culture and history.
Catherine is a truly charming hostess, she will make sure you feel at home and that everything you need is provided so that your tour is one you will adore, and you’ll have memories to treasure for ever.
Register your interest for the May and September 2017 French Immersion Tours now at Lapont.com and start a love affair with France.