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City Discovery and the Art of Wine Touring



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City Discovery and the Art of Wine Touring











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Paris, France (PRWEB) September 28, 2009

With the grape harvest season in full swing for most wineries in Europe and North America, City-Discovery.com helps you discover the best vineyards for wine tasting and related activities.

To master the art of wine touring, City Discovery begins with the Paris Champagne Tasting Cruise, which involves cruising down the Seine River while sipping bubbly champagne. Also included in the agenda is an informative champagne presentation by a personal sommelier, who not only gives a detailed explanation of the champagne production process but also waxes poetic on Parisian monuments while serving Champagnes Brut, Demi-sec and Rosé Champagnes.

Next up is the Grand Seven Wine Tasting Experience in Paris, where participants can taste a wonderful variety of French wines from Alsace to Bordeaux and from Burgundy to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This unique wine-tasting experience also involves a wonderful introduction by a French sommelier to the great diversity of French vineyards, a discussion on wine techniques for appreciation and strategies for pairing food and wine, and a guide on how to observe and distinguish the unique characteristics of various wines from France’s many “terroirs.” Along with the tasting is a selection of delicious French breads, which rounds up the tasting to a T.

After France, City Discovery takes wine tourists to Italy with an Exclusive Wine and Cheese Tasting in Florence. Featuring white and red wines such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti colli Senesi DOCG, Brunello di Montalcino Tiezzi and SuperTuscan Noir, the tour promises an explosion of flavors and aromas, amid a pleasurable heightening of senses. An exceptional sommelier adds a colorful addition to the activity, treating guests to a special lecture on food and wine dominant to the Tuscan countryside. A tasting in one of Pisa’s famous wine and food shop concludes this day tour, a fitting end to an unforgettable experience.

On the other side of the Atlantic, City Discovery promotes the Wine Country Explorer Pass, a golden ticket to a complete Napa and Sonoma experience. The tour involves 11 great wine tastings at Simi Winery, Clos Pegase, Goosecross Cellars and so on, as well as free admissions to two museums: the Charles M. Schulz Museum and the Napa Valley Museum. The ticket, which amounts to a savings of US$ 107 (compared to buying individual tickets), also provides VIP extras such as 15 percent savings at the Napa General store and 10 to 15 percent savings on selected wine purchases at various wine stores and outlets.

Concluding the American leg of the art of wine touring a la City Discovery is the Colchagua Valley Wine Route. Highlights include a chance to discover the whole process of wine production and wine tasting and a visit to the Colchagua Museum, a private museum that holds an interesting collection of insects trapped in amber, plus objects of pre-Colombine cultures. Colchagua Valley in the town of Santa Cruz features some of the best wineries in the world: Viu Manent, Santa Laura, Bisquert, Mont Gras and Montes among many others.

South of the hemisphere are world-acclaimed Australian wines from the vineyards of the Hunter region, which is Australia’s oldest commercial wine producing district with over 7,000 acres under vine. For a chance to thoroughly explore this region, check out City Discovery’s Hunter Valley Wineries tour, which features a visit to the world-renowned Lindemans for a private wine tasting, a complete wine appreciation course at the Hunter Valley Wine School, a visit to the Bluetongue Brewery, home of Bluetongue Beer and so much more. The wine list features favorites like Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noirs.

On to the lush wine lands of South Africa, City Discovery invites wine tourists to Cape Town’s most popular and well-known wine regions: Franschhoek, Paarl Valley and Stellenbosch. The Full Day Winelands Tour from Cape Town starts off with a visit to Paarl and the spectacular Paarl Valley, where a cellar tour and a wine tasting await at one of the local estates. The wine touring continues northwest to the beautiful village of Franschhoek and then to Stellenbosch, the historic heart of Cape Town’s wine region.

Other options such as visits to the Xanadu winery in Perth; exclusive wine tasting in Rome, Pisa, Milan and Florence; trips to renowned wine regions like Adelaide’s Barossa Valley, Guia’s Adega do Cantor or Singer’s Winery and Montevideo’s Wine Roads (Montevideo); and Spanish Wine Tasting are part of City Discovery’s full spectrum of wine tour offers that sees repeat bookings year after year. (For a complete listing of City Discovery wine tours, please visit City Discovery).

About City-Discovery.com

City Discovery is a leading provider of sightseeing tours, travel experiences and ground transportation worldwide. With over 5,000 carefully selected travel activities in 300 destinations and user-friendly features such as traveler reviews, wishbox, suggested itineraries and gift certificates, City Discovery sells directly to consumers through City-Discovery.com and a network of over 7,000 travel agencies and affiliates. City Discovery is available in 12 languages and has offices in USA, France, Italy, Greece and the Philippines.

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Luang Prabang – Laos’ Saffron City

Laos’ Saffron City

The town’s main attraction is its breath-taking cultural heritage. Increasingly popular as a base for exploring the surrounding area, Luang Prabang is also an equally good spot, after changing down a couple of gears, to totally unwind by the mighty Mekong and just watch life glide by.

The 1995 UNESCO report which declared Luang Prabang a World Heritage site described the town as the best-preserved traditional town in SE Asia. It was also recently voted the world’s top destination for the third successive year by Wanderlust magazine, whilst Laos was judged the best destination country by The New York Times.

Aside from smelly drains, Luang Prabang, whose name means ‘Golden Buddha Capital’, exhibits few flaws. Tourists are usually reluctant to leave the bicycle-paced cradle of Lao culture and often tarry longer than planned. The attraction stems partly from the terrain, as the one-time royal seat of Laos sits at the junction of the Mekong with one of its tributaries and is encircled by an amphitheatre of limestone peaks. It even has its very own mountain right in the town, which rises steeply up behind the main street. The town is occasionally busy but rarely frantic and, thanks to strict planning regulations, is devoid of eyesores.

Time seems to have stood still in this special and serene place. In this respect it resembles the unique Italian city of San Gimignano, whose tightly-packed sixteenth century stone skyscrapers were left untouched for four hundred years when all the inhabitants died of the Black Death. Due to its isolation, Luang Prabang has preserved an older and slower way of life: old Asia, Asia without the crowds, Asia without the traffic, Asia where people have enough time for each other, enough time for themselves.

Luang Prabang seems almost camouflaged by palm trees and dense tropical foliage: from above, only golden-spired stupa roofs are visible, shimmering above the greenery. First-time visitors to this treasure trove of Laos culture are advised to devote at least the first day to taking in the stunning architectural display, with French-colonial chic married to Buddhist splendour to elegant effect.

At dawn scores of saffron-robed, alms-hungry monks file from the monasteries into the streets in a ritual that has become emblematic of the city’s identity. The orange in the monks’ robes is accentuated by the soft morning light in a scene framed by russet monastery roofs, palm trees and whitewashed colonial housing. Within an hour, the monks have completed their rounds and melted back into their monasteries. Although this daily ritual can be seen all over southeast Asia, it’s particularly striking in Luang Prabang because of the density of temples and the concentration of monks: out of a population of 15,000 residents, there are over 500 monks.

If visiting Thailand, why not visit one of the country’s currently best three beach destinations:

Koh Lao Liang: http://www.andamanadventures.com/kohlaoliang.shtml

Ao Nang: http://www.andamanadventures.com/ao_nang.shtml

Railay/Tonsai: http://www.andamanadventures.com/railay-tonsai.shtml

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The author runs Andaman Sky Co., Ltd, specialising in climbing and diving trips to Thailand’s best beach destinations.


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Travel in the city of Renaissance

Discover the city of Florence having a glance at the monuments and museums, walking through tourist recommended itineraries and having a break in its striking parks and gardens. If you like to find out local food and drink have a glance at the Florentine cuisine.

 

You can find out cheap Florence hotels, Luxury Florence hotels, airport hotels at many websites and get the reservation in the hotels. Find hotel deals and special discount on the list of hotels in Florence! Whether you’re travelling on business or on holiday, unaccompanied or with your family, Florence hotels has the perfect deals for your comfortable stay.

 

From cheap Florence airport hotels and last minute hotel reservation to five star hotels, you’ll find the best selection and hotel rates at best tourist locations in Florence. The Hotel Mirage is nearby the Firenze Amerigo Vespucci Airport. The dome of this cathedral has over the centuries become a characteristic feature of Florence’s skyline. The Hotel Mirage is your preference when talking about business stay in Florence for complete relaxation. All of the hotel’s guest rooms are spacious and operational with amenities for your placate. The Happy Bar, open all night, will for all time be at your disposal for that stimulating cocktail at whatever time you want it. Restaurant Perseo offers typical Tuscan cuisine as well as the best international dishes. This hotel offers its guests all the comforts of the friendly and professional staff will assist in every way to make your stay enjoyable.

 

The newest boutique hotel established in the heart of Florence at the side of the historic Palazzo Strozzi suggests a new hallucination of luxury a magnificent SPA and a very pleasurable Health and Beauty center, delightful beds and the most recent hospitality technology. A pleasing holiday in Impruneta, among the olive groves, vineyards, pine woods and terracotta emblematic of the Tuscan hillsides and just few kilometers from Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo. 

Staying at Bellavista you can have the prospect to holiday the whole Tuscany in day trip without having the pressure to change the hotel every-day and don’t have pollution like staying in the big cities.

 

Hotel Ritz is a small hotel with a very pleasant location along the River. The attractive Church of S. Croce, the Bargello Museum, the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio are just in a short walking distance. Approximately all the rooms in the hotel have a marvelous panoramic view over the river, the church of S. Croce, or the rooftops, spacing to the well-known hills that environs the town.

 

Author is experienced business developer and has worked as consultant for major travel companies. Author now occasionally writes about his experiences on his business trips. For more info on Florence cheap hotel bookings visit florencehotels.in.

 


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SAN GIMIGNANO: THE CITY WITH THE BEAUTIFUL TOWERS.

SAN GIMIGNANO: THE CITY WITH THE BEAUTIFUL TOWERS.

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Travel in the city of Renaissance

Discover the city of Florence having a glance at the monuments and museums, walking through tourist recommended itineraries and having a break in its striking parks and gardens. If you like to find out local food and drink have a glance at the Florentine cuisine.

 

You can find out cheap Florence hotels, Luxury Florence hotels, airport hotels at many websites and get the reservation in the hotels. Find hotel deals and special discount on the list of hotels in Florence! Whether you’re travelling on business or on holiday, unaccompanied or with your family, Florence hotels has the perfect deals for your comfortable stay.

 

From cheap Florence airport hotels and last minute hotel reservation to five star hotels, you’ll find the best selection and hotel rates at best tourist locations in Florence. The Hotel Mirage is nearby the Firenze Amerigo Vespucci Airport. The dome of this cathedral has over the centuries become a characteristic feature of Florence’s skyline. The Hotel Mirage is your preference when talking about business stay in Florence for complete relaxation. All of the hotel’s guest rooms are spacious and operational with amenities for your placate. The Happy Bar, open all night, will for all time be at your disposal for that stimulating cocktail at whatever time you want it. Restaurant Perseo offers typical Tuscan cuisine as well as the best international dishes. This hotel offers its guests all the comforts of the friendly and professional staff will assist in every way to make your stay enjoyable.

 

The newest boutique hotel established in the heart of Florence at the side of the historic Palazzo Strozzi suggests a new hallucination of luxury a magnificent SPA and a very pleasurable Health and Beauty center, delightful beds and the most recent hospitality technology. A pleasing holiday in Impruneta, among the olive groves, vineyards, pine woods and terracotta emblematic of the Tuscan hillsides and just few kilometers from Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo. 

Staying at Bellavista you can have the prospect to holiday the whole Tuscany in day trip without having the pressure to change the hotel every-day and don’t have pollution like staying in the big cities.

 

Hotel Ritz is a small hotel with a very pleasant location along the River. The attractive Church of S. Croce, the Bargello Museum, the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio are just in a short walking distance. Approximately all the rooms in the hotel have a marvelous panoramic view over the river, the church of S. Croce, or the rooftops, spacing to the well-known hills that environs the town.

 

Author is experienced business developer and has worked as consultant for major travel companies. Author now occasionally writes about his experiences on his business trips. For more info on Florence cheap hotel bookings visit florencehotels.in.


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Countryside Vs. City Tuscany Apartments: Which One Should I Choose?

Tuscany apartments are always very much sought after by travelers all over the world. A great portion of those visiting Tuscany every year decides to reside in an apartment as the best choice over hotels and other kinds of accommodation rentals. The reasons are easily found in greater price to quality ratio, versatile locations both in the countryside and in the city, plenty of comforts, homelike feel, and a nearby helping hand for every necessity.

However, should you choose among Tuscany apartments in the countryside or those in a city or town setting? There are few points to ponder to answer this question.

What is your first aim during your holiday?

Are you going to be in your home relaxing, waking up late, having a long breakfast, reading your book, diving in the pool and sun tanning, letting the day drift away in total oblivion of the world? Then a countryside apartment certainly is what you need. If however you plan on being an early bird that cannot miss to visit at least all the important cultural and popular milestones of a Tuscan town or city, then of course the city setting is for you.

Do you value most tranquillity or convenience?

If observing the intricate branches of a beautiful oak in Tuscany sets you in a good mood, while strolling along Florence admiring the many Renaissance monuments makes you dizzy after a while, the countryside is for you. Also consider that in the city you will have all conveniences at your easy reach, while countryside Tuscany apartments may be a little remote and every necessity may require you to jump in a car. On the other side, city apartments are often without an elevator, so stay light with your luggage, your apartment may be on the fifth floor!

Pricing

Usually city apartments are just a tad more expensive than country ones. The reason could be because there is so much choice of splendid countryside Tuscany apartments. Also, city apartments may provide a greater degree of privacy as you are in a condo versus a farmhouse with other guests. On the other hand you are very unlikely to get a swimming pool in the city, which usually makes for a nice spot where to cool off the summer heat spells.

Outdoors

If you have a family with kids, then you should consider the countryside. Tuscany apartments are always surrounded by a large garden, most often containing an orchard, olive groves, grass fields and safe games for children. The territory is usually made safe for children, although you can always make sure it is by asking the farmhouse owner.

I hope this brief comparison between Tuscany apartments in the city and in the countryside has helped you clarify which should be your next accommodation rental in Tuscany.

Christine of Tuscany apartments is a private travel consultant that has an extensive experience on Tuscany accommodation rentals. She lives in Tuscany and has four wonderful kids.


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