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November 20, 2017

Besançon: France’s Hidden Historic Gem #JessKalinowsky

Besançon: France’s Hidden Historic Gem

Besancon La Boucle de Besancon
Seen here is Besançon’s boucle, or the city center, which is also the economic heart // Photos by Ville de Besançon.  For more info: #JessKalinowsky

April 6, 2015


Filed under: Food Tours,France,Gourmet Cruise — francewithfriendstravel @ 11:06 am

France River Cruise Map 17June2016


BURGUNDY & PROVENCE – NORTHBOUND Our 2016 trip was very successful so we are repeating for 2017 EMAIL now for info


If you’re looking for a Paris river cruise, this vacation sails from the French Riviera to Dijon, ending with a short train ride to the spectacular “City of Lights” – Paris. Your France river cruise begins with an overnight on the Côte d’Azur. Then, board your Provence river cruise ship in Arles and sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner. See Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as Mâcon. Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saône, and fascinating Beaune also await you. Travel from Dijon to Paris by train, and end with a two-night stay in spectacular Paris, the “City of Light”! This Rhone river cruise promises a return home with lots of memories to share. Provence and Burgundy river cruises highlight the very best of beautiful France.

Cruise:deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Côte d’Azur:welcome to France

Day 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation)–Camargue Region:onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region

Day 3 Arles:guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater

Day 4 Avignon:guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 5 Cruising–Viviers:guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne:guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate tasting; guided walk in Vienne

Day 7 Lyon:guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard lecture

Day 8 Mâcon–Tournus–Chalon-sur-Saône: day at leisure; cheese tasting

Day 9 Chalon-sur-Saône (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris:visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris

Day 10 Paris:choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 11 Paris:your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn “All about the French” at an onboard lecture, and attend a lively performance of gypsy music.


  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel


  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • In the event that the TGV is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the transfer from Dijon to Paris will be operated by motorcoach.
  • Departure June 29 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France.
  • Reservations: #JessKalinowsky 24|7|365
  • Reservations now being accepted.  $250.00 per person deposit, the monthly or quarterly payments to avoid any interest on your credit card.
  • Valid Passport required to travel to France.
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April 30, 2014

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France! Food, Wine, Fashion and History.

April 17, 2014

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Filed under: Barge Cruises,Food Tours,France,Gourmet Cruise,Gourmet Wine Tour,Honeymoon France,Paris — francewithfriendstravel @ 9:50 pm


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All-Inclusive & English Speaking Cruises

Discover the Cirque du Bout du Monde, Chalon-sur-Saone and Saint-Jean-de-Losne.


Published fare for 2015 is US$2,640 p/p

Your Group Rate:
Only $1,800 p/p (based on 2 sharing) PLUS a FREE cabin for you & travel companion
(6 Nights & 7 Days, All Inclusive)
Cruise the crossroads of many cultures, combining unspoiled nature and exceptional architectural heritage.


Published fare for 2015 is US$2,540 p/p

Your Group Rate:
Only $1,950 p/p (based on 2 sharing) PLUS a FREE cabin for you & travel companion
(6 Nights & 7 Days, All Inclusive)
Discover Champagne best known for the sparkling white wine that bears its name.


Published fare for 2015 is US$2,720 p/p

Your Group Rate:
Only $2,100 p/p (based on 2 sharing) PLUS a FREE cabin for you & travel companion
(6 Nights & 7 Days, All Inclusive)
Discover Romantic Provence on the mighty Rhone river and all of it’s unforgettable sites.


Published fare for 2015 is US$2,750 p/p

Your Group Rate:
Only $2,150 p/p (based on 2 sharing) PLUS a FREE cabin for you & travel companion
(6 Nights & 7 Days, All Inclusive)
See and experience one of the loveliest regions of France. Its exquisite wines, cuisine, architecture, and history on this 6-nights cruise.


Published fare for 2015 is US$3,390 p/p

Your Group Rate:
Only $2,365 p/p (based on 2 sharing) PLUS a FREE cabin for you & travel companion
(6 Nights & 7 Days, All Inclusive)
*on select dates only
Steeped in history, wine & natural treasures, Bordeaux offers an astonishing range of delights that captivate both the eyes and taste buds.


Published fare for 2015 is US$4,100 p/p

Your Group Rate:
Only $3,515 p/p (based on 2 sharing) PLUS a FREE cabin for you & travel companion
(6 Nights & 7 Days, All Inclusive)

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March 30, 2014

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Filed under: Bike Tours,Cannes,Fly/Drive Tours,Food Tours,France,Honeymoon France,Paris — francewithfriendstravel @ 10:15 pm

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World’s Most Amazing Views

Paris Skyline

Why It’s Amazing: Napoleon is credited for transforming the City of Light during the Second Empire, but it was engineer Gustave Eiffel who helped define the cityscape with a colossal iron lattice tower, which has become a symbol of romance that can be seen sparkling from even the remotest corners of Paris’s 20th Arrondissement.

Secret Viewing Spot: From our list of the World’s Hottest Rooftop Restaurants, try Restaurant Les Ombres atop Le Musée du Quai Branly. Once the sun goes down, sit back in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower while nibbling on creative sweat breads and sipping a glass of French wine.

When to Go: Winter. Yes, it’s chilly, but the twinkling lights and cold Seine breeze create a tableau that is pure Paris.

Travel Arrangements | Tours | Cruises | Hotels | Resorts | Discounted Airline Tickets

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March 4, 2014

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Filed under: France,Honeymoon France,Paris — francewithfriendstravel @ 3:46 am
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JESS Kalinowsky 24|7|365France acts as the global arbiter of style, gourmet cuisine, and all-around sophistication. The very word “Paris” evokes romance and beauty on France vacations, with the exquisite riches of the Louvre Museum and the latest fashions on Rue du Faubourg. From the mild seasons in Nice and Cannes, to the lavender fields of Provence. Indulge in the luxury France hotels and immerse yourself in the affairs of another culture.

Most Popular Things to Do in France

Get a glimpse into royal life at the Palace of Versailles
Discover the stunning art collections of the Louvre
Enjoy a sparkling day learning about and tasting Champagne
Stop at Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
Uncover the fact and fiction behind The Da Vinci Code


From superior views to sought-after locations, finding the perfect hotel is right at your fingertips. Every year, we personally inspect and rate all hotels to offer you the finest selection of luxury accommodations.

Paris France Hotels at which we have discounted rates.

Five Star


1.Four Seasons George V Paris
2.Grand Hotel de Bordeaux and Spa
3.Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat
4.Hotel Belles Rives
5.Hotel Le Bristol Paris
6.Le Meurice
7.Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
8.Mandarin Oriental Paris
9.Park Hyatt Paris Vendome
10.Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel
4½ Star

11.Boscolo Exedra, Nice
12.Champs Elysees Plaza Hotel
13.Château La Chenevière
14.Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
15.Hotel Lancaster Paris
16.Hotel Le Pigonnet
17.Hotel Majestic Barriere Cannes
18.Hotel San Regis
19.Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe
4 Star

20.Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly
21.Castille Paris
22.Cour de Loges
23.Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal
24.Hotel Bel Ami
25.Hotel De Toiras
26.The Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe
27.Hotel du Louvre, a Hyatt Hotel
28.Hotel Edouard 7
29.Hotel la Pérouse
30.Hotel Lutetia
31.Hotel Montalembert
32.Hotel Sezz, Saint Tropez
33.Hyatt Regency Nice Palais De La Mediterranee
34.La Villa Maillot & Spa
35.The Westin Paris Vendome

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April 25, 2013

#FriendsTravel #FranceMusic #FranceVacations JESS Kalinowsky

Filed under: France — francewithfriendstravel @ 8:58 pm 24/7/365 24/7/365–la—nuit

worth taking a few moments of your time to listen to this.

Even if you do not speak French, the visuals are beautiful, as is the music!

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January 30, 2013

France Wine Tours JESS Kalinowsky

Filed under: Fly/Drive Tours,Food Tours,France,Honeymoon France,Paris,Wine Tours — francewithfriendstravel @ 8:09 pm

Wine glasses and grapesOK Ask us about dates to fit your travel schedule!

Tours are available to fit your needs.

JESS Kalinowsky

Some of our Wine Tours for your perusal

Taste of Paris and Bordeaux
Bordeaux Prestige
Taste of Paris and Bordeaux
Taste of Paris and Bordeaux
Bordeaux Wine Harvest
Grand Crus of Burgundy
Bordeaux PrestigeReservations: 24/7/365

Discounted First Class, Business Class and Coach Airfares Worldwide

JESS Kalinowsky Professional Travel Consultant


April 4, 2011

Cannes France JESS Kalinowsky

Filed under: Cannes,France,Honeymoon France — francewithfriendstravel @ 5:45 pm 24/7/365

Villa Garbo
Cannes, France |

After their Le Cavendish relaunch, Guy and Christine Welter transformed this lovely 1884 villa in central Cannes into 11 beautifully appointed apartment suites with four-star luxuries. The eclectic styling mixes postmodern and Belle Époque, all elegant lines and rich colors. Breakfast is served in your quarters, where you’ll also find a Nespresso machine and plasma TV. There is a garden and spa, but what guests rave about most is the evening happy hour with free drinks—in the lounge before a crackling fireplace in cooler weather or on the terrace in summer. 24/7/365

JESS Kalinowsky Professional Travel Consultant

Discounted First Class, Business Class and Coach Airfares Worldwide!


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