French Immersion & Luxury Vacation In Bordeaux

Bordeaux has it all: elegant architecture, fine dining, bistros, the wine country (57 wine appellations), the Atlantic coast. Voted Lonely Planet’s #1 city in 2017!
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Learn to Speak French in Bordeaux

Are you looking for a language immersion program that can also serve as a luxury vacation? Learn to speak a new language in style with your private one-on-one language instructor at some of the greatest destinations and finest luxury locations.

About Bordeaux

No longer known as “Sleeping Beauty”, Bordeaux was voted the #1 Best European Destination in 2015 and was selected #1 city to visit in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017” due to its elegant architecture, buzzing gastronomic scene, and cosmopolitan vibe. The city of Bordeaux is both the commercial and cultural center of southwest France and sits right in the middle of the legendary wine region of the same name, with 57 wine appellations to choose from!

18th Century Urban Elegance

Bordeaux’s city center is an 18th Century architectural gem yet with an urban elegance and plenty of atmosphere. The city’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and its bold modernism have transformed it into a key destination for everyone interested in French culture, lifestyle, and, of course food and wine!

With the completion of the LGV Sud-Ouest line scheduled for mid-2017, Bordeaux will be connected with Europe’s high-speed train network and travel time from Paris cut to just two hours.

Exploring Southwest of France

Bordeaux’s setting on the River Garonne has made it an important port for centuries and the ideal base for exploring wine châteaux of Médoc, St Emilion and Bordeaux, surrounded by the largest pine forest in Europe, 45 minutes from the Atlantic and Arcachon Bay (famous for its delicious seafood and oysters!) and beautiful beaches. The Basque Country and Spain are only two hours away and in three hours you can be on the Pyrenean ski slopes.

Bordeaux continues to improve its reputation for fine dining with several starred Michelin restaurants as well as many fantastic bistros. And with the many Chateaux and Vineyards dotting the countryside, Bordeaux is a food and wine lovers paradise!

Due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean you can expect some thunderstorms during the summer months, but it’s fine to visit March through November.

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Testimonial

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Staying in Bordeaux was such a treat. As someone that wanted to be in city life, but not as big as Paris, Bordeaux was the perfect choice to see beautiful city architecture while learning French. My favorite memory of Bordeaux was always passing by the Place de la Bourse. Thanks L&L for such an amazing experience!

Michael King – Rochester, New York

Frequently Asked Questions

Every Language & Luxury experience is a hand-tailored private journey to learn a foreign language, with a Personal Language Instructor, one on one, in some of the world’s cities and towns. If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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How can I prepare in advance for my Luxury Language Learning Experience?
The truth is that you don’t have to do anything other than bringing an open mind and a positive attitude, and our experienced language instructors, cultural immersion activities, and time will do the rest!  But if you would like to get a jump on things we suggest the following:

1. Practice your listening skills using one or both of the following methods:
a. If your TV service provider has any programming in the language that you plan to learn, watch and listen to those programs! News programs are best because they identify a theme and stick to it for a while, compared to movies or sitcoms that have more complex themes and dialogue.  But any exposure is good.

b. There are mobile applications that allow you to listen to radio stations from all over the world. One example is an iPhone app called “TuneIn”.  Thus, if you’re learning Italian, for example, you can listen to Radio Rai or another Italian station.  Sometimes it’s news, other times it may be a soccer match, but plug in your headphones and go for a walk and let your mind do the rest! In both cases it’s not a problem if you don’t understand, just pay close attention and your mind will start to decipher repetitive sounds.  Pick out a word and look it up if you can; be interactive.

2. Read up on your destination and become familiar with the sites and customs. The more interest you take in the culture the more natural it will feel to begin learning and practicing the language.
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Every individual’s language level is different and we also each learn differently. How can language instructors possibly sort this all out?
Having a personal one-on-one language instructor solves a lot of issues as that’s exactly what they are trained to do, namely, evaluate the student’s level and understand how they learn (and what are their interests).  Our language instructors are each unique but share certain traits such as:

They are handpicked and very experienced in teaching adults. There will be an evaluation, either prior to departure or once on site, to establish the language learning level. They focus heavily on conversation, and cover grammar as is needed to address practical needs and uses throughout the day; the curriculum and activities are designed for practical use. And they will adapt to every individual’s way of learning and interests as they get to know them over time.
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What is the recommended length of stay in a destination?
One to three months is ideal to realize significant language improvement, but we will build a Customized Experience for as little as two weeks if necessary. Another option would be to concentrate on one language but spend time in two locations, such as Paris and Bordeaux, Madrid and San Sebastian, Rome and Siena, etc.
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Do you book flights?
We do not so flights should be booked through your travel agent, travel website, or directly with the airlines.
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Do you book train tickets?
We do not book train tickets, though we can advise on trains when that is your choice for in-country travel.  You may also get help through the dedicated concierge once onsite.
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How can I pay?
You may pay by credit card or bank/electronic wire transfer.
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Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is for your protection, in case of unforeseen events causing trip cancellation/interruption, or any medical expenses during your trip. We strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance, which may include coverage options from basic trip cancellation insurance to full coverage with emergency medical assistance. Travel Insurance gives you peace of mind and safeguards your investment in the event of a cancellation prior to or during your trip.  You can find travel insurance plans with any of the following:  Travel Guard, Allianz, and Travelex.
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What are the departure dates for your language programs?
Key to the success of the Language & Luxury methodology is one on one language instruction, so the program is a customized experience rather than a group tour.  Thus, the dates are flexible and totally up to you.  You simply select the destination and provide us the arrival and departure dates.
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Are meals included with your language program?
We do not include meals in the standard package, as enjoying food is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture!  We do provide restaurant guides and a dedicated concierge service for restaurant recommendations and reservations.

And as part of the customization, we will offer other options for dining, such as a private chef, cooking courses and wine tastings; and, of course, our properties are equipped with full kitchens.
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Will I be able to fully speak a foreign language?
It can take many months to become truly fluent in a language depending on the individuals ability, motivation and dedication. Our language learning methodology is superior to traditional language learning methods and you will learn faster by using the one on one language instruction and cultural immersion that Language & Luxury™ provides.
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Are you looking For A Private One On One language immersion program that Also serves as a luxury vacation?

THIS IS A PRIVATE LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM. NO CLASSROOMS. NO GROUPS OR STRANGERS. JUST YOU OR YOUR EXCLUSIVE SMALL GROUP OF FRIENDS & FAMILY.

We take care of all the details, from transportation to accommodations and excursions. All you need to do is sit back, immerse yourself in the local culture and relax.

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