Avanti Destinations is including a three-day/two-night package in the Champagne region of France in its 2008 Europe FIT programs. The package, “A Sparkling Experience in the Champagne Region” is priced from $769 per person, double occupancy and includes accommodations at a four-star hotel near Epernay and an economy car rental. (Note: Visitors can pick up their car in Paris, which is a two-hour drive to the hotel in Epernay). During the program, travelers can sample champagne from the world’s most famous cellars, visit the charming towns of the area and see the beautiful Reims Cathedral where French kings were crowned. Also included is a gastronomic five-course dinner and lunch at a Reims restaurant.
Avanti has also added on five-day, four-night "Golden Cities of Portugal Driving Tour," which visits Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto. Highlights include a private tour of Coimbra, a Duoro river cruise and winery visits in the Duoro Valley and Porto. A five-day compact car rental, as well as accommodations in each destination area are included. Pricing runs from $1,165 per person, double occupancy.
Avanti, meanwhile, continues to feature its Food & Wine programs in its 2008 Essence of Europe brochure. Contact Linda Miller at Avanti Destinations at 800-422-5053, or visit www.avantidestinations.com.