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Charter a jet for the day and head to France with a London-based private jet company that offers day trips for epicurists, writes Joanne Harker

 

If you're visiting Britain this summer and need an escape from the crowds, Olympic fever, and what will probably be soggy weather, then PrivateFly has the perfect escape - a day trip to France.

Launched in 2007, PrivateFly is a global booking service for private jet charter and aircraft hire that has tapped into the growing demand for private aircraft use. It has a network of more than 2,700 accredited private aircraft operators and can arrange charters within 90 minutes of your request. Some of the more attractive services include short-haul day trips, and one of its exclusive offers is in conjunction with wine merchant Bordeaux Index, one of Europe's leading fine wine merchants with offices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The flight out from England starts with a champagne breakfast en route to France. When you land at Bordeaux airfield you will be met by a chauffeur for a tour of the region with a stop at the stunning Pichon Longueville Baron winery. There you'll enjoy a private tour of the ch?teau and wine tasting. Next is a gourmet four-course lunch of local produce such as Pauillac lamb or freshly caught lamprey, accompanied by selected wines. After lunch you will visit Ch?teau Lynch-Bages and sample the Cinquieme Cru, with a visit to the quaint Village de Bages. It's then back to your private jet for a snooze on the flight back.

Prices start from GBP1,089 (HK$13,000) each for a minimum of six passengers and depend on which aircraft you choose and from which airport you fly. There is no service between mid-September to end of October due to the grape harvest.

If Bordeaux is not your cup of tea, the service also offers a day trip to Champagne. This will take you to Reims, for a tour and tasting at the Pommery estate. While there you can visit the unique Roman crayeres - the ancient chalk cellars - 116 steps down, where up to 20 million bottles are stored and aged.

Champagne aside, Reims is famous for its role in French history. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is where the kings of France were once crowned. The day trip to Reims is from GBP4,950 for four people. privatefly.com

 

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