Anyone obsessed with Netflix’s new show “Emily in Paris”? If so, look to Contiki to provide just the right setting for visitors to France to follow in the footsteps of their new TV BFF.
In episode 8—spoiler alert!—Emily spends the weekend in a beautiful château in the Champagne region with her new friend Camille and secret love interest Gabriel. Your Gen Z and younger Millennial clients can recreate their own château experience IRL with a stay at Contiki’s stunning, newly renovated 17th century Château de Cruix set amongst the sweeping vineyards of one of France’s most famous and picturesque wine-producing regions.
Château de Cruix, following a $.1.5 million renovation, mixes 17th century glamour and original features with modern decor and art, offering Instagrammable backdrops at every turn. The interior design has loads of French influences, from the French Metro tiles and opulent bespoke furniture to the painstaking restoration of the original building’s flooring.
With views across valleys, vineyards and farmhouses, Château de Cruix offers a host of activities—guests can cool off in the outdoor pool (with soon-to-come outdoor bar and frosé van), do sunrise yoga on the lawn, go on picnics, hikes and bike rides in the surrounding hills, play volleyball on the new outdoor court and enjoy wine tastings and produce from the local area. Inside, the chateau offers double and twin bedrooms as well as spacious six bed dorms, break-out beauty rooms, a bar and further chill out rooms with table football and a pool table and its very own dance floor, La Cave.
Contiki’s Chateau de Cruix features on a number of European trips including the new, 7-day France Cycle to Chateau Limited Edition cycling trip, which starts in Paris and cycles into the dreamy French countryside, enjoying historic towns, vibrant vineyards, elegant architecture and incredible food along the way, culminating with an 2-night stay at the Chateau.
Alternatively, less active travelers can choose the 23-day European Escapade, which also ticks off bucket list destinations such as Barcelona, Munich, Florence, Rome and the Swiss Alps.
Both trips spend at least one night in Paris, so travelers can also tread in some of Emily’s Parisian footsteps as part of their holiday.