|Type of Tour:||Self Drive|
|Guide Price:||From £4466 to £5978 per person|
|Number of Meals:||11 breakfasts + 5 lunches + 3 dinners|
|Number of Winery Visits:||14 wineries|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 45|
|Tour Transport:||Full day private transported tours in the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends from May to October. Outside of these dates, slight amendments to the activities may be required.|
Luxury France self-drive holidays
In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on tourism, we have introduced a flexible range of self-drive breaks, with our clients’ maximum comfort and safety in mind. Our self-drive Luxury France package offers the perfect opportunity to explore some of the most famous French regions, with luxury accommodation in charming boutique hotels, located in peaceful settings, away from the busy towns and cities.
On day one of your trip, drive from the UK to the Loire Valley, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. We have included Flexiplus crossings, which mean that you can board any train on your travel day with a dedicated check in lane and fast track security clearance. FlexiPlus customers also have access to a dedicated lounge with complimentary refreshments and newspapers and snacks to take with you on board. The drive from Calais to the Loire Valley is approximately 5 ½ hours. If you would prefer to spend a night en route to break up the drive, we would be pleased to arrange this for you.
Upon arrival, check into your Superior room at the stunning 5* Chateau d’Artigny. The remainder of the day will be free to spend as you please, either exploring the local area or relaxing in the Château’s expansive grounds. This evening, we would be very pleased to recommend a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.
After breakfast on day two, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. You will be transported in a spacious Mercedes Viano-style vehicle and your guide will follow the necessary safety procedures.
The morning will be spent sampling the best wines from Vouvray appellation. You will be taken on a private tour of the estate and cellars of a highly-regarded producer, and your visit will conclude with tastings of a selection of the estate’s wines alongside local delicacies such as cheese and rillettes. Your journey of discovery will continue and take you to a 15th Century wine-making Château in the Chinon appellation, where you will be welcomed by the Count and Countess of the estate. Following a private visit to the Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc vineyards and a tour of the cellars, a tasting session will take place in the Château’s historic tasting room. A picnic lunch with a bottle of wine will then be served in the stunning grounds of the Château. Your day will conclude with a private tour at a second winery in the Chinon appellation. In the evening, a delicious four course meal paired with local wines will be served in the Château’s gastronomic restaurant.
On the morning of day three after a leisurely breakfast, check out of the Château. On your way to the Bordeaux region, enjoy a visit at the breath-taking Château de Chenonceau, one of the finest examples of the region’s historic Châteaux. You will have the opportunity to explore whilst taking an audio-guided tour. The drive from Chenonceau to Saint-Emilion is just under four hours.
Upon arrival at the 5* Château Grand Barrail, located just outside of Saint-Emilion, check into your Deluxe room. The remainder of the day will be free for you to do as you please. As always, we would be pleased to suggest a restaurant for dinner.
After breakfast on day four, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. You will be transported in a spacious Mercedes Viano-style vehicle. Today will be spent around the UNESCO Classified appellation of Saint-Emilion and neighbouring Pomerol. Merlot is the predominant grape variety in Saint-Emilion, and guests are free to choose their preferred two Châteaux for tours and tastings. The Grape Escapes Bordeaux specialists are happy to offer advice and make suggestions if you would prefer. Please note that a number of the more exclusive estates do not tend to receive visitors at weekends and some of them do not receive visitors at all. We would be pleased to discuss the various options with you and contact the individual estates accordingly. Lunch will be arranged in a local award-winning Château. After a tour of the estate followed by two tastings, a selection of delicious fresh platters will be served by the Château’s beautiful infinity pool, overlooking the nearby vineyards. You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.
In the evening, a five course gourmet dinner will be served in Château Grand Barrail’s gastronomic restaurant. The Chef offers a modern and innovative cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients and served in the elegant and traditionally-French dining room. Drinks can be ordered and paid for locally.
Your private guide will return on the morning of day five and accompany you on a second day of tours, this time focusing on the Médoc and its majestic Châteaux with powerful Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Again, you are free to let us know your two favourite Châteaux and we will contact the estates on your behalf to arrange a visit for you. For lunch, you will visit Château Phélan Ségur, where a grand three course lunch will be served in the opulent surroundings of the Château’s dining room. Your meal will be served with a Champagne apéritif and a selection of Phélan Ségur vintages. You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour.
After breakfast on day six, check out and drive to Burgundy. The drive will be just over six hours. If you would prefer to spend a night en route to break up the drive, we would be pleased to arrange this for you.
Upon arrival at the 5* Hostellerie de Levernois, check into your Pavilion room. The remainder of the day will be free for you to relax at the hotel or explore your lovely surroundings. Your hotel boasts two lovely restaurants on-site, a Michelin-starred establishment and a traditional bistro, please let us know if you would like us to reserve you a table at any of these.
On day seven, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking driver/guide who will accompany you throughout the day on a private transported tour in a spacious Mercedes Viano-style vehicle. Visiting three wineries in the Côte de Nuits throughout the course of the day, guests are free to request their favourite estates in famous villages such as Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanée. One of the highlights of the day will be a visit to a premium domaine in the quaint village of Aloxe-Corton, the only village in Burgundy to boast both red and white Grand Cru wines. You will see their vineyards and historic cellars, and conclude your visit with a three course lunch, accompanied by six of their Grand Cru wines. You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour. Once again, please let us know if you need any recommendations for dinner.
Day eight is free for you to explore the region independently. This will be a welcome opportunity to re-charge your batteries before you head off to Champagne!
After breakfast on day nine, check out of your hotel and take a leisurely drive to the Champagne region. The drive is just under 3 ½ hours. Upon arrival at the Royal Champagne hotel, check into your Champagne Junior Suite and spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying the beautiful views from the hotel’s spa or if the weather is pleasant, from the infinity pool. In the evening, we will reserve you a table for dinner in the hotel’s on-site gourmet brasserie. You will be able to order à la carte and payment can be made locally.
After breakfast on day ten, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. You will be transported in a spacious Mercedes Viano-style vehicle and your guide will follow the necessary safety procedures whilst regaling you with tales and anecdotes of the history of Champagne and its vineyards, introducing you to the particularities of the region. You will firstly be welcomed as the VIP guests of Champagne Taittinger. Here, you will be taken on a private tour of the estate and cellars followed by tastings of three Taittinger Champagnes including their Prestige Cuvée, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs.
You will then be taken to the famous hilltop village of Hautvillers, the “cradle of Champagne”. As well as having time to admire the spectacular views across the vineyards and visit the Church where Dom Pérignon is buried, a comparative tasting session of three single varietal Champagnes will take place in a quaint tasting boutique in the village. Platters of cheeses and gourmet local delicacies will also be served. Please rest assured that all restaurant partners will follow strict safety guidelines, respecting social distance and hygiene rules. After lunch, you will be taken out into the vineyards to visit a small, family-run producer of Champagnes for a private tour of the fascinating Champagne making process from press to bottle, followed by at least three tastings of the estate’s Champagnes.
Ending the day in true style, you will then visit the largest and grandest of Champagne Houses- Moët and Chandon for a private Dom Pérignon tour with a VIP guide. You will be visiting some of the oldest areas of the cellars which are seldom visited by the public. A tasting of Dom Pérignon will conclude the visit in an elegant reception room at the Moët mansion. Your guide will take you back to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.
In the evening, a six course Champagne tasting dinner will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Each course will be perfectly paired with Champagnes from one of the region’s prestigious Maisons.
After a leisurely breakfast and check out on your final day, drive back to the UK, taking the Eurotunnel at your convenience. If you would like to extend your trip to France and visit other regions (for more wine or just to relax), we would be delighted to provide inspiration.
Luxury France self-drive holidays
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a completed booking form, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
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A discount of £1000 per person applies for groups of four people or more travelling together (and sharing a vehicle on the Eurotunnel).
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
The price of this package includes Flexiplus Folkestone to Calais Eurotunnel crossings. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information about travelling to our France self-drive holidays.
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