|Type of Tour:||Multi Region|
|Guide Price:||From £5082 to £5427 per person|
|Number of Meals:||16 breakfasts + 5 lunches + 5 dinners|
|Number of Winery Visits:||18 wineries + 3 tasting sessions + 1 museum|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 112|
|Tour Transport:||7 full day guided and transported tours, some activities on foot and taxi transfers to rural wineries|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year (slight moderations may be required depending on your specific travel dates)|
The ultimate European wine odyssey for lovers of Old World reds! This 17 day holiday allows guests to discover the famous wines Rioja, Burgundy, the Rhône Valley, Bordeaux, Tuscany and Piedmont, with rail travel and flights included between each of these world-famous destinations. Travelling across Europe, you will learn all about the amazing reds of France, Italy and Spain, visiting a wide range of different wineries, including large, prestigious estates, as well as small, family-run producers. This package also includes an introduction to each region’s culinary delights with lunches and dinners served in premium local restaurants.
In the Rioja region, check into a Superior room at the 4* Finca de los Arandinos hotel. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with drinks served in the hotel’s traditional Spanish restaurant.
On day two, an English-speaking specialist driver/guide will pick you up after breakfast and accompany you throughout the day. Our Spanish Tour Manager was born and bred in the region and not only will she entertain you throughout the day with fascinating historical and cultural anecdotes, she will also share with you her extensive wine knowledge. You will be taken to two wineries for tours and tastings and a traditional lunch will be served at one of these estates. At the first estate, guests will marvel at the centuries-old cellars and enjoy a private wine tasting session, whereas the second winery is more modern, offering a complete contrast. After returning to the hotel to freshen up and have a siesta, you will be taken for a tasting session of three premium Rioja wines with platters of local tapas. You will then have time to participate in the traditional evening tapas run on the famous Calle Laurel in the town of Logrono.
On day three, check out of the hotel. A private chauffeured vehicle will take you to Bilbao airport in time for your flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle. Upon arrival in Paris, make your way by metro to Paris Gare du Nord station and board a local train to Beaune.
In Beaune, check into a Charme room at the 4* Hotel de la Poste. Your tour will start with an introductory tour and tasting session of six Burgundian wines at a local estate a short walk from the hotel.
You will continue to build on your newfound knowledge on day four, where you will meet your English-speaking driver/guide for a full day transported and guided tour of the vineyards. You will be transported in an off-road vehicle, allowing access to locations that are usually off-limits. You will visit both the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits, experiencing the range of wines this prestigious region has to offer.
During the first part of the tour, you will be introduced to the sources of some of the greatest Chardonnay wines- namely the famous vineyards of Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. In addition to white wine, you will also be introduced to the Pinot Noir grape from Pommard, Volnay and Santenay. The morning will conclude with a visit to a nearby domaine in the Côte de Beaune, where the owner will take you on a full tour of the estate and beautiful vaulted cellars, explaining to you all about their wines as you taste them.
In the afternoon, you will explore the Côte de Nuits, driving through the famous vineyards of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint-Denis and Gevrey-Chambertin. Your guide will reveal to you the secrets of Burgundy wine whilst you enjoy a glass in the heart of the vineyards. Your time in the Côte de Nuits will then conclude with a visit to a second domaine, for a tour of the estate and cellars and followed by tastings of the estate’s wines. A four course gourmet dinner will be served in a premium city centre restaurant, accompanied by two half bottles of local wine, water and coffee.
After checking out of your hotel in Beaune on day five, board a train to Lyon. The journey time is approximately 1 ¾ hours. Rail travel between Lyon Part Dieu and the riverside village of Condrieu will then be arranged for you. Here, check into the stunning Beau Rivage hotel at the foot of the vineyards, overlooking the river. A four course dinner (excluding drinks) will be served in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant in the evening.
On day six and after checking out of the hotel, pre-booked and pre-paid taxi transfers will be arranged to transport you to a premium Côte Rôtie producer in Ampuis for a full tour of the wine-making process with tastings. Following your visits, travel by train to Tain L’Hérmitage, for a two night stay at the fabulous boutique hotel, la Villéon on the other side of the river in the town of Tournon-sur-Rhône.
On day seven, take a short walk across the river to the quaint town of Tain l’Hérmitage, where you will be welcomed at the Paul Jaboulet Aîné boutique. One of the biggest names in the Northern Rhône and producer of the world-revered “La Chapelle,” this estate has been making highly sought-after wines for almost two Centuries and you will firstly taste a Hérmitage white wine and two Hérmitage reds, one of which will be the latest vintage of “La Chapelle.” A three course lunch with a further two Jaboulet wines will then be served.
You will have time to admire the breathtaking views across the Valley from the iconic “La Chapelle,” a stone chapel which was allegedly built by a 13th Century knight who fell in love with the vineyards here. In the afternoon, you will be taken by taxi to a quality producer of St Péray or Cornas wines for a full tour and extensive tasting session. Please note that we are unable to pre-pay taxis in Tain l’Hermitage / Tournon sur Rhone. We will pre-book your transfers for you and we expect the taxi transfers to cost in the region of 50 euros.
After check out in Tournon-sur-Rhône on day eight, we will arrange rail travel to Avignon, where accommodation for your last two nights will be provided at the 4* Cloître Saint Louis in the heart of the city. Spend the day visiting the Papal Palace and the much loved Pont d’Avignon. We will include entry tickets in your travel pack. A four course dinner with drinks will be served in a restaurant in the city centre in the evening. On day nine, you will be taken on a full day transported tour with an English-speaking specialist wine guide. During the course of the day, tours and tastings will take place in the revered villages of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras and lunch in a local bistrot will also be included.
After checking out of the hotel on day ten, board on a train to Bordeaux. The journey time will be in the region of seven hours. There will be taxis waiting at Bordeaux Gare Saint Jean station, and the city centre is just 10 minutes away. Here,cCheck into a Classic room at the 4* Hotel de Seze. After settling in at the hotel, enjoy an introductory tutored tasting session of six French red wines (including three Bordeaux wines) in a quaint wine bar, located within walking distance of your hotel. The tasting will be accompanied by a platter or cheeses and meats.
On days eleven and twelve, you will meet your guide at a central departure point for a full day transported and guided tour through the Bordeaux vineyards. On one of the days, you visit the internationally famed left-bank Médoc and the other day, the UNESCO Classified appellation of Saint-Emilion and neighbouring Pomerol. During your tour of the Médoc, you will visit three Châteaux, learning particularly about the Cabernet Sauvignon grape and gaining an insight into what makes those big, bold reds so revered. During your visit to Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, you will discover the singularities of the softer wines, predominantly made from the Merlot grape.
You will visit three Châteaux, and your guide will also take you on a walking tour of the picturesque village. During both days, you will learn all about the fascinating wine-making process from press to bottle, and each tour will conclude with a tasting of the Château’s wine. There will be a maximum of sixteen guests on the tour and each Château that you visit will be a Cru Classé estate. On one of the evenings, a three course gourmet dinner will be served in a premium city centre restaurant. Your dinner will be accompanied by three local wines.
On the morning of day thirteen, check out of the hotel and head to the airport, where you fly to Rome. Here, make your way to the station and board a train to Florence. The journey time is roughly 1 ½ hours. Regular shuttle buses run between the airport and the station. The bus ride is in the region of an hour. Tickets can be purchased directly on the bus and cost approximately 5€ per person. Alternatively, there will be taxis waiting at the airport.
After settling into your Classic room at the 4* Hotel Monna Lisa, we would be pleased to recommend a restaurant in Florence and reserve you a table for dinner if required. On day fourteen, meet your English-speaking specialist wine guide at a central departure point in Florence and enjoy a day of tasting in the stunning Chianti vineyards. There will be a maximum of eight guests on the tour and the focus of the day will be the the world-famous Super Tuscan wines. During the course of the day, you will be welcomed as the guests of three highly-regarded Super Tuscan wineries, where your guide will show you the fascinating wine-making process from vine to bottle. At each estate, you will taste a variety of Tuscany wines, discovering the secrets of the Super Tuscan wine-makers. The traditional lunch served at one of the wineries will be a true highlight of your holiday. Here, you will taste examples of dishes that have made Tuscany such a well-loved gastronomic capital and of course, premium wines will complement the cuisine. You will be taken back to Florence at the end of the day.
Check out of your hotel on the morning of day fifteen and board a train to Bra via Turin. The journey time should be in the region 2 ½ hours. Upon arrival in Bra, check into your preferred room grade at the Albergo Cantine Ascheri. You will then have some free time to relax and explore your surroundings.
On the morning of day sixteen, you will be met at the hotel by a chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you throughout the day in the UNESCO Classified Piedmont vineyards. You will firstly be welcomed at a boutique family-run winery for a guided tour of the cellars and a traditional lunch as the guests of the estates. Lunch will be served alongside a selection of the estate’s highly-regarded wines. During the course of the day, you will also discover the stunning countryside, with some free time in the picturesque village of Castellinaldo d’Alba- an authentic Italian village with gorgeous churches and a charming castle. Later in the afternoon, you will be taken to a premium Barolo winery for a tour and tastings of four different wines. Your chauffeur will then drive you to the municipality of Barolo, which is a must see, where you will have time to see the delightful castle. After such an enlightening day, enjoy a cheese and wine tasting including five cheeses paired with a local wine.
On day seventeen, check out of the hotel.
(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 confirmed booking, 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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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 Europe! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
The price of this wine tour booking does not include travel to La Rioja and from Piedmont. Please contact us for advice and further information.
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