|Region:||Provence and the Côte d’Azur|
|Type of Tour:||Exclusive, Wine & Beyond|
|Guide Price:||From £2033 to £2948 per person|
|Number of Meals:||7 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 1 dinner|
|Number of Winery Visits:||4 wineries + 2 cruises|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 17 wines|
|Tour Transport:||2 full day private transported tours|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends from May to the end of September|
Sun, Sea… and lots of lovely wine! Bandol ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable summer holiday. Located an hour’s drive from Marseille airport or two hours from Nice, this seaside town is the perfect base to relax and bask in the Provençal sunshine. On this sumptuous seven night break, you’ll have plenty of time to unwind as well as discover the region’s highly-regarded red, white and rosé wines.
Accommodation with breakfast will be arranged for you at the luxurious 5* Ile Rousse Thalazur Hotel & Spa and on day two, you will be met by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide for a full day private discovery of the wines of Bandol. During the course of the day, you will visit three wineries to taste extensive examples of the region’s white Clairette, red Mourvèdre and premium blend rosé wines. You will have free time for lunch in the picture-perfect medieval village of Le Castellet, which is perched on top of a hill with breath-taking views across the vineyards and countryside. In the evening, a four course dinner will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Please note that drinks have not been included as part of the package and can be ordered and paid for locally.
The next three days will be completely free to do as you please, and we would of course be very pleased to make some suggestions for activities depending on your desires and interests. However you may wish to simply relax and enjoy the hotel’s superb spa, or while away the days sunbathing on the beach. On one of the evenings, we will arrange a sunset “apéro” cruise for you. Departing from Bandol as part of a small group, spend three memorable hours on board a peaceful sailing yacht, swimming, watching the sunset and indulging in a Provençal aperitif.
Following your three days of downtime, your driver/guide will return on day six to accompany you on a second day of tours. This time, you will discover the wines of the Cassis appellation, with a tour and tasting at a charming local winery. Cassis is particularly revered for its elegant white wines, made principally from Clairette and Marsanne. A three course lunch with drinks will then be served in the postcard-pretty port of Cassis. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a two hour small group cruise to visit the region’s famous Calanques (narrow, steep-walled inlets along the coastline). As well as admiring the Calanques from the boat, you will also have the opportunity to swim in the crystal blue sea.
You will then have a final free day for sunbathing and relaxing before checking out of the hotel on the morning of day eight.
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(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.
We have just returned from our trip and would like to let you know how much we enjoyed ourselves. During the trip everyone was so friendly and helpful. The hotel was great. It was really interesting to visit such a variety of Domaines and taste their excellent wines. We thought that the choice of Domaines and Caves was well thought out. We will definitely book again with Grape Escapes and thank you for organising this trip for us.
Lesley- Edinburgh, UK
Bring friends and spend less!
A £485 per person discount applies for groups of four or more travelling together on this break.
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.
Given the wide range of travel options to Provence, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for detailed information about how best to travel to the region.
For more information on our Wine and Beyond breaks please see our Wine and Beyond page.
To secure your booking, a 20% deposit is required . Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44(0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
"Absolutely brilliant! Everything was above expectations and planned to perfection. Thoroughly enjoyed it and thoroughly recommend."
Penny- West Yorkshire, UK
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