Essential Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Flexible Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour

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At a glance

Region:The Rhône
Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £582 to £1050 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 1 dinner (3 Days)
3 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 1 dinner (4 Days)
Number of Winery Visits:3 wineries (3 Days)
6 wineries (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 14 (3 Days)
Approximately 25 (4 Days)
Tour Transport:1 or 2 full day guided and transported tours
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

One of France’s most celebrated appellations, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the finest expressions of the Grenache grape, which is traditionally blended with up to 13 other varieties (most commonly Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault) to create bold, rich red wines. The village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is beautifully picturesque, making it the perfect destination for a fantastic short break.

Our three and four day packages are based at the 4* Château des Fines Roches, a 19th castle set amongst prestigious vineyards. After checking in to your preferred room and spending some time enjoying your pleasant surroundings, a three course wine tasting dinner will be served in the Château’s elegant gastronomic restaurant. Each course will be perfectly paired with a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour

On the morning of day two, you will be bet at the Château by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a fun and fascinating Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tour. You will start by looking at the unusual terroir that is responsible for the ultra-ripe grapes that come from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vines and will then visit the cuverie of a local wine-maker, to understand their wine-making philosophy. The visit will conclude with tastings of their award-winning wines. You will be welcomed to dine in a quintessentially Rhône bistro for lunch. After lunch, enjoy tours and tastings at two more Châteauneuf-du-Pape wineries before spending a relaxing evening at leisure.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits A Hocquel and VPA

If you would like to stay for a third night and book the four day experience, your guide will return on the morning of day three, and accompany you on a second day of tours. Today, you will visit three appellations; Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Rasteau. In the village of Vacqueyras, you will see the famous dentelles. Meaning lace in English, these short, steep mountains are covered in broom and you will have time to admire the beautiful rock formations and the magical terroir. You will then meet a wine producer in the village, who will show you around his estate, and the tour will conclude with a tasting of some of the estate’s wines. A traditional French lunch will then be served in an authentic bistro.

In the afternoon, your guide will take you to Gigondas. The countless wine-related archaeological artefacts found in this appellation are testament to the Roman’s appreciation of wine. Here, enjoy a tour and tastings as the guests of a highly regarded wine-maker in this appellation. Before heading back to the Château, you will visit a winery in the Rasteau appellation for a tour and tasting. Rasteau is particularly famous for its delicious fortified wines, which can be red, white and rosé.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits A Hocquel and VPA
Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits A Hocquel and VPA

Region Map

Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits A Hocquel and VPA
Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits Colombe Prod and VPA

Outline Itinerary

Day one of your Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour

  • Upon arrival in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, check into your preferred room at the 4* Château des Fines Roches.
  • In the evening, a three course wine tasting dinner will be served in the Château’s gastronomic restaurant.

Day two of your Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at three Châteauneuf-du-Pape wineries.
  • Lunch in a local bistro.
  • The evening will be at leisure. We would be very pleased to recommend a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits A Hocquel and VPA
Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits A Hocquel and VPA

Day Three (Optional) of your Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour

  • After breakfast, your guide will return and accompany you on a second day of tours. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour and tasting at a winery in the appellation of Vacqueyras.
  • Lunch in a local bistro.
  • A tour and tasting at a winery in the Gigondas appellation.
  • A tour and tasting at a winery in the appellation of Rasteau.

Final day of your Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the Château.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits JL Zimmermann and VPA
Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits JL Zimmermann and VPA

Accommodation

"An excellent trip, expertly constructed to meet our requirements."

Richard- Saffron Walden, UK

Package Prices

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March) or if there are more than two of you travelling together. Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Le Château des Fines RochesCharme4*3 Days£664Book Now
Le Château des Fines RochesCharme4*4 Days£1050Book Now
Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour
Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

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.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Additional tours and activities! We would be delighted to provide inspiration for more wine tours and cultural activities. The possibilities are endless!
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. The wine regions are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass than with a mouth-watering meal? We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget. Contact us for prices.
  • Tailor-made tour extensions. The team at Grape Escapes have travelled extensively in Europe, not just in the wine regions and can therefore recommend and arrange tailor-made tour extensions to other regions and cities, for example Paris in France or Bilbao in Spain.
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Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour

Further Information

Travel to your Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour

The price of this package doesn’t include travel to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Please see our travel page for further information.

Essential Tours

For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential tours page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44(0)1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to requests a booking form.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape tour- Credits A Hocquel and VPA

"Fabulous tour, fabulous location and fabulous wines. Celine was an extremely knowledgable guide and the diverse range of vineyards and wineries that we visited in Châteauneuf-du-Pape were wonderful."

Jennifer- Middlesex, UK

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