Essential Hermitage

Northern Rhône Valley tour in the picturesque Tournon-sur-Rhône

At a glance

Region:The Rhône
Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £592 to £907 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts + 1 Lunch (3 Days)
3 breakfasts + 1 Lunch + 1 dinner (4 Days)
Number of Winery Visits:2 wineries + 1 tasting boutique (3 Days)
3 wineries + 1 tasting boutique (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 18 (3 Days)
Approximately 25 (4 Days)
Tour Transport:Return taxi transfers to St Jean de Muzols, the other visits are within easy walking distance from the hotel
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year

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Trip Summary

Based in a superb private mansion with a rich and impressive history, this three day break is the perfect holiday for those who would like to enjoy a unique and romantic experience in the stunning Northern Rhône Valley. Inspired by the 18th Century, the décor of the Hôtel de la Villeon is a subtle blend of tradition and modernity, where comfort meets pleasure and relaxation.

Rhone Valley Tour - Credits Hotel de la Villeon
Rhone Valley Tour - Credits Julie Rey

After a lovely breakfast on day two, make your way to the quaint little town of Tain l’Hermitage, which is just on the other side of the river. Here, you will enjoy a private guided tour of a prominent local winery, seeing first-hand the fascinating wine-making process, followed by extensive tastings of their wines. You will then 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 have the opportunity to taste six different wines; reds and whites from both the Southern and the Northern Rhône. A three course lunch with a further two Jaboulet wines will then be served. After lunch, you will have plenty of 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. You will also be taken by a pre-booked taxi to a quality producer of St Péray or Cornas wines for a full tour and tastings of several of the estate’s award-winning wines. 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.

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If you opt for the four day break, enjoy a visit to the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona in the morning. You will learn the secrets of fine chocolate making, and you will be given plenty of samples to master the art of tasting. In the afternoon, you will be electric bikes will be provided to take you on a picturesque ride through the lovely Hermitage vineyards. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tutored tasting session of five wines at the prestigious Chapoutier. In the evening, a delicious three course dinner will be served in a local restaurant.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Tournon-sur-Rhône, check into your preferred room grade at the 4* Hotel de la Villeon.
  • The remainder of the day and evening will be free for you to do as you please. You may wish to relax at the hotel and enjoy your opulent surroundings. Alternatively, you may prefer to wander across the town centre, exploring the shops and boutiques.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, walk across the bridge to Tain l’Hérmitage.
  • Here, enjoy a private tour and tastings at a prominent local winery.
  • You will then enjoy an insightful tasting session of six Northern and Southern Rhône wines, both red and white, at the Jaboulet tasting boutique in Tain l’Hérmitage.
  • A delicious three course lunch with two further Jaboulet wines will then be served on site.
  • In the afternoon, a pre-booked taxi will take you to a nearby local producer of St Péray or Cornas wines for a full tour of their estate and extensive tastings. 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.
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Day Three (Optional)

  • After breakfast, walk to the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona and enjoy a tour of the museum and extensive chocolate tastings to become a chocolate expert!
  • You will be then have free time for lunch.
  • Electric bike hire will be arranged in the afternoon, as well as an itinerary to discover the quaint Hermitage vineyards.
  • At the end of your bike ride, enjoy a tutored tasting session of five wines at the prestigious M Chapoutier.
  • In the evening, a three course dinner will be served in a premium local restaurant.

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.
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Such a wonderful hotel. The views were amazing!

Joan- Buckinghamshire, 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
Hôtel de la Villeon - Tournon-sur-RhôneCocoon Comfort4*3 Days£623Book Now
Hôtel de la Villeon - Tournon-sur-RhôneCocoon Comfort4*4 Days£907Book Now
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Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of 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 France! 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.
  • Stop in Lyon en route to Tournon-sur-Rhône. Lyon is a very popular destination amongst gastronomy lovers and we thoroughly recommend spending a night here en route to Tournon-sur-Rhône to enjoy dinner in one of the city’s numerous Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • Soak up the sun in Provence. It would be a shame not to take the time to bask in the Southern French sunshine, as Provence is so close to the Southern Rhône. Avignon is just 1 ½ hours from Tournon, and Nice and Cannes are under 4 hours. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we would be pleased to put together a tailor-made tour extension for you.
  • Paris is just two hours from Lyon by train. Let us create the perfect itinerary for you in the city of love.

Further Information

Travel to your Rhône Valley tour

The price of this package doesn’t include travel to Tournon-sur-Rhône. Please see our travel page for further information.

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To secure your booking, a 20% deposit is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on+44(0)1920 46 86 66 or e-mail to requests a booking form.

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We wanted to tell you what a special day we had. The wines were impressive, the food just right in its elegance and simplicity, the various vineyards and processing amazing. A delight.

Deb - Australia

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