|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £1282 to £1380 per person|
|Number of Meals:||5 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 2 lunches|
|Number of Winery Visits:||5 wineries and 1 tasting session|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 40|
|Tour Transport:||Rail travel between destinations, 1 full day transported tour and taxi transfers to rural wineries.|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year (except July). The tour can start on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.|
This six day Rhône Valley wine tour allows guests to truly immerse themselves in this beautiful region and its diverse range of wines. Rail travel between Lyon Part Dieu and the riverside village of Condrieu will firstly 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. On day two of your Rhône wine tour 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 three, 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, visit a quality producer of St Péray or Cornas wines for a full tour and extensive tasting session.
After check out in Tournon-sur-Rhône on day four, 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 three course dinner with drinks will be served in a restaurant in the city centre in the evening. On day five of your Rhône wine tour, 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.
(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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Roy- Liverpool, UK
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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 France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Lyon airport is very well served by flights from the UK. Grape Escapes is ATOL registered, number 10831 and we would be happy to book your flights at cost, however a booking fee of £25 per person applies. The train to Condrieu departs from Lyon Part Dieu station, and there is a tram every quarter of an hour from the airport to the city centre, costing around 15 Euros. Coming back from Avignon, there are direct trains from Avignon TGV (a short taxi ride from the city centre) directly to Lyon airport.
The journey time with Eurostar from London via Paris or Lille to Lyon is around 5 ¼ to 6 ¼ hours. There is a direct Eurostar to Lyon every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and there is also a direct train to and from Avignon every Saturday in the summer. We would be happy to book your tickets for you at cost, however a booking fee of £20 per person applies.
For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential Tours page.
To secure your booking, a 20% per person 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.
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Anna- London, UK