Essential Northern Rhône

Rhône Valley tour based in Valence

Rhône Valley tour Crussol

At a glance

Region:The Rhône
Type of Tour:
Duration:3 Days
Guide Price:From £521 to £611 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 1 dinner
Number of Winery Visits:3 wineries
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 16
Tour Transport:Return rail travel between Valence and Tain l’Hermitage
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

Valence, capital of the Drôme department, is a charming city located on the left bank of the Rhône River. Often referred to as the door to the South of France, Valence has a lovely southern feel as well as beautiful historic monuments. Most of all, Valence, half way through Lyon and Avignon, is a very good base to visit the Nothern Rhône vineyards. For those who like good food, the local gastronomy also has a lot to offer. You may wish to try the “Suisse”- a man-shaped shortcrust pastry biscuit or the famous Dragée made with praline or chocolate and coated with sugar.

Upon arrival in Valence, check into your preferred room grade at the hotel. The remainder of the day will be free for you to do as you please. In the evening, a three course dinner will be served in a local restaurant. Drinks have not been included as part of the package and can be ordered and paid for locally on the evening.

Rhone Valley Tour Credits ©Julie Rey – Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné

After breakfast on day two, walk five minutes to the station and board your direct train to Tain l’Hermitage. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes. To start the day in style, 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. In the afternoon, enjoy a tutored tasting session of five wines at the prestigious Chapoutier. At the end of the day, take the train back to Valence. In your travel pack there will be a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants. We would be pleased to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Valence, check into your preferred room grade at the 4* Hotel de France, ideally located in the historic centre.
  • In the evening, a delicious three course dinner (excluding drinks) will be served in a premium local restaurant.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, take a 15 minute train journey to Tain l’Hermitage.
  • 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, we will arrange a tutored tasting session of five wines at the prestigious M Chapoutier.
  • Take the train back to Valence at the end of the day.
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Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, 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.


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.
  • A £35 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.


Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Hotel de France - ValenceSuperior room4*3 Days£606Book Now
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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 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 or 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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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.

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 468 666 or e-mail to requests a booking form.

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Thank you very much. As a gift for my parents it was perfect. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it made everything very hassle free for me.

Ryan - Cardiff, UK