|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £442 to £518 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|
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.
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.
(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.
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.
The price of this package doesn’t include travel to Tournon-sur-Rhône. Please see our travel page for further information.
For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential tours page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to requests a booking form.
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