On this tour, we will cover the Mediterranean coast from Provence to the Pyrenees. The mountains and Mediterranean landscape are beautiful, the Catalan influence on the culture is profound and you will see why these wines are attracting so much attention in the wine world today.

The geology is complex, reflecting the tectonic collisions of Spain and France, the rising of the Pyrenees, episodes of massive sediment flow to the north. There is even a volcano or two thrown in. 

 

Wineries of interest include the vines of Pic Saint Loup, Terrasses du Larzac. Aniane, Pézenas, St. Chinian, Minerve, Limoux, the Côtes du Roussillon, Collioure and Banyuls.

 

During your free time, modern Montpellier, ancient Carcassonne, Catalan Perpignan and stunning Collioure on the sea beckon.

 

You will have the opportunity to purchase and ship wine home if you wish.

 

A professional driver and comfortable bus will transport us from start to finish so there is no need to worry about driving once you get there.

What’s Included:

- Expertise of tour leaders

- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights along the tour route

- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)

- Daily wine tastings

- All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary

- Transportation between hotels and for all daily itineraries

- Assistance with transport at tour’s end
- All gratuities

- Pre-tour and in-tour information

- Suggested reading list

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Languedoc Roussillon

Tour Dates: To be determined

Adventures off the Beaten Path:
The Wines and Geology of Languedoc Roussillon

What’s Included:

- Expertise of tour leaders

- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights along the tour route

- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)

- Daily wine tastings

- All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary

- Transportation between hotels and for all daily itineraries

- Assistance with transport at tour’s end
- All gratuities

- Pre-tour and in-tour information

- Suggested reading list

What’s Not Included:

- Passport and all visa fees, photos, immunizations, or other travel documentation fees

- Airfare for flights to and from France

- Train fare or other travel before and after the tour

- Airline or train transfers and baggage handling

- Personal items such as souvenirs or wines that might be purchased for personal use

-Other items noted as optional or not specifically mentioned as included

- Optional travel insurance including cancellation/delay/lost baggage insurance

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Day 6 Thursday, October 1: Where the Pyrenees dive into the Mediterranean (B,L,D)

• Breakfast at the hotel • Geology and wines of Catalonia • Geology of the Pyrenees: Part II - Spain, Subduction and Schist • Wines and terroir of the steep vineyards on the Mediterranean: Collioure and Banyuls-sur-Mer • Picnic lunch on the Mediterranean coast • World’s best artisanal vinegar? • Tour and tasting in Banyuls-sur-Mer • Surprise visit on the Spanish frontier • Farewell dinner on the harbor in Collioure