First Rhône Tour

FRANCE
Côte Rôtie to the Sea: Adventures in the Wines and Geology of the Rhône Valley

Tour Dates: October 14th-21st, 2018

Day 1 Sunday: Lyon (L)

• Lyon: Rendezvous at Noon, check in to Hotel Silky Lyon

• Traditional Sunday “lunch” at Lyon “Bouchon” bistro

• Geology and wines around Lyon

• Dinner (if still hungry) on your own

• Overnight in Lyon

Day 2 Monday: Northern Rhône to Gigondas (B, L, D)

• Bus to Ampuis: field trip in Côte Rôtie vineyards for geology of Massif Central, Alps, Brune & Blonde terroirs

• Picnic/lunch near Tain-Hermitage

• Tasting in Tain-Hermitage. Geology & wines of Hermitage massif

• Bus to Gigondas; geology of the pre-Alps and Vercors; the volcanoes of the Ardeche; wines of the Northern Rhône

• Dinner at Les Florets, wines of Côtes-du-Rhône & Vacqueyras

• 3 nights at Les Florets in Gigondas

Day 3 Tuesday: Vaison, le Mont Ventoux & Dentelles de Montmirail (B, L, D)

• Morning: Travel to Vaison-la-Romaine thru several Côtes-du-Rhône villages

• Outdoor market and Roman history in the Rhône valley

• Picnic/lunch near Vaison-la-Romaine

• Explore Mont Ventoux and the vineyards of AOC Ventoux and the Dentelles

• Geology: the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central and the Mediterranean

• Dinner at Les Florets, wines of Ventoux, Beaumes-de-Venise, Gigondas

Day 4 Wednesday: Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Vallée des Baux (B, L, D)

• Bus to Châteauneuf-du-Pape

• Morning: Geology and tour at Ch. Beaucastel (valley floor terroir)

• Picnic/lunch in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

• Afternoon: Tour and tasting at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe

• Dinner near Gigondas

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Day 5 Thursday: Luberon, Aix-en-Provence (B, L, D)

• Travel through Peter Mayle’s Luberon to Gordes and Roussillon

• Geology of ochre mines & wines of AOC Luberon

• Lunch in Roussillon

• Travel to Aix-en-Provence

• Geology and wines of the Luberon & Durance river basin

• Shopping/museums and dinner adventure in Aix-en-Provence

• 3 nights at Grand Hôtel Roi René Sofitel in Aix-en-Provence

Day 6 Friday: Aix, Cezanne, Mont Ste. Victoire geology and wines (B, L)

• Aix’s outdoor markets and food adventure

• Geology field trip to Cezanne’s Mont Ste. Victoire refuge

• Picnic/lunch on Mont Ste. Victoire

• Tasting at Domaine de Saint-Ser, Domaine Houchart or Domaine Richeaume in Puyloubier

• Shopping/museums/Cezanne’s atelier and dinner in Aix-en-Provence on your own

Day 7 Saturday: Limestone, Cassis & Bandol (B, L, D)

• Bus to Bandol (Le Plan du Castellet): Geology of the Mediterranean basin, Cap Canaille & Limestone Calanques

• Tasting of Bandol's Domaine Tempier in La Cadiere d'Azur; Geology/terroir of amphitheater where Tempier wines are grown

• Travel over France's tallest cliffs to Cassis

• Lunch on harbor for local specialties soupe de poisson, oursins, wines of Cassis, etc.

• Return to Aix-en-Provence to pack, relax, prepare for dinner

• Au revoir dinner celebration in Aix

Day 8 Sunday: Au revoir (B)

Guidance with transportation at tour’s end

• Au revoir et A bientôt

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Rates:     

Double Occupancy $4,900/person  -  Single Occupancy $5,400/person

What’s Included:

- Expertise of tour leaders

- Hotel accommodations for 7 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

This itinerary and lodging arrangements are subject to change based on weather conditions and the availability of scheduled wineries/vineyards.

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