Second Rhône Tour

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

Tour Dates: October 24th-31st, 2018

Day 1 Wednesday: Lyon (D)

• Lyon: Rendezvous at 5:00 pm, check in to Hotel Silky Lyon

• Confluence wine tasting

• Dinner at “Bouchon” bistro in Lyon

• Overnight in Lyon

Day 2 Thursday: 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 Friday: Chateauneuf du Pape (B, L, D)

• Morning: Visits to Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe (La Crau)

• Picnic/lunch nearby

• Afternoon: Visit an unusual CDP vineyard

• Dinner at Les Florets, wines of Côtes-du-Rhône Villages & Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Day 4 Saturday: Mont Ventoux & Dentelles de Montmirail (B, L, D)

• Visit vineyard in AOP Ventoux

• Picnic/lunch near Bedoin, at the base of Mont Ventoux

• Geology of Mont Ventoux, the Alps, the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean

• Vineyards of Ventoux and Dentelles

• Special tasting of Ventoux region wines

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

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

• Morning outdoor market in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

• Traditional French Sunday lunch in the countryside

• Explore Peter Mayle’s Provence

• Geology and wines of the Luberon mountains

• Tasting at AOC Luberon winery

• Dinner in Aix-en-Provence (if still hungry) on your own

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

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

• 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

• Time for shopping, museums, Cezanne’s atelier

• Dinner adventure in Aix-en-Provence

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

• Bus to Bandol: Geology of the Mediterranean basin, Cap Canaille & Limestone Calanques

• Tasting of Bandol's Domaine Tempier in La Cadiere d'Azur

• Geology/Terroir where Bandol wines are grown

• Lunch/picnic in Bandol

• Tasting at Ch. du Pibarnon; visit the limestone amphitheater of Pibarnon's vineyards

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

• Au revoir dinner celebration in Aix

Day 8 Wednesday: Au revoir (B)

Guidance with transportation at tour’s end

• Au revoir et A bientôt

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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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