Côte Rôtie to the Sea

FRANCE
Adventures in the Wines and Geology of the Rhône Valley

Tour Dates: October 16th-23rd, 2019

Day 1 Wednesday Oct 16: Lyon (D)

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

• Meet to discuss the week ahead

• Cuisine Lyonnaise at “Bouchon” bistro in Lyon

• Overnight in Lyon

Day 2 Thursday Oct 17: 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 along the Rhône

• Geology & wines of Hermitage Massif

• Tasting near Tain-Hermitage

• 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 Oct 18: Chateauneuf-du-Pape (B,L,D)

• Geology field trip to CDP vineyards, tasting at Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe (La Crau)

• CDP tasting and galets of the high terrace

• 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 Oct 19: Mont Ventoux & Dentelles de Montmirail (B, L, D)

• Geologic setting of vineyards in AOCs Beaumes-de-Venise, Ventoux

• Tasting and picnic/lunch near Bedoin, at the base of Mont Ventoux

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

• Special tasting of Ventoux region wines

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

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Day 5 Sunday Oct 20: 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 4-Star hotel in Aix-en-Provence

Day 6 Monday Oct 21: Aix, Cezanne, Mont Ste. Victoire geology and wines (B, L, D)

• Aix’s outdoor markets and food adventure

• Tasting at AOC Côtes de Provence - Saint Victoire vineyard in Puyloubier

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

• Picnic/lunch on Mont Ste. Victoire

• Time for shopping, museums, Cezanne’s atelier

• Dinner adventure in Aix-en-Provence

Day 7 Tuesday Oct 22: Limestone, Bandol & Cassis (B, L, D)

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

• Geology, tour and tasting at top AOC Bandol vineyards in La Cadiere d'Azur

• Lunch/picnic in Cassis

• Tour and tasting at top AOC Cassis vineyard

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

• Au revoir dinner celebration in Aix

Day 8 Wednesday Oct 23: 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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