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Magical Rhone Valley

ITINERARY

Visit: Lyon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon

Day 1: Arrival in Lyon

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free at leisure for you to explore this beautiful city at your own pace.

Day 2: Beaujolais Wine Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Escape from city for a shared half day excursion and discover Lyon’s magnificent countryside. After a short drive direction North of Lyon, travel on the beautiful Beaujolais wine road. Travel through several picturesque small villages surrounded by vineyards and take pictures of stunning sceneries. With your guide, learn about the "terroir" and the different characteristics of the Beaujolais wines appellations and its 10 crus wines. Then push the door of a Château winery. Discover some secrets about grape growing and the different steps of the unique Beaujolais wine making process called "semi-carbonic" maceration before tasting several beaujolais crus wines in the beautiful Chateau cellar. Later, cross Chiroubles and Villié-Morgon towns before passing near the Mont Brouilly, a strikingly beautiful dormant volcano, covered by secular vineyards. We then, climb at Fleurie's Chapel for a stunning breathtaking view on the Saone Valley. On clear days, you may have the chance to see the Alps and the Mount Blanc. Finally, meet a passionate wine-maker, visit his small winery before tasting several "Crus Beaujolais" wines in a friendly atmosphere. The rest of the day at leisure to explore Lyon at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: The Original Syrah / Shiraz Wine Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning shared excursion to discover the wines from the Nothern Rhône Valley. Your first stop will be in Vienne to admire a spectacular view on the 2000 year old roman theatre and the stunning panorama on the Rhône Valley. We then drive through the homeland of the legendary Syrah & Viognier grapes, passing by Cote Rotie and Condrieu vineyards. Learn some secrets about the unique Rhone wine making savoir faire and the art of barrel aging. You will taste some Condrieu, St Joseph and/or Cote Rotie in two different wineries. Private transfer to Lyon Part Dieu train station to catch your train to Avignon TGV. Pick up at Avignon train station and private transfer to your guesthouse in Châteauneuf du Pape. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Private Wine Tour from Châteauneuf du Pape

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a private full day wine tour with a wine specialist to explore the Southern Côtes du Rhône vineyards! Visit the cellar and taste the wines of the appellation Ventoux in a traditional wine estate located at the foot of the Mont Ventoux. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the gardens of the wine castle. Continue to Dentelles of Montmirail hillrange, a charming countryside where the vineyards of Gigondas are growing. Sample the full bodied red wines and the rosé wines of Gigondas, one of the best Cru of Côtes du Rhône. End the day in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and indulge your taste buds with a wine tasting in a local winery. Find out about the Rhone valley vineyards: terroirs, soils, climate, grape varieties and flavours. Your driver will share with you tips for improving your knowledge of wine tasting. Tonight, dinner is on your own. Your hosts will suggest restaurants in the charming village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape that you can reach by taxi.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Departure from Avignon

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Avignon TGV Station for you departure or onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Tour Includes:

  • 4 nights Accommodation in 3* Hotels
  • 2 nights Lyon
  • 2 nights Châteauneuf du Pape
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Train tickets (2nd class) Lyon / Avignon TGV (on day 3)
  • Private transfers on days 1, 3 and 5
  • Shared half day wine excursions on days 2 & 3
  • Private full day wine tour on day 4
  • Dinner on day 3 (without drinks)
  • Picnic lunch on day 4 (drinks included)
  • Wine tastings as mentioned in the program

 

Not Included:

  • Any meals not listed under inclusions
  • Drinks with dinner on day 3

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (pr)

Package Information

  • Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Departures: January - November 2019 (December on Request)
  • Cities Visited: Lyon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon
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