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France, All Regions – The Ultimate Wine Tour

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Code: FRPARFIWT

From AUD: $14,997

Duration: 23 Days

Offer Expires: Sep 6, 2020

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If ticking off all wine regions in France is on your agenda - here's the perfect opportunity! Do it all in one trip. Not only will there be a focus on wine but you will also tick off the 'must see' places such as Nice, Monte Carlo, Mont St Michel, Monet's Garden and the D-Day Landing Beaches. This tour literally has everything.

This is the Grand Tour of Grand Tours when it comes to France! Firstly it ticks all the boxes when it comes to visiting the wine regions, then it overdelivers on making sure everything else is included too. Twenty three days, touring in a small group with two and three day stops makes for a well paced and relaxing exploration of this country. The tour will appeal to wine lovers and those who are more at ease with history or culture. It is balanced in all respects and doesn't emphasise one over the other. With several departures each year over the summer months, you'd be hard-pressed to find better value or anything that includes more of France's top sights. Add it to your short list!

Day One Arrival in Paris
Arrive in Paris and make your own way to your hotel where your room will be available from 4pm onwards (an arrival transfer may be booked upon request). Dinner is at your leisure.
Overnight Paris Hotel le Six, Paris ****
No Meals

Day Two Champagne Lunch & Veuve Clicquot
Pick up from your hotel at 9am and transfer in a comfortable minibus from Paris to Reims. Upon arrival in Reims, meet with your guide. First stop is a tour and Champagne tasting lunch. The heritage of this Champagne are in Passy-Grigny, a village in the Marne Valley where a famous priest, had a vision of what this sparkling wine could become! After lunch, it's time to visit one of the most famous of Champagne Houses, Veuve Clicquot for a tour and tasting! Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, the house played an important role in establishing Champagne as a favourite drink of the Bourgeoisie and Nobility throughout Europe. Under Madame Clicquot's guidance, the firm focused entirely on Champagne, to great success. She also revolutionised the techniques of the Champagne making process and was from that point on known as “La Grande Dame de la Champagne”. Transfer to your hotel around 5pm for check in. Dinner is at your leisure.
Overnight Hotel de la Paix, Reims ****
Meals B,L,T

Day Three Reims Cathedral & Moet et Chandon
Pick up at 9am from the hotel by your guide, who will take you to visit Reims Cathedral for a tour of what was once the place where the Kings of France were crowned. This will be followed up by a wine tasting lunch at a local domain, located in the typical “champenois” village of Monthelon. This is the heart of the Southern slopes of Epernay’s vineyards, famous for the Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. After lunch the day gets even better, when you make your way to Moet & Chandon for a tour tasting. This House was founded in 1743 by Claude Möet, and became the first international brand in the world within just 40 years. This Champagne is still sold to many important events such as the Cannes Film Festival. Return to your hotel around 5pm for an evening and dinner at your leisure.
Overnight Hotel de la Paix, Reims ****
Meals B,L,T

Day Four Chablis & Beaune
Check out this morning and meet your guide at 9am for a transfer to Chablis. On arrival there will be a tour and picnic lunch at a local domain before travelling on to Beaune for a guided tour. Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy’s famous vineyards, Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, Romanée-Conti, Meursault, Santenay and Savigny-les-Beaune bring a twinkle to the eyes of wine lovers; Beaune is famous for the Hospice de Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu), as well as wine tasting, museums, leisure activities, an annual wine auction and numerous cellars. After the tour you'll be transferred to your hotel for check in and the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight Henri II, Beaune ****
Meals B,L

Day Five Côte de Nuits & Route des Grands Crus
Your guide will collect you at 9am from the hotel for a day of wine touring around the Cote de Nuits, and a scenic drive through the Route des Grands Crus. This is a picturesque journey through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot, where you will literally discover the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy! We make our way eventually to Clos Vougeot where there will be a guided tour (includes entrances). Founded in 1098 by monks, the vineyard covers 50 hectares. The castle houses the brotherhood of the knights of the tastevin, and its wines are one of the most famous in Burgundy with a Grand Crus. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with drinks included before moving on to visit Dijon for a guided tour, then returning to Beaune for a wine tasting. The venue for the tasting is an important vineyard in the Côte de Beaune. Its owner has extensive experience in the wine world, and they produce a wide range of different wines, classified under various names, including several 1st Crus and Grand Crus, both white and red. Return to the hotel late this afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
Overnight Henri II, Beaune ****
Meals B,L,T

Day Six Burgundy & The Hospices de Beaune
Collection from your hotel this morning around 9am for a full day tour around Côte de Beaune and a visit to the Hospice. Hospices Civils de Beaune which have, since their foundation in 1443 by the Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, kept their doors open to everyone without interruption. This institution is unique in its historical and wine-producing capacities and is closely connected with the economic life of the region. Enjoy a wine tasting lunch at a local domain which was established in 1860. The owner set up the business in Santenay, a village in the heart of the vineyards in southern Côte d’Or - Burgundy. Their wine has been taken abroad to the tables of England, The Netherlands and The United States.
After lunch you will be introduced to famous Burgundian vineyards such as Meursault, Pommard and Volnay, and while we are driving amongst them you'll receive a clear and entertaining presentation of the difference between the appellations “Village, 1er Cru and Grand Crus”. Here the Chardonnay is at its best! An afternoon tour and wine tasting at a local domain will complete your day. In 1848, the owner was only 24 when he founded his own wine house. The railway had just arrived in Meursault and Jean had the intuition that it would help make the fame of Burgundian wines. His name soon became synonymous with great white Burgundy wines. The cellars date back to the 15th century and are among the most prestigious in Burgundy.
Return to the hotel for a free evening.
Overnight Henri II, Beaune ****
Meals B,L,T

Day Seven Departure from Burgundy
Check out of your hotel and await transfer to Dijon station with the exact collection time to be advised. Take the TGV fast train from Dijon to Aix en Provence. A picnic lunch with drinks will be provided for you to take on the journey. A taxi will collect you from the station in Aix en Provence and deliver you to your hotel. Check in at your hotel and relax for the remainder of the day.
To celebrate your arrival in this marvellous part of France, we are delighted to offer you a box of Calissons, a local candy specialty! Your gift will be in your room.
Overnight Hotel de France, Aix en Provence ***
Meals B,L

Day Eight Aix en Provence & Local Wines
Your guide will meet you this morning at the hotel around 9am for a walking tour of Aix en Provence, the historic capital of Provence.The city offers an amazing and picturesque summary of southern culture. Don't leave the city without visiting one the many local food markets, a long held tradition which ensures the city remains the gastronomic capital of the area. Near the centre, the Montagne Ste-Victoire evokes perfectly the memory of Paul Cézanne, who painted it several times. After your city stroll there will be lunch at a local restaurant with drinks included. Sit with the locals and watch the world go by in this most French of cities. In the afternoon there will be a wine tasting at a local domain. Your guide will drive you a short way from Aix en Provence through the magnificent landscape of an old ancient crater, upon which the Côteaux d’Aix appellation vineyards are now making their exquisite wine. Return to the hotel after the tasting for your own time.
Overnight Hotel de France, Aix en Provence ***
Meals B,L,T

Day Nine Avignon & Pont du Gard
Meet your driver this morning for a fabulous day of exploring the countryside of Provence. The visit will start with a visit to a typical food market, where you can stroll amongst the famous foods of the region and gain a better understanding of why what you have on your plate each day is so genuine and delightful.
The visit will be followed with a wine tasting lunch at a local domain, with drinks included. After the lunch break it's time to see one of the most famous sights in southern France, the Pont du Gard where you will take a guided tour of this UNESCO heritage listed bridge. Built in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is one of the most impressive Roman relics conserved in France. The aqueduct still stands today and spans the Gard river, with its three levels of arches, and was built originally to bring the water from Uzès to Nîmes. In Roman times this was the most important city of southern France. Return to the hotel and enjoy your own time tonight.
Overnight Hotel de France, Aix en Provence ***
Meals B,L

Day Ten Cannes, Grasse & Transfer to Nice
Check out of your hotel this morning and your driver will collect you from the hotel. From there you'll make your way towards Nice. Along the way there will be a stop in Cannes for some sightseeing, a UNESCO listed city. From the modest fisherman village to the culturally world-famous seaside resort, Cannes has forged a singular history, made of passions and timely encounters as in the most beautiful love stories. Some time will be taken in Cannes to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (drinks included). After lunch you'll transfer to Grasse for a walking tour of the city. You will get lost with delight in the narrow streets and staircases, and admire a square Saracen tower of the 16th century, the town hall in the former Episcopal palace, raised medieval houses, magnificent mansions and beautiful villas of the 18th century and the Belle Epoque casino. From Grasse you will make your way to Nice for your hotel check in. Dinner on your own and free time this evening.
Overnight Hotel Monsigny, Nice ***
Meals B,L

Day Eleven Monaco, Eze & Monte Carlo
After breakfast, meet your guide and start the day with a guided tour of Nice, itself UNESCO listed. Nice is the capital of the French Riviera and sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks but much more recently has become a retreat for 19th-century European elite. Enjoy of typical lunch of the region at a local restaurant, complete with drinks. In the afternoon there will be a transfer to Eze for a guided tour of the city. This beautiful village dates back to the middle ages and clings impressively to the mountainside above the Mediterranean Sea, between St Jean Cap Ferrat and Monaco. Panoramic views, ancient façades, and an unbelievable attention to detail are some of the most memorable features of this lovely village. Then it's on to Monte Carlo to experience the glamour of this iconic city. In the early times, The Rock of Monaco was a shelter for primitive populations, when the coast and the port were probably the sea access for the interior Ligurian population, but times have moved on! You will see and learn about the Monaco of today, and the history of the centuries past. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon for some time to relax and do you own thing in the evening.
Overnight Hotel Monsigny Nice ***
Meals B,L

Day Twelve Onwards to Bordeaux
Check out and take a taxi transfer from the hotel to the airport of Nice for your flight to Bordeaux. A picnic lunch will be provided for your journey with drinks included. A taxi will meet and take you to your hotel on arrival. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy exploring the city.
Overnight Hotel Le Majestic Bordeaux ****
Meals B,L

Day Thirteen Bordeaux
Meet your guide this morning for a tour of the historic centre of Bordeaux. Hub of the famed wine-growing region, this is a port city on the Garonne River. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centred on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool and Bordeaux has more protected buildings than any other French city, outside of Paris. After a couple of hours getting acquainted with Bordeaux, it's time to relax in one of the many traditional Bordelaise restaurants for something sumptuous with a couple of drinks. There'll be time for a Canele tasting after lunch - make sure you leave room! This is a small pastry typical of the Bordeaux region, made with flour, milk, butter, sugar and lastly yolk. They're flavoured with vanilla and rum, have a soft custard centre and a thick caramelised crust. They originated because egg whites were used to fine wines, leaving thousands of yolks behind. Mid afternoon there will be a wine tasting, where you will start to learn about Bordeaux's famous wine scene. The Left Bank, the Right Bank and what constitutes a Bordeaux blend. Return to your hotel for dinner on your own.
Overnight Hotel Le Majestic Bordeaux ****
Meals B,L,T,T

Day Fourteen Dordogne & The Lascaux Caves
Check our of your hotel and meet your transfer driver at 9am for the easterly drive to Sarlat in the Dordogne region. It's a two and a half hour journey through spectacular country with green meadows, rolling hills, limestone cliffs, castles (such as Beynac or Castelnaud) and picturesque villages such as Domme and Laroque Gageac. Centred on the town of Sarlat and the river Dordogne, this is where you will arrive in time for a lunch of traditional duck farm & foie gras (drinks included). The region is also world famous for its caves, namely the Lascaux Cave which is World Heritage listed with UNESCO. After lunch you'll take a guided tour to view the best preserved ancient cave paintings in the world.
Drive on to Sarlat to check in and enjoy a free night.
Overnight Plaza Madeleine Sarlat ****
Meals B,T,T,L

Day Fifteen Saint Emilion
Check out of your hotel and meet your guide around 9am. Today is a great day for wine tasting with a guided tour of La Roque Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac in Saint Emilion. Saint-Émilion is one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux along with the Médoc, Graves and Pomerol although it is much smaller. The primary grape varieties used are the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with relatively small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon also being used by some châteaux. Saint Émilion wines were not included in the 1855 Bordeaux classification. The first formal classification in Saint-Émilion was made in 1955. Unlike the 1855 classification, it is regularly revised. After two tasting visits, a wine tasting lunch at a traditional restaurant with drinks included will be enjoyed. In the afternoon there will be a tour of the subterranean in Saint Emilion! Visit The Hermitage (Saint-Émilion's oldest monument), the Ossuary, the Catacombs, and the Monolithic Church, which were all carved out of solid limestone rock, as were dozens of kilometres of underground galleries. Some of these have been turned into cellars or museums, which you will see. Return to Bordeaux to relax and enjoy dinner on your own.
Overnight Hotel Le Majestic Bordeaux ****
Meals B,T,T,L

Day Sixteen The Medoc
Another exciting day of learning and tasting in the Bordeaux region lays ahead, this time in The Medoc. The Medoc is on the left bank which is the favoured zone for Cabernet Sauvignon as it is well suited to the gravel soils. This helps create serious wines, with amazing ageing potential. Enroute you will drive along the castle road and see the likes of Château Palmer, Château Pichon Longueville and Château Margaux. There will be some time out for a delightful lunch at a local restaurant with drinks included. Following this you'll be back into the wines, with a tasting at a local chateaux. Return to Bordeaux and make your own plans for dinner.
Overnight Hotel Le Majestic Bordeaux ****
Meals B,L,T

Day Seventeen Bordeaux to Tours
Check out of your Bordeaux hotel this morning, and meet your taxi transfer from your hotel to the train station. Take the TGV fast train from Bordeaux to Tours. a picnic style lunch with drinks will be provided for you to take on the journey. On arrival to Tours, a taxi will meet and transfer from the station to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day exploring or relaxing.
Hotel de l'Univers, Tours ****
Meals B,L

Day Eighteen Chinon & Azay le Rideau
Be ready at 9am for your driver/guide to collect you from the hotel. This morning you're off to Chinon for a guided city tour. With its medieval streets, Chinon has remained an outdoor museum of architecture and history. Chinon is the town where Joan of Arc met King Charles VII in 1429. Following the tour there will be a wine tasting lunch at a local domain. Once you have the urge to move on, you will visit the Fortress of Azay le Rideau, which is one of the purest gems of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley. Built between 1518 and 1527, this château is considered one of the foremost examples of early French renaissance architecture. Set on an island in the middle of the Indre river, this picturesque château has become one of the most popular of the châteaux of the Loire valley.
Return to your hotel in Tours for a free evening.
Hotel de l'Univers, Tours ****
Meals B,L

Day Nineteen Chenonceau, Chambord & Amboise
After breakfast, meet your guide who will escort you to Chenonceau, one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies castle", Chenonceau is related to important French women such as Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens around it make it even more spectacular. Following you'll drive onwards to Amboise for a relaxing wine tasting lunch at les Caves Duhard. You are welcomed in Caves Duhard established in 1874. Its owner and wine maker Daniel Gatay is specialised in mature Vouvray wines. You can discover a large range of vintages, from 1947 through to today. Following lunch there is a visit to Chateau Chambord which was ordered in 1519 by King Francois I. It has 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces, and is the largest castle in the region. Leonardo da Vinci is the creator of its incredible double helix staircase. Return to Tours for your own plans this evening.
Hotel de l'Univers, Tours ****
Meals B,L

Day Twenty Mont Saint Michel
Check out of your Tours hotel this morning and meet your guide around 9am - you know the drill by now! From the hotel you will be transferred to Mont Saint Michel, which may be Brittany's best-known attraction. Surrounded by the most powerful tides in Europe, perched high on a rocky island, this medieval city and its abbey are a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. On arrival, we will enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant, with a couple of drinks included. Following lunch there will be time to spend in the village and a visit of the Abbey. Your afternoon transfer will take you to Bayeaux where you will check into your hotel.
Overnight Domaine de Bayeux, Bayeux ***
Meals B,L

Day Twenty One The Landing Beaches
Be ready for a 9am collection from the hotel and transfer to the Landing Beaches of Normandy. You'll make your way to Arromanches where you will view the Circular Cinema and take a guided tour of the D-Day Museum. This will allow you to understand a little more about World War II and allow you to envisage just how it felt on this soil just over 100 years ago for the soldiers who fought and fell in this solemn region. Be ready for an emotional day. A break for lunch will provide some respite before going on to visit Omaha Beach and the American cemetery.
The Normandy American Cemetery, which was inaugurated in 1956, lies at the heart of a vast seventy-hectare site granted to the United States by the French Government. It is possible to visit the cemeteries of other countries also upon request. Return to your Bayeux hotel and enjoy the rest of the day with your own arrangements.
Overnight Domaine de Bayeux, Bayeux ***
Meals B,L

Day Twenty Two The Tapestry of Bayeux
Today it's time to get acquainted with one of the most famous points of interest in your local area of Bayeux. There will be a transfer pick up at 9am from the hotel and you will make your way to view The Tapestry of Bayeux. The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long and 50 centimetres tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England which culminated in the Battle of Hastings, 1066. Following the viewing there will be a guided walk of the city and its cathedral. By then you will be hungry for lunch which will be taken at traditional restaurant, drinks included. This afternoon is a little more adventurous with a visit of a Calvados maker and tasting of his product. Calvados is an apple or pear brandy made typically in Normandy and sits around 40% alcohol. This visit will be followed with a visit to a local cheese factory, together with a tasting. This region, like many others in France is famous for cheese. In fact the village of Camembert is very close by! return to the hotel and enjoy your own time for dinner.
Overnight at your hotel in Bayeux.
Overnight Domaine de Bayeux, Bayeux ***
Meals B,L,T,T

Day Twenty Three Monet's House, Giverny
Check out of your hotel for the last time this tour and wait for your transfer at 9am. Today you will head back towards Paris but not before you pay a visit to Claude Monet's famous home and gardens in Giverny. Monet lived in this place from 1883 until his death in 1926. Many of his paintings were painted in Giverny, especially in his own gardens. People often say walking through them is like stepping into one of Claude Monet’s famous paintings.
Following the visit, there will be time for lunch and drinks at a local restaurant before making the final journey on to Paris to complete your Ultimate Wine Tour. The tour will conclude in Porte Maillot where accommodation can be added to your tour or a transfer organised to the train station or airport.
Meals B,L

One night Hotel le Six Paris in a Classic room
Two nights Hotel de la Paix Reims in a Privilege room
Three nights Henri II Beaune in a Superior room
Three nights Hotel de France Aix en Provence in a Charme room
Two nights Hotel Monsigny Nice in a Standard room
Four nights Hotel Le Majestic Bordeaux in a Superior room
One night Plaza Madeleine Sarlat in a Business premier room
Three nights Hotel de l'Univers Tours in a Comfort room
Three nights Domaine de Bayeux in a Verger room
Breakfast daily
Transport by comfortable mini-coach throughout
Ten wine tastings & tours
Six wine tasting lunches
Four picnic lunches
Thirteen restaurant lunches with drinks
Guided tours of Reims Cathedral, Dijon, Hospices de Beaune, Aix en Provence, Avignon Market, Pont du Gard, Cannes, Grasse, Nice, Eze & Monte Carlo, Bordeaux, Lascaux Caves, Chinon, Châteaux Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau & Chambord, Mont St Michel, D-Day Museum & Cinema, Bayeux Tapestry, Monet's House
TGV train ticket Dijon to Aix en Provence
Economy class flight from Nice to Bordeaux
Canele tasting, cheese tasting, calvados tasting
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Departure Dates
03 May
06 September
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Price
$14997 per person based on twin/double share
$19979 sole traveller with private room

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