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France, All Regions – Wine Tour of France

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Code: FRPARFIWT

From AUD: $7,659

Duration: 13 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2018

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An all-encompassing wine tour of France's major wine regions. Based on a group of up to 20 people, with two departures annually, this is a tour for the avid wine lover.

Join your 13 day wine tour of France. Commencing in Paris and making a clockwise tour of the country, you will visit Champagne, Burgundy, Provence, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.

Based on a small group tour of up to 20 people, you will enjoy exclusive private tastings and experiences throughout.

This tour is based on charming three star hotel and represents extraordinary value.

Day 1: Exclusive private experience in Champagne
Pick up 9.00AM: meet with your English-speaking guide at your hotel in Paris - hotel to be advised
Transfer in a comfortable minibus from Paris to Reims - Tour and Champagne tasting lunch. The roots of Champagne Dom Caudron are in Passy-Grigny, a village in the Marne Valley where a famous priest, Aimé Caudron, had a visionary and promising idea… The generous epicurean was an iconic vine growing figure in this Marne Valley’s village. He loved eating in the village vine growers’ homes and brightened up banquets with his passion. Dom Caudron knew that the wine they served at mealtimes to enjoy every day had a bright future...
The vineyards in the Marne Valley area, e.g. the village of Passy-Grigny, have been sculpted by several little streams running into the Marne. Passy-Grigny stands at the top of the hills meaning it is exposed to very different elements which gives Meunier its own unique personality.
Veuve Clicquot: Tour and Champagne tasting
Includes product descriptions, a company history, profile of the owner, and harvest information.
Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, the house played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of Bourgeoisie and Nobility throughout Europe. After the death of her Husband, in 1805, Barbe Nicole Ponsardin known as the widow Clicquot (veuve in French) became the first woman to take over a Champagne house. Under Madame Clicquot's guidance, the firm focused entirely on the last, to great success. She will also revolutionned the techniques of Champagne making process... Therefore she was named “La Grande Dame de la Champagne”.
Drop off around 5.30pm at your hotel.
Hotel de la Paix**** in Reims
Accommodation for 2 nights in a Privilege room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure. In the heart of Reims, magical capital of the Champagne region, you’ll find the Best Western Hôtel de la Paix. This island of calm is located just a stone’s throw from the shops and the Cathedral. Between old stones & and new design, the Best Western Hotel de la Paix welcomes you with 169 fully equipped and air-conditioned modern bedrooms full of charm.

Day 2: Exclusive private experience in Champagne
Pick up 9.00AM: Your English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Reims Cathedral: Guided tour. Listed in the Unesco World Heritage, with more than 2 300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel, its impressive stained glass windows, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. King Clovis was baptized there around 498, starting a long lasting tradition: except two, all of the Kings of France were crowned here.
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions
Moet & Chandon: tour and Champagne tasting -
Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it becomes within 40 year the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc…It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world.
Drop off around 5.30pm at your hotel.
Dinner at a traditional restaurant at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.
Overnight at your hotel in Reims.

Day 3: Exclusive private experience in Burgundy
Check-out after breakfast.
9.30am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.
Transfer to Chablis.
Tour and picnic lunch in a local domain in Chablis
Beaune: 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). Wine tasting, museums, leisure activities, Wine Auction and cellars.
It is from the 15th century that Beaune experienced a real boom: economic, political and financial with the Hotel-Dieu, opened in 1452. Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone Salins gave a humanist dimension to the city since the hospices welcomed only the seriously ill and underprivileged people.
Drop off around 5.30pm at your hotel.
Hotel Henri II**** in Beaune
Accommodation for 2 nights in a Superior room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.
The Henry II hotel welcomes you in an auspicious and comfortable atmosphere. This beautiful home has combined charm and tradition, partially listed as a Historic French Monument, is located at the entrance of Beaune. First Hotel Ecolabel of Burgundy, the Hotel Henry II has been able to propose an art of living that reconciles modernity and respect the environment. The air-conditioned and soundproof rooms are equipped with free Wifi.

Day 4: Exclusive private experience in Burgundy
Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Clos Vougeot: guided tour (includes entrances)
Founded in 1098 by monks, the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot covers 50 hectares. The castle houses the brotherhood of the knights of the tastevin. Its wines are ones of the most famous in Burgundy with a Grand Crus: Le Clos Vougeot.
Today the vineyard is divided between 80 owners.
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions
Dijon: guided tour of the town. In Roman times Dijon was a crossroads between northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
In the 14th century it was here that the Valois Dukes of Burgundy founded one of the most brilliant courts in Europe. Dijon then became the seat of the order of the Golden Fleece.
From the Renaissance onwards, the townhouses of the Nobles of the Robe reshaped this “city of a hundred towers”.
Dijon's pedestrian streets wind between medieval houses, churches and Renaissance townhouses. The Place de la Libération, created by Hardouin-Mansart, is one of the loveliest squares in France. In summer, its sunny café terraces are perfect for a city break....
Wine tasting in Beaune - This Domaine is an important vineyard in the Côte de Beaune. The wine cellars and the winery are located in Beaune, in the Place Saint-Jacques. Its owner, Yvonnick, has extensive experience in the wine world, having worked for twenty years in sales of Burgundy wines on the French market. The area offers a wide range of different wines, classified under various names, including several 1st Crus and Grand Crus, whether white or red.
Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.
Dinner at a traditional restaurant at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.
Overnight at your hotel in Beaune.

Day 5: Exclusive private experience in Burgundy
Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Hospices de Beaune: Guided tour (includes entrances). 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, unique in its historical and wine-producing, is closely connected with the economic life of the region.
Route des Grands Crus: Picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. We will take advantage of being in those prestigious vineyards to explain the Terroir and the different steps needed along the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir possible. L’expression du Terroir”.
Visit and wine tasting lunch: In 1860, Prosper Maufoux set up with passion his own firm in Santenay, a village in the heart of the vineyards in southern Côte d’Or - Burgundy.
Prosper Maufoux has been taken abroad to the tables of England, The Netherlands and The United States.
Their wines are matured in oak barrels which are meticulously combined and adapted to the origin of the grapes and the vintage.
The wines repose in the vaulted cellars for 12 to 18 months. Regular tastings and technical analyses are realized in order to follow the evolution and guarantee the quality and authenticity of the wines.
During the lunch, you will taste 8 wines and a local Mâchon Bourguignon.
After your lunch, transfer to Aix en Provence.
Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.
Hotel de France***
Accommodation for 3 nights in a Charme room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.
In the heart of Aix-en-Provence, Hôtel de France is a block away from Cours Mirabeau and right next to the famous Fontaine de la Rotonde, 10 min walk from the train station, you are close to restaurants, bars and market. The hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms have private bathroom with bathtub or shower, Nuxe and Clarins products, as well they feature a TV with satellite channels, a desk and a minibar. The hotel offers lift and a computer station and multilingual staff can provide tour/ticket assistance.

Day 6: Exclusive private experience in Provence
Pick up
9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Roussillon: ochre trail - Ochre has become the cornerstone of Roussillon's popularity. The village is today a highlight of Luberon, beguiling visitors thanks to its vivid colors. Sculpted by storms, this former ochre deposit today present enchanting scenery, which combines men and nature work. Cliffs, earth pillars, ochre-colored sand hillocks, after being dug out by shovels and picks, are henceforth shaped by the winds and rain.
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions
Gordes: sightseeing of the village - Known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Gordes is absolutely captivating. The village is built on hillsides and coronated by a bright colour church. You will enjoy crossing the village, full of typical Provencal houses, made with the calcareous stone and covered by terracotta tiles. Artists such as Marc Chagall were habitués of this picturesque Luberon perched village, and Gordes still drains nowadays thousands of visitors coming to admire this panorama.
Coustellet: Lavender Museum tour - Welcome to our site, our invitation to you to explore our universe of lavender. For generations, our life’s work and our undertakings have centered on true lavender. As you will see, our motivation and our family history are closely connected to rare and beautiful true lavender – to the plant and above all to growing lavender, to distilling lavender, to the legend of lavender. The Lavender Museum is a warm and friendly place to visit and to discover the history of lavender, interesting collections and unusual, unique objects.
Drop off aAround 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.
Dinner at a wine bar at a walking distance from your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel in Aix en Provence.

Day 7: Exclusive private experience in Provence
Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Provence: typical food market in Avignon
Provence is known all over the world for its tasty cuisine. But no good food without good products. Strolling in the famous market of Provence is a nice occasion to understand why what you have in your plate is so genuine and delightful. You will be stunned by the bright and intense colours of olives, spicies,fruits and vegetables, by the smelling of delicatessen, cheese and wine, but also by the crowd and the screaming sellers, competing to attract you on their products.
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions
Pont du Gard: guided tour - Built in the Ist century AD, the Pont du Gard is one of the most impressive Roman relics conserved in France. Aqueduct spanning the Gard river, this three levels bridge was in charge to bring the water from Uzès to Nîmes, most important city of southern France during the Roman period. 48 m high and 275 m long, it is still the biggest aqueduct in Europe. Resisting several times to the numerous flooding of the Gard, it was listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.
Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.
Gourmet dinner in Aix en Provence at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.
Overnight at your hotel in Aix en Provence

Day 8: Exclusive private experience in Carcassonne
Pick up Check-out after breakfast. 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel in Aix en Provence.
Transfer to Carcassonne
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions
Carcassonne: Guided tour - Carcassonne, a city imbued with the spirit of the past, boasts 2500 years of history and is privileged to have two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Canal du Midi, classified in 1996, and the Medieval City in 1997.
THE MEDIEVAL CITY
Situated on the right bank of the Aude, the Medieval City is a fortified city unlike any other in Europe, on account of its size and its state of preservation. Its history is marked by 2000 years of conquest and by the imprint of Catharism and the Crusades.
THE CANAL DU MIDI
The work of Pierre-Paul Riquet and excavated in the XVIIth century to link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Canal du Midi, formerly used for transporting goods and people, is today frequented by numerous boaters and tourists.
Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.
Hotel Best Western Le Donjon****
Accommodation for 1 night in a Classic room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner at a traditional restaurant at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.
Thanks to its location the Best Western Hotel Le Donjon is a part of the heritage of the medieval citadel of Carcassonne. Come and enjoy our luxurious garden, a real haven of peace.
Trend and traditions sum up our idea of modern comfort and amenities with a medieval inspiration, you will find much more in our hotel than just a simple family and professional welcome, it is the definition of a good time.

Day 9: Exclusive private experience in Bordeaux
Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Transfer to Agen
Lunch at a traditional restaurant - drinks included
Transfer to Bordeaux
Bordeaux: Guided tour of the town - The historic centre of Bordeaux, Port of the Moon, the port city in south-west France, is inscribed as an inhabited historic city, an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, created in the age of Enlightenment, whose values continued up to the first half of the 20th century, with more protected buildings than any other French city, except Paris. It is also recognized for its historic role as a place of exchange of cultural values over more than 2,000 years, particularly since the 12th century due to commercial links with Britain and the Low Lands. Urban plans and architectural of the early 18th century onwards place the city as an outstanding example of innovative classical and neo-classical trends and give it an exceptional urban and architectural unity and coherence. Its urban form represents the success of philosophers who wanted to make towns into melting pots of humanism, universality and culture.
Wine tasting in Bordeaux
Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.
Hotel Le Majestic*** in Bordeaux
Accommodation for 2 nights in a Superior room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.
In the refined environment of an 18th century building, this charming hotel offers you 47 bedrooms, each with its own specific decor, a flat and a suite.
At this three-star hotel, we will give you a warm welcome and do our utmost to meet all your needs.

Day 10: Exclusive private experience in Bordeaux
Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Full day around Saint Emilion
Saint-Emilion: Guided tour of the towns subterranean monuments and monolithic church. A magnificent medieval town surrounded by ramparts (listed historic monument), the town is famous not only for its unique architectural heritage, but also for the quality of its wines. Saint-Emilion has numerous listed historic buildings as well as ones on the supplementary inventory of historic monuments. There are also over 200 kilometres of underground galleries criss-crossing the basement of the town.
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions
Tour and wine tasting at a local domain in Saint-Emilion
CHATEAU-FIGEAC, 1st Classified Grand Cru of Saint-Emilion, offers the elegance and the refinement of the greatest Bordeaux wines.
The estate’s location is remarkable, as are its outstanding terroir and its history, which is inextricably linked to that of Saint-Emilion.
Its origins date back to the 2nd century AD and the FIGEACUS family, who gave the estate its name. The Manoncourt family, which has owned the estate for over 120 years, has shaped the unique character of the CHATEAU-FIGEAC of today.
Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.
Dinner at a traditional restaurant at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.
Overnight at your hotel in Bordeaux.

Day 11: Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley
Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.
Transfer to the Loire Valley
Chateau du Rivau: guided tour and lunch
A unique blend of medieval and Renaissance architecture, Château du Rivau is a beautifully restored French castle set in the heart of Touraine. Although one of the lesser-known Loire valley castles, this French château seems to come straight out of a fairy tale, thanks to its imposing keep, protective drawbridge and glorious gardens. One can still discern its original square layout, typical of a 13th century fortified French castle.
Yet Château du Rivau is also one of the first ornamental castles to be built: its fireplaces, wide windows and frescos endow it with the harmonious style of a 16th century French château.
Tours: guided tour of the town - Tours is the largest city in the Loire Valley and its capital city. Located in the heart of the region, it is the best base for sightseeing. Historically and architecturally speaking, it is one of the cradles of the French Renaissance. Discover the pedestrian streets of the "Old Tours" and its half-timbered houses, the cathedral, Saint-Martin Basilica.
Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.
Hotel de l'Univers****
Accommodation for 2 nights in a Comfort room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.
Your hotel is set in a fashionable shopping area one kilometer from the Old Town. This hotel has been the most prestigious address in Tours since 1846. In addition to its rich and historic past, as underlined by its celebrated portrait gallery, it offers all the comfort of a grand hotel established in the best traditions of hospitality and elegance “à la Française”.

Day 12: Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley
Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.
Chateau de Chenonceau: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances)
The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it 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.
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions in Amboise
Chateau d'Amboise: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances)
The Royal Chateau of Amboise introduces Italian style to the Loire Valley. It was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Residence of kings Charles VIII and François I, it offers breathtaking views of the Loire river. In its splendid gardens, the gothic chapel shelters the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.
Drop off around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.
Caves Duhard: tour and farewell dinner
You are welcomed in this cellar cave, established in 1874. Daniel, owner and winemaker, specializes in mature Vouvray wines. He has a large range of vintages, from 1947 to today. Made of chenin blanc the Vouvray is a mineral wine with a high acidity level which gives the wine a great aging capacity. The meal is based on the discovery of Loire Valley wines around a tasting of local products. Daniel is a simple and generous man who will share with you his passion for the Loire Valley wines.
3 white wines paired with cheeses.
2 or 3 red wines (Bourgueil, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Chinon) paired with the meal.
1 semi-dry or sweet wine with desert.

Day 13: Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley
Pick up 9.30am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.
Chateau de Chambord: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances) - In the middle of a forest as large as the city of Paris Chambord was the first Loire Valley chateau listed in the world heritage by UNESCO. Ordered in 1519 by King Francois I, with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces, it is the largest castle in the region. Leonardo da Vinci is the creator of its incredible double helix staircase.
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions
After the lunch, transfer back to Paris.

Includes

Exclusive private experience in Champagne
Pick up, Tour and Champagne tasting lunch, Veuve Clicquot: Tour and Champagne tasting, Drop off, Hotel de la Paix**** in Reims.

Exclusive private experience in Champagne
Pick up, Reims Cathedral: Guided tour, Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions, Moet & Chandon: tour and Champagne tasting, Drop off.

Exclusive private experience in Burgundy
Pick up, Tour and picnic lunch in a local domain in Chablis, Beaune: Guided tour, Drop off, Hotel Henri II**** in Beaune.

Exclusive private experience in Burgundy
Pick up, Clos Vougeot: guided tour (includes entrances), Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions, Dijon: guided tour of the town, Wine tasting in Beaune, Drop off.

Exclusive private experience in Burgundy
Pick up, Hospices de Beaune: Guided Tour (includes entrances), Route des Grands Crus, Visit and wine tasting lunch, Drop off, Hotel de France ***

Exclusive private experience in Provence
Pick up, Roussillon: ochre trail, Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions, Gordes: sightseeing of the village, Coustellet:
Lavender Museum tour, Drop off.

Exclusive private experience in Provence
Pick up, Provence : typical food market in Avignon , Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions , Pont du Gard : guided tour , Drop off.

Exclusive private experience in Carcassonne
Pick up, Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions, Carcassonne: Guided tour, Drop of, Hotel Best Western Le Donjon****

Exclusive private experience in Bordeaux
Pick up, Bordeaux: Guided tour of the town, Wine tasting in Bordeaux, Drop off, Hotel Le Majestic*** in Bordeaux.

Exclusive private experience in Bordeaux
Pick up, Saint-Emilion: Guided tour of the towns subterranean monuments and monolithic church, Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions, Tour and wine tasting at a local domain in Saint Emilion, Drop off.

Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley. Pick up, Chateau du Rivau: guided tour and lunch, Tours: guided tour of the town, Drop off, Hotel de l'Univers****

Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley. Pick up, Chateau de Chenonceau: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances), Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions in Amboise, Chateau d'Amboise: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances), Drop off, Caves Duhard: tour and farewell dinner.

Saturday, 7th July 2018 - Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley. Pick up , Chateau de Chambord: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances), Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions.

Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should they not be available, we will offer you alternatives of same standard.

This tour doesn't include
Extras, optionals, personal expenses, other meals, other drinks, other visits, extra hour (75 € per hour with a maximum of 2 hours per day), tips.

Hotels and activities are subject to availability until final booking.

Departure Dates 2018

25 June
24 September

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Price

$7659 per person based on twin/double

Subject to exchange rates

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