Pick up at Lyon Train station (or airport) and transfer to your hotel situated in the city centre. Rest of the day to explore this beautiful city.
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Magical Rhone Valley Break
I was born in Paris and lived there for most of my life until I moved to Bordeaux for a new job to work for a wine company. During my time here, I completely fell in love with Bordeaux, as well as Strasbourg and Reims, and truly discovered what we call in French art de vivre (the art of living).
After breakfast enjoy a shared half-day excursion and discover Lyon’s magnificent countryside. Travel North of Lyon on the beautiful Beaujolais wine road through several picturesque small villages surrounded by vineyards.
Your expert guide will explain about the “terroir” and the different characteristics of the Beaujolais wine appellations and its 10 crus wines. Then we enter the Cateau winery and discover the secrets about grape growing and the different steps of the unique Beaujolais wine making process called “semi-carbonic” maceration before wine-tasting several Beaujolais crus wines in the beautiful Chateau cellar.
Later, we go through Chiroubles and Ville-Morgan before passing near Mont Brouilly, a strikingly beautiful dormant volcano covered by secular vineyards. Then, climb Fleurie’s Chapel for a stunningly beautiful view of the Saone Valley. On a clear day you will be able to see the Alps and Mont Blamc!
Finally, meet a passionate wine-maker, visit his small winery and taste several “Crus Beaujolais” wines .
After breakfast enjoy a shared excursion to discover the wines from the Northern Rhone Valley. First we stop in Vienne to admire the spectacular view of the 2000 year old Roman theatre and the stunning panorama of the Rhone Valley. We then drive through the regions of the Syrah and Viognier graps, passing by Cote Rotie and Condrieu vineyards.
You will learn the secrets of the unique Rhone winemaking savoire faire and the art of barrel ageing. Here you will taste some Condrieu, St Joseph and/or Cote Rotie in 2 different small wineries.
Private transfer to Lyon Part Dieu train station to take your train to AVIGNON TGV.
At Avignon you will be picked up and transferred to your guesthouse in Chateauneuf du Pape.
Explore a private full-day wine tour with a wine specialist to explore the Southern Cotes du Rhone vineyards. Vist the cellar and taste the wines of the appelation 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. You will learn some all about the wine making and taste wines from Condrieu, St Joseph and / or Cotes Rotie from visits to 2 different wineries.
Continue to Dentelles of Montmirail hillrange, charming countryside where the vineyards of Gigondas are growing. Sample the full-bodied red wines and the rose wines of Gigondas, one of the best Cru of Cotes du Rhone.
End the day in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and indulge your taste buds with a wine tasting in a local winery. Find out about the Rhone valley vineyards: the terroirs, soil, climate, grape varieties and flavours… Your guide will share with you tips for improving your knowledge of wine-tasting.