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Iconic Rhône Valley & Provence Tour

Savour hand-picked wineries and cultural experiences in Rhône Valley and Provence

Led by Brigid Kennedy, French Wine Scholar & Director of French Wine School. Brigid lived in the Rhône & Provence region for 5+ years, and has both local insights and wine expertise

Dates 25th September – 2nd October 2024

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the Northern Rhône’s most revered and famed wineries
  • Contrast the unique Syrah styles from the northern appellations of Côte Rotie, St Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, with the bold flavours of the southern vineyards
  • Savour gourmet & local cuisine, including a hidden-away Michelin-star restaurant
  • Discover the famous walled city of Avignon, and enjoy a guided tour & tasting at the legendary Chateauneuf-du-Papes
  • Explore the picturesque villages of Les Alpilles, the Luberon and the Mediterranean
  • Cruise around the Calanques & visit the colourful fishing and wine-producing village of Cassis
  • Experience Rosé, perfected in the world’s leading regions

Itinerary

Departing Lyon, we journey through the striking landscape of Cote Rôtie, where vineyards cling to vertical slopes along narrow terraces. Here we visit one of France’s most revered vineyards for a guided tasting. 

Continuing to the heart of Northern Rhone, we arrive at Tain l’Hermitage. After a light lunch, we settle into our charming historic hotel, home for the next two nights. Afternoon free to explore.

Dinner in a regional Michelin-star restaurant.

Wine highlights

  • Birthplace of Syrah/Shiraz & Viognier grape
  • Côte Rôtie  Syrah thrives on these steep slopes. Flavours of raspberry, violet, truffle & chocolate
  • Condrieu  Voluptuous Viognier white wine

After a pleasant stroll across the Rhône on the historic footbridge, we meet our guide at the winery for a segway lesson (optional) who then gently guides us to the top of Hermitage Hill. Enjoy panoramic views and local insights on the wines of the region. 

There will be a tasting of estate wines and an afternoon free to explore the local villages at leisure. There is also the option of further wine exploration or a visit to the marvellous Cite de Chocolat.

*Dinner free to enjoy your choice of local recommended restaurants

Wine highlights

  • We taste wines from across Northern Rhône including St Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage & more.

We head to Cornas for our last special northern region tasting with a local expert. 

We continue to Valence, where we will have free time for lunch and a leisurely wander of Valence’s magnificent historical centre. We head to Provence in the afternoon to the famous village of Saint Remy-de-Provence, our home for the next 5 nights. 

Relax and unwind with an aperitif at our hotel before dinner in a wonderful local restaurant.

Wine highlights

  • Tasting the wines of Cornas. Smallest, but biggest shiraz in character of the northern appellations.
  • In the evening we will be in Provence perhaps tasting our first local Rosé!

We visit a top producer of Châteauneuf-du-Papes for a guided tour and tasting. We continue to the village for a  lovely lunch in a special venue. 

That afternoon we head to Avignon, and are free to explore. Perhaps the famous Palais des Papes, the Pont d’Avignon, historic sites or Inter-Rhone, the Rhone Valley wine centre. Or sit and enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace contemplating the history surrounding you.

Wine Highlights

Châteauneuf-du-Papes is the 1st wine region recognised in France for quality & only wine blend that can include up to 13 grape varieties!

We visit Isle sur-la-Sorgue, wander its bustling antique market, and then on to Fontaine la Vaucluse, the source of the river Sorgue. Enjoy a walk along the river followed by lunch. 

Our final destination today is a renowned hilltop village for the views, cobble-stoned streets and a surprise wine stop.

Today we head to Cassis & the sea for a morning cruise around the Calanques in the blissful Mediterranean sunshine. Following is free time to enjoy one of the local cafes and explore the colourful fishing & wine producing village of Cassis.

Afternoon tasting at an exceptional vineyard nearby.

 

Wine Highlights

Also recognised for highest quality wine in Provence  & only region to focus on white wine. Still excellent Rosé and red wines to try.

We are already in the heart of this region, so we have options! Explore the village, Visit Van Gogh’s retreat and Glanum Roman Ruins or take a guided bike ride through scenic countryside and nearby villages.

Regroup after lunch for an afternoon enjoying the scenic trail through vineyards and orchards to Les Baux de Provence. We finish with a visit to Les Carriers de Lumieres for a special art exhibition. We are back in Saint Remy for our final night with dinner together in a popular local restaurant.

Wine highlights

We are in the heart of Provence, so Rosè is exceptional across this region. Les Baux de Provence is the only region to focus on red wine in Provence. 

 

Breakfast and check out of your hotel, then it’s time to say au revoir.

*Allow time to enjoy the St Remy markets this morning. It’s one of the best in the region.

There is an 11.30 transfer to Avignon TGV for those who need it. 

Pricing

Per person twin/double-share

3,107 Euros 

Single room supplement 

745 Euros 

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

1000 Euros or 1500 AUD

*Final payments will reflect currency fluctuations at date of payment  & due by 26/7/24 

Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 nights accommodation in quality boutique accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Meals as per itinerary; 4 lunches, 3 dinners, some wine with meals
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coach 
  • 7 + guided wine tastings & other exceptional experiences. 
  • Extensive sightseeing
  • Wine education with your guide, Brigid Kennedy & regional wine experts
  • Pick up in Lyon on arrival and return transfer to Avignon TGV

Tour Exclusions:

  • International airfares (please contact your local travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival other than those mentioned in tour
  • Onward bookings
  • Porterage
  • Additional charges at hotels (e.g. room service, laundry, mini-bar, taxis)
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers
  • Travel Insurance (please contact your travel agent for assistance)

Gallery

I thought I knew about wine, but have enjoyed and learnt so much more from the tastings of FWS. A great mix of education and fun!

Julia H

The whole tour was very well organised, with daily winery tours & restaurants; everything went seamlessly. Our hotel was beautiful and enjoyed our guided wine tastings at Cave de Tain and Cornas. I have already spoken with friends about our wonderful time in this wine region. Thank you Brigid for organising for us!

Julie

Really enjoyed the virtual tasting. It was a good introduction to wines I haven’t had before. Great selection of wines. The background information was good for providing context to enhance the tasting. Looking forward to the next one.

Minnie R

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Whether you are new to French wine or curious to explore the Rhône Valley or Provence, this is for you! 

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