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2018 KNOW FRANCE WINE TOUR

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KNOW FRANCE WINE TOUR

tour description

This 10-Day tour of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley offers occasions to sample some renowned wines from vineyards close to our stops in the historic cities of Dijon, Lyon and Avignon. Tastings include wines of Chablis, Côtes d’Or, Beaujolais, and Côtes du Rhone. Magnificent landscapes and bustling cities contrast in this tour to taste and experience some of the essential heritage of France.

tour highlights

Start with a panoramic city tour of Paris before setting off the next day for a visit and tasting in Chablis. From Dijon, the political and cultural capital of Burgundy, we visit Beaune and continue on to Lyon, the gastronomical capital of France. On the way to Avignon, we taste wines of the Côtes du Rhone and visit the Roman city of Orange. Avignon, besides being the site of the Papal Palace, is nicely situated close to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This tour features wine, of course, but does not ignore tastings of some of the history, geography, and culture of these fascinating regions of France.

COUNTRIES: France
WATERWAYS: None 
WINERIES: Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Domaine Debray, Moulin à Vent, Terre de Syrah, Cellier des Princes 

EXTENSION TOUR: We are happy to arrange additional travel details for our guests. Please inquire for possible extension ideas and prices.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Canada

Embarkation

Depart Canada for Paris with Air Canada.

Day 2

Paris

Arrival & Panoramic city tour

Welcome to France. Enjoy a whirlwind panoramic city tour in a private coach before arriving at your hotel. Relax with a free afternoon. Later take a stroll through the picturesque Parisian boulevards or linger over a glass of wine at a sidewalk cafe.

Day 3

Chablis
Dijon

Chablis wine tasting & Abbey of Ste-Madeleine

Journey to Chablis with a brief stop in the charming river-side town of Joigny. Once in Chablis, enjoy your first of many wine tastings. This wine-producing region is one of the most north-eastern within France and wines from Chablis are characterised by exclusive use of Chardonnay grapes which produce wines with high minerality and acidity. With the region often facing frosty conditions, vineyard owners in this region often put heaters into their vineyards to protect them from frost damage! Follow this wine tasting with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Abbey of Ste-Magdalene in Vézelay.

Day 4

Dijon

Dijon city tour & Clos de Vougeot wine tasting

Dijon is a modern city with a medieval feeling. Enjoy a tour by coach and foot to discover the cathedrals, gardens, palaces, museums and gated town homes that make up this former French power centre. Well known for its mustard, “pain d’epices”, and kir this historic city dazzles with architectural splendor and a legacy of exquisite artwork. At one point, the Duke of Burgundy was more powerful than the King of France, largely due to his land holdings. Much of the town was spared from the bombing raids of WWII and the preserved city illustrates the role Dijon played as the capital of the powerful Burgundy region for over five centuries.

Day 5

Burgundy

Burgundy & Beaujolais wine tasting

Burgundy and Beaujoloais: few regions carry the history and prestige of these long-standing wine producing regions. Begin your day with a visit to one of France’s most stories historic monuments, the Hospices de Beaune. Founded as a charitable centre in 1443 (and operational until 1971), it features an impressive mix of gothic architecture, polychrome tiles and a famed vineyard. Stop at a cellar focused on Burgundy wines before a visit to Chalon-sur-Saône. Finish off your afternoon with a sampling of various wines from Beaujolais.

Day 6

Lyon

Lyon city tour & free afternoon

Enjoy a morning tour of Lyon, France’s third largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. With historic ties dating back to the Romans, Lyon delights with lush parks, the Rhone and Saone rivers and a bevy of excellent restaurants. Your afternoon is free to further explore or enjoy some relaxation time.

Day 7

Tain l'Hermitage Provence

Tain-L'Hermitage wine tasting & Orange city tour

Discover more delicious wines today with a vineyard and cellar tour in Tain-L’Hermitage. Proceed onwards to Orange, home to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Triumphal Arc and the Roman Theatre. Arrive in Avignon and enjoy a restful evening.

Day 8

Provence

Avignon history tour & Chateauneuf- du-Pape wine tasting

Visit Avignon and experience a city with a long celestial past. For 70 years from the early 1300’s, the Pope resided in Avignon, making it the centre for Roman Catholicism around the world. It remained under papal authority until 1791 when it became part of France. This history is illustrated through a well preserved town centre, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. After lunch, visit Uzès and take a stroll in this splendid town of shaded boulevards and gorgeous arcaded residences. Complete your day with a cellar tour of the unforgettable Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a region renowned for their opulent and darkly luxurious wines.

Day 9

Avignon
Paris

Travel to Paris
Free Day

Travel from Avignon to Paris by train. After arrival, enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 10

Paris

Disembarkation

Enjoy a final breakfast before departing for the airport. Arrive in Canada with fond memories and some new wines for your cellar.