Wine, History, Culture:

10 Days: Monday, October 15, 2018 - Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Accommodation: 9 nights:
Night 1: Monday, October 15:
Grand Hôtel des Terreaux in Lyon, a 4 star, beautiful hotel in the heart of Old Lyon, the Unesco World Heritage site. It combines the atmosphere of an old-fashioned 19th century town house with a modern, innovative décor. It also has an interesting indoor pool and hot tub.
Nights 2 + 3: Tuesday, October 16 + Wednesday, October 17:
Hôtellerie Beau Rivage in Condrieu, a 4 star very charming hotel overlooking the Rhône river and right next to the most famous vineyards of the northern Rhône.
Nights 4 + 5: Thursday, October 18 + Friday, October 19:
Hostellerie du Domaine de Cabasse in Séguret, a 4 star wonderful "provençal" place with a pool and a great terrace belonging to a wine domaine. The hotel sits right in the middle of the vineyards and provides for gorgeous views over the surrounding landscape and the medieval town of Séguret.
Night 6: Saturday, October 20:
Hostellerie Château des Fines Roches in Châteauneuf du Pape, a 4 star hotel in a magnificent, fairy-tale castle in the mids of vineyards and with a spectacular view of the Papal Palace of Avignon in the distance.
Nights 7 + 8 + 9: Sunday, October 21 + Monday, October 22 + Tuesday, October 23:
Hotel Mercure, Pont d'Avignon Centre in Avignon, a 3 star modern hotel right next to the city wall in close proximity to all major sightseeing attractions in Avignong and with a great view of the famous the "Pont d'Avignon".

On our first day in Lyon we will travel a couple of miles north of Lyon to visit Domaine de Pergaud. Eric Texier is one of the dynamic, winemakers in the Rhône valley, although his domaine is located in the very southern tip of the Beaujolais region. The nest two days we spend in the Northern Rhône area visiting domaines in the Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas. We will then travel via Die - here we sample some gorgeous Clairette de Die - and Vaison-la-Romaine, a beautiful Roman village, to Séguret. Séguret lies picturesquely at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, a mountain range visible from afar because of the dramatically jagged shape of their peaks. From here we will explore domaines in Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Rastau. The next two days we will spend in the village of Châteauneuf du Pape and will visit domaines of this famous appellation. The last three days we stay in Avignon. From here we will travel south down to the Mediterranean - it could still be warm enough to take a dip - to the wine village of Bandol sampling reds, mainly made from Mourvèdre and rosé. We will go to Les Baux de Provence and have lunch at the famous 2 Michelin star restaurant Oustau de Beaumanière and of course we visit and taste at great wine producing estates in the Southern Rhône wine region.

The detailed itinerary will be on the website in late January. Please check regularly for updates.


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