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9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour Overview:
Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines. Windows that open out on soaring mountains, charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a voyage through quintessential France.

Day 1 - Paris - Chateau De Vaux-le-vicomte - Reims - Ay

From Paris, we travel to our first stop - the lavish Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte which makes a magnificent opening act for our adventure. Next comes a visit to Reims and a visit to the cathedral, where treasured reminders of its medieval heritages stand beside elegant buildings. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Castle Jeanson

Day 2 - Ay - Champagne - Hautvillers - Ay
Today is devoted to discovering Champagne and its liquid riches. Epernay is arguably its epicentre, so we pause here to stroll up Avenue de Champagne, lined with many famous merchants houses and cellars. After, we take time to visit the tasting cellar at Caveau de Jaillance. Our road back to Ay takes us through the beautiful Montagne de Reims area, known for its Pinot Noir. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Castle Jeanson

Day 3 - Ay - Tonnerre - Chablis - Flavigny Sur Ozerain - Beaune
Now to swap fizz for the dry white wines of Chablis. We continue on to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain nestled securely on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding valleys. Afternoon brings us to Beaune, where you have the evening free to explore this attractive city known for its gothic grandeur. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Castle Jeanson

Day 4 - Beaune - Lyon
Today we spend some more time in the beating heart of the Burgundy wine region, with a visit to the Hospices of Beaune. Before we continue to Lyon, we stop via Château de Julienas and later a warm welcome comes courtesy of a meal in a traditional Bouchon Lyonnais - a type of bistro known for a convivial, relaxed atmosphere that accompanies authentic, hearty dishes. (B,D)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Terreaux

Day 5 - Lyon
Today, you're free to explore Lyon at your own pace. Saunter along the riverside or simply take a seat in one of the many restaurants to discover why Lyon claims the title of 'gourmet capital of France'. (B)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Terreaux

Day 6 - Lyon - ChambEry
Leaving Lyon behind us, we stop past the Resistance Memorial at Vaisseaux before reaching our destination of ChambEry tonight deep in the junction of two Alpine valleys. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel des Princes

Day 7 - ChambEry - Saint Pierre De Chartreuse - ChambEry
Deep in a green valley between towering peaks, we find Grande Chartreuse Monastery. Stroll to the monastery and enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the stunning scenery before driving on to the monks' distillery in Voiron. Here, they make the famous Chartreuse liqueur - a recipe dating back to the 18th century and we're treated to a taste before returning to ChambEry. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel des Princes

Day 8 - ChambEry - Sisteron - Forcalquier
Our road turns towards Provence today, with Alpine slopes giving way to rugged hills and wildflower meadows as we travel to Sisteron, stopping for a wine tasting and the Sisteron Citadel. Finally, we reach Forcalquier, where we settle in for a farewell dinner and final overnight stay at a charming 18th century farmhouse. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Charembeau

Day 9 - Forcalquier - Entrevaux - Nice
Our closing day takes us deeper into exquisite Provençal countryside Entrevaux, a medieval town set between rolling green countryside and a deep blue sky. Nice, elite resort and shining capital of the French Riviera, soon beckons. It's here that our tour ends, among the golden beaches and clear waters of the Côte d'Azur. (B)

Untitled Spreadsheet
  2017      
       
  Departure : May - September, 2017    
   
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  Sep 03, 17 $4,000 $4,560  
   
  2018  
     
  Departure: May - Oct, 2018  
     
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  May 17, 31 $4,215 $5,465  
  Jun 14, 21 $4,215 $5,465  
  Jul 05, 12 $4,215 $5,465  
  Aug 23, 30 $4,215 $5,465  
  Sep 06, 20 $4,215 $5,465  
  Oct 04 $4,215 $5,465  
Inclusions:
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 1 picnic lunch (L), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 3 wine tastings
  • Entrance included to: Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Reims Cathedral, Hospices of Beaune, Musee de la Grande Chartreuse and Citadel of Sisteron, tomb of Dom Perignon, visit to Resistance Museum and Chateau de Julienas

Exclusions:

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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