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9 Days 8 Nights
Group size: 4-18
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1 Small Group
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Shuttered windows frame classic French snapshots from fields of ripened vines, soaring mountain peaks to honey-toned hilltop villages. Experience quintessential France as you taste your way through famed wine growing regions, soak up the peace in Alpine villages, pass through wildflower meadows of lavender and sunflowers to reach the blue azure sea of the Cote d’Azur.


Wine Areas of France

Taste your way through famed wine-growing regions such as Champagne, Chablis and Burgundy.

Grande Chartreuse Monastery

Soak up the peace of Grande Chartreuse Monastery, set in a remote valley of the French Alps – and sip the monks’ famous green liquor.

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Explore grand Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the inspiration for the Palace of Versailles.

Travel Deal

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Europe Early Bird Special

  • Receive 10% off bookings made before 30 November 2018
The 10% Early Bird saving on Paris to Nice through Vineyards + Mountains is when booked and paid in full by 21 December 2018. Valid only for bookings made between before 30 November 2018. All bookings not paid in full by 21 December 2018 will be charged the full retail price. 10% offer is not combinable with any other discount. Subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time.

Itinerary

day 1

Paris to Reims

From Paris, we travel to our first stop – the lavish Château 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.
day 2

Champagne to Hautvillers

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 merchant 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.
day 3

Tonnerre to 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.
day 4

Beaune to 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.
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".
day 6

Lyon to Chambéry

Leaving Lyon behind us, we stop past the Resistance Memorial at Vaisseaux before reaching our destination of Chambéry tonight deep in the junction of two Alpine valleys.
day 7

Chambéry

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 Chambéry.
day 8

Chambéry to 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.
day 9

Forcalquier to 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.
day 1

Paris to Reims

From Paris, we travel to our first stop – the lavish Château 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.
day 2

Champagne to Hautvillers

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 merchant 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.
day 3

Tonnerre to 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.
day 4

Beaune to 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.
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".
day 6

Lyon to Chambéry

Leaving Lyon behind us, we stop past the Resistance Memorial at Vaisseaux before reaching our destination of Chambéry tonight deep in the junction of two Alpine valleys.
day 7

Chambéry

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 Chambéry.
day 8

Chambéry to 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.
day 9

Forcalquier to 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.

Includes

8 nights' in boutique accommodation, experienced tour leader/driver, premium mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, 1 picnic lunch, 4 evening meals, 3 wine tastings, entrance to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Reims Cathedral, Hospices of Beaune, Musée de la Grande Chartreuse + Citadel of Sisteron, tomb of Dom Perignon, visit to Resistance Museum + Château de Julienas.

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