5 day in Provence and Rhone Valley Walking Wine Tour

5 day in Provence and Rhone Valley Walking Wine Tour

5 day walking tour in Provence, Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas for up to 8 guests (private or non private)

Tour type: Group , Duration: 5

Product ID: 6393
Description

Breathtaking walking in Provence: the perfect marriage of great wines and walking, through the renowned vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas. You will be guided among century-old vines, medieval villages, and to great wine-tastings. 
Programme:
Day 1: The tour starts in Avignon, with a welcome meeting with your guide at 5 pm at your hotel. City of the Popes, Avignon boasts the largest gothic palace in Europe, built in the 14th century during the reign of the papacy. You’ll be awestruck by the old city walls, still intact after 700 years, forming a complete circle around the centre of town. And of course the 12th century pont d’Avignon, the bridge that today only spans partway over the Rhône river. In the evening, enjoy a Cotes du Rhone Wine tasting as an aperitif. Dinner and night in the heart of Avignon.
Day 2: Today you have the chance to walk through the famed vines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, literally translated as New Castle of the Pope; it was the Popes of Avignon, over 700 years ago, who first brought the famed vines to the region. And today you’ll have a chance to walk through...

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Breathtaking walking in Provence: the perfect marriage of great wines and walking, through the renowned vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas. You will be guided among century-old vines, medieval villages, and to great wine-tastings. 
Programme:
Day 1: The tour starts in Avignon, with a welcome meeting with your guide at 5 pm at your hotel. City of the Popes, Avignon boasts the largest gothic palace in Europe, built in the 14th century during the reign of the papacy. You’ll be awestruck by the old city walls, still intact after 700 years, forming a complete circle around the centre of town. And of course the 12th century pont d’Avignon, the bridge that today only spans partway over the Rhône river. In the evening, enjoy a Cotes du Rhone Wine tasting as an aperitif. Dinner and night in the heart of Avignon.
Day 2: Today you have the chance to walk through the famed vines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, literally translated as New Castle of the Pope; it was the Popes of Avignon, over 700 years ago, who first brought the famed vines to the region. And today you’ll have a chance to walk through them, guided by a wine specialist: the gnarled vines lay low to the ground, covered by the smooth red stones brought down the Rhône during the Ice Age. A veritable sea of vines covers the hillsides of Châteauneuf du Pape – used to make the most prestigious reds of the region. In between the parcels of vines we’ll find the farming tracks that lead from one estate to the other, most of which have been in the same families for generations. We’ll also get the chance to try some of the best Châteauneuf wines, and perhaps pick up a bottle for a leisurely picnic amongst the vines… after all, what would walking in Provence be without the wine? We will be transferred to the town of Gigondas, to a hotel lost in the vines, our base for scenic walking. Dinner and night in Gigondas.
Day 3: Leaving your hotel, a short climb takes you to the foot of the imposing Dentelles de Montmirail, a set of chiseled limestone teeth hovering dizzyingly above the ground. You are surrounded by the vines of Gigondas, their old and twisted branches proudly displaying bunches of Grenache and Syrah grapes, used to make a Grand Cru of Côtes du Rhône wines. You walk on paths laden with aromatic herbs and boxwood, while the oak trees provide shade from the Provençal sun. Soon you find yourself atop the hills, from where views extend across the entire southern Rhône plains, seemingly carpeted by one gigantic vineyard: some of the most scenic walking in France. You descend back to Les Florets through the vineyards. In the evening, a short transfer will take you to Vaison la romaine, with its Gallo-Roman remains, the largest archaeological site in France. Dinner on your own in Vaison. Transfer back and night in Gigondas.
Day 4: Another day in the idyllic landscapes of the Dentelles de Montmirail, where you contemplate the terraces carved into the hills, walk among the wildflowers and cedar trees, and enjoy some of the best walking paths in Provence. Under the shade of a lone almond tree, enjoy a picnic while the wine specialist describes the vineyards and guides you through the wine tasting. At the end of the walk you will visit the medieval village of Gigondas, its cobbled streets leading up to its church and ruins of its 14th century ramparts. Best of all is the cellar in the main square: housing the wines of most of the 70 producers in the tiny appellation, you are more than welcome to try any number of wines made in the village, tasting the subtle nuances between the different estates: it’s a good thing there’s only a short walk back to the hotel. Dinner and night in Gigondas. 
Day 5: A morning transfer takes you to the town of Carpentras to admire its Friday market, one of the best of its kind in Provence: the entire town centre is filled with colourful market stalls, while the smells, sights and sounds of Provence guide you through the narrow streets; a memorable end to your Provence walking holiday. Enjoy a bistro lunch in town before a transfer to Avignon. Bye bye! 

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About this activity
Tour Timings
5:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Group size
4 - 8
Languages
English, French
The meeting point
5:00 PM on Day 1 at your hotel.

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Includes
  • 4 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinners
  • Private van driven by the guide from day 2 to 5
  • A private guide during the whole tour - 2 days with a wine specialist
  • Lunches on days 1 & 5 and dinners on days 3 & 5
  • Entrance fees into museums
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Items of personal nature

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Payment Policy

All trip bookings must be accompanied by a deposit of €250 per booking.

Reservations will be made according to available space for the trip in question.

A reservation is definitive once confirmation is sent to the client from the tour guide by means of email, courier, fax, or by any other means.

The written statements included in the confirmation are considered as accepted by both parties.

The balance of the trip price is due at least 45 days before the trip departure.

Failure to pay the owing balance within 45 days of the trip departure can result in the tour guide cancelling the reservation without compensation.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any trip modification made by the client more than 45 days before the trip departure incurs a cost of €60 per party, and per trip modified.
  • If the modification occurs within 45 days of the trip departure, it is considered as a cancellation, and the tour guide’s cancellation penalties will apply
  • If the client cancels the trip, cancellation fees are as follows, and based on the day we receive written notification of the cancellation: more than 45 days prior to the trip departure: €60 per person will be withheld; 
  • From 45 days to 21 days prior to the trip departure: 25% of the total trip price will be withheld.
  • From 20 days to 15 days prior to the trip departure: 50% of the total trip price will be withheld.
  • From 14 days to 8 days prior to the trip departure: 75% of the total trip price will be withheld.
  • From 7 days to 3 days prior to the trip departure: 90% of the total trip price will be withheld.
  • Less than 3 days before the trip departure: 100% of the total trip price will be withheld.
  • Any cancellation or modification must be communicated to the tour guide as soon as possible, and must be confirmed by e-mail or fax.

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Stuart

We create walking and cycling trips. More than 10 years of proven success – 4000 clients, including more than 200 groups thus far in 2013. Professional French and English-speaking guides. To create memorable trips, our team is constantly on the look-out for interesting trails and roads in Provence, new accommodations and restaurants, skilled craftsmen, exceptional places to visit, little-known museums and much much more.


Product ID: 6393

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