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Wine Break in Avignon & The Southern Rhône

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A late Autumn wine holiday in Avignon & The Southern Rhône

Tuesday 1st to Sunday 5th November, 2022

    For our late autumn tour of the vineyards of the Southern Rhône, we are making our base the historic city of Avignon.  This was home to the French Popes of the fourteenth century, whose summer residence, a short distance to the north, gave its name to the region’s most celebrated wine – Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

    Today, it’s a beautiful, well-preserved city.  It has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Cathedral, the Papal Place and what remains of the famous bridge across the river Rhône (yes, that one).  Our hotel, the ☆☆☆☆ Hotel Mercure, is right in the centre of the city.  A good selection of bars, restaurants and shops and the main tourist attractions are all a short walk away.

    The weather in the south of France at the beginning of November is generally fine - sunny and warm with temperatures between 16˚ and 20˚ - perfect for tastings and exploring vineyards.

    Our nine winery visits will be focused on high-quality, smaller producers across the region’s best appellations.  Each day, we will explore a different part of the region.

    Outline itinerary

    Tour cost

    £1350 (guide price) per person sharing a twin or double-bedded room

    A supplement of £250 will be payable for single occupancy of a room, but there are often congenial people looking for someone to share a room.  Please let us know if you are interested in this option.

    What's included

    • Travel in France by air-conditioned, executive coach
    • 4 nights bed and breakfast at the ☆☆☆☆ Hotel Mercure in the center of Avignon
    • 1 dinner and 3 lunches with wine
    • Cellar/vineyard visits and wine tastings at 9 producers, which will be a mixture of big names and smaller family concerns
    • The services of Pippa Hayward and Sandy Leckie as Rhône wine specialist and tour manager, both of whom speak fluent French

    Not included

    • Air travel to and from Marseille Provence Airport;
    • Telephone calls and other items of personal expenditure charged to your hotel account.

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    The tour will start and finish at Marseille Provence Airport.  The start time will be designed to connect with the arrival of British Airways flights from Heathrow and Easyjet flights from Gatwick.  The finish time will be designed to connect with the departure of British Airways flights to Heathrow and Easyjet flights to Gatwick. Other flight options are available.

    Tour members preferring to travel by train or car will be able to join the tour at the first visit, which is a short taxi ride from the hotel.

    Tuesday November 1st, 2022

    On arrival at Marseille Provence Airport, we grab a bite to eat and, once all tour members have arrived, leave by air-conditioned, executive coach to Domaine Maby, a producer of fine Lirac and Tavel.  In the late afternoon, we travel on to Avignon and check in to our hotel.

    In the evening, we gather for a welcome dinner (included) in a restaurant close to the hotel.

    Wednesday November 2nd, 2022

    We spend today in the foothills of the spectacular, crenelated, limestone mountains to the east of the valley, the Dentelles de Montmirail.  Our first visit is to one of our favourite producers in the pretty village of Gigondas.  After lunch (included), we have a stroll around the village before making our way to our second visit of the day, which is to a well-known producer in the village of Vacqueyras.

    We return to Avignon in the late afternoon.  Your evening is free.

    Thursday November 3rd, 2022

    Today, we travel further north to visit top producers in the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellations of Cairanne and Rasteau with lunch (included) in the lovely town of Vaison-La-Romaine.  On our way back to Avignon we stop for a tasting in Beaumes de Venise.

    Your evening is again free

    Friday November 4th, 2022

    Our last complete day starts with a visit to a fine producer of Lirac in the village of Roquemaure, just across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  After lunch (included), we visit two, contrasting estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

    Your evening is again free.

    Saturday November 5th, 2022

     We leave the hotel at 9 am for Marseille Provence Airport, where the tour ends

    Changes to the itinerary: Please note that, on rare occasions, we may have to make changes to the itinerary.

    For more information or to book places, please email, call Sandy Leckie on +44 7802 944 920 or click the button below to complete the reservation form.

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