A late Autumn wine holiday in Avignon & The Southern Rhône
Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd October 2021
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 Four star, 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 end of October is generally fine - sunny and warm with temperatures between 14˚ 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.
£1050.00 (guide price) per person sharing a twin or double-bedded room
A supplement of £150 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.
- 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 starts and finishes at Marseille Provence Airport. The tour start is timed to connect with the arrival of British Airways flight BA0366 from Heathrow and Easyjet flight EZY 8725 from Gatwick. The tour finish is timed, likewise, to connect with the departure of British Airways flight BA0367 to Heathrow and Easyjet flight EZY 8726 to Gatwick. Other flight options are available.
Tour member 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 October 19th
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 October 20th
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 October 21st
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 (main photo, top). On our way back to Avignon we stop for a tasting in Beaumes de Venise.
Your evening is again free
Friday October 22th
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 October 23st
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.
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