rhone wine tour


EXPLORE THE RHÔNE VALLEY

Join me for a wine adventure to France. I offer completely customizable wine tours to the South of France for your group or wine club. Let me design an active visit to the heart of wine country France.

Below is an example of a typical wine tour . Contact me for details.


Bienvenue fellow wine enthusiasts and active tourists. Allow me to share my passion for wine and be your guide on an amazing adventure to Province in France. I offer a customized itinerary for your group (4 to 8), such as wine clubs. My style of touring is "home-based." Unpack once and explore from a central location. Your lodging is complete with full kitchen, where the group can prepare meals or decide to eat out. Daily forays into the surrounding picturesque countryside (bring your camera), will find us hiking or biking in the mornings and wine tasting in the afternoons.

This tour package begins right here in the USA! I will create a focused online seminar that matches your groups interests. The seminar will cover an overview of French wine and specifics of the region that you will be visiting. Learn where each grape makes its home and how your local wines compare to the French wines. french wine tours

Join me and other wine enthusiasts for a week long visit to the Rhône Valley of France. Tours run from Friday (departure) to the following Saturday. You can either fly home or stay longer on your own. Contact me with your requested dates. Best to visit either in the Spring or Fall.

We'll explore the vineyards of both the Northern and Southern Rhône Valley, while enjoying the sights of French wine country. Yes, there's some travel time involved getting to the seperate regions, yet you'll have plenty of time to venture out on your own from your peaceful country lodgings once you unpack and settle into your surroundings.

Let me handle the details so you can focus on the magic of this world renowned wine region. This will be my 15th visit to France. My experience includes conducting bicycle tours in France from 1992-2001 (Brittany). I have visited most of the wine regions of France, including Bourgogne three times; Bourdeaux twice; Alsace; Loire; Languedoc; and of course, the Rhône Valley. While in the USA, I operated local wine tours in both California and Oregon.

Being a fellow wine explorer I understand the need to keep costs down while insuring a trouble free experience. Having conducted many tours to France I can put together a varied itinerary that will give you the best value for your dollar. Travel in France is unique; let me be your guide!

Here's your opportunity to customize your tour. We will discuss which activities the group would like to include on the tour. With the pre-visit seminar you will gain insights on what to expect while traveling in France. In the past I've rented bikes and hiked many of the well maintained trails. The group may chose to spend some time exploring little villages on foot.

Depending on availablility, your group will be staying at an upscale 3-Star Campground. Complete with kitchen. I believe that you rather spend your time exploring the area than packing and un-packing every night. From this central location we will venture out each day. We will visit local food markets for our supplies. We will gather local meats and cheeses, or diet specific foods for our picnic lunches.



Rhône wine tour
PACKAGE. Seven nights (eight days) in Châteauneuf-du-Pape region! You will be staying in a countryside setting, and depending on availability a rural campground or similar setting. Cost of lodging, transportation, bike rental( two days) and personalized wine guide service are included. Food, wine tasting(which is free in the Rhone Valley), airfare are not included. The week long tour (7 nights) will provide many opportunities to discover the food and wine of the Rhône. Below is the pool at a local campground.


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Your cost is $900 per person. $300 deposit


Rhône wine tour
GUIDED. I'll be both your guide and driver. In all I've spent over a year in France! I have taken many groups to France when I operated a bike tour company for ten years (1992-2001.) Travel with me and I'll help eliminate the surprises!



Rhône wine tour
DÉGUSTATION. In a word: wine tasting. Visiting the wineries in France is very different than here in the USA. Most are by appointment. I'll make all the arrangements! Tasting fees are complimentry in the Rhone Valley. It is always polite to purchase a bottle (if you like it) at the tastings.
Here's an example of a typical tasting room.


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Rhône wine tour

FOOD. You have the option of cooking your meals at the Camp or visiting one of the many charming local restaurants. Meals can be prepared individually or by the group. Food costs will be much like at home. I will provide a list of local restaurants. As for your Lunch, the group may decide to put together a Picnic and head for the countryside. (Below: Restaurant in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.)

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Rhône wine tour
LODGING. You'll be staying at an upscale campground just minutes from Chateauneuf du Pape in a serence wooded area near the Rhone River. Your group will be albe to make your own meals in the kitchen, to save even more money. From your place you will be able to bike thru the vines of the Rhone Valley.



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PROPOSED ITINERARY

  • FRIDAY:
    Leave from the USA to France.

  • SATURDAY:
    Arrive Mediterranee Airport (Montpellier, France in the AM.)
    Transfer to your lodgings (Gite)
    Wine & Cheese Welcome Party.

  • SUNDAY:
    Explore Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

  • MONDAY:
    Northern Rhône: Côte Rôtie and Condrieu

  • TUESDAY:
    Northern Rhône: Hermitage and Cornas

  • WEDSNDAY:
    Southern Rhône: côtes du Vivarais

  • THURSDAY:
    Southern Rhône: côtes du Ventoux

  • FRIDAY:
    Re-visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape

  • SATURDAY:
    Depart for the USA. Or extend your stay on your own!
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Please contact ME if you are interested in traveling to France.

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RESOURSES

  • Rhône Valley Region
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    map of the Rhone Valley wine region