VINEYARDS OF FRANCE

  • Duration:11 NIGHTS/12 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:France
  • Highlights:Including Bordeaux, Dijon, Burgundy, Tours, and Paris.
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Round trip airfare NYC/PARIS/NYC
    • All transportation by a private motorcoach
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Accommodations in five star properties
    • Buffet breakfast daily
    • Lunch and dinner as noted
    • Touring and visits to the vineyards
    • Porterage for one suitcase per person
    • Epicurean Tours Trip portfolio

It is said that magnificent French cuisine only achieves total perfection when complemented by a fine French wine. The French produce and consume more wine that any other nation on earth. From the small family run vineyards in Burgundy to the larger producers in the Bordeaux region, wine producing is almost a religion. Select Travel Service has designed a tour which will take you to some of the finest wine producing regions of the country to learn and experience first hand, the true art of wine growing. Late spring and summer months are recommended for this particular itinerary.

DAY 1- DEPART USA

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Paris

DAY 2: PARIS

Morning arrival in Paris where you are greeted by your host and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day you have at leisure to become acclimated to a new time zone. Overnight Paris. (D.)

DAY 3: PARIS

A morning panoramic sightseeing tour of Paris during which you will see most of the major sights including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum and much more. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight Paris. (B.)

DAY 4: TOURS

Depart Paris after breakfast and head south west to the city of Tours traveling via Orleans and Sancerre. In the region around Sancerre, some of France’s outstanding white wines are produced from the Sauvignon grape including Sancerre itself and the full bodied Pouilly Fume. A visit will be made to one of the local vineyards before continuing to Tours for overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 5:LOIRE VALLEY

The Loire Valley produces some of the most underrated wines in France. Bourgeuli and Chinon produce dull bodied reds from the Cabernet Franc grape and as the tour progresses west you pass through the Touraine, famous for the slightly sweet Vouvray, and Saumur, famous for light dry whites and sparkling Saumur, a great alternative to Champagne. Visits are included to a couple of cellars today with tastings arranged. Return to Tours for overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 6:BORDEAUX

Depart Tours after breakfast and head south to what is probably the most famous wine producing region of the world, the area surrounding the town of Bordeaux. Arrive mid afternoon and then the balance of the day at leisure. Overnight Bordeaux. (B.D.)

DAY 7: BORDEAUX

Today the itinerary concentrates on the area to the west of the city, bordering on the river Gironde, known as the Medoc. It is here that some of the worldТs best known and most expensive wines are produced from blends of Cabernet Souvignon and Merlot. Wines such as Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Laffite Rotschild. Your. Your tour will be like a journey through a catalogue of famous names and you will have the chance to visit two vineyards today. Tonight we have arranged for you to make a private visit to a local producer for a wine tasting and in depth lecture with plenty of useful tips and information on wines of the region. Overnight Bordeaux. (B.D.)

DAY 8 : BORDEAUX

Today you visit the region to the east of the city, including St. Emilion and the lesser known area of Pomerol which produces the most expensive red wine in the world, Chateau Petrus. In the afternoon you visit the Sauternes/Barsac region, an area known for its dessert wines. Return to Bordeaux for overnight.(B.)

DAY 9 : DIJON

Turning north east once more this morning, you arrive in the mediaeval town of Dijon, center of the Burgundy region. The tour includes a stop in the town of Beaune which produces some of the lighter reds and a visit will be made to one of the vineyards in the area. Overnight Dijon .(B.D.)

DAY 10 : BURGUNDY

A full day of touring the region and Cote DТor where such classic red wines as Nuit St. Georges, Gevrey Chambertin and Clos Vougeot are produced from Pinot Noir. You also visit Mersault where some of the worlds finest Chardonney based white wine is produced. Visits to two final vineyards are scheduled for today including one lecture by a local producer. Overnight Dijon .(B.D.)

DAY 11 :PARIS

Depart Dijon early this morning and head north to Epernay, just south of the city of Reims. Epernay is world famous as the home of champagne, and a visit is included to one of the cellars. Continue onto Paris for overnight. (B.)

DAY 12: HOME

Transfer to the Paris airport for the return flight home.(B.)

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