France: Rhone Valley
The Region & Must See/Must Do: Home to the often exquisite Chateauneuf de Pape wine, the Rhone Valley is the center of France’s culinary arts and fine dining establishments made famous by the world’s greatest chefs such as Bocuse and Triosgros. Lyon is also famous for its silk weaving, the trompe l’oeil found throughout the city, and the 300 authentically restored medieval and Renaissance homes in the Vieux Lyon district.
Accommodation: Hotel Beau Rivages, a family-owned hotel 30 minutes south of Lyon boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and superb service. Chateau des Fines Roches is an 8 room charming yet exclusive “faux” chateau in Chateauneuf du Pape’s vineyards, built as a replica of a medieval castle. Upgrades are available.
Wineries: Here are a few possible visits: Chapoutier, Marc Sorrel, Niero, Montez, Jaboulet, Vieux Donjon, Beaucastel, Janassse, Marcoux, Clos Pegau, Charvin, Clos du Papes, Monper- tuis, Mordoree, Clos du Caillou, Domaine de la Citadelle and St Cosme.
5-Star The Rhone Valley – 5 Nights, 6 Days
- 6 days/5 Nights hotel in shared double/twin room with local taxes
- 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch with wine at Les Florets, 2 dinners at hotel on first and last night
- 7 VIP winery visits and all wine tasting fees
- Artisan visit to chocolate workshop in Chateauneuf
- Bi-Lingual wine expert driver-guide with insider commentary and local history for 5 days.
- Use of luxury vehicle including fuel and insurance.
- Bi-Lingual wine expert driver-guide with insider commentary and local history for 5 days priced from $4,789.00 per person double and includes vehicle, fuel and insurance.
- But final cost depends on season of travel, number of days in wine country, number of travelers, choice of 4 or 5 Star accommodation and dining peferences.
- International airfare
- Meals and wine not stated as included.
- Personal items: tips, taxes, laundry /dry cleaning, and liquor not stated as included.
Pricing: from $4,789.00 per person double and can be as low as $3,699.00 when 6 people are traveling together (3 couples).