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10 Day Luxury Small Group Paris to Nice Vineyards and Mountains

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10 Day Luxury Small Group Paris to Nice Vineyards and Mountains

Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines. Windows that open out on soaring mountains, charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a bon voyage through quintessential France as we go on an adventure infused with Gallic charm.

Our adventure map

Map of Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains | 2017 

Day by day

First Day welcome to Paris

Arrive into Paris and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Second Day we travel to Chateau Le Vicomte then Reims and dine in Ay

Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines. Windows that open out on soaring mountains, charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a bon voyage through quintessential France as we go on an adventure infused with Gallic charm was arrested for daring to out do King Louis XIV, Châteaude Vaux-le-Vicomte makes a magnificent opening act for our adventure. Next comes Reimsin Champagne, where treasured reminders of its medieval heritages stand beside elegant art deco buildings. One such gem is the UNESCO-protected Cathedral of Our Lady, which we take time to explore.Finally, our road winds into Ay,a quiet town in the Champagne region where we enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Hotel:    Hotel Castel Jeanson 

Third Day sample Champagne then return to Ay

The pop of a cork. The fizz of the bubbles. The clink of toasting glasses. Today is devoted to discovering Champagne and its liquid riches. Epernay is arguably its epicentre, so we pause here to stroll up Avenue de Champagne, lined with many famous merchants houses and cellars. Then it’s onto La Côte des Blancs, where we visit an artisan producer. After wandering through the vineyards and watching the pressing and distillation process,we sit down together to enjoy a crisp, refreshing glass or two of the final product. Our road back to Ay takes us through the beautiful Montagne de Reimsarea, known for its Pinot Noir. (B)

Hotel:    Hotel Castel Jeanson 

Fourth Day we journey to Chablis then onto Dijon

Now to swap fizz for the dry,pure white wines of Chablis. Here we visit a traditional cellar,where barrels are piled high under arched ceilings that have stood for hundreds of years. Guided by an expert tasting master, we sip the best local wines. Afternoon brings us to Dijon, where you have the evening free to explore this attractive city known for its Gothic grandeur. (B)

Hotel:    Maison Philipe Le Bon 

Fifth Day its off to Beaune then Beaujolais and dine in Lyon 

Walled Beaune, the beating heart of the Burgundy wine region, is our first port of call,where we visit the peaceful Hospices of Beaune. Founded as a hospital for the poor in the 15th century, it also has its own vineyards and hosts a prestigious wine auction each year. Next we drop by a sprawling wine estate in the verdant Beaujolais countryside before continuing to Lyon. A warm welcome comes courtesy of a meal in a traditional Bouchon Lyonnais – a type of bistro known for a convivial,relaxed atmosphere that accompanies authentic, hearty dishes. (B, D)

Hotel:    Grand Hotel des Terreaux 

Sixth Day explore Lyon

Today you’re free to explore Lyon at your own pace. Saunter along the riverside, whose banks are flanked with tall, colourful houses. Learn about everything from the early days of cinema to classic cars at the museums. Visit traditional ateliers, where time-honoured crafts are still practised. Or simply take a seat in one of the many restaurants to discover why Lyon claims the title of ‘gourmet capital of France’. (B)

Hotel:    Grand Hotel des Terreaux

Seventh Day visit Rhone Valley and then its Uriage Les Bains 

We’re back on the wine trail as we venture into the Rhône Valley, home to some of France’s oldest vineyards. After a private tasting session at Tain l’Hermitage, source of the famous Hermitage wines, we climb into the French Alps. Take in swoon-worthy mountain views from Villard-de-Lans, before we continue on to the romantic spa town of Uriage-les-Bains. (B, D)

Hotel:    Grand Hotel d'Uriage

Eighth Day we sample Saint-Pierre-Dechartreuse then back to Uriage-Lesbains

Deep in a green valley between towering peaks, we find Grande Chartreuse Monastery. Before we see the complex itself, we drop by the Chartreuse museum to learn about its history –along with the origins of the Carthusian Order who built it. We stroll to the monastery and enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the stunning scenery, before driving on to the monks’ distillery in Voiron. Here they make the famous Chartreuse liquor, whose recipe dates back to the 18th century – and we’re treated to a taste. (B, L)

Hotel:    Grand Hotel d'Uriage 

Ninth Day we head to Sisteron then dine at Forcalquier

Our road turns south towards Provence today, with Alpine slopes giving way to rugged hills and wildflower meadows as we drive through the Drome region. We stop in Châtillon-en-Diois, a pretty town surrounded by sheer cliffs and forests, before continuing to Sisteron. This medieval commune, strewn over a deep turquoise river between a mountain pass, is the gateway to Provence. The citadel, which crowns an impressive rocky hilltop, pairs fascinating history with sweeping views. Finally, we reach Forcalquier, where we settle in for a farewell dinner and final overnight stay at a charming 18th century farmhouse. (B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Charembeau 

Tenth Day its off to Entrevaux then finally Nice 

Our closing day takes us deeper into exquisite Provençal countryside. Entrevaux, a medieval town set between rolling green countryside and a deep blue sky. Nice, elite resort and shining capital of the French Riviera, soon beckons. And it’s here that our tour ends, among the golden beaches and clear waters of the Côte d’Azur. (B)

Travel Highlights

  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • 9 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily
  • One lunch
  • 4 x evening meals
  • 4 x wine tastings
  • One liquor tasting
  • Entrance fee included to: Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Reims Cathedral, Hospices of Beaune, Musée de la Grande Chartreuse and Citadel of Sisteron..

The Difference

Taste your way through famed wine-growing regions such as Champagne, Chablis, Burgundy, Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley

Soak up the peace of Grande Chartreuse Monastery, set in aremote valley of the French Alps – and sip the monks’ famous green liquor

Explore grand Châteaude Vaux-le-Vicomte, the inspiration for the Palace of Versailles

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

Best prices, more information and booking

Great Discounts are available – please speak with our expert who can arrange extra unique discounts.

Only £100 per person deposit required (except for last minute bookings).

By booking through us you will receive additional customer service and extra discounts.

Please ask our expert about last minute special offers available throughout the year.

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You can call our expert on 0207 620 8963 – UK time 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (this number is specifically for this or similar multi-day tours of Britain, Europe or World-Wide) or out of those hours please leave a voice-mail for a call back.

Alternatively email us at info@21stcenturytravel.co.uk and request a call back or if you prefer mail, we can send you more details from there.

Our adventure map

 

Day by day

 

Travel Highlights

The Difference

 

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

Best prices, more information and booking

Great Discounts are available – please speak with our expert who can arrange extra unique discounts.

Only £100 per person deposit required (except for last minute bookings).

By booking through us you will receive additional customer service and extra discounts.

Please ask our expert about last minute special offers available throughout the year.

If this is not quite what you are looking for, please mail us we have many great alternatives.

You can call our expert on 0207 620 8963 – UK time 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (this number is specifically for this or similar multi-day tours of Britain, Europe or World-Wide) or out of those hours please leave a voice-mail for a call back.

Alternatively email us at info@21stcenturytravel.co.uk and request a call back or if you prefer mail, we can send you more details from there.

Day by day

 

Travel Highlights

The Difference

 

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

Best prices, more information and booking

Great Discounts are available – please speak with our expert who can arrange extra unique discounts.

Only £100 per person deposit required (except for last minute bookings).

By booking through us you will receive additional customer service and extra discounts.

Please ask our expert about last minute special offers available throughout the year.

If this is not quite what you are looking for, please mail us we have many great alternatives.

You can call our expert on 0207 620 8963 – UK time 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (this number is specifically for this or similar multi-day tours of Britain, Europe or World-Wide) or out of those hours please leave a voice-mail for a call back.

Alternatively email us at info@21stcenturytravel.co.uk and request a call back or if you prefer mail, we can send you more details from there.