Wine Tour to Provence & the Rhone River, France

  • October 13 - October 21, 2016


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Lavender and Wine: The Magic of Provence

Extend your stay in Nice

For those who wish to arrive earlier, we offer an optional 2 night (3 day) pre-tour extension in Nice. Take extra time to relax and explore Nice or visit nearby Cannes or Monaco.

Experience Provence by Land and a 5-day River Cruise on the Rhone

Provence evokes images of fields of lavender and olive groves. It’s a sun-soaked paradise for French wine tasting which welcomes visitors with open arms and spectacular scenery around every bend in the road.

Well before Tuscany became a popular tourist destination, there was Provence, which was popularized by Peter Mayle and his best-selling book, “A Year in Provence.” With vivid colors (sunflowers, vineyards, lavender and seas), rolling hillsides, mountain gorges and scenic towns, this is truly, one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas of France.

We start in Nice on October 13 and proceed to the heart of Provence for 3 nights, tasting wines and eating the best food France has to offer.

Our next stop is Lyon, the culinary capital of France (and reputed by some as the culinary capital of the world) where we get ready for our 5-day cruise on the Rhone River. When we leave from Lyon on October 21, we’ll carry home cherished memories of glorious moments spent in this idyllic part of France.

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Where we’ll be staying on this wine tour

Tour Highlights:

  • 1 night in Nice
  • 3 nights in Provence
  • 5 day Rhone River Cruise
  • Deluxe motor coach
  • VIP winery visits and tastings
  • 10 meals including 5 gourmet lunches or dinners on land portion
  • All meals and beverages on the cruise
  • Walking tours of Nice, Avignon, Arles and Lyon
  • Visit to the Camargue, Vercors and the Gorges of the Ardeche Mountains
Provence Rhone River Boat Cruise

CruiseCrititicAward-2014BestRiverCruiseLineThe best of both worlds:  Our tour includes 5 days by land and a 5 day Rhone River cruise aboard the newly inaugurated CroisiEurope MS Camargue. CroisiEurope was recently awarded an Editors Choice Award for Best River Cruise Line by Cruise Critic 2014. For more, click on the “Photos” or “More Info” tabs above.

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Itinerary – Lavender and Wine: The Magic of Provence 2016

Itinerary subject to change. Current as of 09/28/2016. Download the full itinerary here (PDF). For more information you can also click the “Photos & Videos” or “More Info” tabs to see some of the wineries and places we’ll be visiting.

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Day 1 – Thursday Oct. 13

Morning Group arrives in Nice. Transfer from Airport
5:00pm Meet in lobby; ride to Chateau du Crémat for a visit and tasting
7:30pm Welcome dinner at Maison de Marie Nice

Day 2 – Friday Oct. 14

9:30am Check out of Hotel Masena; en-route to Avignon
11:30am Visit, tasting and lunch at Chateau Vannières

3:00pm Visit and tasting at Domaine Tempier

6:00pm Check in at Hotel Novotel Avignon 7:30pm Walking tour of Avignon

Day 3 – Saturday Oct. 15

10:00am Private visit and tasting at Chateau Vieux Lazaret
Lunch at Le Verger des Papes in Chateauneuf -du-Pape with a selection of their wines
Visit the breathtaking ancient roman Pont du Gard Aqueduct

Day  4 – Sunday Oct. 16

9:00am Check out and depart for Lyon
10:30am V
isit Nougat Producer Le Chaudon d’Or
Visit, tasting and lunch at Domaine de Montine

Check in Hotel Metropole Lyon

Day  5 – Monday Oct. 17 – Rhone River Cruise Begins

11:30am Check out and depart for guided tour of Lyon
Board the MS Camargue for our river cruise portion of the tour along the Rhone
Dinner on MS Camargue

Day 6 – Tuesday Oct. 18

1:30pm After lunch on board, leave for private tour and tasting at Terre des Chardons Winery Arles
6:00pm Dinner on MS Camargue
7:30pm Guided walking tour of Arles

The map of our Rhone River cruise portion of our Provence wine tour

Day 7 – Wednesday Oct. 19

9:00am After breakfast onboard, leave for private visit and tasting at Cave de Tavel
Afternoon Lunch onboard followed by bus tour of the gorges and prehistoric caves of the Ardèche
Evening Return to MS Camargue for dinner

Day  8 – Thursday Oct. 20

Midday Following lunch onboard, leave for private tour and tasting at Maison Chapoutier in Tain
5:00pm Visit the nearby Valrhona Cité du Chocolat factory for self-guided tour and some chocolate tastings
6:00pm Return walk to MS Camargue docked nearby
Evening Farewell dinner onboard

Day 9 – Friday Oct. 21

9:00AM Disembark for transfer to airport and train station as we say “au revoir” to the Rhone and Provence.

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Photo highlights of Provence & the Rhone

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