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9 Day Champagne, Burgandy And The Alps Provence

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 voyage through quintessential France.




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Tour Highlights

  • Taste your way through famed wine-growing regions such as Champagne, Chablis and Burgundy
  • Soak up the peace of Grande Chartreuse Monastery, set in a remote valley of the French Alps – and sip the monks’ famous green liquor
  • Explore grand Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the inspiration for the Palace of Versailles
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced tour leader/driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 1 picnic lunch (L), 4 evening meals (D) 3 wine tastings
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Paris, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Reims and Ay

Day 2

Ay, Champagne and Hautvillers

Day 3

Ay, Tonnerre, Chablis, Flavigny Sur Ozerain and Beaune

Day 4

Beaune and Lyon

Day 5

Lyon

Day 6

Lyon and Chambéry

Day 7

Chambéry and Saint Pierre De Chartreuse

Day 8

Chambéry, Sisteron and Forcalquier

Day 9

Forcalquier, Entrevaux and Nice

Day 1

From Paris, we travel to our first stop – the lavish Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte which makes a magnificent opening act for our adventure.

Next comes a visit to Reims and a visit to the cathedral, where treasured reminders of its medieval heritages stand beside elegant buildings. (D)

Day 2

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.  After, we take time to visit the tasting cellar at Caveau de Jaillance.

Our road back to Ay takes us through the beautiful Montagne de Reims area, known for its Pinot Noir. (B)

Day 3

Now to swap fizz for the dry white wines of Chablis.

We continue on to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain nestled securely on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding valleys.

Afternoon brings us to Beaune, where you have the evening free to explore this attractive city known for its gothic grandeur. (B)

Day 4

Today we spend some more time in the beating heart of the Burgundy wine region, with a visit to the Hospices of Beaune.

Before we continue to Lyon, we stop via Château de Julienas and later 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)

Day 5

Today, you’re free to explore Lyon at your own pace.  Saunter along the riverside or simply take a seat in one of the many restaurants to discover why Lyon claims the title of ‘gourmet capital of France’. (B)

Day 6

Leaving Lyon behind us, we stop past the Resistance Memorial at Vaisseaux before reaching our destination of Chambéry tonight deep in the junction of two Alpine valleys. (B,D)

Day 7

Deep in a green valley between towering peaks, we find Grande Chartreuse Monastery.  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 liqueur – a recipe dating back to the 18th century and we’re treated to a taste before returning to Chambéry. (B)

Day 8

Our road turns towards Provence today, with Alpine slopes giving way to rugged hills and wildflower meadows as we travel to Sisteron, stopping for a wine tasting and the Sisteron Citadel.

Finally, we reach Forcalquier, where we settle in for a farewell dinner and final overnight stay at a charming 18th century farmhouse. (B,D)

Day 9

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.  It’s here that our tour ends, among the golden beaches and clear waters of the Côte d’Azur. (B)


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Entrance included to: Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Reims Cathedral and Hospices of Beaune
  • Musée de la Grande Chartreuse and Citadel of Sisteron
  • Tomb of Dom Perignon, visit to Resistance Museum and Château de Julienas

Important Information

  • We pride ourselves on securing charming, intimate boutique accommodation for our guests.
  • On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries.  Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced tour leader/driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 1 picnic lunch (L), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 3 wine tastings
  • Entrance included to: Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Reims Cathedral, Hospices of Beaune, Musée de la Grande Chartreuse and Citadel of Sisteron, tomb of Dom Perignon, visit to Resistance Museum and Château de Julienas

Our accommodation, whether a rustic rural, old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in.  Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage; whilst others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food.  Character is not a substitute for quality and comfort however and at all of our hotels you’re guaranteed an en-suite, a great night’s sleep and delicious food.  There is a choice of twin, double or single rooms and while room sizes in older buildings may vary, each room will have its own unique style and character.

On the vast majority of our tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches.  Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the on-board PA system and, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.



FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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